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30 Rock Episode: "The Fighting Irish"

Season 1, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Nepotism reigns supreme when Jack hands out a staff position to his on-the-skids brother (Nathan Lane). Meanwhile, Liz must make staff cutbacks and considers dismissing an NBC lawyer's girlfriend; and Kenneth the Page tries to help Tracy reach spiritual self-actualization. Anna Chlumsky and Jason Sudeikis make guest appearances.
Original Air Date: Mar 8, 2007
Guest Cast Molly Shannon Jason Sudeikis: Floyd Anna Chlumsky: Other Liz Nathan Lane: Eddie
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Season 1, Episode 17
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Aired: 3/8/2007
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March 8, 2007: "Things Are Lining Up for Ol' Liz Lemon" Season 1, Episode 17

As our friends over at Idol - and 30 Rock apparently knows who they are - would say: "Listen up, dawg. It wasn't my favorite performance, but..." Yeah, something about this week's episode, in which Liz claimed power, Jack found family and Tracy sought religion (a subplot deserving of far greater screen time), just wasn't clicking for me. Was it because the "Dad isn't dead" twist was seen coming up Broadway? I dunno. That said, Nathan Lane was an excellent guest star and, as my wife and I agreed, actually kinda sorta looks like Alec Baldwin! (In a squint-your-eyes, Barbara-Walters-soft-focus way.) The Dona-hee/Donag-hee/Dona-fee siblings' reunion was a fun visual, if only to see such a mishmash of SNL vets peppered throughout. (When did Molly Shannon stop eating?) Liz's power trip... I wasn't quite feeling it - I know, I'm being such a Debby Downer - though we all can probably identify with having that rare opportunity to squash a rival by questionable means, and her "I am the decider!" refrain was amusing, if not bullet-worthy. Bullets? Did someone say bullets?! " Liz's workout-class deal breakers: "As long as it doesn't have the words 'strip,' 'salsa' or 'beatz with a Z' in the name." " Pete fearing his wife's "big farm-people hands crushing my windpipe." Someone remind me, why'd he lie about getting a V? " Liz suggesting Tracy try the star-studded religion of "Practicology" " and Tracy's flashback to his previous stab at the cult faith: "There are 31 letters in the white alphabet!" " Frank's extra-flashy "Liz Rocks" hat. (Here is where I remind you about my Q&A with Judah.) " Jack: "I haven't seen Eddie since I bailed him out of Disney jail," where he apparently was locked up for punching Goofy. " Perhaps the night's best line, Kenneth schooling Tracy in his "We haven't been Presbyterian in months" religion, which holds services on Wednesdays: "We lose half the congregation every time American Idol starts up." " Eddie's hobby: "I talk homeless people into joining the army." " Eddie and Jack reflecting on "great times": "I once convinced you you had lupus!" " Liz catching an embarrassed Flowers Guy macking on his Liz in the 'vator: "It's only inappropriate when it's ugly people." " Later, an otherwise rational Liz targeting her rival for termination: "I can tell she's [deserving] by her stupid face." " The crazy astronaut stalker chick reference! " Jenna on kabbalah: "It mixes the fun part of Judaism with magic." " Tracy declaring, "I'm Irish-Catholic!" " Jack introducing his sisters "Catherine, Catherine" and Margaret, the one "we just found out about." " Jack to Liz: "You've gone chicken-killer on me over a guy, and you want the next president to be a woman?" " Eddie putting up his Donaghy dukes: "Say hello to Bono and Sandra Day O'Connor!" " Pete interrupting Liz and FG with talk of A) needing her apartment key, B) their secret and C) the vasectomy. Bad moment, worse timing! Reminder: Andy Barker, P.I. takes over NBC's Thursdays-at-9:30 slot for a few weeks. (I'll blog that show, too... just because.) See y'all back here on April 13! show less
As our friends over at Idol and 30 Rock apparently knows who they are would say Listen up dawg It wasnt my favorite performance but Yeah something about this weeks episode in which Liz claimed power Jack found family and Tracy sought religion a subplot deserving of far greater screen time just wasnt clicking for me Was it because the Dad isnt dead twist was seen coming up Broadway I dunno That said Nathan Lane was an excellent guest star and as my wife and I agreed actually kinda sorta looks like Alec Baldwin In a squint-your-eyes Barbara-Walters-soft-focus wayThe Dona-heeDonag-heeDona-fee siblings reunion was a fun visual if only to see such a mishmash of SNL vets peppered throughout When did Molly Shannon stop eatingLizs power trip I wasnt quite feeling it I know Im being such a Debby Downer though we all can probably identify with having that rare opportunity to squash a rival by questionable means and he read more

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