Yep, this is the crux. The fact is, all the AppleScript is doing is acting as a dumb launcher, sending a launch command. It's done after that. Indeed, the way AppleScript works is, it can send commands, but once you quit the AppleScript, it stops doing things. If you really want to dive in, here's some links/failed AppleScript attempts that might inspire: Still, that being said, you can't really use AppleScript in place of a pyTiVo GUI. At best you'll have to run a second AppleScript. Or maybe this is a job for Automator? -shrug- Which brings us full circle. If you want that kind of UI, why not just use PyTiVoX? Yes, it's abandonware, but the last beta works fine for me -- and I'm running Lion. I had to follow a few tips (in the PyTiVoX thread) but now it's working just dandy... with the same results as the "current" pyTiVo.