Category Archives: 30 Rock

30 rock recapping: stride of pride

Hold your head up high, intrepid and hilarious characters of 30 Rock. This week you battled sexism, defended sex idiots, and fought the misty middle ground between Hollywood jailbait and Helen Mirren-esque hotness. What more can viewers ask for?

Jenna vs. Aging

A tabloid article erroneously reports Jenna’s age to be 56. The staff of TGS freaks out, only to belatedly discover that Jenna herself planted the article. She knows her status as a hip teenager is pushing the bounds of believability, so her solution is to skip middle age and head straight for the “looking good for ­­#” territory of the hot older woman.

Liz vs. Comedy Sexism

Tracy declares that no woman has ever been funny (in the history of the world) and that, in fact, monkeys actually rank higher on the comedic totem pole. Liz seeks to disprove this ridiculous claim with a comedy skit. The entire TGS cast gives the skit an enthusiastic standing ovation. Of course, Tracy admits he only found it funny because a woman pretended to be a doctor and Jenna tried to look young – but Liz takes what she can get.

Jack vs. the Sex Idiot

Meanwhile, Jack balances dates with everyone from the heiress of the Sbarro franchises to a simpering moron who has double jointed hips. His world is rocked, however, when he realizes one of his girlfriends might be giving him the same two-timing treatment. The Sbarro heiress introduces him to her sex idiot, Ryan Lochte (in a performance on par with his Olympic showing – if for much different reasons). Jack learns to accept his status as the “father figure” in relationships along with its sedate benefits.


Jenna: You look like that flash card they told me means sadness.


Tracy’s tweet: I agree @TheRealStephenHawking women are not funny. Never have been. Never will be. #PlotPoint


Liz: Lizzy Lemon has had a little awakening in her bathing suit area.
Jack: Lemon, I’ve seen your bathing suits — that could be anywhere.


Cerie: Sorry Liz, I’m not even sure if they serve brunch after . . . the 90s.


Jack: I’m Great Escape-ing you. You have every right to do the same.
Zarina: My generation calls it Pokémon-ing. You gotta catch ‘em all.


Jack: How many other Pokémons are there?
Zarena: Jack, the plural of Pokémon is Pokémon.


Jack: There are no bad ideas, Lemon — only great ideas that go horribly wrong.


Jenna: Just be the older person. It’s fun. You get to say racist stuff whenever you want. And people bring you soup!

Hayley has other interests besides just nerdy TV shows. She also is a big fan of thinking. She ponders the great mysteries of life, like how more of her time can be devoted to watching those nerdy TV shows.

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30 rock recapping: the beginning of the end

Liz holding baby

Holding this bundle of blankets makes me feel like I really made something of myself…

And the final season begins, with Liz Lemon holding a baby and claiming that she finally has it all. Nope, that was just a scene for TGS. She doesn’t have it all, but she’s “trying”. Jack is embracing his power and developing countless new series, which Liz, in an act of support says are good ideas, until she realizes Jack’s tanking the network. She confronts him and he admits to it. He tells her his brilliant plan, tank the network so Hank wants to sell. Jack has an interested buyer who will let him run things the right way, lined up. Liz doesn’t see how it could possibly work.

Jenna and dead doves

If you thought godzilla was a nightmare….

Jenna and Paul are getting married, in case you forget, Jenna is here with a box of dead doves to remind you. She selects a VERY reluctant Liz as her MOH. And the more details and requirements and obligations Jenna throws at Liz the more reluctant she grows. But there’s no way out….or is there. Liz takes a cue from Jack, and decides to tank it. Her plan works, except that Jenna goes all Hulk on her ass and Liz almost gets a beat down. Lucky for Liz, within that pile of rubble she sees a light and begins to rebuild, suggesting that Jenna be her own MOH. Jenna accepts the proposition.

Tracy and Hazel

Why is this white woman sitting in my lap?

Kenneth is having some trouble with Hazel. Seeking advice he turns to Tracy, who tells him to treat Hazel as his queen and know she is always right. Hazel takes advantage of Tracy and Kenneth’s relationship and invites Tracy over for dinner with the intentions of seducing him for a movie role, any movie role really. Tracy doesn’t take the bait, but when he tells Kenneth what happened Kenneth has a hard time not taking into account what Tracy said before. Sweet, simple-minded Kenneth comes to the conclusion that both Hazel and Tracy are right.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Jenna’s Matrix-esque/He-Man/Teen Wolf/sparklespire-ish leap to attack Liz
  • God Cop…all of it.
  • Homonym…all of it


Kenneth: “You’ve never been wrong about anything before.”
Tracy: “It’s a blessing and a purse.”

Kenneth: “Why is he learning anything? He’s supposed to be God.”

Liz: “Before this I ran an all women’s theater company…everyone was vice president.”

Jack: (talking to Liz) “So, how was your hiatus? Start with what puzzles you did.”

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