Isaac returns to the job, but the effects of his stroke appear to be affecting his performance.
Rumors abound that a ratings consultant is being brought in to raise the show from its third place status.
Dana debates leaving the show after she feels everyone is blaming her for its problems.
Jeremy becomes concerned when he finds out Natalie is writing to his deaf sister Louise.
Jeremy tells Dana that there is no reason to hire people to prepare for the expected Y2K computer problems.
Casey interviews an old friend, Shane McArnold, who heaps disdain on his new home city of New York and all its inhabitants.
When a drug scandal involving football players erupts, Casey travels to Ohio to find out the names, and Tina fills in at the desk. When the names are uncovered, one name hits close to home for Dana.
Dana gets edgy as the arrival of her brother nears. As part of a Secret Santa gift exchange, Casey searches for the perfect present for Isaac.
Dana worries when Casey goes out on a date. Elsewhere, Jeremy's optimism about his award nomination fades.
Casey goes out with Pixley again, much to Dana's dismay. Dan wants to do a story on the World Series win by the Giants in 1951, and finds out that Isaac was actually at the game.
After a fight goes south, the CSC staff bands together to knock out a killer show, including an hour's worth of coverage of a fight that lasted under a minute.
The crew is excited when they get a chance to interview Michael Jordan, but learn there are strings attached. The show drops the interview when they discover that they were picked because of their ratings vulnerability.
Natalie and Jeremy fight over going to a club, while Dan finagles his night off. A substitute anchor can't do his job because of his girlfriend, and Dana and Sam share a moment.
Jeremy and Natalie's break-up ripples through the show. Meanwhile, Casey's dilated pupils provide comic relief for Dan and the crew, and Dana deals with Sam's imminent departure.
Jeremy goes to a bar and makes a new friend, then panics when he realizes who she is. Isaac, despite his vast knowledge of American popular theatre, cannot recall the lyrics to a song.
Dan decides to skip therapy and spends an hour in Abby's office telling her so. Jeremy e-mails the porn star he blew off, then decides to tell her in person why he's not going to see her again.
Casey and Dana try to psyche each other out as they prepare to make their NFL draft day predictions.
Jeremy anguishes over Jenny's visit to the studio, where she and Natalie discover common ground. After giving him a talking to behind closed doors, Casey is stunned when Dan humiliates him in front of millions.
The network deals a financial blow to Sports Night when they announce the show's Olympic coverage is being cut, and Natalie's job may be cut entirely.
Upset when Natalie gets a job interview with Saturday Night Live, Dana encourages everyone to undermine her confidence.
While trying to drown their fears about the future of Sports Night at a local bar, Dana meets a mysterious stranger who seems to know a great deal about the bidding for Continental Corp.
Bidders drop out of the auction for Continental Corp., which causes concern for the future of the Sports Night team.