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30 Rock

Episode 7.12 : Hogcock!

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

January 31, 2013

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Comedy

Show Period

2006 - 2013

Production Company

Broadway Video, Little Stranger, NBC Universal

Cast and Crew


Director

Beth McCarthy-Miller

Screenwriter

Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock

Main Cast


Additional Cast

Synopsis


Liz sends Criss and the two kids off for the morning. The first milestone of the day reached, we see her pecking away at her computer soliciting advice from an online mommy forum about buying a girl's bike. The GothamMoms.com members are brutal, taking her to task for gender imprinting, not caring about her child's helmet, etc. Being a stay at home mom in Manhattan is tough.

Jack proudly shows his colleagues his innovative Wheel of Domination, a Six Sigma-inspired diagram that portends his vision of Kabletown as a perfect company. Liz stops by for a friendly visit and a little post-career advice; Jack sizes her up as bored. Liz bristles at the suggestion and tells Jack she's only come by to check on him. Jack rhapsodizes about being a god of New York. Liz presses him on whether that makes him happy. It should, he tells Lemon.

Kenneth, now president of NBC, shows some Japanese show producers around. Tracy interrupts him to ask for help, but Kenneth ignores him. Dotcom tells Tracy that Kenneth is too busy to attend to him now. Tracy loses his temper, screaming at Dotcom that he's a lousy assistant. Tracy simply can't handle being ignored, especially by Kenneth. Liz stops in to see Kenneth in his new office. She explains that she's interested in perhaps creating a show for NBC, something that reflects her real life as a TV writer. Kenneth quickly stops her, explaining that quality shows about New York, women and television are all on his list of forbidden ideas. He's only interested in shows that make audiences want to laugh and forget about life.

Jenna's having her own career crisis. Despite throwing a tantrum in her dressing room and in the writers' room, no one seems to be paying attention to her. She storms off to pursue her next life, guest starring on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Her part calls for her to simply play a corpse, but when the cameras start rolling she begins moaning and exclaiming that her injuries have given her crime-solving powers. It's a naked bid to work herself into the show. Ice-T and Richard Belzer walk off in disgust. She comes back to the office to declare she's heading next for a movie career in LA. Again, she's ignored.

Jack wonders why, even though he's got his dream job, he doesn't feel more fulfilled; he decides to pay a visit to Kenneth. Kenneth tells Jack that if he has to ask himself if he's happy, then clearly he's not. Jack decides he'll employ more of his Six Sigma training. He reminds Kenneth of the acronym A.S.S.: analyze, strategize and succeed. "I'm going to crush this (happiness) problem," he tells Kenneth, "with my A.S.S."

Liz is back home, engaging in a flame war online with other moms about whether working mothers are really leading a worthwhile life. The war of words intensifies until Liz has had enough. She challenges an online nemesis to a fight in nearby Riverside park. She paces the park, steaming, then notices an agitated Criss showing up. She realizes her online co-combatant is in fact her husband. Liz wonders why he was trolling online message boards instead of working at his new gig at a dentist's office. He explains he hates working. He tells Liz he's the real mom - she should be the dad and go back to work. He even has a sitcom suggestion for her, based on life in a real dentist's office. Liz will pitch it; she high fives Criss and heads off.

Jack reworks his GE Wheel of Domination into a personal Wheel of Happiness Domination, carving out slices for Sex and Relationships, Hair, Work, Faith, Family, Hobbies, Philanthropy and Relationships. He embarks on a whirlwind of achievement, bringing KableTown's stock to an all-time high, beating his karate sensei, being a super-dad, rescuing a homeless man and installing him as a host on TODAY, singing in a church choir, renewing a three-way relationship with Nancy and Elisa (even though she's currently in jail). He's filled in every section of the Wheel of Happiness.

Jack summons Kenneth to his office again to tell him how happy he is. His colleagues arrive to tell Jack his salary's been leaked online and that there's a crowd of protesters who have already burned him in effigy. Even Nancy Pelosi is outraged. It's great! But somehow Jack is still unfulfilled. With a knowing look to Kenneth, Jack erases part of his Wheel of Happiness: the section labeled Work.

Liz returns to Kenneth's office for her pitch about the dentist's office sitcom. Kenneth passes on the show idea but tells Liz he does have an assignment for her. It turns out that Tracy's TGS contract had a stipulation that if there weren't at least 150 episodes produced, he'd be owed a penalty of $30 million. As it turns out, only 149 episodes have been made. Kenneth needs Liz to resurrect the show one last time to avoid the penalty. Liz resists, saying she needs a job, not just a single episode to produce.

Jenna arrives at the LA airport only to discover that dazzling beauties are literally everywhere. An attractive airline assistant approaches her and asks if she needs a wheelchair to get to baggage claim. Jenna's done before she's even started. She returns to New York and announces to the writers that she's returning to Broadway.

Infuriated that he's been ignored, Tracy barges into Kenneth's office. But instead of berating Kenneth, Tracy has come to tell Kenneth that he remembers what it was like to become important overnight. He wants to release him from any prior obligations Kenneth made to always be there for him. They hug. Proving that old habits are tough to break for both of them, Tracy then tells him that his car ran out of gas on the Long Island Expressway. He hands Kenneth the keys and the former page happily goes off to retrieve Tracy's car.

Liz walks into Jack's office and tells him she needs a job. But Jack can't help her: he's resigned as CEO of Kabletown. He explains that even though he seemingly accomplished everything, he felt nothing. Liz is appalled. For seven years Jack's been mentoring her to want more, to push herself. Did Jack really know nothing of which he spoke for all these years? Jack turns defensive, telling Liz she insinuated herself into his life. Saddened and upset, Liz sums theirs up as a simple employee and employer relationship after all; Jack has to agree. Jonathan, Jack's assistant, celebrates as Liz walks off.

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