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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The West Coast Delay

After 90 seconds of questionable material airs, the crew scrambles to recover. Meanwhile, Matt has to come up with a response to a gift from one of Harriet's fans and Jordan looks over an article written about the show.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 3TS053
Airdate: Monday October 09th, 2006

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Oct 08, 2006

  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Amir Talai
As Fred
Ayda Field
As Jeannie Whatley
Camille Chen
As Samantha Li
Chris Hogan
As Hal
Christine Lahti
As Martha O'Dell
Cyia Batten
As Wendy
Diana-Maria Riva
As Lily
John Ennis
As Denny
Kelvin Yu
As Kevin
Kirstin Pierce
As Marilyn Rudolph
Lucy Davis
As Lucy Kenwright
Merritt Wever
As Suzanne
Michael Hyatt
As Maisie
Nate Torrence
As Dylan
Simon Helberg
As Alex Anderson
Tate Hanyok
As Carrie
Teddy Sears
As Darren Wells
Wendle Josepher
As Deb
William Stanford Davis
As Floor Manager
Zeb Newman
As Trevor
Amita Balla
As Antonia
Fred Stoller
As Lenny Gold
Kasey Campbell
As Bombshell Babies
Telisha Shaw
As Telisha

Co-Guest Stars
Amy Honey
As P.A. #1
Jah Shams
As P.A. #2
John Cabrera
As Elliot
Main Cast
Matthew Perry
As Matthew Albie
Bradley Whitford
As Danny Tripp
Amanda Peet
As Jordan McDeere
Sarah Paulson
As Harriet Hayes
D.L. Hughley
As Simon Stiles
Nathan Corddry
As Tom Jeter
Timothy Busfield
As Cal Shanley
Episode Notes
Ratings: 8.76 million viewers

Steven Weber does not physically appear in the episode, but his voice is heard.

Guest star Christie Lahti (Martha O'Dell) is the wife of series Executive Producer Thomas Schlamme.

Both the musical guest and guest host for the show are not mentioned in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Paolo NutiniNew Shoes 

Episode Quotes
(about a bat a baseball player had given Harriet)
Matt: … he wrote his phone number on here. You didn't see it?
Harriet: That's his phone number?
Matt: What did you think it was?
Harriet: I just thought it was his uniform number. You know, they sign their name, and then write the number…
Matt: Yeah, they do… do that. You thought his uniform number was 3 billion, 106 million, 786 thousand, 5? Hon— he was asking you out.

Samantha: Did you give him the bat?
Harriet: Yes.
Samantha: Did he like it?
Harriet: I'm not sure. It was hard to tell from the way he was shoving it up my ass.

Tom: Did you get the boot?
Matt: I gave back the boot, along with most of my dignity!
Tom: I gave up on dignity once Paula broke up with me.
Matt: I kind of wish you'd put it in that context when you advised me to get a boot signed.

Cal: Harry, are you gonna have time after Meet the Press to get out and in for News 60?
Harriet: What is it, 2:20?
Cal: Yeah.
Harriet: I can make the change with twenty seconds to spare.
Cal: Really?
Harriet: Unless you want me wearing clothes.
Cal: Well, I don't...

Ricky: The guy hadn't gotten anything on the air in a long time and was scared for his job. We both talked to him and in no uncertain terms he screwed up huge and he knows up, but I'm not gonna end his career over it. 'Cause I know how he feels. And that's why we misled you and told you it was written by the room. People aren't even going for funny any more, Matt. They're just trying for your respect. Anyway, we told Danny. We'll step down if you want, but we're not giving him up.
Matt: Well, now you've got my respect.

Danny: Alright, here we go, just like we did it three hours ago - only, you know, legal.

Tom: I'd like to be your wingman.
Matt: Well, I appreciate that, but I'm not flying anywhere.
Tom: You need a wingman and you've always been mine.
Matt: I have?
Tom: You could start.

Harriet: You know, maybe the reason Darren Wells and I get along so well is that he likes to both talk and listen.
Matt: Or maybe the reason they get along so well is that they have roughly the same chance of getting a hit in a major league baseball game.
Harriet: I loathe you.

Episode Goofs
During the scene where Matt and Harriet are talking in the room with the countdown clock, between shots the time on the clock jumps around, often off by one minute when compaired to the previous shot.

Matt states that he's going to visit Wendy of the Bombshell Babies at the club. However, the Bombshell Babes are credited as Staci, Karla, Telisha and Kasey, but no Wendy.

Cultural References
Tom: (to Matt) You need a wingman and you've always been mine.

Tom's line is very similar to a line from the "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail" episode of The West Wing when Josh and Toby have a discussion about being one another's wingman.

Warning: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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