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30 Rock Episode: "Anna Howard Shaw Day"

Season 4, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: It's the highs and woes of Valentine's Day: Jack's heart thumps for a fetching CNBC host (Elizabeth Banks); Liz schedules a root canal to elude loneliness; and Jenna is horrified when her stalker grows disinterested in her. Appearing: Jon Bon Jovi; Jon Hamm; Jason Sudeikis; Horatio Sanz; and Dean Winters.
Original Air Date: Feb 11, 2010
Guest Cast Jon Hamm: Dr. Drew Baird Dean Winters: Dennis Duffy Jason Sudeikis: Floyd Horatio Sanz: Jenna's Stalker Elizabeth Banks: Avery Jessup Jon Bon Jovi: Himself
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Aired: 2/11/2010
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Anna Howard Shaw Day" Season 4, Episode 13

You know it's 9:30 Thursday night on NBC, when a Mad Man, Zack's Porno-Accomplice, a Hair-Metal rocker from the Garden State, and two SNL veterans all share the screen.

Good evening, America. My name is Adam Mersel, and it is officially my second week recapping the world that is 30 Rock. If you know what I'm referring to in the above paragraph, congratulations: You must be as big a junkie as I am (which, by the way, is borderline unhealthy — and totally worth it). If you're dazed and confused, don't fret. I will explain below for all of you rookies.

It wouldn't be 30 Rock without a slew of special guest stars, and this week's was far from an exception. Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Elizabeth Banks (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Jon Bon Jovi (of Bon Jovi), plus Jason Sudeikis and Horatio Sans (SNL) all appear, along with the show's usual players, for a hilarious Valentine's Day-themed episode, full of the usual belly-laughs and spit-takes.

The episode opens with Liz describing how Valentine's Day is a "sham created by card companies," and one in which she watched her boyfriend's mother die in the past year. As Jack tries to console the young, now scared child who asked Liz the meaning of the holiday in the first place, Liz declares February 14 Anna Howard Shaw Day, in honor of the great leader of the woman's suffrage movement.

During their daily meeting (which usually degenerates into random-but-hilarious patter), Jack and Liz discuss their plans for the big holiday. Liz made herself a root-canal appointment in order to be "out of it" for the day, while Jack describes a potential date — from which his assistant is prepared to call and pull him away if he is unsatisfied with the woman. Liz, in keeping up with her tradition, will come home from the procedure, watch a Lifetime film, and embody her true persona, the "Picasso of loneliness."

Jenna, our favorite self-important actress, explains how Valentine's Day is the day on which celebrities truly embrace and pay homage to their stalkers, her's being a fast-food worker named Roger Maynard. Tracey explains his similar behavior towards Beyonce.

During an appearance on a fake CNBC program entitled "The Hot Box," Jack interacts with Avery Jessup (played by Elizabeth Banks), a right-wing pundit who shares the CEO's moral opinions and ethics. You can tell there is chemistry right from the start, even as Jessup signs off from the show and hands it over to "an ad aimed for the elderly."

When Liz finds out that she needs a ride home from surgery, she begins a quest, asking Tracey, who already has plans to "sit in a heart-shaped Jacuzzi filled with Chili (with his wife)," and Frank, who has a date with the toothless cleaning lady in the building. Eventually, after her last-resort male escort comes down with a bad case of Chlamydia, Liz decides to sign a waiver that will allow self-transport home.

Because her stalker has not been around lately, Jenna ventures to his fast food joint with hopes of reconciling. After Maynard has little to no interest in the actress, she begins to have a breakdown similar to that of her best friend Liz. Jenna knew it would end, she just "thought it would end in the trunk of a rental car."

Meanwhile, Jack takes Avery on a date, and the two discuss the Republican agenda while creating an inside joke about Geneva and sharing stories. Eventually, Jack asks Liz of her opinion about his new fling, while showing how Avery in fact made Maxim's "I'd Rape That 100" list. Liz approves, and they begin to discuss NBC's new Artist-in-Residence, which will be explained soon.

As things begin to wrap-up, Jenna feels worse and worse about losing her stalker. A montage to the tune of "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan shows the creepiest moments the two shared, such as pictures of Maynard sleeping next to Jenna and placing hundreds of doll heads in her refrigerator. Eventually, she receives a break-up note from him, and she is devastated to say the least.

Jack invites Avery to the fake TGS VIP Room, and enlists the help of Jon Bon Jovi, NBC's Artist-in-Residence, to impress her. Even though Bon Jovi sarcastically explains how this is "an appropriate use of my time and talent," he agrees, and as he tries to compete the task, Jack shuts him down because of his immense chemistry with the pundit. Bon Jovi perfectly says, "I hate it here."

As Liz finishes her surgery, she is beyond "tripped-out" from the Novocain, and calls Jack and Avery to come pick her up. She begins to have a hallucination where all of her past boyfriends, including Dennis, Floyd (played by Jason Sudeikis), and Drew (played by Jon Hamm), show her that love is a substantial missing part of her life. She regrets not working things out with any of them, and now knows the true meaning of the holiday. For the die-hard fans of the series, there are many references in the scene to Astronaut Mike Dexter (Liz's recurring fake boyfriend) as the one who will truly sweep her off her feet.

In the end, Kenneth puts stalker-like messages in Jenna's dressing room to make her feel loved again, Liz is transported home safely (even though she makes out with every palm tree in sight), and Jack and Avery start a potentially long-lasting relationship. The oddest — and best — part: none of this seems far-fetched in the world of the show.

So, what have we learned here today readers? A-list actors and cheesy-rockers make great cameos, Valentine's Day is nothing more than Singles Awareness meets Appreciate Your Stalker Day, and jokes about Astronaut Mike Dexter never get old.

Until next week, Happy V-Day.

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You know it's 9:30 Thursday night on NBC, when a Mad Man, Zack's Porno-Accomplice, a Hair-Metal rocker from the Garden State, and two SNL veterans all share the screen.

Good evening, America. My name is Adam Mersel, and it is officially my second week recapping the world that is 30 Rock. If you know what I'm referring to in the above paragraph, congratulations: You must be as big a junkie as I am (which, by the way, is borderline unhealthy — and totally worth it). If you're dazed and confused, don't fret. I will explain below for all of you rookies.

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