30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2006 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Tracy is playing Halo 3, after he crosses his legs the guns on TV are still firing even though he'd tossed the controller off to the side.

    • The trucker hat Frank wears in this episode reads "Hand Held."

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • One of Tracy's lines in his cop-buddy movie is "I'm getting too old for this", an oft-repeated line from the Lethal Weapon movies.

    • Frank says his friend in accounting is Lando Calrissian, a character from the Star Wars films.