30 Rock: Season 1, Episode 17

The Fighting Irish (8 Mar. 2007)

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Eddie, Jack's brother, comes for a visit, who tells him that their father died. It turns out that Jack hasn't seen his father in 17 years and that Eddie took care of him for the rest of his life and is now broke and his now to live in the YMCA. While their first meeting ended in a fight, it is now time for them to reconcile. Liz is supposed to fire 10% of her staff and, as everyone finds out, the staff tries to please her as much as they can to not get fired. During aerobics Liz meets the guy who accidentally send her flowers on Valentine's Day and his girlfriend. Tracy is on the search for a church and asks everyone for advice. Written by Anonymous

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Nathan Lane stars as Eddie Donaghy, Jack's brother. At various times, Jack mentions Disney, associating it with Eddie. This is a small shout out to the fact that Nathan Lane was the voice of Timon on The Lion King. See more »

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[at the NBC Fitness Center]
Jenna Maroney: What class do you wanna take?
Liz Lemon: Uh, anything that doesn't have the word "strip," "salsa," or "beats" with a "z" in the name of it.
Jenna Maroney: Cardio Hip-Hop Groove it is, then.
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The Donaghys
14 October 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The Fighting Irish is one of those adorable Jack-centric episodes of 30 Rock, which let Alec Baldwin do whatever the hell he wants with his character and get away with it superbly. And if you thought one Donaghy was funny, just wait and see.

Things heat up in the workplace when Jack tells Liz she has to fire 10% of her staff, although she does kind of enjoy that sort of power when it turns out Liz Lemler, whose boyfriend she has a crush on, is eligible for sacking. Pete is in trouble with his wife because he lied to her about getting a vasectomy, and now the plan appears to have backfired (awesome). Tracy has been advised to find a religion before his next lawsuit, and considers becoming Irish Catholic after a "heartfelt" discussion with Eddie Donaghy (Nathan Lane), Jack's brother, who has shown up to report the news of their father's recent death. Turns out Eddie is broke and might be exploiting the grief to get some cash out of Jack.

All plot strands are hilarious, as always, but for sheer vitality and cruel irony the crown goes to Baldwin and Lane's double act (later joined by former SNL star Molly Shannon and other as the rest of the Donaghys), which gives a lot of new meanings to the concept of "brotherly love". And if there has to be a contest between the two, then the absolute winner is Baldwin. Why? Just check out the episode's conclusion - Jack's the man.


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