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30 Rock Episode: "The Break-up"

Season 1, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: When Liz finally dumps her crude boyfriend Dennis (Dean Winters), she prowls the singles scene under Jenna's tutelage. Love also stinks for Jack, as he discovers dating a Bush administration official has its downside. And Tracy and Toofer clash, which lands both in sensitivity training.
Original Air Date: Dec 14, 2006
Guest Cast Dean Winters: Dennis
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Season 1, Episode 8
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Aired: 12/14/2006
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December 14, 2006: "Liz Is the Dog, and I Am My Feet" Season 1, Episode 8

Now this is what I'm talking about. Second-tier cast integration, multiple stories going on, intimations that Condoleezza Rice likes phone sex (just not when she's en route to a state funeral).... Another winning week for NBC's 30 Rock . See, a lesser show would build a whole episode around Jack Donaghy's on-the-QT romance with Condi, but the Rock made it that much funnier by playing it in the background and thus getting to be more outrageous with it. For what it's worth, I don't think the union was meant to be, considering the assorted suggestions Jack had for his honey's hair, teeth, etc. - and his drawing the line at Abu Ghraib role-playing in the boudoir. It's a bit sad to see Dennis get sent packing, as he was an excellent way to make Liz exhausted/embarrassed. But aside from what we knew about him already, did you freeze-frame Liz's list of "cons"? I did. Among them: - Loves Family Guy - Has seen me throw up - Wears acid-washed denim - Reads the Post Understandably, the Dateline: Predator bust was the last straw. (Or is that something a Domino's pizza can ultimately smooth over?) And then there was Tracy and Twofer's tremendously topical (yet accidentally so, see my Q&A with "Kenneth") journey into cultural sensitivity awareness, laudable alone for its revelation that a "Black Frasier" exists. "It's huge on BET," says Tracy. "Every Thursday at about 9, 9:15." Awesome to see the actual Frasier set, by the way. This week in giggles: - Dennis selling Liz on a wall-mounted TV like so: "Its gonna be like a hospital!" - Liz on Dennis' reluctance to move out: "Which is it: You love me, or you've got squatter's rights?" - Liz reacting to Jenna's "girls night out" invite: "You mean, like, a discotheque?" - Jack, to Liz: Why are you crying? The Liberty lose another game last night?" - Tracy, frustrated: "Shamanda could have been a movie!" - a pointed nod to SNL's penchant for turning sketches into films. - Tracy questions Twofer's blackness: "Look at you standing there with your pants that fit, using a wallet, drinking Starbucks." - Liz evaluating a gaggle of singles-bar gents: "They look like the firm of Date-Rape, Coke-ington, Cheeseball and Jag." - Dennis' advice to Jack: "Let me tell you about 20-year-olds, my friend. Half of them are 16." And don't even get me started on Dennis' goodbye letter to Liz. That's a blog unto itself. P.S. Congrats to 30 Rock on its two Writers Guild Awards nods, and its Golden Globes nomination for Alec Baldwin! show less
Now this is what Im talking about Second-tier cast integration multiple stories going on intimations that Condoleezza Rice likes phone sex just not when shes en route to a state funeral Another winning week for NBCs 30 Rock See a lesser show would build a whole episode around Jack Donaghys on-the-QT romance with Condi but the Rock made it that much funnier by playing it in the background and thus getting to be more outrageous with it For what its worth I dont think the union was meant to be considering the assorted suggestions Jack had for his honeys hair teeth etc and his drawing the line at Abu Ghraib role-playing in the boudoir Its a bit sad to see Dennis get sent packing as he was an excellent way to make Liz exhaustedembarrassed But aside from what we knew about him already did you freeze-frame Lizs list of cons I did Among them Loves Family Guy Has seen me throw up Wears acid-washed denim Reads the P read more

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