30 Rock

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2006 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • The German episode title is "Der neue Boss", and the French title is "Un nouveau patron", both meaning "The New Boss". The Italian title is "L'arrivo di Jack", meaning "Jack Arrives". The Spanish title is "Piloto".

    • Adam Bernstein was nominated for the 2007 DGA Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series" for his work on this episode.

    • Here seen as yet-unnamed members of Tracy's entourage, Kevin Brown and Grizz Chapman were uncredited.

    • Music: Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" (performed by Tracy Jordan)

    • For this episode, and the rest of the season, the show was nominated for the 2007 Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Emmy Award.

    • For this episode, and the rest of the season, the show was nominated to the 2007 Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series Emmy Award.

    • For this episode, and the rest of the season, the show won the 2007 Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy Award.

    • In South Dakota, this episode was pre-empted for a governor debate between Jack Billion and Mike Rounds. It was later aired the next day at 11:00 AM.

    • Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch had previously worked with Scott Adsit as members of Second City Chicago in the late 1990's.

    • 30 Rock was named Best New Comedy in TV Guide.

    • Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch both had to leave Saturday Night Live to do the show.

    • Rachel Dratch was originally supposed to play the role of Jenna DeCarlo. However after creative revisions producers decided to do recast the role and instead have Dratch play different recurring roles throughout the season.

    • International Airdates: Poland: April 7, 2008 on TVN7; Czech Republic: February 11, 2010 on Prima COOL

  • Allusions

    • 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.