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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".
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.
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.
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.