Guest Host: Lauren Graham
Guest Performer: Sting
Tom: (to rehearsal audience) Danny Tripp has just gone upstairs to Matt Albie's office, where the two of them will very quickly decide what makes it into the show tonight. We call this "the Friday night slaughter." This is where you find out if you have the chance to be the next Bill Murray, or the next Domino's Pizza delivery guy.
Martha: Sting is in the building right now?
Harriet: He's on stage.
Martha: (incredulously) Sting is upstairs, playing a lute.
Harriet: You want to go watch?
Martha: Harriet, you're interesting but... get out of my way!
Martha: How are you different from your mother?
Harriet: I hope in as few ways as possible.
Harriet: It's a beautiful instrument.
Martha: Sting? Or the lute?
Harriet: Well, everyone here's a big fan of yours, Martha.
Martha: Really? How would I be referred to in your parents' house?
Harriet: The Devil's whore from Washington.
Martha: Yeah...I'm really the Devil's whore from Bethesda.
Danny: I don't think the show is quite right for your network.
Danny: It's good.
Danny: We really are going to rebuild this theatre.
Matt: Ok well, I'm going to re-write three sketches, then I'll grab my tool belt and get on that.
In the rehearsal for one of the sketches a computer called a "Commodore 64" is mentioned. This of course is a personal computer released in 1982 with an 8-bit processor. By today's standards it is an an antique and incapable of many of processing, speed and internet access needed for a search of an FBI database.
Jordon is in a bar having a conversation with Danny. Jordon says, "No problem, Snoop Dog". She is of course referring to the early part of their conversation where Danny profess protecting his street cred. Snoop Dog being a famous rap music artist who would similar to Danny have street cred to gain or lose.
Bradley Whitford does the "Previously on Studio 60" voiceover.
Christine Lahti and Ed Asner are credited as "Special Guest Stars".
Matt: Tell me something else I don't know, Woodward.
Reference to highly-respected reporter Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. He and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate story, which led to the downfall of Richard Nixon.
Martha: How did you get into comedy?
Harriet: I liked Judy Holliday.
Harriet: I watched Bells Are Ringing 'til I wore out the tape...
Judy Holliday (1921-1965) was probably most famous for starring in the 1950 film Born Yesterday, for which she won an Academy Award. The 1960 film Bells Are Ringing, a musical by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, was her last film role.
Harriet: She'd quote the psalms. "He who sits high in heaven shall laugh."
The quote is from Psalms 2:4. Harriet has paraphrased, combining the New American Standard Bible ("He who sits in the heavens laughs") and the King James Version ("He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh").
Harriet: I went to Chicago instead, and swept the floors at Second City. Then I came to L.A., started interning with The Groundlings.
Chicago's Second City comedy troupe was the source of many cast members of both Saturday Night Live and SCTV, both of which are models for the Studio 60 sketch show.
The Groundlings is an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, founded in 1974.
Mata Hari / Alger Hiss
Tom: (to Simon, who had just bragged about being like an international spy around the press) You're still miked, Mata Hari.
Simon: (to Martha) Okay, so you broke us.
Martha: Yeah, it's not exactly cracking the Alger Hiss case with you guys.
Mata Hari (1876-1917) was a legendary World War I spy.
Alger Hiss (1904-1996) was a State Department official accused of espionage in 1948. His guilt or innocence has never been officially established.
Wilson White: I started as an intern on The Danny Thomas Show.
Originally titled Make Room for Daddy, The Danny Thomas Show ran on ABC from 1953 to 1957 and on CBS from 1957 to 1964.
Matt: I had a one-act at the Humana Festival in Louisville, and another at EST. That's the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York.
The prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays has been produced annually since 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky. Some plays featured at this festival have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, Obie awards, and other honors.
New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre, founded in 1972, hosts an Annual Marathon of One-Act Plays.
Jack mentions that Bill Parcells is where Mr. White got the qoute from the actual qoute from when he left the Patriots to eventually join the Jets is. "They wanted me to cook the meal. At least I should be able to shop for the groceries."
The line comes from The Patriots not drafting or signing any of the players PArcells wanted.