30 Rock: Season 1, Episode 10

The Rural Juror (11 Jan. 2007)

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Jenna is mad at Liz because she thinks her new movie is terrible, and Jack helps Tracy create and market a new cooking machine.

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Tracy needs money and Jack advices him to use his name to sell a celebrity product. Jenna gets a guest-spot on "The View" to promote her movie "The Rural Juror". After getting a copy of the movie from Jenna, Liz struggles to tell her that it is no good. After she tells Jenna, they stop talking to each other. The rest of the staff also wants to see the movie and Josh steals the tape from Liz's office. Written by Anonymous

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According to the clapper-board, the director of "The Rural Juror" is C. Affleck (probably a nod to Casey Affleck) and the cinematographer is Tom Houghton, who actually shot some episodes of 30 Rock (2006). See more »

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Liz Lemon: [trying to figure out the title to Jenna's film] Could it be 'Roar her, gem her'?
Pete Hornberger: No, that doesn't make any sence. It's got to be 'Oral Germ Whore'.
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The Ru... what?
8 October 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The tenth episode of 30 Rock's first season is fairly Jenna-centric, a decision that pays off thanks to Jane Krakowski's endless energy and endearing interaction with Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch (this time appearing as Barbara Walters).

The main plot focuses on the Jenna's new film, which is about to hit theaters. Liz has been mispronouncing the title for weeks, and is relieved to finally read it correctly: The Rural Juror, based on a novel by Kevin Grisham (John's fictional brother). Unfortunately, it just so happens Liz hates he movie anyway, a fact Jenna interprets as jealousy since everyone else seems to like it. In the meantime, Tracy is in a desperate need for cash and asks Jack for help. Together, they come up with the idea of shooting an infomercial for a new product: the Tracy Jordan Meat Machine.

Krakowski has always been very funny in previous episodes (most notably The Aftermath), and here she gets to have a little more screen-time than usual, using that opportunity to prove she truly deserved the role (it was originally intended for Dratch) and has genuine chemistry with Fey. Added laughs come from the Jack/Tracy subplot, with another appearance by Chris Parnell as Dr. Spaceman and a clever joke about Whoopi Goldberg. To (mis)quote Tracy: Dyn-o-mite!


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