30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Liz's excitement to see Jack quickly fades as he insists that she's still not over Floyd. Meanwhile, Jerry Seinfeld shows up at Jack's office in an upset mood after Jack announces his plan to use footage from Seinfeld to install Jerry into every current show on NBC, a strategy which he calls "SeinfeldVision". Finally, Kenneth becomes Tracy's office wife when Tracy separates from his wife, and Jenna returns to set a whole lot heavier now that she has been involved in Mystic Pizza: The Musical!.moreless

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  • I don't know why, but it makes me happy that Tracy Jordan always refers to his boss as Liz Lemon, never just Liz or Ms. Lemon.

    It's a measure of how high 30 Rock set the bar for itself in its first season that an episode full of funny dialogue, droll gags, Jerry Seinfeld, and amusing ideas can still qualify as a disappointment. The show's left-field triumph at the Emmy Awards marked a de facto coronation for Tina Fey's brainchild as the "it" comedy of the moment. I imagine even folks in caves in Afghanistan are getting tired of seeing Tina Fey pop up in credit card ads and talk shows. Since it went on hiatus, the question has shifted from "Will it survive?" to "Is it really as good as everyone says it is?"

    The burden of expectation weighs heavily on 30 Rock these days. The comedy's too broad, the post-modern flourishes feel a little too forced and knowing. The dramatic subtext was also a little too on-the-nose.

    30 Rock is riding high, but its first show back finds pretty much all its characters at their worst. Good old Liz Lemon spends much of the episode gallivanting about in a wedding dress like a tragic spinster from a forgotten Tennessee Williams play, a phantom bride anticipating a wedding that might someday exist. Dizzy sex kitten Jenna Maroney's weight ballooned after steadily ingesting unholy amounts of pizza during her summer stint starring in Mystic Pizza: The Musical. Tracy Jordan is reeling from a divorce that cost him Grizz. Kenneth the Page is reduced to star-struck delirium by every visit to 30 Rock from special guest star Jerry Seinfeld, who is understandably enraged by Jack Donaghy's plan to digitally insert his image in NBC shows to pump up ratings.

    The Seinfeld subplot is like much of today's episode: a great idea marred by wobbly execution. Though I did enjoy the scene where Liz Lemon, having been ordered to stall Seinfeld, consciously or unconsciously starts mimicking the gazillionaire's speech patterns. Seriously, what is the deal with every comedy professional in the world doing a Seinfeld impersonation? Who are the ad wizards who dreamed that up?

    In the first season, Liz Lemon was an oasis of sanity and stability in a sea of craziness. But this episode confirmed that she only seems sane compared to everyone around her. That cuts to the heart of my problem with this episode: there's too much broad wackiness and not enough straight men. How much less effective would Arrested Development have been if Jason Bateman were just as screwed up as the rest of his family? With Donaghy and Liz Lemon both coming apart at the seams, it fell upon Pete Hornberger to ground the show in common sense, but he was largely absent from this episode.

    Jack spent much of the episode cowering in fear and hiding from Seinfeld, which seemed out of character: he's a lot funnier as a supremely confident master of the universe than as a pathetic crybaby. Lemon's anxieties about growing older without a husband or family lent a bittersweet subtext to the show's first season, but I really don't want 30 Rock to turn into a show about a neurotic single woman and her zany search for love in the big city. 30 Rock must resist Ally McBealification at any cost. If a dancing baby appears at any point this season, we'll know that all is lost.

    Don't get me wrong: I still love 30 Rock and I sincerely hope it gets its groove back and tones down the wackiness next time out. But when you're capable of scoring fifty points on a regular basis, that twenty-five point game doesn't look quite so impressive anymore.moreless
  • Jerry Seinfeld!

    Jerry Seinfeld is one of the biggest names of the 20th Century. An influential comedian who pioneered a style of humor utilized by the masses today. With all the hype behind this episode I do not want to say that this was a disappointment, but it was a letdown of sorts. The scenes with Jerry and Jack were great, but Alec Baldwin proved to be even funnier than the famed comedian.

    This was not Season 1 quality, not by a long shot, but this was still a really great episode. From things like SeinfeldVision to a country in Europe that only rich people know about, this was a fine way to kick off the season.moreless
  • It's reminded me how good this show really is!

    I've had to wait a while to see season 2 of this brilliant show, and I can see the wait was well worth it (wow, a lot of "w"s in the sentence!). The season opener features one of my favourite comedy actors, the brilliant Jerry Seinfeld, plus a hilarious storyline featuring wedding dresses, MILFs and Kenneth becoming Tracy's wife (true story).

    When I first heard the brilliant Seinfeld was going to appear in the show, I couldn't help but feel it was a bit of a stunt to garner a high rating. Who could blame them? The show was tanking! But after watching the episode I can clearly see it wasn't. There was a nice story that involved Jerry which I can't really see another classic comedy actor being able to pull off (well maybe Kelsey Grammer, but he was over at FOX when this was filmed). I particularly liked the self referential gag about putting Jerry into shows to get a nice high rating!

    But this episode isn't all about Jerry, which is something you have to admire the show for. Liz becomes convinced she needs to buy a wedding dress (just in case) and ends up wearing it around the office (great scene, watch and see), meanwhile Tracy gets kicked out of his house and has to move into the studio. I know this sounds a bit too "sitcomy" but it is done in a very restrained manner.

    Alec Baldwin's portrayl of Jack is spot on as usual. He has some great scenes in this episode, particulary at the start when he showcases all the shows Jerry is "appearing" in ("Save the cheerleader, save the world"). Also, when he is lying around the floor panicking and when he comes to attack Jerry are inspired comedy moments.

    I'm annoyed I've waited so long to see the second season of this brilliant show, as if this episode is any reflection of the rest of the season, I'm in for a helluva ride!moreless
  • Disappointing first episode to the new season

    Having returned from a summer break, the team of the show return to work. This episode was billed on the apperance of Seinfeld, but I really feel they missed a trick on this one. Aside from when Liz is crying and Seinfeld thinks she making fun of him I found most of his inclusion to be dry and lacking anything of real humour. The Seinfeld vision thing was quite was amusing, and was Kenneth's inability to stop giggling like a school girl whenever he was near him but otherwise nothing.

    As for the Liz storyline, then I'm totally indifferent. Nothing at all stood out for me in that respect.

    Finally, the story of the pretend marital relationship between Kenneth and Tracy. There are few things I think are over done on comedy shows, and this has to be one of them. For as long back as I can remember these types of gags have been going on, and frankly its starting to get just a little bit old.moreless
  • An awesome start to the new season!

    I've just seen the second season premiere of "30 Rock" and everyone was at the top of their game. Alec Baldwin was absolutely hilarious as usual and has definitely stepped it up a notch which is clear when he and Jerry Seinfeld interact. Jerry was classic yet again and was definitely making fun of himself throughout even though he was trying to market his new film, "Bee Movie" which was a funny way to go about it.

    Overall, everyone was terrific and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of everyone in the upcoming episodes. See ya!

    P.S. I LOVE YOU TINA!moreless
Michal Antonov

Michal Antonov

Young Liz

Guest Star

Oksana Lada

Oksana Lada


Guest Star

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld


Special Guest Star

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy


Recurring Role

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Walter "Dotcom" Slattery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The trucker hats Frank wears in this episode read "Kill Screen" and "Coin Operated".

    • When Jerry Seinfeld and Jack are talking about SeinfeldVision and they are looking at the list of shows on the TV the announcer for MILF Island says that there will be 25 moms on the show, but the number 20 flashes on the TV at that time.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Jack: Lemon, women your age are more likely to get mauled at the zoo than get married.

    • Jack: Lemon, don't ever say you're just you. Because you are better than you.

    • Liz: (in an agitated, high-pitched voice) What is the deal with my life?
      Jerry Seinfeld: Are you imitating me?
      Liz: No, this is what I sound like when I cry!

    • Jerry Seinfeld: How about I buy NBC and turn it into the biggest Lane Bryant in Midtown?
      Jack: (laughing) Jerry, come on. You're gonna buy NBC? Like you've got $4 million just laying around?

    • Tracy: Remember that night we had the three-way with Elayne Boosler?
      Jerry Seinfeld: I don't think that was me.
      Tracy: Oh, yeah. You know what? I think that was a mirror.

    • Liz: I broke up with my boyfriend, but I'm doing great. I'm totally over it.
      Jerry Seinfeld: Mm-hmm. Still talking?
      Liz: Oh, no, no no no. I haven't talked to him since, I don't know, August 9th, 4:17PM.

    • Jonathan: Sir, Jerry Seinfeld is here to see you.
      Jack: You told me he was in Europe! Does he look upset?
      Jonathan: He looks the way you did when I tried to hold your hand on the jet.

    • Jenna: What, you never pretended to be a bride when you were a little girl?
      Liz: I did, I just never romanticized it.
      (flashback to young Liz holding two teddy bears)
      Young Liz: This is my husband, Saul Rosenbear, and this is his son Richard, from a previous marriage.
      (flash forward to present day)
      Liz: And then he cheated on me, with a lamb.

    • Jack: (about Jenna) She needs to lose thirty pounds or gain sixty. Anything in between has no place in television.
      Liz: I can't believe I missed you.

    • Liz: (about a magazine picture of Tracy and a prostitute) So not only are you holding a transvestite prostitute...
      Kenneth: They confused s-him with Mrs. Jordan, yes ma'am. And they think she looks better here than she did at the 2004 Grammys.

    • Wedding Shop Saleslady: You know, a lot of women buy their perfect dress when they see it and then just trust the fact that the husband will come.
      Liz: Yeah, this is my year. Floyd's moving on, I'm moving on, too. I'm just doing it in my own order. I'm going to get the wedding dress. Then I'm going to have a baby. Then I'm going to die. Then I'm going to meet a super cute guy in Heaven.

    • Liz: Weddings are so weird. This veil costs more than my couch.
      Cerie: Is that comedy, or do you really have a $300 couch?
      Liz: Both.

    • Liz: (While trying on a dress for Cerie) This one is really nice Cerie, and it's 40% off!
      Cerie: Oh, no! Aris would kill me if I ever bought a dress on sale. I can't.

    • Liz: Kenneth, you are now in charge of doing all the non-sexual things that Angie used to do.
      Tracy: So he's like... my office wife?
      Liz: Sure, let's go with that.
      Tracy: (goes down on one knee) Kenneth Parcell, will you take this ring... and sell it in the Jewish part of Midtown, then go get us a Nintendo Wii?
      Kenneth: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

    • Tracy: (after seeing Liz in a white wedding dress) Oh, no! Did a Korean person die?

    • Tracy: How many years have you known me, Liz Lemon?
      Liz: One.
      Tracy: So you know I like to minister to transvestite prostitutes.
      Liz: I don't think I did know that, no.

    • Jack: I'm back, Lemon. I've had the most productive summer of my life.
      Liz: Me too—
      Jack: All of my summer replacement shows were big hits: America's Next Top Pirate, Are You Stronger Than a Dog?, MILF Island
      Liz: MILF Island?
      Jack: Twenty-five super-hot moms, fifty eighth-grade boys, no rules.
      Liz: Oh, yeah. Didn't one of those women turn out to be a prostitute?
      Jack: That doesn't mean she's not a wonderful, caring MILF.

    • Cerie: (to Liz, after asking her to be a bridesmaid) Now I have my something old!

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German and French both use the episode title "Seinfeld Vision". The Italian title is "Il ritorno di Seinfeld", meaning "Seinfeld Returns". The Spanish title is "Vision Seinfeld".

    • Though it ended up deleted, a scene revealed Cerie's last name to be Xerox.

    • With this episode, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell, and Lonny Ross joined the regular cast. However, instead of being credited during the opening credits, they're credited during the second scene, as "Starring".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: November 6, 2007 on CANAL SONY; Czech Republic: March 23, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • In the elevator, Jerry Seinfeld, after meeting Kenneth, makes a joke, and Kenneth hums the Seinfeld theme music.

    • Toofer: So you're intending to wear that all day?
      Liz: Yeah, Chocolate Rain, maybe I am.

      "Chocolate Rain" is a reference to the song by African American internet star and songwriter Tay Zonday.