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The cast returns to the studio after their Christmas break, ready to get the show back in swing for the new year. While the cast and crew prepare for their first show, Danny continues to pursue Jordan. Meanwhile, Matt tries to win a date with Harriet by bidding on her in an online auction. However, Matt doesn't realize that winning the date will be the beginning of the end for them. Elsewhere, Jordan meets Hallie, the new Vice President of Alternative programming, but their meeting is anything but perfect.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 3TS061
Airdate: Monday January 22nd, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Jan 21, 2007
UK (MORE4) Oct 18, 2007

Special Guest Stars
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
As Wilson White

Guest Stars
Columbus ShortColumbus Short
As Darius Hawthorne
Julia LingJulia Ling
As Kim Tao
Kelvin YuKelvin Yu
As Kevin
Lucy DavisLucy Davis
As Lucy Kenwright
Mark McKinneyMark McKinney
As Andy Mackinaw
Merritt WeverMerritt Wever
As Suzanne
Nate TorrenceNate Torrence
As Dylan
Raymond MaRaymond Ma
As Zhing Tao
Stephanie ChildersStephanie Childers
As Hallie

Co-Guest Stars
Amy Jo BroganAmy Jo Brogan
As Gym Employee
Main Cast
Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
As Matthew Albie
Bradley WhitfordBradley Whitford
As Danny Tripp
Amanda PeetAmanda Peet
As Jordan McDeere
Sarah PaulsonSarah Paulson
As Harriet Hayes
D.L. HughleyD.L. Hughley
As Simon Stiles
Nathan CorddryNathan Corddry
As Tom Jeter
Steven WeberSteven Weber
As Jack Rudolph
Episode Notes
Timothy Busfield (Cal Shanley) does not appear in this episode, though his voice is heard at the beginning of the episode.

Ratings: 7.41 million viewers

Guest Host: None featured.
Musical Guest: None featured.

Breaking the Fourth Wall

Wilson White: Well this seems to me like a good time for a break.
Although the quote can be taken literally in the show after he realizes the overwhelming number of people who want him to be fired, the show actually goes to a commercial break after he says this, thus, breaking the fourth wall.

Episode Quotes
Jack: Ted, believe me, I wish this was a fight for ethics. I wish this was a conversation about the integrity of the news. But it's not. It's about preventing ourselves from being a laughingstock.
Atkins: Well, I don't feel like a laughingstock.
Jack: That's only because you're a moron.
Atkins: Wilson, you're backing up what he said?
Wilson: Yes, including and especially your being a moron.

Hallie: He got your order wrong.
Jordan: No, this is what I eat while I'm waiting for the food.

Jordan: Danny, you shouldn't be in the studio alone.
Danny: Matt's here.
Jordan: Matt's there because with Harriet gone, it's like someone moved his food dish.

Cultural References
Matt: You guys heard of a book called "The 48 Laws of Power"?

The 48 Laws of Power is a 1998 book by author Robert Green.

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