30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 4

Rosemary's Baby

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Liz: It was terrible. I went to [Rosemary's] apartment. I don't think she has a toilet. I saw my future, Jack.
      Jack: Never go with a hippie to a second location.

    • Liz: Rosemary says that women become obsolete in this business when there's no one left that wants to see them naked.
      Jack: You make enough money, you can pay people to look at you naked.

    • Liz: Alright, I need my job back. But this is not crawling. This is proud begging, like those kids that dance on the subway.

    • Liz: Is that guy carrying a gun?
      Rosemary: Yeah, but don't worry, he's not a cop.

    • Rosemary: Now that you're free, we can work on something together.
      Liz: Yeah, we can start our own network called Bitch TV... or the second idea that we think of.

    • Liz: This is my show.
      Jack: No, this is my show, and once a week I rent it out to the good people at the erectile dysfunction companies.

    • Liz: You are a suit. You feed off the creativity and hard work of other people and turn it into commercials, and, and pie charts, and triangle graphs.
      Jack: What's a triangle graph?
      Liz: I don't know, it sounded real.

    • Jack: (to Liz) You got into this business because you're funny and you're weird and you're socially retarded.

    • Jack: Oh, God, "push the envelope". You know who uses that phrase? People who don't have the guts or the brains to work inside the system—letter writers, radicals, Howard Dean.

    • Jack: (about Rosemary) Fire her, and don't ever make me talk to a woman that old again.

    • Pete: Hey, Props gave me a bunch of dog penises for you to look at.

    • Jenna: You've probably never seen breasts before, so I'm gonna lean over this desk, and you're gonna give me a new page jacket.
      Donnie: Please, I breastfed til I was eleven, so I've forgotten more about a woman's chest than you'll ever know.

    • Tracy: If you desecrate something, is that bad?

    • Liz: I grew up wanting to be you.
      Rosemary: I grew up wanting to be Samantha Stevens on Bewitched, but the closest I got was being married to a gay guy for two years.

    • Jack: Tracy, we're going to do this together. You've got to get into therapy.
      Tracy: I don't need therapy! I'm just mentally ill.

    • Liz: You are my heroine. And by heroine, I mean "lady hero." I don't mean I want to inject you and listen to jazz.

    • Liz: You're honestly telling me you don't know who Rosemary Howard is?
      Pete: Is she one of the ladies who tried to shoot Gerald Ford?

    • Jack: Where do you invest your money, Liz?
      Liz: I have, like, twelve grand in checking.
      Jack: Are you...an immigrant?

    • Jack: When I think of the free-spirited Liz Lemon I met just one year ago, so resistant to product integration, cross-promotion, and adverlingus, it pleases me to see how well she's learned to follow.

  • Notes

    • The German episode title is "Rosemary's Baby". The French title is "Rosemary's bébé", and the Spanish title is "El bebé de Rosemary", both exact translations. The Italian title is "La fuga di Liz", meaning "Liz's Escape".

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: March 29, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Michael Engler was nominated for a 2008 DGA Award in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for his work on this episode.

    • This episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season, and Jack Burditt was nominated in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for his work on this episode. Vanja Cernjul was also nominated for Outstanding Cinematography For A Half-hour Series and Michael Engler was nominated for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. Carrie Fischer was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series.

  • Allusions

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the 1967 book and 1968 movie, Rosemary's Baby.

    • Responding to Jack asking what he didn't want him to do, Tracy queries, "That 227 movie, New Jackée City?" 227 was an NBC sitcom that ran from 1985 to 1990. Actress Jackée Harry rocketed to stardom portraying Sandra.

    • Rosemary: Don't you get it? The mailbox was Haldeman.

      H.R. Haldeman was Richard Nixon's Chief of Staff during the Watergate scandal.

    • Pete wonders if Rosemary Howard is, "one of the ladies who tried to shoot Gerald Ford," thinking of Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme and Sara Jane Moore. They each unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford 17 days apart in 1975.

    • When Jack was role playing as Tracy's father, he uttered the line: "Lady, just because I'm an ignorant black man, and you paid me a nickel to bust up your chifferobe..." This is a direct allusion to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. In the story, a black man (Tom Robinson) was charged with raping a white girl (Mayella Ewell). Before the incident, Mayella had offered to pay Tom a nickel to bust up a chifferobe of hers.

    • Rosemary : Help me Liz Lemon, you're my only hope!

      This line is adapted from the original Star Wars movie A New Hope, in which Princess Leia (also played by Carrie Fisher) says, "Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope."