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Recap / Sports Night S 02 E 19 April Is The Cruelest Month

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Casey: I wouldn't trade the last 10 years working with you for anything. Not for anything, Danny, I swear to God.

Directed by Don Scardino

Written by Bill Wrubel & Matt Tarses

Dana and Isaac are upset when the network not only plans to cut back their Olympic coverage substantially, but may make more cuts across the board. The staff is doing both their regular show and the west coast update, and in between shows, Dan and Jeremy organize a Seder for Passover. Casey and Dan finally make up after their fight.


This episode contains examples of:

  • As the Good Book Says...: At least until Jeremy rewrites it:
    Isaac: (reading from his script) "For God then looked down at his lineup card, pointed to a kid on the bench, and said 'Moses, you're up!'"
    Jeremy: Well, there are sections of the Haggadah that, quite frankly, could use a polish.
    Dan: You're gonna do a rewrite on the Haggadah?
    Jeremy: It's not written in stone, Danny.
    Dan: Actually, some of it is.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Once again, the show's trouble with the CSC network is meant to mirror Sorkin's troubles with ABC.
  • Gratuitous Spanish:
    Natalie: Olympic fever, mi muchachos.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Jeremy finally admits to Natalie Jenny is a porn star, and she gets very upset at the thought he slept with her. When Jeremy admits it never got that far, she says, "What a goober."
  • Hypocrite: Dana points out Luther Sachs (the CEO of CSC network) is one of the highest-paid CEO's in the country, and yet the network is cutting back on Olympics coverage.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Isaac after the meeting with the network people.
  • Informed Judaism: This is the first indication we've seen that Elliot and Will are Jewish (though, to be fair, they had been relegated to Those Two Guys throughout most of the season, and in the first season, the Running Gag of Will's constant arguments with Chris could be seen as an extension of Jews Love to Argue).
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  • Shout-Out: Dan snarks on how cliched a manager sounds by comparing it to something written at Walden Pond. Also, when Casey mentions his video store asked him to do a top-ten list, Dana sarcastically asks if it'll include all five Rocky movies.
  • Waxing Lyrical: At one point, Natalie says, "Doctor, doctor, Mr. M.D., can you tell me, please, what be ailin' me?", which is a line from the Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'".

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