|"The West Coast Delay"|
|Season 1, Episode 4|
|Air date||October 9, 2006|
|Written by|| Mark Goffman|
and Aaron Sorkin
|Directed by||Timothy Busfield|
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Jordan is approached by Vanity Fair columnist Martha O'Dell, requesting access to Studio 60 to write a long lead story about the rebirth of the show. Harriet offers Matt a baseball bat she was given by a major league baseball player, unaware that the pitcher had written his phone number on it. When it's discovered that the show has inadvertently plagiarized another comedian's material during a sketch, the team scrambles to break into the taped West Coast feed to correct their error.
Special guest star
- Tate Hanyok as Carrie
- Simon Helberg as Alex
- Zeb Newman as Trevor
- Amanda Tepe as Bobbie
- When Matt is looking out the window, you can see the countdown clock behind them, the time in the seconds continue to count down, then the scene cuts back to Matt's head, and then it is back up. The count goes something like this, 40,39,38,35, all the way to like 20, then the next shot of it is back around the 35 area, with no change in the minute section.
- Simon reads out a cricket score when they first cut in to the West Coast video feed to prove that they are live, but the cricket match he describes, a test match between the Bangalore Union cricket club and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, is impossible. Test matches are only played by the national teams of England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
- Schlamme, T. & Sorkin, A. (Executive Producers). (2006, October 9). Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [Television program]. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Television.
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