After seven seasons, ten Emmys and an uncountable amount of laughs, the critically acclaimed comedy series ’30 Rock’ came to a close on Jan. 31 with an emotional final episode.
30 Rock went out with a bang! Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) got her happy ending earlier in the season by marrying hot dog vendor Criss Chross (James Marsden), but she spent the duration of the final episode on Jan. 31 rounding up the cast of TGS, a show within the show, for one last hurrah!
The ending of TGS is bittersweet. Scared of what the future holds, Liz finds herself miserable as a stay at home mom.
“It’s OK to want to work,” Criss consoled Liz. “One of us has to. We just got it backwards: You’re the dad.”
“I do like ignoring your questions while I try to watch TV,” Liz agreed, before a flash forward showed her working on a bad sitcom Grizz & Herz with her two adopted children in tow.
Jack Donaghy Resigns From Kabletown
Futhermore, as the newly minted CEO of NBC parent Kabletown, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) was facing his own crisis, receiving criticism from a treasured enemy, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, appearing in the finale as herself.
“Jack Donaghy is an economic war criminal,” Nancy declared on a cable news network. “If the Democratic Party controls Congress, I will see to it that he is punished in the worst way possible: by having to come down here and listen to us.”
Despite his joy over Nancy’s mention of his name, Jack ends up resigning from Kabletown and begins a journey to find what truly makes him happy.
The Future After ‘TGS’
Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) takes Liz to a strip club, and he tries to derail the grand finale of TGS, so that no one has to say goodbye.
Producer Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit) finally acheives his dream by disappearing without a trace.
Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) is promoted to the head of NBC, where he is pitched a new comedy series, 30 Rock! And so it comes full circle!
“There’s a reason people don’t say honest goodbyes. It’s because when stuff is coming to an end, people freak out and they act crazy,” Liz tells Tracy in the series finale. So true, so true. We feel the same way about the end of 30 Rock.
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