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)
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
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.
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
Eli Wallach (Eli Weintrob) was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series.
Matthew Perry does the "Previously on Studio 60" voiceover.
Music in this episode:
"Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland)
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.