30 Rock

Season 5 Episode 6

Gentleman's Intermission

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2010 on NBC
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Avery wants Jack to be less involved in Liz's life, leaving Liz without Jack's help when her father visits and Jack searching for someone else to mentor. When Tracy sees his pre-made video obituary, he gets Kenneth to help him make some changes to his life. Meanwhile, Jenna's distraught to discover no one's bothered to make an obituary for her and takes matters into her own hands.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Jack and Liz stop being mentor/mentee and Tracy sees his obituary before he dies.

    8.5
    I've really enjoyed this season of 30 Rock, much more than last season so far, and tonight's episode was pretty good. Definitely not my favorite, but certainly a fair reminder that 30 Rock is a comedic force to be reckoned with.



    The plot is pretty simple by 30 Rock standards: Jack is forced by Avery to stop mentoring Liz, because Avery's hormones are making her jealous. Liz, on the other hand, is struggling with her father, ol' Dick Lemon, who seems to be on the cusp of splitting up with his wife. Liz struggles to remedy the situation while Jack struggles to live life without someone to mentor.



    There are other things going on, but they really don't seem all that important in the grand scheme of things. For instance, Tracy learns that NBC makes obituaries ahead of time for famous people and he realizes that his obituary makes him look like an idiot, so he decides to try and do something to change this.. meanwhile, Jenna is mad that she doesn't even have an obituary and tries to become more famous.



    For me, this was a middle-of-the-line episode. There have been much better this season, and for me, this may have been one of the weaker ones so far. But that doesn't mean it wasn't funny. Tracy's lines, as usual, were hilarious, and I really enjoyed Liz's little plot to prove to her father that he's crazy. There were a lot of little moments that I liked.



    Not a bad episode of the show, but not the best either.moreless
  • gentleman's intermission

    7.5
    I get that having Elizabeth Banks on the show is a big get for 30 Rock and I am all for "big name" movie stars appearing on television, but she is just horrible in the role of Avery. The writers try to make her funny but she is just so opposed to being funny that that in itself is almost comical.



    This was a decent episode of 30 Rock, but decent is not really what I expect from this show. Nothing about it was overly hilarious, and they are really reaching for the Tracy Jordan storylines at this point. Pre-planning obituaries? Really.moreless
Ann Curry

Ann Curry

Herself

Guest Star

Lester Holt

Lester Holt

Himself

Guest Star

Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira

Herself

Guest Star

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Avery Jessup

Recurring Role

Subhas Ramsaywack

Subhas Ramsaywack

Subhas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jack: Certainly you can't be surprised that there's a lot of negative stuff about you out there. Don't you ever Google yourself?
      Tracy: Sure, I google myself all the time, like when Angie's not in the mood or I'm alone in a hotel.

    • Jenna: What do you mean I don't have an obituary? I'm Jenna Maroney. I played Arts & Literature in the film adaptation of Trivial Pursuit.
      Erica: I know who you are, Miss Maroney, but you're not on the list. They only make obits for people they think are, you know, important.
      Jenna: (grabs list and reads) Like who? "Kim Jong-il?" I never heard of her.

    • Erica: Tracy's not dead. NBC News makes obituaries for celebrities to have them ready. They're just updating Tracy's to include his recent submarine DUI.

    • Jack: Drive, intelligence, humility, chaos—or the acronym, DIHC. I'm looking for DIHC, Avery, and I'm going to take it wherever I can find it.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Liz goes to the bar to trick her dad, she calls herself "Dorothy Michaels", borrowing the name of Michael's Dorsey's female alter-ego from Sydney Pollack's 1982 film, Tootsie.

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