Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 7

Nevada Day (1)

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2006 on NBC
9.2
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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Studio 60 staff must travel to Nevada to free Tom from jail in time for the show. Meanwhile, a judge who doesn't care for the show complicates matters.

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  • They could just have made an recap-epiosde. And does Prum, Nevada exist?

    6.0
    I love Studio 60 but this episod doesn´t add up and I will tell you why. The show is always unpredictable, that´s what I love about it. The dialog is fast, clever and feels genuine. "The Nebada Day" is on of thos shows producers do when they need an easy one. - Hey, lets try this new idea! First a scene that is totally wierd. And we play the whole show backwards!

    It is as just as fascinating as a "Friends" recap episode. About the script. I can´t help to wonder if citys like Prump, nevada excist for real. Seems like they excist more on tv then i real life. And how belivable is it that like 5 people from a big company would go there? At same time? Trying to get one person out of jail. I really think they could have shot "Studio 60" even if missing one cast-member.moreless
  • Funny situation, bad sketch

    7.0
    As I write this review, somewhat belatedly, I am armed with the knowledge that the series has been given a full season order. I still have my suspicions that the network will cancel the show before the first season concludes, but at least the production staff will get the opportunity to make a solid case for the series’ survival.



    This particular episode, the first in a two-part story, continues to highlight the series’ pros and cons. On the positive side, this was one of the funniest episodes yet, with some wonderfully absurd elements. By starting the episode in the middle of the story, the writers gave the audience a reason to see how everyone arrived at this unlikely moment. The result was an amusing escalation from the relatively mundane to the truly bizarre.



    Tom is beginning to stake his claim as an interesting character, even if he works best as a straight man for Simon. He also demonstrates a capacity for self-sacrifice when it comes to his friends. He’ll stand up for them and cover for them. Not every character has to be massively demonstrative, after all.



    Jack also figures prominently in the episode, and as usual, his scenes are some of the most entertaining of the hour. In particular, he brings a certain realism to the business end of the story. How many of us know management with this kind of cutthroat attitude? Watching him stew in his own juices is just plain fun, and Steven Weber has one of the best sarcastic line deliveries in the business!



    Unfortunately, most of the drama in this episode hinges once again on the exploration of religious, political, and social issues. It’s beginning to get a little tiresome. While a sketch comedy is going to have to attack sacred cows to be relevant, the situation in this episode seems a bit forced. Every time the issues creep into the story, I find myself losing patience.



    Similarly, the fight over the use of “Jesus Christ” in a manner other than referring to Jesus Christ is funny at first, but the resulting sketch is hardly the “comedy gold” that Matt and everyone else seems to think it is. As with most of the comedy sketches so far, it sounds awkward rather than clever. In fact, if anything, the situation with Tom would make a very funny comedy sketch, if handled properly, which is why it seems odd that the writers can’t produce one in the proper context.



    (As a sidenote: I also have a new podcast associated with my various reviews called “Velocity TV”. Current episodes cover “Studio 60”, so it might be something of interest. Go to http://velocitytv.libsyn.com if you want to listen!)moreless
  • Raises questions, and not as funny as usual.

    8.5
    It was said in 106 - The Wrap Party that "the writing was one unbearably long set up for a jingle" and I just hope that this isn't the case with this double header storyline. This episode seems to be a massive build up for the next part and beyond. Will they get back? What will happen to Tom? What will happen to Jordan? and why was Tom speeding? Obviously the story is essential to character development, but this episode wasn't as entertaining as the rest of the season thus far. The only comedy flowed from Simon. He was hilarious, and Danny and Jordan bounced off of him a few times with some good line. The rest of the cast failed to bring much humour. Tom was a major disappointment seen as the story evolved around him, I can't see how he is a main part of a major comedy sketch show. To be fair, he was under arrest, but people always go to their strengths when they're uncomfortable and under pressure, so he sould have been funny.

    Part 2 has to be amazing to make up for part 1's inability to move things along or to be witty. I may be holding this storyline to very high standards after seeing the West Wing's "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen", "20 Hours in America" and "Inaguration", but as Jordan said, "I set the bar high.... Clear it!" I hope part 2 brings this storyline to a level we all expect from Sorkin!moreless
  • To think that there were even rumours of this show being cancelled is just crazy.

    9.5
    After midweek cancellation rumours, Studio 60 done what every good show; come out with an AWESOME episode. The cut up time frame of the show was simply ingenius and added much more to the episode. John Goodman cameo was outstanding, and fit his character like a glove. Tom, Jack, Matt, Simon, Danny, Jordan, Harriet = solid solid solid. I simply can't get enough of this show. Good to see the ratings for this show had a must boost and with this episode being a 2 part (I haven't even had a chance to talk about the hilarious storyline) much of the audidence should be carried over. I only hope the ratings grow stronger and stronger cos I can't even stand the thought of future cancellation rumours or (GOD FORBID!) annoucements.moreless
  • Fabulous. This show gets better and better.

    10
    NBC need to pick this show up. It has a strong foundation for storylines. It is not suppose to entice you like mystery shows = Lost, Heroes, etc. And I'm sick to death of Crime Shows. If NBC does not pick this show up, they will lose a lot of respect fromm viewers who are sick and tired of the same types of shows out there. This is why Studio 60 is so great. It is out there on its own. It has a strong fan base. The fans are not going anywhere. NBC needs to keep this one around.moreless
Chris Flanders

Chris Flanders

Det. Trentanelli

Guest Star

Joshua Wolf Coleman

Joshua Wolf Coleman

Det. Hillary

Guest Star

Larry A. Macias

Larry A. Macias

P.A.

Guest Star

Diana-Maria Riva

Diana-Maria Riva

Lilly Rodriguez

Recurring Role

Columbus Short

Columbus Short

Darius Hawthorne

Recurring Role

Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis

Lucy Kenwright

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tom: Okay, there's going to be a group of people coming to help me, can I go on record, right now, and say that they are NOT with me?

    • Harriet: I don't even know what the sides are in the culture wars.
      Matt: Well, your side hates my side because you think we think you're stupid. And my side hates your side because we think you're stupid.

    • Matt: You don't like kids and dogs?
      Jordan: Yeah. Or orphans. Why? Is that bad?

    • Matt: Half the shows in prime time start with two strippers getting strangled after a lap dance, and that's fine with me but if it's also fine with Jesus then I don't see the need to tiptoe around his name.

    • Matt: It's one thing to be asked to respect someone else's religion, it's another to be asked to respect their taboos. In my religion it's disrespectful to God not to keep your head covered. You don't see me insisting that the cast of CSI:Miami wear yarmulkas.
      Danny: That'd be an unusual creative direction for CSI:Miami.

    • Danny: What are you working on?
      Matt: Yeah, I'm on the third page, I should know by now.

    • (after an interview, where Harriet was asked her views on gay marriage)
      Harriet: I said the Bible says it's a sin. It also says judge not lest ye be judged, and that it was something for smarter people than me to decide.
      Matt: "Ye" is a word you don't hear a lot.
      Harriet: How do you manage to see every piece of my press?
      Matt: We have a press department, I get a daily press packet. They highlight what they want me to see - this one got a highlight, an arrow and a sticker!
      Harriet: Well, as I said, they left out the second sentence.
      Matt: Yeah, can I ask you something? Does your ass hurt from straddling the fence like that all the time?

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Tom: Et tu, Daisy?

      This is an allusion to William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, when Caeser is stabbed in the back by his friend Brutus. Caesar says, "Et tu, Brute?" Meaning "And You, Brutus?"

    • Matt: You don't see me insisting that the cast of CSI:Miami wear yarmulkes.

      CSI:Miami is a program on CBS which, in most areas, airs Monday nights at 10 pm opposite Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

    • Jack: This is a black American Express card, I can post a million dollar bond.

      The Centurion Card, popularly known as the Black Card, is American Express's most exclusive charge card. The card is available for personal and business use, but only by invitation. There are specific requirements for this card, one of which is an exceptional credit history, although some of these requirements have been known to be waived for major celebrities.

    • Judge: Matlock, shut up.

      This is in reference to the 1980's and 90's TV show about a lawyer from Georgia, Ben Matlock, who was played by Andy Griffith.

    • Deputy Boone: Yeah, we got legal brothels. Cherry Patch Ranch, Mabel's Ranch....

      This is a reference to two actual brothels -- the Chicken Ranch and Sheri's Ranch -- which (as the deputy goes on to say) helped develop the business infrastructure of the town of Pahrump during the 1970s.

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