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30 Rock Episode: "Don Geiss, America and Hope"

Season 4, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Liz continually chances upon Wesley (Michael Sheen), forcing them both to reconsider their decision. Meanwhile, a leveraging Jack presses to secure a job at the new company; and Tracy's reputation takes a big hit when his children's ex-nanny pens an exposé.
Original Air Date: Mar 18, 2010
Guest Cast James Rebhorn: Dr. Kaplan Michael Sheen: Wesley
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Season 4, Episode 15
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Aired: 3/18/2010
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Don Geiss, America, and Hope" Season 4, Episode 15

I'm not quite sure where Tina Fey came from, but oh my god, she is brilliant. I can officially say that almost no episode of 30 Rock falls flat for me, and this one certainly didn't. I frequently find myself in tears, uncontrollable laughing fits, and the often spit-take or two. Her writing is sent from the gods, and the acting within this episode in particular deserves multiple Oscars (yes, not even Emmys are enough). Now that many of you think I'm a crazy, obsessed, neurotic fan, we can go on with the recap.

Liz
This week, many character traits of Liz Lemon are revealed that we have not seen much of in the past few seasons. For the first time in awhile, Liz thinks realistically. After Wesley, her "future husband," continues to bump into her in random places, she realizes how much she truly dislikes him. At first, after meeting each other by coincidence in a movie screening, the two decide to give their relationship a second shot. They go into the dentist's office again, in hopes of going back under the laughing gas and seeing what attracted them to each other in the first place. It doesn't exactly happen, and Wesley begins to explain to Liz that the two were brought together in order to be "settling partners." Even though the offer is not entirely crazy, Liz uses common sense and dumps the man once and for all. She realizes that settling is not always the correct answer, and is still trying to hold out for love, and to find the man of her dreams. For the first time, I screamed, "You tell him, Liz!" at the screen. Usually, I completely disagree with the choices of our protagonist, but tonight, I'm proud of her. She has grown-up, and is showing a completely different side.

Jack
Following the death of his mentor, Don Geiss, Jack decides to meet with the head of Kabletown in order to understand the business model of the new acquisition and realize what he has to do in order to effectively take over the company. To his chagrin, he finds out that there actually is no product development, and that the model of Kabletown consists of 100 porn channels that increase profits dramatically. Jack is devastated, and cannot take over a company with this kind of attitude. After paying respects to Geiss at his memorial service, Jack gets a great new business idea, and runs out immediately in order to meet with the Kabletown executives. He explains that a new product that can be developed will be known as "Porn for Women." As Jack puts it quite simply, "women love to blabber." In the new porn, there will be a man that listens to the everyday "blabber" of women, something that most men hate doing with their significant others. The executives absolutely love the idea, and production on the project looks to be starting immediately. Jack is excited that he is able to actually produce a new product, and thanks his mentor Geiss for teaching him business techniques that help him daily. Jack is one of TV's best characters. Not only is he perfectly sarcastic, but he is able to almost always turn a negative situation into one that benefits both him and Lemon, someone he feels an immense amount of sympathy towards. I want Jack as my boss.

Tracy and Jenna
30 Rock is famous for making fun of current pop stories, and I can honestly say that tonight's was almost as perfectly crafted as I've ever seen. Tracy is devastated to find out that his former nanny is publishing a tell-all book about him, and in it, it is revealed that Tracy is actually a good person, and never cheated on his wife. Tracy's image in the press is far from wholesome, and he wants to keep that bad-boy image in order to keep his endorsements and roles. Obviously, Fey and the writers are spoofing Tiger Woods, but they do it in both a clever and tasteful way. In order to shield the media firestorm, Tracy holds a press conference, stating that he is "taking time off in order to spend more time with his stripper," and even attempts to seduce Liz and have an affair. Jenna tries to coach the star through avoiding media backlash, and often puts in her two-cents (as usual). Ultimately, Tracy realizes that he is just a good person, and can't have an affair. For me, this is smart. Tracy tonight (for the first time) is actually a likeable guy, and his stupidity actually makes him endearing. He loves his wife, even if she verbally abuses him frequently. Kudos Tracy. Stay nice.

All in all, this is one of my favorite episodes of the season. I do believe that we will see Wesley again (he even exclaims, "you will see my again during sweeps!"), so we can more awkward situations to look forward to. What will happen with Tracy now that he is the good guy? Will Jack's porn idea work? Until next week, listen to your wives, men.

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I'm not quite sure where Tina Fey came from, but oh my god, she is brilliant. I can officially say that almost no episode of 30 Rock falls flat for me, and this one certainly didn't. I frequently find myself in tears, uncontrollable laughing fits, and the often spit-take or two. Her writing is sent from the gods, and the acting within this episode in particular deserves multiple Oscars (yes, not even Emmys are enough). Now that many of you think I'm a crazy, obsessed, neurotic fan, we can go on with the recap.

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