30 Rock

Season 5 Episode 16

TGS Hates Women

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Liz hires a woman to the TGS writing staff when the show's accused of being anti-woman. Jack starts a quest to become CEO of Kabletown, even though it's always been family-owned.

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  • 2/24

    "It's my free period." "Well-played."

    Some funny parts of 30 Rock tonight, but as a whole, this was a little below the season average in my eyes. They relied too much on the humor tactic of using a saying or expression, but then having it be a literal thing (the man upstairs actually being someone upstairs, things of that nature.)

    The Abby Flynn character was really annoying too. Tracy Morgan's absence was notable here today, unlike last week, but Jenna was able to make up for it. She was definitely the MVP of this episode, but that's not saying that much.

    Can they please get rid of Lutz?moreless
  • Terrence Mann!

    Broadway legend Terrence Mann! Best choice for a cameo ever, playing the marine explorer. I had no idea he was making an appearance and I did a double-take when I heard his voice. Awesome. The episode was one of the best episodes this season. It was great fun to see Chloe Moretz - aka Hit-Girl - as well. There was some good character conflict, the jokes all hit the mark, and I loved the final gag. Hilarious. The episodes have been hit and miss this season, but this one made me laugh. I didn't miss Tracy Morgan, I am afraid.moreless
  • Is this where you got your V-card punched?

    Great episode tonight! 30 Rock goes back to it's true form which is comedy. Liz had some great moments when she was shocked to discover TGS was getting a bad rep towards women. Meanwhile Jack was determined to live out some of his missed childhood fantasies by mentoring a local school girl. Both these scenario's presented great character interactions. I loved the scene at the end where they reveal Abby's true identity and Liz declares that Steve Carell owns, "That what she said,"

    I've felt this season of 30 Rock to be mediocre at best until this point. By far the best episode this season.moreless
Cristin Milioti

Cristin Milioti

Abby Flynn

Guest Star

Terrence Mann

Terrence Mann

Bob Ballard

Guest Star

Zach Fischer

Zach Fischer

Male Teacher

Guest Star

Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress


Recurring Role

Sue Galloway

Sue Galloway


Recurring Role

Subhas Ramsaywack

Subhas Ramsaywack


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kenneth asks people to, "please follow me to Brian Williams' bathroom, which is also J. Fred Muggs' skull." Actually, when this episode aired J. Fred Muggs—who was The Today Show's mascot in the mid 1950s—was still alive, living with a caretaker in Florida.

    • Frank's trucker hat reads, "Code Breaker".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Liz: I know it's hard. Society puts a lot of pressure on us to act a certain way, but TGS is a safe place, so you can drop the sexy baby act and lose the pigtails.
      Abby: But I like my pigtails; my uncle thinks they're sexy.

    • Abby: (to crew) Is it cold in here, or is it just that I'm not wearing any underwear?
      Jack: (to Liz) She should be careful around the crew. New York gives us a tax break for employing sex offenders. It's a terrible program.

    • Lutz: I shall be British. Chicks dig British guys. Sir Ian McKellan? That guy must be knee-deep in boob.

    • Jack: Female jealousy is an evolutionary fact, Lemon. If you try to breed it out of them, you end up with a lesbian with hip dysplasia.

    • Liz: This started as a show for women, starring women. At the very least, we should be elevating the way women are perceived in society. AUGH! My period! You're all fired! (falls to the floor)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy) and Chloe Moretz (Kaylie Hooper) would appear together later in 2011 in the theatrical release, Hick.

    • Though credited, Tracy Morgan does not appear in this episode due to his recovery time from a December 2010 kidney transplant.


    • Jack asks, "Whachu talkin' 'bout, Kaylie?"
      mimicking Arnold's catch-phrase, "Whachu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" from the TV show, Diff'rent Strokes.