30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Liz is asked out on a date by Jamie, the new coffee boy, who thinks she's much younger than she really is. Meanwhile, as part of his community service, Tracy must coach an inner-city youth baseball team team. All goes well until Jack takes over the team and cultural differences soon see him over his head.moreless

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  • "It makes me so sad that more people don't know about Cougars."

    This episode, "Cougars," was eight different shades of awesome.

    I've set the bar really high for this show of shows yet it still manages to surprise me. An elaborate Iraq War allegory housed in a plot involving Jack Donaghy hijacking Tracy Morgan's inner city baseball team and transforming it into a disastrous quagmire through leadership that aspires to be Churchillian yet dead ends at Bushian? Good old Liz Lemon and Frank competing for the same 20-year-old dreamboat? Creepy, unexpected homoeroticism? Animal strip clubs? Quotable line after quotable line after quotable line? 30 Rock has gotten into a borderline transcendent groove this season where brilliance is commonplace and barely a minute goes by without a big-ass laugh.

    In yet another casually satirical winner, Tracy Jordan is forced to coach a baseball team as part of his community service, only to have his vanilla-face boss turn the team into the baseball equivalent of Baghdad on a bad day. Meanwhile, Liz Lemon somehow finds herself competing with baseball-hat-enthusiast Frank for the affections of a 20-year-old coffee delivery boy with some serious mother issues.

    Cultural confusion was the name of the game tonight as Jack found himself trying to win the hearts and minds of people he knows nothing about so he can turn them into good little neo-cons while Liz tries to delude herself into thinking she's a fun young person instead of a cantankerous old coot whose primary preoccupations are finding chairs with adequate back support, getting enough roughage in her diet, and getting a solid nine hours of sleep a night.

    Lemon has definitely been looking and dressing alot sexier this season. She is our culture's reigning sexy librarian, so it was strangely refreshing to see her once again suffer romantic humiliation in stride. At least she fared better than Jenna, who tried to get a Demi/Ashton thing going with a bratty college freshman yet behaved more like a hectoring, disapproving aunt. Television simply doesn't get much better than this.moreless
  • Cougars

    A nice twist ending with the man dating Liz because he looks like her mother. This was a brilliant way to close the episode, and was almost as brilliant as not shopping at the store because "it's loud in there."

    The Jack and Tracy storyline was interesting to say the least. In the early days of 30 Rock Jack Donaghy was extremely similar to Jack Gallo (played by George Segal on Just Shoot Me) and this was one of those episodes where they were extremely similar. That, thankfully, means that he was funny in the role, which he definitely was.moreless
  • Interesting tale of old and young.

    30 Rock,


    In this episode Liz begins to date a younger man. In the beging he thinks she is 29 when he is 25. Things get akward when they find out she is 37 and he is only 20. Although the 17 year age difference the still decided to make it work. Things go great until he takes her home to see his mother. Who looks alot like Liz ALOT...Other... Tracy has to coach a baseball teaqm but jack destroys things after firing tracy and taken thee team done with him. There might be no i and team but there is a me. In the end tracy comes back and team in fine. Funny parts on the how the team works.moreless
  • Maxim, you way wrong!

    Tracy couches a little league baseball team and someone screws it up. that may be the highlight of this week's episode, but the real hightlight is that Tina is asked out on a date by a younger guy. the people at Maxim Magazine should watch this episode. Tina Fey is picked as one of the 10 ugyliest woman on televison. Tell that to the young guy who asked Tina out. If I were on the show, I ask Tina out too. the only downside, the two didn't share a kiss. but that's okay! I love to watch Tina anyway. Next week, it'as back to "Ugly Betty."moreless
  • The cougar story line was a bit lame, but the war references used by Jack to justify "helping" Tracy's little league team of underprivileged boys were tight.

    The only story line worth mentioning is Tracy's with the underprivileged little league team. Jack responds characteristically by trying to take over and improve the team. The war motif was consistent, from Jack's explanation for why he had to "help" the team, to the boys' toppling of the Jefferson Davis statue, to the "ungrateful" boys' turning on Jack and Kenneth and chasing them off the field. Clearly the writers embedded their (and the county's?) evaluation of how the Bush Administration sold the U.S. people on the war in Iraq in 2003 and the apparent failure of the U.S. mission. Virtually all of Jack's lines in relation to this storyline were based on actual words of, or at least the logic used by, Bush Administration official to justify embarking on the war and perpetuating it. Even a brief cameo of Jack as MacArthur made reference to Bush's apparent disillusionment of how he will be remembered in history.moreless
Ian Hyland

Ian Hyland


Guest Star

Val Matt Emmich

Val Matt Emmich


Guest Star

Laura Berrios

Laura Berrios

Jamie's Mom

Guest Star

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy


Recurring Role

John Lutz

John Lutz

J.D. Lutz

Recurring Role

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Walter "Dotcom" Slattery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The trucker hats Frank wears in this episode read "Olé", "Right Boot", "Got It", "Handy Man", "Beef", "Burrito", and "Power Tool".

  • QUOTES (19)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Frischfleisch", meaning "Fresh Meat". The French title is "Être un couguar", meaning "Be a Cougar". The Italian title is "Differenza di età", meaning "Age Difference". The Spanish title is "Panteras", an exact translation.

    • Though credited, Scott Adsit and Lonny Ross do not appear in this episode.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 18, 2007 on CANAL SONY; Czech Republic: April 1, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • Two of Frank's hats in this episode, "Right Boot" and "Got It", are references to lines from the 1989 action movie Road House.

    • Jack's idea of "surge" runs parallel to that of the Bush administration troop surge in Iraq.

    • Frank mentions he, "can't take this Sam and Diane thing anymore," referring to Cheers and the on-again off-again relationship between two main characters, Sam and Diane.

    • Lutz teases Liz, "That's great, Maude. How's Harold?" riffing on Harold and Maude, a 1971 film about a romance between a young man and a senior citizen.

    • Liz: Just gellin' like Magellan.

      This is a reference to an advertisement for Dr. Scholl's Gel Insoles.

    • At the ball pack, Jack is dressed like General Douglas MacArthur whose military career spanned WWI, WWII, and the Korean Conflict.

    • Jack tells the boys of Tracy's baseball team that they need role models, and one boy gives R. Kelly and Mike Vick as examples. In 2002, R. Kelly, a rap artist and producer, was indicted for having sex with a minor. Mike Vick, a NFL quarterback, was charged with and plead guilty to federal dog fighting charges in 2007.

    • The scene with the baseball team toppling the Jefferson Davis statue at the ballpark is reminiscent of the footage of Iraqis' toppling the statue of Saddam Hussein after American forces invaded Baghdad in 2003. The arguments the U.S. used to justify invading Iraq were reflected in Jack's reasoning for "helping" Tracy's underprivileged baseball team.