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2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "The Funcooker"

Season 3, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: When "TGS" den mother Liz is called in to jury duty, the unmanaged cast and crew create havoc at 30 Rock. Meanwhile, Jack fails to heed the staffers when he grows obsessed with launching a new big-money product. Chris Parnell guest stars.
Original Air Date: Mar 12, 2009
Guest Cast Chris Parnell
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Season 3, Episode 14
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Aired: 3/12/2009
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "The Funcooker" Season 3, Episode 14

This week on NBC's 30 Rock, with Liz on jury duty, Jack enlisted the "TGS" writers to name a new product, Tracy tested TV's boundaries, and Jenna used an experimental drug to stay awake. Here now, the recap!

Poor Liz. Just as she launches her (latest) campaign to take charge of her life and start anew "like a phoenix rising from the ashes," she gets mowed down by a bike messenger, summoned to jury duty and slapped with a PR crisis caused by Tracy and Jenna. Even worse, the jury duty sticks, despite her tried-and-true (at least in Chicago) Princess Leia-and-Playgirls shtick. Amazingly, she decides not to leave anyone else in charge while she's out. What's the worst that could happen? Well....

After shaming the network and "TGS" with their hosting of the St. Patrick's Day parade coverage (she fell asleep; he responded, "Wake up, mother------"), Jenna and Tracy come away with not the right messages. For example, Jenna — worn out from juggling the TV show with her not-a-Janis-Joplin-biopic — decides to stay awake forever thanks to a military-grade experimental drug tendered by Dr. Spaceman. Boy, does it make her jittery! And thirsty! And ... windowy!

Tracy, meanwhile, "learns" that having the money to pay FCC fines means you can pretty much say anything you want on TV. Which he does. To Martha Stewart. When he is then told that advertisers are pulling out of "TGS," he sees that as his sign to sponsor the show himself (with disappointingly unfunny commercials).

All the above lays the foundation for the climax of Jack's story. See, GE has developed a pocket-sized microwave oven, but it desperately needs a name that is not offensive — in any language, including the popular French-Dutch combo. With Liz away, Jack commandeers the writing staff to do his brainstorming. When they come up empty, it's Kenneth who blurts out "The Funcooker," much to Jack's delight — though not enough to give Kenneth the hug he desperately wants from someone.

Meanwhile, the trial Liz is assigned to concerns a woman whose work life and accompanying frustrations mirrors Liz's own (right down to employees named Tracy and Jenna). The accused's solution to it all? To torch her Mailboxes Plus and then "rise from the ashes like a phoenix." Hmmm....

Cut to: The taping of "TGS" and the Robot/Bear Talk Show sketch, which is interrupted by Spaceman, desperate to force Jenna back to sleep (lest she die like Professor Bananas). As the doc wrestles bear-costumed Jenna to the ground, Tracy creates a diversion by dropping trou' to reveal his "Funcooker" to America. Ah, so that's where Kenneth heard the name. Needless to say, Jack is now stuck with a warehouse full of pocket microwaves.

It's just all so much, all Liz can do is ponder a box of matches and think of the Mailboxes Plus lady. Though the fire she starts is quickly enough snuffed, it effectively snaps everyone out of their misbehaving ways.

All in all, a pretty solid outing highlighted by Jane Krakowski's myriad tics as hopped-up Jenna, the mere sight of the mini microwave prop, Dr. Spaceman and of course Liz-as-Leia.

The bullets:
* "I can lend you my squirrel presser."
* "I have lost faith in decor-ganizing ... and I lost a shoving match with what I thought was female bike messenger."
* One of 30 Rock's most clever lines ever: "No, I told you to buy more Proactiv."
* Jenna to the parade O'rganizer: "As I'm sure you know from reading my blog...."
* Jack: "Passing out and cursing on St. Patrick's Day? Is nothing sacred?"
* "I only heard the 'thin' part, Liz."
* Jenna on how the Oscars love lesbian scenes: "There's two guys in my gym named Oscar."
* "It has a ham button!" As in Jon?
* The "So You're Doing a Movie and TV Show at the Same Time!" pamphlet, with Katherine Heigl and Frankie Munoz on it.
* "Oh, please — we don't want a paper trail."
* "I guess FCC stands for 'Federal Bunch of Sticklers'!"
* Jack saying a product name must appeal to marketing's holy trinity: "College students, the morbidly obese, and homosexuals."
* "I'm sorry, Miss La Roche-Van der Hoot."
* Jack's marching order for the staff: "Let's not shoot for the middle this time."
* Kenneth in charge: "All menstruating women, go home immediately!"
* Spaceman to his comely assistant: "You know what I like to do for eight hours? The TV Guide crossword puzzle." Oh, snap!
* Jack's Robert DeNiro impression.
* "What sounds more shocking: [bleeeeeeeeep] or [bleeeeeeeeep]?"
* "They knew what a 'hot Richard' was?" (What's a hot Richard?)
* Jack drawing from the Scrabble bag: "V-A-G," then "N-I" (glare from Twofer), and then a full "HITLER."
* "I suspected they were doing sex with each other."
* "Is your vision narrowing down to a pinpoint, as if everything was closing in on you?
* "Bitenuker!"
* "Nice try, Liz. Now it's my turn." What?!
* "It works in the shower?!"

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This week on NBC's 30 Rock, with Liz on jury duty, Jack enlisted the "TGS" writers to name a new product, Tracy tested TV's boundaries, and Jenna used an experimental drug to stay awake. Here now, the recap!

Poor Liz. Just as she launches her (latest) campaign to take charge of her life and start anew "like a phoenix rising from the ashes," she gets mowed down by a bike messenger, summoned to jury duty and slapped with a PR crisis caused by ... read more

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