It's the week of Matt and Danny's first show. A Christian group is threatening to protest and boycott the show, the musical guest suddenly becomes unavailable, and Matt is obsessing over the show's opening skit.
Did You Know?
Jack's line, "I hate spunk", is a tribute to the TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(1970) where, in the premier episode, Lou Grant
delivers the same line to Mary, under comparable circumstances. The earlier show is generally credited with breaking a lot of social ground for women in the workplace. The actor who plays network executive Wilson White on this show, Ed Asner, also played Lou Grant. See more
At the end of the episode, we get a great countdown to the start of the show-within-the-show, including the "countdown clock" dropping from :06 to :05. The show runs through the "Modern Major-General" parody, finally cutting back to Matt as he turns to see the countdown clock drop from 6:23:57:54 to :53, a total of 2:12 from the previous shot. However, a real-time clock (such as the video clip timer on NBC's web site as it runs the episode) ticks off 2:27 for this interval, a 15-second discrepancy. See more
[Matt looks at the episode schedule which only has the White Stripes' performances on it
Can the White Stripes play for an hour and a half?
Jack White's got acute tonsillitis. They can't play at all. Jane's working on it.
[Matt takes down the cards with the White Stripes' performances, then looks at the completely empty schedule
Yeah, that's better.