"The Friday Night Slaughter"
Season 1, Episode 15
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Air date February 12, 2007
Written by Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
Melissa Myers &
Amy Turner - Story
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
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The Friday Night Slaughter is the fifteenth episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The teleplay was written by Aaron Sorkin from a story by Melissa Myers & Amy Turner. It was directed by Thomas Schlamme. It premiered on February 12, 2007.



Matt remembers how he and Harriet first met in 1999, and struggles to garner memories of a fired writer from Cal and Danny. In the aftermath of his argument with Harriet, he begins taking drugs. Tom and Dylan spend the episode lobbying to prevent their sketch from being cut between dress rehearsal and airtime. "Tim Batale", the name of the writer that Matt remembers from his early days of working at Studio 60 (but nobody else can), is an anagram of "Matt Albie".





  1. Matthew Perry as Matt Albie
  2. Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere
  3. Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp
  4. Steven Weber as Jack Rudolph
  5. D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles
  6. Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes
  7. Nate Corddry as Tom Jeter
  8. Timothy Busfield as Cal Shanley

Guest stars

  1. Mark McKinney as Andy Mackinaw
  2. Josh Stamberg as Luke Scott
  3. Stephen Tobolowsky as Joe
  4. Joseph Lyle Taylor as Tim Batale
  5. Stephanie Childers as Hallie Gallaway
  6. Gina La Piana as Diana Valdes
  7. Nate Torrence as Dylan Killington
  8. Diana-Maria Riva as Lilly Rodriguez


  1. John Ennis as Writer #1
  2. Wendle Josepher as Writer #2
  3. Lisa M. Haskins as Wardrobe Assistant
  4. Emiko Parise as Emiko
  5. Jennifer Peo as a P.A.
  6. Valeri Ross as Mrs. Dobson (Voice)
  7. Matthew Dowling as Bernie
  8. Michie Madison as a Press Reporter
  9. Joey Thurston III as a Cue card tech


Opening credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music
  3. Rob Seidenglanz - Editor
  4. Kenneth Hardy - Production Designer
  5. Dennis S. Hall - Director of Photography
  6. Mindy Kanaskie - Co-producer
  7. Patrick Ward - Producer
  8. Mark Goffman - Producer
  9. Dylan K. Massin - Produced by
  10. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  11. Melissa Myers &
  12. Amy Turner - Story
  13. Thomas Schlamme - Director

Closing credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  2. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer
  3. Dana Calvo - Story Editor
  4. Cinque Henderson - Staff Writer
  5. Melissa Myers - Staff Writer
  6. Amy Turner - Staff Writer





  • Schlamme, T. & Sorkin, A. (Executive Producers). (2007, February 12). Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [Television program]. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Television.

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