Sports Night (1998) s01e18 Episode Script

The Sword of Orion

Previously on "Sports Night" I was just wondering|if Dana would have a problem if I took a few days off|next week.
-- What's going on?|-- Oh, it's nothing.
What's going on? My parents|might be splitting up.
-- I knew I knew you.
|-- Yes.
-- You're Steve Sisco's wife.
|-- Ex-wife.
I've had experience|with sportscasters.
-- What kind of experience?|-- I was married to one.
-- Ah.
|-- Yes.
Kim: Five minutes to air.
First team in the studio,|please.
Five minutes.
-- I'm pumped.
|-- Me too.
-- I'm pumped up.
|-- Excellent.
-- Aren't you pumped?|-- I am.
-- I'm ready.
|-- Excellent.
Five minutes to air.
The best words|in the English language.
-- Aren't they?|-- Yes.
They're the best words|in the English language.
Cinq minutes|avant d'etre en direct.
Those are the best words|in the French language.
-- Yes.
|-- Oui.
Cinco minutos|para salir al aire.
This is what|I'm talking about.
-- There's an internal clock.
|-- There is.
-- It's like athletes.
|-- It's just like that.
-- When that gun goes off|-- When the bell rings -- It's game time, my friend!|-- You can take it to the bank! The most beautiful sound|in the world.
Funf minuten|bis sendungszeit.
-- Now you're just showing off.
|-- Yeah.
-- Good show, guys.
|-- Good show, Kim.
Did Orlando Rojas pitch|this afternoon? I do not know.
-- You don't know?|-- I do not.
Natalie, did Orlando Rojas|pitch this afternoon? That's a good question.
Thank you very much.
Did he pitch this afternoon? I do not know.
Thank God none of us work|in sports.
Hey, neither of you have heard|from Jeremy, have you? -- Since he left? Nope.
|-- Yeah.
You haven't heard from him? I heard from him the first|night, but not the second night|and not tonight.
Did you call|his parents' house? -- I left a message.
|-- Maybe he's just busy.
Maybe he met another woman|and forgot all about you.
Maybe I'll jam a number-2 pencil|up your nose.
Maybe he's just busy.
Maybe that's right.
Dave: 60 seconds to VTR.
-- Two minutes live.
|-- This is a heads-up.
We're two hours in front of|Baja California right now.
We're three hours in front.
Baja California isn't on|daylight savings time.
Everybody in the country's|on daylight savings time.
Baja California|isn't in this country.
California|isn't in this country? Baja California|isn't in California.
|It's in Mexico.
Baja California|is in Mexico? -- Yeah.
|-- What kind of stupid-ass -- I'm just saying heads-up.
"Sports Night" is at ready-1.
-- I'm pumped.
|-- 30 seconds to VTR.
Dave: Live in 90.
|-- I'm pumped.
Why wouldn't he call me? His parents are splitting up,|Natalie.
He's got some stuff going on.
-- Yeah, but --|-- He'll be back tomorrow.
-- You know|what you should do?|-- Yeahwhat? -- Get pumped.
|-- Yeah.
I'm pumped.
Dave: Roll VTR.
|-- Dave, are you pumped? -- What the hell is she --|-- She's pumped.
-- Are you pumped?|-- I am.
That's great.
Elliott did Orlando Rojas pitch|this afternoon? He's pitching tomorrow.
Did he pitch|in the bullpen yesterday? Yeah.
Kelly was there,|and she saw him throw.
How'd his fastball look? Should be crossing the plate|any minute now.
You guys are all set.
|Have a good show.
We will have a good show,|Alyson, you know why? 'Cause you're pumped? 'Cause we're pumped.
Dan's pretty excited.
Casey's speaking in tongues.
Alyson, did you know I speak|four languages? You speak three languages.
I speak four languages.
You speak French, Spanish,|and German.
I dabble|in a little English.
What were we talking about? I was hoping you'd know.
-- The point is we're pumped.
|-- Yes.
Do I have to keep|standing here? -- No.
Go get pumped.
|-- Okay.
You know what pumps me up? I know you like grape jelly.
Orlando Rojas.
Orlando Rojas pumps me up.
It's just strange that|he hasn't called me.
He's okay.
Dave: In 32 Good evening.
|From New York City, I'm Dan Rydell|alongside Casey McCall.
Those stories, plus we'll bring|you the madness of March and a mayday from Missouri.
We'll show you why|McKenzie Blane falls|mainly on Tulane, and we'll do other things|that rhyme as well.
All that coming up after this.
You're watching|"Sports Night" on CSC,|so stick around.
Dave: We're out.
Dan: Orlando Rojas.
I don't know who that is.
Orlando Rojas the pitcher.
-- Oh, Orlando Rojas|the pitcher.
|-- Yes.
I don't know who that is.
He's pitching this afternoon.
-- Orlando Rojas?|-- Yes.
I don't know who that is.
That's hard to believe.
I took an elevator|up 12 floors, Dan.
What did you want to tell me? I wanted to tell you that Orlando Rojas is pitching|this afternoon.
You couldn't tell me that|on the phone? Well, you don't like it|when I bother you at work.
Hey, is it okay if I hit you|in the head with this big book? -- That's Casey's.
|-- Oh.
Casey, is it okay|if I hit Dan in the head -- with this big book?|Casey: Yep.
-- She doesn't know|who Orlando Rojas is.
|-- He's a pitcher.
He's pitching this afternoon.
-- Orlando Rojas?|-- You guys, seriously, I'm just gonna|sit down in the middle|of the room and cry.
A perfect game? Yes, ma'am.
And a perfect game is good? Listen, I know there's|a lot of jargon, but some of these|are pretty self-explanatory.
I have to go back|to my office.
How could you have been married|to Steve Sisco all those years|and know nothing about sports? It wasn't|"all those years," Dan.
|It was 2 1/2 years.
Yeah, but they were 2 1/2|Steve Sisco years.
That's like 25 regular years.
You think Neil Armstrong's|wife is an expert in|astropropulsion? -- I think|she's heard of the moon.
|-- Sports isn't what I do|for a living.
-- What do you do for a living?|-- What? -- What do you do exactly?|-- You know exactly what I do.
-- You're a market analyst.
|-- Yes.
-- What does that mean?|-- I analyze the market.
-- Keep going.
|-- It's hard to understand, Dan.
I'm a very smart guy, Rebecca.
I analyze conditions and trends|and make recommendations to protect and improve|this company's position in the global|financial community.
That's what I do.
-- You don't really know,|do you?|-- I do too know.
It was your husband's life.
|You never even had a passing|interest in it? I'm just saying|I know precisely what I do|for a living, okay? I happen to be a graduate|of the Wharton School.
[ Chuckling ] What? Could you say|that part again -- "l happen to be a graduate|of the Wharton School"? Have people ever tried|to kill you? Yeah, but I defend myself with|my superior wit and guile.
I'm going back to my office.
-- Hey, guess what.
|-- [ Sighs ] What? -- Orlando Rojas is pitching|this afternoon.
|-- I heard.
-- Watch the game with me.
|-- Nope.
It'll be great.
I'll tape it.
|We can watch it later tonight.
-- No.
|-- Why? 'Cause you like me right now,|and you love sports, and I think when you see those|two things in a room together|at the same time, I'm gonna look a little less|like what you want.
I think you're wrong.
I have to go back|to my office.
First of all, what makes you|so sure I like you right now? Well, you follow me everywhere|I go, and you ask me out|all the time.
You're reading way too much|into that.
See, you may have|attended the Wharton School, but I graduated from a little|institution called Dartmouth, and I took Psych 101, and, on one or two occasions,|I went to class, so I know all about the likes|of you, Miss Missy.
You built yourself a wall,|a wall of pain, a wall whose bricks|are made of pain and whose mortar is made|of tears and whose -- What's the other one?|There's bricks and mortar -- -- That's it.
|-- Really? -- Just bricks and mortar.
|-- There isn't a third thing? Nope.
|You've got a wall.
I'm going back to my world now.
I'm gonna tear|that wall down, Rebecca,|bit by little bit.
I'm gonna tear it down for I am Dan, doer of good things|where women are concerned.
[ Chuckles ] How you all doin'? We're just friends.
Uh, that's Goodwin -- Jeremy Goodwin -- and I'm|not looking for topography, just the general|nautical make-up.
I need a chart.
You're back! -- Yeah.
|-- Hey! Hey.
Right, no that area's|way too far north, though.
-- My man has come back to me!|-- And what I need is a chart.
Did you get|my "Welcome Back" card? Right.
|That was really nice.
I need a chart of that area|where the storm hit.
It says "Welcome Back"|in big letters, and then there's a drawing of me|holding a sign that says|"Welcome Back.
" Uh, about 600 nautical miles|from the start buoy.
So it's actually two cards.
Okay, would you call me|at this number, please? There's also, as you can see,|a box of Good & Plentys.
Thank you.
|Thank you.
-- You're back.
|-- I'm sorry I didn't call|last night.
-- Or the night before.
|-- Right, but -- Do you want to know|how good I am? I'm not even gonna ask|why you didn't call.
Thank you, 'cause what l|really gotta do right now -- Why the hell didn't you call? You know, it was just|one of those things.
I get it.
-- Do you? Thank you.
|-- Yeah.
Why the hell didn't you call? -- Natalie.
|-- [ Telephone rings ] Jeremy Goodwin.
Yeah, I need a chart.
Because I'm trying to figure out|how it happened.
It's the big box|of Good & Plenty.
[ Sighs ] [ Tapping ] There is a rundown meeting,|right? Yes.
'Cause it was kind of hard|not to notice that we're|the only two people here.
-- See, the thing about me|is I'm well-rounded.
|-- Yes.
-- For instance,|I speak many languages.
|-- Yes.
And I can juggle,|play a little piano.
I need this meeting|to get underway.
I want people to walk|in the door right now.
[ Door opens ] Look at that.
That's a power|I didn't even know I had.
Good afternoon, everybody.
Will, you're sitting|in lsaac's chair.
I thought lsaac wasn't here.
You don't sit in lsaac's chair|when lsaac isn't here.
All right! Let's go.
|No foolin' around.
We've got nine items|for this meeting, and we're just gonna go|bam, bam, bam -- no interruptions.
|I think we can do it.
I'm feeling really good about|this meeting so far.
|I'm serious.
I'm getting a really good vibe|from this meeting,|so here we go.
-- Ready, Elliott?|[ Snaps fingers ] ltem one --|-- Dana -- Oh, this meeting sucks.
|-- Just one thing.
This is for everybody.
I'm gonna be taping|the Orioles game, and I'm not gonna be watching it|till the show comes down.
Under no circumstances do I want|to know the outcome of the game|or how Rojas pitched.
I want to share a sports|experience with Rebecca, and I don't want to know|anything about this game.
That's a bit problematic.
-- Why?|-- 'Cause I understand|that it's our job to get the information|and report it to others.
I've got that all covered.
Can we get started? First of all,|you take the Orioles game.
Elliott,|you reroute the LC wire so that I'm not getting|American League scores|in my office.
Kim, please pass this along|to the staff and have them establish|a signal they can give me|if I'm approaching danger.
Once the American League|wrap-up starts, I need to be outfitted|with a blindfold and a Walkman, and, just to be on|the safe side, Dana, you better put a Hefty bag|over the floor monitors.
Kill me.
|Kill me now.
Here we go.
|Item one, Elliott.
-- Yes!|-- I have something.
We print these rundowns -- tomorrow is the 10th|anniversary of the wreck|of the Sword of Orion.
It happened during|the Governor's Cup.
Jeremy,|I didn't even see you there.
|When did you get back? I took the train down|this morning.
What's the Governor's Cup? It's a sailboat race|from New York to Nassau.
called the Sword of Orion,|which was favored to win, went massively and inexplicably|off course and into the path of winds|gusting up to 90 miles per hour|with 30-foot seas.
The tactician, who was the son|of the boat's owner, was thrown|overboard and drowned.
The rest of the crew was saved|four days later.
I'd like to do a feature.
I thought I could piece|together what happened|on the boat.
I'm gonna do interviews|with four of the crew members, I've got two of the captain's|logs as well as other support|information.
What I'm having trouble with|is getting the right charts.
I need the right charts and l|need to learn how to read them.
I'm confident I can, that I can|learn how to read them.
Anyway, I'd like to do|a feature, Dana.
I'm done.
|That's all I had to say.
I don't know if -- It's a good idea, Dana.
Keep Natalie posted.
Item one Yes, but I never said I was|gonna watch it with you.
It seemed like you|secretly wanted to.
-- I didn't.
|-- There was an understanding.
-- There wasn't.
|-- There was|a tacit understanding.
-- Hey, Dan.
|-- Hey, Celia.
You're telling me|you never watched a game|with Steve Sisco? Could you stop calling him|Steve Sisco? The way you use his full name|drives me crazy.
In fact, everything you do|drives me crazy.
-- Hey, Dan.
|-- Hey, Stuart.
How is it you've become buddies with everyone|who works down here? I have a way about me.
For you are Dan.
For I am.
Why is this game|so important to you? Orlando Rojas is pitching.
And he's really good? We don't know yet.
He's been out for two years|after shoulder surgery|and rehab.
I've interviewed|him a few times.
|You'd like him a lot.
And he's really|one of the good guys.
-- What team|does he play for?|-- The Orioles.
An oriole|is a kind of bird.
There's nothing about you|I don't hate.
-- And yet you're mysteriously|drawn to me.
|-- Yes.
Come to my office at midnight.
|I won't know anything|about the game yet.
What happens if they win? -- The Orioles? Nothing.
|-- Yes.
-- Nothing happens|if they win the game?|-- No.
They don't go|to the championship? No, actually, the season|hasn't started yet.
It's what's called|an exhibition game.
They play about 30 of them|before the season starts|as a tuneup.
Then why does everyone care|who wins? Nobody cares who wins,|but if Orlando Rojas can put|some innings together, he may not get cut from the team|as quickly as most people|think he's gonna.
There's really nothing|like seeing a guy realize|he's not done yet.
Usually it goes the other way.
Watch the game with me.
Dan, it's been a long week.
|I just don't think I can wait|around till midnight.
I'm gonna get this stuff done|and go home, probably take|a bath, and go to sleep.
-- You sure?|-- Yeah.
Should I stop trying|to sell you? -- Yes.
|-- Really? -- Yep.
|-- Okay.
Let me try to sell you.
I knew that deep down you wanted|me to try and sell you.
-- Hey, Dan.
|-- Hey, Phil.
|What do you say? All right! Everybody, please,|stop being friendly to Dan! Number one,|there'll be pretzels.
Jeremy:|400 miles into the race, they were still all within|sight of each other, but on the fifth night,|around sunset, Southern Cross logged that|they'd lost visual contact with the Sword of Orion|right around here.
Two hours later, Practical Knowledge had|lost sight of them as well.
They tacked east|working off a report that called for 40-knot winds|out of the south-southwest.
They were right here when|all their onboard computers, including the SatNav radar,|malfunctioned.
And not only did they not know|where they were, they had no way of knowing|that the call for 40-knot winds|was off by more than half.
So, it was a few minutes|past midnight -- Hey, Jeremy, did, uh,|something happen on this trip you want to talk about?|Something happen at home? No.
Just my parents|are getting divorced.
I know.
So, I mean, it is what it is.
Anyway, it was a few minutes|past midnight when the Sword of Orion|turned again, making a course|for 82 degrees south, and that was the last mistake|they'd have a chance to make.
[ Telephone ringing ] Uh, I'd like to audition|these graphics in the 30s and leave time for any changes.
Would you put them up, Dave? Yeah, I'll put them up|on the monitor, but I think you might want|to let us do the talking.
Why? You frighten the people|in graphics.
-- No, I don't.
|-- Yes, you do.
The people in graphics|are my friends.
-- That's not quite right.
|-- I'm so nice to them.
That's one way|of looking at it.
What's another way? That oftentimes you express|your displeasure with their work in ways that make them want|to take their own lives.
I absolutely do not.
Talk to us,|let us talk to them.
-- I'm perfectly nice.
|-- Dana.
-- Watch how nice I can be.
|-- Dana.
Show me 30.
|You'll see how nice I can be.
Oh, that blows! Yeah, she's not wild about it.
Back here at 10:00.
Anyway, I wouldn't worry|about it.
He's acting very strange|today, Dana.
It's honestly not like him|not to call me, and he didn't respond|to the Good & Plenty, and it was the big box|of Good & Plenty, and what's up with his obsession|with this boat race? -- I wouldn't call it|an obsession.
|-- No, it is.
Is his father still living|at home? No, he's at a motel now.
Is Jeremy very close|to his father? Jeremy worships his father.
|He's the sweetest man.
It shouldn't be too hard|to understand why Jeremy|isn't in the best mood.
He's not telling me something.
-- Jeremy?|-- Yeah.
Don't worry about it.
Hey The people in graphics|are afraid of me? Yeah.
These fingers wrap around|these two seams.
It's called|a 2-seam fastball.
Now, don't throw that|until your arm is good|and warm, Celia.
Don't be a hero.
I don't believe this.
Hey, Rebecca's back.
Who wants to show Rebecca|what we've been working on? This is my office.
|This is so totally my office.
You guys, I think Rebecca|wants you to leave.
This is my office.
That's my desk.
This is my chair.
This is my job.
You look to me like somebody who needs to learn the proper|grip of a 2-seam fastball.
Dan, you see|that I have work to do? I see you have work to do,|but I'm not entirely convinced|you know what it is.
-- Get out.
|-- You really won't watch|a baseball game with me, huh? Not tonight.
Really? Yeah.
All right.
I'm not discouraged.
I am Dan.
Yes, you are.
See you Monday.
Listen to what Milton says|in Paradise Lost -- he's basically saying that|Orion becomes an instrument|of divine wrath, perfectly controlled|by God to thwart those|who would defy him, who "treadeth upon|the waves of the sea.
" Casey, did you get|a 5-minute call? -- Nope.
|-- Five minutes.
-- Really?|-- Yeah.
-- It's 10 to 1 1 :00.
|-- Right.
We still go on the air|at 1 1 :00, right? -- Yes.
|-- So I want to talk to Jeremy.
No problem.
|Talk to me later, Jeremy.
-- Thanks.
|-- By the way this is the second time today|I've been kicked out of a room, and I go pleasantly|and without incident.
Thank you.
There's a lot of|great stuff on Orion -- the god and also|the constellation.
You know, most people|see only the belt, which is formed by delta,|epsilon, and zeta -- three second-magnitude stars that are spaced equally|in a straight line.
Beneath the belt is a line|of fainter stars, and, of these stars, theta|isn't really a star at all.
It's actually the brightest part|of the Orion nebula.
So this great pink star|in the sword of Orion turns out to be something far more complicated|and interesting.
My father's been having|an affair with a woman|for 27 years.
Do you know her? No.
How did your mom find out? He told her.
You know I don't know how quickly|I can get this piece done.
-- That's okay.
|-- It's worth it, I think, to figure out exactly how this boat|that was supposed to win met with this kind|of disaster.
I'd like to look at a chart.
-- It's okay.
|-- I'm sorry I didn't call.
Don't think about that now.
[ Vehicle horns honking ] Chris: 15 seconds back.
I'll tell you what else.
|I can cook -- not everything, but spaghetti|I'm very good at, cupcakes.
-- What's Dan doing?|-- Don't worry about it.
Dave: In 32 That was Connie Morton|in Fort Lauderdale|with the Orioles.
An auspicious outing|for Scott Erickson and the lefty Orlando Rojas.
[ Thump ] That's all for us.
We're off tomorrow,|but we'll be back Sunday with the final-round coverage of|the Battle Creek lnvitational.
We'll see if Fuzzy Zoeller|can close the gap.
You've been watching|"Sports Night" on CSC.
Have a good night.
Good night, everybody.
Dave: Music.
|Will: Go.
-- Animation.
|Chris: Go.
We're out.
-- Good show.
|-- Good show, everybody.
-- That was a very nice show.
|Kim: We were pumped! -- I could tell.
|-- It was a good show.
Would you tell graphics|that the wise thing|for them to do would be to leave the building|right now very quickly? Hey, Dana says you guys come|on up for a well-deserved|pat on the back.
Here it is.
-- Ah, thank you very much.
|-- Have a good night.
-- Take it easy.
|-- Good night, Elliott.
Listen, I'm gonna go talk|to Jeremy, but are you gonna watch|the game in the office? -- Yeah.
|-- I'll stop by.
[ Loudly ]|I am now walking through|the newsroom carrying the tape! Please stop all conversations regarding Orlando Rojas|and the Orioles game! I repeat, please stop|all conversations regarding Orlando Rojas and the Or-- He slipped on a tangerine peel|in the locker room|before the game.
He twisted his ankle|pretty good.
Are you serious? Boy, did you bite down hard on|that one.
[ Chuckles ] That was nice.
You played a little joke.
Steve made it clear|that he didn't want me|in that world.
It was very important|to him, and I -- He had a hard time|mixing those things.
I had a hunch.
I want to tell you|that I appreciate the extraordinary effort|you went through today.
I want you to know|I appreciate it, and it's hard because --|Well -- The wall of pain.
|-- Sure.
With the bricks|and the tears And the third thing.
I'm gonna tear down|that wall, Rebecca, bit by little bit.
May take weeks,|could take months, but I'm gonna do it.
I'm hunkering down for a long|period of wall demolition -- just bit by little bit.
I expect the process to be|excruciating, but ultimately worth it.
I booked a suite at|the St.
Regis for tonight.
Room service has a bottle|of champagne chilling in|the room right now.
Could I take you there,|please? Well, that'll speed things up|considerably.
Follow me.
And, Dan Yeah? Take the tape.
The tape? Take the tape.
# We come|on the sloop John B # -- # my grandfather and me #|-- Excellent.
|[ Taps videotape ] # Around Nassau town|we did roam # # Drinking all night # # Got into a fight # # Well, I feel so broke up # # I want to go home # # So hoist up|the John B's sail # # See how the mainsail sets # # Call for the captain ashore # # Let me go home # # Let me go home # # I wanna go home # # Yeah, yeah # [ Rock music plays ]