30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 18


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



  • Trivia

    • The trucker hats Frank wears in this episode read "Mash Potatos", "Beef Ravioli" and "Atomic Super Kick".

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • Though credited, Jane Krakowski does not appear in this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Feuerwerk", the French title is "Feux d'artifice", the Spanish title is "Fuegos artificiales", and the Italian title is "Fuochi d'artificio", all exact translations.

    • This episode aired after The Office at 8:40 and was a special 40 minute episode.

    • Will Arnett and Jack McBrayer both appeared in Arrested Development together. Jack McBrayer was a waiter at the Bluth's country club for two episodes.

    • In the ten-second internet sitcom clip produced by Will Arnett's character, the credits that flash by are actually the credits for this episode sped up.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: March 16, 2010 on Prima COOL

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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