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    HitFix Interview: Francesca Hogi talks 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Mar 5, 2011

    The season's first fully eliminated contestant explains what went wrong
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    Monday night's 'Chuck' was 50 kinds of Awesome

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009

    Relive some of the finer moments of 'Chuck Versus the Colonel'
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    My DVD Shelf: 'Caprica' review

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    Can the 'Battlestar Galactica' spin-off measure up to the much-lauded show?
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    The M/C Review: 'Hot Tub Time Machine' is tepid at best

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    Easy jokes and lazy filmmaking derail what could have been hilarious
  • Sopranos: The Complete First Season

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009

    Includes:The Sopranos: Pilot (1999) The Sopranos: 46 Long (1999) The Sopranos: College (1999) The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1999) The Sopranos: Isabella (1999) The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything (1999) The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit (1999) The Sopranos: Boca (1999) The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999) The Sopranos: Down Neck (1999) The Sopranos: Pax Soprana (1999) The Sopranos: Meadowlands (1999) The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (1999) The Sopranos: Pilot In the pilot episode of this HBO television series from executive producer David Chase, a New Jersey mob boss named Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) suffers a series of anxiety attacks. Convinced by his physician that he needs to seek therapy, Tony consults psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who begins exploring her patient's attachment to a family of ducks that have been living in his pool, but have recently departed. As signs of weakness and disclosures made to a "shrink" could have violent repercussions in Tony's secretive world of organized crime, he keeps his visits with Melfi a secret. Those in the dark at first include his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), his manipulative mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his scheming uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), a member of the same crime family. In the meantime, Carmela's relationship with her and Tony's high-school age daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is becoming strained, and their son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is clueless about his dad's real profession. Tony's stress increases when he learns that the restaurant of his best friend, Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia), is to be the site of a mob murder on the orders of Junior, and that his cousin Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), one of Tony's soldiers, is making waves with his heavy-handed tactics. Tony orders Artie's restaurant blown up to trump Junior's plans, assuming that insurance will build his friend a new establishment. A hit with audiences and television critics alike, The Sopranos was the creation of executive producer Chase, whose resumé includes stints on such lauded television programs as The Rockford Files (1974-1980), I'll Fly Away (1991-1993), and Northern Exposure (1990-1995). The Sopranos' pilot episode aired on January 10, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: 46 Long In the sophomore episode of the HBO series, mob boss Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli) is dying of cancer, which can only lead to a power struggle between his two top capos, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and Tony's own uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese). Tony persuades his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand) to move into a retirement community against her wishes. When a car is stolen from a teacher at the school of Tony's son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), Tony sends his two top lieutenants, "Big Pussy" Bompensiero (Vincent Pastore) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to get the vehicle back. The incident leads to Anthony Jr.'s first suspicions about his dad's true occupation. Junior is having his own problems with the headstrong Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), his nephew, and a lieutenant of Tony's who has hijacked some merchandise from one of his trucks. Peace is made when Christopher agrees to pay Junior tribute, but his dimwitted associate Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando) again holds up one of Junior's trucks, this time accidentally killing the driver. Tony learns that his friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) did not have his restaurant insured, and that an explosion Tony secretly arranged has destroyed his friend financially. "46 Long" originally aired January 17, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: College Painful truths are revealed in the popular HBO series' standout fifth episode. New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) escorts his daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), on visits to several colleges in New England. As Tony and Meadow travel, he discusses his occupation with her openly for the first time. Although he's reluctant to do so, it has become obvious that Meadow and her younger brother, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), are aware of their father's criminal career. Stopping in a small Maine town, Tony spots a one-time snitch against the family named Fabian Petrulio, who long ago disappeared into the federal witness protection program. Between Meadow's appointments at various schools, Tony resolves to murder Fabian. Although Tony has confessed, to the delight of his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), that he is in therapy, she is unaware that his doctor is an attractive Italian-American woman, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to whom Tony has become drawn sexually. Home with the flu, Carmela becomes furious when she receives a call from Melfi about a scheduling conflict. Confiding her marital frustrations to her movie-loving friend Father Phil, Carmela's relationship with the priest threatens to become romantic when Phil decides to spend the night on the couch. Back in Maine, Tony learns that Petrulio now goes by the name "Fred Peters." Convinced he's got the right man, Tony plots his revenge on Petrulio. "College" first aired on February 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano The final episode of the HBO crime series' first season contains several startling plot twists. After she suffers a disorienting episode, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand), the manipulative mother of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, is moved to the nursing wing of her retirement home. Her son Tony (James Gandolfini) doesn't want to face the possibility, raised by his therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his own mother may have been in on an assassination attempt that nearly took his life. Later, however, the FBI plays tapes of Livia's conversations with Tony's uncle and family rival, Junior (Dominic Chianese), which proves she knew about the attempt and that Junior ordered it. Visiting with Livia, Tony's friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) discovers Tony's role in the destruction of his restaurant and confronts Tony with a shotgun, but Tony is able to convince his friend that Livia is losing her mind. Tony's cousin and muscle man Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Soprano family lieutenant Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) murder Junior's top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), while he's out jogging. Before Tony can also rub out his uncle, Junior and his men are arrested by the Feds on racketeering charges. Tony informs Dr. Melfi that a gang war could be brewing, putting her life in danger, and that she should leave town for a while. Livia has a stroke, and an incensed Tony confronts her about her role in the attempt on his life as she is wheeled away. "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano" first aired on April 4, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Isabella A fantasy woman leads to a therapeutic breakthrough for a mob chieftain, as his family crumbles around him in the penultimate episode of the HBO series' freshman season. Briefly confined to his bed by depression, New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) begins having hallucinogenic dreams about a beautiful neighbor named Isabella, who he believes to be a foreign exchange student living at his neighbor Cusamano's house. After Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) unwittingly prevents a first hit attempt on Tony, a pair of assassins nearly manage to kill the crime boss, but Tony gets away with only minor wounds. While he's recovering at the hospital, Tony is visited by the FBI, who tries in vain to recruit him as a federal witness. Tony also receives visits from his lieutenants, who vow revenge, and his uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), whom he correctly suspects ordered the botched slaying. Tony discovers that there is no Isabella and that the gorgeous girl he envisioned suckling a baby was a figment of his imagination. While consulting with his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to see if she's the one who leaked information about him, Tony comes to the conclusion that his dreams about Isabella are significantly related to his lack of childhood nurturing and mothering. Isabella aired March 29, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything Looming betrayals within a mob family cloud the horizon in this episode of the popular HBO crime series. Crooked police officer Vin Mazakian (John Heard) tells New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) that his best friend and trusted lieutenant Big Pussy Bompenseiro (Vincent Pastore), who was arrested by the feds, may have turned and could be working as an informant. Although he's incredulous, Tony orders another of his men, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to find the truth. Tony cautions Paulie not to kill their old friend until he's absolutely certain that he's a snitch, as it's possible Mazakian is framing Pussy to get out of his gambling debts. Before Tony can learn more, Mazakian is arrested in a sting operation and, his career in tatters, commits suicide as Paulie's plan to get Pussy to disrobe at a steam bath to see if he's wearing a wire fails. At the same time, Tony's uncle and rival within the family, Junior (Dominic Chianese) orders a hit on Tony, giving the bloody assignment to his top soldier Mikey (Al Sapienza), who tells his wife he's moving up in the family. After the incident at the steam bath, Pussy disappears. This episode first aired March 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit A mob boss finds he can't escape his true identity, while his cousin learns that the music industry is as crooked as organized crime in the tenth episode of the HBO series. New Jersey Mafia chieftain Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is delighted to receive an invitation to play golf with his well-to-do neighbor, Cusamano, at his exclusive country club. Happy to socialize with non-mobsters for once, Tony quickly realizes that Cusamano has extended the invitation simply to impress his buddies with his powerful crime boss pal. Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and his girlfriend Adriana (Drea de Matteo) meet Massive Genius, a rap star with a financial grudge against Soprano family advisor Hesh (Jerry Adler). Genius is immediately attracted to Adriana and makes a deal with Christopher: in exchange for Christopher setting up a meeting between Genius and Hesh, the musician agrees to consider signing a band that Adriana wants to represent, but it becomes clear that Genius is only interested in Adriana sexually. Meanwhile, Tony gets even with Cusamano by asking him to "hold on" to a package wrapped in plain brown paper, sending his neighbor into a panic over the possibly illegal narcotic contents. Episode 10 first aired March 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Boca An intimate sexual act triggers further tension between two crime bosses in this episode of the HBO series. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) ridicules his uncle and fellow mobster Junior (Dominic Chianese) on the golf course. Tony has heard about Junior's oral sex skills with his girlfriend, Bobbi, who has been gabbing to her friends about Junior's prowess while the two were on a vacation in Boca Raton, FL. In retaliation, Junior smashes a lemon meringue pie in Bobbi's face, breaking their 16-year relationship. He also tells his vicious top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), a secret he's been keeping that he recently learned from his sister-in-law, Livia (Nancy Marchand): her son, Tony, is compromising family security by seeing a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, Tony and his friends make plans to convince their daughters' talented soccer coach not to accept a lucrative college job, until they learn that the coach has been sleeping with one of his underage players, a friend of Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). They take steps to teach the coach a lesson he'll never forget. "Boca" was first shown on March 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti Legal troubles come to a boil in the eighth episode of the hit HBO series. Mob soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) is enraged that he's not receiving the same publicity that other Mafia soldiers are enjoying due to the current round of federal indictments that are being handed down and covered extensively in the press. On edge and ready to explode, Christopher gets into an altercation with a bakery employee and shoots the man's toe off. In the meantime, psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) confesses to her son and ex-husband that she is counseling a stressed-out mobster, New Jersey crime kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), and they become concerned about her safety. At a wedding, the Soprano family members learn that they are about to be indicted by the FBI, which has become interested in their activities again since the death of the organization's one-time godfather. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), hurry home to conceal evidence not a moment too soon, as federal agents soon arrive with warrants and begin searching the premises. When the story hits the news, Christopher is pleased and relieved to be mentioned as an important family associate. Episode 8 aired on February 28, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Down Neck In this domestic episode of the hit HBO series, Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler), the son of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, gets suspended from school for stealing sacramental wine from the chapel. The school psychologist summons the boy's parents, mob capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), for a meeting at which Anthony Jr. is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Tony is troubled by his son's actions and reflects on his own childhood with his cruelly controlling mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his mobster father. Although Tony expresses concern to his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his son may end up living the same life of crime he does, he and Carmela refuse to accept the judgment of their son's school that the boy might need special education. Forced to visit Livia in her retirement home everyday, Anthony Jr. tells his grandmother about the incident and, also, accidentally reveals that his father is consulting a psychiatrist, spilling a very dangerous family secret to the shrewd and manipulative Livia. Down Neck aired on February 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pax Soprana The sixth episode of the HBO mob series finds New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deciding to do the noble thing and cede control of the family to his rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), much to everyone's surprise and dismay. In reality, Tony is maintaining control of the family. With the agreement of the other families in the tri-state area, Junior is being set up as a frontman without his knowledge. Immediately, however, Junior causes trouble by ordering tribute to be paid by Tony's top lieutenants, including a long-time family advisor, Hesh Rabkin (Jerry Adler). Tony shocks his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), by declaring that he's falling in love with her during a session, and then kisses her. Junior learns that his tailor's grandson committed suicide because of a crippling drug addiction and orders two of his men to throw the drug dealer off a bridge in retaliation. Tony's medication is causing his sex drive to become nonexistent, much to the chagrin of both his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his mistress. At a dinner celebration, the FBI conducts surveillance on the Sopranos, aware that Tony is still the real power behind the criminal organization. "Pax Soprana" first aired on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Meadowlands Revelations mark this fourth episode of the series, involving a schoolyard fight brewing between Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler) and a bully who unexpectedly backs down. Anthony Jr. fails to understand the boy's fear, so his sister Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) explains that their father, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), is not really a "waste management consultant" but a New Jersey mob kingpin. After he begins having erotic dreams about his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), Tony hires a crooked cop, Vin Makazian (John Heard) to investigate Melfi's background, and the detective accidentally ruins her romance with a lawyer. Frantic after the mock execution he suffered, Soprano soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) believes that his cousin and boss, Tony, ordered the incident because he gave Tony's daughter, Meadow, some crystal methamphetamines; however, after Christopher and his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), discover the corpse of his murdered friend, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), he realizes that his uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), ordered the slaying in retaliation for a botched truck hijacking. Exacerbated by Junior's bloodthirsty soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), tensions rise between Tony and Junior when their boss and head of the family, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), passes away from cancer. Tony is left to decide whether he will make a play for the top job in the family or concede control to his uncle. "Meadowlands" first aired on January 31, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance In the series' third episode, a crime family confronts the possibility of a future power struggle. Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), the daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), takes crystal methamphetamines with a friend in order to help them study for the SATs. Tony visits his dying Mafia superior, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), in the hospital and presents him with a gift: a hooker dressed as a nurse. Mikey Palmice (Al Sapienza), the top lieutenant of Tony's rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), is convinced that Tony will make a grab for top boss after Jackie's death, and he begins to convince Junior that his nephew should be whacked. Tony, his henchman Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), and another Soprano lieutenant, Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt), deal with a Hasidic family of motel owners who refuse to pay protection money. After hiring family friends Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) and his wife Charmaine (Kathrine Narducci) to cater a party, Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), learns that her husband slept with Charmaine in high school. Soprano associate Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) tries to make a botched truck hijacking right by returning stolen goods to Junior, but the mob capo still orders Christopher's pal, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), murdered and Christopher to be threatened. Airing on January 24, 1999, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" was directed by independent feature filmmaker Nick Gomez (New Jersey Drive, Illtown). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide
  • 30 Rock: Seasons 1-3

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009

    Includes:30 Rock: Jack Meets Dennis (2006) 30 Rock: Jack-Tor (2006) 30 Rock: The Break Up (2006) 30 Rock: The Aftermath (2006) 30 Rock: Blind Date (2006) 30 Rock: Jack the Writer (2006) 30 Rock: Pilot (2006) 30 Rock: The Rural Juror (2006) 30 Rock: The "C" Word (2006) 30 Rock: Tracy Does Conan (2006) 30 Rock: Black Tie (2007) 30 Rock: Cleveland (2007) 30 Rock: Corporate Crush (2007) 30 Rock: Fireworks (2007) 30 Rock: The Fighting Irish (2007) 30 Rock: The Source Awards (2007) 30 Rock: Hardball (2007) 30 Rock: Up All Night (2007) 30 Rock: The Head and the Hair (2007) 30 Rock: The Baby Show (2007) 30 Rock: Ludachristmas (2007) 30 Rock: SeinfeldVision (2007) 30 Rock: Jack Gets in the Game (2007) 30 Rock: The Collection (2007) 30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby (2007) 30 Rock: Greenzo (2007) 30 Rock: Somebody to Love (2007) 30 Rock: Cougars (2007) 30 Rock: Secrets and Lies (2007) 30 Rock: Hiatus (2007) 30 Rock: Cooter (2008) 30 Rock: Succession (2008) 30 Rock: Episode 2.10 (2008) 30 Rock: Subway Hero (2008) 30 Rock: Sandwich Day (2008) 30 Rock: Christmas Special (2008) 30 Rock: Reunion (2008) 30 Rock: Gavin Volure (2008) 30 Rock: The One with the Cast of Night Court (2008) 30 Rock: Believe in the Stars (2008) 30 Rock: Do-Over (2008) 30 Rock: MILF Island (2008) 30 Rock: Cutbacks (2009) 30 Rock: The Natural Order (2009) 30 Rock: The Ones (2009) 30 Rock: Jackie Jormp-Jomp (2009) 30 Rock: Apollo, Apollo (2009) 30 Rock: The Bubble (2009) 30 Rock: The Funcooker (2009) 30 Rock: Goodbye, My Friend (2009) 30 Rock: Larry King (2009) 30 Rock: St. Valentine's Day (2009) 30 Rock: Generalissimo (2009) 30 Rock: Retreat to Move Forward (2009) 30 Rock: Flu Shot (2009) 30 Rock: Senor Macho Solo (2009) 30 Rock: Mama Mia (2009) 30 Rock: Kidney Now! (2009) 30 Rock: Jack Meets Dennis No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Jack-Tor No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The Break Up No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The Aftermath No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Blind Date No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Jack the Writer No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Pilot Take a look at the chaos that unfolds behind the scenes of a live sketch comedy television series in the hit NBC series starring former SNL Weekend Update correspondent Tina Fey, former SNL cast member Tracy Morgan, and longtime screen star Alec Baldwin. In the premiere episode of 30 Rock, Liz (Fey) scrambles to find an act to replace the sketch of hers that has been cut from The Girlie Show at the last minute. Later, Liz and producer Pete (Scott Adsit) have a somewhat disenchanting meeting with new VP of Programming Jack Donaghy (Baldwin), who comes off as exceptionally arrogant and appears to want to change the entire format of the show. Additionally, Donaghy makes some sizable waves when he suggests bringing in controversial actor Tracy Jordan (Morgan) as the new star of the series. While Liz does eventually agree to meet with Tracy, the actor proves somewhat unpredictable and eventually drags her out to a soul food restaurant and a nearby strip club. Upon learning that Jack has fired Pete, Liz informs Tracy that she is going to quit The Girlie Show but Pete implores her not to quit over his firing. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The Rural Juror No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The "C" Word No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Tracy Does Conan No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Black Tie No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Cleveland No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Corporate Crush No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Fireworks No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The Fighting Irish No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The Source Awards No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Hardball No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Up All Night No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The Head and the Hair No synopsis available. 30 Rock: The Baby Show No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Ludachristmas The staffers celebrate the holidays with a party---which comes complete with a lusty Santa. The festive occasion marks the arrival of Liz's parents (Buck Henry, Anita Gillette) and her brother (Andy Richter), a fortysomething man with memory loss who thinks he's a high-school senior. Another (unexpected) guest: Jack's mother (Elaine Stritch), who decidedly lacks Christmas cheer. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: SeinfeldVision As the 30 Rockers return from summer hiatus, Liz continues her battles with Jack, whose latest ploy involves inserting clips from Seinfeld into current shows, an act that doesn't sit well with one Jerry Seinfeld (who appears as himself). Meanwhile, Jenna sees her waistline widen after starring in the play "Mystic Pizza: The Musical!" ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Jack Gets in the Game Jack goes head-to-head against his archenemy, Devin Banks (Will Arnett), when both swoop in to take the job of possibly retiring GE honcho Don Geiss (Rip Torn). Meanwhile, Jenna's plus-size figure brings her newfound fame; and Kenneth sets out to reconnect Tracy with his wife (Sherri Shepherd). ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The Collection Jack worries that ownership will unearth damaging information about him, so he enlists a private investigator (Steve Buscemi) to ward the company off. Meanwhile, Tracy's wife shadows her husband's every move to keep him in line. And Jenna, basking in the newfound celebrity her weight gain has given her, begins to lose pounds. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby Liz hires her idol, Rosemary Howard (Carrie Fisher), to be a guest writer on the show, but Rosemary's radical ideology causes much friction. Meanwhile, Jack takes Tracy to a therapist; and Kenneth's job is jeopardized. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Greenzo Al Gore, Meredith Vieira, and David Schwimmer guest star in this episode, in which Jack concocts an eco-friendly mascot for the network named Greenzo (Schwimmer). But Greenzo's self-righteous sermonizing soon grows tiresome and obnoxious. Meanwhile, Kenneth plans to throw his annual (and overly boring) house party. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Somebody to Love When an unlikely romance blossoms between Jack and a Democratic congresswoman (Edie Falco), the couple disregard their vast political differences and keep their new love a secret. Meanwhile, Liz suspects her neighbor (Fred Armisen) is a terrorist. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Cougars Tracy steps up to the plate when he coaches a rough-and-tumble inner-city Little League team as part of his community service, but Jack causes complications when he sets out to make the team a winner. Back at the Rock, a hunky young coffee guy woos Liz, despite their 17-year age difference. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Secrets and Lies Jack and C.C. face a romantic test when she suggests going public with their odd-couple relationship. Meanwhile, Liz tries to satisfy the diva needs of her two stars, Tracy and Jenna. Political commentator James Carville makes an appearance. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Hiatus No synopsis available. 30 Rock: Cooter Jack takes on new political work in Washington, D.C., but when the job doesn't meet his expectations, he enlists his ex-flame C.C. and a government staffer (Matthew Broderick) to help him get fired. Elsewhere, Liz faces a pregnancy scare; Kenneth aspires to be a page at the Olympics; and Tracy puts the final touches on his invention. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Succession High-profile corporate changes are in the air when chairman Don Geiss reveals that Jack will be his successor instead of Jack's nemesis, Devin Banks. But unforeseen health issues could change all that. Meanwhile, Tracy believes that his showbiz career embarrasses his son. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Episode 2.10 As Jack wheels and deals with German TV bigwigs to close a huge television project, he also works to keep his long-distance romance with C.C. alive and well. Meanwhile, Liz buys into real estate. And here's the buzz on Kenneth: He becomes addicted to caffeinated coffee. Singer Gladys Knight guest stars ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Subway Hero Jack hopes to book a hot hero who prevented a terrible subway accident. It turns out the man is none other than Liz's ex-flame Dennis (Dean Winters), who tries to win back her heart. Meanwhile, Jack futilely searches for a hip Republican celebrity, with only aging 1940s TV star Bucky Bright (Tim Conway) emerging. Not to be outdone, Jack turns to Tracy to represent Republicans. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Sandwich Day Liz's ex-flame Floyd (Jason Sudeikis) returns to the Big Apple and looks for a place to stay overnight. Meanwhile, Jack worries about his future at the company when he's moved to a different floor; and the staffers relish Sandwich Day with sandwiches from a mysterious, unnamed shop. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Christmas Special When her parents ditch her during the holidays, a lonely Liz devotes herself to a charity program. Meanwhile, Jack's highly anticipated holiday plans are scratched, and he takes out his frustrations on the crew. And the staffers must drop all their plans to produce a Christmas special. Elaine Stritch guest stars. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Reunion Jack cajoles a reluctant Liz to attend her high-school reunion. Meanwhile, GE bigwig Don Geiss (Rip Torn), roused from his prolonged coma, delivers a stunning CEO announcement. Shocked by the news, Jack vents by accompanying Liz to her reunion. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Gavin Volure Jack and Liz visit Gavin Volure (Steve Martin), a colorful businessman who has a confidential business proposal---and who promptly falls for Liz. Meanwhile, Tracy fears that his children have concocted sinister plans against him. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The One with the Cast of Night Court Liz and Jenna receive a visit from their pal (Jennifer Aniston), a romantic prowler who sets her sights on landing Jack. Meanwhile, new page uniforms depress Kenneth, so Tracy tries to raise his spirits with a surprise involving the "Night Court" cast. Appearing: Harry Anderson, Markie Post and Charlie Robinson. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Believe in the Stars When Liz is assigned a seat next to Oprah Winfrey (playing herself) on an airplane, she hounds the sage talk-show host for personal advice. Meanwhile, a feuding Tracy and Jenna switch roles to determine whose life is harder; and Jack's value system is tested by Kenneth and an Olympics debacle. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Do-Over In the Season 3 opener, Liz hopes to adopt a child, but first she must impress an adoption evaluator (Megan Mullally). Meanwhile, a demoted Jack tangles yet again with nemesis Devin Banks (Will Arnett) as he tries to climb back up the corporate ladder at 30 Rock. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: MILF Island Jack delights in the TV-programming juggernaut that is the reality show "MILF Island," but his happiness is short-lived when an unknown staffer disparages him in a gossip column. Jack, believing the public insult could threaten his push for the chairman position, sets out to identify the disloyal employee. Rob Huebel guest stars as the host of "MILF Island." ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Cutbacks Joy about the 50th "TGS" episode turns to worry when word spreads about imminent budget cuts at 30 Rock. Before long, Jack must distribute pink slips, Kenneth takes on new responsibilities, and Liz wheels and deals to spare her staffers from layoffs. Meanwhile, Jenna and Tracy suspect that Kenneth is masking a deep dark secret. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The Natural Order Liz chides Tracy in front of the staffers, which compels Tracy to become more professional and mature. He forfeits all special treatment---but he feels that Liz should do the same. Meanwhile, Jack's tormenting mother (Elaine Stritch) arrives, only to dig up nasty memories about Jack's father. And Jenna adopts a monkey. Steve Buscemi guest stars. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The Ones Jack and Elisa (Salma Hayek) consider taking their romance to the next level, so Jack shops around for an engagement ring, with Liz in tow. Jack also seeks wisdom about the realities of marriage and consults a very unlikely person---Tracy. Meanwhile, a prank goes awry at "TGS," resulting in an injury and a gushing Jenna's encounter with a sightly emergency responder. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Jackie Jormp-Jomp Saddled with a suspension from work, a lost Liz misses all the "TGS" chaos and seeks a way to bide her time. Meanwhile, film bigwigs mull over pulling the plug on Jenna's Janis Joplin movie, so Jack and Jenna try (just a little bit harder) to stir up buzz. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Apollo, Apollo As his 50th birthday approaches, a sentimental Jack tries to re-create happy moments from his boyhood after watching old home movies. Meanwhile, Liz's ex-flame Dennis (Dean Winters) returns, confessing about an addiction and activating catty friction between Liz and Jenna. Then there's Tracy, who focuses on fulfilling a childhood dream. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The Bubble Liz gives attention to her budding relationship with Drew (Jon Hamm), but she discovers that his pleasing appearance has granted him special treatment in life. Meanwhile, Tracy's contract expires, causing Jack to go full throttle in a bid to re-sign him for the show. And Jenna considers getting a new hairstyle in yet another ploy to get public attention. Meredith Vieira guest stars. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: The Funcooker When "TGS" den mother Liz is called in to jury duty, the unmanaged cast and crew create havoc at 30 Rock. Meanwhile, Jack fails to heed the staffers when he grows obsessed with launching a new big-money product. Chris Parnell guest stars. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Goodbye, My Friend Liz's baby fever rises when she chums up to a pregnant teenage donut-shop staffer in a bid to adopt her baby. At 30 Rock, Jenna pushes for more attention as her birthday approaches. And Jack participates in a guys' night out, only to connect with Frank over their "daddy issues." John Lithgow and Patti LuPone guest star. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Larry King Jack hopes to take his romance with Elisa (Salma Hayek) to the next level, but balancing work and love proves difficult. Elsewhere, Tracy's interview with Larry King (appearing as himself) causes New York to spiral into citywide chaos. But that doesn't stop Liz from sending Kenneth into the crazed metropolis to retrieve her lost cell phone. Meredith Vieira also guest stars. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: St. Valentine's Day Romance sweeps over the 30 Rockers on Valentine's Day: Liz demands that her first official date with Drew (Jon Hamm) be on the lovers' holiday; Jack spends an offbeat date at church with Elisa (Salma Hayek); and Tracy helps Kenneth woo a new hire. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Generalissimo Liz discovers that her new neighbor (Jon Hamm) is a handsome, newly single doctor, but the romantically luckless lass fumbles in her efforts to win his favor. Meanwhile, Jack continues to woo Elisa (Salma Hayek) and tries to impress her grandmother, but his stunning likeness to a Spanish soap villain doesn't help matters. Then there's Tracy, who parties with the new interns but can't measure up to their hard-carousing ways. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Retreat to Move Forward A nervous Jack coaxes Liz into going to a corporate retreat with him. Meanwhile, Jenna prepares for her role as rock icon Janis Joplin by employing method-acting techniques---with help from Frank. And Kenneth sets out to show Tracy that diet has an impact on diabetes. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Flu Shot When the flu quickly spreads around 30 Rock, Liz works to ensure that the staffers receive their shots. Administering the vaccinations: Dr. Spaceman (Chris Parnell). Meanwhile, Elisa (Salma Hayek) is busy and overworked, but that doesn't stop Jack from using novel approaches to spend time with her. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Senor Macho Solo Liz's quest to have a baby takes a peculiar turn when she grows attracted to a new fellow (Peter Dinklage). And Jack's a busy man: He woos his mother's nurse (Salma Hayek); helps Jenna score a role as Janis Joplin; and gives marriage pointers to Tracy and his wife (Sherri Shepherd). ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Mama Mia With a reassuring push from Liz and Tracy, Jack begins a quest to find his real father. Meanwhile, Tracy presents his newfound illegitimate son to the "TGS" staffers, but Liz and Pete worry that the son has ulterior motives. And Jenna gets credit for one of Liz's ideas. Alan Alda and Steve Buscemi guest star. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide 30 Rock: Kidney Now! Season 3 closes with Jack trying to connect with his biological father (Alan Alda), but the elder's health begins to suffer. Elsewhere, Liz gains fame as a relationship expert. Among the music artists appearing: Sheryl Crow; Mary J. Blige; Elvis Costello; Clay Aiken; and Adam Levine of Maroon 5. ~ Dean Maurer, All Movie Guide
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