30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 15

Hardball

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2007 on NBC

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  • Trivia

    • Frank's trucker hat in this episode reads "Squeeze It".

    • The MSNBC news crawl in this episode uses some ridiculous headlines:

      "Panda Murder-Suicide Shocks China"
      "Wolf Blitzer Injured In Wolf Blitz"
      "Mysterious Visitor From Future Wins Lottery Again"
      "Anne Heche Leaves Husband For Pony"

    • In the opening scene an "arrow through the head" gag suddenly appears on Jenna's head.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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