Because of budget problems, Mr. James tells Dave to get rid of the free snacks in the break room, which leads to a revolt lead by Bill.



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WNYX is exceeding it's budget and Mr. James tells Dave he has to get rid of the free snacks in the break room. Dave tells Mr. James this will lead to a revolt lead by Bill and that the staff will consider Dave the bad guy, but Mr. James sees no other options. Pretty soon, Bill is indeed the leader of a revolt of the whole staff - save Lisa who doesn't want to be involved because she's involved with Dave - and tells Dave what their demands are. However, Bill demands a massage chair instead of free snacks in the break room. Meanwhile, Joe tries to get Catherine to go on a date with him by fixing her not-broken desk. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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2 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Mr. James complains that WNYX is the only business that he owns that was "in the red last year", meaning it lost money, yet last season when Mr. James put Dave in charge of the budget and Dave found Mr. James had been wasting a good deal of company money, like using the company helicopter to fly to his house cities away to play with his dogs, and making expensive calls, Mr. James blows it off telling Dave he has lots of money and he doesn't care. See more »


Bill: Two of the greatest pleasures known to modern man; alcohol and whatever this thing is doing to my pelvis.
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References Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) See more »

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Classic NewsRadio
12 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's workplace business as usual when break room snacks fall victim to budget cuts - and Bill's right there to work the staff up into frenzied revolt. This is sitcom humor 101, but Phil Hartman's playing the dictator routine to the hilt for maximum hilarity. The same with Stephen Root as Mr. James completely overshoots the bad cop approach. And Dave's caught between the two trouble makers.

On the subject of Hartman himself, very little in this world is funnier than an egomaniac drunk with political power, and his talent here is beyond reproach.

A lesser sitcom would muck up this well-worn office tension. But this is "NewsRadio" we're talking about here. It's gold, baby.


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