104 - “The West Coast Delay” (Fourth Episode)

“The West Coast Delay”
D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles, Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes
NBC Photo: Mike Ansell
Broadcast: October 9, 2006
Written by: Mark Goffman & Aaron Sorkin
Directed by: Timothy Busfield
Music: (for more information, see our Music page)
The song playing as Matt throws the basketball at Tom is called ‘New Shoes’ from the album ‘These Streets’ by singer/songwriter Paulo Nutini. (source: HungryHippo2004 on the Television Without Pity Studio 60 Forum)
Quote, Dialogue, Story Points:
  • They have done two shows and are working on the third.
  • Martha O’Dell is given full access in order to write a story for Vanity Fair.
  • Matt complains, “I don’t write the news. I can’t wait for something funny to happen. I must make something funny happen.”
  • When they break in to take out what they believe is stolen material, they bring in an audience off the street. Danny says of the audience, “Looks like the grand opening of a head shop.”
    Cal says, “Looks like there are bench warrants out for half our audience.”
“When it’s discovered that the show has inadvertently plagiarized another comedian’s material during a sketch, the team scrambles to break into the taped West Coast feed to correct their error. Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peet, Steven Weber, D.L. Hughley, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Corddry and Timothy Busfield star.” (source NBC)

Show Cast: Bradley Whitford, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Steven Weber, Sarah Paulson, D. Hughley L., Nathan Corddry, Judd Hirsch, Ed Asner, Timothy Busfield, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diana-maria Riva, Wendy Phillips, Donna Murphy, Evan Handler, Carlos Jacott, Nate Torrenc (source NBC)

“After a live taping, the ‘Studio 60′ team become aware that they unwittingly plagiarized another comedian’s material—an act they are desperate to delete from their West Coast feed.” (source TV Guide)

“The show attempts to recover from 90 seconds of material with questionable origin, while Matt fabricates a response to a gift from one of Harriet’s fans. Jordan approves an article to be written about the show.” (source Wikipedia)