30 Rock: Season 2, Episode 12

Subway Hero (17 Apr. 2008)

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Jack asks Liz to get her ex-boyfriend Dennis for the show after he becomes a hero for saving someone at a subway station, and tries to get Tracy to become an African-American spokesman for the Republican party.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Hornberger (credit only)
Josh Girard (credit only)


Jack asks Liz to book New York City's Subway Hero on the show, who turns out to be none other than Liz's clingy ex Dennis Duffy, aka "The Beeper King." Meanwhile,when a TV star from the '40s and '50s, Bucky Bright, is the only celebrity Jack can secure for a John McCain fundraiser, he tries to persuade Tracy to lend his star power to the Republican Party. Written by IMDb editor

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How Dennis Duffy became the "Subway Hero" is based off of the actions of Wesley Autrey who saved a 19-year-old who was having a seizure in the same manner that Dennis Duffy did: throwing himself on top of the man. See more »


There's a McHale's Navy cast photo, which was an ABC show, on the corridor wall of an NBC building. See more »


Bucky Bright: [Kenneth leads retired 50's TV writer Bucky Bright to the writers' room] We used to call this the "Jew room".
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Pretty Good Episode!
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the twelfth episode of the second season of 30 Rock and for the most part, it's a rather solid, enjoyable episode. But unfortunately, this may be the weakest episode in this very strong season. This episode features great writing, the usual performances by Baldwin, Fey, and Morgan, and an excellent guest appearance by Tim Conway. But I think this episode was brought down by Dean Winters as Liz's ex. He is just annoying, ungrateful, and not that funny.

In this episode, "Subway Hero," Jack wants Liz to bring the "Subway Hero" onto the show and this hero happens to be Liz's ex, Duffy. Meanwhile, Jack tries to convince Tracy to become a spokesperson for the Republican party after all he could find was washed-up celebrity named Bucky Bright.

Overall, this is still a good episode but I don't like Dean Winters in this episode and it seems like I was the only person who found him annoying. But other than that, everything else is still going strong. I rate this episode 8/10.

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