30 Rock S05E22: "Everything Sunny All the Time Always"

Synopsis

Liz realizes that she needs to take control of her personal life by fixing up her dream apartment, but she encounters an obstacle along the way. Meanwhile, Jack has his own problems to deal with when Avery is held hostage. Elsewhere, Tracy finds out that Kenneth, Dotcom and Grizz have bonded in his absence.Guest stars Margaret Cho and Condoleezza Rice as herself.

Episode Details

Episode
S05E022 (522)
First aired
28-Apr-2011
Transcript
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Writer
Kay Cannon & Matt Hubbard
Director
Don Scardino
Frank's Hat
Nap Partner, Casual Flosser
0:00
Sherry
[singing with Jack] Hush island baby, tomorrow you shuck the cane. Your little fingers bloody, prepare to be whipped.
Jack
[singing with Sherry] Hush island baby, tomorrow you shuck the cane. Your little fingers bloody, prepare to be whipped.

This is just messed up. Is this supposed to be some kind of Trinidadian slavery nursery rhyme?? I guess it’s not much worse than a lot of our nursery rhymes or fairy tales. A lot of them are twisted and evil but we just don’t notice because they’ve been around since birth.

Take Hansel & Gretel: Cannibalistic witch attempts to fatten and then eat children. They win when they burn her alive instead. I found a nice Top Ten list of gruesome fairy tales you may enjoy.

0:11
Jack
She’s asleep. [computer rings and Jack answers it]
Avery
Hey! It’s mommy! I’m in Beijing!
Jack
Shh! Liddy just went to sleep.
Avery
Well wake her up, Jack. She needs to hear her mother’s voice.
Jack
No, when she’s ready Doctor Kevorkian says we have to put her down. He’s a very good paediatrician but that is an unfortunate name.

They love making fun of the doctors! So good. Dr. Jack Kevorkian is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient’s right to die via physician-assisted suicide. He’s known as Dr. Death and has helped over 130 people die. It’s exactly the kind of name you want for your paediatrician.

I also love the expression “put her down.” I don’t know if parents realize that before you have children this universally means “lethal injection.” As in “oh, Sparky got skin cancer, poor thing, so we had to put him down.” Seriously, that’s the only recorded use of “put him down” you ever hear before parents suddenly start using it to mean “tuck my child in for a nap.” Friggin creepy. Just stop using it, please.

0:31
Avery
Oh, c’mon! She’ll fall back asleep.
Jack
No. Call back tomorrow. She has babynomics at eleven.
Avery
Liddy! It’s your mother! Impressing! Impressing!
Jack
[closes computer]

Babynomics?? I assume this is a riff on Reaganomics, which Jack and Avery would be all over. Reagonmics, being the economic policies promoted by the U.S. President Ronald Reagan. That would make babynomics the economic policies promoted by… babies? They’re starting early.

I was just talking to friends about this the other day. When I grew up kids were just kids until they started getting into organized sports and music lessons and stuff when they were.. I don’t know.. 7 or 8? Now kids are into this stuff at 2. Swimming lessons, music lessons, gymboree. What the hell, man? At this rate parented will be negligent if they don’t have their fetuses in pre-natal piano lessons.

0:41
Liz
God, Tracy could have cleaned up before he left. And why did he leave all this soda here?
Jenna
What are you doing? That’s his urine.
Liz
He is not well.

Ew. I think this is a mix of a couple things. The first is when Howard Hughes got old and went crazy and holed up in his personal theatre and peeing in jars. At least that’s what the movie showed.

The second is from Tina Fey herself. “What?!” say you? “Tina Fey writes episodes of 30 Rock?!” It’s true! One of her lines from her new book Bossypants is how you can tell the difference between the male and female writers. Because although very few of the male writers peed in bottles, none of the female writers did. I’m pretty sure that’s how Frank ended up with his Sun Tea experiment from S04E06 “Sun Tea.”

0:53
Liz
Someday this place is going to be a kick-ass duplex like on Diff’rent Strokes.
Jenna
Conrad Bain once slapped me in a men’s room.

Ahh Diff’rent Strokes. Much beloved sitcom of 1978-1986. They actually lived in a penthouse, but it was kick-ass. Conrad Bain was the caring dad in Diff’rent Strokes that took in the two black orphans (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson). He’s obviously a woman-slapping dick.

Wait. Why was Jenna in the men’s room?

0:59
Liz
I just gotta get rid of all these boxes. I don’t even know what this stuff is anymore. [pulls out box] Comencé a estudiar these but then… yo gave up. [throws box in garbage bag] Here’s the novel I never finished.
Jenna
[reading novel] Liz stabbed Jenna repeatedly.

That’s Liz’s best Spanish, which translates to “I started studying…” Well, the rest is just in English.

1:17
Jenna
“The Secret?” I gave you this five years ago. You still haven’t read it?
Liz
Uch.
Jenna
It works, Liz. Look at me. Ever since I started secreting I’ve become a TV star, I’ve found my soul mate, you saw how flat Gwyneth Paltrow sang at the Oscars. I visualized all of that.

The Secret is a self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, topping the best-seller charts and being featured on Oprah. Many people call bullshit on The Secret as you can summarize it as “think positively and you will have success!” I dunno, I’ve never read it. Some people thrive on self-help books, as if their natural state is unhappy and unmotivated, and only via a steady stream of people telling them to be happier and more motivated can they reach normalcy. I guess it would be good for them.

Though if you spend all of your time reading positive thinking and motivation books I think you’re missing the point. After you achieve these things you’re supposed to live your life. Stop reading the books now.

I also love he way Jenna pronouncing “secreting.” I actually don’t know if there’s another way to pronounce it, but suh-KREE-ting just reminds me of breast milk or snail slime or some sort of seafloor pituitary organism.

1:35
Liz
Jenna, the only way to make things happen in the real world is by taking action.
Jenna
Oh I’ve taken action. It dries your mouth out but the sex is amazing.

Nice;) I like how you can, with the right inflection, take anything to be either sexual or drug-related. “Hey, ever try purple fish?” Well, now that’s either going to be a type of oddly shaped condom or a type of LSD that makes you crave seafood.

1:42
Liz
No, I’m talking about taking control. Like I do every day at work. I found Tracy, I saved the show, I always think of a third thing when I’m listing stuff.
Jenna
If taking control is so great then how do you explain your personal life. I mean, look at the Post-It on your sweater.
Liz
[looks at Post-In on her sweater that reads “DO NOT WEAR AGAIN WITHOUT WASHING!!!”] Oh boy. You’re right. I just have to care about myself as much as I care about work. Starting right now, I’m going to clean this apartment while I learn Spanish.
Jenna
Last year I used The Secret to learn Spanish and now I’m fluent. [enunciating carefully] “Rosa. I know you stole my necklace. I’ll have your son deported. Oh wait, I found my necklace.”
Liz
Oh boy.

Uh, none of this needs explanation but it’s all hilarious as hell. The third thing while listing stuff? Post-It note on sweater? Heavily enunciated English is Jenna’s version of Spanish? Fantastic;)

2:44
Liz
Great news, Jack. I’ve got a new life philosophy that I call “Lizbeanism.”
Jack
I see. And uh, how did you come up with that name.
Liz
Well, I’m Liz, and obviously my philosophy is simple like a bean. I’m fixing problems in my personal life the same way I fix problems at work. I saved the show, now I’m going to save me. Because Lizbeanism mean that I am a dyke… against the rising waters of mediocrity.
Jack
Good for you, Lemon.

Hmm do I need to explain this? Well, okay. I have a lot of foreign readers. But just this once.

Lizbeanism sounds like lesbainism which is super hot woman-on-woman action unless of course we’re talking about flabby couch lesbians that thrive on Häagen-Dazs, cooking shows, and sloth. Less hot.

[Update:] And obvious enough that I missed it, but reader mhd pointed out that yes, “dyke” means both “damn that holds back water” and “lesbian.” Got that? “Lesbian.” God bless ‘em.

3:31
Jack
You’re taking control of your destiny. No matter how strait the gate or charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
Liz
That’s from Invictus. Wait, who was the white guy in that?

Invictus is a short Victorian poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). Its theme is stoicism in the face of adversity and he wrote it when he was 17 after having his foot amputated. It was also the inspiration for the 2009 film of the same name. And reader Blake pointed out the white guy in Invictus is Matt Damon, who plays Liz’s boyfriend Carol in 30 Rock.

4:51
Tracy
No no no no no. No. You three are not allowed to have inside jokes that I’m not a part of. I can have inside jokes that you’re not a part of. For example: hot feet or ask Melissa about it. But my entourage serves ME, and “smooth move, Fergusen” is not funny to ME, so it is forbidden, understand? Next order of business, Griz’s DVD reviews for this weekend.
Griz
[reading off a card] You wouldn’t expect a movie called “Somewhere” to go absolutely nowhere…

Just in case you’re wondering, “hot feet” and “ask Melissa about it” aren’t inside jokes from 30 Rock. You can stop searching now.

Somewhere is a 2010 movie written and directed by Sophia Coppola. I’ve never heard of it, but it got 72% on RottenTomatoes.com, so that’s not bad! Though she also did Lost in Translation which I hated. That one went absolutely nowhere.

5:23
Liz
[singing montage] Sometimes we use a song to move a story along and explain it to you. Woo! Cuz Liz is taking charge, she’s in control of everything she do. In her personal life, hey hey nah nah, in her personal life. Here comes the story obstacle now…

Gross! While Liz is cleaning her apartment she pulls down a light fixture to clean it and the dead bugs inside fall into her mouth. Eww!

6:03
Jack
[computer rings] That’s your mother, Liddy. Say hello. [answers computer]
Avery
[wearing Ronald Reagan mask and lingerie] Who’s ready for Skype sex?
Jack
No. No no, this is the Liddy call.
Avery
What? I can’t see. [takes off mask] Oh!
Sherry
You people have too much money.
Avery
Hi Sherry! I don’t know why our daughter would be afraid of Reagan.
Jack
Are you accusing me of not doing enough Reagan time with her?
Avery
No, of course not.

Oh these two and their Reagan! They’re even incorporating him into sex. Sick. I mean, Avery’s pretty hot, but could you imagine looking into Reagan’s rubbery floppy face while having sex? Go ahead. Imagine it.

6:24
Avery
Listen, News wants me to extend the trip. But I can get it out of it if you need me there to help.
Jack
[ponders] No. You stay.
Avery
Are you sure?
Jack
I’m sure. Bring back some throwing stars for Liddy.

Throwing stars or shuriken are ninja weapons. Every kid has probably made them in shop class or out of cardboard or… well, pretty much anything that you can throw. Who didn’t pretend they were a ninja when they were kid??

6:43
Avery
I will, and thank you for being the best husband ever. [puts Regan mask back on] So do you want to watch me eat jelly beans? Real slow?
Jack
Yes.

Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans and always had a big jar on his desk while President of the United States.

7:58
Thomas Roberts
[on TV] We go now to a pre-taped statement from super crazy Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il.
Kim Jong-il
[on TV] [speaking Korean, with voice over translating to English] People of North Korea, it is your dear leader Kim Jong-il, world’s greatest golfer and movie director and best man at Tom Brady’s wedding. As we all know, the decadent Western journalist-spy Laura Ling left us because she can’t party as hard as we can. I know, right? But now, another American reporter has come to North Korean because it’s awesome and we have enough food. Her name is Avery Jessup and like me, her hair is blonde. [North Koreans saluting]
Thomas Roberts
[on TV] One of our own, NBC’s Avery Jessup Donaghy, detained in North Korean. More on that as it develops, but first, it’s never too early to plan your dog’s Halloween costume.

Kim Jong-il is the super crazy dictator of North Korea, aka Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), aka “The Hermit Kingdom.” They’re still stubbornly old school communist and subsequently dirt poor and technologically lagging. I’ve also read North Koreans are 3-4” shorter than South Koreans due to insufficient nutrition.

The part of Kim Jong-il is played by Margaret Cho, which is fitting because Kim Jong-il totally looks like a chick. Sort of an ugly butchy lesbian, actually.

8:55
Jack
I told her to stay. I didn’t want her at home. This is my fault.
Jonathan
Sir, if you say one more syllable, that’s a haiku.
Jack
Leave.

Very nice;) Haikus are a Japanese form of poetry consisting of 5 syllables, then 7, then antother 5.

9:08
Liz
I’m not afraid of you, City Hall. Let’s do this. [goes in]
Liz
[leaves, dishevelled, dragging stanchion] [to man going in] Don’t go in there! Run, citizen! [leaves, coughing]

This scene was a little weird. Really short and kind of cheesy in an over-the-top way.

10:04
Jack
Kim Jong-il runs a vast propaganda machine. Evidently his latest insane idea is to bring in a Western journalist to report on how the free world is being conquered by North Korea.
Avery
[cut to TV broadcast] [title: American News Channel USA] And in food news, you’ve had enough to eat today. Now here with the weather is Johnny Mountain.
Kim Jong-il
[on TV] North Korea, everything is sunny all the time. Always good time beach party. Back to you, Avery.

Many North Koreans believe Kim Jong-il has the magical power to control the weather based on his mood. True story.

10:30
Liz
You have to call President Clinton. He got Lisa Ling’s sister out of North Korea.
Jack
President inter-Bush is out of the question. Avery will never accept his help. She can’t forgive him for not hitting on her during the 1996 Democratic convention.
Liz
She’s much too thin.

In 2009, Kim Jong-il did actually capture two American journalists that “illegally” entered the country through China, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were working for the US independent cable television network Current TV. Ex-President Bill Clinton has to go over and talk him into releasing the journalists.

And — damn — I’m pretty sure the “she’s much too thin” crack is directly aimed at Monica Lewinsky, the infamous intern who gave Clinton head in the oval office. I’m pretty sure when you’re the “leader of the free world” it should come with perks, but I’m not sure about blow jobs. I mean, I’d like to imagine they flow like tap water, but it probably doesn’t work that way in practice.

10:41
Jack
I do, of course, have some connections, but my best bet is fraught. I never should have broken up with Condi via text message.
Liz
You broke up with Condoleezza Rice by text?
Jack
Me plus you equals frowny face.
Liz
Yeah, you can’t call her.
Jack
I know. But I am going to solve this. Just like you are going to solve your equally important bag in a tree situation. Invictus, Lemon.

Condoleezza Rice was the US Secretary of State under George W. Bush. And yeah, she’s playing herself. I’m impressed she’s got this good a sense of humour!

In S01E08 “The Break Up,” Jack implied he was dating Condi.

Me + U = 🙁

11:42
Kenneth
Well what about this? Miss Maroney was here screaming at Mr. Rossitano. Later that day she got her hair cut.
Jenna
Aw, thank you.
Kenneth
The point is, her hair was longer then.

Kenneth was fantastic in this scene. It’s the first time I’m seen him truly annoyed. The withering look he gave Jenna was priceless. What caused this?? He’s normally so endearingly sweet and chipper. I love this new facet.

11:53
Tracy
J. Mo, how long would it take for your hair to grow back.
Jenna
It depends. Do you have access to horse semen?
Tracy
You know I do.
Jenna
Give me three weeks.

Horse semen does cause hair to grow, but revoltingly it needs to be ingested. There are amino acids in the semen that stimulate the proto-stem cells in the hair folicles and produce more hair than normal. There are recipes online as to how you can mix it with yogurt or protein powder to make it more palatable.

12:06
Liz
Kch, stupid grappling hook can’t catch one little bag. [pulls sign off grappling hook and throws it in a pile of signs] [to bag] You think I’m giving up? Did I give up when that squirrel I trained to retrieve you just ran away? You will not win, Mr. Bag.
Mr. Bag
But Liz, I already have.
Liz
What did you say??
Mr. Bag
Jack’s wrong. No human is truly the master of his fate. Even your dream apartment can’t protect you from… death. I’m not ruining your view, I’m reminding you of your mortality cuz you know I’ll be here long after you’re gone, the wind rustling against my genitals. That’s right, bags have genitals.
Liz
You don’t know me!
Mr. Bag
Go ahead, buy nesting tables. Paint an accent wall. I’ll watch the EMTs take you out in my cousin, a body bag.
Liz
[gasps]

This whole scene is just bizarre. They decided against having this conversation/realization with Jack or some other character and instead animated a bag to talk to Liz?? Hilarious;)

That’s right. Bags have genitals. Would that mean you can have a bag bag?

13:02
Tracy
K-9, Operation Fergusen status report.
Kenneth
Rain, check. Room temperature, check. Miss Maroney’s hair length, check.
Jenna
Do you like it? If you say no I’ll drown myself.

K-9 is an abbreviation and homophone of Canine. That’s directly from Wikipedia. “Homophone??” Apparently that’s “a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning.” There ya go. Now ya learned something.

13:38
Tracy
Hey, what’s my boy K.J. doing on TV?
Frank
What? That’s Kim Jong-il.
Tracy
Yeah, we did a movie together he directed and co-starred in.
Tracy
[cut to movie] [karate fighting bad guys] Death to the CIA! Let us all increase production of millet and sunflowers!
Kim Jong-il
[movie] I defuse bomb, black partner. Hasta la vista, baby. [high fives Tracy]

Dear Leader (that’s what North Koreans call him) seems to like his American movie mashups. I think the “I defuse bomb, black partner” is a reference to Lethal Weapon 3, where Riggs goes to refuse a bomb with his black partner Murtaugh. “Hasta la vista, baby” is the Terminator’s line from Terminator 2.

And I love that the “American CIA Helicopter” is a car with that stenciled on the side of it.

14:04
Frank
Dude, I think you did a North Korean propaganda film.
Tracy
It was either that or play a rapping doorman in a Kate Hudson movie.
Frank
Oh, okay.

Kate Hudson is an actress best known for Almost Famous (2000), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), The Skeleton Key (2005), and Bride Wars (2009).

In 1978 Kim Jong-il captured Shin Sang-ok, a South Korean film director and forced him to create seven films with Jong-il acting as executive producer, including a Gozilla ripoff. I mean, I knew he was crazy, but I figured they were kind of exaggerating in this episode. Not so much. I think they toned him down a bit to make it more believable.

15:20
Jack
What is this? My God. They’re letting her speak.
Avery
[on TV] [title: Western Lie-Monger Apologizes] For the past three weeks I have been honoured to partake in a political re-education regimen. I have voluntarily taken several floggings for being an arrogant American.
Jack
That’s okay. She’s tough. We do a lot of pirate-themed sexual role play. I’m a parrot.
Avery
[on TV] Also I spend eight hours a day breaking concrete blocks to learn to be an obedient worker.
Jack
No problem. She pays a thousand dollars an hour to do that with her trainer.
Avery
[on TV] And I have concluded that capitalism may be flawed.
Jack
[gasps] My God! What are those monsters doing to her?

The American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling that Kim Jong-il detained were sentenced to 12 years hard labour😉

15:22
Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s Assistant
Dr. Rice.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Well look what the cat dragged in.
Jack
Hello, Condi. You’re looking well.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
You know, I’ve been to the DMZ. They have signs. Can your wife not read.

DMZ = demilitarized zone, the buffer between two enemies mutually agreed to contain no military presence. The North-South Korean DMZ is 250km long, 4km long, and tons of crazy stuff has happened there in the 55+ years it’s been in existence, including tunnel digging and an axe murder. The South Koreans also have badass-looking Samsung automated gun turrets pointing north.

Condi’s assistant is actually played by Condi’s actual assistant, Georgia Godfrey.

16:18
Jack
Condi, we’re not doing this.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Oh we ARE doing this.
Jack
I’m sorry that I broke up with you by text. I’m sorry I went drinking with Karl Rove on Valentine’s Day. I’m sorry that I said your favourite movie was lame.
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Mars Attacks! is awesome. Now admit that I’m better at the piano than you are at the flute.
Jack
Never.

Karl Rove was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush during the same time Condoleezza Rice was the Secretary of State.

17:23
Liz
[cutting Mr. Bag’s branch] You know what, Mr. Bag? I WILL have a nice day! I’m going to hang you in your kitchen and fill you with other bags. You will eat your family!
Policeman
Hey! That’s city property. Put the saw down.
Liz
No I almost got him!
Policeman
Right now! Don’t think I won’t tase you, all right? I’ve got OCD and I love doing paperwork.
Liz
[finishes cutting branch, freeing bag, which she catches]
Policeman
[tases Liz]
Liz
Ahhh! It’s worth it! [collapses]

Ever vigilant reader Blake points out this cop is the same cop that appeared in S04E08 “Secret Santa” who busts Frank, Toofer and Lutz after Liz frames them for a bomb threat. He’s the one who says “Are you Al Qaeda?”

17:53
Jack
[answers phone] Avery?
Avery
Jack! Oh thank God. I forgot the US country code but then I remembered it’s number 1!
Jack
How are you calling me?
Avery
Nobody here’s ever seen an iPhone. I told them it was my razor. I have to shave my legs with it but they have an app for that.

American Number 1! It is, actually. I guess that’s what you get when you invent the telephone system. Oh and Canada is number 1 as well. So it’s a North American thing. Don’t you love how I throw Canadian stuff in there all the time? Cuz I’m a Canuck. You’re welcome.

Of course they do. Check out the MyRazor app for the iPhone.

18:08
Jack
Oh Avery I’m sorry. This is all my fault. I told you to stay.
Avery
No. This is nobody’s fault. Except maybe that pansy Harry Truman for not taking down this country when he had the chance.
Jack
Truman!

Harry S. Truman.  33rd President of the United States. Dropper of the atomic bomb. Yeah. He was the bomb guy. Duck and cover? Nuclear holocaust? The Road Warrior? Harry S. Truman.

Also, remember the Korean War (1950-1953)? The US kind of lost that one. Also Harry S. Truman.

18:18
Avery
Look, my battery’s dying and the outlets here are shaped weird and I don’t think they have any electricity in them anyway so I don’t want you to worry about me. They actually love me here. I already won a North Korean Emmy. So if I don’t ever make it home…

A real Emmy looks like “a winged woman holding an atom.” A North Korean Emmy looking like an ugly chunk lesbian holding an atom.

18:31
Jack
Avery don’t say that. I spoke… to Condoleezza.
Avery
Really? Did you also call Sally Ride and her sister?

Okay to be completely honest I just went out to an 80th birthday celebration and I’m really drunk right now, but this one makes no sense. Sally Ride is a former NASA astronaut and the first American woman to go into space, aboard the Challenger on June 18, 1983. So far not funny. No controversy, no sex with sea life, no religious zealotry, nothing so much as a parking ticket. Her sister is named Karen “Bearful” Ride, who is a Presbyterian minister. Odd nickname, but otherwise not funny. Someone explain this one to me.

19:56
Liz
I did it, Jack. I got the bag. You were right. No matter how much the gate is strait, or who punishes the scrolls, I am the captain of my holes! Or whatever. We are in control!

[Update:] Sam Adams rightfully pointed out that this is pretty hilarious. Sam Adams is correct. Liz’s effed up rendition of Jack’s earlier Invictus speech is pretty fantastic.

20:17
Avery
[on TV] [title: Live, Western Reporter Married Kim Jong-un, He’s Okay With How Much Shorter She Is Than Him] Uh, I’m sorry, what’s happening?`
Kim Jong-un
[on TV] [kisses Avery’s cheek] [scattered applause]
Jack
They’re never going to let her go. Avery’s now married to Kim Jong-il’s son, Kim Jong-un.
Liz
What?!
Delivery Guy
[drops bags off his bike which float up into Liz’s tree]
Liz
Nooooo! Mortality!
Delivery Guy
Smooth move, Fergusen.

Kim Jong-un is indeed the son of Kim Jong-il. Let’s see how much crazy did he inherit? He’s actually the youngest of three sons. Why is the youngest inheriting the throne? His eldest half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, had been the favorite to succeed, but reportedly fell out of favour after 2001, when he was caught attempting to enter Japan on a fake passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland. It’s not even a good Disneyland. Kim Jong-un is also “exactly like his father” and “is a big drinker and never admits defeat.” Sounds like perfect qualities for a leader for 25 million people.

20:43
Kim Jong-il
Put that coffee down. Coffee for closer only. I’m here from Pock and Kim. I’m here on a mission of mercy. Your name Levine?
Tracy
Yeah.
Kim Jong-il
You call yourself a salesman you son of a bitch?
Tracy
I don’t have to listen to this.
Kim Jong-il
No, you don’t, man. Cuz the good news is you’re fired! Oh, have I got your attention now?
Tracy
The leads are weak!
Kim Jong-il
The leads are weak!? YOU’RE weak! Luke, I am your father! Ghostbusters! [draws gun] Let’s go, black partner.
Tracy
[draws gun and follows]

Nice! The start of this dialogue is from the 1992 movie Glengarry Glen Ross, in which Alec Balwin starred, and did an amazing job. Seriously, I could just watch this scene over and over. Then they go into Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980 & 2004 Versions, 2-Disc Widescreen Edition) (“Luke, I am your father!”), 1984’s Ghostbusters, and back into the “black partner” of the 4 Lethal Weapon films.

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34 Responses to 30 Rock S05E22: "Everything Sunny All the Time Always"

  1. Blake says:

    You probably will discover this while researching anyway but Matt Damon was the white guy in Invictus. I guess because in the 30Rockverse he is a pilot, a different white guy was in it.

  2. Blake says:

    Oh and Frank's hat says "Nap Partner"

  3. Blake says:

    18:31 – I could only think this was saying he dated Sally Ride and her sister but as you say, they are hella obscure references. Hella, hella obscure.

    • Blake says:

      I always remember stuff after I post. I wonder if this is the "funny thing" that Future Jack was referring to in regards to Avery. Perhaps they are writing her character out.

  4. J Colman says:

    RE: Sally Ride, she apparently endorsed Obama in 2008. That could be it.

  5. mhd says:

    Kay Cannon and Matt Hubbard wrote this episode. The authors listed above are for "100."

  6. Intamin says:

    Does "Everything Sunny All the Time Always" remind anyone of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?" Just curious…

    • Cam says:

      <laugh> Weird. Cuz I happen to be watching "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" RIGHT NOW. Yeah, the title is similar, but the shows are nothing alike at all.

  7. mhd says:

    Also, at 2:44: "dyke" is slang for lesbian, which continues the joke.

  8. Sam Adams says:

    What happened to Liz's speech "I am the master of my holes"? That was one of the funniest parts of the episode.

    • Cam says:

      Right you are;) I actually don't have ALL the dialogue in there. I just put in the bits where stuff needs to be explained. Mostly. But I like to throw in the hilarious stuff, too. And that WAS hilarious;) Trivia updated!

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    I would go with the sally ride/ her sister being that he dated powerful women in history, both of which he broke up with? agree?

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  14. Sebastian says:

    I believe there could be a very subtle joke hidden in the haiku scene. An essential part of a traditional haiku is to have a word in the haiku that symbolizes a season (something like “snowflake” for example), this is called kigo. Since “leave” sounds like “leaf” this could be seen as a reference to the season fall (autumn) or winter if a fallen leaf is referenced. These seasons also fit the mood of the poem.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kigo

    If interpreted like this Jack not only adds the remaining syllable but really completes the haiku.

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