113 The Harriet Dinner (Episode 13)

Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes,
Masi Oka as himself
NBC Photo: Mitch Haddad
Broadcast: January 29, 2006
Teleplay by: Aaron Sorkin
Story by: Eli Attie (source Daniel Kurland)
Directed by: Timothy Busfield (source Daniel Kurland)
Guest Host:
Masi Oka of NBC’s “Heroes”
Quotes, Quotations, Dialog::
  • Jack explains his situation and what he needs to Tom: “There comes a time in every great man’s life when he needs a favor from someone like you.”
    “What does someone like me usually say?”
    “Well. They’re usually to scared to say anything but yes.”
    “I hear that.”
    “You remember Zhiang Tao and his daughter Kim?”
    “I need a favor from Zhiang.”
    “Well, you should ask him just the way you’re asking me.”
    “No. Because he’s a person of considerable importance.”
    “Sure,” Tom is getting out of his friut costume while all this is going on and he makes some casual remarks. Jack interrupts briskly causing Tom to ask, “Have I done something wrong?”
    “Probably. That’s not what this is about. Kim is a viola prodigy…. That is a huge source of pride for her father…. She wants to give up the viola and take up doing what you do — comedy. That would be a huge source of shame for her father…. I’m going to say something now and when I do, I want you to look at me because when you look at me, you’re going to know that I’m not employing hyperbole. The fate of Western Civilization rests on you talking her out of it.”
  • Jordan and Jack meet with the others involved in this new reality program. At the end of the meeting, Jack tells them all who will make the final decision, “Don’t kid yourselves, its [Jordan’s] call.”
    When all the others have left, Jordan tells Jack, “Well, I appreciate that.”
    “Your reminding them that it’s my call.”
    “Yeah. You’re doing it.”
    “I had a hunch.”
  • Cal’s idea to shoot with live snakes in the theater seems to have resulted in losing a poisonous viper in the building. The snake handler sent a ferret after the snake, but that hasn’t worked out so well. Cal tells the handler, “It’s been two days…. I’ve got a viper and a well-fed ferret under the stage who’s almost certainly rabid at this point. It’s been two days and I need to start telling people what’s going on. It’s time for me to tell them the truth.”
    At this point Danny calls down, “Cal, what the hell’s going on?”
    Cal shouts across the theater, “Uh, electrical problem.” Then he turns back to the handler in a quiet voice to explain, “Soon it’s going to be time for me to tell them the truth.”
For more quotes:
  • “Danny (Bradley Whitford) and Jordan (Amanda Peet) are locked on the roof of the theater while other members of the cast and staff attend a dinner honoring Harriet (Sarah Paulson), whose relationship with Matt (Matthew Perry) begins to unravel. Steven Weber, D.L. Hughley, Nathan Corddry and Tim 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)
Matthew Perry as Matt Albie,
Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes
NBC Photo: Mitch Haddad
Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp,
Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere
NBC Photo: Paul Drinkwater