'30 Rock' tries to predict the election
October 26th, 2012
05:06 PM ET

'30 Rock' tries to predict the election

Thursday night’s “30 Rock” boiled undecided voters down to one key demographic: Jenna Maroney fans.

Ahead of Jenna performing of her Jimmy Buffet-esque hit single, “Catching Crabs in Paradise” (yes both kinds of crabs) on the “Today” show, her “crab catchers” gathered outside NBC to “unwindulax.”

One fan with a clever seatbelt tattoo (Amy Sedaris) invented a complicated new drinking game. “Drink when somebody says something!”

Frank called Jenna out for pretending to be as easy going as her fans. “You’re maybe the most high maintenance b-- in Hollywood.” “Maybe?” Jenna questions. “Who’s more? Who is she?”

Recognizing a golden opportunity, Frank, Toofer and Lutz decided to mess with Jenna.

Jenna kept her cool in front of her fans, but behind closed doors she threatened to ban the writers from Florida forever. Toofer wondered, “What can we do? We’re just three nerdy white guys and she’s got a whole army.”

Meanwhile, Jack lured Liz into attending a republican fundraiser as his chum (double meaning!).

But when the shrimp ran out, so did her patience for rich republicans. “My boyfriend and I aren’t married. But we might have a baby together anyway, and I hope it’s gay. Male gay, because with the ladies it’s too much hiking,” she told the horrified crowd.

Of course, Liz just fell prey to Jack’s plan to unite the room around a common enemy.

Liz retrieved her jacket at the coat check (“It’s a gray hoodie. It says ‘who farted’ on the back. It’s got a bunch of tampons in the pocket”) and challenged Jack to an ideological duel: ideas vs. money.

They both sought the most powerful resource in the world: celebrity.

Jack paid Don Cheadle and Jazz from Transformers to tape a pro-Romney ad.

Lutz secured his grandnephew Kellan Lutz for TGS. The sight of Kellan Lutz sitting on John Lutz’s lap as he said “Sweet grandnephew, I’ve been warming more marshmallows for you in the pocket of my dungarees” was the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen. (And maybe the best? Still sorting through my feelings.)

The celebrity endorsements didn’t work. But when Tracy wandered into Lisa Loeb’s Liz’s office to visit his mouse friend, he revealed that years of doing standup on the road had turned him into an election expert.

As Jack ran through election predictions state-by-state for future planet inheritor Garret Romney, Tracy did the same for Liz.

When it came to Florida, America’s penis, they agreed that north Florida could go either way. “It’s a combination of elderly shut-ins, beach bums, bus passengers who ran out of money, swamp people and pirates.” Their motto was “unwindulax.”

Then it hit Liz. “One person who can make a difference. And that person is Jenna.”

To be continued!

What did you think of last night’s election-centric episode?

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  1. Mark

    This week’s episode of 30 Rock was hilarious as usual, and it was accurate on how it could come down to Florida for the Presidential election. Of course in their universe it’s all about Jenna fans, and it’ll be fun to see how they are steered to vote by Liz and Jack in the conclusion of a rare two-part episode. I missed Thursday’s episode, but caught up with it this morning since it was recorded through my Hopper’s Primetime Anytime feature. A coworker at DISH told me that once enabled, my DVR automatically records three hours of the four major networks during primetime, so I don’t need to set timers for my programs on those channels anymore. I don’t know how the “Unwindulax” people will vote, but I have a feeling Jenna will lose sway with them in the next episode!

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    alec baldwin is trying to save the show..i have a feeling it will go on one more season

    October 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
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    Just think – I heard this may be 30 Rock's last season ! HOOOOORRRAAAAAYYY !

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