'30 Rock' asks if Liz Lemon can have it all
November 16th, 2012
09:45 AM ET

'30 Rock' asks if Liz Lemon can have it all

After yesterday’s big marriage announcement, “30 Rock” continued with business as usual.

As Kevin Todd Kenneth explained to Hazel, Liz had another meltdown “because she can’t balance work and personal life. But I mean, after seven years and hundreds of these episodes, it’s like, let’s move on.”

Liz had been delaying her quadruple bunion surgery for years because she didn’t want to miss work: “They had to saw me out of my sneakers.”

Jack had to explain that she’d never be able to take care of a baby if she couldn’t even take care of her feet.

Hazel practically begged to help Liz out as her new assistant: “Give me a chance. Sisters helping sisters. Glass ceiling. Legitimate rape.”

Elsewhere in the building, Jack discovered that the villain in Tracy’s hit, “Tracy Jordan’s Aunt Phatso Goes to the Hospital Goes to Jail,” was named after Jack and played by his older doppelganger.

Jack demanded Tracy destroy every copy of the movie. “You can’t order me around! Who do you think I am? Liz Lemon?”

Since he was Tracy’s boss, Jack banished him to a week of white wine and catfights. But Tracy fought back, paying the Philharmonic (not to be confused with his friend, worst rapper alive Phil Harmonic) to play a four-hour performance of the theme to "Sanford and Son."

When Jack threatened to sue Tracy for every penny he had (“not the ones I’ve swallowed!”), Tracy explained that Jack had no grounds for libel. He had done every horrible thing his Phatso counterpart did in the movie, including accosting an old woman in a wheelchair (“Liz Lemon, 20 minutes ago”).

However, Tracy had fictionalized an orphanage storyline to create a part for Virginia: “I’m Will Smith-ing my daughter. Her album drops next week.” (Anyone else rooting for a Virginia/Blue Ivy girl group and/or feud?)

So he decided to donate a percentage of the sequel “Aunt Phatso’s Jack Donaghy’s We At It Again” to an orphanage. With his genius coup, Tracy finally earned Jack’s respect. And like his “Phatso” character, Jack learned to “respect these boobies.”

In Liz’s office, she realized that the live feed of the show Hazel had set up for her was actually an old show. So she barreled downstairs, destroying her feet babies, to save the show from Hazel’s rhythmic gymnastics.

But she didn’t actually save the show because no one wrote anything, so there were no sketches. Whoops!

Liz decided that she had to choose between her job and having a family.

But in the words of the great Nora Ephron, “Of course you can have it all…It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess.” Liz, we know all about you and messes. We just watched Hazel peel your sweatshirt off the back of your chair! Embrace the crusty hoodie. You can have it all.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Do you think Liz can have both her career and a family?

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  1. thanks

    on it

    November 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. she's fugly

    November 18, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. abigaile...bye.

    i love the show

    November 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. oh jacob..

    everyone knows not to listen to your recommendations. silly boy

    November 16, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ella

    I don't really love this show anymore. I used to like it but now big so much.

    I wish they wiild show reruns of "My Name Is Earl" instead. Earl and his brother are funny.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      I liked Earl. His show teached us about morals and kar ma and to maybe not drink so much beer for breakfast.

      November 16, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • I had 1 pancake with juice and coffee..


      November 16, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |

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