Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 16

4 a.m. Miracle

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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".

  • Allusions

    • 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.