Welcome to our latest installment of how to write your favorite TV shows. Today we’re going to tackle the Jack-Liz relationship of the A plot of an episode of 30 Rock. It should be noted we have absolutely no qualifications to tell you how to write an episode of 30 Rock other than when you spend as much time as me sequestered in your apartment avoiding phone calls and ordering thai food you end up watching a lot of your favorite shows.
The key points to keep in mind to recreate an episode of 30 Rock on your home PC are these:
– Insert a political joke
– Insert a joke about pop culture
– Insert a joke about femininity*
* This final rule can be replaced with a joke about race, class or gender in general.
Our scene between Liz and Jack takes place at first outside then inside Jack’s office at 30 Rock. The camera is hand held and the dialogue clips along.
Jack: Lemmon, you look more tired than usual this morning. Was it another late night of watching Ellen on the TiVo dance awkwardly to the hits of Onyx?
Liz: Psh, no. There was an Anthony Bordain marathon on the Travel channel. He went to Basque country, Jack. Basque country!
Jack: Pull yourself together, Lemmon. Behind those doors sits the most powerful man of the Democratic National Committee. They want my advice on the best way to embalm Jimmy Carter.
Liz: Jimmy Carter’s not dead.
Liz: Why you? You’re the most staunch Republican I know.
Jack: Thank you. I’d compliment you in return but I don’t know how to nicely say you have egg mcmuffin on your neckline. Now, I need you to come inside with me and use your feminine wiles and frilly hippy tops to prove GE is a politically neutral corporation and that its subsidiary Shtyngart Embalmings of Pasaic, New Jersey can handle the job.
Liz: Absolutely not.
Jack: There’s a $200 bottle of Spanish Rioja in it for you, and I’ll tell you about the time I saw Anthony Bordain take his shirt off and smoke a cigarette while insulting a Guatemalan bus boy.
Liz: Let’s stuff that Peanut man.
Be sure to tune in next time as we tackle how to fabricate an awkward moment out of nowhere in the Office by having Steve Carrell’s character intentionally misunderstand the premise of a popular reality show. Wife Swap in the office? Oh how the hijinx will mount.