30 Rock Episodes

2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "The Collection"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Jack worries that ownership will unearth damaging information about him, so he enlists a private investigator (Steve Buscemi) to ward the company off. Meanwhile, Tracy's wife (Sherri Shepherd) shadows her husband's every move to keep him in line. And Jenna, basking in the newfound celebrity her weight gain has given her, begins to lose pounds.
Original Air Date: Oct 18, 2007
Guest Cast Steve Buscemi: Lenny Wosniak Sherri Shepherd: Angie Jordan
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Season 2, Episode 3
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Aired: 10/18/2007
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"The Collection" Season 2, Episode 3

OK, two for three isn't a bad start to a sophomore season. Whereas the first two episodes underscored 30 Rock 's good name, this one fell a bit flat for me. Jack's "big secret" about the cookie-jar collection/obsession - which I understand was supposed to be incongruous with his tough-guy personality - was simply silly. And the Steve Buscemi visit? Almost meaningless, giving a great character actor so little to do. The B-story, wherein Jenna is aghast to realize that she is losing weight - and thus could lose her Enorme contract and offer to play Ms. Pac-Man in the Atari film - also was hit-or-miss, but ultimately won a thumbs-up from me for her getting turned on by Kenneth's rudeness. "She's the wrong kind of crazy, and now I think we have to get married." Then you have Liz trying to co-baby-sit Tracy and manage his wife Angie. It's pretty hard to make the Tracys unfunny, but this bit perhaps showed us that yes, his wife does cramp his style. We like the Tracy who can indulge his need to get booby-slapped by a coked-up Russian. And an overall observation of the season-to-date: Not enough of the other TGSers, Lonny and Frank. Twofer and director guy. I'm actually trying to line up a 30 Rock Q&A, but the lack of screen time for any of the above makes it hard to pull the trigger. (I may opt for "Cerie," though, for obvious reasons, heh heh.) Sorry for the so-so take on the episode, gang, but we need to be honest and comment on the lows just as we (more frequently) celebrate the ultra-highs. Besides, it's just my opinion. The bullets: " "One day, sir, this whole city will be yours" - and then "Sanjay" getting upset by Liz's interruption. " Liz picking "an eagle with the head of a bear" as the animal that best represents her boss. " Jack taking a call from a fake phone to cut short Liz's therapist story. " Angie's "ghetto-fabulous" ring... from Brooke Astor. " Early-bird Tracy marveling that "the morning has food, TV... everything!" " The Enorme tagline: "Make him chase the chunk." " Jack's 1976 arrest at the Democratic convention, though it was just for "beating up hippies." " Jack listing his kin's liabilities, including his brother Eddie "who sells faulty sprinkler systems to elementary schools." " Jenna fretting, "I'm back to the factory-made [belt] notches!" " Buscemi assessing Jack's cookie-jar obsession: "You wish it was a gay thing. It's worse!" " Angie sniffing Tracy: "You smell like Enorme and brass polish." " Angie scoffing at a Tracy-as-Obama sketch, saying, "We support [Ohio congressman Dennis] Kucinich." " Kenneth's food airplane featuring an Indian passenger shot by an air marshal. " One of the biggest chuckles: Kenneth struggling to walk and talk once Liz gets him "thinking about it." " Flashback gag: Despondent Liz making a desperate play for... Jackie Mason?! Ewww. " Jack dismissing the idea that the cookie-jar thing is about unresolved childhood issues by... well, confirming that it is. " "I don't think [businesswoman] is a word." " Liz watching the Jordans go at it: "Oh, no, you guys start with that?!" PS. Who would you cast as Kenneth's mom's friend Ron? I want flashbacks to that! show less
OK two for three isnt a bad start to a sophomore season Whereas the first two episodes underscored 30 Rock s good name this one fell a bit flat for me Jacks big secret about the cookie-jar collectionobsession which I understand was supposed to be incongruous with his tough-guy personality was simply silly And the Steve Buscemi visit Almost meaningless giving a great character actor so little to doThe B-story wherein Jenna is aghast to realize that she is losing weight and thus could lose her Enorme contract and offer to play Ms Pac-Man in the Atari film also was hit-or-miss but ultimately won a thumbs-up from me for her getting turned on by Kenneths rudeness Shes the wrong kind of crazy and now I think we have to get marriedThen you have Liz trying to co-baby-sit Tracy and manage his wife Angie Its pretty hard to make the Tracys unfunny but this bit perhaps showed us that yes his wife does cramp his style We like the Trac read more

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