Title: “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching”
Original Airdate: January 12, 2012
Liz is mysteriously happy, and Jack thinks he’s figured out why when he discovers that she’s part of a dance squad for the local WNBA team, but is then shocked to discover she actually has a secret boyfriend. Jenna is a judge on the popular talent show America’s Kidz Got Singing, on which she harshly insults the talents of young children. Jack starts feeling sorry for the kids thanks to his new fatherly instincts, but eventually realizes that he still believes money is the most important thing. Kenneth’s church claims that the Rapture is coming, and he tries to do all the things he’s always wanted to do, which are mostly chores around the studio.
Title: “Idiots Are People Two!”
Original Airdate: January 19, 2012
When Tracy makes homophobic comments in his stand-up comedy, the gay community protests NBC, and Liz writes a public apology. But when the apology calls Tracy an idiot, Tracy organizes the idiot community to protest NBC instead. Jack doesn’t approve of Liz’s new boyfriend Criss (James Marsden), an unemployed dreamer who lives on Liz’s couch. Liz finds herself imagining all of Jack’s criticisms as she spends time with Criss. Jenna and Kenneth accidentally poison Pete when they break a box of toxic light bulbs.
Title: “Idiots Are People Three!”
Original Airdate: January 26, 2012
The gay community is still protesting Tracy’s remarks, led by Jack’s nemesis Devon Banks, who demands that Jack get his children into an exclusive preschool. Tracy is still leading his own protest by idiots, and forces Liz to read an apology. Jack pressures Liz to break up with Criss, but she realize that he makes her happy and rejects Jack’s advice. Jack decides to give Criss three months to impress him. Kelsey Grammer helps Jenna and Kenneth cover up their poisoning of Pete by distracting the staff with a performance as Abraham Lincoln.
Title: “The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell”
Original Airdate: January 26, 2012
After her latest frustration with Jenna, Liz decides to find a new best friend, but after befriending someone who’s exactly like herself, she realizes she needs Jenna’s vapid self-absorption. And after hanging out with other D-list celebrities, Jenna realizes she needs Liz’s insecurity. With his birthday coming up, Tracy becomes obsessed with his mortality, until Grizz and Dot-Com cheer him up by feeding his ego. Jack decides to cancel the page program, but realizes he needs Kenneth around to blame for screw-ups.
Title: “Today You Are a Man”
Original Airdate: February 2, 2012
Jenna and Tracy get hired by their accountant to perform at his son’s bar mitzvah, and are distressed to learn they are not actually the boy’s favorite celebrities. Liz’s contract is up, and she decides to negotiate with Jack using his own techniques from a corporate video. Jack eventually gives Liz everything she wants simply because he likes her and wants her to succeed. Upset that no one noticed when he was gone for a day, Kenneth switches places with another page to teach the TGS staff to respect him, but the result is that he quits the page program in hopes of getting a better job at NBC.
Title: “Hey, Baby, What’s Wrong?”
Original Airdate: February 9, 2012
On Valentine’s Day, Criss and Liz have a huge fight when they try to buy a table together at Ikea, but later make up after Criss decides to let things go. Kenneth attempts to train his replacement page, Hazel (Kristen Schaal), who becomes obsessed with Liz. Tracy and Frank decided to help Lutz find a date, with disastrous results. Jack spends time with Avery’s mother (Mary Steenburgen), and they find themselves disturbingly attracted to each other. Jenna enlists Pete to produce her live singing debut on America’s Kidz Got Singing, and he barely manages to keep her from freezing up onstage.
Title: “The Tuxedo Begins”
Original Airdate: February 16, 2012
After getting mugged, Jack decides to run for mayor of New York City, but he also finds himself too scared to leave the office. Liz goes to great lengths to disgust people on the subway and in other public places so that they’ll leave her alone. Jack finally faces his fears when he unknowingly takes down the hideous Liz on the street. Jenna and her boyfriend Paul start doing normal couple things, and they freak out about it. They decide to spend three months doing every depraved sexual thing possible to see if they really want to settle down.
Title: “Leap Day”
Original Airdate: February 23, 2012
Everyone is celebrating the traditions of Leap Day, including its beloved figure Leap Day William. Liz runs into Thad, a weird guy she went to college with who’s now an Internet billionaire, and she and Jenna go his Leap Day party. Thad offers Liz $20 million to sleep with him, but she can’t make it happen before a squadron of hot models steal his attention. Kenneth fills in as Jack’s assistant as part of his efforts to find a new position at NBC. Tracy discovers a $50,000 Benihana gift card that expires in one day and tries to spend it all.
Title: “Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whiskey”
Original Airdate: March 1, 2012
Frank tells his mother (Patti LuPone) that he’s dating Liz so he doesn’t have to reveal that he’s still in a relationship with his former high school teacher (Susan Sarandon). Jenna uses the skills she picked up starring in a detective-show pilot to figure out who drank Pete’s bottle of expensive whiskey that he was saving for his birthday. Jack gets Kenneth a job in the standards and practices department and advises him to be ruthless when taking out a rival. When confronted with his own former nemesis (Stanley Tucci), Jack tries to get Kenneth to back off, but it’s too late.
Title: “Standards and Practices”
Original Airdate: March 8, 2012
Jack discovers that Hank Hooper’s granddaughter Kaylie (Chloe Grace Moretz) got the child finalists on America’s Kidz Got Singing drunk before their last performance. He sets out to destroy her, only to have her outsmart him by pretending to be vulnerable and lonely. Kenneth is put in charge of standards and practices for TGS and forbids Liz from using any remotely harsh language on the show. Jenna learns that she has six grown children from having donated her eggs when she was younger. They turn out to be even more superficial and vicious than she is, and end up turning on her.
Title: “St. Patrick’s Day”
Original Airdate: March 15, 2012
On St. Patrick’s Day, Liz and Criss try to avoid all the drunken craziness, but Dennis Duffy shows up at their apartment and sets them against them each other. Liz finally overcomes her anxiety and tells Criss she loves him. Tracy and Jenna are set to co-host NBC’s coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and new page Hazel screws up the delicate balance of their relationship. Kenneth has to step in to set things right. Jack ends up playing a medieval role-playing game with the writers, which inspires him to take charge of his career again.