How '30 Rock' Spent Its Summer Vacation

Another season of 30 Rock is in the books, and as Liz Lemon said in the final moments of this week's episode: "Are you ready for season six?"

This show covered a lot of ground chronologically, and without a whole lot of substance, which I suppose could be a good description for lots of summer vacations. Next year when we get started, it looks like the show will jump right in to its sweet spot (actually producing TGS on-air) as opposed to rehashing the details of everyone's summer. Let's take quick stock of where our main characters stand before we launch into what will certainly be an interesting season six, particularly with the possible departure of Alec Baldwin from the show at its conclusion.

Liz: Having been to the Hamptons and back, Liz should be particularly refreshed for a new season, if only because she managed to cross everything off of her to-do list for the summer. But, Liz, would it have killed you to have bruschetta and white wine with Ina?


Jack: Still without Avery, Jack is back in top form, particularly when it comes to baby Liddy, after a unfortunate lapse with Kenneth that resulted in some spooning.

Tracy: Some things never change. He certainly made the most of his time off.

Jenna: After considering compliance with the Wool Council's morality clause, Jenna and Paul return to their colorful proclivities. They certainly made the most of Jenna's time off.

Kenneth: Kenneth deserves some extra vacation for how he dealt with Jack. But, ever the professional, he'll be back with bells on for the first day of work next fall.


The Writers: I hope Lutz disposed of his dirty diapers outside of 30 Rock.

Best random quote that has nothing to do with the show's plot: "You could use a little R&R—rum and Ritalin." –Dr. Spaceman

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