30 Rock

Hardball

Season 1, Ep 15, Aired 2/22/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Jack sees an opportunity for budget cuts when Josh's contract is up, forcing Liz to go out of her way to motivate Josh into staying with TGS and not moving on to a rival show. Meanwhile, Kenneth earns a coveted spot in Tracy's entourage, and Jenna gets in trouble over a misquote in Maxim.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alec Baldwin

    Jack Donaghy

  • Jack McBrayer

    Kenneth Parcell

  • Jane Krakowski

    Jenna Maroney

  • Tina Fey

    Liz Lemon

  • Tracy Morgan

    Tracy Jordan

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Hardball

    By thefanof, May 21, 2010

  • great

    By efc91, Jul 30, 2009

  • another rib-burster

    By feraflower, Aug 17, 2007

  • Tracy gets a new member of his entourage. Jenna gets political. Liz gets a lesson in contract negotiations from Jack.

    By Ziggysmama, Jan 25, 2008

  • And you thought that it couldn't get any better.

    By geoking66, Mar 25, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Jenna: If the president is so serious about the war on terror, why doesn't he hunt down and capture Barack Obama before he strikes again?

    • Tracy: I love this cornbread so much I want to take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant.

    • Liz: Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all have hybrid cars doesn't mean I don't love America. (winks at camera)

    • Jack: (checking Liz's email) Do you ever get any emails other than from Match.com?

    • Jenna: (to Tucker Carlson) You know, for someone who's super super hot, you're really cranky.

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    Notes (4)

    • The episode was formerly titled "Negotiation."

    • The German episode title is "Verhandlungssache", meaning "Negotiation". The French title is "Hardball". The Italian title is "Saluta le truppe", meaning "Salute the Troops". The Spanish title is "Bola dura", meaning "Hard Ball".

    • The show was nominated for an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for this episode, and the episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: March 10, 2010 on Prima COOL

    Trivia (3)

    • Frank's trucker hat in this episode reads "Squeeze It".

    • The MSNBC news crawl in this episode uses some ridiculous headlines: "Panda Murder-Suicide Shocks China" "Wolf Blitzer Injured In Wolf Blitz" "Mysterious Visitor From Future Wins Lottery Again" "Anne Heche Leaves Husband For Pony"

    • In the opening scene an "arrow through the head" gag suddenly appears on Jenna's head.

    Allusions (2)

    • At the end of the episode where Tracy Jordan is being attacked by protesters, his former entourage comes to his rescue. In the background the music Tracy is singing is "I Will Always Love You". This was the theme song of the movie The Bodyguard, and what this scene is alluding to where the main character's bodyguard comes to her rescue.

    • Jack tells Liz, "Lemon, I would like to teach you something, I would like to be Michelle Pfeiffer to your angry black kid who learns that poetry is just another way to rap," referring to the 1995 film, Dangerous Minds, where Michelle Pfeiffer plays a teacher. She struggles to teach a class of inner city students.

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