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30 Rock

Episode 3.08 : Flu Shot

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

January 15, 2009

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Comedy

Show Period

2006 - 2013

Production Company

Broadway Video, Little Stranger, NBC Universal

Cast and Crew


Director

Don Scardino

Screenwriter

Jon Pollack

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Salma Hayek as Elisa Padriera
  • Chris Parnell
  • Peter Lewis

Synopsis


Liz cannot wait until her vacation starts. She's already booked a room at a private beach resort in the Caribbean, where she can eat all the soft-serve ice cream she wants. That is until Cerie informs her that when she tried to make the reservations for Liz, the resort was booked solid.

Jack is determined to make things work with Elisa. Even if that means accepting the fact that she works seven days a week. And on her weekends, she does in-home care for an elderly man with dementia. Jack finds it the perfect opportunity to show up to Mr. Templeton's place, sporting pizza and Monopoly. After all, her patient won't even know he's there.

There are only a limited number of flu shots being given out on the set and Jack arranges for Liz to be one of the receivers. Once she finds out that only the "elite" at work are receiving flu shots, she refuses it. Meanwhile, Jenna and Tracy get their shots, but realize they will look a lot better at work if they do something special for the ones who couldn't get shots.

Jack convinces Elisa to enjoy a night out on the town with him. Even if that means bringing wheelchair-bound Mr. Templeton along. They experience Broadway, a fancy dinner, and dancing in the park, all with Mr. Templeton in tow.

Once the crew finds out that Liz refused the flu shot because she was thinking of them, they all treat her with kindness. But once she finds out that her resort has an opening, she decides she needs to use her elite status to get a flu shot. On top of that, she has to stay away from all the backstage crewmembers that are coming down with the flu. Now she feels like a hypocrite for getting the shot.

Jack swings by Mr. Templeton's to pick up Elisa for their date. The two are interrupted when Mr. Templeton's son, Michael, makes an unexpected visit. Elisa pleads with Jack to hide before she answers the door, so he does. Michael asks how things are going and Mr. Templeton surprisingly begins spilling the beans about Jack's late night visits and Elisa's dates. Elisa covers by saying Mr. Templeton has been watching too many cartoons.

Tracy and Jenna are determined to make their flu-ridden crew feel better. So, they put on a comedy show because laughter is the best medicine. After Liz gets a pie to the face, the crew defends the attack on her. That is, until they spot the flu shot mark on her arm. Her hypocrisy is exposed and Liz feels extremely guilty.

Liz tells Jack she feels guilty about taking a vacation knowing that the crew are all struck with the flu. He says she needs to accept that she's part of the elite now and she can't feel guilty all the time. He encourages her to even take an island lover while on vacation. Before the conversation ends, both begin feeling the symptoms of the flu. Jack notes that the flu shot actually contains parts of the flu virus.

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