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Matt tries to get a new show on air with just two staff writers, neither of whom have ever gotten a skit on air. Meanwhile, Jordan tries to soften her image with a magazine interview, but it doesn't go smoothly.


Bryan Gordon


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Eli Attie | 8 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Matt Albie
Amanda Peet ... Jordan McDeere
Bradley Whitford ... Danny Tripp
Steven Weber ... Jack Rudolph
D.L. Hughley ... Simon Stiles
Sarah Paulson ... Harriet Hayes
Nate Corddry ... Tom Jeter
Timothy Busfield ... Cal Shanley
Mark McKinney ... Andy Mackinaw
Todd Stashwick ... Bill
Lucy Davis ... Lucy Kenwright
Columbus Short ... Darius Hawthorne
Ayda Field ... Jeannie Whatley
Simon Helberg ... Alex Dwyer
Nate Torrence ... Dylan Killington


A fever-based illness runs through Studio 60, putting the rehearsals and show itself in jeopardy. Matt brings in former co-writer Andy, a deadpan friend who has the magic touch to whip Lucy and Darius into productivity. Harriet will be honored at a banquet, and struggles to tell a simple joke. Jordan finally grants an interview, but is all too honest; Jack stops just short of formally firing her. She announces her pregnancy by fainting into Danny's arms. Howie Mandel is guest host; we finally get to see one full sketch when Danny comes on stage to parody "Deal or No Deal" in the monologue. The cast loosen up backstage, and even the partial sketches are amusing. Written by norcekri

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Comedy | Drama






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27 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Matt teaches Harriet a joke: "A Jewish guy calls his mother and says, 'Mom! How are you?' And the mother says, 'Terrible. I haven't eaten in 38 days.' And he says, 'Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?' And the mother says, 'I didn't want my mouth full in case you should call." In Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing (1999) Season 5, Episode 5, "Constituency of One," the character Amy tells this same joke to Josh. Writing for both episodes is credited to Eli Attie. See more »


During the show (not rehearsal) when Danny is doing the bit with Howie Mandel, his glasses fall to his nose. Suddenly they are back on his forehead. The whole time his hands are in his pockets and it's unlikely he would have had time to reposition the glasses and resume the casual, hands-in-pockets stance. See more »


Simon Stiles: [an air horn blows] What the hell what that?
Tom Jeter: An air horn.
Simon Stiles: Why is an air horn lying around here?
Tom Jeter: Maybe it's just for such an occasion.
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References My Favorite Year (1982) See more »


Trouble Sleeping
Performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
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A great episode, with a shock twist
31 October 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

This is one of my favourite episodes of 'Studio 60' as it has so much going on.

We see Jordan punt an interview with a journalist, having tried to launch a charm offensive, and the cast try to cope with a sickness bug going around, whilst also dealing with the fact that they have a very depleted writing staff.

I thought Matthew Perry was great in this episode, and again showed that he is capable of playing other characters than just 'Chandler' on 'Friends'. His dynamic with Bradley Whitford's Danny is superb.

A great episode, with a shock twist.

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