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30 Rock

Episodes

21 Episodes 2006 - 2007

The lauded laugher's inaugural season introduces the offbeat staffers at "The Girlie Show," a TV variety program produced at venerable Rockefeller Center in New York City. Presiding over the show is TV scribe Liz Lemon (series creator and writer Tina Fey). But trouble looms upon the arrival of brash new honcho Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), the head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Jack incessantly meddles with the series, hiring edgy but wildly erratic star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and changing the show's name to the desperately hip "TGS With Tracy Jordan." All this exasperates Lemon and pushes the show's horrified starlet, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), to the sidelines. Not only does Jack creep into the writers' room and even appear as a sketch performer (only to plug products), but he referees Lemon's sour romantic life. He sets her up on a blind date (with a woman); interferes with her bumpy reunion with her boorish ex-boyfriend Dennis (Dean Winters); and intervenes as her love blooms for affable paramour Floyd (Jason Sudeikis). Love is on the horizon for Jack, too. He dates a Bush administration official; tangles with his ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini); and woos an auctioneer (Emily Mortimer). But Jack still has time for territorial warfare against his gravelly voiced archnemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett), a Left Coast network exec who callously eyes Jack's job. Always an omnipresent figure is naive man-child Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer), whose misadventures include switching roles with bigwig Jack, scoring a prime spot in Tracy's posse and trying to help the pampered Tracy reach spiritual self-actualization. Alas, Kenneth's bright-eyed idealism prevails even while working for this cast of ego-fueled eccentrics.

Episode 1

Pilot

Wed, Oct 11, 2006 30 mins

Head writer Liz Lemon battles an unbearable, focus-group-obsessed network bigwig who wants to retool her TV variety show by adding an erratic film star (Tracy Morgan) to the cast. Lemon endures a lunch meeting with the loopy actor and his posse, only to be swept up in their wild world.

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Episode 2

The Aftermath

Wed, Oct 18, 2006 30 mins

Newly hired Tracy Jordan causes plenty of friction on "The Girlie Show" set: His larger-than-life persona pushes insecure star Jenna Maroney out of the limelight; he rubs writers the wrong way; and the meddling Donaghy will do anything to keep him happy, including changing the title of the show to "TGS with Tracy Jordan." It's up to Liz to unite the crew and pull the show together, and she ends up getting help from a most unlikely source---Jordan himself.

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Episode 3

Blind Date

Wed, Oct 25, 2006 30 mins

Unbearable network bigwig Jack meddles in Liz's personal life when he sets her up on a blind date with his friend. And there are surprises in the cards when Jack then worms his way into the writers' weekly poker game.

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Episode 4

Jack the Writer

Wed, Nov 1, 2006 30 mins

Liz tries to keep the meddlesome Jack, an aspiring scribe, from commandeering the writers' room. Meanwhile, Kenneth the page desperately tries to impress Tracy, but he discovers all too soon that working for the erratic actor is a handful; and Cerie's peekaboo wardrobe causes a commotion.

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Episode 5

Jack-Tor

Thu, Nov 16, 2006 41 mins

Liz casts Jack as a sketch performer, but he lacks sufficient acting chops and his main goal is to plug products on the show. Meanwhile, Jenna is tricked into fearing for her job, and Liz suspects that a conniving Tracy is trying to avoid rehearsals by faking illiteracy.

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Episode 6

Jack Meets Dennis

Thu, Nov 30, 2006 30 mins

As Liz reunites with her ex-boyfriend (Dean Winters), Jack continues to get involved in her personal affairs. Meanwhile, the cast tries to save face (literally) in light of Tracy's facial tattoo, Jenna's Botox injections and Josh's two black eyes from an altercation with Regis Philbin.

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Episode 7

Tracy Does Conan

Thu, Dec 7, 2006 30 mins

The perpetually meddling Jack blocks Jenna's guest appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" by booking Tracy instead, raising Jenna's ire in the process. But Tracy's guest shot could prove disastrous when the unhinged star goes off his meds. Meanwhile, Liz mulls over her relationship with Dennis (Dean Winters). O'Brien appears as himself.

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Episode 8

The Break-up

Thu, Dec 14, 2006 30 mins

When Liz finally dumps her crude boyfriend Dennis (Dean Winters), she prowls the singles scene under Jenna's tutelage. Love also stinks for Jack, as he discovers dating a Bush administration official has its downside. And Tracy and Toofer clash, which lands both in sensitivity training.

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Episode 9

The Baby Show

Thu, Jan 4, 2007 30 mins

When ditzy receptionist Cerie (Katrina Bowden) spreads news of her engagement to a filthy rich Greek heir, Liz confronts her own marital and maternal status. Meanwhile, emotionally hardened Jack softens due to "mommy issues." Dr. Leo Spaceman: Chris Parnell.

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Episode 10

The Rural Juror

Thu, Jan 11, 2007 30 mins

Jenna anticipates the opening of her independent movie "The Rural Juror"---but the title proves to be a mighty tongue twister for the gang. Meanwhile, cash-challenged Tracy endorses his own celebrity product in an effort to get out of debt. Chris Parnell reprises his role as the unethical Dr. Leo Spaceman.

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Episode 11

The Head and the Hair

Thu, Jan 18, 2007 30 mins

Liz and Jenna work on their dating game when they're beguiled by two very different MSNBC staffers---a brainy geek (dubbed "the Head") and a brawny hunk ("the Hair"), but cerebral Liz finds it strange that she's more interested in the attractive one (Peter Hermann). Meanwhile, lowly Kenneth the page and bigwig Jack switch roles.

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Episode 12

Black Tie

Thu, Feb 1, 2007 30 mins

When Jack squires Liz to a birthday bash for a prince (Paul Reubens), Liz ponders whether they're actually on a date. While there, Jack's nebulous past becomes clearer when he chances upon his ex-wife (Isabella Rossellini). Back at the studio, Tracy tries to lure Pete to an all-out bash, replete with booze and ladies. Will Forte also guest stars.

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Episode 13

Up All Night

Thu, Feb 8, 2007 30 mins

The cast pulls an all-nighter on Valentine's Day, and Liz receives flowers from a secret admirer, leading her to speculate whether her ex (Dean Winters) still has feelings for her. Elsewhere, Jack longs for a guys' night out with Tracy when his divorce from Bianca (Isabella Rossellini) is finalized.

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Episode 14

The 'C' Word

Thu, Feb 15, 2007 30 mins

Liz tries to soften her strict management style after being too harsh on writer Lutz (John Lutz). In other events, Jack squires Tracy to a charity golf event, hoping the big star will help him get closer to a company chairman (Rip Torn).

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Episode 15

Hard Ball

Thu, Feb 22, 2007 30 mins

With Josh's contract set to expire, conniving cost cutter Jack sees the perfect opportunity to save money. But Liz works to keep Josh in the cast. In other developments, Kenneth the Page scores a prime spot in Tracy's personal posse; and Jenna is misquoted in a magazine. Political pundits Chris Matthews and Tucker Carlson make guest appearances.

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Episode 16

The Source Awards

Thu, Mar 1, 2007 33 mins

Jack tries to unload his line of inferior wine, so he enlists hip-hop star Ghostface Killah (appearing as himself) and a rap producer (LL Cool J) to help him sell it. Meanwhile, a reluctant Tracy attends an awards show; and Liz looks to sever ties with Tracy's business manager (Wayne Brady).

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Episode 17

The Fighting Irish

Thu, Mar 8, 2007 30 mins

Nepotism reigns supreme when Jack hands out a staff position to his on-the-skids brother (Nathan Lane). Meanwhile, Liz must make staff cutbacks and considers dismissing an NBC lawyer's girlfriend; and Kenneth the Page tries to help Tracy reach spiritual self-actualization. Anna Chlumsky and Jason Sudeikis make guest appearances.

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Episode 18

Fireworks

Thu, Apr 5, 2007 40 mins

A potential power coup unfolds when a conniving Left Coast network honcho (Will Arnett) makes a determined play for Jack's job. Meanwhile, Tracy is served with paternity papers; and Liz and Pete adapt to living and working together. Al Roker and Maury Povich make guest appearances.

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Episode 19

Corporate Crush

Thu, Apr 12, 2007 31 mins

Destiny smiles on Liz, who basks in her newfound relationship with Floyd (Jason Sudeikis). But it frowns on Jack, as network honcho Don Geiss (Rip Torn) scrutinizes his performance, putting his very job in jeopardy. Elsewhere, Tracy hopes to get his feature film off the ground and targets Geiss for help.

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Episode 20

Cleveland

Thu, Apr 19, 2007 30 mins

Liz deliberates over leaving the show and moving to the Midwest with Floyd (Jason Sudeikis), who has become disenchanted with his career and life in the Big Apple. Meanwhile, wedding bells may ring for Jack and auctioneer Phoebe (Emily Mortimer); and Tracy finances his big comeback.

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Episode 21

Hiatus

Thu, Apr 26, 2007 30 mins

The summer hiatus of "TGS" looms, and Liz's long-distance relationship with Floyd (Jason Sudeikis) poses various tests. Meanwhile, Jack's mom (Elaine Stritch) arrives in town because of Jack's impending nuptials; and Kenneth is tasked with finding a missing Tracy. Sean Hayes guest stars.

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