30 Rock Episodes

2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "Jack the Writer"

Season 1, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Liz tries to keep the meddlesome Jack, an aspiring scribe, from commandeering the writers' room. Meanwhile, Kenneth the page desperately tries to impress Tracy, but he discovers all too soon that working for the erratic actor is a handful; and Cerie's peekaboo wardrobe causes a commotion.
Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2006

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Season 1, Episode 4
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Aired: 11/1/2006
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November 1, 2006: "Nuts to You, McGullicuty!" Season 1, Episode 4

Yeah, it's pretty scary when Tracy Jordan's "Biscuit" and "Ching-Chong" start to look like winning sketch ideas. This episode of NBC's 30 Rock raised an interesting question, though: Which is the worst "Girlie Show" possible, one written by Tracy (starring Roberto, the 2-foot Spanish hustler); one begotten of GE exec Jack Donaghy's mind (featuring "Monkey Senate" and entire bits written around the catchphrases, "Nuts to you, McGullicuty" and "Beep, beep, ribby, ribby"); or the actual "TGS" we hear being produced in the background (offering the likes of "Homophobic Gays," "Queasy Stuffed Shirts" and "Who Wants to Eat a Dictionary?"). Tough call, there. But at least you get the sense that 30 Rock isn't actually trying to deliver Saturday Night Live-worthy sketches - unlike that "other" NBC show about a late-night comedy program. Speaking of which, the best moment this week, by far, had to be that big, fat wink to Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (and West Wing, and Sports Night... ), where Liz and Pete, upon realizing that they had traveled in a small circle over the course of a banter exchange, shrugged and said, "Nice walk-and-talk," and then bumped fists. Nice. All in all, though, this outing fell a bit flat for me. The risk 30 Rock faces is playing the Jack-is-a-buffoon and Tracy-is-insane cards too often and too broadly. So yes, while it is funny to hear Tracy tender such maxims as: - "I don't believe in one-way streets. Not between people, and not when I drive." - "Live every week like it's Shark Week." - "When the law conflicts with our desires, we must operate outside of the law." - And Rule No. 3 to a good marriage: "Work the va-jay-jay." Save some for the rest of the season, OK? Further, this week's B-stories just kind of sat there. Cerie (played by Katie Bowden, aka a hotter Lauren "L.C." Conrad) getting called on the carpet for her ultraskimpy work attire - to what end, just a protracted setup to Liz's donning the Dirty Diva dress? (And how do you not address Jack with, "Do you have any other piercings?" Donaghy's take on Cerie?) And Kenneth running crazy errands for Tracy: How does one get nachos from Yankee Stadium during the off-season? How do you not show us that surely entertaining detail? Other observations/fave lines, then I'm off to write Today's News: - GE's Six Sigma program is real. Check it out here. - Jack boasting to his bosses that "TGS" has brought in younger viewers as well as "affected synergized backward overflow." - Weeds' Senjay is going by "Jonathan" here. - Kenneth's nonstop questions when making the pickup for Qieng Qong, including, "Is that a grapefruit knife?" - As TVGuide.com's Angel Cohn just reminded me, "Why bother to 'replace' Rachel Dratch with Jane Krakowski when neither have been on for two straight weeks?" - And lastly, a little "Easter egg" for those who don't watch with the closed-captioning on: When Jack gave Liz the Chamillionaire tickets, he invited her to bring along "a lady friend" (per CC), though the actual edit only had him saying "a friend." Afraid last week's lesbian insinuation might stick? show less
Yeah its pretty scary when Tracy Jordans Biscuit and Ching-Chong start to look like winning sketch ideas This episode of NBCs 30 Rock raised an interesting question though Which is the worst Girlie Show possible one written by Tracy starring Roberto the 2-foot Spanish hustler one begotten of GE exec Jack Donaghys mind featuring Monkey Senate and entire bits written around the catchphrases Nuts to you McGullicuty and Beep beep ribby ribby or the actual TGS we hear being produced in the background offering the likes of Homophobic Gays Queasy Stuffed Shirts and Who Wants to Eat a DictionaryTough call there But at least you get the sense that 30 Rock isnt actually trying to deliver Saturday Night Live-worthy sketches unlike that other NBC show about a late-night comedy program Speaking of which the best moment this week by far had to be that big fat wink to Aaron Sorkins Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and West Wing and Sp read more

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Premiered: October 11, 2006, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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