Mary Pat Shelby
"Mary Pat Shelby"
Season 1
Episode 5
Written By Tracey Stern &
Aaron Sorkin
Director Thomas Schlamme
Original Airdate October 20, 1998
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"Mary Pat Shelby" is the fifth episode of the first season and the fifth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on October 20, 1998. It was written by Tracey Stern & Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme.


The team tries to score an exclusive interview with Christian Patrick, a football player who's under investigation for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend, but Patrick's agent will only grant the interview if the assault allegation is off limits. Natalie is sent to conduct a pre-interview with him, but comes back with an injured wrist. All hell breaks loose when the team learns that a stadium employee saw Patrick physically attack a female sports reporter in the locker room.





  1. Josh Charles as Dan Rydell
  2. Peter Krause as Casey McCall
  3. Felicity Huffman as Dana Whitaker
  4. Joshua Malina as Jeremy Goodwin
  5. Sabrina Lloyd as Natalie Hurley
  6. and Robert Guillaume as Isaac Jaffe

Guest starring

  1. Kayla Blake as Kim
  2. Greg Baker as Elliott
  3. Brad Henke as Christian Patrick
  4. Jon Simmons as Burke
  5. and Ray Wise as Evans


  1. Jeff Mooring as Dave
  2. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  3. Ron Ostrow as Will


Opening Credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. Brian Grazer - Executive Producer
  3. Ron Howard - Executive Producer
  4. Tony Krantz - Executive Producer
  5. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  6. Rob Scheidlinger - Executive Producer
  7. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer
  8. Jeff Lowell - Co-executive Producer
  9. Matt Berry - Consulting Producer
  10. Ric Swartzlander - Consulting Producer
  11. Tim Doyle - Consulting Producer
  12. Lynn Siefert - Consulting Producer
  13. Tom Brady - Consulting Producer
  14. Tracey Stern - Producer
  15. Rachel Sweet - Producer
  16. John Amodeo - Produced by
  17. Tracey Stern - Writer
  18. and Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  19. Thomas Schlamme - Director

Closing credits

  1. Bonnie Zane - Casting
  2. Paula Rosenberg - Casting
  3. Matt Tarses - Co-producer
  4. Stephen Putnam - Associate Producer
  5. David Walpert - Executive Story Editor
  6. Bill Wrubel - Story Editor
  7. John Huneck - Director of Photography
  8. Tho E. Azzari - Production Designer
  9. Janet Ashikaga - Editor
  10. Bruce Chevillat - Unit Production Manager
  11. Keri McIntyre - First Assistant Director
  12. Nicole Burke - Second Assistant Director
  13. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music