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Episode #: 212
Season: 2
Writer(s): Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock
Director(s): Don Scardino
Guest star(s): Tim Conway Dean Winters, Michael Bloomberg
First aired: April 17, 2008

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EPISODE SYNOPSIS
Dennis becomes a New York City celebrity after jumping in front of a subway and saving someone who fell on the tracks. Meanwhile, Jack desperately tries to persuade Tracy to become the celebrity face of the Republican Party, and Kenneth meets old-time TV legend Bucky Bright, who doesn't quite match his expectations.

Frank
FRANK TALK
WHAT DID FRANK'S HAT SAY?
Exactly


EPISODE QUOTES
  • Dennis: I knew that girl was eighteen. She told me that her last boyfriend was Asian, and that crap doesn't start until college.
  • Jack: Good god! When did the party become so boring? The Democrats have all the good celebrities!
  • Kenneth: Oh, uh, no, sir. I don't vote Republican or Democrat. Choosing is a sin, so I always just write in the Lord's name
Jack: That's Republican. We count those.

  • Bucky Bright: We had tailor-made suits, and a place right here for a little carnation in your lapel. And an inside monogrammed pocket, you know, for your opium pipe and your switchblade.
  • Frank: I've watched seven different people die in subway stations.
  • Bucky Bright: I wandered around the building all night. I didn't run into another living soul...except one gigantic lesbian. Who is Conan O'Brien, and why is she so sad?
  • Jenna: No, love is hiding who you really are at all times, even when you're sleeping. Love is wearing make-up to bed and going downstairs to the Burger King to poop. And hiding alcohol and perfume bottles. That's love.
  • Bucky Bright: Men were men back then, I'll tell you. If you wanted to do something private with another man, it wasn't gay. It was just two men...celebrating each others' strength.
  • Tracy: I gotta get my wallet out of the toaster.
  • Tracy: Black people, don't vote! Just don't do it! And in the time that it takes you to vote, you play three games of pool. Three! Now that's fresh!
  • Jack: Save it for your iVillage blog, Lemon.

BEST SCENES AND MOMENTS
  • Dennis' "band."
  • Bucky's explanation of a sandwich girl. "No, no, no, two guys 'd get--"
  • Bucky calling the writer's room the Jew room.
  • Tracy dancing.
  • Conceding that all black Americans are Democrats, Jack and Tracy instead tell black people not to vote, hoping to help the Republicans' chances.
  • Dennis tries to push Liz onto the subway tracks to reinvigorate the public's interest in him.

EPISODE TRIVIA
  • The newspaper article about Dennis and Liz's dinner is written by Kay Cannon. In actuality, Kay Cannon is a writer and story editor for 30 Rock.
  • Liz' bag of off-brand Cheetos is called "Sabor de Soledad". Translated from Spanish, it means "Taste of Loneliness" or "Flavor of Loneliness".
  • Jack calls Dennis, "the biggest subway hero since Bernie Goetz," referring to the man who shot four blacks who tried to rob him on a New York City subway in 1984, and was dubbed "The Subway Vigilante".
  • How Dennis Duffy became the "Subway Hero" is based off of the actions of Wesley Autrey who saved a 19-year-old who was having a seizure and had fallen onto the subway tracks in the same manner that Dennis Duffy did: throwing himself on top of the man.
  • Though credited, Scott Adsit and Lonny Ross do not appear in this episode.
  • Tim Conway won an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category for his work on this episode.


EPISODE PHOTOS
Opium pipe--what?

Opium pipe and switchblade--what?
Don't Vote

Don't Vote

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