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'30 Rock' Season 7 Episode Guide

Episode Guide to the 2012-13 Season of '30 Rock' on NBC


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Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan in the '30 Rock' Season 7 episode "Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy"

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The sixth season of 30 Rock featured Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) raising his young daughter while trying to rescue his wife Avery from North Korea (only to then divorce her); Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) finally finding love with new boyfriend Criss (James Marsden); new page Hazel (Kristen Schaal) scheming to take advantage of Kenneth (Jack McBrayer); plus the self-centered antics of Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski). On the seventh and final season, Liz settles into a stable relationship, Jack achieves his goals of corporate domination, and the entire TGS crew says goodbye. Read on for the complete 30 Rock Season 7 episode guide.

Episode 1
“The Beginning of the End”
Original Airdate: October 4, 2012

Since Hank Hooper is planning to retire and pass Kabletown on to one of his family members, Jack is on a mission to sabotage NBC (which includes scheduling awful shows) so that Kabletown will sell it to another company before Hank retires. Jenna asks Liz to be her maid of honor, and Liz sabotages that so she won’t have the responsibility, and convinces Jenna to be her own maid of honor instead. Kenneth and Hazel invite Tracy over for a dinner party, and Hazel tries to get Tracy to cast her in one of his movies.

Episode 2
“Governor Dunstan”
Original Airdate: October 11, 2012

When Mitt Romney replaces Paul Ryan as his running mate with a buffoonish governor who looks exactly like Tracy, Liz can’t resist writing political sketches even though Jack told her not to, and suddenly TGS is a ratings bonanza airing five nights a week. Liz sticks with the sketches despite the way they help the Republicans and hurt Jack’s plan to sabotage NBC, because the packed schedule is helping her efforts to conceive a baby with Criss. Kenneth’s mother (Catherine O’Hara) and her “friend” Ron (Bryan Cranston) visit, and reveal to Kenneth that they’ve actually been married for seven years.

Episode 3
“Stride of Pride”
Original Airdate: October 18, 2012

Since getting divorced from Avery, Jack is dating a number of different women at the same time. He starts feeling insecure when he discovers that one of his girlfriends, Zarina Sbarro, the Sbarro pizza heiress, is dating several men as well, but then realizes that he’s comfortable with his place in her stable. Liz gets upset when Tracy tweets that no women are funny, and she restages her two-woman show with Jenna to prove that woman can be funny. Jenna wants to be thought of as an older woman so she can get endorsement deals with geriatric products.

Episode 4
Original Airdate: October 25, 2012

Liz and Jack square off over the upcoming election, with Jack determined to spend as much money as possible to help Mitt Romney win, while Liz promises to use her ideas to support Barack Obama with topical sketches on TGS. Jenna has attracted a new rabid fan base of laid-back beach bums thanks to her new Jimmy Buffett-like hit single, which drives everyone else on the show crazy. But Liz and Jack both conclude that Jenna’s fans are the only truly undecided demographic, and thus they will determine the election (and vote for whomever she tells them to).

Episode 5
“There’s No I in America”
Original Airdate: October 31, 2012

Liz and Jack compete to convince Jenna to endorse their preferred presidential candidate, and although Jack wins Jenna over, he decides not to have her tell her followers whom to vote for, and instead let them choose for themselves. Kenneth agonizes over the choices in the first election in which he’s ever participated. Pete tries to recapture the feeling of the 2008 election, when he was optimistic about his life improving, and got a kiss from a pretty security guard.

Episode 6
“Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy”
Original Airdate: November 15, 2012

Tracy names the villain in his latest movie Jack Donaghy, setting off a battle between Jack and Tracy, in which Tracy manages to actually outsmart Jack. Liz enlists Hazel as her assistant to help her out after she gets foot surgery and has to stay off her feet. Hazel takes advantage of the situation to try to scheme her way onto the show, but Liz stops her just in time and fires her. Jenna tries to convince Kenneth that she can be a better friend than Hazel, but she can’t even bring herself to listen to him.

Episode 7
“Mazel Tov, Dummies!”
Original Airdate: November 29, 2012

After running into Dennis Duffy and discovering that he was able to adopt a child because he’s married, Liz and Criss decide to get married themselves. Liz says that she doesn’t want her wedding day to be special, and plans to get married at City Hall while wearing a sweatshirt, but becomes increasingly frustrated as things go wrong. Finally she admits that she wants the wedding to be special, so Jack gets Tony Bennett to perform, Dennis steals some flowers, Criss gets a ring from a dead drug dealer, and Liz gets married in her Princess Leia outfit.

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