30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 12

Subway Hero

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The newspaper article about Dennis and Liz's dinner is written by Kay Cannon. In actuality, Kay Cannon is a writer and story editor for 30 Rock.

    • Frank's trucker hat reads "Exactly".

    • Liz' bag of off-brand Cheetos is called "Sabor de Soledad". Translated from Spanish, it means "Taste of Loneliness" or "Flavor of Loneliness".

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • The German episode title is "Der U-Bahn-Held", the French title is "Le héros du métro", the Italian title is "L'eroe della metropolitana", and the Spanish title is "El héroe del metro", all exact translations.

    • International Airdates: Czech Republic: April 12, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music: Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire"

    • Though credited, Scott Adsit and Lonny Ross don't appear in this episode.

    • Tim Conway won an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category for his work on this episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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