30 Rock

Season 4 Episode 6

Sun Tea

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Al Gore says "Recycle everything, including jokes" then says "Quiet... a whale is in trouble, I have to go!" He made exactly the same whale joke in season two's Green is Universal 30 Rock installment, "Greenzo".

    • On Tracy, Jr.'s acrostic poem for his dad, the Y says "Y is for Yakuza the Japanese mob. When he shot a movie there, from them he did rob."

    • Frank's trucker hats read "Sdrawkcab", "Shark Cop", and "First Class".

  • Quotes

    • Dr. Spaceman: For the procedure, you can choose local or general anesthesia. I should warn you, the general anesthesia can cause powerful hallucinations, so I highly recommend it.

    • Jenna: Drama is like gay-man Gatorade. It replenishes their electrolytes.

    • Al Gore: (on reversing climate change) You know, there's an old African proverb that I made up: "If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." We need to go far, quickly.

    • Jenna: Do you remember that horrible roommate you had back in Chicago?
      Liz: You mean you?

    • Jack: What have children ever done for us?
      Kenneth: Well, they make our shoes and wallets.

    • Jack: I know this sounds ugly, but with Manhattan real estate there are no rules. It's like check-in at an Italian airport.

  • Notes

    • In her autobiography Bossypants, Tina Fey mentions that certain writers at SNL used to urinate into jars to avoid having to make a trip to the washroom, which became the inspiration for the title plot of this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Wie werde ich meinen Nachbarn los?", meaning "How Do I Get Rid of My Neighbors?".

    • Though credited, Scott Adsit does not appear in this episode.

    • Kenneth's task of reducing TGS' energy consumption by five percent was in support of NBC's latest "Green is Universal" campaign, November 15–22, 2009.

    • Just like their characters Don & Bertram Geiss, Rip & Tony Torn are father and son.

    • Tina Fey and Nathan Corddry also worked together in the 2009 movie The Invention Of Lying. Alec Baldwin and Nathan also worked together in the 2007 movie Suburban Girl.

    • International Airdates: Australia: March 8, 2010 on Channel 7; Latin America: March 11, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony); United Kingdom: May 3, 2010 on Comedy Central; Czech Republic: May 9, 2012 on Prima COOL

  • Allusions

    • Kenneth quotes Masi Oka from an energy conservation pamphlet: "Conserve electricity. Don't be a zero, be a good guy." He then ponders, "Hmm, why didn't they say 'hero?' Seems like a real missed opportunity there," referring to Masi Oka's playing Hiro on Heroes.