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.
(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?
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.
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?
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!
John Goodman (Judge Bebe) won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series.
Bradley Whitford does the "Previously on Studio 60" voiceover.
Music in this episode:
"Closer" by Joshua Radin
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).