30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 11

MILF Island

2
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 10, 2008 on NBC
9.0
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When someone on the TGS staff insults Jack in a newspaper article about the season finale of MILF Island, he frantically sends Jonathan to interrogate everyone until the mole is found.

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  • MILF Island

    7.0
    A lot of people loved this episode, but I was not one of those people. I am all for more Pete, who on the surface may not seem that funny but he is a solid supporting character who contributes greatly to the success of the show when you realize it. Putting emphasis on Pete, though, is not what I want to see the show do and such was the case here tonight.



    The whole MILF Island concept was mildly clever, and the host, Rob Huebel is great in every role he's on, but this was just an average episode for me.moreless
  • After watching Best Little Whorehouse In Texas recently I came to realize that Kenneth The Page talks just like Jim Nabors

    8.0
    I was expecting more. The primary plot thread found the whole 30 Rock gang obsessed with a sleazetastic reality show called Milf Island hosted by Human Giant's formidable Rob Huebbel, who does a fairly genius riff on Jeff Probst. That there is some swell casting.



    While the writers are riveted by the final episode of Milf Island, Jack ponders which of his passive-aggressive minions described him as a "Grade A moron" to a Page Six gossip columnist. It was good old Liz Lemon. For a show as hyper-verbal and dense as 30 Rock "Grade A moron" seemed like a disappointingly pedestrian insult.



    Meanwhile Pete gets his hand in stuck in a vending machine in a time-wasting subplot that struck me as very late-period Simpsons. In a bit that struck me as closer to "hackneyed" than "inspired" the dynamic at 30 Rock comes to mirror the tension-filled melodrama of Milf Island. This episode benefited from a gradual increase in comic momentum but I was expecting a whole lot more big laughs right out of the gate.



    That said there were some pretty wonderful moments, especially Liz Lemon accidentally recreating a Cathy cartoon and a hilarious, if apocryphal hard-luck story from Jack about his hardscrabble childhood as a stuttering misfit in the slow elementary school class. Like Arrested Development or SCTV, 30 Rock has jazzy comic rhythms so it sometimes takes a few episodes for it to get into a good groove.moreless
  • The finest show since Arrested Development went off the air.

    10
    This is comedy television's at its finest. MILF Island is sheer genius. The first TV episode since Arrested Development to really take sitcom to a new level.



    MILF island is so amazing on so many levels. It's really impossible to summarize without giving spoilers. I've probably watched this episode at least a dozen times. It never fails to bring the awesome.



    From the first minute, when we are introduced to the spoof survival reality show MILF Island, the parodies and jokes keep coming at a rate so fast it's almost hard to breathe in between the laughts. Beyond the MILF island joke (which just never gets old), there are just so many classic lines (deborah vs. deBORah, who doesn't want soy joy, the MILF drank too much champagne and fell into quicksand, Gilly, etc)moreless
  • This is a fine example of how witty are usually the screenplays of "30 Rock". I liked this episode very much because it shows a particular theory I have about reality progams which is that they take off the worst things of people.moreless

    8.5
    All the crew of the program is gathered to watch the final program of the "MILF Island", a kind of "Survivor" program with some bautiful and wild motehrs as a contestants. They even have their children in the island so in my opinion the 23 minutes are a social critic. What happens with the characters of the series can be compared with what happens on that island because in the reality the contestants are ready to do whatever they have to win and so do the characters of "30 Rock" to prove they haven't said a bad thing about Jack. They argue between each other, lie to each other and even Liz Lemon has the same ideas as the woman who is going to win the reality show (the escene in Jack's office where Liz says the same as the woman who is on the Tv scree is simply is wonderful).



    So, my theory that this kind of programs, reality shows, take off the worst things of people is demonstrated here. Liz Lemon is a clear example of that in this great episode.moreless
  • Very funny...

    9.3
    I love this show. This episode was just a reminder when we came back from the strike of how awesome this show is!! MILF Island sounds like the sick kind of show that the TGS writers and cast and Jack would absolutely love. And Pete with his hand stuck in the SOY JOY machine the whole time -- hilarious! =] and so classic 30 Rock. Very classic 30 Rock was also Liz forgetting that she even said anything about Jack to anyone. =D And Jack knew! and everything Kenneth did was jsut awesome, but what isn't? He's Kenneth. He makes the show.moreless
Rob Huebel

Rob Huebel

MILF Island Host

Guest Star

Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams

NY Post Guy

Guest Star

Pierra Francesca

Pierra Francesca

Debra

Guest Star

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy

Jonathan

Recurring Role

John Lutz

John Lutz

J.D. Lutz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Liz: I would be so sad if I got caught for this.
      Kenneth: But you're not supposed to lie.
      Liz: Urgh! You apple-faced goon!

    • Jack: (on the phone with Dick Cheney) Uh, yes, I hope Deborah wins as well. (short pause) No, they're not real, unfortunately.

    • Jack: The stutter got so bad I was taken out of my grade and put in the special class, held in the boiler room. My only other classmate was named Gilly. He'd fallen though the ice as a child and was technically dead for 57 minutes. They told us to sweep sawdust so we could find work at a mill. Of course I overcame the stutter in three languages. On to Princeton, Harvard, the top of the business world. I thought I blocked this out, but a thing like this brings back emotions.
      Liz: I'm so sorry.
      Jack: I feel like I'm back in that boiler room; making little piles of sawdust while Gilly plays with himself in the corner.

    • Jack: They called me 'Stammerhead Shark', Lemon.
      Liz: What?
      Jack: The kids at school - they called me names... 'Mrs. Stutterworth', 'Stutterfingers', 'Stuttermilk Pancakes'... the 'butter' thing opened up a lot of doors for them.

    • Liz: (in sync with a MILF Island contestant on the TV) I didn't come here to make friends. I came here to be number one. (alone, mutters) Oh, God.

    • Frank: Jonathan, did someone turn the heat up?
      Jonathan: No idea. Where I'm from, we don't notice the heat.
      Frank: That's interesting. I didn't know it was hot in 'Assylvania'.

    • MILF Island host: Prepare for the craziest night of television of your life.

    • Liz: This show is the worst. Didn't one of those MILFs die during production?
      Lutz: She had too much champagne, and a monkey knocked her into some quicksand. It could happen anywhere.

    • Liz: Why are you still here?
      Tracy: I love it up here. It's hot. It's loud. There's no pizza. It's like Miami.

    • Tracy: Order! Order, I say. We must not be rash. We must divorce ourselves from our prejudices and appeal to our higher reasoning. This is the speaking banana. Everyone will get a chance to speak. And only then will we make our decision. Josh, my friend. (hands Josh the speaking banana) You are first.
      Josh: Look, I would never do this because I am loyal to the show.
      Tracy: That dude did it!

    • Kenneth: Ms. Lemon! Your eyes look like my uncle's after he drinks from the air conditioner!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The fictional reality program that Jack produced, MILF Island, is an obvious reference to CBS's hit show Survivor and its ilk.

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