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Studio 60 Rewatch - Ep. 3, The Focus Group

I just noticed this:  The font used in the titles and credits is the same as that of The West Wing.  On to the actual show:

Hopefully this will be slightly more concise than last night's post.

Teaser:

"Commedia dell'arte" - That's gonna go over a lot of peoples heads.  I love how Jordan corrects Jack about the century in which it was popular.  Yeah, she's a secret geek.

"Is Studio 60 patriotic or unpatriotic?"  I'm with Jordan on this one.  I can't believe they asked the question to the focus group either.  It's a freakin' TV show for crying out loud.

Jordan has a mug shot.  Closet open.  Skeletons falling out.

Act One:

Science Schmience sketch -  It's Liberty University, Matt.  Believe me, I know.  They sent me craploads of literature when I was applying to law schools.  Yuck.  Also this:  "Can we get her a witches hat that isn't two sizes too big?"  "This is how we're wearing them today."  I like Harriet.  Okay, this sketch is not that funny.  I totally get what they're trying to do, but really?  Make it funnier...it's late night comedy.

I love that everyone hates Ricky & Ron.

"God loves me and hates the both of you."  "Prove it."  And the electricity comes back on.  Have I mentioned yet that I like Harriet?  Yes?  Okay.

"It's a television show, not the Iwo Jima Memorial."  See, already Danny and Jordan have a mind meld and the haven't even been in a scene together yet.

Act Two:

I just lost count of how many times Danny said the word "Pussyboy."

Poor Jeannie.  I feel sorry for her that her sketch flatlined.

Danny yelling for Cal sounded very much like Josh yelling for Donna just then.

Jordan wants Matt to make fun of her.  "Alright, well, your teeth are pretty big."

I like Danny and Jordan's interaction in that last scene.  Oh, and he watches her walk away. :-)

Act Three:

Aww...Ricky & Ron don't have a sketch on this week.  I feel so sorry for you guys.  Not.

Yeah, I can kinda see now how some viewers thought Studio 60 was too preachy and political.  They talk about 9/11...A. Lot.

How the hell did NBS not know Jordan was married when she was 25?  I know they do extensive background checks, especially for senior executives.  Listen to me, I'm talking like this is a real company.  Not good.

The famous conversation about Moliere. *points to icon*  Also,  this is one of those classic walk-and-talk scenes.  It makes the scene so much better than if it was just three people standing still in a room.

Really great argument Harriet makes to Matt about cutting the Ealing, MO joke. 

Everyone is so worried about retention rates in this ep that I'm actually kind of getting sick of hearing the words "retention rates" and I think Danny is too.

Act Four:

Oh, I forgot to mention earlier that Rob Reiner is the guest host in this ep. Very cool that they could get him for such a small part.

I love love love the little montage of the show...it's not a musical montage or anything, but it shows little bits from the various sketches with Matt watching from upstairs.  Lots of quick cuts and cool angles.  Very nice.

I like Jordan's wrap party dress.

"When I put a life in danger, it's my own."  Good point, Danny.  Interesting analogy with the seatbelt thing, too.

"You look like one of them, but you talk like one of us."  Aww.

I LOVE the scene on the beach when Matt tackles Danny because he's pissed about the focus group question.  "Could you punch me in the face or something because to a casual observer this looks a little too homoerotic for my comfort."  HA!!  Matt!

Musical montage!  This a great song...Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?  Who sings this version?  Jeannie has to wear the t-shirt!  Yay!  I like the shot of Danny and Harriet swing dancing.

Okay, Matthew Perry needs to do another television series.  Badly.  He has one in the works, I think.  I can't remember what network...Showtime?

Comments

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segsig
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Sadly, Perry's show didn't get picked up.

One of my favorite episodes! I have a t-shirt with both lines on the front and the Studio 60 logo on the back. It requires explanation often.

Jeannie calling them "idiot boys" smacked of CJ/West Wing to me, but I searched and it never happened.
13_pines
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's too bad. He's a great television actor. Maybe something else will come along.

Wait, are you saying CJ never called Josh & Sam idiot boys? Really? I could have sworn that happened, too! Someone called someone an idiot boy at some point, surely.
caitrin
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I am also positive that the CJ/idiot boys thing happened. Huh. I can't find it because there are so many search results for fics using the phrase, but that in itself suggests that it's a real quote - it had to come from somewhere to turn up in hundreds of stories.
13_pines
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I just did a search on http://www.westwingtranscripts.com/ and nothing came up. That site doesn't have every single episode, although it does have everything from the Sorkin years, and the phrase "idiot boys" seems very Sorkin-esque to me.
caitrin
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
So was it some sort of mass hallucination? That's bizarre!
13_pines
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I guess?? I still think she said it, but proving it would require me to rewatch the entire series again and by the time I got finished doing that no one would care anymore.
caitrin
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm still convinced. I just posted about it. We WILL find it. I am determined.

(Upon further reflection, I could also believe that it was Dana on Sports Night, but I still really think it was CJ.)
13_pines
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I just saw your journal entry. Nice incentive to try to get someone to find the quote. I completely forgot about Dana...It could have been her, but sounds soooo CJ.

Edited at 2009-06-30 02:58 am (UTC)
segsig
Jun. 30th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
I searched long and hard once upon a time, and asked some I'd consider experts...I didn't make this statement lightly!
caitrin
Jun. 30th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure you didn't make it lightly. It just seems so weird that everyone thinks it happened!
13_pines
Jun. 30th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
No, I'm sure you didn't make it lightly. When you spend lots of time in a fandom (like I have for WW) sometimes fanon and canon can get mixed up. I wonder if maybe it was taken from when Joey says "You idiot!" to Josh in Take This Sabbath Day.
caitrin
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I'll do my own rewatch soon, but I just have to say that that last part, from Matt/Danny rolling around on the beach through "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?", is certainly on my top ten list of best TV scenes ever.
13_pines
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
That scene kills me every time. It's so funny! Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford need to work together again.
caitrin
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
One day recently, I came home from a tough day at work thinking "The only thing that could possibly make me feel better right now would be watching Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry rolling around in the sand." And it did!
13_pines
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Okay, I laughed so hard when I saw your post that I spit water all over my laptop. This is why I don't drink liquids and play on the internet at the same time.
dwhitford
Jul. 1st, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
The tackle in the sand is SWEAT! But the dancing just kills-me-dead!
13_pines
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I loooove the dancing! They're so cute swinging around the dance floor.
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