Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
The Friday Night Slaughter

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Previously: Jordan hated Reality TV Cipher Hallie but ended up looooooving Danny. Harriet liked the idea of sleeping with Luke again, while Matt most certainly did not. And Studio 60 was supposed to air a new episode on February 26th before ceding its time slot to The Black Donnellys and going on indefinite hiatus. One of these things is no longer true.

We open with a close-up of a Selena-looking singer whose dress is currently shoving her boobs up nearly to her chin. Her rehearsal performance is being shown on Matt's TV monitor, but he's too busy brooding and making up anagrams in his head (SPOILER) to notice. The camera moves out of Matt's office and begins an extended tracking shot that gives the Studio 60 set designers a well-deserved opportunity to show off. We move past Matt's balcony perch, down the walkway, into the control room where Cal is giving a whole lot of jargon-y direction, and back out to where we look out onto the stage. A different shot begins panning around Singer Lady's admittedly bangin' body, and then over to Danny at his monitor. He gets a phone call, and it's Jordan, who introduces herself, faux-formally, as the "president of NBS West Coast entertainment." She says she's "concerned" that not enough of the cameras are focused on Singer Lady's chest, though the monitor Jordan's looking at only really shows one monitor with a good boob view. Jordan needs to place a call to that dress, I think. So, whatever, there's bantery stuff wherein Jordan is pregnant and hormonal and cute-jealous and Danny's all, "What, me objectify women?" and finally Jordan's like, "Cut away from the cleavage, please!" Any other couple and that might have been cute, but Jordan and Danny are medical-grade obnoxious throughout this whole episode, so: no.

Back upstairs, Matt's looking out on the stage like Michael Corleone as he's waiting for his brother Fredo to get whacked. You think the breakup with Harriet is affecting his mood any? Andy enters the office and remarks, "Dress is going pretty well." Matt barely registers Andy's presence before grunting out a "Yeah." Trying to make some sort of conversation, Andy says that Matt's current office "isn't a bad vertical leap from [his] first one." Matt's still barely verbal in his complete and total grief, so he's all, "Whuh?" Andy says that while he essentially hates all people and all things, he'd be willing to be there for Matt if he ever wanted to talk about why he's gone all "Everybody Hurts" on the rest of us. Not getting so much as a head twitch from Matt in response, Andy goes back to his original small talk -- Matt's office is certainly nicer than the one he started out in. "Remember," he prods, "you could hold out your arms with a pencil in each hand and write on both walls at the same time?" Man, the cleaning people must've loved Matt. Finally, Matt allows his brain to think un-Harriet thoughts for two seconds, if only so that he can be allowed to correct yet another human being. Hey, you start with what you know. He says that was his second office; his first office was the floor outside the writers' room, where he'd sit with a newspaper and a notepad. Well, that's not an office, now is it, Matt? It's no use yelling at him, though, because he's in the thick of a gauzy fade-out to a flashback...

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