30 Rock

Season 3 Episode 12

Larry King

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2009 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Tracy does an interview with Larry King and causes mayhem throughout New York City. Jack wonders if his career will get in the way of taking his relationship with Elisa to the next level. Liz loses her cell phone in a cab and recruits Kenneth to go out with her to Queens to retrieve it.moreless

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  • "Expand on that."

    Looking back on 30 Rock as it heads into its final season, I'm surprised I never gave this episode a second watch. While people complain about the lunacy of Tracy Jordan nowadays, back in Season 3, in this episode, he was on fire. The entire plot of him convincing Americans to "panic" and "hide their money" as a response to the crash of the Asian stock markets was priceless, as was Larry King's constant quips ("Tracy Jordan says two serious things followed by a joke.") By the time Tracy mistook Pete from 30 Rock for Peter Frampton, I was dying laughing.

    Meanwhile, we have two seemingly unrelated story arcs that quickly dovetail with Tracy's: Jack trying to take things to the next level with Elisa and Liz losing her phone to a foreign taxi driver. Both of these seemed like small potatoes in comparison to Tracy's Larry King interview, but the writing crew was able to weave the three arcs together very well. I thought TIna Fey was especially hilarious here, especially the way she used "99 Red Balloons" as the crux of her lie to Kenneth.

    Even if the show has lost some of its steam heading into its seventh season, this was a classic episode, one that could stand up beside any of 30 Rock's other best episodes.moreless
  • A fast past mess of an episode

    30 Rock

    Larry King,

    - In this episode Liz and Pete make Tracy appear on Larry King to promote the show. Instead Tracy does not promote the show and instead goes on another rampage of what to do when the economy fails. Which it does during the episode. Tracy's words and actions cause the city, the state, the country, the world to go into a panic. While Jack's workplace is going into disaster. But he must think if staying with Elisa is best idea. In the end he goes with Elsia but Elisa leaves him. Liz looses her cell phone and taxi driver is mean. Tracy hides his money on kenneth and that's it. Overall i did not like this episode. The only good part is when the cast and crew searches the studio for Tracy's money.moreless
  • Another Great Installment. Tracy's interview with Larry King causes mayhem in New York City.

    So much happened it such a short time, it was is hard to put into words. Liz looses her cell phone and a cab driver has it. He finds an adult picture of her on the phone and holds it hostage for $2000. Tracy is giving an interview to Larry King throughout the episode. During the interview there is a news flash that the Asian stock market is crashing and Larry King asks Tracy for his opinion. What happens when Tracy gives his opinion turns New York City upside down. Tracy talks about how he has hidden money all over the place including at work. All of the guys at work are tearing the place apart looking for the money. In the meantime Jack is trying to move things to the next level with Elisa and in the aftermath of that some corporate flunkies come into his apartment and show him how much money NBC is going to loose and the Guise cannot be found anywhere. He leaves to go back to the office making Elise angry telling Jack she is going back to Puerto Rico. Jack finds Elise waiting for a cab to go to the airport but the cab cost $500 thanks to Tracy on Larry King Live. Jack apologizes to her and asks her to marry him and she agrees. Liz is looking for someone to go with her to get her cell phone from the taxi driver but everyone at the office is to busy looking for Tracy's money. Kenneth agrees to go with her but they part ways when Kenneth finds out Liz was using him and lied to him. Liz finally meets up with the taxi driver and she doesn't have the money and he is threatening to send the picture to everyone in her address book on the cell phone. All of the sudden Kenneth appears and says he is her friend. Kenneth realizes from Tracy's clue that the money everyone at the office is looking for is hidden on him. He finds the money and pays the man to get Liz's cell phone back.

    The next morning, the US markets are not affected by the Asian market drop or what Tracy Jordan had said on Larry King. Jack gets a recoding from Elisa that she has gone back to Puerto Rico to sort things out.

    This was one whacked out episode; Tracy Jordon on Larry King Live responding too a financial crisis on another continent causing mayhem in New York City. Great Episode!!moreless
  • A good episode developing the relationship between Liz and Kenneth.

    Liz and Jack had their own separate adventures and what a pleasure it was to watch! I thought the writing could not have been better. Kenneth had a great turn in this episode. It was actually a surprising move when he abandoned Liz in the shady neighborhood, but I can understand why he left. Besides NBC, friendships are the most important thing to Kenneth. When Liz said they weren't friends, that had to hurt Kenneth a great deal. He proved what a good person he is by showing up to defend Liz from the cab driver. Another example of why he's my favorite character on the show. Larry King playing himself was a treat. I'm glad he appeared in more than one scene. I loved how he bought into all of Tracey's market crash advice and his misidentification of callers. What I didn't like was his co-workers blatantly trying to steal from him back at 30 Rock. Though the money was sort of stolen by Kenneth, at least it went to a better cause.moreless
  • Wall Street, Asian Markets, and Larry King

    Well, I wouldn't say this was a painfully boring episode to watch, but however - a few good one-liners here and there made the installment pretty watchable.

    Tracy goes on Larry King live and creates ripples amongst the NYC crowd, by proclaiming the end of the world when the Asian markets take a nose dive. Liz's cellphone winds up with a cab driver, and he demands 2 grand for it, or he'll send a compromising picture of her to everyone in the address book. Jack proposes to Eliza to prevent her from going to Puerto Rico, but she still does go nevertheless. Pete, Frank, and Tupper ransack Tracy's room after he reveals on Larry King that he has hidden his cash in his room.

    Multiple storylines, unrelated in the beginning but somehow related in the end. We've seen such a formula about a million times. I would still say that the initial stuff of a show within a show will represent what 30 rock really is. Such weirdo storylines are not required.moreless
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Guest Star

Brian Stack

Brian Stack

Howard Jorgenson

Guest Star

Brian Berrebbi

Brian Berrebbi


Guest Star

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Elisa Padriera

Recurring Role

John Lutz

John Lutz

J.D. Lutz

Recurring Role

Rip Torn

Rip Torn

Don Geiss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Tracy: Devil's Avocado, Larry. I think people should freak the geek out. Withdraw all your money and hide it!
      Larry King: Interesting... strategy.
      Tracy: It's what I've always done. I hide cash everywhere! At home. At church. Even at work. In fact, I've hidden so much money, that if some of it was gone, I probably wouldn't even notice.
      Larry King: Now, why would you say that?
      Tracy: I don't know!

    • Tracy: I'm saying the Disneyfication of New York is over, everyone. At the stroke of midnight, your Lexus is going to turn back into a hot pile of rats fighting over a human finger.

    • Jack: What's happening here is a once in a lifetime thing.
      Elisa: So am I.

    • Jack: Let's get married.
      Elisa: Jack!
      Jack: I love you, Elisa, and I don't want to be with anyone else.
      Elisa: OK, but I want a ring so big that it gives me back problems.

    • Don Geiss: (on a videotape made in the 80s) Capitalism is ending, either because of the Soviets or of something ridiculous, like a woman president.

    • Asif: (over the phone) This phone was left in my cab by a woman wearing the shirt of a man.
      Pete: (to Liz) You left your phone in his car.

    • Liz: There's an adult picture of me on that phone!
      Kenneth: Adult? You mean like you're driving a car or wearing a suit?
      Liz: It's a boobies picture, Kenneth, and I only kept it because for once they were both pointing in the same direction.

    • Pete: Listen, we have a request. Can you, please, try to remember to talk about TGS tonight?
      Liz: You only have to plug it once: TGS, Fridays at 10:30 on NBC.
      Tracy: You got it! NGS Fridays at C-30 on TB-10.

    • Jack: Believe me, Lemon, I want to take that next step.
      Liz: You mean, like, marriage?
      Jack: No, the one before that.
      Liz: Moving in together? That's huge!
      Jack: No, the thing you do before that.
      Jack: Think 'you in the mid-90's'.
      Liz: You haven't had sex?

    • Jack: Lemon, you're a woman.
      Liz: Of course I am! That doctor was a quack, I don't even know why my parents listened to him.

    • Larry King: If you're just joining us, we're with Tracy Jordan, who's giving guitar icon Peter Frampton enigmatic clues about a secret treasure.

    • Jack: Did you get hold of Geiss?
      Jonathan: No.
      Jack: Did you try his mistress?
      Jonathan: Not there.
      Jack: How about his manstress?

    • Tracy: I was supposed to be in that movie, Rush Hour, but two weeks in I was replaced by Jackie Chan.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Don Geiss's taped advice from 1987 to "avoid the Noid" refers to the advertising character for Domino's Pizza in the late 1980s. He was a villainous red-suited character with red rabbit ears who attempted to ruin Domino's pizza, but was constantly thwarted.

    • When Liz asks Kenneth if he wants the truth about why she needs her phone back so badly, he screams, "I can't handle the truth!" borrowing from the courtroom showdown scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in the 1992 movie, A Few Good Men .