30 Rock

Season 5 Episode 5


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 2010 on NBC

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  • Jack Donaghy is on a campaign of 'Reaganing,' solving problems with jelly beans and by asking himself 'What Would the Gipper Do?'

    30 Rock continues with its high level of comedy hijinks. Alec Baldwin skewers the pretensions of CEOs with his great character, Jack Donaghy. He really nails the irrational adulation of The Gipper among that set, and 'solves' the Tracy Jordan problem of a director who is trying to film a Public Service Announcement with a creative use of Jelly Beans. Meanwhile, Kenneth is only too happy to help Jenna Maroney run a short con involving returning cakes bought with a credit card for cash. When they get caught, they raise the stakes to the long con with the help of guest star Kelsey Grammer, playing himself, or at least his evil twin. Liz Lemon is having performance issues and is on the verge of breaking up with her pilot boyfriend Carrol, played by Matt Damon. Jack asks himself: "What would the Gipper do?" He even does a very bad imitation of him, which was very creepy as he was giving Liz sexual advice. He traces Liz's problem to a traumatic childhood incident involving roller skates, a locked bathroom, and a Tom Jones poster. 30 Rock juggled these intertwined story lines well, with the main characters of Jack, Liz, Tracy, Jenna, and Kenneth performing like a well oiled comedy machine.