Chuck Kimmel
"The Cut Man Cometh"
Season 2
Episode 11
Teleplay By Bill Wrubel and
Aaron Sorkin
Story By Bill Wrubel
Director Alex Graves
Original Airdate January 18, 2000
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"The Cut Man Cometh" is the eleventh episode of the second season and the thirty fourth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on January 18, 2000. The teleplay was written by Bill Wrubel and Aaron Sorkin from a story by Wrubel and directed by Alex Graves.


Dan's perennially disapproving father (Peter Riegert) is in town for a visit. The team is preparing to cover a heavily hyped boxing match, but must contend with an annoyingly dense on-site reporter who insists on being addressed as "Cut Man". The match ends in less than a minute, because the underdog goes down for the count on the very first punch, and the team has to improvise to fill the whole hour. Dana and Casey argue about the dating plan.





  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

Special appearance

  1. Peter Riegert as Jay Rydell

Guest starring

  1. Kayla Blake as Kim
  2. Greg Baker as Elliott
  3. Jeff Mooring as Dave
  4. Ron Ostrow as Will
  5. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  6. and Allen Garfield as Chuck "the Cut Man" Kimmel


  1. James Edson as Mike Greenway


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. Kevin Falls - Co-executive Producer
  9. Matt Tarses - Producer
  10. David Walpert - Co-producer
  11. John Amodeo - Supervising Producer
  12. Bill Wrubel and - Teleplay
  13. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  14. Bill Wrubel - Story
  15. Alex Graves - Director

Closing credits

  1. Bonnie Zane - Casting
  2. Paula Rosenberg - Casting
  3. Bruce Chevillat - Co-producer
  4. Stephen Putnam - Associate Producer
  5. Bill Wrubel - Executive Story Editor
  6. Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
  7. Theo E. Azzari - Production Designer
  8. Janet Ashikaga - Editor
  9. Bruce Chevillat - Unit Production Manager
  10. Shawn Hanley - First Assistant Director
  11. Kristi "Kat" Antunovich - Second Assistant Director
  12. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music