30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 10

Episode 210

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jack and C.C. try to make their long distance romance work, Liz decides to invest in real estate, and Kenneth becomes addicted to caffeine.

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  • Did anyone catch exactly what was going on with Tracy's dream? I know a robot and/or pirate was involved.

    In the C-story Kenneth The Page is introduced to the nightmare world of highly caffeinated coffee-like beverages and goes on an amped-up, jittery bender, Cajun-style. He eats a "Jewish donut", goes to an PG-13 movie, "rolls the brown serpent" and gets "Sodomized".

    Meanwhile Jack Donahy and star-crossed lover Edie Falco met each other halfway by spending a decadent weekend together in the heart of mining country. 30 Rock's conception of life in the flyover states subscribes to every reactionary stereotype about life in the sticks but I love it anyway. It's a testament to the show's genius that it was able to garner considerable pathos as well as wistful comedy out of Jack Donaghy answering his boss' call while still on the phone with his Whale-loving liberal lady love. Rip Torn, as the boss of bosses, managed to be a major element of tonight's show without ever actually appearing. That is some serious iconic presence right there.

    In the other major plot-line good old Liz Lemon goes through all the stages of courtship, romance, serial drunk dialing and estrangement with a co-op board when she decides to spend her money like an adult and buy real estate. As the most vocal member of the co-op board the always tip-top Ed Hermann had some priceless reaction shots to Lemon's mounting madness.

    This was such a great episode that it was able to weather a very tricky, very dangerous detour into oppressively quirky, precious Ally McBeal territory when the entire cast broke into an ecstatic rendition of "Midnight Train To Georgia". This easily could have been an excruciating, even shark-jumping moment but the cast pulled it off with aplomb.moreless
  • jack skips a very important meeting with the germans to go to pensalvania with cc. liz tries to invest in a new appartment but messes it up and kenneth get a coffee adiction thanks to tracy so tries to catch the midnight train to georgiamoreless

    it all just fits in perfectly with each one of there story lines probably my favorite ep especially the end bit with kenneth its soo funny . kenneth says some of the most funny lines of the series including 'i dont drink hot liquids of any kind, thats the delvils temperatur' that on made me laugh and liz running on a treadmill while drinking wine was hilarious and saying shes going to the hospital . overall i would say 10 out of 10 for the writing on that ep and 10 out of 10 for the acting (and singing) aswellmoreless
  • A great show! Jack loves C.C. and wants to buy a German TV-Channel. Kenneth is a coffee addict and sings. Liz wants to invest in a real estate and talks German.moreless

    The show starts with Liz and C.C. waiting in front of Jack's office. He comes out and we hear "German" talking, which I thought was hilarious, because (as I can say because German is my first language)that was neither German nor something else. The first real German is spoken, when Liz Lemon meets the German Channel guys. However... which big Kenneth-fan hasn't yet dreamed of a freaked out Kenneth. NYC - 21st Century's City of Sodom.

    In the end Kenneth leaves to go home to georgia on the midnight train - yeah there was this song. Well... so thought the writers and right of the bat Tracy, .com and the third big guy start singing the song and the whole cast joins in.What an episode. What an end.

    It is a shame that this episode doesn't have a title (WGA - Strike), because I'm sure it would be as great as the show.

    Anyway I was laughing my head off and I hope I was not the only one...moreless
  • Darn memory loss

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    So its been a while since i have seen this episode so i decided to watch some episodes on Demand. Although it cost me 99 cents per episode was it worth lets find out. In this episode Liz wants to invest in real estate but fails in a durn. I didnt enjoy were Liz went i had a failing it would turn out pretty for her. C.C and Jack try to make there romance work. SO they decide to go to place between NewYork and D.C which just happens to be a race betting track. Although they dont want to sit in the right spot. Kenneth has never tried cafffeine because he thinks it's evil but Tracy gets him addicted it. He gets him off and Kenneth wants to go back to Gerogia with the episode ending with everybody singing a song not liz though. Kenneth missed his train. Overall i only cared for Kenneths parts of the episode the other parts just dragged the episode down on my part.moreless
  • The 'Guide' says "Jack meets with Geman TV executives to close a deal," - but that's not even the half of it. The sub-plots of Jack and CeeCee's relationship and Kenneth the Page leaving for Georgia are what make this episode go. (some spoilers...)moreless

    We open with Liz (Tina Fey) and CeeCee (Edie Falco) sitting in the waiting room while Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is discussing a deal with German TV guys (who apparently don't speak English) to buy a network. Liz gets to see Jack first because Jack and CeeCee have rules for their relationship (which leads to a great fantasy scene where they make a date in the middle of a Congressional Hearing). The stress of the two meeting each other 'half way' in their relationship leads to some great lines and scenes (some by total strangers). Then, Tracy gets straight-laced page, Kenneth, hooked on cappucino, forcing him to re-evaluate all of his beliefs and causing him to consider returning to his home in Georgia on 'the Midnight Train' (which unfortunately leaves at 11:45pm). This leads to one of the better 'spontaneous' ensemble musical numbers in recent TV history. Add in the commercials that you're really not sure are commercials, Tina Fey's 'bad' German and her attempted purchase of a Condo, and then the fact that Jack and CeeCee are probably done (we never quite bought that relationship, anyway, right?), and you have another hilarious episode of this vastly under-appreciated series.moreless
James Cavanagh Burke

James Cavanagh Burke

Coal Miner

Guest Star

James Arden

James Arden


Guest Star

Julia Barnett

Julia Barnett


Guest Star

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Celeste "C.C." Cunningham

Recurring Role

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy


Recurring Role

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Walter "Dotcom" Slattery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the part where Kenneth is asking Tracy to move his coffee machine off his desk, if you watch the cup that Tracy has in his hand it's half-full, but then after they show his back and go back to his front again it's filled to the top.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Tracy: Regrets are for horseshoes and handbags.

    • Kenneth: (talking about coffee) I love how it makes me feel. It's like my heart is trying to hug my brain!

    • Jack: I'll just tell Don Geiss that I let a subordinate with an unaccredited theater-tech degree do a billion dollar handshake deal while my girlfriend and I showered together at a Red Roof Inn.

    • Kenneth: (as he's quitting his job) Mr. Jordan... It's been an honor being your friend and learning about the non-reproductive aspects of human sexuality from you.

    • Jack: (to C.C.) Say, what do you think they do for fun around here?
      Local: Smack around nosy out-of-towners. Also, we have a lovely doll museum.

    • Jack: (to C.C.) Get in that ridiculous electric car of yours and get up here.

    • Kenneth: I let my momma down, and I'm going back to Georgia.
      Tracy: What? No, you can't leave, kid. Who's gonna help me tell white people apart?

    • C.C.: We only have one speed, Jack. That's what I love about us: the drive, the ambition, our belief that sex is a competition.

    • C.C.: (to Jack) When I was with you the other day, I missed the vote on a bill to legalize recreational whale torture.

    • Kenneth: I'd always been told that New York was the 21st century city of Sodom. And look what's happened. I've become one of them. I've been sodomized.

    • Jack: God, I haven't thought about work once this whole time.
      C.C.: I know, it's weird.
      Jack: Good weird, or last night weird?

    • Jack: All my life, work came first. I missed so many weddings, funerals, karate demonstrations.
      C.C.: Birthdays, Lilith Fairs.

    • Tracy: Hey, slow down there, Ken. Coffee is not like alcohol. It's pretty addictive.

    • Liz: I still have to get approved by the co-op board. I'm all nervous. I have to dress up and smile and try to get them to like me. It's gonna be like going on a blind date.
      Jenna: No, it's so much better, because an apartment never waits until you get in the shower, then steals the necklace your mother gave you.

    • Tracy: Boundaries are made to be tested. That's why my wife and I stopped using a safe word.

    • Kenneth: I don't drink coffee, sir. I don't drink hot liquids of any kind. That's the devil's temperature.

    • Jack: (to C.C.) The President is only going to veto your crazy social programs. The founding fathers never intended for the poor to live into their forties.

    • Liz: Even Frank owns that chicken ranch in Nevada. He thought he was buying a whorehouse.

    • Liz: Real estate? No, that's something you do when you're married and you have a family.
      Jack: Sure, wait for that, your home will be in the floating city of New Chicago.

    • Liz: I have a checking account. I am two payments away from owning my bike. Also, I have a star that my aunt named after me, although that was recently downgraded to a gas giant, so...

    • Jonathan: We're trying to buy the largest cable network in Northern Europe. And if we do do that, it'll be huge.
      Liz: What about your huge doo-doo? (high fives herself)

  • NOTES (7)

    • The German episode title is "Man spricht deutsch", meaning "One Speaks German". The French title is "Carrière et caféine", meaning "Career and Caffeine". The Italian title is "Quasi quasi mi compro casa", meaning "I Almost Bought the House". The Spanish title is "Episodio 210".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: April 7, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Toby Huss' role as the German-speaking gentleman on the phone with Jack is credited as "Deutsche Stimme", which is German for German voice.

    • This episode was filmed both before and after the start of the WGA strike that began November 5, 2007, and did not have a title when the strike started. Tina Fey has explained that simply no writer was there to give it a title, and staffers were fearful giving it a title in their absence might violate strike rules. Unlike the previous episode, it was never given a true title, and stayed unnamed even with the second-season DVDs.

    • Griffin Richardson, Tony Pipitone and Bill Marino won the 2008 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half- Hour) And Animation" for their work on this episode.

    • Though credited, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell, and Lonny Ross do not appear in this episode.

    • Music: "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette (sung by Liz); "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight (sung by the cast)


    • When Kenneth is saying goodbye to Tracy and his entourage, he tells Grizz "I'll miss you the most", mimicking Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz, saying good-bye to the Scarecrow.

    • Liz comments, "I have a star that my aunt named after me, although that was recently downgraded to a gas giant, so—" in reference to the reclassification of Pluto to the status of a minor planet.

    • After Jack gets off the phone with C.C., he is feeling disappointed and he is handed a bottle of some beverage (beer?) by a young boy. This alludes to the old Coca-Cola commercial where a young boy hands a football player called "Mean Joe Green" a bottle of Coca-Cola.