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The Option Period 

Matt discovers that Ricky and Ron are trying to get a sitcom deal, Jordan wants the producers to make staff cuts, and Harriet is considering appearing in a sexy magazine.



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Episode credited cast:
Jack Rudolph (credit only)
Cal Shanley
Ron Oswald
Jeannie Whatley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Thurston III ...
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Through a scripting error, Matt discovers that writers Ricky & Ron are taking Peripheral-Vision Man, their tepid S-60 character, to a series on another network. Due to last week's deal with China, Amanda needs budget cuts; losing staff helps. She also suggests product placements; the bonus laughs in this show are the plethora of product placements appearing in the episode, incidental to the discussion of product placement. Harriet considers posing for a lingerie spread, trying to improve her image with the mainstream. Tom and Simon follow her around the set, trying to talk her out of it. How many feet can three people swallow in 44 minutes? Is it more than number of gratuitous product placements? Late in the episode, a minute of quality time with Matt helps her decide. This episode also introduces the phrase "Pray for peace in the Midwest", attributed to guest-host Jessica Simpson filling the 37-second script gap. Written by norcekri

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Comedy | Drama





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20 November 2006 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Good series continuity: Matt and Danny's scene discussing "Quentin Tarantino's Hallmark Movie 'Turkey Won't Die'" shows their scheduling board, listing sketches mentioned in the 2-part "Nevada Day": "Judgmental Credit Card Rep", "Lifetime TV Movie Awards", and "Cheeses of Nazareth". Also supposedly performed are: "Commedia Dell'Arte", which would be at least the third installment of Jeannie's project; "Jenny Doesn't Want to Have a Baby", which was dropped from Lauren Graham's show-hosting after dress rehearsal; and several others not mentioned in the series. See more »


During the scene where Matt is trying to dissuade Harriet from posing for a lingerie shoot, the cactus centerpiece on the table between them varies between shots. It is at times stationary, at other times turning clockwise, and then turning counter-clockwise. See more »


Harriet Hayes: I should have joined the CIA. THEY wanted me...
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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