The West Coast Delay
Season 1, Episode 4
Air date 9 October 2006
Written by Aaron Sorkin & Mark Goffman
Directed by David Petrarca
Episode guide
The Focus Group
The Long Lead Story
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.