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30 Rock

Season 5 Episode 18

Plan B

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 2011 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When it seems TGS will be cancelled due to Tracy's absence, everyone scrambles to find new employment, but Kenneth is certain he can save the show. Jack looks to Devin to help revive Twinks, a flagging gay cable network.

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  • Plan B

    Aaron Sorkin had a memorable appearance on Entourage two seasons ago, and he had another funny guest spot in this episode. I wish he would cross over to the other side of the camera more often.

    This was a fairly funny episode of 30 Rock, but I think that it is safe to say the show has run out of ideas. They are trying too hard to parody the Comcast purchase of NBC with this KableTown fiasco, and should just give up now and cut their losses. This is not a storyline that anyone can argue has been successful.

    I liked Toofer's line about Harvard having "concentrations" and not majors, but as a whole, just a slightly good 30 Rock, not a great one.moreless
  • Funny episode - one of the better segments this season.

    I love the episodes involving all the staff, with sparkling dialogue and a lot going on. The story was funny immediately - beginning with the interaction in Jack's office, when he lets Liz know that without Tracy, T.G.S. would have to go on hiatus. The reaction of her staff as she told them, was even funnier - with each person immediately stating they would cope using their "Plan B." - Then Jack gets Liz an interview on a reality show, which illustrates the scarcity of jobs for writers. In the lobby while waiting to be called in, we have the shows funniest moment - the walk and talk with Liz Lemon and Aaron Sorkin. Good to see 30 Rock getting back on track.moreless
Josh Fadem

Josh Fadem

Simon Barrons

Guest Star

Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress


Guest Star

Crystal Chiu

Crystal Chiu


Guest Star

Will Arnett

Will Arnett

Devin Banks

Recurring Role

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Hank Hooper

Recurring Role

Sue Galloway

Sue Galloway


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Tracy: Africa's great. We've got juju monsters, gum-gum trees, and horsicorns, which is a unicorn with a horse's head.

    • Detective: We never could have found him so quickly without your help. Thank you, mentaalist.
      Sue: It is a gift… and a curse. In de TV show you bang me in a tulip field under credits.

    • Aaron Sorkin: We make horse buggies, and the first Model T just rolled into town.
      Liz: We're dinosaurs.
      Aaron Sorkin: We don't need two metaphors, that's bad writing.

    • Aaron Sorkin: You here for the Sing-Off gig?
      Liz: Yeah. (looks closely) Do I know you?
      Aaron Sorkin: You know my work. Walk with me. (they 'walk-and-talk') I'm Aaron Sorkin: West Wing, Few Good Men, Social Network.
      Liz: Studio 60.
      Aaron Sorkin: Shut up.

    • Liz: I told everyone about the forced hiatus.
      Jack: Wait, you said "forced hiatus?"
      Liz: Yeah, I didn't know it was code for "cancelled".
      Jack: I thought we understood each other.
      Liz: I thought we understood that you are never to think that I understand anything!

    • Simon: (to Liz) Would you be willing to come in for an Alpo commercial? If you can get through the audition without pooping, it's yours.

    • Liz: Where are you going? It's just until Tracy comes back.
      Sue: I'm going back to the job I had in Holland: police psychic. A Dutch TV show is based on me.

    • Pete: Good thing I kept my teaching certificate, so I can still sub. Last time I taught I was like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, by which I mean I got fired.

    • Jack: TGS with Tracy Jordan without Tracy Jordan is an oxymoron, like liberal government or female scientist.
      Liz: Or Princeton football.

  • NOTES (1)


    • When Jack mentions Devin to Hank, Devin awakes from a bed and says, "I sense something, a presence I've not felt since—" and dashes off. This is borrowed from the original Star Wars, the line being uttered by Darth Vader after Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives on the Death Star.