"A washed up reporter will get his job back if he files a murder story. All he needs is a victim. And a perp."
-- DVD description for the episode
Charles McKenzie is a drunk out of work reporter who would do anything for a story. He meets Vicki in a bar who makes him feel like he can turn his life around. He quits drinking and can get his old job back as long as he can stay on the wagon and prove he can still bring in a good murder story. While reading a newspaper in Niko's Grill, he hears the owner kill his wife in the back. This is just the story he needs...
Opening Segment Edit"So, what'll it be, stranger? Can I interest you in a mai die? Or would you prefer a rum and choke? Or maybe you'd like something a little stronger. I've got just the thing. It's a nasty little snootfull about a newshound named Charlie who needs a murder story and a drink. But not necessarily in that order. Ah, what some people won't do for a good stiff one. I call this little eye-opener "Deadline."
Closing Segment Edit"Poor Charlie. I bet he wishes that he'd killed the story instead. Perhaps now they'll let him write for the paper's horror-scope column. Care for another drink? Or should I just put a head on this one?"
- Marg Helgenberger, who plays Vicki in the story, played Catherine Willows on CSI.