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Episode #:5
Season: 4
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First aired:November 12, 2009

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EPISODE SYNOPSIS
Everyone is anticipating the new guy, the robot man Jack hired in the last episode. Jack Baker arrives and Jack changes his name to Danny. Jack and Liz go out to dinner and Jack is very attentive to Liz's needs. He tells her that Deal Breakers is being optioned for a talk shows and she agrees to host it with Jack as the produced. Jenna and Tracy convince Liz that she needs to shop around for the show...Jack is relying on their friendship to secure the deal. Jenna and Tracy realize they've given good advice and decide to become "the Problem Solvers." They take on Kenneth's case and decide to talk to Danny about making Kenneth feel useful.

Liz tells Jack that she's going to take other options before committing to Jack. Jack seems hurt. Liz meets with her agent and he's really young and inexperienced. Jenna and Tracy go to talk to Danny, and Danny explains that he used to be an assistant and doesn't want Kenneth to feel oppressed. Jenna and Tracy laugh this off but Danny reminds them a day ago he was a robot on the street. Someday Kenneth could be running the network.

Liz discovers that Jack is going forward with the show without her, since the concept started on TGS which is property of NBC. Tracy rejects Kenneth's offer to brush his teeth and instead solves a problem for Jack with Jenna. They pass along Jack's message to Liz that either she'll lose Deal Breakers or have to crawl back to NBC. She tell them she's suing for rights to Deal Breakers. In a meeting, Jack and Liz argue. She goes to Tracy and Jenna and Tracy agrees to set her up with the producer of Sports Shouting. Jenna is nice to Kenneth and he realizes that Danny made the change. He confronts him and gets Danny to insult him. It makes Kenneth feel better and Danny is thrilled when Kenneth calls him a real actor.

Meanwhile, Liz is in a meeting with the Sports Shouting producer, who is ignoring her. Jack is meeting with Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. During the course of both meetings Jack and Liz realize that they are perfect for each other - business wise. They leave their meetings and run into one another in front of 30 rock and have a romantic handshake

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EPISODE QUOTES
  • Jack - I also picked up a Chinese version of your book. Liz - Ah, Deal Breakers: Men for you no good by Lesbian Yellow SourFruit.
  • Janitor - He looks like all the guys in my magazines.
  • Liz - Spit take! Are you serious?
  • Kenneth - I feel about as useless as a mom's college degree.
  • Tracy - Danny, it's not about the room, it's about the man. See these doors around here? Take any of these rooms and make it your bathroom.
  • Danny (to Kenneth) - "Of all the creepy people I've met here, you're the creepiest. With your Don Knotts hair, your Hitler Youth haircut, I've seen bigger chins on a premature baby!"

BEST SCENES AND MOMENTS
  • Kenneth talking and walking backwards when Danny offers to get him something to eat while he's at.
  • Jenna's karaoke videos.
  • Kenneth questioning Tracy "Who said I've been alive forever?!"
  • Jenna and Tracy standing with their shirts opposite - look at Tracy's gut!
  • Tracy screaming on "Sports Shouting"
  • Padma's guest spot.

EPISODE TRIVIA
  • Padma guest stars as herself and refers to her Bravo show "Top Chef."







EPISODE PHOTOS
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi guest stars - "Men tell me I'm very funny."
The Problem Solvers

Kenneth is happy to serve everyone!

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