Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 17

The Disaster Show

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 24, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Allison Janney, as herself, is the guest host of a show that goes haywire when the propmasters and cue card workers stage a last minute wildcat strike.

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  • The episode title said it all.

    From the very beginning this episode sucked. I know this kind of thing happens in real life but this jumped the shark. Where was Matt and Danny? Jordan? The show isn't the same without them. It seems like ever since Christmas they lost steam. It's like they knew they were going to get cancelled and stopped trying.
  • Watching the show on DVD, I didn't miss a pick-up with the story-line but I missed some of the characters whose absence was not really explained.

    I know this was aired after a hiatus but since I'm watching it on DVD, I had no problem with the storylines themselves. What I had problem with, was the absence of characters. Danny is negotiating with the prop guys, it's fine. Shouldn't Jordan be with him? It was not mentioned as far as I remember. Given they are outside, Matt should be in charge of the show and "helping the cast to write their lines on their palms". It was absolutely illogical. Even with this, the "remaining" actors did a great job. It was good to see more of Timothy Busfield and Steven Weber also did an excellent job playing the drunk. (By the way, he told to Kim in an earlier episode that he and his wife are separated, how can she be n the backstage area?) I also liked the idea to show that the lead actors are suffering without having a good crew around them.moreless
  • Just relieved to have it back on air.

    I marked this one as special because it was just so good to have S60 back on TV again!! I loved it so much I didn't even realise until the end that Matt, Danny and Jordan didn't appear - well done to the remaining cast! And for the record, it was so great to see Allison Janney again. More please.
  • I am not sure whether this story was originally written this way or has the story (and storyline) been changed ever since they knew the show would be cancelled, but the title was apt. More . . .moreless

    I am not sure whether this story was originally written this way or has the story (and storyline) been changed ever since they knew the show would be cancelled, but the title was apt. Because the show featured behind-the-scenes happenings, it is rather apt to highlight the contribution of the prop people in helping run the show smoothly (or any show in that matter). One also learns that Cue-Card guys belong to this union. Some audience may not miss the three main actors (Perry, Whitford, and Peet) but they are the roles that shape the entire story. For this episode, their absence was all right because their "presence" was implied. Harriet alluded to Matt's character and her relationship to him during a good part of her appearance. I have seen them enough in previous episodes that not having any of them in just one episode was not a bother; as I said, their "presence" was implied.

    The ending was interesting, when Cal asked Janney if she had the time of her life. Could it have alluded to Aaron Sorkin who, despite the show's imminent cancellation, might still have a great time doing this. If so, Janney's response was representative of what Mr. Sorkin had felt about this work. Inaccuracy: "1" is not a prime number (Simon mentioned to Claire [sp] that he had tried all the prime numbers, stating 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11; if he was going to list the first 5, then he should have started with "2": 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11).

    As an aside, this episode reminded me of high-school productions when the director would on-purposely sabotage props to see whether the actors could improvise. In this episode, this would be demonstrated well by Janney who "offered her wallet" to the valet parking attendant (when she found out there was no prop money in it); while Tom played the role of someone who did not or could not improvise (by not helping Janney with the improvisation).moreless
  • What the heck!?!

    What the heck was this episode? After a long hiatus, which was ridiculous to have in the first place, Studio 60 makes its comeback with THIS episode, an episode that almost stands alone as filler. I'm not saying that we need Amanda, Bradley, and Matt in every episode (ok...maybe I am saying that) but the show lacked a certain oomph without not only them but also, more importantly, without their storylines. Harriet whining wasn't enough to pull viewers back into the "will they" or "won't they" story. It even put me off. I wanted to know more about Matt's growing drug addiction and the baby to come. Seriously, why were the other actors absent? What was the point of this episode other than to give them time off? However, having said all this, the show was aptly titled. This episode was the "disaster" episode of the season indeed and I'll still be back to see the show rise from the ashes.moreless
Tamala Jones

Tamala Jones


Guest Star

John Mahon

John Mahon


Guest Star

Shawn Michael Patrick

Shawn Michael Patrick


Guest Star

Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis

Lucy Kenwright

Recurring Role

Ayda Field

Ayda Field

Jeannie Whatley

Recurring Role

Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg

Alex Anderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Cal: We can't air the dress tonight.
      Jack: Why not?
      Cal: We record the signal in RGB, we were missing the B.
      Jack: You didn't record the color blue at the dress!?

    • Cal: Can we determine if there actually is a bomb in the building?
      Jack: I trust them, but just in case why don't we handcuff them to the building overnight.

    • Robbie: (About the bomb threat) Why wasn't it on the news?
      Jack: It's Friday night!
      Robbie: Aren't bomb threats a big deal?
      Jack: You'd think so, wouldn't you?

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode again pairs Allison Janney (as herself) with Timothy Busfield, after playing media colleagues and love interests C.J. Cregg and Danny Concannon on "The West Wing."

    • In Latin America, this episode aired on October 17, 2007, on CANAL WARNER.

    • Even though Allison Janney and Bradley Whitford starred together on "The West Wing" they have no scenes together as Whitford's character is only referenced as being out in the parking lot dealing with the prop guys and not seen during the entire episode.

    • Although credited, Matthew Perry (Matt), Bradley Whitford (Danny) and Amanda Peet (Jordan) didn't appear. This is the only episode where they don't appear.


    • West Wing

      Tom: (to Allison Janney) Look, this live TV, this isn't your little White House show where you get to do it again.

      Tom is referring to Janney's previous role as C.J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing that aired from 1999 to 2006. The show's name is directly referenced to later in the episode.