30 Rock

Rosemary's Baby

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 10/25/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Liz meets her longtime idol, Rosemary Howard, and invites her to be a guest writer on TGS with Tracy Jordan. However, Rosemary's ideas turn out to be too much for the show, prompting Jack to pressure Liz into firing her. Meanwhile, Jack takes Tracy to a therapist to explain to him why he must do the opposite of what he is told, and Jenna ruins Kenneth's page jacket—causing him to compete in a page-off to keep his job.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alec Baldwin

    Jack Donaghy

  • Tracy Morgan (II)

    Tracy Jordan

  • Jane Krakowski

    Jenna Maroney

  • Scott Adsit

    Pete Hornberger

  • Judah Friedlander

    Frank Rossitano

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Great made-up words employed this episode: Followship and Adverlingus.

    By colten97, Mar 05, 2011

  • Alec Baldwin steals this episode with his role-playing as Tracy's father.

    By kathcom, Sep 27, 2009

  • Liz meets her idol, but she turns out to be something else than Liz thought she was.

    By gballigator, Mar 14, 2009

  • Carrie Fisher (better known as Princess Leia) guest stars, Liz Lemon wins the "GE Followship Award," and Tracey starts dogfighting

    By erbylikewhoa, Feb 10, 2008

  • Liz's idol returns!

    By GeorgeJobson, Dec 10, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Liz: It was terrible. I went to [Rosemary's] apartment. I don't think she has a toilet. I saw my future, Jack. Jack: Never go with a hippie to a second location.

    • Liz: Rosemary says that women become obsolete in this business when there's no one left that wants to see them naked. Jack: You make enough money, you can pay people to look at you naked.

    • Liz: Alright, I need my job back. But this is not crawling. This is proud begging, like those kids that dance on the subway.

    • Liz: Is that guy carrying a gun? Rosemary: Yeah, but don't worry, he's not a cop.

    • Rosemary: Now that you're free, we can work on something together. Liz: Yeah, we can start our own network called Bitch TV... or the second idea that we think of.

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    Notes (4)

    • The German episode title is "Rosemary's Baby". The French title is "Rosemary's bébé", and the Spanish title is "El bebé de Rosemary", both exact translations. The Italian title is "La fuga di Liz", meaning "Liz's Escape".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: March 29, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Michael Engler was nominated for a 2008 DGA Award in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for his work on this episode.

    • This episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season, and Jack Burditt was nominated in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for his work on this episode. Vanja Cernjul was also nominated for Outstanding Cinematography For A Half-hour Series and Michael Engler was nominated for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. Carrie Fischer was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series.

    Trivia (1)

    • The trucker hats Frank wears in this episode read "Balls" and "Field Hockey Coach."

    Allusions (6)

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the 1967 book and 1968 movie, Rosemary's Baby.

    • Responding to Jack asking what he didn't want him to do, Tracy queries, "That 227 movie, New Jackée City?" 227 was an NBC sitcom that ran from 1985 to 1990. Actress Jackée Harry rocketed to stardom portraying Sandra.

    • Rosemary: Don't you get it? The mailbox was Haldeman. H.R. Haldeman was Richard Nixon's Chief of Staff during the Watergate scandal.

    • Pete wonders if Rosemary Howard is, "one of the ladies who tried to shoot Gerald Ford," thinking of Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme and Sara Jane Moore. They each unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford 17 days apart in 1975.

    • When Jack was role playing as Tracy's father, he uttered the line: "Lady, just because I'm an ignorant black man, and you paid me a nickel to bust up your chifferobe..." This is a direct allusion to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. In the story, a black man (Tom Robinson) was charged with raping a white girl (Mayella Ewell). Before the incident, Mayella had offered to pay Tom a nickel to bust up a chifferobe of hers.

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