30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Liz Lemon is the head writer on The Girlie Show, a demanding, live TV program in New York City. However, things begin to get complicated when her new boss insists that a wild and unpredictable movie star joins the cast.

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  • Only Show Worse is SNL

    The ONLY show worse than 30 Rock is SNL itself. Tracey Morgan may be this worse actor on TV. Why they ever thought he could be on a TV show is beyond me. I mean I know he is a friend of Tina's but he is pathetic as an actor. Then you got the guy on the show that is obviously there because Jimmy Fallon turned down the part. And I am sick of Tina Fey making jokes about her apparence when she is a pretty woman. Those jokes work with a Rachel Dratch but not with her. The show has NO comedy to it. It has weak acting and horrible writing.moreless
  • Pilot episode which is supposed to grab you, right?

    I was so psyched about this show since the "professional" reviews had been so good. So much for that. What a total disappointment. I would have given it a 0 had it not been for Alec Baldwin, whose performance I enjoyed. Not even a chuckle, let alone a laugh to be had.

    Their promo commercial for the show where Alec Baldwin seems confused and dismayed that he's on this show and not Studio 60 was actually better than anything on this episode. Tina Fey's part is just such a totally neutral character. Nothing to love. Nothing to hate. No personality at all.moreless
  • great start

    I think this is one of the better pilots for a tv show around. One of the truly funny shows around today, in the post-sitcom era. An heir to Seinfeld and the like? Well, there are some similarities, but really it is it's own thing. It is almost like a satire on how they make Saturday Night Live, which would make sense since Fey and Morgan were former stars and alumni are constantly visiting. Nothing is taken too seriously on the show, which is a relief from how most of these shows are done. It really is a great, nonsense comedy, and I hope it stays on for a long time.moreless
  • I don't get it.

    I must be an idiot or something... I have been hearing so much about this show, how great it is and how funny it is and how many awards it's been winning... And I didn't even get that it's a comedy. It wasn't funny. Mildly sarcastic at points, but so are most drama shows, and to a larger degree than this episode. I don't care that much about the so-so plotlines and characters, since it's a pilot, and pilots hardly ever do well on those aspects. But an actual joke or two might have worked nice in a supposed comedy show.moreless
  • Great.

    Liz Lemon is head writer for The Girlie Show, a live comedy show filmed in New York City's 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Things start to get complicated when her new boss, Jack Donaghy, insists that wild movie star Tracy Jordan join the cast. Okay so my brother told me to watch this show - so I'm giving it a go. I love the fact that it's set in New York City, oh how I wish I lived there. An Interesting start. I enjoyed learning a little about the character - I really like Liz in th is episode, I love the starting scene with her and the hotdogs, I found that amusing. Looking forward to the next episode.moreless
Tom Broecker

Tom Broecker


Guest Star

Gary Cowling

Gary Cowling


Guest Star

Kevin Dorff

Kevin Dorff

Guy Buying Hot Dogs

Guest Star

Rachel Dratch

Rachel Dratch

Greta Johansen

Recurring Role

Keith Powell

Keith Powell

James "Toofer" Spurlock

Recurring Role

Lonny Ross

Lonny Ross

Josh Girard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Kenneth: Miss Maroney, I got the hemorrhoid cream you wanted.
      Jenna: (to Jack) It's for my face.
      Jack: Well, wherever you're putting it, I think it's working.

    • Tracy: I'll have an apple juice.
      Waiter: Oh, we don't have apple juice, sir.
      Tracy: Then I'll have a vodka and tonic.

    • Jack: (to Liz) I like you. You have the boldness of a much younger woman.

    • Pete: Standards has a problem with that Michael Jackson bit.
      Liz: Why?
      Pete: Apparently you can't say he's got a vagina.

    • Toofer: Surely, our massive conglomerate parent company could spring for a samovar of coffee.
      Frank: Yeah, or, like, a big coffee dispenser.
      Toofer: (annoyed) That's what a samovar is.
      Frank: Are there other black nerds, or is it just you and Urkel?

    • Jenna: Who's everybody?
      Jack: The network that wanted to fire you, the focus groups that said you had a weird eye.
      Jenna: You mean this eye?!. Okay, this eye—it doesn't open all the way because when I was little my sister peed in it!

    • Tracy: You know how pissed off I was when US Weekly said that I was on crack? That's racist! I'm not on crack; I'm straight-up mentally ill!

    • Liz: I'm not like these girls, Tracy. I don't have sex for money!
      Stripper: Neither do we!
      Tracy: Neither do they! (mouthing silently to Liz) Yes, they do!

    • Liz: Where's Gary?
      Jack: (kicks down door and enters room) Gary's dead. I'm Jack Donaghy, new VP of development for NBC/GE/Universal/Kmart.
      Pete: Oh, we own Kmart now?
      Jack: No, so why are you dressed like we do?

    • Tracy: Yeah yeah yeah, I like risky. See, me and you, we play the game. We know how to be acceptable. Hello great meeting, I drink coffee please. This show is our chance to break the shackles cause the white dudes want to see us fail.
      Liz: What white dudes?
      Tracy: All of 'em. Jack Donaghy. General Electric. George Bush. Karl Robe.
      Liz: Karl Robe, you say?
      Tracy: Affirmative action was designed to keep women and minorities in competition with each other to distract us while white dudes inject AIDS into our chicken nuggets. That's a metaphor.
      Liz: Sure.

    • (talking about lunch)
      Jack: Alfredo, 2 pm?
      Liz: I'm not dressed for that.
      Jack: You're dressed for Burger King. Should we make it Burger King?

    • Jack: Are you familiar with the GE tri-vection oven?
      Liz: I don't cook very much.
      Jack: Sure...I gotcha. New York, third-wave feminist, college-educated, single and pretending to be happy about it, over-scheduled, undersexed, you buy any magazine that says 'healthy body image' on the cover, and every two years you take up knitting for... a week.
      Pete: That is dead on!
      Liz: What, are you going to guess my weight now?
      Jack: You don't want me to do that.

    • Jack: (replying to written phone message) Five inches, but it's thick.

    • Liz: Woah, excuse me! There's a line buddy.
      Line-cheater: There's two lines.
      Liz: No, there's one line, we're in it.
      Line-cheater: I'm just getting a hot dog.
      Liz: We're all getting hot dogs! What you think there's two lines, we're all in this line and you're the only genius that got in the other line? (to people in her line) Can you believe this guy?
      (People in the back of the line Liz is standing in then move in behind the Line-cheater)
      Liz: Don't line up behind him, he cheated you!!
      Line-cheater: Hey shut up!
      Liz: No! (to vendor) Now I want all the hot dogs please, yeah I'm buying all the hot dogs.
      People in Line: Come on lady! That is ridiculous!
      Liz: I'm giving them to the good people!! (indicating people in her own line)
      Liz then walks on her way to work handing out the hot dogs from a huge box she is carrying, most get thrown away or back at her.

    • Jack: The important thing is that no crime was committed. It's not illegal to fall asleep on your neighbor's roof.
      Pete: Nor should it be!

  • NOTES (13)


    • Frank's wondering if Toofer and Urkel are the only black nerds compares Toofer to the break-out character from Family Matters.

    • Tracy Jordan's "old lady" role is a parody of Martin Lawrence's role in Big Momma's House.

    • Jack: That's how you should dress for work, by the way.
      Liz: Yeah, if I was President of the Philippines.

      Liz is actually referring to Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Liz's pink suit is reminiscent of the style of clothing worn by the First Lady.

    • Liz comments, "This is not HBO. This is TV," flipping HBO's signature phrase "It's not TV, it's HBO."

    • Tracy claims, "I am a Jedi", referring to the monastic peacekeeping organization from the Star Wars saga.