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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack's Dad
Patricia (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)


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 »


Pete Hornberger: Remember that little secret I told you about Hornberger family planning?
Liz Lemon: You mean that you flat-out lied about getting a vasectomy? Don't tell me *that* backfired.
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References The Da Vinci Code (2006) See more »

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Very Jack-Centered Episode!
16 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The seventeenth episode in the first season of 30 Rock is more sitcom-like than previous episode, but because the plot mostly revolves around Jack, all can be forgiven. If you thought one Jack Donaghy was funny, wait until you meet the rest of the family. This episode brings together the Donaghy family for the first time and ends up with ensuing hilarity.

This episode, "The Fighting Irish," has Jack seeing his brother for the first time in seventeen years and he finds out he was taking care of his father before he died and is now broke. Meanwhile, Liz has been told she has to fire ten percent of her staff and Tracy is trying to find a church.

Overall, this is a funny episode and has some really good moments. I still can't believe how Alec Baldwin gets away with half the stuff he does on network television. But I ain't complaining. His moments with his family, including guest appearances by Molly Shannon, are the best part of this series. I rate this episode 9/10.

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