On last night’s all-new episode of “30 Rock,” Liz deals with unwanted attention from a co-worker’s mother and Jenna uses some of her acting skills to solve a crime in “Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whiskey.”
Liz (Tina Fey) is at the “TGS” offices when she’s bombarded by Sylvia, the mom of her staff writer Frank (Judah Friedlander). Turns out, Frank told his mom that Liz was his girlfriend after she found a letter signed “L.” She wants Liz to come over for dinner. Liz tells Frank she can’t pretend to be his girlfriend because she has a boyfriend. Turns out, Frank is hiding his real girlfriend, Lynne (guest star Susan Sarandon) because his mother doesn’t like her. Jack (Alec Baldwin) meanwhile, has found Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) a job at Kabletown in the Standards Department, where Kenneth will be able to keep the airwaves clean.
We discover that Toofer (Keith Powell) and Lutz (John Lutz) have been charging things to the show by claiming they’re for sketches. Pete is upset because someone drank all his liquor. Jenna (Jane Krakowski) wants to investigate using the forensics knowledge she gained on a television show where she played a detective named Alexis Goodlooking. Tracy (Tracy Morgan) joins her.
Kenneth starts his job and is too naïve to realize that one of the other employees, Bradley, is trying to undermine him so he can get up the corporate ladder first. Jack warns Kenneth that Bradley’s trying to destroy him by telling him about his own personal friend turned nemesis, Henry Warren (guest star Stanley Tucci). Jack thinks that Kenneth needs to be paranoid and crush Bradley.
Liz, meanwhile comes home to find Frank and his mom in her apartment. Sylvia still thinks she’s Frank’s girlfriend and forces Liz to eat her dinner. Back at “TGS” Jenna and Tracy question the writers about Pete’s whiskey. Jenna finds the trashcan full of red cups when she questions Lutz and he admits that they all drank his alcohol without Pete because they’re tired of Pete’s drinking stories. On another floor, Kenneth gets reprimanded for letting a racist Asian joke through on a script. It appears he signed off on it, but Kenneth doesn’t remember doing it. Back at Liz’s apartment, Frank can’t take it anymore and admits that Liz is not the “L” in the letter, but that it’s actually Lynne. Liz gets kicked out of her own apartment by Sylvia.
Kenneth tells Jack about the Asian joke and Jack tells him that’s its Bradley’s doing. Jack’s already done research and found that Bradley didn’t really get his college degree. He tells Kenneth to give it to their boss to take Bradley down, but Kenneth doesn’t want to do it. Back at “TGS’ Jenna and Tracy want to tell Pete what happened to the whiskey, but they decide not to because it will hurt. Liz, meanwhile, slept in her office. Frank tells Liz that he broke up with Lynne and that he’s okay with it. Jack heads to his office to find Henry Warren there. Turns out Kenneth stopped by Henry’s office to see if his life turned out okay after Jack took him down. Jack it turns out never thought they friends, but were actually only gathering information on each other. Henry on the other hand seems to have thought they were friends and feels bad for Kenneth because he thinks Jack is going to turn Kenneth into another paranoid corporate guy like him.
Jenna and Tracy sit all the writer’s down. They know they drank his scotch and tell them they have to hang out with Pete every night this week or they’re going to tell Pete about how they’re writing off stuff with accounting. So the writer’s hang out with Pete. Liz sits down and eats some meatballs Frank’s mom had left over, but they taste funny. She realizes there’s an extra ingredient – tears. She now knows Frank is actually miserable. Kenneth goes to give his boss the evidence that Bradley didn’t actually go to college, but Jack stops him. He doesn’t want to ruin Kenneth. Jack’s trying to be a friend, but Kenneth’s not sure if he trusts Jack – maybe Jack is trying to stop him from turning into competition one day. Jack tells Kenneth if he’s thinking like that then he’s already turning into it. After Jack leaves, Kenneth slips the paper under the boss’ door.
Back at Liz’s office she’s talking to Frank when Frank’s mom comes in with dinner because Frank told her he was sick. Lynne arrives, because Liz tricked Frank into coming so they could get back together. Frank tells her he was happy, but Liz she still thinks he’s miserable. Liz tells Sylvia that while Lynne and Frank are different, so are the ingredients in Sylvia’s meatballs, which are good anyway. Lynne is angry that her and Frank are being compared to meatballs. This makes Sylvia realize that Frank is dating Lynne because Lynne is like her and he wants to really be with his Mom. They all hug it out.
“30 Rock” airs Thursdays on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT