30 Rock

Season 3 Episode 22

Kidney Now!

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 14, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Of all the singers who participated in the "We Are the World" parody, only Cyndi Lauper actually performed in the 1985 USA For Africa hunger relief song.

    • Jack gets Elvis Costello to agree to the concert by telling him he knows he's really, "Declan MacManus, international art thief." While he's not an art thief, Declan MacManus is actually Elvis Costello's birth name.

    • We learn Clay Aiken is Kenneth's cousin.

    • We learn that Liz Lemon went to grade school with Sheryl Crow.

  • Quotes

    • Jack: Lemon, how are you?
      Liz: You know what? I'm good! I've got a book deal, a free sandwich in my pocket, and I've got this weird loose feeling in my shoulders. What is that?
      Jack: It's either happiness or osteoporosis. I think it's happiness.
      (Liz smiles at Jack)
      Jack: You're getting yours.

    • Tracy: There you are, you stupid cracker. You know why I'm in a hotel room? To poop in peace. No kids banging on the door, no phones ringing. It's my time. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00PM! I don't know why I only go twice a week. That's what Angie should be worried about.

    • Liz: I'm not sure I'm qualified to give relationship advice.
      Jack: You're not. Suburban seventh graders have more sexual experience than you do. But that doesn't matter.
      Liz: Right, because I'm helping people.
      Jack: You're helping yourself. So make the most of this opportunity. After all, how many years does TGS have left?
      Liz: I don't know, twenty?
      Jack: (laughing) What do you think this is, Wings? You got two more years, at best.

    • Tracy: I've changed, Ken, into a badass adult. I have a wolf-dog, I have two bad knees, and a gun—that I lost.

    • Kenneth: Mr. Jordan, exciting news! Your old high school wants you to speak at graduation. And they said you can drop up to five F-bombs.

    • Liz: We sure had quite a year.
      Jack: What are you talking about? It's May.

    • Liz: I'm meeting a book agent about writing a "Dealbreaker!" book. He's gonna take me to lunch wherever I wanna go. Do you know if there's a sit-down Quiznos in Midtown?

    • Mary J. Blige: My Mary J. Blige Foundation is celebrating its tenth year of searching for the Loch Ness Monster.

    • Liz: There's no such thing as bisexual. That's just something they invented in the 90s to sell hair products.

    • Tracy: Damn, K, you know who that was?
      Kenneth: I don't, sir. Do you?
      Tracy: I grew up with that guy. He was the baddest gangster in my class. We called him Mean Steve, but his real name was Steven Killer.

    • Kenneth: Science was my most favorite subject, especially the Old Testament.

    • Jack: Milton needs a kidney.
      Liz: Milton, as in your dad?
      Jack: My "dad?" I don't know this guy! Professor Milton Greene, who's writing a three volume biography of Jimmy Carter, and if I give him a kidney he could live to finish it?

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Konzert für eine Niere", meaning "Concert for a Kidney". The French title is "Chantons pour un rein", meaning "Sing for a Kidney". The Spanish title is "Ahora el riñón", an exact translation.

    • Although credited, Judah Friedlander and Keith Powell didn't appear.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: July 1, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony); Australia: July 13, 2009 on Channel 7; Czech Republic: June 21, 2011 on Prima COOL

  • Allusions

    • Milton comments on Tracy's tearful admission to Kenneth, "A guy crying about a chicken and a baby? I thought this was a comedy show?" This is a nod to the final episode of M*A*S*H, where Alan Alda's character, Hawkeye, underwent psychiatric observation after a woman was forced to smother her baby to stop him from crying so as not to reveal their location to a group of North Korean soldiers. His mind repressed the memory and replaced the baby with a chicken. When he broke through the mental block, he cried uncontrollably.