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30 Rock Episode: "Black Tie"

Season 1, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: When Jack squires Liz to a birthday bash for a prince (Paul Reubens), Liz ponders whether they're actually on a date. While there, Jack's nebulous past becomes clearer when he chances upon his ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini). Back at the studio, Tracy tries to lure Pete to an all-out bash, replete with booze and ladies. Will Forte also guest stars.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2007
Guest Cast Isabella Rossellini Will Forte Paul Reubens
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Season 1, Episode 12
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Aired: 2/1/2007
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February 1, 2007: "It Feels Good to Laugh" Season 1, Episode 12

Before we get started with this week's 30 Rock debrief, a moment of silence, please, for the just-passed Prince Gerhardt, one of sitcomdom's hardest to look at, most unsettling and, thus and alas, funniest creations. [ Silence] Yes, Paul "Pee-wee" Reubens served up a memorable majesty on a very strong, very laugh-out-loud funny installment of the Rock . Still, I cannot help but fear that his character may have offended anyone out there who employs a prosthetic baby hand and suffers from a malady that prohibits the production of joint fluid as well as the metabolization of grapes. NBC may get letters. Also, big props to Reubens' fellow guest stars, Isabella Rossellini ( really letting loose as Bianca, Jack's now-tortured ex) and SNL's Will Forte, as the prince's steward. What really impressed me as a (aspiring) comedy writer was how 30 Rock deftly handled Lemon's "date" with Jack. Lesser shows would have "gone there" in that final scene, and really jacked up the "tension" between its two leads, but Tina Fey and her crack writing staff didn't. They kept it 99.44 percent light, meaning we now won't, on a weekly basis, be wondering, "What if...? " I adore The Office's Jim and Pam, make no mistake, but every TV sitcom doesn't need a Sam and Diane right out of the gate. This week's B-story, meanwhile, gave us an overdue look at Pete, who is perhaps the most normal Everyman amongst this mad ensemble. (Loved him pulling at the 40.) The bullets: " Liz's latest claim to geekdom: a "theater tech" college major. " Tracy selling lap dancers as a key to marital bliss: "Eight times a week I go to a strip club. It gives me energy, which I bring back to [my wife]." " One of Jack's many horn-tootings: "I date socialites, actresses, models, Liz Hurley... in the '90s." And Beyoncé. And Shakira. And Stewarts Martha ("for lunch") and Alexis ("for dinner"), though I must be skeptical of the latter. " Jack re: the prince: "Most people in his position would be angry with their family for centuries of inbreeding, but not Gerhardt. He's too busy trying to stave off infection." The icing on the inbreeding cake: Jack later telling Liz, "When he was born, the doctors told Gerhardt's mother and cousin he'd either live 15 minutes or 100 years. Boy, did he prove them wrong." " Liz re: Jack's ex: "She's gorgeous! And surprisingly age-appropriate." " Jenna: "You know I've always reminded myself of Grace Kelly." " Tracy pimping Pete's Desert Storm bravado: "He killed 14 Germans so we could get the hell outta there." " Gerhardt, after two loud, scary bellows: "It feels good to laugh." " Best subtitle on a show that isn't Heroes: Liz's, "[German] is the most beautiful language in the world." And Liz later uttering a few dozen syllables that translated into, "Yeah." " "Devil" Tracy in the air duct: "No. I'm just looking for the lobby." " Most unexpected shout-out to a recurring character: "Someone call Dr. Spaceman!" Great stuff, awesome episode, an immeasurably enjoyable, laugh-inducing series. show less
Before we get started with this weeks 30 Rock debrief a moment of silence please for the just-passed Prince Gerhardt one of sitcomdoms hardest to look at most unsettling and thus and alas funniest creations [Silence]Yes Paul Pee-wee Reubens served up a memorable majesty on a very strong very laugh-out-loud funny installment of the Rock Still I cannot help but fear that his character may have offended anyone out there who employs a prosthetic baby hand and suffers from a malady that prohibits the production of joint fluid as well as the metabolization of grapes NBC may get lettersAlso big props to Reubens fellow guest stars Isabella Rossellini really letting loose as Bianca Jacks now-tortured ex and SNLs Will Forte as the princes stewardWhat really impressed me as a aspiring comedy writer was how 30 Rock deftly handled Lemons date with Jack Lesser shows would have gone there in that final scene and really jacked up the tension between its two read more

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