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30 Rock Episode: "Into the Crevasse"

Season 4, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Jack's rival Devin Banks (Will Arnett) returns, putting Jack on the defensive; Tracy and Jenna team up to torment Liz; and Kenneth volunteers at an animal shelter.
Original Air Date: Oct 22, 2009
Guest Cast Will Arnett: Devin Banks Jon Glaser: Mike
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Season 4, Episode 2
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Aired: 10/22/2009
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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Into the Crevasse" Season 4, Episode 2

"Another successful interaction with a man!" I'm sure you've all seen it in the preview. Liz passes a bookstore and a clerk is setting up her own display in the window, one for her new book that boasts the (at least in my own opinion) hysterical catch-phrase: THAT'S A DEALBREAKER, LADIES!

One "dealbreaker" happens to be not dating a man who wears a name tag well into adulthood...as this bookstore worker does. In anger, he immediately destroys Liz's cut out, face, body and all, to which she responds, "Another successful interaction with a man!" It's one of those few lines you can see in a preview 32487289472942748924 times and still die laughing at. [PS: The name tag dealbreaker — so true, Liz! Ladies, take it to heart!]

Now onto story-line B: Jack's called into a high-level meeting. Just like Wall Street vs. Main Street, the company is all messed up when it comes to budget and money. Instead of walking in, looking like $3,000,000, he actually dresses down his outfit, using fake NON-designer labels! I love Jack dressing down his outfit. I live in LA and work in television and I'm so used to seeing the opposite — fake purses, shoes, body parts. I love seeing the antithesis! And in this economy, I don't think it's a far stretch for the bigwigs.

Kenneth gets roped in, as he always does, to working at a dog shelter. Now, I'm more of a kitten guy myself but...I still could not, not even for a second, work at a dog euthanasia center. I'm just like Kenneth — I'd adopt them all! (And...he does.)

Devin Banks, as he's been throughout all of the previous season, is out to destroy Jack and paint him a money-grubbing bad executive of a fool. And when Devin is explaining his sinister plan, we cut to a shot of Mr. Banks in the bedroom of one of the Obama girls gossiping about the boys at her middle school. OK, hysterical! Every show needs a "little Obama" quick cut! Am I right? So spot on hysterical — so pop culture relevant.

What's Tracy up to, you may be wondering? Well, Liz's book has even ruined his life. Tracy's wife, the on-again off-again hot-again cold-again spouse of the century, has dumped him...after reading Liz's book. Apparently, Tracy is the ultimate dealbreaker! He's staying at Liz's house now partially because he needs a place to crash...but also because he wants to punish her (or at least that's the subtext).

So, how do we get the episode title "Into the Crevasse?" Liz's world is caving in. Jenna is gone, her book is ruining her life and Tracy is destroying her home. Jack bestows upon her, as he so often does, some wise words of wisdom; he tells the story of how he (get this!!?) went ice climbing with Connie Chung, and she has to "cut him free." The only way he survived was to drive deeper "into the crevasse" instead of trying to climb up and out. Get it? Get the metaphor??!!? A great metaphor, especially for this show, for working in entertainment — for life, in general.  I really think this quotable quote is one worth writing on post-its and leaving around the office for co-workers!

Getting back to the bail out and government money jokes. Is anyone else borderline sickened by it? Any talk of cash on a national scale just makes me shudder. But Jack and Devin, at least in this episode, really know how to put a playful spin on it — and I, for one, am thankful. It's nice to be able to laugh, even if only a little bit, at the current economic slump we're all in. (And for those of you that saw it: "I'm not trying to make this sound gay"...BEST line of the night!) Personally, where as most shows fall short when knocking political and current social issues, this one made me LOL...even with my ever-lightening wallet!

And somehow, the awesome writers of 30 Rock wrap it up in the last two minutes. You see, to rectify the life-ruining situation between Liz and Tracy, Liz is forced to (in this crazy roundabout way) bestow the "rights of her life story" to Tracy. And what does Tracy do with them? Nothing classy, of course! They end up filming a porno ala 30 Rock-style...with the characters based on Liz and Jenna! It's probably the only way a great episode like this could end! Twisted and hysterical! Am I right?!

30 Rock is one of those shows where, every 10 seconds, there's a hit line and highlight moment — too many to list them all. As always, there's so much more to say. So tell me...

What were your favorite moments?

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"Another successful interaction with a man!" I'm sure you've all seen it in the preview. Liz passes a bookstore and a clerk is setting up her own display in the window, one for her new book that boasts the (at least in my own opinion) hysterical catch-phrase: THAT'S A DEALBREAKER, LADIES! read more

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