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30 Rock: Goodbye, My Friend

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 6th 2009 2:03AM
30 Rock(S03E13) "Donuts and then bed. What are you depressed about or celebrating?" - Pete, to Liz

Holy crap, Josh was in this episode! Sure, he only had one line and wasn't on screen for too long, but Josh was in this episode! It's good to see that he's still a writer on this show (and that Lonny Ross is still a member of the cast).

It's also good to see a TV show whose plot is based around the 1987 film Harry and the Hendersons. There aren't enough TV shows based on the 1987 film Harry and the Hendersons.

I like how it's often hard to figure out the theme/joke of a 30 Rock episode. I didn't know what the title of this episode even meant until almost the end of this episode, and the only reason I knew John Lithgow was going to walk into the NBC studios at some point was because I saw a picture of him at one of NBC's sites. I kinda wish I hadn't known that, because it completed the Harry and the Hendersons joke perfectly (and that officially is the most times I have ever typed the phrase Harry and the Hendersons in one place at one time).

Liz was kinda creepy in this episode, wasn't she? Manipulating a teenage girl so she can get the girl's baby? But it was very funny all around and that's all that matters, morals be damned. I wonder if this episode is out of order. You would think that Liz might ease up on the adopting a baby obsession since she's still dating Drew.

I thought Judah Friedlander was completely unrecognizable with the slicked back hair and nice suit. If Frank ever has to go on the run and hide out at some point (and he probably will), they'll never find him.

This is also one of the few times I've truly felt sorry for Jenna. Come on, guys, having Kenneth and the gang focus completely on Tracy's birthday and pretty much ignore Jenna was a little too much to take. I would have told them to go to hell (though it was nice that Tracy was the one to solve things at the end).

Quotes (I hope I got all the good ones, there were so many...):

"My heart goes out to all of the inner-city kids, especially those that are too fat to dance their way out." - Jenna

"This morning it hit me in the shower why the Hendersons named him Harry. That film has layers." - Jack

"You have shut up mouth." - Liz, after Pete said she had "crazy eyes"

"You are officially a d-bag, Tim! I hope you lose your indoor soccer game!" - pregnant Becca

"The last time I saw my dad, he went to get the candles for my fourth birthday lasagna and never came back." - Frank

"I don't want to go to Lutz's. His contract is up, and I don't want to feel sorry for him." - Jack

"Meanwhile, his My Space page still says 'Status: Horny.' And I'm like, at least have the decency to Skype me face to face." - Becca

"There are just so many different devices for guys to not call you on now. When I was your age, you could just be 'oh, he probably tried to call me and my line was busy, so you could just watch Falcon Crest and cry yourself to sleep." - Liz

"I don't have a birth certificate because I was born inside of Yankee Stadium." - Tracy

"Even prisoners have birthday parties. I saw one once on Oz and it was...interesting." - Kenneth

"It's a thing! The CW has them." - Liz, on Becca's job as a youth consultant

"He's coming! The plan is working! I bit my tongue!" - Kenneth

"We've narrowed it down to, own a Robo-Cop, hunt that elephant who paints, or breakfast in bed." - Kenneth, on what Tracy's wishes could be

"You're all so amazing. And to think I was just calling you a bunch of racists." - Tracy, to the cast and crew

"I also would have accepted 'you can't prove that's the Governor's semen." - Jack, on the the seven most important words in the legal system

"And now we are joined by a cobweb of rainbows..." - line from Becca's song

"Being terrible has never prevented success in the music business. Look at Biz Markie or The Doors." - Liz



30 Rock' Show & Cast Photos

    Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actor Alec Baldwin attends HBO

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    Actors Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski attend HBO

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    Actors Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski attend HBO

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    Actresses Tina Fey(L) and Amy Poehler attend the Governors Ball for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Writer-actress Tina Fey leaves HBO

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    Actress Tina Fey and TV Host Stephen Colbert attend the Governors Ball for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actor Alec Baldwin attends the Governors Ball for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor

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    Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor

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Wolfie Black

'K! I'm never watching this show again! The Doors were an amazing band! Have you heard "The End"? An 11 minute psychadelic and spiritual masterpiece!

March 12 2012 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

Liked Lithgow's World According to Garp reference.

March 11 2009 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CDB

Were those Harry and the Henderson clips for real? Or did they remake them to spoof them?

I think this is the funniest episode to date!

http://makeasitcom.com

March 06 2009 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jmt

They were completely real that movie was a favorite of mine as a kid, well, and as an adult also.

March 08 2009 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

I really didn't think this episode was all that great. It was still better than 99% of everything else out there, but not 30 Rocks finest work.
http://www.joeonthetube.com

March 06 2009 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nomorecrap

Can't believe they brought in Lithgow for just 2 lines and 2 scenes. What a waste.

March 06 2009 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

Frank was Penn Jilette in this episode.

March 06 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Taylor

It should be: Meanwhile, his MYFACE page still says 'Status: Horny.'

and Tracy said the racist line, not Frank.

March 06 2009 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

This ep started slow for me, but I liked the way it all came together -- as usual. The writing is sharp and brilliant.

Interesting sidenote: Tina was on Jimmy Fallon's new show on Tuesday night. She credits her daughter with some of the show's dialogue, notably: "I want to go to there."

March 06 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jesus

Can someone explain what John Lithgo jokes were about? I feel like I've missed the big picture with this episode.

March 06 2009 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Judah F. cleans up pretty good...wow would not have recognized him. This ep was awfully good even without the delectible Mr. Hamm.

March 06 2009 at 7:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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