30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After being pressured by Jack to plug GE products into her show, Liz integrates Jack himself into a sketch. While Jack hones his questionable acting chops, Frank and Toofer trick Jenna into fearing for her job, and Liz wonders if Tracy is faking illiteracy to skip out on rehearsals.moreless

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  • Really, really funny episode

    After being pressured by Jack to plug GE products into her show, Liz integrates Jack himself into a sketch. While Jack hones his questionable acting chops, Frank and Toofer trick Jenna into fearing for her job, and Liz wonders if Tracy is faking illiteracy to skip out on rehearsals. Alec was on top form in this episode his character was so funny. The two mugs never fail to make me laugh. Tracy reading the newspaper was great. Toofer and Frank are a funny team, lol at Frank naked on the roof. All in all this nearly got a higher rating but 9 out of 10.moreless
  • brilliant...

    Forced by Jack to plug GE products into the show, Liz integrates Jack himself into a self-referential sketch about product placement. Frank and Toofer trick Jenna into thinking that her job is in danger and Liz wonders if Tracy might be illiterate when he refuses to read the cue cards. This episode was one of the best so far Jack was just histerical when he was trying to act and the part where he was holding two mugs was really funny also I really enjoyed the part where Tracy got the new poster shown to him that was great he is my favourite character, this episode had no Kennith he is always a good character to watch so I missed that. all in all this was a good episode.moreless
  • Well Written

    30 rock

    This was the first episode to show on thursday congrats 30 rock. This one goes along with trying to get gg or what ever the company to be part of the show. It seems as though snapple got better promotion. Jack worries that he cant act right but in the end he manages to come through
  • If you read this, you probaby like the show.

    I came back from the opening of the 14-screen movie theatre in Kalamazoo and had to miss the first ten minutes of "30 Rock." I don't like much about those 40-minute episodes. Well, anyway, I didn't miss much consider the fact that I've benn watching the series for the past month. Tracy Morgan's lying about his illiteracy didn't help much. Alec Baldwin theatering to fire a few employees did help much either. but what I like about this episode is the reason why I lkike all the past episodes, that is tina Frey. She getting better by each passing episode, while the rest of the cast stay tghe same. For the second straight week, Tina shows up is a sexy outfit. In other words, she wore a dress this week. If she promise to wear something sexy every week, I won't mind. There is no "30 Rock," next week. so I guess there will be no Tina Fey. So Sad!moreless
  • The best 30 Rock episode yet!

    I was excited to watch this episode because it was of the extra long variety (much like The Office a half hour earlier) and so I sat down, excited and expecting to laugh, and it was wonderful.

    I loved the jokes about product placement, so much so that I've since shown that part to a few friends, and there were so many great and intelligent jokes spread throughout the show that I can't wait another two weeks to watch another episode.

    I love this show because it's well written, clever, and lacks a laugh track, and since they recently got ordered to make three more scripts, I'm excited to see what else they can come up with, and hopefully many more people fall in love with what I've already discovered to be some of the funniest writing on television.moreless
James Murtaugh

James Murtaugh


Guest Star

Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah


Guest Star

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

Young P.A.

Guest Star

Keith Powell

Keith Powell

James "Toofer" Spurlock

Recurring Role

Lonny Ross

Lonny Ross

Josh Girard

Recurring Role

Katrina Bowden

Katrina Bowden

Cerie Xerox

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Jack: Don't be cute, Lemon. You're too old for that.

    • Liz: (to Tracy) I set a very high standard for myself and I expect the same of the professionals who work with me.
      Josh: (pops-in suddenly) When Gay-braham Lincoln gets hit in the crotch, can I go cross-eyed?
      Liz: Oh, yes, do that. That's hilarious.

    • Jenna: (about Frank and Toofer) I am gonna get back at them, using my sexuality.
      Liz: Do you have any left?

    • Jack: (to Liz) If you were any other woman on Earth, I would be turned on right now.

    • Jack: Lemon, I need your help.
      Liz: Really? Jack Donaghy needs my—
      Jack: Don't gloat. It makes you seem man-ish.

    • Tracy: I can't read, Liz Lemon! My shameful secret is out. Now you know why I'm always running into the ladies' bathroom. I can't read! I sign my name with an X! I once tried to make mashed potatoes with laundry detergent! I think I voted for Nader! NADER!

    • Liz: Look at the educational system in this country. We spend all this money in Iraq, but meanwhile our inner-city graduation rates are lower than they are in the Sudan.
      Pete: That doesn't sound right.
      Liz: Maybe it was Sweden. Maybe it was teen pregnancy. I gotta read more.

    • Toofer: (about messing with Jenna) It's like shooting fish in a barrel.
      Frank: Yeah, if the fish have daddy issues.

    • Jack: (about product integration) For example, you could write an episode where one of your characters purchases, and is satisfied with, one of GE's direct current drilling motors for an offshore or land-based project.

    • Liz: Where are you going? They're paging you for rehearsal.
      Tracy: Rehearsal? We just did a show last week. I'm just here to pick up a paycheck.

    • Jack: Once I set my mind on something I have to accomplish it. Ten years ago I was one and a half inch shorter than I am today. Pure will-power.

    • Jenna: Yeah, but this is different because I know Jack Donaghy. I know what he likes.
      Liz: Yeah, so now you just have to make yourself ten years younger and Asian.

    • Jenna: Oh, I'm not worried because I have something the other actors don't.
      Liz: Don't say your sexuality.
      Jenna: My sexuality.
      Liz: Oh, God, Jenna! When has that ever worked?
      Jenna: When has it not worked?!

    • Liz: I'm sorry, you're saying you want us to use the show to sell stuff?
      Jack: Look, I know how this sounds...
      Liz: No. Come on Jack, we're not doing that. We're not compromising the integrity of the show to sell...
      Pete: Wow! This is diet Snapple?!
      Liz: I know! It tastes just like regular Snapple, doesn't it?
      Frank: You should try Plum-a-Granate. It's amazing.
      Cerie: I only date guys who drink Snapple.
      Jack: Look, we all love Snapple. Lord knows, I do, but focus here.

    • Pete: So, first you thought he was illiterate and now you think he's lazy? Liz, you are racist!
      Liz: No, Tracy took advantage of my 'white guilt', which is to be used only for good like over-tipping and supporting Barack Obama.

    • Tracy: That's the subtle racism of lowered expectations. Bing Crosby said that.
      Liz: No, Bill Cosby said that.

    • Tracy: You know I once shot a whole movie without getting out of my car?
      Pete: Yeah, I paid to see that. That was supposed to be a Western.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Jack, der Schauspieler", meaning "Jack, the Actor". The French title is "Jack teur", an exact translation combining Jack and their word for "actor", acteur. The Italian title is "Jack attore", meaning "Jack Actor". The Spanish title is "Jack se vuelve actor", meaning "Jack Becomes an Actor".

    • Robert Carlock was nominated for an Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy for his work in this episode.

    • Originally broadcast as a special 40-minute episode, starting at 9:20 p.m. in the U.S.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: February 18, 2010 on Prima COOL