Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 5

The Long Lead Story

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2006 on NBC

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  • Character development and history are the words that best describe this well-written episode of the series.

    The use of Martha O'Dell as the ever-questing reporter worked it best magic this episode. Martha is hungry for the backstories of Harriet, Matt, and Danny. She uses her ability to read situation and emotion, and her seemingly genuine friendliness to get the questions out at just the right time. It makes for a very interesting version of story telling for character development. You get the questions answered while seeing the body language and emotion of the interviewee at the same time. Through the interviews this week, we get the deepest backstory on Harriet and Matt to date. Watching and hearing Harriet talk about her childhood, parents, and religious background comes across very sweet. The audience learns that Harriet started in comedy at the same time she was realizing her faith. She speaks warmly about her mother's support of her career and the loving foundation she gave her. Martha presses for more information on Harriet and Matt's past relationship, but Harriet is really trying to not tell her secrets. We also learn that Danny recruited Harriet, not Matt. This fact only makes Martha thirstier for more. In all, it was a great character building episode. Martha as the tool for discovery is interesting and comedic at times. There is definitely more to be unraveled behind the scenes at Studio 60.