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2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "The Bubble"

Season 3, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Liz gives attention to her budding relationship with Drew (Jon Hamm), but she discovers that his pleasing appearance has granted him special treatment in life. Meanwhile, Tracy's contract expires, causing Jack to go full throttle in a bid to re-sign him for the show. And Jenna considers getting a new hairstyle in yet another ploy to get public attention. Meredith Vieira guest stars.
Original Air Date: Mar 19, 2009
Guest Cast Jon Hamm: Dr. Drew Baird Meredith Vieira
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Aired: 3/19/2009
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "The Bubble" Season 3, Episode 15

This week on NBC's 30 Rock, Liz learns that her perfect boyfriend has been living in a perfectly absurd reality, and Jack botches Tracy's contract talks. And now, as the French say, "Giddybon bejoo do voojah" ("On with the recap!")

I don't know how this is hitting Liz only now, but the crux of this episode revolves around the realization that Drew (Jon Hamm) skates through life - and obliviously at that - on his stupendously good looks. Strangers pay him compliments, Calvin Klein offers him jobs, hostesses rush him tables and women hire him as a tennis pro even though he profoundly sucks at the sport.

I must be honest, and I'll preface this with the usual "I love 30 Rock deeply and was one of its very first champions" asterisk: This A-story was ridiculous, and not in the hysterical way. When I first read the logline about Drew "getting by on his good looks," I thought we'd witness the occasional favoritism. But horrid doctor skills and flailing at the very public sport of tennis, and his obliviousness to it all? Hamm got a turkey of an exit story, sorry.

Hey, maybe I'm partly cranky because (just as it was on 30 Rock, eerie!), it's snowing today, the first day of spring.

Anywho.... Liz gets a bit fed up with her boyfriend's many shortcomings ("He's as bad at sex as I am," she is just now observing) and tries to force him out of his "bubble." This means no ordering catfish po'boys and Fanta off the menu. Well, Drew can't deal and retreats back into his bubble. More specifically, he rides away on his new motorcycle, seemingly destined to mangle the face that earns him so much good grace. Now that, Drew, is properly ironic.

Elsewhere, Jack had Tracy all but re-signed to a new contract when he made the mistake of noting that Tracy - who invested his videogame porn millions into a company that dismantles bank signs - doesn't really need to work. So Tracy quits. D'oh! A desperate Jack then appeals to Tracy's family, his posse and even "Bill Cosby" himself to help out, but to no avail. Ultimately, it falls on Kenneth (and "Cranston") to give up being Tracy's lifeline and make him reconsider returning to "TGS." Of course, Jack lets Tracy think it was all HIS idea.

Just barely detectable on the periphery of all the above, Jenna decides to cut her hair as a publicity stunt, but bails the instant she hears that Tracy has quit "TGS." Her storyline was a case of the sum of the parts (i.e. funny name-checks for Aniston and Felicity) being greater than the whole.

And now, as the French say, "Don bulletelles":
* "Is that code for some sort of old gal medical problem?"
* Tracy to his "Radar O'Reilly," Kenneth: "Now get in here and rub my feet until you hear a chopper coming."
* Liz describing Tracy's mood as the usual "upbeat and confused."
* A rather awesome moment: Liz saying to Jack, "We sure have done some crazy things with Tracy in the last three years," teeing up a typical 30 Rock flashback/montage that never came. Instead, they both simply say they're "thinking" of things. Cute.
* A disgusted Liz learning what Jack and Tracy's BFF bracelets actually stand for: "Why would you celebrate that?!"
* Liz, after CK propositions Drew: "You don't want to get a card? Phone number?"
* Jack speaking of the handsome man's "bubble of kind words, free drinks and outdoor sex."
* Liz urging Jack to "pay attention to the following over-the-top eye roll."
* Liz regarding a photo of young, Superman-chested Jack: "Your eyes are so much bluer! What happened to your eyes?"
* "... especially if you read Page Six ... of my publicist's email."
* Jenna losing to Miss Piggy in a "Who wore it better?" face-off.
* "This is better than a family. No one around here asks me for my damn bone marrow."
* "Tracy's is a tactile kinesthetic learning style."
* Liz playing tennis in her White Haven Phys. Ed. T-Shirt
* Drew after some awful sex: "That was awesome."
* Dr. Drew trying to "help" a choking Liz: "Do you have a chopstick or a fireplace match or something?!"
* "You wake a sleepwalker, you risk getting urinated on"
* "Nuh-oh! When I get upset my accent gets to comin' out!"
* "Nope, I lost it. That was Batman."
* "Before 'The Rachel,' Jennifer Aniston was a chunky nobody who couldn't get a job" - to which someone notes she was already on Friends.
* "But if I make the wrong choice, I could look like Keri Russell in Felicity, Season 2."
* Tracy's hilarious tirade against "Bill Cosby": "1971, Cincinnati. She was the waitress with the droopy eye!"
* Jack's attempt at a silky Billy Dee Williams.
* "You want to see what he packed me for lunch? Mayonnaise and a pack of cigarettes! ... You trying to make a stereotype out of me?"
* "She said she had to take a spa week at Canyon Ranch before he broke it in half. What's that supposed to mean?"
* Liz ordering Drew's po'boy while holding a menu over his whole "Disney prince thing."
* "The hot Italian lady from the Food Network told me ... as she jumped escalators to try to talk to me."
* "By 'binky,' he means 1970s pornography."
* "Tonight I need to ride my bike to his home in New Jersey to hold his hand during Lost." Poor Tracy must be a Jacketeer.
* "This is for a wonderful charity called Merkins of Hope." Um....
* Jack "conceding" to Tracy: "Damn you and your meddling."
* Liz to a leather-jacketed Drew: "Sir, you are pulling that look off." Indeed.

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This week on NBC's 30 Rock, Liz learns that her perfect boyfriend has been living in a perfectly absurd reality, and Jack botches Tracy's contract talks. And now, as the French say, "Giddybon bejoo do voojah" ("On with the recap!")

I don't know how this is hitting Liz only now, but the crux of this episode revolves around the realization that Drew (Jon Hamm) skates through life - and obliviously at that - on his stupendously good looks. Strangers pay him compliments, Calvin Klein offers him jobs, hostesses rush him tables and women hire him as a tennis pro even though he profoundly sucks at the sport.

I must be honest, and I'll preface this with the usual "I love 30 Rock deeply and was one of its very first champions" asterisk: This A-story was ridiculous ... read more

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