To be honest, Thursday's episode of "30 Rock" was probably my least favorite of the season. The back half of "It's Never Too Late for Now", with Liz unraveling the plot by everyone felt a little too much like Season 2's "MILF Island", and Jack's negotiation subplot felt entirely out of character.
The main story was that Liz, following her breakup with Carol, had "given up" and was preparing for a life of spinsterhood. However, Jenna got her to go out to a club one last time, where Liz ended up having the perfect date, turning into a perfect one-night stand. The next day, when recounting the previous day's events, she realized that her "perfect" day, and had actually been a setup by everyone at TGS, though in the end she chooses to believe that it really was just a perfect series of coincidences and decides not to give up.
There were two minor plots going on along with that. First, Jack was trying to negotiate down the rate for his nanny, since she was only spending half as much time on the job as before, but he kept failing, because the nanny had control over the baby. Jack was worried that his failed negotiations would haper him in his upcoming negotiations with Kabletown, because he didn't have a bargaining chip like the baby, until he realized that NBC WAS his baby (in another incredible dig at the network that airs "30 Rock").
Finally, Pete and Frank started a band and tried to record an original song, in a subplot that probably seemed funnier on paper than it ended up being. It wasn't the worst thing "30 Rock" has ever done, but it certainly wasn't anything to write home about either.
Still, for an episode that wasn't among the show's best, there were countless laugh-out-loud moments, even with the absence of Tracy (who, in-universe is pretending to be in Africa, but in reality missed this episode recovering from a kidney transplant). Some of them were subtle, like Liz's copy of the book being the large print edition, or the clichéd naming of the cat (Emily Dickinson). But as always, here are your top 10 lines from the show:
Liz: "How many times does a woman meet Mr. Right? I've had three chances: Floyd, then Carol, and I was once in an elevator with Tom Brokaw. And I blew all three... opportunities."
Liz: "Watch this: I can fit Emily Dickinson's whole head in my mouth."
[this was a "shotgunning the pizza" moment]
Liz: "Why are you talking so fast?"
Jenna: "Because I'm upset. Also, I've been taking these new Czechoslovakian organ slimming pills. They contain a little bit of meth, which is something my body needs anyway!"
Jenna: "When I'm rebounding, I like to do it with an NBA player because, well, it's fun wordplay and they're mean."
Liz: "My fanny pack is in my office... in my mini-fridge. I like my tampons to be cold."
[Ewww... ewww... ewww...]
Liz: "This place is called 'Canal Yards Project'. What does that mean?"
Jenna: "I don't know, it used to be a factory or something."
Liz: "Nope. Hipster nonsense. I'm out."
Liz: "That's my drink! I keep a thermos of it by my toilet! You misheard me!"
Jack: "I don't have what you have Sherry, a brand new baby that they've poured time and money and love into. Some helpless, pathetic, useless thing that would die if left alo... Oh, God, I do have that. I have NBC."
Jack: "Speaking of baseball metaphors, I see that someone got to first base, which is what I consider sex with a stranger."
Liz: "There's only one question I can't answer: 'Who was Anders?' An old Harvard chum of Toofer's? The son of one of Jack's senator friends."
Jack: "He certainly wasn't a Swiss prostitute that Martha Stewart recommended to me."
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