'30 Rock': The Donaghy Mentor Experience

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"Lemon. Boundaries. Got it."

This week, Jack is dealing with a very hormonal Avery, who's already purchased a Hermès saddle (running over $6,000, at least, not including the monogram) for their little Charlotte. Jack hints that he's no longer wild about the name, mostly because of Liz, who explains that she went to school with a Charlotte who rubbed herself on a tree during recess. Avery flips out and demands that Jack and Liz return to a normal boss/employee relationship. Hilariously, both suffer. Jack seeks another mentee and is disgusted with his options among the young people in the company ("B-T-Dubs, I have 10 minutes until I have to leave for my ironic kickball league."). After encountering Liz in the hallway, unable to speak as they normally do, Jack whispers, "Shoulders back," as she walks away.

Liz, on the other hand, is dealing with her 80-year-old father, who is currently taking a "gentleman's intermission" from his wife and comes to visit New York to pick up women with his Army buddy. Liz isn't sure how to deal with her father's wandering eye, or his Ed Hardy t-shirt. Trying to solve her own problems, she ends up at the bar her father planned on patronizing (the hilariously named Swingles) to confront him, but that ends badly.

Fortunately for both parties, Avery eventually understands the odd symbiosis between the great white shark and the remora fish, as Jack so aptly puts it. And just in time—Liz is wearing a Duane Reade bag as underwear, after all. She fills Jack in on the situation with her father and Jack jumps into action, solving that problem, and then another. Jack's Reaganing continues!



Best random quote that has nothing to do with the show's plot: "She's put on considerable boob weight and sometimes she just falls over. It's very stressful."—Jack Donaghy

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