30 Rock Episodes

2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "Gavin Volure"

Season 3, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Jack and Liz visit Gavin Volure (Steve Martin), a colorful businessman who has a confidential business proposal---and who promptly falls for Liz. Meanwhile, Tracy fears that his children have concocted sinister plans against him.
Original Air Date: Nov 20, 2008
Guest Cast Steve Martin: Gavin Volure John McEnroe: Himself
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Season 3, Episode 4
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Aired: 11/20/2008
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Gavin Volure" Season 3, Episode 4

This week on 30 Rock, an eccentric friend of Jack's took a shine to Liz, Tracy feared patricide, and Kenneth's family was terrorized by angry pigs (had to throw that one in there). Read on for the full recap.

OK, now this was a funny episode, and I don't know how I'll be able to list and do all the best lines justice. The A-story set-up was this: A super-wealthy friend of Jack's, Gavin Volure (guest-star Steve Martin), hosts a dinner party attended by a hand-chosen selection of worlds. Including art-collecting and yelling. (Hi, John McEnroe!) Gavin comes off as an eccentric sort, apparently confined to his home by agoraphobia, and overly concerned by germs. But somewhere in that, Liz sees her chance with the perfect guy. Especially when Gavin suggests a weekend of staying in, watching TV, and having no sex. "What woman would want all that?" he laments. Liz, Liz, Liz!

Back at 30 Rock, Tracy fears that his sons are trying to snuff him a la the Menendez brothers, only to later realize they were simply worried he'd get so rich he'd find another family. Awww. The story was a good excuse to meet the Tracy Jordan sex doll, who later would play a pivotal role....

Gavin invites Jack to invest in his new venture, something to do with windmills and TV, I think. Jack is all in, and he even coerces Kenneth to give up his coffee can savings (expect for the Confederate money). Soon enough, though, Jack learns they both lost their money, as the venture was a scam.

Simultaneously, back at "his" mansion, Gavin locks his "concierge" in a room and tries to make a break for it. Turns out he used the agoraphobia thing to cover for the fact that he's a white collar criminal under house arrest. Alas, his escape is thwarted because, "I miscounted the men!" A later scheme would work, though, allowing Gavin to scurry away through his bathroom window as Jack listens to a tape recording or pre-recorded conversation.

Gavin shows up at 30 Rock, where he threatens to jump from all of 15 feet up. Tracy, though, saves the day. Or technically, his Japanese sex doll self saves the day.

I'm a huge Steve Martin fan, and thought he was a pretty good fit on 30 Rock. He plays the zany and off-kilter so well. He looked a little "tight," but that's what Hollywood does to an aging star. And yes, I had nightmares about the Tracy Jordan sex doll.

The bullets:

  • How can I relax? I'm in Connecticut, I'm in a dress and I'm dealing with an "away" bathroom situation."
  • "Of course that's back when Jet Magazine was about jet ownership."
  • Liz in the Times' style section... in a beauty salon robe.
  • Liz recommending great NYC cupcakes: "Don't over-think it - Sara Lee, frozen. Unbelievable."
  • Tracy on his shortcomings as a dad: "I'm a strange man who can't be taken seriously."
  • Kenneth: "I know I was a handful when our family moved from that farm to the militia camp in the woods."
  • "It's like Bruce Willis not comb action and rock harmonica."
  • "You'll be so rich you can run for office without pretending to be a fundamentalist."
  • "I haven't been out of the house since 2004 and even I know the kids don't call it that anymore."
  • Gavin to Liz: "I'll send a helicopter... to take you to the train station."
  • Tracy turning down his kids' sweet photo... only to reveal an evil one of them.
  • Kenneth: "After yrs of inbreeding, the pigs are getting violent." Then in response to Jack's moat idea: "That would be great if pigs weren't excellent swimmers."
  • "Gavin just asked me out - meaning in - for the weekend."
  • "What's the upside? It works and you get to have sex?"
  • Jack listing his favorite men: "Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Taye Diggs.... Do I have a black thing?"
  • House-bound Gavin: "I'd be lying if I told you I never danced with a broom."
  • "I thought I was helping him when I let him hold my boob while we watched Top Chef."
  • "I miss the sound of [Liz] scratching her dry elbow skin."
  • The NBC promo: "Imagine a world with no Heroes." I bet Ben Silverman does many a day.
  • "We Parcels have eaten our share of rock soup and squirrel tails, but we've also known lean times." Best line of the night!
  • Pete squeezing gas money out of Jack.
  • "Stop patriciding!"
  • Tracy "reassuring" his sons: "If anything happens to me... you will go to jail."
  • Liz eyeing Paris Hilton's only-released-in-Canada DVD: "Camp of Approval? What does that even mean?"
  • "Toronto is just like New York, without all the stuff"
  • Jack referring to Liz's "Big Ben-sized biological clock."
  • "I would feel safer with some saltines."

And in case you missed Tracy Jordan's "The More You Know" PSA: "Sex dolls save lives and they bring families together."

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This week on 30 Rock, an eccentric friend of Jack's took a shine to Liz, Tracy feared patricide, and Kenneth's family was terrorized by angry pigs (had to throw that one in there). Read on for the full recap.

OK, now this was a funny episode, and I don't know how I'll be able to list and do all the best lines justice. The A-story set-up was this: A super-wealthy friend of Jack's, Gavin Volure (guest-star Steve Martin), hosts a dinner party attended by a hand-chosen selection of worlds. Including art-collecting and yelling. (Hi, John McEnroe!) Gavin comes off as an eccentric sort, apparently confined to his home by agoraphobia, and overly concerned by germs. But somewhere in that, Liz sees her chance ... read more

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