30 Rock

Season 3 Episode 20

The Natural Order

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Tracy and Liz each agree to give up preferential treatment they receive at work. Colleen visits Jack on the anniversary of his father walking out on them. Jenna takes on a gibbon as a pet.

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  • What on earth was that?

    This was easily a perfect example of an episode jumping the shark in every possible way. So, what did happen. One, we saw Tracy acting like a normal human being. For heavens sake, that dude is coked up all the time even in real life. Since when did Tina Fey resort to slapstick humor. Honestly, I didn't find the whole water can thing or strip club part even remotely funny. And that's not all, Jenna becomes buddies with an ape, and the last scene- gross!. Jack was totally disconnected from the main plot. I can't even recall what he did this episode. Except for the fact that we get to see Steve Buscemi making a cameo along with him - how cool was that?

    Disappointing episode from an Emmy hoarding comedy series.moreless
  • Make sure not to bring the children

    30 Rock,

    The Natural Order,

    - In this episode, Tracy once again is late for a rehersal of the show, which angers Liz. Tracy arrives and is angry because he does know what time it actually is. Because everybody keeps changing it around him on purpose. Tracy gives Liz a race card and storms off the stage. Replacing himself with a gibbon to prove a point. The gibbon is left alone so Jenna invites to let it live in her dressing room. Tracy and Liz each agree to give up preferential treatment they receive at work. With Liz havivng much trouble at point water on the tap thing. In the end the both agree to make things go back to the way it was in the start after Tracy had to go through skits and Liz going to a club. - Jack's mother Colleen visits and he is less then happy to see she brought a friend with her. Jack gets his investgator to look into his history which he uses against the guy. TWIST Colleen already knows, and TWIST again when Jack finds out his father that he thought was really his father wasnt. DUH DUH DOOH. All in all it was a very TWIST type of episode. Overall a little bit of a let down but i still got laughs out of the TWISTs. And Jenna gets attacks by that monkey thingmoreless
  • Average, if less than stellar.

    This was an odd episode of 30 Rock. For one, we have never seen Jack's father before, so why should we care that he has a new one? This reminded me of That 70's Show where they revealed Hyde's father in Season 1 and then for some random reason in Season 7 brought in a completely new guy claiming he was his real father. I did like the return of Steve Buscemi and a few odd lines here or there, but Jenna randomly playing with a monkey, the fart scenes, the awkward moment with the water....there were just way too many things that did not belong on a primetime TV show here.moreless
John Cunningham

John Cunningham


Guest Star

Nina Lafarga

Nina Lafarga

Dancer #2

Guest Star

Semar Ghebremichael

Semar Ghebremichael

Dancer #1

Guest Star

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

Lenny Wosniak

Recurring Role

Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

Colleen Donaghy

Recurring Role

John Lutz

John Lutz

J.D. Lutz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Frank's trucker hats read "Crop Octagon" and a blond-lettered "Carpet" atop black-lettered "Drapes" (i.e. 'carpet and drapes don't match')

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Liz: Tracy, it costs the show a lot of money when you pull these shenanigans.
      Tracy: Don't patronize me with your Celtic slang, Liz Lemon!

    • Liz: Colleen's in town? If you need a break I'd be happy to take her out. There's a restaurant hostess in midtown I'd like to see cry.

    • Liz: Okay, which one of us is gonna give up first?
      Tracy: The black one. I can't take it anymore. I hate it.
      Liz: One of those strippers took off Lutz's shirt. That gland thing is no joke.

    • Paul: Oh, hello, Jack. I'm sorry, your mom's out shopping.
      Jack: I know. My credit card company called to confirm my purchase of a book entitled Intercourse After Hip Surgery.

    • Jack: Who would be our current Nikita Khrushchev?
      Liz: Simon Cowell?

    • Liz: Hey, Jack, do you treat me any differently because I'm a woman?
      Jack: Well, I pay you a little less, yes.

    • Tracy: Hello, Liz Lemon. I was just telling these fellas about how you don't wanna be treated any differently because you're a woman.
      Liz: Well, thank you, of course I don't.
      Frank: Really? You don't us to hold back anymore?
      Liz: I'm sorry, were you guys holding back something?
      Frank: Our farts, to start with.

    • Jack: Have you ever been to Florida? It's basically a criminal population. It's America's Australia.

    • Jack: I'm here to pick you up for dinner.
      Colleen: No dinner, we're having breakfast in the morning. I told your girl.
      Jack: My assistant is named Jonathan.
      Colleen: Yes, I've met him.

    • Jack: It's the biggest mistake of my life, Lemon, and I once made love to Kathy Hilton.

    • Jack: (on Paul being married) You knew?
      Colleen: It's Florida, Jack. It's like it never stopped being the 70s down there. And a guy like Paul—who can drive at night—you just don't say no to that.

    • Jonathan: Sir, your mother had me move her from The Plaza to The Carlyle. Evidently, the concierge at The Plaza, "has a beard, and [she]'d rather not get raped."

  • NOTES (2)

    • The German episode title is "Die natürliche Ordnung", and the Spanish title is "El orden natural", both exact translations. The French episode title is "Parité", meaning "Parity".

    • International Airdates: Latin America: June 17, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony); Australia: June 29, 2009 on Channel 7; Czech Republic: June 17, 2011 on Prima COOL