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2006, TV Show

30 Rock Episode: "Retreat to Move Forward"

Season 3, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: A nervous Jack coaxes Liz into going to a corporate retreat with him. Meanwhile, Jenna prepares for her role as rock icon Janis Joplin by employing method-acting techniques---with help from Frank. And Kenneth sets out to show Tracy that diet has an impact on diabetes.
Original Air Date: Jan 22, 2009

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30 Rock Episode Recap: "Retreat to Move Forward" Season 3, Episode 9

This week on 30 Rock, Liz got some things off her chest at a corporate retreat, Jenna's research into Janis Joplin made for unlikely bedfellows, and Tracy dealt with a dee-ay-BUH-tees crisis. Here now, the recap!

Another very funny, super-huge-guest-star-free episode - no offense to All My Children's Mark Dalton. (Nice to see he's conquered the Colombian marching powder, though.)

Jack is nervous about attending the Six Sigmas' corporate retreat this year, given the whole CEO debacle and, you know, his time with the Bush administration. (Nice to see them finally pick up that loose thread with the gay soldier virus.) Liz agrees to be his "camp buddy," but quickly is shoved aside when the Sigmas (including the one representing Handshakefulness) embrace Jack with open arms.

Jack eventually caves and invites Liz to L.U.N.C.H., which involves not food but LEGOs. During that team-/train-building exercise, Liz makes the mistake of being too familiar with her boss (arm jabs and all), forcing Jack to admonish and thus send his subordinate "to the lake with the fat kids, making bracelets" (so to speak). Even there, Liz is left out, as her fellow outcasts hook up.

Ultimately, Liz saves Jack's bacon by whipping out her improv skills to cover for him when his "psych-up" speech is accidentally broadcast over the PA system. Alas, Liz's most effective improv skill (aside from channeling Billy Bob Thornton) involves ripping open her blouse. But Jack truly appreciates the diversion. (No, not in THAT way! Well, maybe a bit. It WAS a pretty bra.)

Back at the ranch....

Jenna hopes to delve into her biopic role as Janis Joplin (or a reasonable facsimile) by studying up on the singer ... via Wikipedia. Bad. Idea. (Especially since it was Frank who suggested it.) Soon enough, and thanks to Frank's Wiki editing, Jenna is speed-walking everywhere, fearing toilets, mixing her signature drink The Frankshlong, and nearly eating a live cat. When Frank catches Jenna mid-catnip and comes clean, Jenna's raw, Oscar-caliber reaction to his chicanery leads her to "slut it up on the dirt bag" and have sex with Frank in her dressing room.

Problem is, Frank wants to keep the coitus on the QT, which frustrates proud Jenna, who believes a lowlife like him should be bragging about the conquest! It turns out Frank actually DOES have "many irons in the fire" at 30 Rock, as Katie the hairstylist (and Euzebia, the Polish cleaning lady) both are outraged by his unfaithfulness.

Lastly, Dr. Spaceman warns Tracy that he is at risk of diabetes - to which Tracy responds by looking forward to replacing his doomed foot with a wheel, a la The Jetsons' Rosie. Kenneth lobbies hard for Tracy to better his diet, conjuring up a mythical "hill witch" who will turn him to stone and dine on his brain if he doesn't eat more veggies. (["Eat my brain] through the stone?" Tracy effectively argues.) In the end, a spazzing-out, teased-hair, broom-wielding Jenna (see above paragraph) scares Tracy into scarfing down the disgusting stuff.

And now, the bullets:

• "No you don't, Oprah." (Jenna, the bad improve artist)
• "First of all, don't badmouth synergy."
• Frank re: Jenna's film role: "Is it one where you swap brains with your granddaughter?" (Also, LOVE his "What Would [Jason] Do? T-shirt.)
• Frank's Wiki endorsement: "People are finding out new things about Janis Joplin every day!"
• "It's winning time, you magnificent son-of-a-b--ch! You are a lion, take what's yours!"
• "The guys over in war machines have been dying to see you."
• "Bladorian frankles," my new catchphrase.
• "That's a white myth, like Larry Byrd or Colorado."
• Consuming Lunch And Simple Socializing.
• "I've seen too many people back home die of diabetes and go-kart accidents."
• Grizz re: The Hill Witch: "Really, Kenneth? That was your plan?
• "ALF ate cats!"
• Mark Dalton scolding Frank for Liz's 'familiarization, nicknameification...."
• Robot penis!
• "I'M the one who had to take a Silkwood shower this morning."
• "Sorry, Liz, my mom says our basement only has room for FIVE sleeping bags".... "I'll come over AFTER prom, and we'll make nachos."
• Diabetes-ignorant Tracy: "I have so much energy my hand is dancing!"
• "What happens in Croton-on-Hudson stays in Croton-on-Hudson."
• "Now Dog the Bounty Hunter is the SECOND-grossest person I've slept with."

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This week on 30 Rock, Liz got some things off her chest at a corporate retreat, Jenna's research into Janis Joplin made for unlikely bedfellows, and Tracy dealt with a dee-ay-BUH-tees crisis. Here now, the recap!

Another very funny, super-huge-guest-star-free episode - no offense to All My Children's Mark Dalton. (Nice to see he's conquered the Colombian marching powder, though.)

Jack is nervous about attending the Six Sigmas' corporate retreat this year, given the whole CEO debacle and, you know, his time with the Bush administration. (Nice to see them finally pick up that loose thread with the gay soldier virus.) Liz agrees to be his "camp buddy," but quickly is shoved aside when ... read more

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