30 rock recapping: grandmentor

Previously on 30 Rock: St. Patricks Day

Liz and Hazel

Liz has taken on Hazel (the hilarious Kristen Schaal) as a mentee, making Jack and grandmentor and he couldn’t be prouder. Hazel’s a little insane and Liz blinded by the love she has for her mentee doesn’t always see it. So she encourages things she probably shouldn’t, like telling Hazel not to listen to Kenneth when it come to Tracy. This leads to Hazel letting Tracy do whatever he wants, which is clearly not a good idea. The more Kenneth tries to interfere and help get Tracy back on track the more Hazel pushes him away. Liz does encourage Hazel to break up with her boyfriend Rosmig, but Hazel refuses. This, Jack informs Liz, is when she has to let Hazel fail in order to learn a lesson. Liz doesn’t agree, but accidentally lets Hazel fail anyway. Kenneth in order to get Tracy back on his meds does the only thing possible. He quits his job and enters the TGS Walk-On contest. While on stage and camera he brings Tracy back to reality. It’s an “awww” moment….kind of.

Jenna as Avery

Jack is unsettled by the lack of attention Avery’s predicament has been getting lately. To bring her back into the spotlight he is going to talk to Matt Lauer about the issue. Right before he is about to go on there is a mine explosion in China and all the miners, who were babies, need to be saved by puppies because they’re the only ones small enough to make it in. Jack’s interview is cancelled. Jenna suggests he produce a TV movie about Avery, that would  certainly get her back in the spotlight. Jack agree and begins casting. Jenna wants to play Avery but Jack won’t let her. She tries to trick him by showing up to his office, when it’s dark, and acting like Avery. Jack sees right through her trick, but also appreciates her ruthless pursuit of the role. The part is hers.

JAck, Liz, HAzel

Best/Funniest Moment

  • Pretty much any scene with Hazel
  • Tracy freaking out about how this is a show within a show
  • The Grandmentor, Mentor, Mentee group hug at the end


Hazel: “What’s your problem?”
Kenneth: “Oh my well, my parents were technically brothers…”

Liz: “Do not write another sketch with Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. No one knows who Krang is. It would be a waste of time to talk about Krang on television.”

Tracy: “My real name is Tracy Morgan!”
Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
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