Summary of Special Powers
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"She Will Have Her Way" by Neil Finn plays over montage of scenes
(CASEY is sitting on the floor of his office, writing on a notepad. He suddenly tears off the sheet of paper, wads it up and throws it at a garbage basket filled with previously rejected drafts.)
(As DANA enters her office, CASEY watches her through the window of her office door, then walks away.)
(CASEY enters DANA's empty office and leaves a card and white rose on her desk. He starts to walk away, but then turns around the first take back the card, then the rose.)
DANA and CASEY are alone in an elevator.
DANA: ...and the Seahawks camp, but if the feed from the Bruins comes in...
CASEY: Listen, I was just thinkin'...I'm sorry to interrupt. I...I was just wondering if--
(The elevator opens to a flood of people, who push CASEY up against DANA. She uses his chest as a support to write on her notebook.)
(DANA sips a martini at a bar. Behind a window, we see CASEY attempting to make his way over to her just as a different man starts talking to her. CASEY shrugs his shoulders and walks away.)
(CASEY stands in front of a mirror on set looking at DANA's reflection. DAN walks up to him.)
DAN: It's been 90 days.
CASEY: I know.
DAN: 90 days.
DAN: There's a statute of limitations.
CASEY: So you've said.
DAN: And it's 90 days.
CASEY: I'd rather not talk about it.
DAN: It's just the time is right and I don't want you to be scared.
CASEY: I appreciate that, but I'm not scared.
DAN: You've been telling me for three months that you are scared.
CASEY: Well.... I am scared.
DAN: Right. And I don't want you to be.
CASEY: Yeah, that's great. But fear doesn't really work like that.
(Cut to DANA rushing through the control room as the show gets underway.)
DANA: Good evening! I'm shuffling the 10 block. Where's the network feed?
WILL: It's lumber sports.
DANA: Got it. I'm shuffling the 10 block. (Makes her way to anchor desk.) Dan, Casey. DeNardio's confirmed, so let's lead with it.
CASEY: You wanna lead with DeNardio?
CASEY: C'mon, we gotta lead with the Jets.
CASEY: 'Cause it's a better story.
DANA: That's a really good point, Casey, and thanks for the tap on the shoulder. (Walking away) Now lead with DeNardio and fix your tie!
(As she walks back to the booth, JEREMY follows her.)
JEREMY: I've got a new top story!
DANA: I moved up DeNardio.
JEREMY: This trumps DeNardio.
DANA: Talk to me.
JEREMY: Cho Chang, a Chinese swimmer, is swimming the Taiwan Strait from Tescadora in Pong Hu to Tun Ting Dao. And there's some question as to whether the mainland Chinese government is going to let her come ashore. Some quick facts: The island is separated from South China by the 161-kilometer-wide strait, and together with Matzu and Humoi form the seat of the government of the Republic of China, which of course claims the right to rule all China.
(DANA gives JEREMY a frustrated blank stare.)
JEREMY: The capital is Taipei.
(DANA again stares back at JEREMY)
JEREMY: Aren't you gonna feed it to Dan and Casey?
DANA: Not this second.
(NATALIE runs up to the anchor desk.)
NATALIE: Nuendike is pitching in the 4th with 11 strikeouts.
DAN: Tell Dana we can move it upfront.
CASEY: Tell her it's KJAT. We can get a live feed in the 7th.
(NATALIE runs into the control room)
DAVE: 30 second to VTR.
CHRIS: Standby to animation.
NATALIE: Where's Dana?
JEREMY: She's in a conf--
NATALIE: Not you!
ELLIOT: She's back in the sound room.
DANA: Right here!
NATALIE: Nuendike has 11 strikeouts in the 4th. A ground ball back to the mound is the only thing in play. Let's move DeNardio back to the 20s.
DANA: We're leading with DeNardio.
NATALIE: Nuendike is on pace to break the record.
DANA: When he breaks the record, we'll break the news.
NATALIE: Dana! This could be--
JEREMY: Dana! The woman's half-way to Tun Ting Dao.
DANA: Please stop saying that.
DAVE: Roll VTR.
KIM: 60 seconds live.
DANA: (into studio mic) Casey, Dan--
NATALIE: We can get the feed from KJAT. We want to be in on this.
DANA: We'll be in on it later.
NATALIE: Let's lead with it!
NATALIE: Listen, Chun King! You wanna say something to me, you say it to somebody else.
DANA: (into studio mic) Dan--
DAN: Got it. We're changing the lead to Nuendike.
DANA: We're not changing the lead.
CASEY: We're keeping it the Jets?
DANA: We're keeping it DeNardio.
JEREMY: (into studio mic) There's a chance it's gonna be a Chinese singer named Cho Chang.
DANA: There's no chance it's gonna be a Chinese swimmer named Cho Chang. It's not gonna be Nuendike. It used to be the Jets, but now it's DeNardio and I wish you'd script it!
DAVE: 30 seconds live.
(DAN and CASEY are getting final make-up on set.)
DAN: We got this, right?
CASEY: (practicing) Good evening. From New York City, I'm Blah-Blah-Blah alongside....
DAN: Blah-Blah-Blah. Those stories plus, Tony DeNardio has a new job and he won't be wearing crimson. How 'bout that?
CASEY: That's good.
ALLISON: You guys are all set.
DAN: Thank you, Allison.
CASEY: We're winging the tease tonight, Allison.
ALLISON: Good luck!
CASEY: Flying without a script for 18 seconds. Livin' on the edge!
DAN: Livin' over the edge!
DAVE: In 10...
DANA: You guys know what you're doing?
DAVE: In 3...2...
(DAN and CASEY begin talking in unison)
DAN and CASEY: Good evening! From New York City, I'm Dan Rydell/Casey McCall alongside Casey McCall/Dan Rydell.
(DANA covers her face with her hands. DAN and CASEY freeze, then nod at each other before continuing in unison.)
DAN and CASEY: Those stories plus...
(They again freeze. After a pregnant pause, DAN whispers to CASEY under his breath)
DAN: You go.
CASEY: (hesitantly) Those stories plus, Tony DeNardio has a new job...and won't be wearing crimson. Team Penske's driving on tires that won't be wearing down. And the Eagles have a new place-kicker who won't be wearing out his welcome.
DAN: All that coming up after this. You're watching Sports Night on CSC, so stick around.
DAVE: We're out.
(DANA pulls her hands away from her face.)
DANA: Is it over yet?
DAN and CASEY: (in unison) All right, that was totally his fault!!
(DANA buries her face back into her hands.)
KIM: 2 minutes back.
(FADE TO BREAK)
DAVE: Standby, five.
DAN: DeNardio's career highlights include 11 bowl appearances, 7 bowl victories, and a career regular-season winning percentage of .632. For more, here's Kelly Kirkpatrick in College Park.
DAVE: Go five.
WILL: Standby one.
DANA: (on phone in booth) Yeah, Isaac, I'm really sorry about that opening. I pushed DeNardio to the 10s and teased it at the last minute. You can punish me appropriately. Who's this?
JEREMY: They changed the inter-office system.
DANA: The control room. Who's this?
JEREMY: Dana, they changed the inter-office system.
DANA: All right, well. Sorry anyway. (Hangs up.) Jeremy, did they change the inter-office system? (DANA walks toward the door as JEREMY answers.)
JEREMY: They switched us over from--
NATALIE: Was she talking to you?
JEREMY: I'm pretty sure she was, yes.
DANA: I'll be right back. Natalie's got the wheel.
DAVE: 90 seconds back.
DAN: You absolutely have to take this risk.
CASEY: Risks are really my strong suit, Danny.
DAN: Tell me about it, Casey.
CASEY: I can't, you know, become this thing that I'm not.
DAN: You are this thing that you're not.
CASEY: (looks confused). No, I'm not.
DAN: She thinks you are. I think you are.
CASEY: She thinks I am?
(DANA runs to ISAAC's office.)
ISAAC: Nuendike's got 14 strike-outs.
DANA: Yeah. I'm sorry about the tease.
DANA: We screwed up the show opening.
DANA: Just now. Didn't you see it?
DANA: Why not?
ISAAC: We're not on the air yet.
DANA: What are you talking about?
ISAAC: We're on at 11:10 tonight.
DANA: Since when?
ISAAC: We pushed 10 minutes for lumber sports.
DANA: Why didn't anyone tell me?
ISAAC: Is it possible I forgot to tell you about being to 11:10 for lumber sports?
DANA: Yes, Isaac! It is entirely possible you forgot to tell me!
ISAAC: Well, you had the network feed.
DANA: We didn't have the network feed. We turned off the network feed.
DANA: Will's afraid of lumber sports.
ISAAC: What the hell is--
DANA: He's afraid of the axes and the saws. He thinks they're gonna cut themselves.
ISAAC: I don't understand.
DANA: He just is, okay? How could you forget to tell me?
ISAAC: Yeah, well...(trails off, then leans forward and smiles). So, how you doin'?
DANA: Who cares how I'm doing?! Isaac, I've got to go start the show again! This is the craziest thing I've ever experienced in my life!
ISAAC: Well, then you gotta live more, Dana, 'cause there's some crazy-ass stuff out there.
DANA: I have to go now. 11:10?
ISAAC: Yes! You didn't turn off the clocks in there, did you? Will's not afraid of clocks?
DANA: You look good today. And your speech is getting better.
DAN: Casey, you know what?
CASEY: I know.
DAN: What's the worst that could happen, hmm?
CASEY: She could say no. She could laugh. And then I'd feel sad and ashamed for a long time, and I already did that for eleven years.
DAVE: In 3...2....
CASEY: Welcome back. The NBA got a shot in the arm today. Commissioner David Stern announced...
NATALIE: Dana! We've got a--
DANA: Hang on! This is gonna be fun!
(DANA storms through the control room toward the studio.)
CASEY: ...a five-year contract with major broadcast network, the name of which we'd reveal, but we're small and petty.
(DANA walks onto set in front of DAN and CASEY)
DANA: Hello! My name is Dana Whitaker. I'm the executive producer of Sports Night, and I'm interrupting this broadcast to tell you that Casey took gymnastics after school for seven years. How's he lookin' to ya now, girls?
DANA: We're not on the air, you idiots!
CASEY: What happened?
DANA: We're going up 10 minutes late.
NATALIE: Why didn't we get word?
DANA: We did get word.
CASEY: What, are you kiddin' me?
DAN: Don't worry about it.
ISAAC: Are you telling me that Isaac just...
DAN: Don't worry about it.
DANA: Natalie, back up the field 10 minutes. Dave...
DANA: That's right. Put us back at ready 1. (to Dan and Casey) Can I see you two a second?
DAVE: That's 2:20 to VTR everybody! Let's do it again.
(DANA, CASEY and DAN go into the tape room)
DANA: It's like he didn't even care.
DANA: Yeah. He forgot to tell me?!
DAN: I think it'd be great if we'd all stop worrying about Isaac.
DANA: I think it'd be great if he'd stop giving us cause to worry. Just keep an eye out, okay?
(DAN leaves. DANA heads for the door, but CASEY gestures for her to stop. They stare at each other briefly before CASEY stands up to awkwardly open the door for DANA. The bump into each other as they both try to walk out.)
(CASEY walks toward DAN.)
DAN: Right there. You know what that was?
DAN: Another missed opportunity. You miss enough of them and the ballgame's over.
CASEY: Well, let's see if we can do the show right this time.
(FADE TO BREAK)
DAN: Don't go anywhere, folks. There's more to come. We've got Columbus, Colorado, D.C. and L.A. Four soccer highlights - pinch me. You're watching Sports Night on CSC, so stick around.
DAVE: We're out.
DAN: Dana, what are we doing about Nuendike?
DANA: He's eighteen after seven. If he goes to nineteen, we'll break in.
(DANA starts to walk out of the control room)
DANA: Elliott, set the feed!
CHRIS: 90 seconds back.
(JEREMY walks up to NATALIE)
JEREMY: You have a second?
NATALIE: No, I don't have a second.
JEREMY: Actually, you have 90 seconds.
NATALIE: I'm using this time for myself.
(NATALIE and JEREMY leave the control room and move to the conference room.)
JEREMY: First of all...
JEREMY: Thank you for seeing me.
NATALIE: What do you want?
JEREMY: I want to say while acknowledging that not everyone shares each other's view of the world, and while most situations between two or more people involve various shades of gray as opposed to black and white--
NATALIE: What are you trying to say?
JEREMY: I'm trying to say that I'm right and you're wrong! And what's more, you know I'm right and you're wrong!
NATALIE: No, you mean you're right and I'm cute.
JEREMY: Natalie, they wanted you to be damn weather girl!
NATALIE: They wanted me for local sports and human interest.
JEREMY: You turned down the job! Why are we still fighting?
NATALIE: You know why we're still figh--.
JEREMY: No! I really don't!
NATALIE: "They want you because you're cute"?
JEREMY: No, they wanted you because they're idiots.
NATALIE: Thank you. (Starts to leave the room.)
JEREMY: You know what I mean.
NATALIE: I do know what you mean!
JEREMY: You weren't gonna get to do any writing. You weren't gonna get to do any reporting. They were gonna hand you wire copy and dress you great.
NATALIE: I understand that, Jeremy! I've been doing this a few years! I'm talking about you being upset I got the offer at all!
JEREMY: I don't know why you think I was upset!
NATALIE: You were acting like--
JEREMY: You're wrong!
NATALIE: I'm not!
JEREMY: And even if you're right? I don't know what's so wrong about being bummed because you might move to Galveston, Texas.
NATALIE: Nothing. Except that's not what you were bummed about.
(NATALIE walks out, followed shortly after by JEREMY)
DAVE: In three...two...
CASEY: Welcome back. Here's what's goin' on. Timothy Nuendike just struck out his nineteenth batter, one short of tying and two short of breaking the all-time Major League record. We're gonna take you out to San Francisco. We're gonna take you there live, and you're gonna stay for as long as it takes.
DAN: I know we promised you soccer highlights, so let me just tell you that Columbus beat Miami one-nothing. Dallas beat San Jose one-nothing. Chicago beat Colorado one-nothing, and New England beat Kansas City two-one in an offensive slug-fest. A modest proposal make the nets bigger. John Savitch and Tom Vance in San Francisco.
DAVE: We're out.
DANA: Don't anybody go too far.
CASEY: Make the nets bigger?
DAN: You got a better idea?
CASEY: How 'bout a smaller net and no goalie?
DAN: I like it.
CASEY: Well, there's basketball.
DAN: Listen to me. You gotta
CASEY: Do you get that there are certain way in which I'm not like you?
CASEY: You walk up to women. You're that guy. You have a smoothness. It works for you. Those are the ways in which I'm not like you.
DAN: I just thought you meant you were allergic to beets.
(ISAAC is watching the game in his office when DAN knocks on the door.)
DAN: What's up?
ISAAC: Make the nets bigger?
DAN: Either that or a lot smaller and get rid of the goalies.
ISAAC: Dan, this network has a three-year deal with Major League Soccer.
DAN: I know. That's why I'm trying to help out.
ISAAC: Two billion soccer fans will be happy to hear that.
DAN: So what happened?
ISAAC: What do you mean?
DAN: You forgot?
ISAAC: I forgot.
DAN: Isaac, you can't work full-time.
ISAAC: I have to.
ISAAC: Because they pay me to.
DAN: You had a stroke.
ISAAC: Is that what that was?
ISAAC: I thought it was bad swordfish.
DAN: Isaac, I'm not kiddin' around here
ISAAC: Leave me alone, Danny. (ISAAC stands up and slowly walks away from his desk, using a cane.)
DAN: Where you goin'?
ISAAC: To get myself a drink.
DAN: Are you allowed to drink?
ISAAC: Danny, I'm 63 years old! I've got a driver's license and everything!
DAN: I meant in your condition.
ISAAC: I know what you meant.
DAN: Is this about the network?
ISAAC: Is what about the network?
DAN: You're trying to do more than you can do. I wanna know if this is about Luther and J.J. and feelin' heat from CSC.
DAN: They see you're weak and they're coming after the show, is that what's happening?
ISAAC: Listen, let me--
DAN: Is that why you're working when you shouldn't be working? Give me names, Isaac. After you're funeral and memorial service, I want to know who I go see.
ISAAC: I'm not weak.
DAN: You forgot we were going up 10 minutes late?
ISAAC: Yes, I did.
DAN: Admit that it's harder now.
ISAAC: I have no trouble admitting that.
DAN: Ask people to do things for you.
ISAAC: Like what?
DAN: Like getting you a drink.
DAN: Because you've been walking over to that bar for like a half an hour, man.
(Both of them laugh.)
ISAAC: I'm getting stronger.
ISAAC: The recovery period
DAN: The recovery period's 12 months.
DAN: Why you back at work after five months?
ISAAC: Because I am. You know what, Danny? On your best day, you make about 10 mistakes. And if you don't believe me, let's take a look at the file tape on tonight's teaser.
DAN: That was my fault.
ISAAC: I'll say. I made a mistake just like the ones I used to make. And there was a time when you and Casey would come in here and beat the hell outta me 'til tears were coming out of my eyes I was laughing so hard. (DAN chuckles.) I'm not your damn grandfather. Don't treat me that way. When I screw up, I don't want you coming in here for The Talk. I wanna hear some chatter out there.
(ISAAC turns the game back on, then he and DAN knock fists before DAN leaves. Meanwhile, NATALIE and JEREMY are alone in the control room watching the game.)
JEREMY: This doesn't look good.
NATALIE: Were you talking to me?
JEREMY: There's no one else in the room.
(JEREMY turns down the volume of the game)
JEREMY: Do you think I was upset that you got offered the job, and I didn't?
NATALIE: Yes. I saw an ugly side of you come out--
JEREMY: You think you saw
NATALIE: I know what I saw. And I'm telling you if the tables had been turned, I would have thrown you a party.
NATALIE: We both want to be on-camera. And this isn't the last time this is gonna happen, so what do we do?
JEREMY: How 'bout we listen to what the other person is saying instead of trying to interpret?
NATALIE: Oh, please.
NATALIE: Men harbor this illusion that they can cover up their, you know, with this other thing, but woman always know.
JEREMY: No! They don't! You know why not? Because women don't have special powers! Let's dispense with that theory right now. Women don't have a sixth sense. Women don't have intuition. Women don't have special powers! You were being offered a job in Galveston. That meant that I was going to have to, like, go there. I was going to have to go and live there and get a job in Galveston! And I wasn't going to get offered a job in broadcasting. It was going to be ranch work for me, okay? Or big game fishing. Either way, my life has taken an abrupt and bizarre turn. Because one minute I'm paying my bills with money I'm earning at my dream job, while dating the most beautiful woman on the planet, and the next minute I'm on a cattle drive and I'm dating the weather girl from "Good Morning, Galveston." And I'd have done it! I'd have moved to Galveston with the heat and the cattle and the malaria. I'd have done it because that's how much I love you, and that's how much I want what you want. But you can't expect me to be wild about the idea! (Pause) What?
NATALIE: You are so cute.
NATALIE: You are just so cute.
JEREMY: Look, we have to be serious for just a second.
NATALIE: I'm totally serious.
JEREMY: I see.
JEREMY: The thing is...your instinct wasn't entirely
NATALIE: I know.
JEREMY: I didn't behave like a man.
NATALIE: You're apologizing like one.
NATALIE: You're so cute it freaks me out.
JEREMY: (Laughs). All right, well let's just say...
NATALIE: Let's just say what?
NATALIE: No, it's okay. You want to make a little proclamation.
JEREMY: I don't want to make a proclamation.
NATALIE: Sure you do. Go ahead.
JEREMY: No, it's just...
JEREMY: I deem that the fight is officially over.
NATALIE: Excellent. I deem I'm coming to bed tonight in your tuxedo shirt, high heels and nothing else.
NATALIE: Tell me women don't have special powers.
JEREMY: What's up , Elliott?
ELLIOTT: You watching the game?
NATALIE: Aww, man! No.
ELLIOTT: Nuendike isn't lookin' so good.
NATALIE: Give me audio!
(Meanwhile, DANA is sitting is CASEY and DAN's dark office when CASEY walks in)
DANA: Oh, hey!
CASEY: Whatcha doin'?
DANA: I'm hangin' out in your office.
CASEY: I can see.
DANA: I do that sometimes. During the show. During breaks. I like it in here. I like the skyline, better than the one in my office.
DANA: No, I just made all that up. I was in here because I thought you might be in here.
CASEY: Oh. Yeah. And I am.
DANA: So I was right.
CASEY: (looking out window) That is a beautiful skyline.
DANA: (looking at Casey) It's a beautiful city.
CASEY: You know...this is gonna sound, uh, you're gonna laugh at this.
DANA: Try me.
CASEY: Danny's been talking to me all week about the statute of limitations.
DANA: Have you committed a crime?
CASEY: No, no. I, well, I mean back when I was pledging my fraternity, but I took care of that with community service.
DANA: (Laughing) I remember.
CASEY: No, Danny was talking about that it's been 90 days since you broke off the engagement with Gordon.
CASEY: And that that was my opportunity to, you know, to, if I was gonna, to ask you out.
(DANA gives CASEY a surprised stare)
CASEY: That was my opportunity to ask you out.
DANA: Statute of limitations?
(DANA continues to stare at CASEY.)
CASEY: Anyway, I better get to the uh...the...go back. (As CASEY's voice trails off, he turns to leave the office.)
DANA: It's 60 days.
(CASEY suddenly turns around as DANA stands up.)
DANA: It's 60 days. Whatcha been waitin' on, McCall?
CASEY: I was...
CASEY: I was, you know, waiting.
DANA: You were waiting for what, Saint Swythens Day?
CASEY: I was waiting the proper 90 days the way I was taught.
DANA: Yeah, well, whoever taught you taught you wrong.
CASEY: It was Danny.
DANA: No kidding.
CASEY: Well listen, then unless you wave me off, I'm going to kiss you right now.
DANA: If it's not too much trouble.
(CASEY walks to DANA)
CASEY: I'm gonna do it, Dana.
DANA: I'm saying do it, Casey.
(CASEY stands frozen as his face first expresses confusion, then a smile.)
DANA: You've done this before, right? I mean, you have a child.
CASEY: Yes. Sure. Absolutely.
(CASEY again freezes.)
DANA: I'm standing here...
CASEY: Right. All I was thinking was that I have to be back on the air in, uh, just a short time...
CASEY:And squeezing this in between the Tim Nuendike and the NFL injury report seems, uh...
DANA: You're right.
CASEY: Aren't I?
CASEY: So after the show...
CASEY: Good! I'll meet you back here.
(He turns to leave)
DANA: Tell Natalie I'm on my way.
("It's in His Kiss" starts playing as we see Casey through the office door starting to walk away, then suddenly turning around, walking back into the office and grabbing DANA for a passionate, yet tender kiss. When CASEY breaks away, DANA looks overwhelmed and a little light-headed.)
CASEY: You don't mess with the statute of limitations! It's showtime! (He walks through the newsroom, stopped briefly to pump his fists). YEAH!
(DANA tries to regain her composure and makes her way back to the booth)
CASEY: (walking back onto set) Man, did Nuendike collapse!
DAN: Total self-destruction.
CASEY: Yeah, not unlike some--
DAN: Shut up.
CASEY: Thank you, Allison.
ALLISON: Can I go?
CASEY: You can go.
DAN: What's with the look?
CASEY: What look?
DAN: On your face. The look on your face.
CASEY: I'm just...feelin' good.
DAVE: 60 seconds in.
CHRIS: Standby sound 180.
WILL: Standby animation.
NATALIE: (on phone) Dana, we're up right now. We need you right here, right now.
(DANA walks in.)
ELLIOTT: That's incredible.
NATALIE: (into phone) You know what? You can stay where you are.
JEREMY: I keep thinking about Cho Chang and her swim to freedom.
NATALIE: I keep thinking about three-inch heels.
JEREMY: Okay, that's what I'm thinking about too.
DAVE: Dan, Casey, coming to you live in 10...
(DANA fixes her lipstick and adjusts her shirt. Meanwhile, ISAAC is on set and happy to be there).
DAVE: In 3...2....
CASEY: Welcome back! And say what you will, but Timothy Nuendike did a yeoman's job before becoming completely unhinged.
DAN: No need to go home unhappy, though. We've got some lovely parting gifts for you when we come back. You're watching Sports Night on CSC, so stick around.
DAVE: We're out.
(FADE TO "SPORTS NIGHT" LOGO)
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