30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 6

Somebody to Love

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jack sleeps with a woman he meets at a cocktail party, only to discover to his horror that she's a Democratic congresswoman. Meanwhile, Liz believes her Middle Eastern neighbor may be a terrorist.

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  • Awesome use of both the split screen and Tracy Jordan's Rerun dance in the cold open.

    One of my friends recently commented how casually satirical 30 Rock can be, not in a "Aren't we Important Artists who should be festooned with awards for our Bravery in Addressing Important Issues" Aaron Sorkin kind of way, but in more of a slyly subversive, off-handed fashion. Just look at this episode. What was it ultimately about? It dealt with terrorism, racial profiling, and racism in Liz Lemon story, the cultural divide and inter-party canoodling in Jack Donaghy's plot, and class and money in Kenneth The Page's C-story.

    In tonight's episode, Jack Donaghy hooks up with a mystery woman played by special guest Edie Falco at a Republican bash and is horrified and a little turned on to learn that she's a Democratic Congresswoman who was shot in the face by a dog and given a new, more attractive face through reconstructive surgery. "I thought you made love like an ugly girl!" Donaghy broods in one of the episode's many quotable lines. Good old Elizabeth Lemon, meanwhile, similarly finds herself tempted by the seductive allure of law and order when she begins to suspect that a shadowy neighbor played by all-purpose ethnic Fred Armisen may be a terrorist.

    In Kenneth The Page's obligatory C-story, everybody's favorite dumb bumpkin with great skin and soft hands agrees to serve as the sadistic comedy writer's prank monkey in order to raise enough money to pay for Donaghy's $2500 pants.

    I've complained before about characters in 30 Rock breaking the fourth wall and talking to the camera to spoof product placement, but I must admit I was a little won over by that bit this evening. Product placement has become so ubiquitous that we barely even notice it anymore. It's attached itself parasitically to our popular culture and is corrupting it from the inside. It's so insidious, ugly, and poisonous that maybe a show like 30 Rock has to scream just to make itself heard above the deafening din of commercial over-saturation. Incidentally this paragraph's knee-jerk anti-advertising sentiments are brought to you by Orange Krush. Orange Krush: Catch The Wave of Refreshment All Summer Long.

    This episode addressed all kind of important issues without ever sacrificing the funny. 30 Rock is a slave to the funny, but it still managed to make penetrating satirical points about the commercialization of culture, about fear and racism, about white liberal guilt, and our fractured political climate without ever feeling preachy or didactic. 30 Rock is firing on all cylinders these days.moreless
  • Jack falls in love with a democratic congresswoman, C.C. (Edie Falco) while Liz thinks her neighbour may be a terrorist.

    One of those few occasions i actually prefer Liz's storyline to Jack's.

    I dont blame Alec Baldwin. He's an amazing actor who can mesh into any role given to him. It's just that the script was beyond awful. In fact, saying it was awful is probably the understatement of the year.

    Edie Falco. I have come to love her, after her pre-eminent portrayal in The Sopranos. But it seems like she has sacrificed all my credibility in her, by accepting this role. I expected more snarky comments, more tough-love, more spark from her! The kind you see from witnessing Lorelai Gilmore.

    But instead...this plot line was just cheesy. A ludicrous love story. Love stories can take 2 turns. They can be classy, elegant and unique which make them classics. Or they can be downright in-your-face cliche, which makes you laugh at how it parodies love, which also makes it a classic. But NO WAY can a love story be in the middle. In the middle is just a vast space where the plot deteriorates by the second.

    So no, Jack and C.C.'s storyline was very bad.

    Liz FINALLY had a substantial storyline, where she thinks her middle-eastern neighbour is a terrorist. The twist the plot takes is special, and parodies how the U.S. reacts to terrorists. And this has restored my faith in the character of Liz Lemon.moreless
  • Not my favorite although i did enjoy the dog part.


    Somebody to Love,

    Ok in this episode Jack falls for a women he doesnt really know about. He firswt meets her at a party, the he wants to look great at. After finding out Jack is from NBC and she is a d congresswomen the decided to keep things hidding so nothing bad will happen to hurt there stance. I felt this part was akward and went know to me this could just end up like the bone birded lady...Other...Liz is creeped out by her neighbor. And goes out of hand thinking he is a terriost. After seeing maps and crap around his walls. After calling the cops on him she recives a video tape from him. On the video is him and another guy trying out for the amazing race. Explaining why the maps were every were. I thought Liz fell out of her character even with the pankakes,moreless
  • Jack starts having an affair with a democrat congress woman who holds the exact opposite views as him. Liz thinks her new neighbors are terrorists. Kenneth loses Jacks tuxedo pants and tries to earn the money to replace them.moreless

    I don't watch many episodes of this show. But I really should make a point of doing it. Because I really enjoy it when I do. Edie Falco was superb guest starring in this episode. Her character was so cheesy, she fit right in.

    I loved the whole "terrorist" neighbor bit. Fred Armisen is always hilarious. But as the untrusting and evasive neighbor he made me nearly pee my pants. Though it was predictable that they would not be terrorists, even though The Amazing Race had not occurred to me - it was still hilarious just the same. I'm not crazy about Kenny, and Tracy annoys me most of the time. But both of them are so funny. Anything Tina Fey does is gold, and I wish this show was a little more mainstream than what it is. Though, then it wouldn't quite be the dark horse that it has built up a reputation to be, now would it?moreless
Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

Candice Vandershark (C.C. in Lifetime Movie)

Guest Star

Chris Caniglia

Chris Caniglia

Male Neighbor

Guest Star

Christianne Tisdale

Christianne Tisdale

Female Neighbor

Guest Star

Edie Falco

Edie Falco

Celeste "C.C." Cunnigham

Recurring Role

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy


Recurring Role

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Walter "Dotcom" Slattery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The trucker hat Frank wears in this episode reads "Karate Prom".

    • The MSNBC news crawl in this episode uses the headline:

      "News Crawl Affected By Writers Strike - Using Repeat Text From Previous Season"

      It then goes on to reuse headlines from the Season 1 episode Hard Ball, including:

      "Panda Murder-Suicide Shocks China"
      "Wolf Blitzer Injured In Wolf Blitz"
      "Mysterious Visitor From Future Wins Lottery Again"
      "Anne Heche Leaves Husband For Pony"

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Tracy: (to Jack, about C.C.) Tell her she got some tig old bitties like the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Tell her you want her to donate her body to science, and you science. Tell her, Jack!

    • Jack: (about C.C.) Well, we're just on opposite sides of a feud.
      Tracy: Oh, I get it. Romeo and Juliet? Capulets and Romulans? Mmm hmm, I've been there. I'm black, she's white. I'm black, she's light-skinned black. I'm black, she's seventeen.

    • Jack: (to C.C.) You know, I thought you make love like an ugly girl. So present, so grateful.

    • C.C.: I'm working out of the Clinton offices for a few weeks. I'm helping Hillary retool her universal health care platform.
      Jack: God, I want to kiss you on the mouth to stop you from saying such ridiculous things.

    • Jack: (to C.C., the morning after) Thank you for letting me try that thing I tried. I'm sorry I dropped you.
      C.C.: Oh, no, it was great. Who knew that ottoman had wheels, right?

    • Kenneth: I tried looking in the last place you'd expect. And no, Mr. Donaghy's pants are not in the ladies' room at the laser tag place on 12th Avenue.

    • Liz: I don't want to sound racist, but that pita pocket might be a terrorist. (pauses) That sound racist?

    • Liz: I never make assumptions about race. Remember, I asked that black guy if he had seen Sideways?

    • Jack: I get my hair cut every two days. After all, your hair is your head suit.

    • (After Celeste leaves Jack after their night of "doing it")
      Jack: I gave her the ottoman, and she walked out.

    • Bartender: Sir, here's your (pause) Nancy Drew.
      Jack: For men it's a Hardy Boy.

    • Jack: I'm going to a party tonight honoring Robert Novak. It's being thrown by John McCain and Jack Bauer.
      Liz: Um, I don't think he's real.
      Jack: I assure you, Lemon, John McCain is very real.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Gegensätze ziehen sich aus", meaning "Opposites Attract". The French title is "Le voisin", meaning "The Neighbor". The Italian title is "Qualcuno da amare", and the Spanish title is "Alguien a quien amar", both exact translations.

    • Though credited, Jane Krakowski, Lonny Ross, and Katrina Bowden do not appear in this episode.

    • Beth McCarthy Miller was nominated for a 2008 DGA Award in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series category for her work on this episode.

    • International Airdates: Latin America: December 11, 2007 on CANAL SONY; Czech Republic: March 31, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • Tracy tells Jack, "I've had plenty of women mad at me the morning after. Just don't let her light your sneakers on fire in the bathtub." This refers to TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes accidentally burning down her boyfriend Andre Rison's house in 1994 when she set fire to his tennis shoes in his bathtub.

    • The MSNBC news crawl headline "News Crawl Affected By Writers Strike - Using Repeat Text From Previous Season" is a reference to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, which began on November 5th. Another allusion to the writer's strike is made when Liz Lemon does some obvious product placement with Verizon Wireless and asks, "Can we have our money now?"

    • Jack: I'm going to a party tonight honoring Robert Novak. It's being thrown by John McCain and Jack Bauer.

      Jack Bauer is the character played by Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox show 24.