30 Rock

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (992)

  • Kenneth: Miss Maroney, I got the hemorrhoid cream you wanted. Jenna: (to Jack) It's for my face. Jack: Well, wherever you're putting it, I think it's working.

  • Tracy: I'll have an apple juice. Waiter: Oh, we don't have apple juice, sir. Tracy: Then I'll have a vodka and tonic.

  • Jack: (to Liz) I like you. You have the boldness of a much younger woman.

  • Pete: Standards has a problem with that Michael Jackson bit. Liz: Why? Pete: Apparently you can't say he's got a vagina.

  • Toofer: Surely, our massive conglomerate parent company could spring for a samovar of coffee. Frank: Yeah, or, like, a big coffee dispenser. Toofer: (annoyed) That's what a samovar is. Frank: Are there other black nerds, or is it just you and Urkel?

  • Jenna: Who's everybody? Jack: The network that wanted to fire you, the focus groups that said you had a weird eye. Jenna: You mean this eye?!. Okay, this eye—it doesn't open all the way because when I was little my sister peed in it!

  • Tracy: You know how pissed off I was when US Weekly said that I was on crack? That's racist! I'm not on crack; I'm straight-up mentally ill!

  • Liz: I'm not like these girls, Tracy. I don't have sex for money! Stripper: Neither do we! Tracy: Neither do they! (mouthing silently to Liz) Yes, they do!

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Notes (377)

  • The German episode title is "Der neue Boss", and the French title is "Un nouveau patron", both meaning "The New Boss". The Italian title is "L'arrivo di Jack", meaning "Jack Arrives". The Spanish title is "Piloto".

  • Adam Bernstein was nominated for the 2007 DGA Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series" for his work on this episode.

  • Here seen as yet-unnamed members of Tracy's entourage, Kevin Brown and Grizz Chapman were uncredited.

  • Music: Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" (performed by Tracy Jordan)

  • For this episode, and the rest of the season, the show was nominated for the 2007 Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Emmy Award.

  • For this episode, and the rest of the season, the show was nominated to the 2007 Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series Emmy Award.

  • For this episode, and the rest of the season, the show won the 2007 Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Award.

  • In South Dakota, this episode was pre-empted for a governor debate between Jack Billion and Mike Rounds. It was later aired the next day at 11:00 AM.

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Trivia (181)

  • The Trivection oven Jack mentions in this episode is an actual GE product which was advertised during the commercial break when the pilot first aired.

  • Frank's trucker hat says "Ninja Expert."

  • Jenna comments on guest-starring on an episode of Law & Order. Jane Krakowski did indeed guest star on the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Bound".

  • When Liz mentions that Tracy Jordan is crazy, a clip of Jordan is shown with him wearing just underwear on Los Angeles' 405 freeway. However, if you look at all the license plates on the vehicles, they are New Jersey plates.

  • While 30 Rock is a comedic portrayal of Saturday Night Live, NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is the dramatic portrayal.

  • Frank's trucker hat says "Done Deal."

  • When Alec Baldwin's character is being quizzed on his employees' names, he is really being shown the same picture over and over.

  • It is revealed in this episode that Kenneth's middle name is Ellen.

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Allusions (138)

  • Frank's wondering if Toofer and Urkel are the only black nerds compares Toofer to the break-out character from Family Matters.

  • Tracy Jordan's "old lady" role is a parody of Martin Lawrence's role in Big Momma's House.

  • Jack: That's how you should dress for work, by the way. Liz: Yeah, if I was President of the Philippines. Liz is actually referring to Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Liz's pink suit is reminiscent of the style of clothing worn by the First Lady.

  • Liz comments, "This is not HBO. This is TV," flipping HBO's signature phrase "It's not TV, it's HBO."

  • Tracy claims, "I am a Jedi", referring to the monastic peacekeeping organization from the Star Wars saga.

  • After the boat fiasco, Jack tells Liz, "Everybody loved your little Lemon party," referring to lemonparty.org, an infamous shock site that ambushes viewers with an image of three old men engaging in a threesome.

  • Tracy refers to Toofer as "Theo Huxtable", one of the characters on The Cosby Show.

  • Jack: Little Kenneth Ellen Parcell from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Growing up in your mama's tract house, dreaming of working on a TV show, dreaming of making it all the way to the N-B-C. You come a long way, haven't you, Kenneth Ellen, with your cheap loafers and your page jacket. But you'll always be a pig farmer's son, boy, cuz I smell fried baloney all over you. Jack's speech is a parody of Anthony Hopkins' monologue as serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs, in which Lecter coldly dissects the humble beginnings of Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster).

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