Everyone, minus Casey and Isaac, is in the conference room. It is the middle of the 6 P.M. run-down.
Dana: Okay, how's the Mourning piece coming along?
There is a moment of silence.
Natalie looks up and refocuses on the meeting.
Natalie: Good evening.
Dana: No progress?
Natalie: Still trying to get some quotes from him.
Dana exhales deeply.
Dana: Make it happen. Does anybody know about Casey?
Dan: We've already talked about it. Remember?
Kim: I missed it.
Dana: That's right. You did.
Kim: At least I showed up.
Elliott: Five minutes late.
Dana: Focus, people. Focus.
Dan: Casey guaranteed me he will be here for the show tonight.
Dana: It would be nice to see him before the show starts.
Isaac enters the room.
Isaac: I apologize for being late everybody. I was taking the subway and there was a delay on the 4.
Kim: Hey, you voted.
Everyone turns around and notices the 'I Voted' sticker Isaac is wearing on the breast of his jacket.
Isaac: It's my civic duty.
Dana: I didn't vote today.
Dana: I'm not registered.
Jeremy and Isaac give a disappointed look to Dana.
Jeremy: I voted today, and it was an honor to select the next leaders of the free world.
Will: They all sound the same to me.
Chris: Yeah, they say whatever it takes to get into office.
Elliott: And then they do whatever they want.
Isaac: Then vote them out.
Kim: It doesn't matter.
Isaac: I find it amazing that everyone has an opinion on how our government should be run, yet less than half of us even try to make a difference.
Casey limps into his office and takes a seat at his desk. He picks up the phone and dials out.
Casey: (on phone) Hey, Lisa. It's me. Everything's fine. (listens) I'll be fine. Can we still have dinner tonight? (listens) Okay. Great. I'll see you then. (hangs up the phone)
Dan walks into the office.
Dan: Hello, stranger.
Dan examines how Casey is sitting, and he starts to relax.
Dan: Looks like good news.
Casey: The doc thinks its epididymitis.
Dan: That's good. That's great news.
Dan sits at his desk.
Casey: He still wants to do an ultrasound just to make sure.
Dan: It would be wise.
Casey: He wants to make sure there are no tumors, masses, or any other signs of testicular cancer.
Dan: Number one cancer in men eighteen to thirty-five, Case.
Casey: I'm thirty-six.
Dan: Still doesn't make you exempt.
Casey: I know.
Dan: Welcome back, partner.
Casey: Glad to be back.
Dan looks down and notices something blinking on his phone.
Dan: Oooo. A message!
Dan picks up his phone, presses a few buttons, and listens.
After a few seconds, he hangs up the phone in disgust.
Casey: Working late again.
Elliott walks into the office.
Elliott: Casey. Great, you're back. You can reach Mourning at this number.
Elliott hands Casey a piece of paper.
Casey: Thanks Elliott.
Elliott: Everything okay with you?
Casey: Yeah, it will be. Thanks for asking.
Elliott: No problem.
Elliott leaves the office. Casey notices Dan starting at his phone.
Casey: Do something about it.
Dan: You want to have dinner tonight?
Casey: Ye... wait. I already pushed back dinner with Lisa already. I can't cancel now.
Dan: Yes, you can.
Casey: No, I can't.
Dan: Yes, you can.
Casey: It's the rules of etiquette.
Dan: What rules?
Casey: I can't cancel a dinner after I postponed or pushed it back. If I hadn't pushed dinner back, I would be able to cancel.
Dan: That's ridiculous.
Casey: That's the rule.
Dan: Not the rule. The fact you would follow that particular rule- that's ridiculous.
Casey: I'll see what I can do.
Dan: Give me a sec.
Dan picks up his phone and starts dialing.
Dan listens to the phone ringing the other end.
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