Dave Richards is looking for a replacement television sportscaster to fill his position and thinks Sam would be the perfect person: he knows sports and he looks good. Although initially apprehensive about his abilities to do it, Sam agrees to fill in for the week. If he does well, this stint could lead to a whole new career in front of the camera. With Woody's help, Sam makes up a lie to Rebecca to get out of working at the bar for that time. Although Rebecca eventually finds out the real reason for Sam's absence, she allows him time off as she sees it as a win-win situation for her. If he fails, he's humiliated. If he succeeds, he's out of her life. Reading the actual sportscasts is one issue, but the sports commentaries, where he has to write his own material and come up with a point of view, is a whole different matter. Like his earlier lie to Rebecca, Sam needs Woody's help with regard to the result of his sportscasts. Written by
Did You Know?
The news anchor's name was Joanne but, toward the end of the episode, in the final commentary before Sam is fired, when the puppet "Little Sam" tosses it back to the anchor, it sounds as if Sam says "Diane." If so, an obvious slip after 5 years of saying Diane. See more
Carla is standing near the beer spigots, and after a brief cutaway, she is standing outside the bar. See more
[to Sam about giving him time off to do his sportscasts
I figure one of two things will happen. Either you'll do well, they'll offer you a job and I'll never see you again. Or, you'll screw up, humiliate yourself, come back here a crushed and broken man. Either way, I win.
References The Vampira Show