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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: murphy brown lied to us

Previously on 30 Rock: Meet the Woggels


Liz and Criss are spring cleaning and Criss stumbles across the box of adoption information. Liz explains it was something she was considering a few years back, but ultimately she decided against it. She finds a Princess Leia costume in the adoption box and gives it to Jack. With Criss and Liz really beginning to nest, Jack can’t help setting up Liz on one last date. Liz initially says no, but decides to go anyway so she can tell Jack he was wrong.

Kevin, Liz’s date, turns out to be terrible, but his daughter Cat, is awesome. Criss interrupts the date because although he approved the date, he suddenly became jealous and felt the need to fight the man for Liz. She tells him not to bother because Kevin is terrible. The two sit down and enjoy a lovely time with Cat, which brings them both to the same conclusion: Liz should be a mom.

Torture couch

Kouchtown will begin selling the first 10,000 of its couches. The prototype is amazing, Liz especially likes that the fabric is drool absorbent. Even the commercial powerful boasts about the American made couches but in reality the American factory workers, including Stewart Der (played by the hilarious Bobby Moynihan of Saturday Night Live), know nothing about engineering and the result is a couch that’s more like a torture device. Jack just needs to find a market that could use a torturous couch. His target: the US government.

paul, jenna, tracy

Jenna is on a quest to get Paul back and everyone knows the best way to get someone back is to fake a break down. She enlists Tracy’s help and the two build up to her big break down moment: jumping through the glass on The Today Show. After which she ends up in the hospital awaiting visits from her old lovers including, David Blaine, her high school gym teacher, Frank and spider infested flowers from Mickey Rourke. Paul doesn’t show. Tracy tells Jenna he thinks she had a real break down and Jenna knows its because she made a mistake letting Paul go but….Paul is there, dressed as a red headed nurse. They have reunited.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Criss and Liz playacting a porno.
  • Jack trying to endure the torturous couch.
  • CIA using the couch to torture a Korean man.


Spokesman: When did gum get so soft you sons of bitches?

Tracy: Jenna I’ve been thinking.
Jenna: Why? You’re famous.

Criss: Sent from one of my four iPads? This guy sounds amazing.

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30 rock recapping: kidnapped by danger

Previously on 30 Rock: Grandmentor

Kidnapped by Danger poster

Jack’s TV movie is moving forward and Liz has to two days to write it. She succeeds but tells the story much differently than Jack expected. She actually tells the whole truth, not just the part about Jack and Avery. Liz includes Jack’s inability to choose between Avery and Nancy. Jack wants her to rewrite it and as the two fight about it Avery’s mom Diana shows up. Sensing the sexual tension Liz reverts back to a role she plays well…The Blocker. Liz’s blocking works and to keep them further apart Liz encourages Diana to date the man (Billy Baldwin, just one of the many Baldwin brothers) who will play Jack in the TV movie. Though Jack may not like the pairing, he appreciates the effort Liz is making to keep the two from inappropriately sleeping together.

Weird Al

Jenna has written a beautiful song for the TV movie which she expects to get nominated for an Emmy. That is until she sees the Weird Al version. She wants to sue him but Tracy warns her it’s a bad idea. He suggests that the two of them write a song that Weird Al can’t parody. They collaborate and come up with a song about what kind of food gives Jenna gas. Weird Al doesn’t parody it, he normalizes it. In a way Tracy and Jenna succeeded. Sort of.

KEnneth and Jack

Kenneth, who quit his job to save Tracy, is now looking to be rehired. With nothing at TGS available he becomes a janitor. Throughout the day he keeps a cheerful face and goes about his business. When Jack asks him how he keeps just a sunny outlook Kenneth tell him that he lies to himself. Kenneth might be losing his grip which reminds me of a quote Jack said in season 1 episode 3 “Blind Date”. Jack says, as Kenneth rides down the hall on his bicycle, “In five years we’ll all either be working for him or be dead by his hand.” We’ll see Jack, we’ll see.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Flashbacks of Liz as The Blocker
  • Billy Baldwin as a pot smoking actor who transforms into conservative Jack
  • Kenneth confessing he lies to himself
  • Jenna’s song about farts


Diana: “Oh, you’re still here.”
Liz: “That’s what they all say.”

Jenna: “He reversed the parody. He normal Al’d us.”

Kenneth: “I lie to myself every morning when I wake up. I don’t know how much longer I can do it.”

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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30 rock recapping: dance like nobody’s watching

NBC has a new show. It’s called “America’s Kidz Got Singing” (actual spelling). According to Jack it’s a cash cow. Jenna is the bitchy one, who sings the kids nothing but insults, which she enjoys a little too much, but being inappropriate is Jenna’s thing. Liz Lemon is acting awfully cheerful. And everyone notices it. Tracy is pretty upset about it because her cheerfulness means she will not react to Tracy acting out. So obviously he follows her in order to get to the bottom of her new found happiness. Kenneth believes the world is going to end tomorrow and Liz, after quoting from a tampon box, gives him the day off to do everything he’s always wanted to do.  For Kenneth, this involves all the chores he’s never been able to do at TGS, including scraping a Chiquita banana sticker off the ceiling.

Liz Dancing Like Nobodys Watching

Jack, after watching Jenna insult a girl named Liddy (his daughter’s name), asks her to try and be nicer. It doesn’t work so Jack tells her to go back to being mean. Tracy follow Liz and decides that she must be a crack whore. He reports this to Jack who doubts it and as they go over the facts, Jack figures out that Liz has joined the WNBA dance squad. He believes the exercise is whatmaking her so cheerful, but when he drops her off at the movie theater he sees her kissing another man. It seems Jack doesn’t know Liz as well as he thought, or was there a hint of jealousy in his eyes? Kenneth decked out in lime green spandex, a large white t-shirt that say RAPTURE, and light up sneakers (fantastic touch, really) is ready to welcome the apocalypse. He is disappointed. And though Toofer, Lutz, and Frank, dressed up as black Jesus, Satan, and Santa (because he’s a religious figure), try to scare Kenneth, Pete scolds them all and takes them to see the ocean, which Kenneth has never seen before.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Liz Flashing Jack her Dickie.
  • Kenneth’s cheerfully ignorant disposition on the apocalypse.
  • Jenna asking Tracy what nice people wear.
  • Tracy not wearing pants.
  • Jack’s sit down meeting with Liddy before her next appointment to read a book with sleepy bear.


Jenna: “Emma that was pretty good. You were trying to get me to commit suicide, right?”

Jack: “Next week Jay-Z was going to do a duet with one of the spinning chairs from The Voice, and the chair just pulled out.”

Jenna: “How do nice people dress?”
Tracy: “Socks on their hands, no belt, roller skates.”

Jack: “This thing’s a real cash cow, unlike Cash Cow, the NBC spinoff of Cash Cab. You try riding a cow through midtown Manhattan, Lemon. The animal will panic.”

Liz: “You’re a 42 year old man.”
Tracy: “No I’m not. I took a real age test. It said I’m dead.”

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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