Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 16

4 a.m. Miracle

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2007 on NBC
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Matt is stuck on a Wednesday night with writer's block and also has to contend with a young lawyer who's investigating a sexual harassment claim while Harriet continues shooting her movie. In addition, Jordan and Danny enter into a contest to see who'd make the better parent.moreless

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  • Very cute episode!!

    Very cute episode. We basically had three main storylines going on here. First of all there was Danny and Jordan with their 100-dollar bet that Danny wouldn't be able to take proper care of this computerized baby doll that Jordan bought to practice before the baby arrived. This was quite funny specially after Danny left the baby in the hands of others for a second and it ended up being beheaded in a prop guillotine. The scene were Jordan found out about this was hilarious. Second we had Harriet who was shooting her new movie, with that Luc guy as director. They were running late but Luc insisted that he didn't have the shot. Harriet wasn't happy with the way the scene was being shot but Luc kept ignoring her suggestions. By the end of the day, Harriet realized that that Luc guy was doing it all on Purpose just to take Matt's Harriet time and she let him have it. That was nice! And the last storyline was how Matt couldn't even write because of the lack of Harriet that he was experiencing since they had that huge fight. By the end of the episode though, Harriet did go up to Matt's office and gave him a make up kiss on the cheek. That was very sweet. This episode was awesome!moreless
  • The real care baby story was funny.

    Danny and Jordan were great in this episode but that was about it. I got real tired of Harriet on the movie set with Luke. Luke finally showed his true colors to her and I think she realized she made a huge mistake. The lawyer with Matt got old very quickly. And if Harriet is doing a movie that has potential to earn her an Oscar nomination wouldn't she do her scenes and keep her mouth shut?moreless
  • Here we go again. How about trying something other than couples having fights and getting back together.

    Matt and Harriet are talking to each other again. Is this the fifth time around for these guys. I hope that this series really tries something else.

    Aaron, if you're reading, what was so great about the West Wing is that it was more than relationships. It was primarily about the story. The character's lives rarely entered into the focus of the story. Studio 60 has probably given you a chance to touch on all of those areas which you couldn't or wouldn't write about before, but please! Enough is enough. The plotlines with Jack Rudolph - brilliant. The thing with Kim, the Chinese investor's daughter - funny. Harriet's inability to decide what she wants in a man - booooring. Seriously man, I'm cheering when Matt is in a room with any other woman, just hoping that he'll get it on with her and forget Harriet forever. I'm not alone either. My best friend is your biggest fan and even he hates Harriet.

    If your reasoning for not including personal relationships in the West Wing was out of respect for the importance of the character's jobs, then does that imply you don't respect the Studio 60 character's jobs?moreless
  • A less-than-satisfying episode marking a hiatus that may never end

    The drop-off from Tom Schlamme’s directorial effort last week is evident from the very first frame. This is “Studio 60” back to the usual grind, and it’s simply not as compelling. It doesn’t help that the episode feels scattershot and disconnected. A number of plot threads are explored in the episode, but there’s never a true sense of cohesion.

    The main plot is a follow-up to Matt’s downward spiral in the previous episode. Matt continues to struggle with his muse, especially now that she’s put him in his place and left him for metaphorical dead. Without the tension that comes with Harriet tightly in orbit, Matt is unable to function. It’s starting to become noticeable. If he’s still abusing pills (something not seen in this episode) and his depression remains, it’s hard to imagine that he’ll be able to hide it much longer. After all, Danny is a recovering addict and should know the signs.

    His conversation with the sexual harassment lawyer didn’t seem to gel in the way implied by the dialogue. There was certainly a purpose to pushing Matt’s buttons, but it might have been too subtle. The idea, if I understood it correctly, is that Matt was willing to stand up for the sanctity of the writer’s room even when the topic at hand was debauching his soulmate, which in turn makes him a good witness against the claim that the writing room was a hostile work environment. If that was the point, then it was a little obtuse.

    The attraction to Matt, of course, fits perfectly within the odd world of “Studio 60”, where sexual harassment lawyers can point out how damaging an office relationship can be to overall effectiveness, yet solicit a date from a future witness for the defense. As good as this might have been for Matt, it makes Harriet’s apparent slide back into his life more complicated. The episode leaves Matt in a precarious emotional situation.

    A lot of time was spent on Harriet’s time on set with Luke, and it also hit an odd note for me. Perhaps this is part of the cycle that keeps Matt and Harriet in their eternal struggle, but why would Harriet feel guilty about telling Matt how he acts? His sense of entitlement is disturbing, and they’re simply not good for each other. Yet instead of forcing Matt to get his act together and moving on with Luke, she sabotages her relationship with Luke and comes running back to Matt. Sure, Luke was being a jealous fool, but he’s not playing to co-dependency game.

    The Matt/Harriet relationship manages to make Danny and Jordan look sane in comparison. The two of them are still being very cute together, but this episode does suggest that juggling a baby (hopefully in the metaphorical sense) will be harder than they realize. Danny is far too cavalier about the demands that they will face. Any parent can dredge up the war stories from that first child’s early years, when everything was new and incredibly daunting. All the assurances in the world won’t make things easier if Matt can’t get the show out of a tailspin and even more stress hits at the same time as the birth.

    This is the last episode to run before the hiatus for “The Black Donnellys”, and apparently it also had the worst ratings for the series’ run to date. Everyone but the core audience is abandoning this ship before it sinks completely, and that’s unfortunate. More unfortunate is the probability that this episode was representative of the series as a whole. It had plenty of promise and potential and interesting characters, but at the end of the day, it just never came together.moreless

    I loved this episode. There wasn't a whole lot of action, but it had I think one important element. It made Luke look like a bad guy. Before this episode I had always wanted to hate Luke but didn't have a great reason. After this episode where he dissed Matt I now have a reason. I love that Harry stood up for Matt. It shows that she still has feelings of some kind. Also Danny with the real life baby was hilarious. You knew something was going to happen when he gave the baby to Tom and Simon but i wasn't expecting a guilitine. Overall I think it was one of the funniest episodes yet.moreless
Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney

Andy Mackinaw

Recurring Role

Merritt Wever

Merritt Wever


Recurring Role

Kari Matchett

Kari Matchett

Mary Tate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The lawsuit being filed against "Studio 60" is nearly identical to a lawsuit filed against the writers of "Friends" (of which Matthew Perry was a star) in 1999. Some of the allegations in the lawsuit that Matt reads out are identical to allegations made in the "Friends" lawsuit, including sexual discussions about the lead actresses and a discussion about possible eating disorders.

    • When Danny and Matt talk about why Harriet isn't back yet from the film set, the clock in Matthew's office is wrong. Instead of 1 day, 20 hours and 29 minutes it shows 0 days, 20 hours and 29 minutes left until the show.

    • When filming the Russian roulette scene of Harriett's film, in the scene of the 2nd take the 'blood bag' is clearly not there. Yet, when the actor pulls the trigger blood goes everywhere, and when he sits up a 'blood bag' is strapped to his head.

    • While discussing the poem Kubla Khan, Danny Tripp wrongly identifies Gene Roddenberry as the writer of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). The movie was written and directed by Nicholas Meyer.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (talking about Matt)
      Luke: He's an arrogant, self-destructive, egomaniacal prick!
      Harriet: You say that like it's a bad thing.

    • Matt: Did you study before you came here?
      Mary: Yep.
      Matt: For what?
      Mary: Six hundred dollars an hour.

    • Danny: Honey, you know what, sit.
      Jordan: It just told me I'd stuffed it in a Prada bag!
      Danny: The real baby's gonna do that, too.
      Jordan: Now I know not to, you know...
      Danny: Stuff the baby in a bag?
      Jordan: Yeah.
      Danny: You knew that before.
      Jordan: But now I can practice comforting.
      Danny: You turned it off with a remote.

    • Jordan: What am I gonna practice with now?
      Danny: Nothing. You're gonna be a great mother. You're not going to be by yourself, I'm not going anywhere.
      Jordan nods and smiles
      Jordan: Okay, good, 'cause between the two of us...
      Danny: Well now we know not to put the baby's head in a guillotine.

    • Danny: Please let me have someone take you home.
      Jordan: I'm fine.
      Danny: You need more sleep than you're getting.
      Jordan: I'm getting sleep right now.
      Danny: You're talking to me.
      Jordan: Like that takes a lot of mental energy.
      Danny: Let me have somebody take you home.
      Jordan: I like it here with you.
      Danny: Kay, easy does it, 'cause you just said something nice to me and you've gotta be careful when you do that 'cause the sky could fall down.

    • Danny: Listen, I know you're nervous and God understands that. So he made the first year an on-ramp. You're not up to full speed, you're merging with other traffic.
      Jordan: You know how many times I've busted my car merging with other traffic?

    • Danny: (To Jordan) Alright, you don't drive the baby and you don't go near the college tuition.

    • Danny: (Trying to explain what happened to the baby) I'll tell you what I did to it, ok! The baby was in a 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.

    • Danny: (about the broken real-care baby) You gotta take this to props, you gotta get it fixed, and you gotta get them to screw with the computer chip so Jordan doesn't know.
      Cal: It's no problem. You want us to do anything else?
      Danny: Like what?
      Cal: I don't know. Dance?
      Danny: (hesitating)...No! Just fix it!

    • 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!

    • Simon: (discussing woman from the lawsuit ) I flirted with her.
      Tom: You did?
      Simon: Yeah.
      Tom: What kind of flirting?
      Simon: Regular flirting. Though, I've got some game so, you know...
      Tom: What?
      Simon: I... slept with her.
      Tom: Are you kidding me?
      Simon: Once!
      Tom: She's suin' us Simon!
      Simon: Three times, I think.

    • Jordan: (about Danny's handling of the baby) You're shaking it like a snow globe.
      Danny: Does smacking the mother ever help?

    • Simon: Well you better glue that thing back on before Danny sees it.
      (Danny enters the room)
      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?!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music in this episode:

      "Dancing Barefoot" by Patti Smith

    • Kari Matchett, star of last year's 'Invasion', is playing double duty this season as she has a recurring role on '24' as well.

    • Rozerem

      Ironically, in an episode where all the characters willingly are awake at 4 A.M. (some doing so with the help of pills and Red Bull-style drinks), one of the advertisers on the original broadcast was Rozerem - a prescription sleep aid featuring popular commercials starring a sleep deprived man, an astronaut, Abe Lincoln and a talking beaver with the tag line "Your Dreams Miss You".


    • Matt Albie: What's the full title of Kubla Khan and who wrote it?
      Danny Tripp: Gene Roddenberry.
      Matt Albie: No, not The Wrath of Khan.

      That is a reference to the film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982). Gene Roddenberry was the creator of the Star Trek universe.

    • "I go home when you go home"

      Suzanne (Matt's assistant) says the line to Matt during a late-night session. Aaron Sorkin used this line in season three of The West Wing ("Stirred") in which Margaret and Leo were also working a late night.

    • Baby Cha-Cha

      When Cal asks Danny if Danny wants him to make the baby dance, he's referring to the 3D Studio Max demo of a dancing baby, also known as "Baby Cha-Cha". Released on the internet in 1996, the dancing baby was arguably the first internet icon to successfully crossover into mainstream reference popularity.

    • Gage Whitney

      The law firm representing Studio 60 in the lawsuit is Gage Whitney. This is the same law firm that employed Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn before he joined the Bartlett campaign and administration on The West Wing. However Studio 60 and The West Wing cannot exist in the same universe as President George W. Bush exists in Studio 60's universe and not in The West Wing's.