In my last post about Studio 60, I complained about the way Danny declared his interest in Jordan. I didn’t think I’d need to again, it seemed like a clear cut case of ‘some man told her what she wants, and that’s how it’s going to be’. I know of at least a couple of women who did actually find that scene romantic, so apparently it’s not as out there as I personally believe. Whatever. I’d washed my hands of this relationship.
Until this week. They decided to make things worse by making Jordan sane, and turning Danny into a stalker. The show opened with Danny calling Jordan repeatedly. First to ask why she wasn’t at the cast party, she told him she was too tired, he asked her out and she told him she was going home for Christmas and then on vacation for two weeks. Then he called her again- on Christmas Eve- to ask her out and she reminded him that she was with her family. Calling again, she’s in St. Lucia, no she’s not back yet. Called again, she asks if he changed his number, he says yes because he figured she was using caller ID on him (she was). Calls again, she sends it to voicemail.
Then everyone’s back at work post-hiatus, and she’s still avoiding him. Jordan’s having problems at work- there’s about to be a lawsuit with the FCC, she hates reality TV and the new VP of ‘Alternative Programming’ appears to be gunning for her. And Danny STILL won’t let up. He gets the genius idea to flood her with letters of recommendation about how great he is, completely disregarding the fact that she has shown no interest, is avoiding him, and her job is in jeopardy. This wasn’t just some goofy idea where he gets his best friend to write up how fabulous he is, as Jordan reported to Matt when he asked if she’d gotten his letter:
“Yes I did. Along with 38 others including Martin Scorsese, Lauren Bacall, and Lord Dickenson the 3rd Earl of Kent.”
Danny has gone out of his way to contact people in the industry that Jordan needs respect from. (Well, except the Earl- that was just pompous.) She’s a young woman in a position of power, and having someone like Danny going around undermining her like this could do serious damage to her career- not to mention how childish and egotistical it is. No one who’s matured past the age of 15 thinks calling someone repeatedly and having other people tell them how awesome you are is a viable way to get them to date you. That’s what she tells Danny:
“You have to stop. This was embarrassing to me, Danny. Everyone you did this with now knows that…
This was unprofessional. You made me look silly at the worst possible time. The worst possible time. Between the two of us we have three marriages, a DUI, a cocaine addiction, and a baby by another man. And I’m your boss. You asked me out once, I said no, you asked me again- I said no, you asked me out again– I said no. Will you please stop?”
His response? “No.”
Then he just walks away, leaving Jordan speechless. Oh, he did say he was sorry for embarrassing her in the middle there, but the blatant disregard for everything else she said takes any value out of that apology.
Interesting fact- California, where this show takes place, was the first state to criminalize stalking. This is turning into a textbook case of it, and of sexual harassment. We already know Danny has an addictive personality, and this is what happens when you replace a substance with a person. Jordan has explicitly asked him to leave her alone. (I would have preferred it if she had told him rather than asking, but she still made herself clear.) In return he’s basically told her that he knows what she needs better than she does. No woman capable holding her job would put up with this kind of treatment, and I don’t think viewers should have to either.