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30 Rock: The Collection

Jar Head

Having learned that he's in the running for GE Chairman, Jack hires a private investigator named Len (Steve Buscemi) to scrounge through Jack's past for scandal. If Len can find it, so will Jack's bosses. And what does he find? Nothing much. A questionable membership in a country club; Jack quits. An undocumented worker named Manuelo; Jack deports him. An admirable sex life; Jack preens. Oh, and then there's that massive collection of cookie jars.

Yes, Jack not only collects cookie jars, but he regularly attends conferences in Sarasota, Florida under the alias Victor Nightengale and wins prizes for his collection. Given the choice of becoming the next Rudy Giuliani (who was forced to dispose of his precious antique wooden dolls before running for mayor of New York) or John Kerry (windsurfing; enough said), Jack allows his cookie jars to be loaded into a van. But when he learns they are to be dumped and torched, he balks.

Eventually Jack finds the perfect candidate to adopt his collection: Kenneth. Where everyone else sees "MOM" written across the front of Jack's most favorite cookie jar, and assumes it represents Jack's unresolved issues, Kenneth understands that it's only an upside down "WOW." Meaningless... right?


Thrilled with the new level of celebrity that her weight gain has engendered (including fan letters from truly, um, er, hardened criminals), Jenna becomes the spokesmodel for Enormé, the #1 fragrance for plus-sized women. But when she loses her appetite, the pounds begin to melt away, putting at risk not just her newfound fame, but an upcoming starring role as Ms. Pac-Man in the live action Atari movie.

Jack assigns Kenneth to keep Jenna eating, but despite all his attempts, Jenna no want food. Turning to Liz for help, she advises him that women turn to one of two comforts when emotionally worked up: food or sex. Liz writes him a list of comments designed to drive Jenna into a feeding frenzy, and it works... except Jenna is the "wrong" kind of woman (as is Liz, who learned the truth after an ugly encounter with Jackie Mason). Jenna tries to satisfy her other kind of appetite -- with Kenneth?!

Hard as Nails

Even though Tracy and Angie are reunited, she doesn't quite trust him yet, and determines to be with him every minute of the day. Except when she isn't. And during those times, she asks Liz to be her watchdog. Liz happily agrees, until Tracy runs off to a strip club during Liz's watch. Angie quickly susses him out, sniffing him over and declaring the results: "Enormé and brass polish."

Angry at Liz, Angie completely takes over for Tracy, which results in Grizz and Dot Com writing his sketches. For the sake of the show, Liz tries to pacify Angie with a consultant credit on T.G.S., but Angie bristles with offense by the suggestion that she can be bought so cheap. Liz calls her out, having been coached by Jack how to take Angie down. (Sorry, Liz; you would have been totally destroyed.) Tracy, forced to behave like an adult, intervenes, at which point Angie is revealed to also be the wrong kind of woman. Liz quickly backs out of the room, but not before witnessing too much of Tracy and Angie getting physical. "Oh no, you guys start with that?"

Best (Offensive) Lines

Enormé Commercial: Make him chase the chunk!

Pete: Oh! You want a scary black lady to be nice to you? Tell her you like her nails. It always works for me at the bank.

Len: You wish it was a gay thing.

Jack: Now you're thinking like a businessman.
Liz: A businesswoman?
Jack: No. I don't think that's a word.

Instant Classic Moment:

Liz: Can you walk and talk?
Kenneth: Usually...

Kenneth begins staggering.

Kenneth: ...but now you got me thinkin' about it.

Posted by Chad on October 19, 2007 1:12 PM
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Did the writer's strike begin already?

-- Posted by: Billy-Ball at October 20, 2007 12:40 PM

Loved the Steve Buscemi cameo and the cookie jar plot. I am sort of glad that Jenna is starting to lose the weight though... I like her better when she's delusional about her talent.

-- Posted by: Rachel at October 20, 2007 5:01 PM

The Enorme perfume was hysterical! I love how Jack had to go under an alias to be in the cookie jar competitions. Too funny.

-- Posted by: Connie at October 22, 2007 3:19 PM

I did think that Jack's alias was very similar to Pete Schweddy (or is it Schweaty?). At the very least, they shop at the same store.


-- Posted by: Rachel at October 22, 2007 5:56 PM

what is the name of the song in the commercial??

-- Posted by: Q at April 15, 2008 5:13 PM

so informative, thanks to tell us.

-- Posted by: DedoVioheds at September 29, 2010 8:25 PM

Wonderful post. I learned many interesting things. Thank you)

-- Posted by: Erin at January 24, 2013 2:21 PM

What kind of nonsense? This is not interesting. There is no such a thing.

-- Posted by: Victoria at January 24, 2013 2:22 PM

So....what does Liz see and is shocked they started with???

-- Posted by: Simone at July 11, 2013 12:05 AM

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