30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jack and Kenneth work together when Jack discovers that another NBC executive is after his job. Meanwhile, Pete and Liz adjust to life as roommates, and Tracy learns he's a descendant of Thomas Jefferson.

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  • the last great episode of S1

    Jack and Kenneth work together when Jack discovers that another NBC executive is after his job. Meanwhile, Pete and Liz adjust to life as roommates, and Tracy learns he's a descendant of Thomas Jefferson. This episode was probably the last great episode of the first season of 30 Rock. Will Arnett of Arrested Development really made this episode what it was he was very, very funny. The final part with the fireworks was hilarous, It looked so real with the fire works did they actually do that? All inn all I give this eoisoide of 30 rock a 9.5 out of 10.moreless
  • "Jefferson – coming Christmas 2008" (whoops-wrong episode...)

    I love this show. that being said, I'm not liking what's happening to Doneghy. I like the fact that he's the iconic uber-upper management perfectionist. Seeing him lose the Microwave division and slowing sinking into a downward spiral is sad. I would like to see him exact some of that famous Irish-revenge...

    I really hope this show succeeds.
  • But in a VERY good way. I had surgery 9 days ago. I have 5 incisions and they are all aching now. I was wise to wait to watch this epsiode knowing I always laugh out loud at 30 Rock and that laughing hurts me a bit these days.moreless

    From the beginning. The hot dog vendor commenting on Lemon's crush going into a church and Lemon mocking the way Jack and Devon would have a threatening whispered talking contest right to the look on everyone's face as they watch the fireworks surrounding Rockefeller Centre this episode has it all and then some.

    Every show surprises me with how originally hilarious these writers are.

    This one hurt me and it was so worth it! Kenneth was fabulous again. He's so innocently powerful in his job as page you just want to spoon feed him.

    But as the show progressed and the plot thickened with Jack and Devon what made it more brilliant was the way their voices got lower and lower as they became more devious.

    Its the little details as much as the big ones. Like the clothing issues Lemon was having with Pete. The writing entwines all of these little quirks of each character into a smooth ride that has me anxious to get the entire season on DVD the day it will come out. This episode as much as all the others is the reason why.moreless
  • Not my favorite but still funny.

    30 Rock,

    30 Rock returns after along time off with a 40 minute episode v.s. the usual 30 minute episode.Although the episode was extended 10 minutes i felt that the show was a bit to faced pase more then usual.To start off Liz starts sharring her apartment with her fellow coworker.For some strange reason i never looked/carred to find out about.She pretends to be a alcohlic{mind my spelling}so she can spend time with her lover in a step by step class.Just to find out that it is against code rules to date somebody in the group.In the end she changes her mind and like any other love triangle the make up.Next Tracy has a DNA test to prove that he is not the father to a certain child after being claimed to be it by some strange lady.To me this sounded a bit to redown from somewhere else. But he learns that he is a realitive to the third presidant Thomas Jeffereson.Next Jack gets Kenneth to hang around and desrtact the gay corruptive who wants to get Jack's job.A bit to much seen during those sceens.In the end Jack's idea for fireworks to display what NBC is all is about is approved.Sadley it is shown infront of the Rockofeller building.And with not that many knowing about the fireworks even things go very wrong when the building looks like it is being attacked.All in all a very funny episode and great way to start after a short break.But alittle more fast pace.moreless
Dave Finkel

Dave Finkel


Guest Star

Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson


Guest Star

Evan Harrington

Evan Harrington


Guest Star

Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell

Dr. Leo Spaceman

Recurring Role

Will Arnett

Will Arnett

Devin Banks

Recurring Role

Keith Powell

Keith Powell

James "Toofer" Spurlock

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Jack: Good God, Devin is gay. He's even more powerful than I thought.
      Liz: Maybe you should seduce him and get him to tell you all his secret plans.

    • Dr. Spaceman: I have the results of your DNA test. Now, I am very serious about doctor/patient confidentiality, so I am gonna have to ask that all four of us keep this to ourselves.

    • Pete: Love is like an onion, and you peel away layer after layer until you're just... weeping over the sink.

    • Jack: I want you on this, Lemon. Those jokes you wrote for my Mitt Romney fundraiser, they were top-notch.
      Liz: Those weren't jokes! That was an appeal for a return to common sense and decency.
      Jack: Well, they got big laughs.

    • Jack: (to Liz) I don't know what happened in your life that caused you to develop a sense of humor as a coping mechanism. Maybe it was some sort of brace or corrective boot you wore during childhood.

    • Devon: Oh, what's that? MC Lyte just murdered Danny Bonaduce? Oh, thanks, phone!

    • Jack: Kenneth, you are the worst gay bait ever.

    • Devon: You're going down.
      Jack: No, Devon, I don't do that.

    • Jack: Devon, what can I do for you?
      Devon: I think we're way past that Jack. Let's be honest with each other, I'll go first. I'm gay and I want your job.
      Jack: Devon, I'm straighter than you are gay, and I leave particles of guys like you in my wind. I'm not afraid of you.
      Devon: Yeah? Well you should be.
      Jack: Let's just see how it all shakes out in the meeting.
      Devon: Yeah, let's.

    • Devon: If you excuse me I'll go slip into something more comfortable.
      Kenneth: Oh, like in the movies!

    • Tracy: Doctor Spaceman, when they check my DNA, will they tell me what diseases I might get, or help me to remember my ATM pincode? Dr. Spaceman: Absolutely. Science is whatever we want it to be. I'll let you know as soon as we have the results. Tracy: I already know the results, the kid is not mine! Dr. Spaceman: Boy it's crazy to think we used to settle questions of paternity by dunking a woman in water until she admitted she made it all up. Different time, the sixties.

    • Kenneth: So Mr. Donaghy what can I do for you?
      Jack: I heard you were talking to my collegue Devon Banks. Did he tell you why he was in New York?
      Kenneth: No sir, we just talked about Anderson Cooper mostly.
      Jack: You should get to know Devon, tell him all of your television ideas. You know he started of as page just like you.
      Kenneth: Really? So did I!
      Jack: You say the right things, ask him the right questions, I'm sure he could open some doors for you.
      Kenneth: Okay, what kinds of questions?
      Jack: I'll write them down for you. You call him tell him you have two tickets for A Chorus Line for tonight. Now Kenneth, have you ever used bronzer?
      (Kenneth shrugs)

    • Jack: I'm sure he's here to dazzle the old men with webisode ideas, but I have ideas too, Lemon.
      Liz: Like what?
      Jack: Something big—a live television special with fireworks. They can do shapes, now. One time I saw a cowboy hat.

    • Jack: Banks is no slouch. He pioneered the concept of ten second Internet sitcoms.

    • Floyd: Hey.
      Liz: Hey.
      Floyd: Wow, hot dog times huh?
      Liz: I only eat them on special occasions.
      Floyd: What's the special occasion?
      Liz: I decided to eat one.

  • NOTES (6)


    • In Tracy Jordan's dream Thomas Jefferson says, "America which I invented". This alludes to Al Gore who wrote a book saying he invented the internet.

    • Liz and some of the characters watch/discuss the 1982 film Tootsie and mention it's frequently used in film studies books as a good example of structure. In the film an actor disguises himself as woman to get a part. He subsequently falls in love, but can't act on it while he still has the job.
      Liz faces a similar situation as she tries to get a new assignment with Jack, while also pursuing a relationship with Floyd. In the end, she loses the job but gets the guy, mirroring the film.