108 “Nevada Day” Part 2 (Eighth Episode)

“Nevada Day, part 2″: John Goodman as Robert Bebe, Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph, D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles — NBC Photo: Chris Haston
Broadcast: November 13, 2006
Teleplay by: Aaron Sorkin
Story by: David Handleman and Cinque Henderson
Directed by: Timothy Busfield
Takes Place:
On the last Friday in October, which assuming it is 2006 would have been October 27: Nevada Day. Some of the episode is in Pahrump (which a few days after this episode aired “adopted an ordinance declaring English the official language, restricting the display of foreign flags and denying town benefits to illegal immigrants.“)
  • So why was Tom Jeter speeding?
    The episode never really tells us the answer to this. He was in Nevada to see his brother before the brother took off for his third tour in Afghanistan but whether he was going to see his brother or rushing back to the studio, we don’t know. We do know that he didn’t want to use his brother as an excuse.
  • Was there a mistranslation?
    “gothiclovesong” posted at the Television Without Pity Studio 60 Forum: “there was actually NO mis-interpretation between Zhang and Jack. At the beginning Zhang pointed his finger to Jack and said, in Mandarin, ‘This WOMAN dishonored your Network’. There is no way he meant the husband at that time. He definitely meant Jordan. I speak Mandarin so I am 200% sure. I take it that Jack’s speech somehow made Zhang change his mind… and then Zhang found an easy excuse to smooth things.”
  • Tom’s brother is in 820th REDHORSE squadron and according to The Allusions section on this episode on TV.com: “REDHORSE is an acronymn for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers. They’re the Air Force equivalent of the Army Corps of Engineers.”
Quotes, Dialog:
“Nevada Day, part 2″: Nathan Corddry as Tom Jeter, Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph, D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles — NBC Photo: Chris Haston
  • Jordan talks to Harriet about the quote about homosexuality (attributed to Harriet), “Here’s how I need you to fix this.”
    “By going on the cover of Newsweek and saying I’m gay?”
    “Would you be willing to do that?”
    “I’m kidding.”
    “Sometimes it’s hard to tell.”
    “I’m dry.”
    “I know….”
    A few minutes later, Jordan takes a phone call, “It’s Danny.”
    “Danny who?”
    Danny is a little upset, “Danny Tripp!”
    “I know. I was being dry. Why don’t people ever get that?”
    “Well, for one thing—″
    “And then I was being rhetorical….”
    Danny is trying to warn Jordan about her own problems in the press but she refers to Oliver Twist after which Danny responds, “You’re being dry?”
    “Okay, well, you’re also being an idiot.”
    “That’s not out of the question.”
    “Suit yourself.”
    “I usually do.”
  • Wilson White is talking to Jordan about the rumors that her ex-husband is spreading about her, “Well, you know what Mark Twain said.”
    Jordan answers attempting some kind of hick accent, “‘They’re after us, Jim! Now, lay into that pole!’”
    “‘A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on.’”
    “Much more germane to the situation.”
  • Jack has intimated to Danny that Jordan is in trouble with the board of directors, so on their way back from Nevada, Danny goes to talk to him, “You know the good thing about Jordan, anytime something goes wrong, you can blame her.”
    “Mm. That’s the best you can do?” Jack isn’t impressed and later responds, “…not everybody can be as indifferent to making money as you are.”
    “Yeah but you’re somebody who can afford to be. You’re already rich, Jack, why not be a broadcaster now.”
    “Oh, get away from me…. You sit over there in your theater—”
    “…You have no idea what I do. If you had my job for a day you’d sit in the middle of the room and cry.”
    “Maybe. But if you had my job for a day, you’d lose a couple hundred million of other people’s dollars and not care.”
  • Jack needs desperately to keep Wilson White’s possible new Chinese partner happy, yet when he thinks his company’s (and his people’s) honor has been insulted, he automatically comes to the defense of everyone involved. “One of my guys spent the day in two different police stations because he came to the defense of a woman who was being verbally and physically abused. He could have been out of it easy if he had played the ’support our troops card’ but he wasn’t about to minimize the sacrifice of his brother and his brother’s buddies. Simon Styles has prior convictions but with the Budwieiser Clydesdales you could not stop him from making it clear to a judge that this much marijuna was his.” He points at Danny, standing beside him, “This guy? I don’t know what the hell he was doing except trying to convince me that Jordan McDeere has been all over the gossip pages because when she was 25 she married a fraction of a man! …Sir, of all of Jordan McDeere’s faults — and there are many — lack of honor is not among them. She’s killing me with her honor!”
  • Harriet explains herself to Matt for the third or fourth time, “I said ‘I don’t know’. Three words that would make a nice addition to your vocabulary.”
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  • “CAN NETWORK EXEC GET TOM OUT OF JAIL IN TIME FOR SHOW? JOHN GOODMAN GUEST-STARS IN CONCLUSION OF TWO-PARTER — Jack (Steven Weber) has to get Tom (Nathan Corddry) out of a small town jail to make it back for his show that night as tension heats up between Matt (Matthew Perry) and Harriet (Sarah Paulson.) John Goodman guest stars in the conclusion of a two-parter. Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, D.L. Hughley and Timothy Busfield also 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)
  • “Conclusion. Jack has difficulty persuading a Nevada judge (John Goodman) to let Tom out of jail in time for the live taping of ‘Studio 60′; the romantic tension increases between Matt and Harriet.” (source TV Guide)
See a spoiler/review of this episode by Daniel Kurland.