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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: live from studio 6H

Previously on 30 rock: murphy brown lied to us

Live from New York it’s 30 ROCK!!!!! Jack has made the decision that TGS will no longer be a live show. It’s less expensive to pre-tape, so that’s what they’re going to do from now on. Liz is hesitant at first, but when Jack tells her that she’ll only have to work two weeks a year, Liz changes her mind.

EVeryone in Tracy's dressing rom

Kenneth however is not having any of it. He locks everyone from TGS, except for Hazel and Jenna who are too self absorbed to notice anyone’s absence, in Tracy’s dressing room to convince them that TGS should stay live, 12 angry men style. Kenneth goes back in time and discusses the history of NBC’s live television programs. The result is a bunch of hilarious skits with guest stars like Donald Glover, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Paul McCartney (or Kim Kardashian, depending on the coast). Though Liz and Jack hold out til the end, they realize that their big career breaks began with live television. So it’s settled: TGS will remain a live show.

Paul Proposing

While all of this is happening, Jenna had planned to use TGS’s last live show as the setting for her marriage proposal from Paul. However, Paul has his own plans. He wants to propose in a private setting. The two argue and Paul storms out. Jenna realizes that she doesn’t care where or when Paul proposes, she just wants to marry him. Paul proposes on live TV anyway, but Jenna says no. She wants their proposal to be private.

Chattertons Dr Spacemen

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Jack and Liz having heart attacks
  • All Dr. Spaceman skits
  • The Joey Montero Show
  • The Abner and Alfie Show


Jon Hamm (as Chuck): “Honey you have a dynamite shape, but you’re gonna have to shut up and let a man tell us what’s happening.”

Dr. Spaceman: “Recent studies have shown that while pregnancy is disgusting, babies do not need tar or nicotine.”

Jack (as Tony): “We’ve got a great show. At least that’s what the Jews I pay tell me.”

Paul: “I may have a dress, and a wig, and a gynecologist, but I am the man.”
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: 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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30 rock recapping: leap day

Previously on 3o Rock: The Tuxedo Begins

Jack and Leap Day William

In the 30 Rock world Leap Day isn’t just an extra day every four years, it’s like Christmas, complete with it’s own mascot, carolers, and colors (yellow and blue). Liz Lemon doesn’t know anything about this holiday. Silly Liz, growing up under a rock in Pennsylvania. Everyone else apparently knows all about the magic that is Leap Day.

Kenneth has even dressed up as Leap Day William, the maker of Leap Day miracles. Jack takes advantage of Leap Day by making more money, his way of celebrating the wonderfully festive holiday. But Jack’s plan to make even more money backfires and he decides to give up time with Liddy to ensure he wins the bet he always makes to have more money. Luckily the ghost of Leap Day shows Jack Leap Days from the past, present, and future, which includes the chance that Liddy will become a liberal. Jack can’t let that happen so he runs home to spend Leap Day with Liddy.

Someone Liz knows from college who everyone Liz nicknamed “Sad Thad the Skin Tag Lad”, shows up to invite her to a party at his amazingly dorky loft. He’s been in love with Liz since college and at his party he propositions her: 10…NO….20 million dollars to take his virginity. On a normal day Liz would flat out say no, but it’s Leap Day and nothing counts on Leap Day, so she considers the offer. Even goes for it the way Navi do by trying to braid her hair with his, but unfortunately for Liz, the models (and hot bartenders) show up and ruin all her chances.

Tracy is given a Leap Day Miracle. His $50,000 gift card to Benihana that is due to expire at the end of February. As Kenneth points out, in any other year the gift card would already be expired, but it’s a Leap Day Miracle and now they have a whole day to spend $50,000 dollars at Benihana. Even after taking a couple of the writers, Dot Com (Tracy’s ‘ imaginary’ friend) and Grizz to the restaurant the whole $50,000 has yet to be spent. Tracy wanders off to ponder his dilemma and then has a stroke of genius. He decides to use the rest of the $50,000 to feed the homeless! Yay for LEAP DAY MIRACLES!!!!!

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Kenneth dressed up and dancing on the table as Leap Day William.
  • “Sad Thad the Skin Tag Lad” yelling that Liz is pressuring him into intercourse.
  • Jack’s terror in finding Liddy could become a liberal


Kenneth: “Please get better sir. I’ve dug too many graves.”

Criss: “It’s Leap Day. Real life is for March.”

Jenna: “Oh my, it looks like we’ve got a slut-off on our hands.”

Tracy: “It’s just fan mail. I mean would you read a bunch of letters from people who look up to me?”

Liz: “How much Internet did he do?”

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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