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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

22 Episodes 2006 - 2007

Episode 1

Pilot Episode

Mon, Sep 18, 2006 60 mins

"Studio 60" showrunner Wes Mendell (Judd Hirsch) has a very public meltdown, and newly appointed network president Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet) scrambles for damage control by offering Wes's old job to the brilliant creative team of Matt Albie and Danny Tripp (Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford). Harriet Hayes: Sarah Paulson. Simon Stiles: D.L. Hughley. Tom Jeter: Nathan Corddry. Jack Rudolph: Steven Weber. Cal Shanley: Timothy Busfield. Felicity Huffman appears as herself.

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Episode 2

The Cold Open

Mon, Sep 25, 2006 60 mins

Matt and Danny are under a tremendous amount of pressure, with only five days to put together their first show. Making matters even more stressful are increased tensions between Matt and his ex-girlfriend Harriet, whom he still feels strongly about. Also, Jordan finds herself battling a religious group (and her bosses) over a controversial sketch...before it has even aired.

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Episode 3

The Focus Group

Mon, Oct 2, 2006 60 mins

"Studio 60" is reviewed by a focus group, and the results are less than reassuring for some of the cast and crew, most notably Matt, who finds his patriotism (or lack thereof) questioned. Meanwhile, the past comes back to haunt Jordan in the form of an 8-year-old DUI charge. Jeannie: Ayda Field. Alex: Simon Helberg. Shelly: Wendy Phillips. Rob Reiner appears as himself.

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Episode 4

The West Coast Delay

Mon, Oct 9, 2006 60 mins

After a live taping, the "Studio 60" team become aware that they unwittingly plagiarized another comedian's material---an act they scramble to acknowledge during their West Coast broadcast. Leading up to this, Jordan attempts to shift the spotlight off herself by having writer Martha O'Dell (Christine Lahti) on the set for a Vanity Fair cover story about the show's regime change. Meanwhile, Harriet's attempt at closure with Matt stirs up more unresolved feelings between the two.

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Episode 5

The Long Lead Story

Mon, Oct 16, 2006 60 mins

The "Studio 60" cast and crew rehearse with host Lauren Graham and musical guest Sting; Matt and Harriet get questioned about their personal history by a reporter (Christine Lahti); and Jordan receives a pitch for a potential hit reality TV series but deems it too tasteless.

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Episode 6

The Wrap Party

Mon, Oct 23, 2006 60 mins

During a wrap party: A tipsy Jordan makes friends with the cast; Danny enlists the help of three sexy women to take Matt's mind off Harriet; Tom spends time with his parents, who are visiting from Ohio; Cal befriends an elderly stranger (Eli Wallach) wandering around backstage; and Simon tries to get a black writer hired.

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Episode 7

Nevada Day, Part 1

Mon, Nov 6, 2006 60 mins

Part 1 of 2. Members of the show's staff travel to Nevada to get Tom freed from jail in time for the Friday-night taping, but a judge (John Goodman) who doesn't particularly care for "Studio 60" complicates their mission.

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Episode 8

Nevada Day, Part 2

Mon, Nov 13, 2006 60 mins

Conclusion. The show must go on, even with members of the "Studio 60" team in Nevada awaiting Tom's arraignment hearing just a few hours before taping; Matt orders a nervous Dylan (Nate Torrence) to fill Simon's chair for the News 60 sketch; Harriet and Jordan each suffer repercussions from bad press. Robert Bebe: John Goodman. Wilson White: Ed Asner. Lucy: Lucy Davis. Darius: Columbus Short.

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Episode 9

The Option Period

Mon, Nov 20, 2006 60 mins

Jordan meets with Danny and Matt to discuss possible layoffs, which, she explains, could be avoided if Danny agrees to the use of product placement on the show; Simon and Tom weigh in with their opinions as Harriet considers posing in lingerie for a magazine spread; and it's discovered that Ricky and Ron (Evan Handler, Carlos Jacott) are secretly writing a pilot script. Lucy: Lucy Davis. Jeannie: Ayda Field. Darius: Columbus Short.

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Episode 10

B-12

Mon, Nov 27, 2006 59 mins

A virus takes its toll on the cast, and Matt faces the challenge of coming up with material with a reduced writing staff. Also, Jordan drops a bombshell on Danny.

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Episode 11

The Christmas Show

Mon, Dec 4, 2006 59 mins

Matt wants to bring the spirit of Christmas to Los Angeles when he and the "Studio 60" team put on a holiday show. Meanwhile, Danny tries to figure out his true feelings for Jordan.

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Episode 12

Monday

Mon, Jan 22, 2007 59 mins

Part 1 of 3. As the staffers return from their vacation to begin work on the new year's first show, Danny goes full throttle in his pursuit of Jordan. Meanwhile, Matt competes online for a date with Harriet.

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Episode 13

The Harriet Dinner, Part 1

Mon, Jan 29, 2007 59 mins

Part 2 of 3. The cast and staff attend a dinner in honor of Harriet, while Jordan and Danny are stuck on the rooftop. Meanwhile, things between Harriet and Matt deteriorate.

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Episode 14

The Harriet Dinner, Part 2

Mon, Feb 5, 2007 59 mins

Conclusion. Harriet is feted with a special dinner, but things continue to fall apart with Matt, while above the event, Jordan and Danny spend time locked on the roof.

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Episode 15

The Friday Night Slaughter

Mon, Feb 12, 2007 58 mins

It's a walk down memory lane for Matt as he recalls his romantic history with longtime (ex) love and "Studio 60" funny gal Harriet.

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Episode 16

4 a.m. Miracle

Mon, Feb 19, 2007 60 mins

Harriet works on her movie while Matt suffers from writer's block, but it's the sexual-harassment lawyer (Kari Matchett) who is the real distraction. Meanwhile, Jordan and Danny compete to see who would be a better parent.

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Episode 17

The Disaster Show

Thu, May 24, 2007 54 mins

Playing herself, Allison Janney winds up on an out-of-control set when the prop masters and cue-card workers strike unexpectedly.

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Episode 18

Breaking News

Thu, May 31, 2007 60 mins

Things go haywire during a live broadcast when Jordan has a scare with her pregnancy and Tom has to face his own crisis. To make matters worse, Matt's pill popping is no longer a secret.

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Episode 19

K&R, Part 1

Thu, Jun 7, 2007 60 mins

Part 1 of 3. Stress levels rise as Jordan faces emergency surgery and Tom's family issues take a turn for the worse.

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Episode 20

K&R, Part 2

Thu, Jun 14, 2007 60 mins

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.

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Episode 21

K&R, Part 3

Thu, Jun 21, 2007 60 mins

Conclusion. Jordan's pregnancy scare and Tom's family crisis make for a long day at work, during which flashbacks tell the story behind Danny and Matt's original dismissal from the show.

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Episode 22

What Kind of Day Has It Been

Thu, Jun 28, 2007 60 mins

In the series finale, a stressful night involving a hostage crisis and a premature birth comes to an end. In the midst of this turmoil, Matt and Harriet find the strength for (another) new beginning.

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