30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 15

Hardball

3
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2007 on NBC
9.2
out of 10
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Jack sees an opportunity for budget cuts when Josh's contract is up, forcing Liz to go out of her way to motivate Josh into staying with TGS and not moving on to a rival show. Meanwhile, Kenneth earns a coveted spot in Tracy's entourage, and Jenna gets in trouble over a misquote in Maxim.moreless

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  • Hardball

    8.0
    Oh man, I do not miss the days when Rachel Dratch was on 30 Rock. She just completely was useless on the best comedy in years, even more useless than her time on Saturday Night Live. But getting that out of my system, this was another great episode of 30 Rock. Jenna appearing on Hardball was excellent (down with Obama!) and you automatically laugh at anything Chris Matthews says now because of Darrell Hammond's great impression of him on SNL.



    30 Rock's first season was good, not great, but episodes like this are the reason Emmy voters gave it the trophy.moreless
  • great

    9.0
    Jack sees an opportunity for budget cuts when Josh's contract is up, forcing Liz to go out of her way to motivate Josh into staying with TGS and not moving on to a rival show. Meanwhile, Kenneth earns a coveted spot in Tracy's entourage and Jenna gets in trouble over a misquote in Maxim. A episode that centered around Josh was a refreshing change. the negotians where funny like the way Liz and Jack won and the mention of the Daily Show and Jon Stewart was good. Tracy getting attacked was really funny and then him getting saved by his entourage.moreless
  • another rib-burster

    9.8
    In this episode, Liz must deal with the fact that her friend Josh is up for negotiations and Jack making her life miserable as usual, and dealing with Jenna's brainless ear for politics since she's going to be interviewed on Hardball, and Kenneth accidently reveals to Tracy that his entourage have been less than honest with him. Liz and Jack do battle, Jack winning another small victory and Liz still having to pay the price, and Tracy, Tracy has to deal with Kenneth as his only entourage. Another funny episode that proves that Barack Obama and Osama bin Ladin's names are more "similar than previously thought", Tracy cannot shoot a basketball without someone to lift him, and Liz well, learning that friends can often be less than honest. Not to mention the Bodyguard allusion at the end. Kudos. More episodes like this one, please.moreless
  • Tracy gets a new member of his entourage. Jenna gets political. Liz gets a lesson in contract negotiations from Jack.

    9.9
    30 Rock is such an excellent show. I am officially in love with Tina Fey. The character of Joshs' agent was a stroke of pure brilliance ("Enough of the foreplay lets move on to the penetraysh"). Then when Liz Lemon makes the 'crab' fight the 'worm' I literally fell out of bed laughing. There are so many elements to this show that make it funny (Seriously, who hasn't accidently said Osama instead of Obama or vice versa). I really enjoy all of the characters especially Kenneth and Tracy so that was cool seeing a storyline with them together. I wanted to watch this episode again straight away. It must of been good :)

    Also, nice shout-out to The Daily Show in this episode.moreless
  • And you thought that it couldn't get any better.

    9.0
    30 Rock definitely got it right this time. This and "Black Tie" are my two favourite 30 Rock episodes.



    The main story is that Jenna (being the stereotypical stupid blonde that she is) accidentally mixes up Osama and Obama. To apologise, she goes on Hardball and again screws up. The way her story unfolds is quite funny. Liz has to help mentor Jenna just so she doesn't make a complete fool of herself on national television.



    While already helping Jenna, Liz is trying to help Josh keep his job at the show. Jack is strictly against the idea, believing that Josh doesn't do enough to contribute.



    Tracy decides to be nice and allows Kenneth to join his "entourage" (or lack thereof). It's so funny watching Kenneth try to be a "gansgta." Overall one of the best 30 Rock episodes.moreless
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Gregory Wooddell

Gregory Wooddell

Mike

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David Alan Basche

David Alan Basche

Alan

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Lonny Ross

Lonny Ross

Josh Girard

Recurring Role

Katrina Bowden

Katrina Bowden

Cerie Xerox

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Grizz Chapman

Grizz Chapman

Grizz

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Jenna: If the president is so serious about the war on terror, why doesn't he hunt down and capture Barack Obama before he strikes again?

    • Tracy: I love this cornbread so much I want to take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant.

    • Liz: Just because I think gay dudes should be allowed to adopt kids and we should all have hybrid cars doesn't mean I don't love America. (winks at camera)

    • Jack: (checking Liz's email) Do you ever get any emails other than from Match.com?

    • Jenna: (to Tucker Carlson) You know, for someone who's super super hot, you're really cranky.

    • Dotcom: Yo, Kenneth, we need to talk, man.
      Kenneth: Oh, I've had this conversation before. You're marrying my mom, aren't you?

    • Jenna: (practicing for an interview) And I just want the troops to kill everyone and come on home!

    • Dotcom: Do you want to go to Vegas and buy a bunch of sarcophagi?
      Tracy: Nah, I don't even use the ones I have.

    • Liz: (to Josh) You were opening for a puppet when I found you.

    • Jack: Lemon, what happened in your childhood to make you believe people are good?

    • Jack: My offer is now 75 cents.
      Josh: (to his agent) It keeps getting lower, I think we should take it.

    • Liz: Josh is a very sweet, very dumb kid.

    • Jenna: Liz, posing for Maxim is a great career move, there's no shame in it.

    • Jack: You know what's absurd? These photos I found of Josh roughhousing with Lance Bass at Sea World.
      Josh: What? We were just being silly.

    • Liz: Obama—you support Barack Obama. Remember you liked those pictures of him at the beach?
      Jenna: Oh, right, Obama. What is he Hispanic?
      Liz: No, he's black.
      Jenna: And he's running for President? Good luck.

    • Liz: Jack said advertisers love you because you test great with women 12–24.
      Josh: Which advertisers? Could I get free Chocosticks?

    • Jack: Jenna is going to make a public apology tomorrow on Hard Ball. (to Jenna) You know what that is, don't you?
      Jenna: Yes. Should I prepare a song?
      Jack: I really can't wait to re-negotiate your contract.
      Jenna: Thank you, sir.

    • Liz: Jenna, have you read your interview yet?
      Jenna: Uh, no. Did I come as interesting because I tried to mention Bono as much as possible?

    • Jack: (about Josh) He's going to try to grab all the marbles and it's our job to hide them.
      Liz: That's not how you play marbles, Jack.
      Jack: But that's how you keep them.

    • Liz: Wow, you do have a talent.
      Jack: I can't wait to go mano-a-mano with Josh.
      Liz: Right, I think you mean mano-a-toddler.

    • Liz: Well, you look happy. Somebody just have a root beer float?
      Jack: No, Josh's contract is up, which means it's time for my favorite thing in the world—negotiation. The essence of capitalism, there's nothing like it. God, I wish there was somebody I could negotiate with right now.

    • Jack: Lemon, I would like to teach you something. I would like to be Michelle Pfeiffer to your angry black kid who learns that poetry is just another way to rap.
      Liz: No, Jack. I don't want to learn about negotiation. I just want Josh to stay. The show needs him.
      Jack: Lesson number one: you don't need anyone. Sure, Josh tests well with female viewers twelve to twenty-four, which is important to advertisers because, you know, women will buy just about anything.
      (cut to Cerie)
      Cerie: These sunglasses have a chip in them that makes the lenses change color as my iPod loses power!

    • Liz: Wow, this is an... honor. I have a friend who is number four on Maxim's list of "The Sexiest Women in Comedy."
      Jenna: Thanks. At first I was mad that Jessica Simpson was ahead of me, but then I saw The Dukes of Hazzard. Funny!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The episode was formerly titled "Negotiation."

    • The German episode title is "Verhandlungssache", meaning "Negotiation". The French title is "Hardball". The Italian title is "Saluta le truppe", meaning "Salute the Troops". The Spanish title is "Bola dura", meaning "Hard Ball".

    • The show was nominated for an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for this episode, and the episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: March 10, 2010 on Prima COOL

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • At the end of the episode where Tracy Jordan is being attacked by protesters, his former entourage comes to his rescue. In the background the music Tracy is singing is "I Will Always Love You". This was the theme song of the movie The Bodyguard, and what this scene is alluding to where the main character's bodyguard comes to her rescue.

    • Jack tells Liz, "Lemon, I would like to teach you something, I would like to be Michelle Pfeiffer to your angry black kid who learns that poetry is just another way to rap," referring to the 1995 film, Dangerous Minds, where Michelle Pfeiffer plays a teacher. She struggles to teach a class of inner city students.

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