The Rider Falls

John also wasn't sure if--as Eric requested--the set would be near an Arbys or McDonalds: "We don't know where the particular location will be...but this is New Mexico, not Somalia. Chances are there will be a McDonalds or an Arbys somewhere."

Eric tossed out the demand, as well as his request that, in case his role recurs, the show relocate to San Francisco--Eric claimed those items were written into his rider by Johnny Fratto, his manager, with only passive consent. John continued to deny Eric's more ridiculous demands, like a "co-star solo card" during the show's opening credits, explaining that the show doesn't even grant that billing to its Emmy-winning guest-stars: "We will try--try--to give you some sort of front credit. But a solo credit is unlikely."

John added that there were no five-star hotels, like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton, in Albequerque, but there is a Hyatt Regency downtown.

But Hey, Free Pepsi

Howard asked if Eric's would be granted a limousine, and John answered flatly: "No."

John also refused Eric's input when it comes to the script, storyline and his blocking. But John was willing to provide Eric with another of his requests: four 20oz Pepsi-Colas. Even better, John said the show had no surprise plans to blow up Eric's character: "Currently that's not part of the storyline."