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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Long Lead Story

As the cast rehearses the upcoming episode featuring Lauren Graham and Sting, a reporter tries to land a story about Matt and Harriet past history together. Meanwhile, Jordan deals the the backlash after she passes on a new reality series.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 3TS054
Airdate: Monday October 16th, 2006

Director: David Petrarca
Story: Dana Calvo
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Oct 15, 2006

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Christine Lahti
As Martha O'Dell
Edward Asner
As Wilson White (as Ed Asner)

Guest Stars
Amanda Tepe
As Bobbie
Ayda Field
As Jeannie Whatley
Camille Chen
As Samantha Li
Diana-Maria Riva
As Lily
Lauren Graham
As Herself
Merritt Wever
As Suzanne
Simon Helberg
As Alex Anderson
Zeb Newman
As Trevor
Harry Van Gorkum
As Martin Sykes
As Himself

Co-Guest Stars
John F. Carpenter
As Herb Sheldon (as John F. Carpenter)
Nate Torrence
As Dylan
Joseph Will
As Agent #1
Liza de Weerd
As Agent #2
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
Steven Weber
As Jack Rudolph
Episode Notes
Ratings: 7.8 million viewers

Musical Guest: Sting
Guest Host: Lauren Graham

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amos LeeKeep It Loose, Keep It Tight 
StingFields of Gold 
StingCome Again 

Episode Quotes
(while watching Sting rehearse)
Harriet: It's such a beautiful instrument.
Martha O'Dell: Sting or the lute?

Matt: What are you writing about, Martha?
Martha: I don't know yet. I know that half this country hates the other half, and I know that, for 90 minutes a week, you and Harriet come together.

Martha: How are you different from your mother?
Harriet: I hope in as few ways as possible.

Danny: I don't think the show is quite right for your network.
Jordan: Why?
Danny: It's good.

Tom: (to the audience) Danny Tripp has just gone upstairs to Matt Albie's office, where the two of them will very quickly decide what makes it into the show tonight. We call this "the Friday night slaughter." This is where you find out if you have the chance to be the next Bill Murray, or the next Domino's Pizza delivery guy.

Warning: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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