Napoleon's Battle Plan
"Napoleon's Battle Plan"
Season 1
Episode 22
Written By Aaron Sorkin
Director Robert Berlinger
Original Airdate April 27, 1999
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"Napoleon's Battle Plan" is the twenty second episode of the first season and the twenty second episode of the series overall. It originally aired on April 27, 1999. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Robert Berlinger.


Gordon has proposed to Dana. Casey's response is to follow Napoleon's battle plan ("Show up, and see what happens"), but Dan isn't sure that's a good idea: Napoleon lost, after all. Dana, for her part, sublimates her mixed feelings about Gordon's proposal into obsessing over a camera. When she finally finds out that Gordon and Casey both slept with Sally, she's more upset about Casey.





  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 (credit only)

Guest starring

  1. Kayla Blake as Kim
  2. Greg Baker as Elliott
  3. Ted McGinley as Gordon
  4. Brenda Strong as Sally
  5. Jeff Mooring as Dave
  6. Ron Ostrow as Will
  7. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris


  1. Suzanne Kellogg as Alyson
  2. Darren Foreman as the Waiter
  3. Laura Elizabeth Ford as the Waitress


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. Tracey Stern - Producer
  9. Rachel Sweet - Producer
  10. John Amodeo - Produced by
  11. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  12. Matt Tarses - Story
  13. Robert Berlinger - 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. Paul Redford - Story Editor
  8. Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
  9. Theo E. Azzari - Production Designer
  10. Janet Ashikaga - Editor
  11. Bruce Chevillat - Unit Production Manager
  12. Keri McIntyre - First Assistant Director
  13. Nicole Burke - Second Assistant Director
  14. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music