120 “K&R” Part II (Episode 20)

D.L .Hughley as Simon Stiles
NBC Photo: Mitch Haaseth
Broadcast: June 14, 2007
Teleplay by: Aaron Sorkin
Story by: Jack Gutowitz & Ian Reichbach
Directed by: Dave Chameides
“Pvt Hitch” posted on the Television Without Pity’s Studio 60 Forum a link to an article about Karl Rove meeting on November 11, 2001 with Hollywood people in what “some are calling the Beverly Hills Summit” “to explore how the entertainment industry can assist the Administration’s war on terrorism”. Article in The Nation was entitled, ” Lights! Cameras! Attack! Hollywood Enlists”.
If Magazine, Review: STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP - SEASON 1 - ‘K & R’ PARTS 1 & 2 ‘Grade: A-’
Quotes, Dialogue
  • It is after midnight and Danny is waiting for word on Jordan’s condition. Finally the doctor comes to tell him there are complications. He advises Danny, “Go across the steet and get a drink.”
    “Can’t. I’m an alcoholic.”
    “Bummer for you.”
    “Yeah, I know.” Then Danny learns the baby has been born. The doctor advises Danny to get friends over to be a calming influence. Just then Matt and Harriet arrive but they have been bickering about her driving and Danny looks at the doctor and says, “These are the calming influences.”
  • The captain assigned to comfort Tom doesn’t seem very good at that job. Plus he won’t tell Tom anything that he might know about how these things work. Tom’s frustration gets worse and he shouts and hits the table. The captain says, “You wanna hit me?”
    Tom is confused, “What?”
    “If you want to hit me, it’s okay. Looking at you and looking at me doesn’t seem like it will hurt.” Tom obviously feels he has been dropped down the rabbit hole - or further down the rabbit hole. He goes to get a drink.
  • It is six years ago and we have just invaded Afghanistan. Matt and Danny didn’t want to do a comedy show at this time but Jack had insisted but told them not to touch on Bush or patriotism, etc. Matt wants to do a sketch that involves Karl Rove and Hollywood but Danny isn’t sure. Matt tells him that they have to do something or they will be irrelevant. Danny admits, “I hate being irrelevant.” But later he tells Matt, “Please remember that neither one of us has lives.”
    “I agree. What does that mean?”
    “Try not to get us fired. Show’s the only thing I have right now. I don’t see that changing any time soon.”
  • The press runs with a story that Tom is estranged from his brother and didn’t approve of him being part of the war. Tom wants to set the record straight but he can’t go out. So Simon decides he can tell a reporter he knows but then he is caught up and explodes at the press.
  • —More to Come—
Reviews of this Episode
TV Fodder
  • “Jordan (Amanda Peet) takes a turn for the worse and Simon (D.L. Hughley) loses his cool with the press as we continue to learn, in flashback, how Matt (Matthew Perry) and Danny (Bradley Whitford) got fired from the show in the first place. Steven Weber, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Corddry and Tim Busfield also star.” (source NBC)
  • “Part 2 of 3. Simon loses control and takes it out on the press. Meanwhile, Jordan’s condition worsens and flashbacks reveal why Matt and Danny were first fired from the show.” (source TV Guide)
  • 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)