Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
The Long Lead Story

Episode Report Card
M. Giant: C | 1 USERS: D-
YOU GRADE IT
Eating It
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Previously on Studio 60 On and on and on...: Harriet gave Matt a bat she'd gotten from a baseball player with his name and phone number on it, and Matt took offense, and then later managed to back into a full suit of armor backstage when he stumbled across Harriet getting kissed by said baseball player. Not so many shows on the air right now where a guy can credibly find a full suit of armor to back into. Also, Christine Lahti and her hooters came by to do a "long lead cover" story for Vanity Fair, even though "covering" is clearly not her thing. And Joe R. made fun of fictional utility workers and ended up without power for over a week, so I will steer well clear of making fun of Harriet's God.

We're in Matt's office, panning up from that Darren Wells baseball bat that he's still keeping on his desk, just in case he suddenly feels the need to club a bitch. He's staring helplessly at his laptop screen, muttering, "Oh, holy mother of God, am I eating it." Looks like somebody learned his lesson about using the writers' room last week. Since we don't even see Ricky and Ron in this episode, I'm assuming Matt had that entire section of the building jettisoned into the Pacific. During work hours. Matt tries to blame his writer's block on Martha (the aforementioned hooterific Vanity Fair reporter), who's sitting quietly on the sofa across the room. She's willfully oblivious to her effect on Matt, or to the presence of the heavy wooden cudgel at his elbow, or possibly both. She provocatively asks how he's going to get past his block, and he asks her to stop talking. Adding to the tension is the giant clock behind his head, which is showing less than twenty-one hours until the next broadcast. And here I am recapping a scene in a mezzanine office with a clock visibly ticking away the seconds. Feels like home. Matt tries to get back to not writing, until five seconds later Martha interrupts, "Didn't help, did it?" So Matt tries to kick her out, but she invokes the "full access" clause, which Matt says won't help her if there's no show to have access to. He turns back to his monitor, and she finds a new way to get on his nerves -- namely looking under the rug. I'm serious. "It's a ten-thousand-word piece," she explains. "They're not all gonna be winners." Thanks for managing our expectations for this episode, Sorkin. As for me, every word of the 7,500 in this recap is going to be a perfect, polished...um, thing.

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