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The 30 Best Moments from 30 Rock So Far

October 22, 2008  |  4:00pm
20. You must know Arsenio Billingham
Tracy needs $100,000, and Jack explains how a certain washed-up celebrity friend of his was able to make some quick cash. It leads to this brilliantly silly exchange (Tracy's replies in italics): "Look, Tracy, I can't just give you money. But what I can do is show you how you can earn all the money you need. You must know Arsenio." "Hall or Billingham?" "You know someone named Arsenio Billingham?" "No." (Season 1, "The Rural Juror")

19. Do not cross a Sugarbaker woman
Liz gets called the nastiest four-letter word, and deals with it in the only way she knows how: by yelling at her staff with a Designing Women quote. "I will fire you! And you will never alter drapes in Atlanta again—because you do not cross a Sugarbaker woman!" Then, she tearfully adds: "I'm so tired." (Season 1, "The 'C' Word")

18. The aftermath of Kenneth's party
Neither T.I. or Fall Out Boy made an appearance at Kenneth's party. In fact, the actual party never really made an appearance. Instead, we are treated to short flashbacks at an emergency meeting the next day that reveal the full extent of the drunken debauchery that went down. Kenneth says: "Y’all should be ashamed of yourselves. Mr. Lutz, you ate all of my parakeet's medication. And thanks to you, Sonny Crocket’s been having seizures all morning. Mr. Hornberger, I would thank you to come pick up your wife at some point. Mr. Jordan, I saw you steal my sink. Harlem Globetrotter, does that name mean nothing to you? And Ms. Lemon, I’ll have you know that before last night I had never ever seen Grizz or Dot Com cry." What happens at Kenneth's party, stays at Kenneth's party. (Season 2, "Greenzo")

17. Jefferson movie trailer



Academy Award watcher Tracy Jordan plays multiple roles in the greatest historical epic of our time: Jefferson. In a world without hope, this minute-and-a-half trailer gives us plenty. In the words of our inspirational third president, "eat that, King George!" (Season 1, "Corporate Crush") 

16. Kenneth looks on the bright side of life
Kenneth is a gold mine for hopelessly naive bits of advice, but this explanation on why he's always so chipper takes the cake: "My mother always told me that, even when things seem bad, there's someone else who's having a worse day. Like being stung by a bee, or getting a splinter, or being chained to a wall in someone's sex dungeon." (Season 1, "The Baby Show")

15. The stabbing robot




The only thing really to say about Tracy Jordan's bizarre appearance on Conan O'Brien is that it very nearly matches the wackiness of Tracy Morgan himself on David Letterman. (Season 1, "Tracy Does Conan")

14. Never steal Liz's sandwich



Nobody likes to have things stolen, least of all Liz. The wrath she unleashes after finding her sandwich missing is enough to keep a person up at night. (Season 2, "Sandwich Day")

13. Her "muffin top" is all that



Everyone knows the most delicious part of the muffin is the top (heck, Seinfeld dedicated an entire episode to that fact). Jenna serenades about whole grains and running a tidy bakery over some slamming techno beats and seductive moaning. No wonder it was a #1 hit in Israel. (Season 1, "Jack-tor")

12. M.I.L.F. Island: 20 M.I.L.F.s, 50 eighth grade boys, no rules



NBC's faux-reality show M.I.L.F. Island ("the craziest night of television in your life") is a Survivor meets Temptation Island rip-off that sends the hot moms home with one simple phrase: "We no longer want to hit that." Jack forms a particular obsession with the strong-willed contestant named Deborah. "That Deborah is amazing," he says. "Have you heard her story? Before she was cast on M.I.L.F Island, she was just a struggling actress living in L.A." (Season 2, "M.I.L.F. Island")

11. Tracy explains affirmative action

In the show's fledgling first episode, Tracy gets all metaphorical on us: "Affirmative action was designed to keep women and minorities in competition with each other to distract us while white dudes inject AIDS into our chicken nuggets. That's a metaphor!" (Season 1, "Pilot")
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