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Allison Janney hosts an episode of Studio 60 and everything that could go wrong does as the propmasters and cue cardsmen go on strike.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 3TS070
Airdate: Thursday May 24th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

UK (MORE4) Nov 15, 2007

Guest Stars
Ayda FieldAyda Field
As Jeannie Whatley
Camille ChenCamille Chen
As Samantha Li
John MahonJohn Mahon
As George
Lucy DavisLucy Davis
As Lucy Kenwright
Nate TorrenceNate Torrence
As Dylan
Simon HelbergSimon Helberg
As Alex Anderson
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
As Herself
Austin BasisAustin Basis
As Unknown
Christine AdamsChristine Adams
As Stephanie
Macy GrayMacy Gray
As Herself
Nick NordellaNick Nordella
As Robbie Wyatt
Tamala JonesTamala Jones
As Claire

Co-Guest Stars
Amy HoneyAmy Honey
As Jenny
Jennifer PenningtonJennifer Pennington
As Assistant
John F. CarpenterJohn F. Carpenter
As Herb Sheldon (as John F. Carpenter)
William Stanford DavisWilliam Stanford Davis
As Floor Manager
Chet GrissomChet Grissom
As Canine Officer
Chic DanielChic Daniel
As Officer #2
David O. KatzDavid O. Katz
As Man in Green Room
Eriq F. PrinceEriq F. Prince
As Officer #1
Ruben PlaRuben Pla
As Cue Card Guy
Tara RadcliffeTara Radcliffe
As Jennifer
Main Cast
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: Allison Janney
Musical Guest: Macy Gray

Guest Host Allison Janney previously starred on The West Wing with Studio 60 star Bradley Whitford.

Matthew Perry (Matthew Albie), Bradley Whitford (Danny Tripp), and Amanda Peet (Jordan McDeere) do not appear in this episode.

Ratings: 3.90 million viewers

Episode Quotes
Kari: Why did Matt want to be a writer?
Harriet: Matt wanted to write so people would like him.

Jack: If a bomb goes off after we got a warning, do you know what will happen to our insurance premiums?
Cal: Yeah. Plus people will get hurt.
Jack: I guess it would be fundamentally wrong of me to leave the building, get in my car, drive as far away as possible.
Cal: Yeah, I’m going to go back to work.
Jack: It’s going to be a good show tonight?
Cal: Don't see how.

Allison Janney: All right. You know what? That’s it…. The whole night has been a complete disaster. The prop guys walked out because Danny Tripp is an idiot. And there were no cue cards. And I had no cash in my wallet. And the machine gun went off a half hour after I got shot.
Cal: (via the ear piece) Allison, Allison. I turned off your mic after you said "That’s our show." Nobody can hear you. You’re just coming off like a madwoman. Now, I’m turning you on in the control room. If you can hear me say, "Thank you."
Allison Janney: Thank you.
Cal: It was a bad show…. I mean classically bad. But it still beats digging a hole for a living, right?
(Allison laughs)
Cal: Tell me you still didn’t have the time of your life tonight.
(Allison enunciates “Thank you”)

Robbie: Why wasn't it on the news?
Jack: It's Friday night!
Robbie: Aren't bomb threats a big deal?
Jack: You'd think so, wouldn't you?

Cultural References
During the episode, a PA carries around a flamingo centerpiece and later a large lawn-sized flamingo is in guest host Allison Janney's dressing room. In The West Wing, Allison Janney's character, C.J. Cregg, Secret Service codename was "Flamingo."

The chemistry between guest host Allison Janney and Timothy Busfield (Cal Shanley) was similar to the chemistry between Allison Janney and Timothy Busfield's characters, C.J. Cregg and Danny Concannon, respectively, on The West Wing. Like in this episode, C.J. and Danny would bicker back and forth, but ultimately had a romantic relationship.

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