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Season 2: Episode 22: Quo Vadimus

Isaac's Office
ISAAC: (on the phone)I understand. I understand. I want to be kept posted throughout the day and night. (hangs up) They're called Quo Vadimus.
DANA : Quo Vadimus?
ISAAC: Yeah.
DANA: Where did they come from?
ISAAC: They put in a stock offering this morning at 6AM.
DANA: From out of nowhere?
ISAAC: Yeah.
DANA: From out of the clear blue sky?
ISAAC: That's where things come from.
DANA: What about MDI?
ISAAC: They're still in it.
DANA: MDI was our hope, Isaac.
ISAAC: They're still in it.
DANA: We want MDI.
ISAAC: They're still in it.
DANA: But now these other guys come along -- Platypus.
ISAAC: Quo Vadimus.
DANA: What do we know about them?
ISAAC: We're getting information. In the meantime--
DANA: I won't say anything.
ISAAC: Dana.
DANA: I won't say anything.
ISAAC: You say that in here.
DANA: Isaac--
ISAAC: You say that in here, but then you go out there--
DANA: When have I done that?
ISAAC: Every day you've been here.
DANA: I can't believe you've been keeping track.
ISAAC: We'll know something by the end of the day. Don't start a brushfire.
DANA: People can change, Isaac. I have incredible capacity for growth.
ISAAC: Excellent.

Hallways/News Room
DANA: It's called Quo Vadimus.
NATALIE: And they put in a bid?
DANA: At 6:00 this morning.
NATALIE: What about MDI?
DANA: They're still in it.
NATALIE: Quo Vadimus?
DANA: Yeah.
NATALIE: Who are they?
DANA: We don't know.
NATALIE: Do they want the cable company?
DANA: We don't know.
NATALIE: MDI wanted the cable company.
DANA: MDI's still in it.
NATALIE: So it's a bidding war.
DANA: Yeah.
NATALIE: Between a company that wants to keep us and a company that who the hell knows?
DANA: Yeah.
NATALIE: What does it sound like they do?
DANA: Quo Vadimus?
NATALIE: Yeah.
DANA: It sounds like they're the official airline of the Holy Roman Empire.
NATALIE: Well, they're probably not that.
DANA: No.
NATALIE: Can't make any money doing that.
DANA: Listen, Isaac asked me to keep this quiet--
NATALIE: Yeah. Kim, Elliot, get everything you can on Quo Vadimus. They put in a bid for Continental Corp.
DANA: Ok, thank you.
NATALIE: See you at the rundown.

DAN: Casey, I can't possibly concentrate.
CASEY: Danny.
DAN: No human being could be expected to concentrate under these kinds of circumstances.
KIM: What happened?
CASEY: Rebecca sent him flowers.
KIM: Bitch.
DAN: That's right.
CASEY: Danny--
ELLIOT: That's who the flowers were from?
DAN: That's who the flowers are from with a card signed "R.W."
DAVE: And you're sure they're not from Robert Wagner?
DAN: Very sure.
CASEY: Can we get to work?
DAN: Walks out of my life a year ago, she walks back in with cards and a flower, and, Casey, I ask you--
CASEY: How can you be expected to concentrate? (they enter their office)
DAN: How can I be expected to concentrate?
CASEY: Why don't you get it over with?
DAN: What do you mean?
CASEY: Why don't you call her?
DAN: Call her?
CASEY: Yeah.
DAN: I'm not calling her.
CASEY: Ok. Let's get to work.
DAN: There's no way I'm calling her.
CASEY: Well, you seem pretty resolute.
DAN: I am.
CASEY: Ok, then let's work.
DAN: I couldn't call her if I wanted to.
CASEY: Why not?
DAN: She got a new phone number.
CASEY: How do you know?
DAN: I tried calling her.
(Dana enters.)
DANA: Hey.
CASEY: Hey.
DANA: There's a new bidder for Continental Corp.
CASEY: Who?
DANA: I'm not saying anything more than that.
CASEY: Why not?
DANA: 'Cause Isaac doesn't trust me that when he tells me something I can be cool. He thinks it's gonna spread around and the information will get all twisted and I'm gonna show him he's wrong.

Isaac's Office
ISAAC: (looking at his watch and counting down) 3, 2, 1.
JEREMY: Isaac, I don't know if you heard, at 6:00 this morning there was a bid from an Italian airline called Platypus.
ISAAC: Yeah. Keep it under your hat, would you?
JEREMY: You bet.

*c-break*

Hallways/News Room
JEREMY: It's a holding company.
DANA: Tell me.
JEREMY: In the early 90's, a guy named Calvin Trager perfected something called the hard-disk controller.
DANA: Say this next part so I understand it.
JEREMY: Hard disks used to be very big. He made it so that they're very small.
DANA: Ok.
JEREMY: Trager realized the astronomical potential for the technology and formed a company to sell it. He made $100 million by the time he was 25, then he started buying companies.
DANA: What companies?
JEREMY: Lofton Chemical, DataTech, Evergreen Systems Group. Six months ago, he formed an umbrella company for all three.
DANA: Quo Vadimus.
JEREMY: Yeah.
DANA: Do they want a cable channel?
JEREMY: Well, Dana, a company like that -- their interest in the cable channel isn't gonna be the programming.
DANA: It's the coaxial cable with the wider bandwidth.
JEREMY: Yeah, how did you know that?
DANA: I met a guy at Anthony's last night-- actually, I saw him the night before too. He guessed Time Warner was gonna pull out at $27 a share and predicted MDI-Transcom. And he also explained why somebody would buy a cable company and dump the programming. Do we think that's what's gonna happen if it goes to them?
JEREMY: Well, these guys have a track record of stripping.
DANA: In public?
JEREMY: It means gutting a company and selling off its assets.
DANA: I knew coaxial cable, all right? I'd like a little credit for that.
JEREMY: I gave you a lot of credit for that.
DANA: Why are you carrying the carton around?
JEREMY: I'm settling my affairs.
DANA: What affairs?
JEREMY: My affairs. Whatever we mean by that when we say it. I have affairs.
DANA: And you're settling them?
JEREMY: Yes. Last year, I went into your office, you weren't there, a pack of Juicy Fruit on the desk. I look around, walk out with the Juicy Fruit.
DANA: Why are you telling me this now?
JEREMY: (hands Dana a new pack of Juicy Fruit) I'm settling my affairs.
DANA: Ok. I'm going to lunch. Would you ask Dan and Casey what it's gonna take for me to read some draft copy? (leaves)
JEREMY: Kim?
KIM: Yeah?
JEREMY: 7-minute ab video.
KIM: Thank you.

Dan & Casey's Office
JEREMY: Dana wants to know what it's gonna take for her to see some draft copy.
CASEY: It's gonna take us writing it.
DAN: By the way, it turns out it's a holding company called Quo Vadimus, not an Italian airline called Platypus.
JEREMY: Yes.
CASEY: All right.
DAN: Yes.
CASEY: We're gonna sit here.
DAN: Yes.
CASEY: And we're gonna do this.
DAN: Yes. We're gonna write this.
CASEY: 'Cause that's what we do.
DAN: We're writers.
CASEY: We're doers.
DAN: Yes.
CASEY: Ok.
They stare at their screens.

Anthony's
Dana sits down at a table near the bar. Jack brings Dana a drink.
JACK: Dana. Dana?
DANA: Thanks.
STRANGER: (enters, sits at the bar) Hey, Jack.
JACK: Hey.
STRANGER: Any chance Tony can fire up a steak for me?
JACK: Yeah. You want a beer?
STRANGER: And a glass of ice water, if you don't mind. (Jack leaves. The stranger turns to talk to Dana.)
STRANGER: How you doin'?
DANA: I don't believe this.
STRANGER: It's me again.
DANA: This is pretty weird.
STRANGER: Yeah.
DANA: I mean, I don't know if I'm comfortable with this.
STRANGER: With what?
DANA: Every time I've come in here in the last three days, you've been in here. So, I'm saying I'm not comfortable with it.
STRANGER: You've been in here every time I've been in here in the last three days, yet I remain unconcerned.
DANA: What is your story?
STRANGER: My story?
DANA: Yes, you're this strange person in my life right now.
STRANGER: I was born in Ely, Minnesota, very close to the Boundary Waters canoe area.
DANA: What do you do for a living?
STRANGER: I own my own business.
DANA: And you don't live in New York?
STRANGER: I think I mentioned--
DANA: Yes, you live in Paris and Seattle and Chicago and Tokyo and St. Barts.
STRANGER: To be perfectly honest with you, I think I may have sold the place in St. Barts. I can't remember now. What book are you reading?
DANA: It's the new biography of Lyndon Johnson. So, you decided to sell the place in St. Barts and live in this bar?
STRANGER: You don't really want to talk about me, do you?
DANA: What do you mean?
STRANGER: You seem pretty down.
DANA: What do you mean, I seem pretty-- You don't even--
STRANGER: You're drinking alone at 5:00 in the afternoon.
DANA: I'm having a glass of wine with lunch. I work from noon to midnight, 5:00 is my lunch hour, and I'm here alone because I'm reading a book.
STRANGER: No, you're not.
DANA: What are you--
STRANGER: You had to look at the cover to tell me what it was. You're here. You're alone. You're having a drink.
DANA: Yes. MDI-Transcom came in the way you said it would.
STRANGER: I know.
DANA: Another bidder came in this morning. If they get it, that's pretty much the ballgame.
STRANGER: Do you feel responsible for the show failing?
DANA: The show didn't fail. The man I work for -- a guy named Isaac Jaffe -- he took a chance on me and I didn't rise to meet his expectations. And there are people who work for me who needed me to be a better field captain. The show didn't fail, but I do feel responsible and that's gonna have to be all right with you.
STRANGER: You know what would make you feel better right now?
DANA: Really, nothing.
STRANGER: You don't want to head what I think would make you feel better?
DANA: I really don't.
STRANGER: In the 3-day history of our relationship, have I ever been wrong about anything?
DANA: Look--
STRANGER: Dana, I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man, and I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better. And that's what you should do.
DANA: That's it?
STRANGER: Yeah.
DANA: "Where are we going?"
STRANGER: Yeah.
DANA: That was what you thought was gonna make me feel better?
STRANGER: Yeah.
DANA: If I just say to my people, "Where are we going?"
STRANGER: Yeah.
DANA: Do I have to close my eyes or click my heels or anything?
STRANGER: Well, you can mock it if you want to.
DANA: I think I will, thanks. That's what you thought-- By the way, the streak is certainly over. So is my lunch break.
JACK: You, uh, want this at the bar?
STRANGER: Thanks.
DANA: Jack, I'm leaving this on the table, ok?
JACK: Yeah.
STRANGER: Hey, Dana, it's not over yet. MDI-Transcom could step up with the money and outbid the other guys.
DANA: You think that's what's gonna happen?
STRANGER: No.


Backstage
DAN: Sandwiches.
CASEY: Sandwiches.
DAN: Now we can focus.
CASEY: Uh, hey, Dave, this ladder's been up here all day. I've walked underneath it, like, seven times now. I mean, how much bad luck do we need? Plus, there's karma to consider.
DAN: Stop with the karma.
CASEY: Could you get a grip to move it?
DAVE: Yeah.
CASEY: Thanks. All right, we're gonna go in there and we're gonna focus now.

Editing Room
DAN: So.
CASEY: Yep.
DAN: The show.
CASEY: Yep.
DAN: Can you believe she sent me flowers right out of the blue?
CASEY: Back to the office.
DAN: Yeah.
CASEY: Can't focus here.
DAN: Vibe's all wrong in here.
CASEY: Yes.

Backstage
DAN: Out here I can focus.
CASEY: Yes.
DAN: I'm focusing already.
REBECCA: Hey, Danny, did you get my flowers?
Dan startles at seeing Rebecca and then is hit on the head by the ladder as it's being moved.

*c break*


Backstage
Dan sits down as others gather around and get ice for his head.
REBECCA: Are you all right?
DAN: Yeah.
CASEY: You sure?
DAN: Yeah.
REBECCA: You got hit in the head with a ladder.
DAN: Yeah, I saw it.
REBECCA: I guess not soon enough, huh?
DAN: I guess not.
CASEY: Hey, how you doin', Rebecca?
REBECCA: I'm great.
CASEY: You look fantastic.
REBECCA: You look good too.
CASEY: Thank you.
REBECCA: You've been working out.
CASEY: Yeah. You changed your hair.
REBECCA: Yes.
DAN: Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. I'm sitting here with a massive head wound.
REBECCA: You're fine.
DAN: You went to medical school in the year since I've seen you last?
CASEY: I'll leave you two alone.
DAN: Do not leave us alone.
CASEY: I'm gonna go back in the office and focus.
DAN: I'm right behind you.
CASEY: Take your time. (leaves)
REBECCA: So you got my flowers?
DAN: (gets up and heads towards editing) Flowers?
REBECCA: I sent you flowers.
DAN: Those were from you?
REBECCA: They had a card that said "R.W."
DAN: Ah.
REBECCA: You didn't know they were from me?

Editing Room
DAN: I thought they were from Robert Wagner.
REBECCA: What do you have going on with Robert Wagner?
DAN: I am much beloved, Rebecca.
REBECCA: Yes.
DAN: And it's almost 6:00 and Casey and I haven't started writing yet.
REBECCA: Why haven't you started?
DAN: We're having a little focus problem.
REBECCA: Why?
DAN: Continental Corp's being sold.
REBECCA: I know.
DAN: I wasn't sure if the West Coast office heard about the news. I know the East Coast office, where you used to work, has heard about it. I just didn't know if those who transferred out to the West to be with their husbands had heard about it yet.
REBECCA: I've moved back here.
DAN: I gotta get back to work.
REBECCA: Steve and I are divorced now.
DAN: You're actually divorced?
REBECCA: Yes.
DAN: You're divorced, I mean, not just in Rebecca Land?
REBECCA: No, I'm divorced in every land.
DAN: Ok, 'cause the last time you were divorced, you know, not so much.
REBECCA: Would you like to take me to dinner?
DAN: I just got hit in the head with a ladder. I gotta buy you food now?
REBECCA: Dinner could help you focus. I could help you focus.
DAN: Yeah, 'cause you've always had that effect on me.
REBECCA: Should I wait in the greenroom?
DAN: Why don't you wait in your office? Oh, hang on, that's right, I forgot. You don't work here anymore.
REBECCA: I'll wait in the greenroom.
DAN: Rebecca, you really do look good.
REBECCA: I know.

Isaac's Office
JEREMY: Hey.
NATALIE: Hey.
JEREMY: What are you doing?
NATALIE: I'm looking out the window. What are you doing?
JEREMY: Returning Isaac's tape dispenser.
NATALIE: Why did you have his tape dispenser?
JEREMY: It was the good one.
NATALIE: There's such a thing as a good tape dispenser and a bad tape dispenser?
JEREMY: Yes, but since they're cosmetically identical, I made the switch. I always felt pretty bad about that.
NATALIE: You seem to be taking this all pretty well.
JEREMY: I'm not.
NATALIE: I didn't think you were. But it seems that way.
JEREMY: You're gonna get a lot of offers.
NATALIE: So are you.
JEREMY: I wanted this job so bad.
NATALIE: You got the job.
JEREMY: Thank you for that, by the way.
NATALIE: You're welcome. Remember your interview?
JEREMY: With you and Dana?
NATALIE: Before that, just me.
JEREMY: Yeah.
NATALIE: You had the job when you walked in the door.
JEREMY: I tripped.
NATALIE: Yes, and then you said "excuse me" to the threshold.
JEREMY: Yes.
NATALIE: I wanted to do one of those things where you shut the door, knock everything off the desk and, you know...
JEREMY: Well, I don't think you'd have had to use a lot of force on me.
Natalie kisses Jeremy, then walks to the door.
JEREMY: Where are you going? Natalie? (Natalie shuts the door)


Dan & Casey's Office
DAN: Great job in L.A.
CASEY: Yeah.
DAN: Let's review.
CASEY: Danny.
DAN: Solid network, big audience, more money, warm weather, Laker Girls.
CASEY: Now, we got girls here, Danny.
DAN: We don't have Laker Girls, my young friend.
CASEY: I can't do it.
DAN: I know.
CASEY: I can't take Charlie out of school.
DAN: I know.
CASEY: He does well in school. He's got friends.
DAN: I know.
CASEY: Danny, you gotta go out there yourself.
DAN: Casey--
CASEY: You can do it without me, Danny.
DAN: This is it?
CASEY: You can do it without me. You should think about it.
DAN: Let's write.
CASEY: Ok.
Casey starts working. Dan stares at Casey for a while, then stares at his computer for a while, then stands up to leave.
DAN: I'll be right back.

Green Room
DAN: Hi.
REBECCA: Hi.
DAN: How you doin'?
REBECCA: There's good fruit in the green room.
DAN: Yeah.
REBECCA: You're canceling dinner.
DAN: You know what? This isn't the best night.
REBECCA: Danny, I can show you the divorce papers if you want. I carry them with me.
DAN: They made us a job offer in L.A., but Casey's gonna stay here. And I think I'm not. If it turns out Sports Night's over, I'm gonna have to make that decision and, frankly, I don't want you factoring into that.
REBECCA: I'm just talking about dinner, Danny.
DAN: I believe if I have dinner with you tonight, I'm gonna want to stay here a long time. So I was wondering if--
REBECCA: We can do it tomorrow night.
DAN: That would be better.
NATALIE: Danny?
DAN: Yeah?
NATALIE: I'll wait.
REBECCA: I'll, um, give you the number where I'm staying right now. I'll be there all night, ok?
DAN: Yeah.
Rebecca kisses Dan on the cheek, then heads for the door.
REBECCA: Hi, Natalie.
NATALIE: How you doin', Rebecca?
REBECCA: Good.
NATALIE: Good seeing you. (Rebecca leaves.) Continental Corp's been sold.
DAN: MDI lost the bid?
NATALIE: Yep. Dana's getting everyone together before the show.
Natalie leaves. Dan rips up Rebecca's number.


Control Room
DANA: Can I have everyone's attention, please? We just have, uh, minutes before air. I know most of you have heard by now, but we've been sold to a company called Quo Vadimus. I don't know what our future is anymore. I know there's things that I'm supposed to be saying to you right now, but... I don't know. I don't even know-- I don't even know what the hell "quo vadimus" means. Does anybody know what "quo vadimus" means?
JEREMY: It means, "Where are we going?"
DANA: Well, that's fine but-- What?
JEREMY: It's Latin. It means, "Where are we going?"
NATALIE: Dana?
DANA: I have to go someplace.
NATALIE: What's the matter?
DANA: Natalie, take the top of the show! I'll be right back! (leaves)
Everyone stands around until Elliot notices the time.

ELLIOT: Natalie.
NATALIE: Yeah?
ELLIOT: Five minutes.
NATALIE: Yeah. First team. Places. Let's go. Guys, five minutes. Let's go.


Anthony's
Dana finds the Stranger and approaches him, out of breath.
STRANGER: Dana.
DANA: Is your name--
STRANGER: Dana, what--
DANA: Is your name--
STRANGER: What the hell happened?
DANA: I had run from-- I think I'm hyperventilating.
STRANGER: Jack, you got a paper bag?
DANA: Is your name--
STRANGER: Stop talking.
DANA: I just need your water. (grabs a glass and downs it)
STRANGER: That was a gin martini.
DANA: Yes, I know that now. Is your name Calvin Trager?
STRANGER: Yes.
DANA: There was something that was big, and you invented something that made it small?
CALVIN: Yes.
DANA: You own Quo Vadimus?
CALVIN: Yes.
DANA: You bought Continental Corp?
CALVIN: Turns out I picked up a few more shares of stock, yeah.
DANA: Why didn't you tell me?
CALVIN: I just wrote a check for $18 billion, Dana. My scouting says you don't keep a secret so good.
DANA: I could change.
DAN: (on tv) Good evening. From New York City, I'm Dan Rydell alongside Casey McCall.
CALVIN: Yeah, well, we're gonna work on that.
DANA: We're gonna work on it?
CALVIN: Yeah.
DANA: You're keeping the station?
CALVIN: Yeah.
DANA: You're keeping the show?
CALVIN: Yeah. It's a good show, Dana. Anybody who can't make money on Sports Night should get out of the moneymaking business.
DANA: I don't know what to say.
CALVIN: Your show is on.
DANA: That's right! My show is on. My show is on! My show is on! My show is on!


Studio/Control Room
CASEY: With the 0-2 pitch from Fin McAllister, and... smoked! Take a seat, sir. You've been brought down by the fastball. McAllister's fifth save of the season coming at the expense of a .383 hitter. We're gonna take a break. You're watching Sports Night on CSC. We'll be right back.
DAVE: We're out.
CHRIS: 60 seconds back.
In the control room, everyone waits in sombre silence.
JEREMY: Hey, let's hear some chatter in here. We're still doing a show tonight.
ELLIOT: Jeremy's right. So, how are you, Jeremy?
JEREMY: Ok, let's not do the chatter.
CHRIS: Sound 2 is standing.
WILL: Denver's up.
DAVE: You've got Katie.
KIM: 30 seconds live.
DAVE: Stand by 1-4-4.
Dana runs in.
NATALIE: Dana?
CHRIS: Standing.
DANA: I'm back.
NATALIE: What's going on?
DANA: I need a headset.
NATALIE: Dana.
DANA: Dan, Casey...

From the studio, Dan and Casey can be seen reacting to Dana giving them the good news through their earpieces, but Dana's words cannot be heard.
DAVE: In 3, 2...

DAN: Well, it looks like we're stuck with each other for a little while. Let's go to the American League.
CASEY: Yes, we are... going to the American League.
CHRIS: Stand by, sound 20.

WILL: Loading 20, F/X-5, -6, and -6A.
DAVE: 6A standing.
REDHEAD: Let me see the chyron on four.
JEREMY: I got tape working on Oakland.
NATALIE: Hold it for the 50s and keep it tight.
JEREMY: How tight?
NATALIE: 20 seconds plus over the shoulder.
KIM: And I need to preview Denver.
ELLIOT: Comin' up.
DANA: All right, here we go.
Isaac rests a hand on Dana's shoulder. Dana leans over and kisses his hand.

CASEY: They welcome the Tigers to the house that Ruth built this evening.
DAN: Excuse me, Casey, but Ruth didn't build the house this evening, did he?
CASEY: No, Dan, and thank you very much for correcting my every mistake, no matter how small, oh, these many years.
DAN: What are friends for?
CASEY: Annoying the hell out of you?
DAN: Exactly! Elsewhere in the A.L. East, the Blue Jays visit the Orioles.

*credits*

original transcript from the_49th_floor

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