30 Rock: Season 2, Episode 3

The Collection (18 Oct. 2007)

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Jack is in the running for the G.E. chairmanship and hires a private eye to dig up any dirty secrets. The P.I. exposes Jack's enormous cookie jar collection (he was collector of the year ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Rossitano (credit only)
Cerie (credit only)
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Jack is in the running for the G.E. chairmanship and hires a private eye to dig up any dirty secrets. The P.I. exposes Jack's enormous cookie jar collection (he was collector of the year under the pseudonym Victor Nightingale) and advises him to get rid of it. Jenna is more successful than ever now that she's overweight, but panics when it turns out her happiness is making her lose weight. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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When the PI asks Jack if his family has any skeletons, among the items Jack lists is that "his cousin Tim fixes NBA games." In August 2007, real life former NBA referee Tim Donaghy plead guilty to charges related to betting on and fixing NBA games, for which he received 15 months in federal prison. See more »


During Liz's confrontation with Angie, Tracy's necklace changes position from outside his collar to inside his shirt several times. See more »


Tracy Jordan: [after Liz tells him he can't go to a strip club] I'm sorry, Liz, this is who I am. You can't ask a bird not to fly. You can't ask a fish not to swim. You can't ask a tiger not to turn back into a Chinese dude at midnight!
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16 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the third episode of the second season of 30 Rock and for the most part, it's funny. It does have the unfortunate title of being the weakest episode so far, but we are only three episodes in. But the highlight of the episode is the hilarious inclusion of Steve Buscemi. As an inspector looking into Jack's life, I just couldn't stop laughing.

In this episode, "The Collection," with Jack in the running for the new CEO, he hires an inspector to look into his life and he advises Jack to get rid of his cookie jar collection. Meanwhile, Liz has to keep an eye on Tracy to make sure he doesn't upset his wife. Finally, Kenneth is ordered to force Jenna to eat, so she won't lose her weight.

Overall, this is a solid episode. But I felt the cookie jar scenario was weak. The acting by Alec Baldwin and Buscemi makes it bearable, but it could have been better. I loved the Tracy scenes though, especially when his wife is ordering everyone around. I rate this episode 8/10.

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