30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 12

Subway Hero

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2008 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Dennis becomes a New York City celebrity after jumping in front of a subway and saving someone who fell on the tracks. Meanwhile, Jack desperately tries to persuade Tracy to become the celebrity face of the Republican Party, and Kenneth meets old-time TV legend Bucky Bright, who doesn't quite match his expectations.moreless

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  • Liz's old boyfriend, Dennis is back, Jack is trying to find the face of the Republican party and Kenneth escorts around an old-time television star.

    I love this show! It gets funnier and funnier every week that I watch. In this episode, Liz Lemon's loser ex-boyfriend, Dennis, comes back as the Subway Hero. Of course all of the networks want Dennis "The Subway Hero's" story and Jack edged Liz into getting him because she had an in. When she found out it was Dennis, she was so upset. She told Jenna that she didn't know what to do and Jenna actually gave her good advice and told her to walk away. Liz described Dennis's love as cold and numbing and you just can't wake up from it and Jenna told her she described the symptons of frostbite! Meanwhile, Jack was going all around trying to find someone who wanted to be the face of the GOP but had no luck (Kenneth told him that choosing was a sin so he always writes in the Lord's name) and he finally gets to Tracy who tells him hell no but after a dream because he was electrocuted by the CD player when he inserted a metal object! Well Tracy dreams off as himself and talks to Richard Nixon, played by Jack, and Tracy realized that he had to support the Republican party. When he awoke, he ran and told Jack that he would, but could't find a way to get through to African Americans, so of course Jack and Tracy made an ad that told African Americans not to vote! Hilarious for so many reasons, but the fact the Alec Baldwin's Jack Doneghy was a hard core republican is a far cry from his real life liberal views. My other favorite and the end was when Liz went into Jack's office and told him that she wasn't comfortable with covering Dennis as the Subway Hero and Jack told her not to worry, that he decided to go with the 911 bird. The bird dialed 911 and yelled "fire" only because he didn't know the word for "rape"! Classic show. Liz was touched, asked Jack if it had anything to do with her feelings and Jack said why of course because all of my decisions are based on how you feel and what you want. And I loved her response that the pocket deep-fryer would be a huge seller! It really would! I loved this episode, did I say that enough? And at the end, Liz confronts Dennis on saying he is a loser and will always be a loser and he even tries to push her on the Subway track to try and become another Subway Hero. Thankfully, the train switched tracks. Liz runs away with Dennis yelling that she would be back. BLURG!

    Great great show. I hope Tina Fey wins the Best Actress Golden Globe, Emmy and Alec Baldwin the same for Actor and the show better win best comedy because even though I am a huge fan of The Office, I cannot believe how many times this show makes me fall on the floor laughing!!moreless
  • conan o'brien is a giant sad lesbian !

    this show is really fun ! i was hilarious to see dennis again (and not just cause i love this actor !). the part on all the democrats having all the nice celebrities was excellent !! as always, alec is wonderful and funny and gives so "a propos" lines !!! i did not enjoy the part with kenneth even if i loved his line about not choosing between democrats and republicans and choosing God instead: jake answered "we count those ones too" !!!!!!!! anyway, it was not as good as last week episode but it was a really good laugh !!!!!moreless
  • Excellent episode, one of the best.

    This episode was simply brilliant. One of the best of the show so far.

    Just plain hilarious. 20 minutes of endless laughing - this definitely does demand a rewatch!

    30 rock is truly the finest comedy on tv right now with it's sophisticated humor and ties with real world events.

    The political involvment in the show is hilarious. Jack and Tracy had the best scenes.

    Kenneth and Mr. Burnt Out TV star was hilarious to watch. And the fact that Dennis returned (even if for just one episode) was brill. This episode easily beat the effort of MILF Island, which was good to start with. But this one had just so many series defining moments, I can't even count 'em!moreless
  • subway hero

    Of all the great guest stars during Season 2, Tim Conway ended up winning the award for his role here as Bucky Bright. Conway, the former McHale's Navy star, was funny in the role, but I would hardly call his delusional performance as memorable and award-worthy.

    Michael Sheen has been mostly hit or miss as Dennis, and thankfully, he was a hit here in this episode acting like a hero. We all ponder who Liz will end up with (if anyone) if this show ends, but I think Dennis is as good a guess as anyone. They have that perfect love-hate element that makes it work.moreless
  • Liz getting hit by a train!!!!!

    30 Rock,

    Subway Hero,

    So this episode goes along with Liz's old boyfriend resues some one from getting hit by a train. Getting his 15 minutes of fame. And getting a guest spot on the show. His 15 minutes ends with him insulting someone and than wants liz to fall into the tracks so once again can be famous. Jack wants Tracy to be the head of the Replubincan party to attract people. By the end Jack gets Tracy to tell back people just not to vote. Overall i have to say its was a good episode. Could have been better but i enjoyed seeing Liz life being twisted.moreless
Tim Conway

Tim Conway

Bucky Bright

Guest Star

Michael R. Bloomberg

Michael R. Bloomberg


Guest Star

Lord Stanley Cup

Lord Stanley Cup


Guest Star

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Dennis Duffy

Recurring Role

Maulik Pancholy

Maulik Pancholy


Recurring Role

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Walter "Dotcom" Slattery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jack: (about getting Republican celebrities) What happened to Bruce Willis?
      Jonathan: He insists on singing.
      Jack: Jim Belushi?
      Jonathan: He insists on singing.

    • Mayor Bloomberg: For his exceptional courage, the city of New York bestows the Bronze Medallion on Dennis Duffy.
      Dennis: Thank you, Mayor Bloomberger. I accept this honor on behalf of every—Stern rules! Baba Booey!

    • Tracy: Black people, don't vote! Just don't do it! And in the time that it takes you to vote, you play three games of pool. Three! Now that's fresh!

    • Bucky Bright: I wandered around the building all night. I didn't run into another living soul... except one gigantic lesbian. Who is Conan O'Brien, and why is she so sad?

    • Kenneth: Oh, no Sir, I don't vote Republican or Democrat. Choosing is a sin, so I always just write in the Lord's name.
      Jack: That's Republican. We count those.

    • Tracy: I can't talk now, I have to get my wallet out of the toaster.

    • (Dennis gets down on his knee)
      Dennis: Elizabeth Sarah Lemon?
      Liz: Okay, that's not my middle name.
      Dennis: Will you marry me?

    • Jack: The Subway Hero? Do you not watch the news?
      Liz: Food Network doesn't have news.

    • Jenna: Elizabeth Conworthy Lemon!
      Liz: Okay, that's not my middle name.

    • Jack: Lemon, I'm helping to organize a little fund-raising dinner for John McCain this weekend and I need some women to attend, so it doesn't turn into another huge sausage fest.
      Liz: Well, I don't know... (reads the invitation) What's The Committee to Re-Invade Vietnam?
      Jack: Just say you'll come. Jonathan is going to round up all the cool Republican celebrities.
      Liz: (laughing) Like who, Chuck Norris?
      Jack: No, C-Nor and I had a falling-out after I switched to another dojo.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Jack calls Dennis, "the biggest subway hero since Bernie Goetz," referring to the man who shot four blacks who tried to rob him on a New York City subway in 1984, and was dubbed "The Subway Vigilante".

    • Dennis claims he and Liz are, "like Ross and Rachel, but just not gay," referring to characters from Friends.

    • Dennis' portrayal of the Subway Hero goes back to the New York City subway hero, Wesley Autrey, who in January 2007 jumped into subway tracks to save another person from an oncoming train.