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"Sports Night" Character Analysis:
"The Apology"
by Chase Nordengren

Jeremy: The storm clouds are gathering.

  • A Story: Dan is in trouble with the network over a magazine interview in which he supports the legalization of marijuana
  • B Story: Casey thinks that said article projects him as uncool
  • C Story: Jeremy's cutting his first highlight tape

This is a very important episode, a favorite of many. This is probably what turned critics, and viewers, around after the "Pilot." This is a series that's not afraid to take on issues while still being funny, but, more importantly, we see what's really behind Dan.

Dan feels responsible for the death of his brother Sam. He feels that he got Sam hooked on drugs, and as a result, he is dead. While saying that, he supports the legalization of marijuana very adamantly.

The Apology

The other important thing to come out of this is the chemistry between Isaac and Dan. I talked the last time about Isaac being cold. Well, this is when we see that side of him.

I think it's interesting to think about what would make Dan decide to apologize to Sam. It was obviously very difficult. I would almost speculate that his script was more of the "destructive force" fluff driven by another emotion, which we will see more later, but he went off it. I actually chose the above quote ("The storm clouds are gathering") more for Dan than for Jeremy. There is a trouble in the air.

The Apology

Casey, on the other hand, is reeling in a much different way. He is not cool, newly divorced, and listening to the Starland Vocal Band. It may be his hair, his clothes, or the fact that he doesn't have a whisk. But, seriously, the Dana-Casey chemistry is starting to poke it's head out at us. Get used to it; I won't say anymore.

On that note, Natalie has "certain feelings" for Jeremy. And he has no idea. He is clueless. But the C story actually says more than at first glance. It's an underhanded way of saying how into a story he is. When he finds something, whether it's a pitching rhythm or something much more important, he digs into it and finds the whole thing.

Overall, excellent, as you will come to expect. I wish I could talk more, but that would reveal crucial plot, and Sorkin does that much better than I.

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