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Rewatch: 1.04, The West Coast Delay

*Look, [info]caitrin I'm using the way cool icon you made!*

The West Coast Delay:

Teaser:

There are how many? Fifteen writers in the writers' room and they can't come up with 90 seconds of material? That's just plain pathetic.

I feel bad for Jordan that everyone is saying she's a drunken sex addict.

Warning: complete and utter shallowness follows -- Harriet is so pretty. I wish my hair would do that spiral-y curl thing.  *is jealous*

Dear Harriet, regifting can be a dangerous business. Just for future reference, never give your ex-boyfriend a baseball bat signed by a major league pitcher that has said pitcher's phone number on it. Nothing good can come of this.  XOXO, Pines.

Act One:

YAY!  Mrs. Tommy Schlamme herself, Christine Lahti!  Does she remind anyone else of Allison Janney? Maybe it's just the character.

I love this walk-and-talk.  You know what I think is funny? Tom is trying to give Matt relationship advice and explain the situation, but his so...12 year old-ish.  It's just funny because he looks like a kid.

Also, love how both Tom and Matt check out the two women they pass in the hallway even as they're talking about their love lives.  Such a guy thing to do.

AND, I never noticed this before:  the walk through what I think it the writers' room, and some guys, probably an intern or newbie staff writer, stands up when Matt walks in.  He's not the President!  But it is cool that the kid that much respect for his boss.  I love noticing things like that.  Timothy Busfield directed this episode, and he does a fine job with background actors.  Those little details add so much realism to the show.  I salute you, Mr. Busfield.

The actress who plays Maisey in this episode is Michael Hyatt.  She was Angela Blake on season five of The West Wing.

Sooo...are these dancers supposed to be a fictionalized version of the Pussycat Dolls?  I'm thinking yes.

"The beauty is the comma after call me."  Yeah, Matt, whatever.  Even the chick wearing fishnets and a bustier thinks it's lame.

Act Two:

Tom slept at the theater all night.  Not good.

Aw, Matt's chest hurts when he watches Harriet onstage.  Oh NO, I'm slowly being drawn over to the dark side of Matt/Harriet shippiness!

Yummy.  I like Danny because when Brad plays Danny, he gets to wear jeans. Also, glasses.  Yes, I am a fangirl.

I like how the first thing Danny says to Jordan is she doesn't look good. There is probably some truth to this considering the media storm she's currently trying to weather, but in my twisted brain I prefer to think it's Danny's weak attempt at covering up his attraction to Jordan.  Like when Donna wanted Josh to date Joey Lucas. 

Every time I hear the name Martha O'Dell, I think of Nancy O'Dell from Access Hollywood. Which is weird because I never even watched that show.

Why is Danny playing with the stapler?

"Nice rack, by the way. Tell Jordan I'm not 15."  Hee!

"I have to make something funny happen."  Crash!  Tell me you didn't see that one coming a mile away. It was time for a sight gag.

Danny misses nothing. And Matt is stalking Darren Wells.

Jordan has on Christian Louboutin heels.  I recognize the red sole.

Nice exposition in the parking garage scene with Jordan's assistant.  Why doesn't she just tell people what's true and what's not?  Because she doesn't want to help him sell books.  Smart girl.

Uh-oh.  Plagiarism is bad.  We're already over halfway through the episode, but this is where it starts to get exciting.

Act Three:

Poor Matty.  I'm sorry you had to see your ex kissing another man.  But just remember that you had sex with Jeannie.

I think the last half of this episode is one of the strongest of the first part of the series.  Breaking into the west coast feed, dealing with the plagiarism aspect...this is what live TV is all about.

I can't believe Danny is sending staff out to pay people to watch the new segment.  AND they're pulling the money out of their own pockets.  That's too cool.

The conversation about adding or subtracting seven seconds to the taped delay reminds of the West Wing conversation about time zones ("The man's gone 150 hours. How can it be Thursday the whole time?')

Whoa.  That was a major angry outburst from Danny there.  I get why Ricky and Ron want to take responsibility for the mistake, but at the same time, I don't. If I were Ricky or Ron, I would be just as pissed as Danny.

Act Four:

Great interaction between Danny and Martha.

The audience is a little scary.  Looks like we've got three soldiers on leave, a few tourists, some prostitutes, a homeless person.  Oh, and some gang members -- Bloods, not Crips.  I guess you have to take what you can get at midnight on a Friday night.  Beggars can't be choosers.

I think it's hilarious that Lenny Gold stole the joke, too. Are there no original ideas anymore? Benjamin Barkley sound familiar...I wonder why that is?  *wink wink*

"My boyfriend's calling me."  Hah, Jordan.  I don't think Jack loves you right now.

Studio 60 owns the joke after all.  Only in late-night comedy would this happen!
 

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
caitrin
Jul. 7th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Wheee, icon! I will actually comment in a bit.
caitrin
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
1. I also want Harriet's hair.

2. Don't they have someone (Jack?) confuse Allison Janney with Christine Lahti later in the series?

3. Mr. Busfield should be saluted as often as possible. Just in general.

4. We will draw you in to the Matt/Harriet shippiness! We will! It's so perfect because she and Jordan can be friends and they can have lots of babies who will grow up together and be brilliant and hilarious and have good hair.

5. The add or subtract time thing is also reminiscent of 20 Hours in America...

6. Wait, why are we winking about Benjamin Barkley?

Okay, now I'm going to actually go watch this...
13_pines
Jul. 18th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Maybe they confuse Allison and Christine during Allison's guest spot? I'm not sure, but they've always reminded me of one another.

It's so perfect because she and Jordan can be friends and they can have lots of babies who will grow up together and be brilliant and hilarious and have good hair.

Hee! When you put it like that, it actually makes me kind of want to squee!

Wait, why are we winking about Benjamin Barkley?

You will understand when you watch the ep.
caitrin
Jul. 18th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Maybe they confuse Allison and Christine during Allison's guest spot?

Yes, I think so. It's part of how there is no coherent universe in which S60 could take place, because they talk about Christine being an actress but she is also a character, and they talk about Allison being on West Wing but obviously Danny and Cal are characters...

Hee! When you put it like that, it actually makes me kind of want to squee!

... and I'm going to have to write that, huh? "Growing Up at Studio 60"?

You will understand when you watch the ep.

Yeah, okay, I get that. I was just confused by the way you worded it - I thought you meant the name was also a reference to something outside the show.
13_pines
Jul. 18th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Allison playing herself always bothered me. It's one of the only true beefs I have with S60. There are way too many West Wing people involved to have Allison play herself (and even go so far as to mention TWW!). The line between what's real and what's fictional is too blurry...it would have been better if they had created an Allison-esque character and let her do that instead.

... and I'm going to have to write that, huh? "Growing Up at Studio 60"?

Fic request! ;-)

Yeah, I can see now how the Benjamin Barkley winking thing could have been confusing.
caitrin
Jul. 18th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
OMG, they totally have boys the same age who are in school together and the class clowns, don't they???
13_pines
Jul. 18th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
*dies of laughter* OMG, totally!
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