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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Friday Night Slaughter

In the aftermath of Matt and Harriet's broken relationships, flashbacks tell the story of how Matt and Harriet met for the first time. Matt thinks back to his early days as a writer and how he and Luke competed over Harriet's affections. Meanwhile, Danny and Jordan's relationship continues to grow and Tom and Dylan stress over whether or not their sketch will survive the "Friday night slaughter".

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 3TS064
Airdate: Monday February 12th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Feb 11, 2007
UK (MORE4) Nov 01, 2007

Guest Stars
Diana-Maria RivaDiana-Maria Riva
As Lily Rodriguez
Josh StambergJosh Stamberg
As Luke Scott
Mark McKinneyMark McKinney
As Andy Mackinaw
Nate TorrenceNate Torrence
As Dylan
Stephanie ChildersStephanie Childers
As Hallie
Gina LaPianaGina LaPiana
As Diana Valdes
Joseph Lyle TaylorJoseph Lyle Taylor
As Tim Batale

Co-Guest Stars
Emiko PariseEmiko Parise
As Emiko
John EnnisJohn Ennis
As Denny
Wendle JosepherWendle Josepher
As Deb
Lisa M. HaskinsLisa M. Haskins
As Wardrobe Assistant
Valerie RossValerie Ross
As Mrs. Dobson
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
Timothy BusfieldTimothy Busfield
As Cal Shanley
Steven WeberSteven Weber
As Jack Rudolph
Episode Notes
Guest Host: Unknown
Musical Guest: Diana Valdes

Ratings: 6.55 million viewers

The name of the writer that was fired back when Matt started working for Studio 60, Tim Batale, is an anagram of Matt Albie.

The flashbacks shown in the episode were from 1999 -- on the TV there were notes about airplanes preparing for Y2K.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gina LaPianaI Don't Want To Start Over 

Episode Quotes
Matt: Are you senile?
Cal: Me? I hope so, 'cause if I've got further to fall --

Jordan: (on the phone) Hi, this is Jordan McDeere. I'm the President of NBS west coast entertainment.
Danny: Yes ma'am.
Jordan: I'm concerned that not enough of your cameras are aimed at her chest.
Danny: Well, I got all four of them working, but this is just dress. If you want I can bring in some IMAX equipment tonight.

Matt: Well, that's what I wanted to ask you about. You're able to work when you feel like that?
Diana: No, but I'm able to drink when I feel like that. Then I'm able to work.

Episode References
As mentioned in the episode, this is the second time that the White Stripes were supposed to perform on Studio 60, but once again a replacement had to be found for them. The first time that the White Stripes canceled occurred in "The Cold Open".

The concept of "The Friday Night Slaughter" was first mentioned in "The Long Lead Story" when Tom describes the process of the Friday Night Slaughter to the rehearsal audience.

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