30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 2

Jack Gets in the Game

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2007 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When Jack discovers that his boss is retiring, he decides to get in the competition for his position. Meanwhile, Jenna begins to enjoy her fame for being fat and along with Jack encourages Liz to get her act together. Finally, Kenneth makes it his mission to get Tracy and Angie back together.moreless

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  • "How important is teeth retention to you?" ha ha!

    I consider both The Office and 30 Rock 10 shows, yet before tonight the second season shows hhave been 8 shows. So I'm excited to finally dole out an 10 to this episode of 30 Rock, which leaped giddily from high to high. Granted, the final third wasn't as laugh-packed as the first two segments, but otherwise this was about as good as network sitcoms get.

    30 Rock is definitely taking a page from the Arrested Development playbook by piling on the big-name guests. Tonight boasted the return of Will Arnett's raspy-voiced gay corporate shark–a wonderful foil for Jack–and Rip Torn's network executive. Beyond providing always-welcome comic ringers, these guest spots trace back the show's impeccable comic lineage: you can draw a straight line from the bent genius of Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show to 30 Rock.

    This episode plunged further into the secret world of the super-rich as Jack battled Arnett to win the favor of Torn's corporate giant while Tracy Jordan tries to engineer a reconciliation with his estranged wife by trying to convince Kenneth The Page to shag her silly. In just one of this episode's laugh-out-loud lines, Kenneth tries to seduce Mrs. Jordan with "I'm a real great sex person. I do it all the different ways."

    Then there's Jenna's continuing battle with the bulge and another hilarious appearance by Dr. Spaceman. Did anyone else crack up at his wall of famous patients? It's not every doctor that treats Alf, The Unabomber, and Kenny Rogers. It's hard to pick a favorite moment from tonight's show, but mine is probably Tracy Jordan's "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" video. That's seriously the most awesome song Flight of The Conchords never recorded.

    Tonight wasn't a particularly Liz-heavy episode, but that's fine by me. At its best, 30 Rock boasts a comic density and volume of jokes on par with Mr. Show or Arrested Development in their prime. Praise doesn't get much higher than that. It's always exciting and a little frustrating to watch a comedy where you're laughing so hard you miss a fair share of jokes. I loved tonight's episode so much I want to–well, you can probably guess my amorous intentions towards it and whether or not they involve an intermediate school of some sort.moreless
  • Me want more

    30 Rock,

    In this episode Jack's foe Devin returns.Devin is out to get Jack's boss's job.After finding out from Kenneth that Jack had a heart attack, Devin uses it against him.In the end Devin stops after being saved from chocking.Tracy is tricked into thinking Kenneth and his wife Angie have someting toghether. Just to say in the end Tracy and Angie get back toghether.Jenna gets new fame from being over weight and decideds to keep the weight on after getting new fame for saying "ME WHAT MORE FOOD".Liz isnt happy with Jenna's move saying it should be voiced in womens body image.During the episode Liz also has some dentle problems which disappears durinng the end of the episode.I had some problems with this one, i felt it was to fast for Tracy and Angie to get back toghether there was nothing there.So this leads me to think there must be something coming upetween them or something.I felt Liz's role didnt make sence in this episode.For the first time i think it would have just been better not to have her in the episode because she had no effect towards it.moreless
  • Good episode

    After a slightly disappointing last episode I think this one did well to put the show on track.

    There were lots of good laughs in it, and some character development to boot. Banks (played by Arrested Development's Will Arnett) is an excellent character in this show, and really brings in an extra dimension. All the scenes involving him are fantastic and reminscent of classic Gob from AD.

    That aside Kenneth's attempts on seducing Tracy's wife were the other highlight of the show. Fat Jenna ("me want food!") was good, although I'm not sure how much of the belly I want to see on the screen! :)

    All in all a good funny episode.moreless
Matt Lauria

Matt Lauria


Guest Star

Fajer Al-Kaisi

Fajer Al-Kaisi

Hotdog Vendor

Guest Star

Erin Hilgartner

Erin Hilgartner


Guest Star

Rip Torn

Rip Torn

Don Geiss

Recurring Role

Will Arnett

Will Arnett

Devin Banks

Recurring Role

Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd

Angie Jordan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Jack: You're always in such great shape.
      Winthrop: Same weight as when I wrestled at Yale, Jack.
      Jack: Winthrop here wrestled at Yale.
      Devon: With other dudes, or...?

    • Devon: Here, why don't you take some of my steak? I could never eat this much meat.
      Jack: That's not what I hear.

    • Jack: Banks, what are you doing in town? You drawn to the phallic nature of our skyline?

    • Angie: (to Tracy) No more jewelry with my name misspelled. No more sexually explicit sky writing. And no more white boys throwing up in my damn foyer!

    • Frank: Holy crap! Did your tooth just fall out?
      Liz: Oh, that's not great, huh?

    • Kenneth: I like your top. I'm a real good sex person. I do it all the different ways.
      Angie: Uh-huh. Well, I don't have a husband any more, so... you can come over anytime.
      Kenneth: Oh, I will. I'll come over at night.

    • Jenna: I'm on a crash diet to get back to my old weight by Friday.
      Liz: Well, what diet is going to do that?
      Jenna: Oh, it's the Japanese porn star diet. I only eat paper, but I can eat all the paper I want, so...

    • Jenna: (to Liz) It's kind of hard to take life advice from a single woman who's using her treadmill as a hanger for a wedding dress.

    • Jack: Have you read the interview with Don Geiss in this month's issue of Yachting Illustrated?
      Liz: No, I subscribe to Giant Boats.

    • Dr. Spaceman: Did you know, scientifically speaking, that humans want food, but don't need it?

    • Devon: It's definitely working! I can feel the gay draining right out of me. By the eye of Zolnak, right, guys?

    • Devon: Are you familiar with the Church of Practicology?
      Jack: You mean the cult that was invented by Stan Lee?
      Devon: I mean the religion founded by the alien king living inside Stan Lee. It is my faith in Practicology that has helped me uncover my true, straight self.

    • Liz: (to Jenna) Don't let people make you crazy about this. You are just as beautiful and talented as you ever were.
      Jack: No. No, no, no. You are fat. Go see Dr. Spaceman right now and get this taken care of.
      Liz: How come men can be heavy and be respected, like James Gandolfini or Fat Albert? It's a double standard, and America needs to get over its body image madness.
      Jack: Oh, come on. What are we, back in college, freshman year? Let's go to the common room and talk about apartheid.
      Liz: Oh, okay. Yeah. I'm sorry I care about making the world a better place.
      Jack: You should be. It's a complete waste of time.

    • Dr. Leo Spaceman: Now Jenna, medically speaking, for your height your weight puts you in what we call the "disgusting range". Fortunately, there are solutions. For example, crystal meth has been shown to be very effective. How important is tooth retention to you?

    • Kenneth: Dotcom I have an idea ...
      Dotcom: Well I don't know but it's worth a shot.
      Kenneth: Are you even listening to me?!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Jack Gets In The Game". The French title is "Jack joue le jeu", meaning "Jack Plays the Game". The Italian title is "Jack entra in gioco", and the Spanish title is "Jack entra en el juego", both exact translations.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 13, 2007 on CANAL SONY; Czech Republic: March 24, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • Jenna doing the roller skating number is also a reference to Jane Krakowski's Broadway debut. She played Dinah the Dining Car in Starlight Express, in which all of the actors play trains and the entire musical is performed on roller skates.