Special Sub-Topic: "Thespis"
|Elliot: "Anybody know why there's a ____ pound frozen turkey up in the light grid?"|
20. Elliot (in studio): "Anybody know why there's a 20-pound frozen turkey up in the light grid?"
Dan (walking into control room): "Elliot wants to know why there's a 20-pound frozen turkey in the light grid."
|The turkey wasn't actually the same size as Elliot thought. How large was it actually?|
24 lbs. Dana: "Twenty-four pound."
Dan: "I'll tell him that, but then he'll probably just want to know why there's a 24-pound frozen turkey in the light grid."
(Dan walks out of the control room)
Elliot (walking into the control room): "Why is there a 24-pound turkey up in the light grid?"
Dana: "I'm thawing it out."
Elliot: "You're thawing out a turkey on the light grid?"
Dana: "Anybody here got a problem with that?"
|What is Isaac's pregnant daughter's name?|
Kathy. She lives in San Francisco and is due to go into labor in ten days.
|What is the date that this episode takes place?|
November 23rd. Dan: "By the way... you know what today is?"
Casey: "It's Monday."
Dan: "What else?"
Casey: "Uh, it's November 23rd."
Dan: "And what does that mean? Come on."
Casey: "November 23rd..."
Dan: "What happened on this date?"
Casey: "Boston College upsets Notre Dame."
Casey: "Gretzky's 500th goal."
Casey: "Alberto Salazar wins his fourth New York Marathon."
Casey: "Alberto Salazar wins his third New York Marathon."
Dan: "Casey, you're not..."
Casey: "Does it have anything to do with Alberto Salazar or the New York Marathon?"
Casey: "Let me take one more stab at it."
Casey: "Alberto Salazar wins his second New York Marathon."
Casey: "Well, what? Come on, what is it?"
Dan: "Forget about it."
|Thespis was the first actor.|
t. Jeremy: "It was on this day in 534 BC that Thespis stepped out onto the stage of the Theater Dionysus during a choral song and dance and became the first man to speak words as an actor in a play."
|Thespis is the Roman god of theater.|
f. Natalie: "So Thespis is the Roman god of theatre?"
Jeremy: "That's exactly right. Except he's not Roman and he's not a god."
Natalie: "What is he?"
Jeremy: "He's Greek and he's a ghost."
|Casey cannot say "Detroit Red Wings Locker Room" without making several mistakes on the air.|
f. Dan makes the mistakes not Casey:
Dan: "With the NHL season well under way, one of the big questions on the minds of fans is if the defending champion Red Wings will pull off a three-peat and drink from Lord Stanley's cup once again. For more on that, we go to Tracy Heller who's standing outside the Detroit Wed Wings rocker room. Red Wings rocker room. (laughing) Or possibly, the Detroit Red Wings locker room."
|Dan likes soccer, and is disappointed that he doesn't get to report the soccer scores on this episode.|
f. First, Dan hates soccer more than any other sport. Second, he does do the soccer scores in this episode.
Dan: "The MLS. Major League Soccer. And if you know me, you know I eat, drink and breathe soccer. Without delay: the Miami Fusion, the DC United. Let's go to the action. Blake kicks the ball with high hopes that it'll enter the goal, but it does not...."
|Which character is tripped by our new ghostly friend?|
Dana. Dana: "Thespis?"
Jeremy: "The first actor. Now a mischievous ghost. He likes to wreak havoc on performances of any kind. I'd brace yourself for a strange show tonight."
Dana: "It's not gonna be a strange show."
Jeremy: "He might wreak havoc."
Dana: "He's not gonna wreak havoc."
Jeremy: "He might."
Dana: "This show's locked up tight as a drum."
Jeremy: "Thespis likes a challenge."
Dana: "Thespis has been dead for twenty-five hundred years."
Jeremy: "Do you really think you should be baiting him like this?"
Dana: "I fear not ghosts, I fear them not!"
Jeremy: "Your courage is an inspiration."
Dana: "You're just messing with me, right?"
Dana: "Show's gonna be fine tonight."
Dana: "Tight as a drum."
Jeremy: "You betcha."
(trips and falls with a gasp)
(picks herself up off floor)
"Why wasn't I briefed about this Thespis thing before?"
Natalie: "Dana, I..."
Dana: "Did you know about this Thespis thing?"
Jeremy: "It's bad to panic, Dana. Thespis can smell fear a mile away."
|According to Dan, what is so important about this day?|
Dan and Casey's anniversary. Casey: (trying to figure out what's so special about the 23rd of November) "Let me take one more shot at it. Is it, um..."
Dan: "Our anniversary."
Casey: "Our anniversary?"
Dan: "Our anniversary. Today is our anniversary."
Casey: "Jeez, Danny, that night in Minneapolis with the Jaegermeister, we didn't do anything untoward, did we?"
Dan: "You mean did we get married?"
Dan: "You recited the St. Crispin's Day speech from the lobby of the St. Paul Radisson."
Casey: "Well, was it untoward?"
Dan: "No, it was just embarrassing."
Casey: "So, how is it our anniversary?"
Dan: "It's the anniversary of our first show. November 23rd, five years ago."
|Jeremy is asked to identify three gods. Which of the following is NOT one of those he was asked to identify?|
Mars. Dana: "Who's Artemis?"
Jeremy: "Artemis is goddess of the moon, the hunt, chastity and fertility."
Dana: "Your boy knows his mythology."
Natalie: "Give him another one."
Dave: "Thirty seconds."
Jeremy: "Goddess of wisdom, the arts and war."
Jeremy: "God of commerce, wrestling, gymnastics, thieving, good luck, sleep, wealth and dreams."
Natalie: "There's a god of thieving?"
Casey: "There's a god of gymnastics?"
Jeremy: "Yes, indeed."
|While Dana was out of the control room, many things on the show went wrong. Which of the following was NOT a mistake that was made?|
They mis-spelled "Cris Collinsworth". Dana: "What's going on?"
Natalie: "We blew the cue at 44."
Dana: "Well, that's not so bad. Anything else?"
Natalie: "We had the wrong VO at 42, the wrong chyron at 50, and we would have had 20 seconds of dead air at 55 if Casey hadn't been thinking on his feet."
Dana: "Well, what'd he do?"
Natalie: "I think it was the St. Cripin's Day speech; I'm not sure."
Jeremy: "She did fine."
Chris: "There's water dripping on the desk."
Dana: "What desk?"
Chris: "The anchor desk."
Dana: "Natalie, get someone up there and find out what's going on. I was gone three minutes, is there anything that didn't get screwed up?"
Jeremy: "We spelled 'Cris Collinsworth' right."
Dana: (sarcastically) "Good."
|Isaac's daughter is suffering from placenta previa.|
t. Isaac: "The OB said there was massive internal bleeding. She was unconscious when she got the the ER."
|During all the madness in the studio, water starts dripping on the desk.|
t. Dana: "Listen to me, Isaac's having a family emergency, but there's nothing we can do about it from here. Everybody got that? Get your heads in the game. We are going to get through the top half hour. I am not going to be beaten by a six thousand year old Roman god."
Jeremy: "He's a three thousand year old Greek ghost."
Dana: "Well, I'm a thirty-three year old television producer. And for one hour every night, this is my little corner of the world, and nothing screws up here unless I screw it up. You got that?! Why is there still water dripping on this desk?"
(A 24-pound frozen turkey thuds down onto the desk right in front of Dana. She, Casey and Dan all stare at it for a long moment)
Dan: "Say, Dana. This wouldn't happen to be your frozen turkey by any chance, now would it?"
|Casey had been offered Craig Kilbourn's show, but turned it down to do a local sports show with Dan.|
f. He was offered Conan O'Brien's show, not Kilbourn's.
|Casey's ex-wife's name is Lisa.|
t. Interestingly enough, in a later episode he dates a woman named Liza, but her name is pronounced as if it were spelled the same as his ex-wife's.
|Dana: "Tell me the mission of Thespis. What's his M.O.?"
What is his purpose in the studio according to Jeremy?|
offer humility. Jeremy: "Well, by and large the mission of any ghost is to offer humility. They point out what's important by mocking what is not."
|What was the big finale "project" that Thespis supposedly did in the studio?|
cut the broadcast signal. Elliot: (hanging up phone) "Dana, Broadcast Center says we should expect some trouble with our transmission in the next couple minutes."
Dana: "What kind of trouble?"
(Elliot shrugs; an instant later, all the monitors go to static, then to a technical difficulties message)
Dana: "Well, that was certainly uncalled for." (smacks Jeremy on the arm) "No, I mean it."
Jeremy: "Why are you looking at me?"
|Dana: (to Jeremy) "For a guy who's read ____ fourteen times, you're not so dumb."|
"The Hobbit". With "The Lord Of The Rings" movies coming out, I read it again. Who says he can't?
"The Hobbit" was made into a cartoon made-for-TV movie in 1977. Orson Bean played Bilbo. He went on to star in "Normal, Ohio" and "Knee High P.I."
Information on Orson Bean by www.imdb.com
|Whos problems were solved first?|
Dana. Dana was convinced to relax about her Thanksgiving dinner after her turkey fell from the light grid. It was only later that Casey and Dan made up after Casey told him the truth. Finally, it was Isaac who heard the good news that his daughter and new grandson were both o.k.
|Casey's decision to work at Lone Star Sports with Dan instead of taking a network show was the beginning of the end for his relationship with his ex-wife.|
t. Dan: "And if you passed on the show, Lisa must've gone thermal."
Casey: "She wasn't happy."
Dan: "Case... was that the beginning of the end? For you and Lisa?"
Dan: "Casey. Casey, Casey, Casey..."
Casey: "Look, I appreciate your fond wishes, all right? But can we just move on..."
Dan: "Are you stupid?"
|Isaac's daughter gave birth to a 6 pound 8 ounce granddaughter named Amber.|
f. Isaac: "I got a 6 pound 8 ounce grandson named Matthew and his mother's doing just fine."
|Kathie Lee Gifford was the next victim of Thespis.|
t. Elliot: "Listen to this phone call I just got. Frank and Kathie Lee Gifford were accepting a humanitarian award over at the Sheraton. Kathie Lee got up to the podium, slipped and fell face-first into a plate of tapioca."
Dana: "At the Sheraton?"
Dana: "All the way across town?"
Dana: (pounds desk with hands) "Ladies and gentlemen, Thespis has left the building!"
Everyone: "Yes! All right!"
|The last person to speak on this episode is Dan.|
t. The last lines of the episode:
Casey: "Good evening again. Still here in New York City, I'm Casey McCall alongside Dan Rydell and you can't get rid of us that easily. Let's get right to it with a preview of tomorrow's big ACC contest between the Blue Devils of Duke and the Tar Heels of North Carolina. For more on that, I give you my partner, Dan Rydell."
Dan: "Thanks, Casey..."
|Casey's last line has to do with a game between two college teams. What I'm looking for is the name of the state in which each of these schools are located, not necessarily part of the name of the schools themselves.
Casey: "Good evening again. Still here in New York City, I'm Casey McCall alongside Dan Rydell and you can't get rid of us that easily. Let's get right to it with a preview of tomorrow's big ACC contest between the Blue Devils of ____ and the Tar Heels of ____ ____. For more on that, I give you my partner, Dan Rydell."|
North Carolina. The schools are Duke and North Carolina, respectively.
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