Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Season 1 Episode 6

The Wrap Party

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 23, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A drunken Jordan makes friends with the cast during an after-show party, Danny tries to get Matt's mind off Harriet with the help of three sexy women, Simon makes a plea to hire more black writers and Cal deals with a mysterious man backstage (guest star Eli Wallach).moreless

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  • The best episode to watch if you want to get to know Studio 60. Brilliant writing, story and acting. Sorkin at his finest.

    This episode was unbelievable. Sorkin took four different rivoting storylines and made them work together seemlessly. This episode revealed so much about many characters and their motivation. Eli Wallach was a brilliant choice for the blacklisted writer. Cal's attention to him was touching and I like the way they had us learn about the man's past. Watching Danny and Matt with him at the end and learning that we really haven't come so far was fantastic. Watching Matt find the new writer and learning about Simon's history brought great insight to his place in the show. I liked having Jordan become more involved on a human level and seeing that she is very far from the perfect, high-powered normal studio head. I think that this is just the tip of the iceburg for Studio 60 and it will truly become one of the best shows on TV.moreless
  • Nice to see Lauren Graham in something other than Gilmore Girls

    The writing on this episode was fabulous. Tom's poor parents struggling to get thru the night with one son while the other is getting shot at half way around the world. They broke my heart. Simon telling Tom to remember that his parents are working class people and not to put them down was nice. I like DL Hughley's character on this show. When Matt and Simon go to Darius after his lousy stand up act was like Richard Pryor meeting a young Eddie Murphy.moreless
  • A look back and a look foward... S60

    This episode is my favourite thus far. I loved Tom taking his parents on a tour around the studio and telling them the back history. As a Media Production student, it was fun. I remember doing Intro to Media and one of my favourite parts of the class was when we were studying the origins of NBC, ABC, and CBS; I think I got the best grade on that test. I also loved the gest start of the Studio 60 vet; the parts with Tom and Eli Weintrob were the best parts. Tom\'s parents remind me very much of my own (except they have heard of \'Who\'s on First\'), I know that a lot of people attacked Sorkin for his betrayal of mid-western american families, but I think he got it pretty much right (with a little exaggeration- A.L. anyone?) I mean, come on people, who doesn\'t know \'Who\'s on First\'? It\'s THE GREATEST of American classic comedy.

    What makes me upset is that stories like Mr. Weintrobs\' are true. Men who fought for the US were later called unpatriotic just because TPTB didn\'t like what they were saying... and in some respects, they were right. Overall this episode is one I can watch over and over again and not get tired of... much like Abbott and Costello\'s famous sketch.moreless
  • Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but....

    This was a very interesting episode of Studio 60. Yup, 'interesting'. That's not what this show should be doing at this point in its oh-so-young history. It should be going for "snappy", "witty", "funny", and "ground-breaking" . The previous shows have been all that and more. This show was a little slower. And with the way that networks treat shows that don't bring home the bacon (and eggs, and coffee and a maid to clean it all up afterwards), this is just not something that this show should be doing at this point.

    As I said, it was a very interesting show. The McCarthy hearings were a horrible part of Hollywood's history, and something that they still have to deal with. It's something that there should be more shows about. But not for episode four (five?) of a new series. I guess they're setting the tone of how they're going to be different. I guess that's a good thing. I'm not disagreeing; I'm just wondering if the network agrees? I'd like to keep watching this show, and if the network cancels it, that'll make it hard for me!

    So while I liked the episode, I had to give it a relatively low mark for bad timing. They should wait until they've got that contract for season 2 before doing an episode like this.moreless
  • This is my favourite episode so far.

    Although it was obvious in some ways, the level of character development was great and we\'re really starting to see the bonds between the characters. Plus the bit when they hired the new writer was great ;-)

    Admittedly the story with the guy and his parents (sorry, forgot his name) was a bit much, especially as doubt his dad would actually laugh at the record he gave him. It was also a bit obvious as way of revealing the history of the studio, so that it could tie in with the old man\'s story. I mean they didn\'t seem too interested, they probably would have preferred he just take them out to dinner...moreless
Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith


Guest Star

Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach

Eli Weintrob

Guest Star

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Herself (Guest Host)

Guest Star

Columbus Short

Columbus Short

Darius Hawthorne

Recurring Role

Ayda Field

Ayda Field

Jeannie Whatley

Recurring Role

Merritt Wever

Merritt Wever


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene in Matt's office right after the show has aired the countdown clock till the next show reads 6 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes. As stated in previous episodes, the show lasts an hour and a half. At this point in the episode the party has already been set up which had to have taken some time after the show. However, the clock is set as if the show started 24 minutes ago. So whereas the clock indicates that the show is not even one third of the way through, the show is probably over by more than an hour.

    • False fact in the story Tom tells his parents about the history of the building:

      The first screen-test of adding sound to moving pictures took place on March 24th, 1921 in Berlin. Dr. Jo Engl, Josef Masolle and Hans Vogt invented the sound-film. In 1926 they tried to sell the patent on the American market after having failed to do so in Germany. William Fox (20th Century Fox) outbid the Warner Brothers.

    • Sting is referred to multiple times in this episode, but does not sing. He only appears briefly in the opening shots as the "show" Studio 60 is finishing, and the credits are rolling.

    • The 'Hollywood Ten' were;
      * Alvah Bessie, screenwriter
      * Herbert Biberman, screenwriter and director
      * Lester Cole, screenwriter
      * Edward Dmytryk, director
      * Ring Lardner Jr., screenwriter
      * John Howard Lawson, screenwriter
      * Albert Maltz, screenwriter
      * Samuel Ornitz, screenwriter
      * Adrian Scott, producer and screenwriter
      * Dalton Trumbo, screenwriter

    • Guest Host: Lauren Graham
      Guest Performer: Sting

      (This episode is a continuation from The Long Lead Story)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Darius: God sent the Hebrew slaves Moses. And don't get me wrong, I like the Emancipation Proclamation, but the Hebrews got a burning bush, plague, slaying of the firstborn, parting of the Red Sea. We got a memo.

    • Jack: You see it as part of your job to screw with my company, don't you?
      Danny: No, I do not. That's just one of the perks.

    • Tom: (talking about his parents) I'm going to show them around the studio and when we say goodnight, I swear to God my father is going to ask me if I need any money and it is going to take everything I've got not to point out to him I could buy his house four times and turn it into my ping pong room.
      Simon: I would resist that urge.

    • Lauren Graham: Why did you cut my sketch?
      Matt: It wasn't funny.
      Lauren Graham: I thought it was funny.
      Matt: I thought the writing was funny, but that you weren't very good.
      Lauren Graham: Really? Because I thought the writing was one unbearably long set up for a jingle.
      Matt: And that's why I cut the sketch, you were in a number of wonderful sketches tonight, including a hilarious send-up of your character on Calico Gals.
      Lauren Graham: (emphatically) Gilmore Girls.
      Danny: (with exasperation) I wrote it down for you.

    • Simon: (passing by quickly) You owe me 15 seconds of fame.
      Jeannie: (while walking away) That's all I've got on me right now.

    • Jeannie: How do you feel about Darren?
      Harriet: I'm crazy about him and I'll tell you why.
      Jeannie: He's a professional athlete and has the body of one?
      Harriet: No (pause) It's because he's the anti-Matt, Darren is the anti-Matt, he's not snide, he's not smug, he's not superior, (emphatically) he goes to church, he works with his hands…
      Jeannie: (interrupting) well, he's not a rancher; he's a mid-reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers
      Harriet: I'm saying he is, by and large, unburdened by (unsure, asking) what?
      Jeannie: (quickly) thought?
      Harriet: (defensively) He thinks
      Jeannie: (coyly) about what?
      Harriet: (equally coy) I'm looking forward to discovering that tonight.

    • Harriet: I just almost kissed Matt
      Jeannie: Really?
      Harriet: Yeah
      Jeannie: Where?
      Harriet: On the mouth
      Jeannie: Where in the building?
      Harriet: Up in his office, during the last Sting number, it was a close call, I nearly had a Matt relapse, but I'm fine.

    • Willy: Jeanie you were 15 seconds long on Comedia, we had to steal it from News 60
      Jeannie: I know, people laughed, I was as surprised as anybody
      Willy: Try not to be funny; we're doing a TV show
      Jeanie: Got it.

    • Cal: (as the show wraps and credits are rolling) Can we get Miguel a translator on the gib arm?
      Willy: He's very proud, he doesn't want a translator, he swears the only words he has trouble with are adverbs of motion, in, out, up, down, right, left.
      Cal: He's a camera operator; those are the only words I need him to know!

    • Danny: (Refering to the three girls he picked up for Matt) Okay, so they didn't break the bank on their S.A.T.s.
      Matt: How long ago did they take the S.A.T.s.
      Danny: Don't. Be. A. Snob.
      Matt: Okay.

    • Jordan: (referring to the studio, while drunk) So, I'm hiding here tonight; this is like for me Superman's dome of pleasure.
      Cal: Fortress of solitude?
      Jordan: (enthusiastically) Yes!
      Cal: Well, enjoy yourself.
      Jordan: I believe I will

  • NOTES (3)


    • Matt: Harriet's floating around here with Sandy Koufax...

      Sandy Koufax was a major league pitcher for the Brooklyn (later Los Angeles) Dodgers from 1955 to 1966.

    • Cal: He just kinda mutters, like Geoffrey Rush in Shine.

      The 1996 film Shine starred Geoffrey Rush as piano prodigy David Helfgott, who suffered from mental illness. Rush won an Academy Award for this role.

    • When Jeanie and Simon talk about 15 seconds of fame, this is in relation to the cut time from News 60 because Jeanie's sketch went overtime, but it is also in reference to Andy Warhol's statement that "in the future everyone would get 15 minutes of fame."

      This quote has widely been adapted and is often referred to now as 15 seconds of fame.

    • Eli Wallach's character (Eli Weintrob) says he doesn't want to go back to "Tars and Spars," this refers to the movie of the same name from 1946 starring Sid Caeser as Lt. Scully.

    • As Danny points out, Bessie Biberman, Scott Trumbo, Cole Lardner are actually 6 names from the 'Hollywood Ten', a group of writers and directors who were blacklisted in the late 40's due to their political leanings.

      The Hollywood Ten were: Alvah Bessie, Herbert J Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner Jr., John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Samuel Ornitz, Adrian Scott and Dalton Trumbo.

    • When Matt and Simon enter the improv club, the host can be heard doing a Jack Nicholson impersonation saying "Hold it between your knees." That's a quote from the 1970 film Five Easy Pieces starring Nicholson.

    • "You can start by telling us who the other guys are in the picture. You can say their names now."

      This quote by Cal refers to the 'naming of names' that many of the blacklisted were forced in to by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

    • The Hollywood blacklist—more properly the entertainment industry blacklist, into which it expanded—was the mid-twentieth-century list of actors, directors, screenwriters, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals who were denied employment in the field because of their political beliefs or associations, real or suspected.