30 Rock Episodes

2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter"

Season 4, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Affairs of the heart jolt Jack, who must make a romantic choice between volatile anchor Avery Jessup (Elizabeth Banks) and unassuming childhood sweetheart Nancy Donovan (Julianne Moore). Meanwhile, Liz plunges into the dating pool by going to a singles event with Jenna; and a bigoted remark creates office divisions and affects Toofer. Will Ferrell has a cameo.
Original Air Date: Apr 22, 2010
Guest Cast Elizabeth Banks: Avery Jessup Julianne Moore: Nancy Donovan Will Ferrell
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Season 4, Episode 17
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Aired: 4/22/2010
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter" Season 4, Episode 17

Two new episodes of "30 Rock?" Is it Christmas morning? Is it time to light the Menorah? No, it is just NBC trying to flush out the remaining shows, but I don't care. Two is always better than one.

The episode opens with Jack having a dirty phone conversation with Avery, and she even compares herself to a "slutty Grace Kelley." Liz, of course, ruins the moment by bringing him a talking greeting card in which she attempts to sing a song, instead having incoherent rambling thoughts. Just as Jack is convincing Liz to find a no-strings attached love interest, Nancy walks in, obviously complicating Jack's life.

At Liz's first dodge ball tournament, instead of flirting with a cute guy that seemed interested in her, she yells at him for a rule-violation. Jenna says she will go to Liz's next social event with her in hopes of being her wingman.

As Jack leads Nancy around a tour of the TGS studios, they run into Tracy, who is disguised in order to find the "red headed MILF walking around with an executive." Jack then hands off his lady to Kenneth, who grabs her and rudely tells her to "shut her mouth." Jack describes how he is planning on balancing both of his relationships with Avery and Nancy at the same time, and Liz becomes very angry. She says that he is going to blow it, and will eventually be joining her at singles dodge ball.

After being called a "Bigeldy Boo" on the subway, Twofer tries to find solace in Tracy and his entourage. The actor reveals how he has learned the word "black" in every language in order to know when he should be offended. They all realize that racism is back, after seeing a white judge on Law & Order and a racist burglary commercial.

Nancy and Jack have dinner, and she gives him a special box of Boston salt-water taffy as a birthday gift, something they shared during their childhood. She wants him to spend the evening with her, but he can't due to his black tie event with Avery. In order to keep the relationships balanced, he offers to meet Nancy for drinks after. So far, so easy.

At the black tie event, Avery wants to do red-carpet press with Jack, but in order for Nancy not to see any pictures, he makes up the excuse that because he is making the Kabletown deal, and Avery is a reporter, it wouldn't look right, just like "Santa Claus taking a shower." Twofer runs into Liz's office in disgust because he realizes he was hired on TGS in order to bring diversity, not because of his talents. After threatening to exclaim "two words a Harvard man has never said," he quits.

Jack goes to visit Nancy during the party, and she wants to wait until the morning to fool-around because she is tired and has the night bloats. Avery calls him as he and Nancy watch TV, and the reporter tells him how she is at Derek Jeter's apartment, and a rousing game of beer bong is going on between Yankees and former NYC mayors. Naturally, Jack wants to leave, and makes his way to the celebrity drinking game.

Jack seeks Liz for her wisdom and advice about his predicament. She is still mad at Jack for what he is doing, and he convinces her to take Nancy to dinner while he spends some time with Avery. She is pissed about the obvious gender inequality, and even gets her eyes stuck in a roll. Pete is even more upset that Twofer quit, and asks Tracy for his help, obviously because he is black. The writers and cast engage in a gender/race debate, highlighting Jenna's organization founded in order to teach "white blonde girls how to be mean," and Frank's "Guido" heritage. Liz even attempts to say why women are neglected in the workplace, but nobody is interested.

During Jack and Avery's dinner date, she voices her ideas about why Jack didn't want to take pictures with her. She believes their age difference is getting in the way, and he begins to think that may mean something. After contemplating being with a woman his own age — Nancy for instance — Avery hands him a special pair of cuff-links, and all of his confusion goes away.

At the single's event, Nancy tries to show Liz the ropes, and convinces her to have confidence in talking with the men. After Liz awkwardly explains the plot of Avatar to a good-looking man, Nancy shows her that being yourself can get you far. Unfortunately for Jenna, who is also at the event, stuffing immense amounts of cheese in your mouth doesn't impress guys either. Following this event, at her next dodge ball game, Liz lists her favorite qualities in a man to a random gentleman that she is playing against. Unfortunately, she is mistakenly in an alcoholics game.

In a last attempt to get Twofer hired back on the show, Pete pulls Liz's employment file. In it, he finds evidence that she was able to pay for college by utilizing Title 9 in her competitive jazz dance scholarship. He also finds proof that the only reason she was hired by Second City was to feed the office cat, and that the only reason The Girly Show was originally picked up was because of the flack NBC got from women after airing the drama Bitch Hunter, starring Will Ferrell. She realizes that everyone is treated differently because of their race and gender. That is exactly where her checks are a different color than Howie Mandel's.

In the end, Jack is still having trouble deciding which woman to pick. Nancy comes into Jack's office and notifies him that she will be returning in a few weeks, and he is eager to keep that relationship going. As the two hug it out, Avery pops up on the TV, and it is obvious that the Three's Company-style love triangle is far from over.

Oh yeah, Twofer is hired back, and after he wants his name changed back to James, he realizes that "Twofer" is a lot better than "Gleefer, Kanye East, Super Virgin, or Block (short for Black Spock)."

During this episode, I found the most enjoyment in Liz's failing singles activities. Between line dancing, dodge ball, and wine with cheese, our protagonist is willing to do anything for love, and I find it endearing. Also, Jack is able to play off the women so well, I am going back and forth on whether or not to scold the NBC boss or give him a pat on the back. Avery and Nancy both have their shining moments, but I feel that he must choose quite soon, or he will be loosing both. Who do you think the Kabletown head should choose? MSNBC or Boston Lady?

 

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Two new episodes of "30 Rock?" Is it Christmas morning? Is it time to light the Menorah? No, it is just NBC trying to flush out the remaining shows, but I don't care. Two is always better than one.

The episode opens with Jack having a dirty phone conversation with Avery, and she even compares herself to a "slutty Grace Kelley." Liz, of course, ruins the moment by bringing him a talking greeting card in which she attempts to sing a song, instead having incoherent rambling thoughts. Just as Jack is convincing Liz to find a no-strings attached love interest, Nancy walks in, obviously complicating Jack's life.

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