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Matt is stricken with a case of writer's block and stays up an entire Wednesday night trying to come up with new material. In addition to the stress of not being able to write, Matt must also contend with a new lawyer who is looking into a sexual harassment claim while Harriet's on the set of her new movie. Meanwhile, Jordan and Danny square off to see who'd make a better parent.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 3TS065
Airdate: Monday February 19th, 2007

Director: Laura Innes
Story: Mark McKinney
Teleplay: Aaron Sorkin

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Feb 18, 2007
UK (MORE4) Nov 08, 2007

Guest Stars
Columbus ShortColumbus Short
As Darius Hawthorne
Josh StambergJosh Stamberg
As Luke Scott
Kari MatchettKari Matchett
As Mary Tate
Lucy DavisLucy Davis
As Lucy Kenwright
Mark McKinneyMark McKinney
As Andy Mackinaw
Merritt WeverMerritt Wever
As Suzanne

Co-Guest Stars
Blake HoodBlake Hood
As Actor Playing Scott
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
Episode Notes
Guest Host: Renée Zellweger (who does not appear)
Musical Guest: Unknown

Steven Weber (Jack Rudolph) does not appear in this episode.

Director Laura Innes is best known for her role as Dr. Kerry Weaver on the long-running NBC drama ER.

Ratings: 6.4 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Patti Smith GroupDancing Barefoot 

Episode Quotes
(Danny's trying to comfort the electronic baby)
Jordan: You're shaking it like a snow globe.
Danny: Does smacking the mother ever help?

Suzanne: Should I order you food?
Matt: What are you eating?
Suzanne: A veggie burger.
Matt: Don't do that. If you want vegetables, go ahead. But don't eat pretend food. That's prop food you're eating.
Suzanne: I'm trying to lose ten pounds.
Matt: Well, don't do that either.
Suzanne: Matt.
Matt: You're perfect!
Suzanne: Stop making fun of me!
Matt: I'm not! Look at you!
Suzanne: Stop it.
Matt: If I was a little younger, less famous, and made a little less money, I would --
Suzanne: Thank you.

Danny: I'll tell you what I did to it, okay. The baby was in an accident, as babies sometimes are. And I rushed it immediately to a doctor of some sort.
Jordan: What kind of accident?
Danny: A freak accident.
Jordan: What kind of freak accident?
Danny: It was decapitated in a 18th century French guillotine.

Simon: Well you better glue that thing back on before Danny sees it.
(Danny comes in)
Danny: How's it going.
Tom: Good.
Danny: Oh my God!
Tom: So look, we beheaded the baby.
Danny: What the hell did you do?!

Episode Goofs
The countdown clock is inconsistent throughout the episode. When Matt and Danny talk about Harriet, there are 20 hours left on the clock. Later in the episode, there's 1 day, 20 hours left, which is more accurate since near the end of the episode it's 4AM on Wednesday.

Cultural References
The lawyer that is representing Studio 60 says she's from the Gage Whitney law firm. In Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing, Gage Whitney was the law firm that Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) worked at until he left to join President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) campaign.

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