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"30 Rock" Kidney Now! (TV Episode 2009) Poster

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(2009)

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Jack Donaghy confronts Elvis Costello on his real identity, referring to him as "international art thief Declan MacManus." Declan MacManus is Elvis Costello's real name.
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Donald Glover, then a writer on the series, has a cameo as the gay kid in the audience at Tracy's high school. He was a last-minute substitute for an actor who did not show and improvised his memorable one-liner ("Who told?!").
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The singers got "Kidney Now" on the first take. The song was written in sections.
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The usual title card for Little Stranger, Inc. (Tina Fey's production company) at the end of this episode was replaced by a 1986 photo of Fey and her brother, Peter Fey, meeting Elvis Costello. Tina Fey, then 16, lined up after a concert outside the Tower Theater in Upper Darby Pa to meet Costello alongside her brother, a huge fan who in 2009 estimated he had seen Costello in concert "maybe 80 times."
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Liz states "He thinks he deserves a vajajay upgrade. He doesn't. He's not Tom Brady." Tina Fey appeared in classic the "Sexual Harassment and You" skit with Tom Brady in which Tina Fey's character is accepting of Tom Brady's advances over another coworker's. Saturday Night Live: Tom Brady/Beck (2005)
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During the graduation speech, Tracy Morgan changed the meaning of one of his lines by misdelivering it. The line was, "I have but one thing to say to all of you: be yourself! And I'm talking to you, clearly gay kid." (To which the "clearly gay kid" in the audience, played in a cameo by by then-staff writer Donald Glover, responds, "who told?!") However, Morgan instead delivered the line as, "And I'm talking to you clearly, gay kid"--changing the meaning of "clearly" from modifying the kid to describing how Tracy Jordan was speaking.
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At the end of the episode Liz (Tina Fey) says to Jack (Alec Baldwin), "It's been quite a year, huh?" Jack replies, "What are you talking about? It's May." This was a.minor fourth wall break as this was the final show of the season.
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Jack tells Liz that TGS has "got 2 more years at best." But 30 Rock (and probably TGS) got 4 more seasons/years after that.
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When Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) is crying about his high school dissection trauma, saying it wasn't a baby he was asked to dissect but a frog and he was too "chicken" to do it, Milton Greene (Alan Alda) says, "A guy crying about a chicken and a baby? I thought this was a comedy show." This is a reference to the final episode of Alda's series M*A*S*H (1972), M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983). In that episode, Hawkeye Pierce (Alda) 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 she killed. Similar to Tracy's dialogue, he cries as he says it wasn't a chicken, it was a baby. Alan Alda directed that episode of M*A*S*H (1972) so the psychiatric hospital was probably an excuse for him remain behind the camera rather than in front of it for most of the scenes with the other cast members.
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