Sports Night hits the ratings jackpot after securing an agreement to a five-minute interview with star football player and infamous bad boy Christian Patrick (Brad Henke). While Dana (Felicity Huffman) and Isaac (Robert Guillaume) are beyond overjoyed with this development, Dan (Josh Charles) and Casey (Peter Krause) become less enthusiastic when they learn of the strict interview requirement stipulating that absolutely no questions be asked regarding Christian's ex-girlfriend Mary Pat Shelby, whom the athlete physically assaulted. Having gloated about the inevitable ratings bonanza to Natalie (Sabrina Lloyd), Dana then asks her associate producer to conduct a pre-interview with the footballer prior to the show. Natalie returns to the studio bruised, rousing the suspicions of Jeremy and then the ire of everyone when a report surfaces that Patrick was seen assaulting a young woman. As the situation has now become quite personal, Dana and Isaac begin pursuing a different angle to the interview than had been previously planned.