30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 6

Jack Meets Dennis

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Liz takes her ex-boyfriend, Dennis, back simply because he asks, Jack takes it upon himself to mentor her as he thinks that she is leading a life of mediocrity. Meanwhile, Tracy gets a tattoo in the face, Jenna gets botox and collagen injections, and Josh is given two black eyes by an angry Elizabeth Taylor.moreless

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  • Not good for a episode of this show.

    After Liz takes her ex-boyfriend, Dennis, back simply because he asks, Jack takes it upon himself to mentor her as he thinks that she is leading a life of mediocrity. Meanwhile, Tracy gets a tattoo in the face, Jenna gets botox and collagen injections, and Josh is given two black eyes by an angry Elizabeth Taylor. Not my favourite episode so far but still a decent twenty one minutes of top quality comedy. I thought the biggest laugh came when Elizabeth Taylor assaulted Josh. All in all this episode was probably the worst of the first season of 30 Rock, a low 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Rat king...

    When Liz takes back her sleazy ex-boyfriend Dennis Duffy, Jack takes it upon himself to convince her that she is headed for a life of mediocrity. Tracy is enraged when a magazine calls him "normal" and Jenna becomes worried about her age when Jack asks her how old she is. Really funny stuff I thought the part with liz taylor was the best just laugh out load funny. Also I tthought the episode finnished abit stupid Iwanted to see more but will probably find out net week, Dennis was quiet funny when he said about Rat king very funny story, this was a good episode but it lackedsome of my favourite characters.moreless
  • Hey Tracy, Nice Tattoo, but get out of the way I want to see Tina Fey!

    I saw Tina Fey the previous night on the Chrsitmas Tree lighting at Rockefellew Plaza holding her child. I keep forgetting that she's married and has a child. This epsiode is what I like to call a fine example of the series. Tracy has a face tattoo. That's ok, but I tune in the show because of Tina Fey. I don't care if she married or not. she the best reason to watch this show and she's the only reason why I watch this show, I hope the show would improve over the next cojuple of weeks. but as long as tina is on the show, I couldn't care less.moreless
  • Another great show with rapid fire jokes.

    This is the funniest show on TV IMO. They pack a ton of smart, witty jokes into every scene. Tivo this show, because you have to watch it twice to get them all.

    It\'s so much fresher and original than that rip-off, The Office. That show feels so forced to me. 30 Rock\'s characters are great. Alec Baldwin is the go to guy in this one. His backhanded compliments just kill in this one. And Tracy Morgan\'s craziness makes you laugh out loud at what celebrities will do to just stay famous. His line \"Yes I steal dogs!\" Just killed me. I\'ve liked every show so far. They\'ve all made me laugh out loud, which is hard for me. I would have liked more dialogue from the writing staff in this one, they crack me up. But everyone is good. From the stupid secretary who doesn\'t know that \"the numbers at the top of the pages, should be sequential.\" to the hick, NBC page telling tour-goers that one of NBC head anchors was once a call girl!, yeah did you miss that one? Watch it again.moreless
  • Best episode so far.

    In the episode that jumped up 30 Rocks subpar rating's and hopefully keeps it on for it's new 25 episode Season. In this episode Liz is going out with "Beeper King" Dennis and Jack is trying to make them break up and help her life, and Tracy is trying to get more street cred [the Sharpie Tatoo was great]. I liked the jokes about Liz's life and like always I enjoyed Tracy and Jack. Keep it up "30 Rock"!moreless
Michael K. Blakson

Michael K. Blakson

African Man

Guest Star

Greta Cavazzoni

Greta Cavazzoni


Guest Star

Annette Hunt

Annette Hunt

Old Lady

Guest Star

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Dennis Duffy

Recurring Role

Lonny Ross

Lonny Ross

Josh Girard

Recurring Role

Keith Powell

Keith Powell

James "Toofer" Spurlock

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In a few scenes (when Liz gets the call in the sandwich shop and when she storms into Jack's office), she can be seen wearing a wedding band. While Tina Fey is married, Liz Lemon is single.

    • The trucker hats Frank wears in this episode read "Ninja Expert" and "Joystick Master."

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Liz: Very funny, you bought a pager from Dennis. Will you take it off now, please?
      Jack: I'm sorry, I can't, I'm expecting a call from 1983.

    • Tracy: I shouldn't expect a white woman from Whiteville to understand street cred.
      Liz: First of all, I'm not from Whiteville, I'm from White Haven. And it's not as nice as it sounds.

    • Dennis: Maybe I'll, uh, pick up some Chinese.
      Liz: Aww, you said "Chinese" instead of something offensive.

    • Dennis: There's no reason to live anymore.
      Liz: What happened?
      Dennis: The Islanders lost tonight.
      Liz: Doesn't that happen a lot?
      Dennis: I knew you wouldn't understand.

    • Frank: You sell beepers?
      Dennis: I sell way of life, my friend.
      Frank: Cool, I could use some ironic accessories.

    • Jack: Lemon, what tragedy happened in your life that you insist upon punishing yourself with all this... (looks around her office) ...mediocrity?
      Liz: What, because I'm eating a turkey sub?
      Jack: Your turkey sub, your clothes, the fact that a woman of your resources and position lives like some... boxcar hobo. Or maybe it's the fact that while I'm saying all this, you have a piece of lettuce stuck in your hair.

    • Jack: (looking through the blinds in Liz's office) Oh, my. There appears to be a gentleman making passionate, angry love to himself.
      Liz: Yeah, I know. That's why I closed the blinds in the first place.
      Jack: Right in his office. Huh.
      (Turns away). Lemon, I like to think of myself as a winner; I like to surround myself with winners. I see potential in you. Let me be your Jack Welsh. Let me be your mentor.
      Liz: No, thank you.
      Jack: That is unfortunate. (Turns around and looks through blinds again) You've, uh, got to admire his persistence and stamina, though. Am I wrong or is he in the middle of a staff meeting?
      Liz: Maybe you should be his mentor.
      Jack: Obviously he doesn't need one. He's got it all figured out.

    • Liz: Last week was my birthday and everyone forget except Dennis. He called and we went out and it wasn't weird.
      Jenna: And how was the sex?
      Liz: Fast and only on Saturdays—it's perfect!

    • Tracy [angry at being called "Normal" in a magazine picture]: That's character assassination! That's not normal! It only looks like I'm walking out of a Starbucks when actually I'm doing the robot going backwards into a Starbucks! And I don't even know who dog that is. Yes, I steal dogs!

    • Dennis: Dennis Duffy, Beeper King.
      Jack: That's a sharp tie you've got there, Dennis.
      Dennis: That douchebag up front made me wear it.
      Jack: Does he know you're the Beeper King?
      Dennis: I don't think so.
      Liz: This is clearly the nicest restaurant we've ever been to.
      Dennis: Hold on a second, this place ain't that nice, alright. It's got rats and roaches like every other restaurant.
      Liz: No rat talk tonight, okay.
      Dennis: (to Jack) You know there are 17 rats per person in Manhattan? You eat a pound of rat crap every year without even knowing it.
      Jack: I think I read about that in The New Yorker. (pause) Um, anyway, we'll leave you two to your meal. I hope you enjoy the... choices that you've made.

    • Jenna: You're back with Dennis?
      Liz: I'm back with Dennis.
      (Jenna gives Liz a look.)
      Liz: Don't look at me with your eyebrows all up, it's so annoying.
      Jenna: Oh, yes, I'm annoying. Not the man who honked your boobs on the Jumbo Screen
      Liz: That was before, and it was the playoffs.

    • Frank: Sounds like someone loves Liz Taylor.
      Josh: I do.
      Toofer: No, we mean looove love.
      Frank: Yeah, like if she walked in right now, and said she wanted to do it with you, you would.
      Josh: I definitely would.

    • Tracy: You take away my street cred and I am Wayne Brady.
      Liz: Nuh-uh. Wayne Brady has three Emmys. You have a People's Choice Award that you stole from Wayne Brady.

  • NOTES (4)

    • When they start to panic near the end, Pete offers that they may get lucky and be preempted by some national news event, then inquires about Gerald Ford's health. Gerald Ford actually passed away less than a month later, and on the DVD release, the line is replaced with, "It's still hurricane season, right?"

    • The German episode title is "Rendezvous mit dem Rattenkönig", meaning "Rendezvous with the Rat King". The French title is "Jack et Dennis", meaning "Jack and Dennis". The Italian title is "Jack conosce Dennis", and the Spanish title is "Jack conoce a Dennis", both exact translations.

    • Music: "Maybe" from the musical Annie is sung by Liz, though she makes an error, for the lyrics are actually "Maybe she's made me/A closet of clothes."

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: February 22, 2010 on Prima COOL