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Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning 

Jack tries to put together a benefit for a disaster that hasn't happened yet, Liz and Tracy come to blows as reality show cameras follow Tracy around, and a mock disaster scenario gives Lutz a rare position of control with the writers.

Writers:

Tina Fey (created by), Robert Carlock
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Fey ... Liz Lemon
Tracy Morgan ... Tracy Jordan
Jane Krakowski ... Jenna Maroney
Jack McBrayer ... Kenneth Parcell
Scott Adsit ... Pete Hornberger
Judah Friedlander ... Frank Rossitano
Alec Baldwin ... Jack Donaghy
Katrina Bowden ... Cerie
Kevin Brown ... Dot Com
Grizz Chapman ... Grizz
John Lutz ... J.D. Lutz
Maulik Pancholy ... Jonathan
Keith Powell ... Toofer
Robert De Niro ... Robert De Niro
Dean Winters ... Dennis Duffy
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Storyline

Tracy has a reality TV crew following him around which Liz tries to use to her advantage, while Jack attempts to make a profit by pre-recording natural disaster telethons. Lutz lies to the writers to make him more valuable in the event of an apocalypse. Written by NBC Publicity

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Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In a flash-sideways, Tracy is shown promoting a "SurfMaster Jet Ski". This is a fictitious brand and the vehicle shown is actually a Kawasaki Jet Ski. See more »

Quotes

Jack Donaghy: Shh. Shh, Lemon, it's okay. As I begin phase two of my Jack Attack on Kabletown, I've been doing some research. Do you know what the most successful reality events of the past five years are? Celebrity benefits for natural disasters. The viewership is huge.
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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Help the People, the Thing That Happened Happened To
Performed by Jane Krakowski
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potential natural disaster..
24 November 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

30 Rock

With a sensational triumph of six Golden Globes, 30 Rock is undeniably critics' choice and the buzz pays off with Fey; the creator, at the heart of it, whose vision is crystal clear and on the mark. It is a single camera sitcom about a writer of a TV Show and the behind-the-camera chaos it goes through before it goes on air. The somewhat distorted concept isn't what the series relies upon, its ideal vacation is to reach for a mature audience with wise and not necessarily funny writing.

It is rich on technical aspects like the production design but fails completely on cinematography and background score. As mentioned earlier, the humor isn't forcibly imputed which allows the makers to visit unknown places without any restraints and communicate fluently with the viewers.

The soul of the series is certainly its huge cast who can easily charm their way out of anything but Baldwin and Fey does invest a lot in it and are flat out hilarious in it. Layered, satirical and thought-provoking writing, ironical humor and injected with enough content to run for its twenty minutes are the high points of this brilliant sitcom. Few cameos and a knack of taking bold moves factors a lot on keeping the audience tangled in its exhilarating flashy world.

The equation between Fey and Baldwin is written with such meticulous and at times sweet and soothing tactics and cases that it goes through. Invading live shows, creating a mocked reality show and changing the perspective of the narrations are the bits that helps reset the clock from zero. It also keeps ironically jump in and out of character and storyline to draw in a chuckle every now and then.

Season 05

In this personal journey of the series' characters, each of them gets to dive in deeper on their personal relationships with their parents and partners and addition to that the equation between them too is evolved along with drawing out the attention from the background score and musicals and utilizing the frame thoroughly.

Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning

Most of the act is spent on your usual gags but what's fascinating is how they blend in the reality and the storyline of the series, and the final sequence with Fey mocking the background score has got to be the best.


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