Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 8

Nevada Day (2)

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jack pleads with the local Nevada judge (John Goodman) to free Tom so he can make it back to the Friday night show. Meanwhile, tension heats up between Matt and Harriet on the set.

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  • A good episode.

    The second half wasn't quite as good, or as exciting, as the first half, but it was still an excellent episode. The questions raised, the issued hinted at, in the first part were finally answered, such as just why Tom was speeding while driving through Pahrump. But we all knew that we'd get the answer to that question.

    And really, we all knew that Tom would be let go, with no major damage done. At least, I knew that... The one thing that I find interesting is the blow up at the end, when the Macau investor says that Jordon has brought shame on the company, and Jack blows up. Then the daughter has the conversation... and says that she mis-translated. I thought it was obvious that that was a lie. It was obvious to me, at least. Of course the father said exactly what the daughter first translated. There was no mistake; saying that was simply his way of saving face, and being able to continue to do business with NBS. The fact that he put the blame on his daughter... well, that's what dutiful children are for, isn't it? So I was surprised to see a blurb in the episode guide explaining that there'd been no mistake... like I said, I knew that, and I don't speak Chinese at all.

    Ah, well...moreless
  • The end of the story has the same strengths and weaknesses as the beginning

    Much like the first half of the story, this episode is a mixture of the positive and negative aspects of the series. The character development is definitely good material, and while the absurdity was dialed back a little bit to allow for a relatively simple resolution to Tom’s situation, there were still plenty of moments dedicated to classic misunderstandings and perfect comic timing. The lingering drawback was, as usual, the heavy-handed treatment of the “gay marriage” issue.

    I like the fact that Tom was trying to cover for his brother, especially after learning how complicated his family situation has been in earlier episodes. As I mentioned in the review for the previous episode, this gives Tom a self-sacrificing personality that marks him as somewhat unique. I look forward to more exploration of this character and his complicated psychology.

    I’m sure that some of the conflict between Jack and Danny hinges on the nuances of network television, but there’s enough context to make each confrontation worth the time. In fact, Jack and Danny have one of the most interesting relationships on the show, and it helps to keep Jordan’s high-wire act from being completely inexplicable. The situation certainly seems primed for Danny and Jordan to work together more and more, which is something to look forward to for many fans.

    Matt may not be the management type, but when push comes to shove, he gets the job done. It gives him a bit more depth than the simplistic “Sorkin stand-in” role that he was initially given. Unfortunately, for all his good moments in this episode, he’s stuck in the middle of another endless dialogue about gay rights and Harriet’s comment, which is repeated often and with a lot of emphasis.

    The problem isn’t that the show tackles complicated issues. As I’ve said before, any good sketch comedy show should be taking on the sacred cows and controversies of the general public. When the conversations feel natural, in character, and in context, then it works. In this case, however, a lot of Matt’s dialogue sounded like the writer preaching to the audience. There is a middle ground, and in episodes like “The Long Lead Story”, the writers managed to strike that balance.

    This was a good episode, and by the end, I was still looking forward to the idea of more episodes. I still think the series is trying to find its voice, however, and the past two episodes are a good example of that. From what I understand, the focus will be shifting more towards character, and if that means more depth for the cast, I can’t complain. I only hope the preaching can be retooled into something a little more subtle.

    (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 if you want to listen!)moreless
  • Stuck in the middle of You.

    I saw Part two and just as good as the firestpart. Recap:The people of Studio 60, must gotr to navada to rescue tom from a judge played by John Goodman, while back in Los angeles Matt and harriet are arguing over religion. I believe that the chemistry between matt and Harriet is getting better by each episode and I hope it will improve the series. I storyline about the tom and his problems in a Navada town is very good as well. I think that NBC has two hits in the Monday 9 and 10 p.m time slot. "Heroes" and "Studio 60." Two of the finest hours on network television.moreless
  • All I have to say is John Goodman.

    John Goodman was absolutely great in both episodes but the second one was the best. It was nice to see a "positive" storyline of the war. It was nice to see Tom Jeter breaking the law to go see his brother before he left. This episode really showed the basic "character" and morals of almost everyone of the cast. Harry is really a homophobe- sad; Simon is a drug user but won't let his friends take the fall for him; Tom is a great guy all around; Matt is totally lost without Danny; Danny is really the glue that holds the "show" together; and Jack really is a good guy but has to be the boss.moreless
  • Part II, Can the characters get released from custody and get back in time for the show?

    This show is soooo good, and it just keeps getting better. I so appreciate the smart, sassy dialogue. There are many things to keep an eye out far. Things going on in the background of the main dialogue. Notice the saying over the countdown clock in Matt’s office - “Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas”. Later as the characters dialog, written on the wall, “Reading will make you rich”. There is always depth to the dialogue and the show doesn’t stop there, even the set is a prop. Watch every week and feel appreciated by the writers.moreless
John Goodman

John Goodman

Judge Bobby Bebe

Guest Star

Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Deputy Boone

Guest Star

Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff

David Langenfeld

Guest Star

Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis

Lucy Kenwright

Recurring Role

Nate Torrence

Nate Torrence

Dylan Killington

Recurring Role

Julia Ling

Julia Ling

Kim Tao

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Half Way House Cafe, which appears in this episode as a small restaurant in Pahrump, NV, is actually located in Saugus, CA, a suburb north of Los Angeles. The restaurant was established in 1931 was named because it is equidistant between Los Angeles and Palmdale, CA.

    • Ed Asner is credited as a Special Guest Star in this episode.

    • The Marquee outside of the Studio 60 studio said Jessica Simpson was to be "Hosting" the fictional show. She never appears in the episode.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Jordan tries to get Harriet to cancel upcoming concerts for Women United.)
      Harriet: Young girls attend these events. They admire me. I'm in a position to show them that Christianity has a nicer voice than Ann Coulter's.
      Jordan: Carol Channing has a nicer voice than Ann Coulter's.

    • Judge Bebe: How much you pay this guy?
      Jack: He's a copyright lawyer.
      Tom: Now they tell me.

    • Harriet: God Matthew, Are you crazy about me or just...crazy?
      Matt: I dont know.

    • Harriet: Shut up, you live off Mulholland, there are other streets in the country where marriage is still important
      Matt: It's important off of Mulholland too, but let me ask you something: how is my marriage, your marriage, or anyone else's marriage even marginally affected by the gay couple two doors down from them also getting married, and if it does, how is that their problem?

    • (pointing at Harriet)
      Danny: You're the one that started all this!
      (pointing at Danny)
      Harriet: I know!

    • Matt: You're gonna come back here right? People are asking me questions as if I know what I'm doing.
      Danny: I know the feeling.

    • Danny: We're in the middle of an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger.

    • Harriet: (on Matt's belittling the Church's refusal to accept same sex marriage) You know what? When George Michael does some guy in a bathroom, or Woody Allen marries his daughter, or a child molester gets an Oscar nomination, it doesn't really give Hollywood a lot of moral authority on sexual behavior.

    • Darius: Can I ask you something?
      Lucy: Yes.
      Darius: Sometimes I hear people call another people "sir". There doesn't seem to be a pattern as to when and who, and I don't wanna be impolite, but I don't wanna look like an idiot either, so... who gets called "sir"?
      Lucy: I'm working on a sketch right now.
      Darius: Oook.
      Lucy: There are no rules to it. It'll come naturally, like calling a conductor "maestro" when he is in the vicinity of the podium. You know, we get to Friday night, the more we hear Matt and Danny called "sir". Account heads, department heads, anybody who deserves it. It's not a big deal.
      Darius: Ok. (pauses) Is this is a "white people" thing or what?
      Lucy: I'm not white, Darius, I'm English.
      Darius: (chuckles) Put that line in the damn sketch.

    • Jordan (answering the cell phone): Hello?
      Danny: Danny.
      Jordan: Danny who?
      Danny: Danny TRIPP!
      Jordan: I know, I was being dry. Why don't people ever get that?
      Danny: Well, for one thing...
      Jordan: And then I was being rhetorical!

  • NOTES (3)


    • David Lagenfeld: Your Honor, this is outrageous. And I should tell you... absent a court reporter, I have been tape recording this entire proceeding.
      Judge Bebe: Good for you, Matlock...

      This is a reference to the TV show Matlock, starring Andy Griffith as attorney Ben Matlock.

    • Tom's brother is in the 820th REDHORSE squadron.

      REDHORSE is an acronymn for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers. They're the Air Force equivalent of the Army Corps of Engineers.

    • Danny: There's now an assistant D.A. here in Thunderdome.

      A reference to the third Mad Max movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

    • Matt: ...hit you in the head with Liberace.

      Liberace was a famous Vegas crooner who was widely considered to be a homosexual.

    • Jordan: I'm sure you're right, but just for a second opinion let's ask Anita Bryant.
      Harriet: She WAS a gay basher...

      Anita Bryant is a former American singer who, in 1977, campaigned against a human-rights ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Florida.

    • Harriet refers to a child molester being nominated for an Oscar.

      This is an allusion to Roman Polanski, who is currently a fugitive in the United States from jumping bail in 1977, rather than being sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl (and confessing to the crime).