"The Option Period"
Season 1, Episode 9
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Air date November 20, 2006
Written by Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay

Christina Kiang Booth &
Mark Goffman - Story

Directed by John Fortenberry
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The Option Period is the ninth episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The teleplay was written by Aaron Sorkin from a story by Christina Kiang Booth & Mark Goffman. It was directed by John Fortenberry. It premiered on November 20, 2006.



After the show comes down, Matt discovers that Ricky and Ron are planning to leave — and take the writing staff with them — to write their adaptation of their Studio 60 character "Peripheral Vision Man" as a Fox network sitcom. Matt tries to discourage them from going since he thinks their show will fail, but Ricky takes his concern for condescension, claiming Matt is trying to hold him back. Harriet contemplates doing a lingerie photo spread in a magazine, which Tom and Simon advise her against for the sake of her professional image. Jordan and Danny wrestle with budget cuts, as Jordan suggests either adding product placement or firing 15 staff members.





  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. Nathan Corddry as Tom Jeter
  8. Timothy Busfield as Cal Shanley
  9. Evan Handler as Ricky Tahoe
  10. Carlos Jacott as Ron Oswald

Guest stars

  1. Lucy Davis as Lucy Kenwright
  2. Ayda Field as Jeannie Whatley
  3. Columbus Short as Darius Hawthorne


  1. Joey Thurston III as Cue card tech


Opening credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music
  3. Patrick Ward - Producer
  4. Mark Goffman - Producer
  5. Eli Attie - Co-executive Producer
  6. Dylan K. Massin - Produced by
  7. Aaron Sorkin - Teleplay
  8. Christina Kiang Booth &
  9. Mark Goffman - Story
  10. John Fortenberry - Director

Opening credits

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



  • Throughout most of the show the countdown clock was on 6 days, 22 hours and some odd minutes and seconds. However at the very end the clock was back up to 6 days and 23 hours.



  • Schlamme, T. & Sorkin, A. (Executive Producers). (2006, November 20). Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [Television program]. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Television.
  • Trivia
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