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30 Rock Episode: "Believe in the Stars"

Season 3, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: When Liz is assigned a seat next to Oprah Winfrey (playing herself) on an airplane, she hounds the sage talk-show host for personal advice. Meanwhile, a feuding Tracy and Jenna switch roles to determine whose life is harder; and Jack's value system is tested by Kenneth and an Olympics debacle.
Original Air Date: Nov 6, 2008
Guest Cast Oprah Winfrey: Herself
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Season 3, Episode 2
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Aired: 11/6/2008
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Believe in the Stars" Season 3, Episode 2

"Oprah is coming, and she's going to fix everything!"

Er... maybe not.

This week on 30 Rock, Liz went flying, Jack tried to make Kenneth go bad, and Tracy and Jenna embarked on one very Freaky Thursday.

And there was the whole Oprah/Pam thing.

I've now watched this episode three times, and the sequence where Liz first floods "Oprah" with so, so much personal information inside of, what, 30 seconds, still slays me.

"My work self is suffocating my life me.... I saw the show about following your fear; it inspired me to wear shorts to work. It didn't go well.... One time I kissed a girl in summer camp - and then she drowned.... I had a sex dream about Nate Berkus, but then he turned into Dr. Oz. Has the ever happened to you?"

It takes a lot to one-up Liz-as-Leia, droning in that spacey voice ("I don't really think its fair for me to be on a jury, because I can read thoughts"), but damn if that airplane scene didn't do it.

Once back from Chicago, Liz did her best to keep the feud between Tracy and Jenna under control and under Jack's radar... with very little success. Luckily, Jack was distracted with his mission to make Kenneth warm up to deception, in light of the discovery that NBC faked several Summer Olympics events - Synchronized Running, Octuples Tennis, Beer Pong, Jazzercise and Women's Soccer, to name a few - just to jack up their ratings.

Tracy and Jenna's "trading places" shtick, in my opinion, went largely and unfortunately unrealized comedically. Save for Tracy squealing "Lipstick!" (as in Jungle?) as part of his act, and Jenna strutting to "Ease on Down the Road," all I saw was missed opportunity.

Fortunately, the rest of the episode was Rock-solid, especially as it came to light that Liz's in-flight confab with the queen of talk was actually a conversation with a 12-year-old middle school class president. That said, Pam effectively channeled Oprah by successfully mediating the Tracy-Jenna sitch. Happy endings for everyone! Dinner at Pam's parents' house!

The bullets:

• "I wanted to vote in a swing state... and stay on the mailing list for Chicago Pizza Explosion." (Real place...?)

• "Why shouldn't you enjoy the same luxuries as a dog?"

• "Causes dizziness, sexual nightmares and sleep crime."

• "How can you defame someone who has been arrested in three different Chuck E Cheeses?"

• "I watched Boston Legal nine times before I realized it wasn't a new Star Trek." (My fave line of the night.)

• "Men can get away with anything. That's why Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry at the Oscars." And then, "It's like when Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry at the Oscars."

• "President Bush's approval ratings was almost as high as 15 percent following the Olympics."

• "You can be the voice of Knight Rider." (Nice Will Arnett allusion.)

• "White people stole jazz, Will Smith and heart disease."

• "Did you know it's still illegal to be black in Arizona?!"

• "No, Grandma, no...."

• "Believe in the stars - it's like that doesn't even mean anything anymore."

• "The other hero was...." "I get it, Kenneth."

• "I'd still be in Africa - gorgeous, politically stable Africa."

• "Everybody assumes I don't try in bed. It's discriminatory."

• "Hypothetical situations are like lying to your brain."

• "There are only two things I love in this world - everybody, and television."

• Oprah's Favorite Things - salt water taffy, sweater capes, Calypso music, paisley tops. Chinese checkers and high-heeled flip-flops that give you a workout. And the staff then buying them.

• "And what suffers because of that?" "Your bowel movements."

• "Socio-economically speaking, you are more like an inner-city Latina."

• "Oprah smells like rose water and warm laundry."

• "I thought pure morality died with Chuck Heston."

• "I lost my headgear at Six Flags."

• "In-flight medication is how I met M. Night Shyamalan, until it turned out to be...." "Best day of my life!"

• "I need to stop being a frenemy and start being your BFF!"

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"Oprah is coming, and she's going to fix everything!"

Er... maybe not.

This week on 30 Rock, Liz went flying, Jack tried to make Kenneth go bad, and Tracy and Jenna embarked on one very Freaky Thursday.

And there was the whole Oprah/Pam thing.

I've now watched this episode three times, and the sequence where Liz first floods "Oprah" with so, so much personal information ... read more

Be honest: Did you suspect that Liz Lemon was hallucinating Oprah?

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