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"30 Rock" Kidney Now! (2009)

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30 Rock: Season 3: Episode 22 -- Season three finale: Milton's (Guest Star Alan Alda) health is at risk, while Liz (Tina Fey) enjoys new found fame as a relationship expert. Sherri Shepherd, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, Clay Aiken, Adam Levine guest star with other surprise musical guests.


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Original Air Date:
14 May 2009 (Season 3, Episode 22)
Jack brings in several famous musical artists to perform a benefit song so his biological father can get a kidney... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Season 3: Another great season for a comedy that delivers laugh after laugh with a very high level of consistency See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Tina Fey ... Liz Lemon

Tracy Morgan ... Tracy Jordan

Jane Krakowski ... Jenna Maroney

Jack McBrayer ... Kenneth Parcell

Scott Adsit ... Pete Hornberger

Judah Friedlander ... Frank Rossitano (credit only)

Alec Baldwin ... Jack Donaghy

Katrina Bowden ... Cerie

Keith Powell ... Toofer (credit only)

Kevin Brown ... Dot Com

Grizz Chapman ... Grizz

Alan Alda ... Milton Greene

Sherri Shepherd ... Angie Jordan

Chris Parnell ... Dr. Leo Spaceman
Napiera Groves ... Vontella (as Napiera D. Groves)

Clay Aiken ... Clay Aiken

Mary J. Blige ... Mary J. Blige

Elvis Costello ... Elvis Costello

Sheryl Crow ... Sheryl Crow

Mike D ... Mike D. (as Michael Diamond)

Adam Horovitz ... Adam Horovitz

Adam Levine ... Adam Levine

Sara Bareilles ... Sara Bareilles - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Steve Earle ... Steve Earle - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Wyclef Jean ... Wyclef Jean - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Norah Jones ... Norah Jones - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Talib Kweli ... Talib Kweli - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Cyndi Lauper ... Cyndi Lauper

Michael McDonald ... Michael McDonald - He Needs a Kidney Performed by
Rhett Miller ... Rhett Miller - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Moby ... Moby - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Robert Randolph ... Robert Randolph - He Needs a Kidney Performed by
Rachael Yamagata ... Rachael Yamagata - He Needs a Kidney Performed by

Paula Pell ... Paula Hornberger
Matt Ballinger ... White Kid

Sue Galloway ... Sue

Donald Glover ... Gay Kid
Capathia Jenkins ... Principal
Bobby Blanski ... Handsome Fiancé

Emalee Burditt ... Woman

Kay Cannon ... Young Woman

Helen Coxe ... Gay Man's Fiancé
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julia Murney ... Courtney (uncredited)
Sara Gabrielle Paterno ... Talk Show Guest with Snake (uncredited)
Tom Townsend ... Donor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Scardino 
Writing credits
Tina Fey (created by)

Jack Burditt (written by) &
Robert Carlock (written by)

Kay Cannon  executive story editor
Donald Glover  executive story editor

Produced by
Alec Baldwin .... producer
Jack Burditt .... co-executive producer
Irene Burns .... co-producer
Robert Carlock .... executive producer
Tina Fey .... executive producer
Shannon Fogarty .... associate producer (as Shannon J. Fogarty)
Eric Gurian .... associate producer
Matt Hubbard .... supervising producer
Marci Klein .... executive producer
Jerry Kupfer .... producer
Lorne Michaels .... executive producer
David Miner .... executive producer
Jon Pollack .... consulting producer
Jeff Richmond .... supervising producer
John Riggi .... co-executive producer
Don Scardino .... producer
Diana Schmidt .... co-producer
Lindsay Shookus .... associate producer
Andrew Singer .... associate producer
Ron Weiner .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Richmond 
Cinematography by
Matthew Clark (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Meg Reticker 
Casting by
Jennifer McNamara  (as Jennifer McNamara Shroff)
Production Design by
Teresa Mastropierro 
Keith Raywood  (as Keith Ian Raywood)
Art Direction by
Peter Baran 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Greenberg 
Costume Design by
Tom Broecker 
Makeup Department
Guy Bayo .... hair stylist
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
Richard F. Esposito .... hair stylist (as Richard Esposito)
Souraya Hamdi .... makeup artist
Duane Moody .... hair stylist
Clariss Morgan .... hair department head
Jenn 'Jorge' Nelson .... makeup department head (as Jorge Nelson)
Stacey Panepinto .... makeup artist
Production Management
Diana Schmidt .... unit production manager
William Sell .... production supervisor (as Bill Sell)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Lee Davis .... first assistant director
Bellamy Forrest .... second assistant director
Art Department
Leonard John Bruno .... art department coordinator (as Leonard Bruno)
Thomas Costabile .... construction coordinator (as Tom Costabile)
Elina Kother .... charge scenic (as Elina Kotler)
Kevin Ladson .... property master (as Kevin C. Ladson)
Yvonne Mojica .... graphic designer
Michael Leather .... leadman (uncredited)
Eugene Melvin .... second on-set dresser (uncredited)
Eric M. Metzger .... props (uncredited)
Hunter Popalis .... art production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Fondulas .... boom operator
Tony Pipitone .... sound re-recording mixer
Griffin Richardson .... sound mixer
Christina Faist-Glass .... sound studio manager (uncredited)
Chris Foster .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Daniel McIntosh .... sound mixer: tandem unit (uncredited)
Marsha McKeever .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
James David Redding III .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Murray .... visual effects
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Agliata .... camera operator
Michael Cambria .... first assistant camera (as Mike Cambria)
Kenny Dodd .... gaffer (as Kenneth Dodd)
Jeffrey Dutemple .... first assistant camera
Michael Gallart .... lighting console programmer
Albino Marsetti .... camera operator
Jerad Molkenthin .... electrician
Jesse L. Saviola .... grip
Paul Wachter .... key grip (episode)
Kevin L. Bright .... grip (uncredited)
Nicole Cosgrove .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert K. Feldmann .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Aaron Kirby .... loader (uncredited)
Eric Leigh .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Katja Blichfeld .... casting associate
Trey Lawson .... casting associate
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alethea McElroy .... key costumer
Mary Jo McGrath .... key costumer (as MJ McGrath)
Tim McKelvey .... costume supervisor
Chris Ann Pappas .... assistant costume designer
Michael Kale .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Kisner .... costume coordinator (uncredited)
Laura Sewrey .... shopper (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Shannon Fogarty .... post-production (as Shannon J. Fogarty)
Keith Jenson .... colorist: dailies
Elizabeth Merrick .... assistant editor
Alex Minnick .... assistant editor
Bobbie Thomas .... colorist
Ellen Tam .... editing room assistant (uncredited)
Ashley Wigfield .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Richmond .... music arranger
Giancarlo Vulcano .... music editor
Jim Bruening .... music copyist (uncredited)
Jonathan Schultz .... score editor & mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom Leavey .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... transportation co-captain (as Robert Marsh)
Other crew
Kay Cannon .... executive story editor
Tom Ceraulo .... script co-coordinator
Claire Cowperthwaite .... script supervisor
Chris George .... location manager
Donald Glover .... executive story editor (as Donald Glover II)
Todd Judson .... production coordinator
Clint Koltveit .... assistant to producer
Tami Sagher .... executive story editor
Ryan Scatenato .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Meryle Selinger .... production accountant
Tracey Wigfield .... script co-coordinator
Dionne Audain .... stand-in: Mary J. Blige (uncredited)
Nick Bernardone .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Bernstein .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Laura Lynn Berrios .... stand-in/photo double (uncredited)
Marlo Carroll .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Coker .... production assistant (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... title designer (uncredited)
Brit Cowan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brandon K. Hines .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Majkut .... production assistant (uncredited)
Keith Marlin .... paperwork production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew McGovern .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Kerry O'Brien .... production assistant (uncredited)
Adam Taylor .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Tina Fey  created by

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Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan ) is crying about his high school dissection trauma, saying he wasn't a baby, he was chicken, Milton Green (Alan Alda) says "Crying about babies and chickens? I thought this was a comedy show." This is a reference to the final episode of Alda's "M*A*S*H" (1972) series. In that episode, entitled _M*A*S*H Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983_ )the Alan Alda character Hawkeye Pierce spends much of the episode in a psychiatric hospital, having witnessed a traumatic event. He remembers a Korean woman killing a chicken, so as to not be heard by enemy soldiers. Upon treatment, however, he recalls the truth - that it was a baby. Much like Tracy's character, he cries when asked if it was a chicken. He says "Oh, my God! Oh, my God! I didn't mean for her to kill it. I did not - I - I just wanted it to be quiet. It was - it was a baby! She, she smothered her own baby!!"See more »
Milton Green:A guy crying about a chicken and a baby? I thought this was a comedy show.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Today" (1952)See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Season 3: Another great season for a comedy that delivers laugh after laugh with a very high level of consistency, 22 May 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

With the UK recently only finishing season 2 of 30 Rock, who can blame me for getting a fellow IMDb user to send me season 3 as he records it off a US network? After all season 2 was not only cut short due to the writers' strike but it was also as consistently funny and creative as the first season had been. I am only human after all - it is unfair to expect me to wait another year or so until Five US decides to get hold of this. Anyway, I owe my fellow user a debt because season 3 doesn't disappoint and is as good as the previous two seasons had been. Recently I read a small bit in the paper about whether this or The Office was the better sitcom and, in my review of season 3 of The Office I stated that I thought that was the better sitcom but that 30 Rock was the better comedy. I said that and 30 Rock confirms it because, while The Office does a better job of having more in way of narrative and structure to its comedy, 30 Rock produces a lot more laughs in each very tight 20-odd minute episode.

Whether it is Kenneth seeing the world as singing, cheerful muppets, Liz's catastrophic mis-reading of situations, Jenna's selfish behaviour or Tracey's wonderfully daft opinions, each episode is rich in humour that is as creative and clever as it is fast paced and hilarious. OK there are some narrative threads that provide some structure but mostly the flow of each episode is about the jokes - the "plots" are really just there to provide enough structure to make a series. There are a couple of weaker episodes in season 3 it must be said but the way you recognise them says a lot about the quality of the show - you recognise them because there are maybe only about 3 or 4 laugh-out-loud moments in the episode as opposed to the usual 10 or so. It tells you all you need to know when an "off-day" for a show is still well worth seeing, funny and enjoyable and that is the case here in S3. It is the stronger episodes that have the best "out of nowhere, throw-away moments" that actually get the biggest laughs – season highlight for me being Liz enjoying some time at home singing about her "night cheese" – hilarious and very true to the character of Liz Lemon but yet only the first few seconds of an unrelated scene.

As was the case before, S3 has several big names guests of varying impact but as in S2, one doesn't get the feeling that this is the clamour for attention that many shows will get with cameos. Often these come because a show is flagging and this is an easy attempt to boost ratings but with 30 Rock it continues to feel like stars genuinely want to be involved and their appearance is part of the joke rather than a clumsy insert. It is telling that the episodes with special cameos are not "better" than those that "only" (!) have to rely on the main cast. Speaking of which, the main cast continue to be a very impressive bunch indeed even though there are some characters that continue to become more part of the background than they started out being – Powell's Toofer, Ross's Josh and Lutz's Lutz being the most notable but Friendlander (Frank) and Adsit (Pete) also have a little less to do than before. This is the reverse of many shows (eg The Office has opened out its cast to make more use of the supporting players to good effect) but somehow the strong material means it doesn't matter.

30 Rock is by far my favourite comedy of the moment and I cannot believe that I ignored it when it first came to the UK when I should have been singing its praises to people in the same way as I do with The Wire. Great writing, a very high number of laughs per short episodes, inspired and creative comedy and great performances. Of course the downside now is that there will be a good long wait before I get more of it.

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