30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 5

Greenzo

1
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 2007 on NBC
9.0
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Jack deals with NBC's new environmentally-friendly mascot, whose newfound stardom goes to his head. Meanwhile, it's time for Kenneth's annual house party—it's only been attended by Liz in the past, so in order to get a better turnout Tracy spreads rumors that ultimately get out of hand.moreless

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  • "Greenzo out!" funniest line ever!

    10
    In honor of NBC's Green Week, this episode was both environmentally conscious and a scathing satire of liberal environmentalist self-righteousness.



    In a desperate bid to suck up to Earth-huggers in a pro-capitalist, free-market friendly way, Jack Donaghy hired a struggling actor played by David Schwimmer to portray "Greenzo," a tree-hugging do-gooder in green designed to win hearts and minds while fattening NBC's pockets. Best of all, Donaghy breathlessly announces that Greenzo scores well with "colored people, broads, and fairies!". But it isn't long before Greenzo and the clueless thespian portraying him go mad with a very modest amount of power. I'll probably never write this ever again, but Schwimmer was hilarious in a role that simultaneously spoofed both do-gooder excess and actorly hubris.



    In the b-story, Kenneth the Page's party plans begin to spiral out of control once rumors begin to spread that T.I., Fall Out Boy, and foxy boxing will all be involved. The C-story, as usual, was less inspired, but brief and finally gave Pete something to do this season. Also, I could be mistaken but I think that was Paula Pell, veteran SNL writer, as Pete's wife, who apparently does some sinful, sinful things with a pop tart.



    The climax of this show was an elliptical flashback to Kenneth's party, which apparently found Gris and Liz Lemon finally hooking up. Also, Gris or Dot.com cried. All in all it was a classic 30 Rock episode, studded with great lines and wall-to-wall hilarity.moreless
  • Greenzo

    8.5
    I may not have been a fan of a fan of David Schwimmer on Friends, but his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm and his guest appearance on 30 Rock here was excellent (although I was not crazy about his serious turn on Band of Brothers.)



    30 Rock may have overused the guest star aspect, almost to the point that one would call it stuntcasting, but the Al Gore cameo here was nothing short of genius, and it was so brilliant that he would later return to play same exaggerated version of himself that could hear whale cries. Who else, but maybe Family Guy, could make Gore so funny?moreless
  • Schwimmer guest umm 'stars' as what is supposed to be a 'green' corporate symbol and Kenneth throws an unfunny party. Only slighly clever bit was the pop-tart joke at the beginning.moreless

    1.2
    I don't normally write reviews, but I trudged through the sign up procedure just to make my point. This episode is a show-wrecker. So far, 30 rock has been pretty consistent - but this time they pandered for the low IQ laughs through the whole show - so now I know the depths they'll go to when they run out of material.



    Schwimmer was awful. He was worse than awful but I can't think of a word to describe it. His timing was terrible, the character was unfunny - and the whole Al Gore thing seemed forced and I'm sure everyone involved wondered why they bothered at the end of it. The 'b' storyline about Kenneth's party was not quite as painful but you could tell they wrote the lines for the show the night before.



    The whole thing was a poor effort and the fact that the show has been great recently made it all the more painful to watch. Shame on you - the writers, the actors, the producers - you >know< you messed up with this one.moreless
  • NBC's Green Week continues with a funny, but informative, 30 ROCK.

    10
    Funny, but informative. How else could you describe it? I knew I would love this episode before the first five minutes were over, and that's because of Kenneth's lame parties. Kenneth is soooo funny, and Greenzo fit right it. But why would he have a picture of a penguin to whip out for people to see when they're at the frig. Plus I loved when Jenna was barefoot because she thought that it was in. That's one of the reasons why 30ROCK is so amazing, the subtle little bits of humor that are thrown in, most of them I didn't catch the first time I saw it. Overall, Greenzo is a great episode of this great show. GO EARTH!moreless
  • A bit late but still NBC lost it with "GreenWeek"

    9.1
    30Rock,

    Greenzo,

    Sorry for writing this review almost weeks after it aired. But school came a knocking. Ok in this episode. Jack hires a guy{David} to worn about global warming. So he can kill in the ratings.The character is soon called Greenzo. After getting to much into the whole save the earth thing Greenzo goes crazy and starts to make things worse by insulting people. In the end Jack gets Al Gore to come on to replace Greenzo but he refuses and runs off to save a whale... Other....Kenneth is having is annual party. Which usually are so horrible only Liz will show up. So liz gets Tracy to tell people the party will be exciting. But soon after Tracy tells and lies about the party the thing gets out of hand in the party which was the funnniest thing i had seen since Jack did his Tracy father thing. All in all the party and the green gone mad thing totally made this a great episode. One thing the brought points off was David SWimmers carrer is probably finished.moreless
Dion Sapp

Dion Sapp

Andrew

Guest Star

Madison McKinley

Madison McKinley

Dutch Cousin

Guest Star

Al Gore

Al Gore

Himself

Cameo

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy

Jonathan

Recurring Role

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Walter "Dotcom" Slattery

Recurring Role

Grizz Chapman

Grizz Chapman

Grizz

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Greenzo: Hey, did you leave your computer on all night?
      Liz: Yeah, it just takes a really long time to reboot in the morning.
      Greenzo: Huh. Hey, you know what else takes a long time? Building a new Earth!

    • Liz: (the smiling Earth prop falls and bursts into flames) Oh, boy. Okay, this Earth is ruined. We gotta get a new one.

    • Greenzo: I've always been Greenzo.
      Jack: No, you're crazy. And you're fired.
      Greenzo: Oh, really. Can you fire the wind, Jack? Can you fire a hurricane?
      Jack: We're developing that technology.

    • Tracy: I love foxy boxing! It combines my two favorite things: boxing and referees!

    • Greenzo: Wait, what's in that Styrofoam cup, huh? The Earth's blood?

    • Greenzo: You know what, you people make me sick. You act like you care, but you do nothing. Do you even bother to compost your own feces?

    • Jack: During your party I'll be home listening to some Schubert, and uh (leans closer) ironically viewing some Canadian pornography.

    • Greenzo: (in a campaign ad) Hillary Clinton wants an all-homosexual army. How will that affect my family?

    • Liz: I found your lipstick.
      Jenna: Oh! Oh no, this isn't mine. This is Sunset Blush. I wear Tiger Orgasm.

    • Kenneth: Ya'll should be ashamed of yourselves. Mr. Lutz, you ate all of my parakeet's medication and thanks to you, Sonny Crocket has been having seizures all morning. Mr. Hornburger, I would thank you to come pick up your wife at some point. Mr. Jordan, I saw you steal my sink. Harlem Globetrotter, does that name mean nothing to you? And Miss Lemon, I will have you know that before last night I have never, ever seen Griz or Dot-Com cry. I want you all to think about what you did.

    • Liz: No, no, no. We'll catch up later. I just came to get a clean sweater. Ugh! Blurt! Why is there a pop-tart in the bed? What do you do with the pop-tarts?!

    • Jenna: The only reason men start taking care of themselves is if they're getting someone to have sex with them. If it wasn't for that, they'd just sit at home in their own filth.

    • Liz: People are going to show up expecting all this great stuff, and they're going to be disappointed and angry.
      Tracy: Just like Colonial Williamsburg.

    • Jack: Look how Greenzo's testing. They love him in every demographic: colored people, broads, fairies, commies...gosh we've got to update these forms.

    • Cerie: Did he just talk to me like I'm ugly?

    • Al Gore: (to Liz) Shhh, do you hear that? A whale is in trouble. I gotta go!

  • NOTES (5)

    • The German episode title is "Greenzo, der Erdenretter", meaning "Greenzo, Savior of the Earth". The French title is "Tous au vert", meaning "Everything in Green". The Italian title is "Mia moglie per amante", meaning "My Wife for a Lover". The Spanish title is "Verdizo", meaning "Greenish".

    • Meredith Vieira also worked with Alec Baldwin in the 2008 movie, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

    • David Schwimmer also worked with Alec Baldwin in the movie Madagascar, and the episodes "The One With The Tea Leaves" and "The One In Massapequa" of Friends.

    • This episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 5, 2007 on CANAL SONY; Czech Republic: March 30, 2010 on Prima COOL

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Al Gore: If your network is so committed about the environment, why don't you start by having an entire week with nothing but environmental themes on all your programs.

      Al Gore is referring to Green Week, which occurred from November 4 to November 10, 2007. Every NBC show had a green message during this week.

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