Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 19

K & R (1)

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 07, 2007 on NBC
9.2
out of 10
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207 votes
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Jordan is rushed into surgery as the situation with Tom's brother grows more grim. Matt and Harriet renew an old argument.

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  • Pure Aaron Sorkin which matches intelligent thought with heart-wrenching drama. You will not want to miss this.

    10
    There is no sadder moment in time than watching the ending of a great body of work; especially when it is shining its brightest. Aaron Sorkin has taken me back to my favorite West Wing episodes with this episode of Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. With the heart and soul of "The West Wing's In Excelsis Deo" Sorkin proves his talents as a master story crafter with K & R, Part 1. The best part of Aaron Sorkin's writing isn't just that it's intelligent, but it provokes us to think, to take another look at why we believe what we believe. Perhaps that's why the show never caught on. It called to mankind to be accountable for who we have become. It asked us to think a line above the tawdry exhibitionism that reality shows like "Survivor" or "The Bachelor" make their living on. It asked us to question who we are and why we are that way. The masses, unfortunately, are not yet up to the task. Perhaps the fact that it was set in Hollywood was the poison that seeped throughout the season keeping mainstream viewers from embracing it. Sorkin neophytes who appear to have only jumped on the S60 bandwagon because they watched "The West Wing" complained bitterly that the show wasn't up to their standards. They ignored character development or the importance of the topics that WERE debated in the show. They couldn't cling on to the story lines based on choices that we as a people must make in our every day lives and the complicated mess that sometimes comes from making the wrong ones. Instead, they turned their noses up demanding nothing less but perfection. The problem being perfection to one is not perfection to others.



    I have loved "Studio 60" from the very beginning. I loved the fact that Bradley Whitford perfectly matured himself to present his new character. I was enthralled at being able to watch Matthew Perry handle much grittier and sometimes dark drama, such as the spiral into drug use. The cast to me was perfectly selected for each of their characteristics AND as a brilliant ensemble. The opening two shows sealed the deal for me. How could you not want to be exposed to one of the greatest debates of our time? Matt and Harriet, who are probably soul mates struggling to grow and using one another as a pearl uses sand, go back and forth about the issue of faith. While I have no idea where Sorkin stands on this issue personally, the fact that he can give such strength to both sides of the argument with the same pen fascinates me. But that is always what has enamored me about Sorkin's work. His fearlessness in addressing whatever issue he likes. Some people have called Sorkin self-indulgent in this particular work. If so, he is not the only one being indulged. He has fed me, satiated me with his characters and his story. Once I see that last episode I will no longer be fed such a satisfying meal. I will have to be content to watch only silly, worn representations of the condition of man; each show stressing the same tired, boring topics of fidelity and who's trying to destroy who. K & R, Part 1 was an amazing example of why I love Aaron Sorkin's work so much. It moved me to tears. The actor's performances were incredible, the story topical and the music, as always, the cherry on top - a perfect experience. I cannot imagine which way Aaron will go with the last episode. I don't know if he knew they would not renew his show when he wrote it or when it was filmed. I know how I'd like it to end, but much like the beloved "Sports Night" there will be nothing left but fan fiction to know where these characters go from here and *that* I will mourn. No one moves me like Aaron Sorkin. I can only hope I will get the chance to be moved again.moreless
  • I sure will miss this show...

    9.0
    So what's going on?

    The show is cancelled - and all of the sudden, the episodes are only getting better?



    The episode took place right after the ending of the last one - Jordan is rushed to the hospital, and Tom's getting the news of his kidnapped brother.



    "Studio 60", over-all, usually avoided political issues - there were some religious, racious and even social conflicts - and this was the first one to address a political issue. (I think the reason they avoided political issues so far, was because of the "oh-so-requested-West-Wing-comparison").



    I liked the was the show presented how the press dealt with Tom's brother being held captive - 3 guys were abducted - but only one is getting coverage by the media. A pretty good reflection of the media in our world today.

    Also, I must praise Nathan Corddry for one hack of an acting job for the last two episodes. (Lucy was really missing in this episode).



    The Jordan-Danny storyline: I felt that it was a sort of "filler" storyline - but it doesn't really matter as long as Amanda Peet was on :).



    I really liked the going-on argument between Matt and Harriet, representing in a small, but very intersting way, the public debate on some of the political/religous/social issues that's going on today, and have been going on for the last 8 years (only in this situation, of course).



    I know I've been praising the show a lot- I know it won't do any good - but this show, this cast and this whole production deserves it.moreless
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  • Excellent episode

    10
    This was a great episode. The situation with Tom's brother was hard to watch. Danny proposing to Jordan was great. I didn't expect it so soon. I liked Danny getting upset at the hospital. Normally Jordan is the one getting upset and Danny is calm. Matt's pill popping plot line was an interesting take.
  • Flashbacks show us how the cast and crew of Studio 60 dealt with the September 11th attacks and their aftermath, while dealing with current crises.

    9.0
    I thought this was a great episode. It portrayed what the fictional sketch comedy show was like the first time Matt and Danny were there. We get to see the awkwardness of Matt and Harriet's relationship ending, as coworkers who are clearly not over each other. In classic Sorkin Matt could not tie a bow tie but wanted to wear one to the Emmy's because he was from the east coast, on The West Wing Josh Lyman wanted to wear one because at the end of the night it looked cool when it hung off of your neck untied. Neither could tie one and asked the woman that they were not together with but the audience was pulling for tie it for them.



    The story with Tom is great, it provides that fear to cross over the current time with the flashbacks that feeling of fear and uncertainty experienced by all.



    Can't wait to tune in to the next episode.



    I looked and saw the ratings are increasing since it's return, nowhere near where they were in February, but it is a sign.moreless
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Mark McKinney

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Josh Stamberg

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