The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail
"The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail"
Season 1
Episode 6
Written By Matt Tarses &
Aaron Sorkin
Director Thomas Schlamme
Original Airdate October 27, 1998
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"The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail" is the sixth episode of the first season and the sixth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on October 27, 1998. It was written by Matt Tarses & Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme.


Still on edge from the Christian Patrick incident and the hate mail she's receiving from football fans for deciding to press charges, Natalie is distracted and keeps messing up her work. The team is cutting her some slack, but the show is beginning to suffer. Jeremy wants to take Natalie out to dinner to comfort and support her, but is having trouble choosing a restaurant.





  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. Ted McGinley as Gordon


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


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. Lynn Siefert - Consulting Producer
  9. Tracey Stern - Producer
  10. Rachel Sweet - Producer
  11. John Amodeo - Produced by
  12. Matt Tarses - Writer
  13. and Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  14. 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. Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
  8. Theo 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


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