The Natural Order
30 Rock Season 3 Episode 20 (04/30/09)
Liz is upset that Tracy won’t act professional and calls him out on it.
Tracy is hurt that everyone treats him like a child and readjusts his clocks to try and trick him into showing up for work.
The next day Tracy shows up in full on Cosby sweater garb, glasses, and a professional demeanor.
He knows all of his lines, is on time, and works perfectly for the day.
Of course he has other ideas as he professes that everyone should be treated equally, no matter what.
It all starts with Liz Lemon having to change a water bottle, which has nothing to do with equality.
Liz and Tracy continue their battle for a few more days: Liz enjoying the sweet aroma of unbridled man farts, and Tracy forced to work late while Liz and the boys go to a strip club.
The two decide they can’t handle the changes and want to go back to the old ways.
Meanwhile, Colleen Donaghy, Jack’s mom, is in town.
Despite how difficult she is Jack is being nicer than usual because it’s the 35th anniversary of when his father walked out on the family.
When Jack goes to his mother’s hotel to pick her up for dinner he discovers Paul, a Floridian who can drive at night and makes his own soda.
Jack is convinced the guy is a scam artist and employs his private eye to find out what’s up.
Buscemi comes back to report Paul is a boy scout, and that he’s been married for 35 years. Jack goes to confront Paul about his indiscretions by using a slightly modified version of the speech he wished he had given his father long ago.
Colleen knew of Paul’s marriage and shrugs it off.
She then realizes that Jack is upset about the abrupt departure of Jimmy Donaghy 35 years ago. She’d forgotten about it and told Jack to, too.
Later, Jack is watching "Some Like It Hot," which he explains to Liz is a movie his father took his mother to see.
Liz makes a comment about wanting to be a writer when the movie came out in 1959 because audiences would have been so gullible.
Colleen’s previous comment becomes clear: If Jimmy Donaghy was gone from 1957 until 1959, and Jack was conceived in 1958 then Jimmy Donaghy is not Jack’s father.
Jenna was also in this episode. It involved a gibbon that humped her face. Enough said.