30 Rock: Season 1, Episode 4

Jack the Writer (1 Nov. 2006)

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Jack joins the writing staff during a meeting as an observer. He joins the group day after day and gets more and more involved in their work. The group gets annoyed by his weird, not so funny ideas and wants him to stop attending the meetings. It is up to Liz to tell Jack that he is no longer welcome at the meetings. After she does, Jack is more than just angry at her. Liz also has to deal with Cerie and the way she dresses, which distracts the male workers from their work. After Kenneth gets nachos for him from Yankee stadium, Tracy uses Kenneth for other "missions". Written by Anonymous

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Tracy Jordan: But I want you to know something... You and me, it's not gonna be a one-way street. Cos I dont believe in one-way streets. Not between people, and not while I'm driving.
Kenneth: Oh, okay.
Tracy Jordan: So here's some advice I wish I would have got when I was your age... Live every week, like it's shark week.
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"Beep, beep, ribby, ribby!"
29 September 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Jack the Writer sets another high standard for 30 Rock, by giving Alec Baldwin more juicy material to chew on and laying the path for hilarious interactions between other characters.

At first, the main problem appears to be nothing but the way Cerie (Katrina Bowden), Liz's young secretary, dresses at work, which results in most of the writing staff - Frank ahead of everyone else - being continuously distracted. Just as Liz thought everything was all right again, Jack starts showing up at every writers' meeting in order to better understand his employees and comes up with (weak) ideas for sketches, leading to a huge shortage of good material for TGS. Finally, the brilliant master/slave relationship between Tracy and Kenneth makes its debut here, as the naive page is ruthlessly exploited by the prickly movie star.

Aside from the limelight being temporarily granted to the good-looking Bowden (never a bad choice), the main pleasure of Jack the Writer is once again the flow of quotable dialogue. Best lines: Tracy's attitude towards life ("live every week like it's a shark week!"), his advice for maintaining your marriage solid ("Work that va-jay-jay!"), and, most of all, the dreadful catchphrase Jack insists someone write a skit around: "Beep beep, ribby ribby!". How could anyone doubt the show's status as one of the funniest things on American TV?

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