The Sweet Smell of Air
"The Sweet Smell of Air"
Season 2
Episode 12
Teleplay By David Handelman and

Kevin Falls &
Matt Tarses and

Aaron Sorkin
Story By David Handelman
Director Alex Graves
Original Airdate January 25, 2000
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"The Sweet Smell of Air" is the twelfth episode of the second season and the thirty fifth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on January 25, 2000. The teleplay was written by David Handelman and Kevin Falls & Matt Tarses and Aaron Sorkin from a story by Handelamn and directed by Alex Graves.


Sports Night is offered an exclusive interview with Michael Jordan, but the team struggles to accept the strict conditions attached: they can't ask him about sports at all, but only about his new line of cologne. The Michael Jordan interview was only offered to them out of the perception that they would be the only one of the major sports networks desperate enough for the ratings to agree to Jordan's conditions, but Sam tells Isaac and Dana that they are not. Casey is invited to speak to Charlie's class, but can't figure out what to talk about.





  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. William H. Macy as Sam
  2. Kayla Blake as Kim
  3. Greg Baker as Elliott
  4. Brenda Strong as Sally
  5. Ron Ostrow as Will
  6. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  7. Jeff Mooring as Dave


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. David Handelman and - Teleplay
  13. Kevin Falls & - Teleplay
  14. Matt Tarses and - Teleplay
  15. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  16. David Handelman - Story
  17. 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. Keri L. McIntyre - First Assistant Director
  11. Shawn Hanley - Second Assistant Director
  12. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music