30 Rock: Season 5, Episode 12

Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning (27 Jan. 2011)

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Jack tries to put together a benefit for a disaster that hasn't happened yet, Liz and Tracy come to blows as reality show cameras follow Tracy around, and a mock disaster scenario gives Lutz a rare position of control with the writers.


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Tracy has a reality TV crew following him around which Liz tries to use to her advantage, while Jack attempts to make a profit by pre-recording natural disaster telethons. Lutz lies to the writers to make him more valuable in the event of an apocalypse. Written by NBC Publicity

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Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning (#5.12)
14 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Jack makes a benefit for a disaster that didn't happen yet. In the meantime the cast wants to be prepared for the disaster and is sucking up to Lutz who claims to have a car. And Tracy has a reality TV going on who film him at work.

A pretty great episode. My absolute favorite in it is Lutz. Love all about him in it. His outfit to look good on Tracy's show, him lying about having a car and going on with the evil plan to have everyone sucking up to him.

The benefit story is awesome as well. Both what it ended up to be for and also the participation of Robert DeNiro.

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