Jack (Alec Baldwin) travels to Washington to testify before the House Subcommittee on Baseball, Quiz Shows, Terrorism and Media concerning the NBC/Kabletown merger. Of course, Jack has them eating out of the palm of his hand until Congresswoman Regina Bookman (Queen Latifah) points out the lack of diversity at NBC. “Why is it that NBC looks about as diverse as a Wilco concert?” During a grandstanding speech in which she invoked words like flag, Regina guaranteed that the merger would not pass until Jack could show her some diversity at the network. The other members, including Rob Reiner, mutter “Rhubarb, rhubarb, peas and carrots”.
Liz (Tina Fey) is fed up with the insulting nameplates the other writers keep putting on her door. For example ‘F. Krueger’ because she wore a red and green sweater after getting a facial peel, or ‘Winona Ryder in 100 years’ or inexplicably ‘Paul Simon’. So she jumps at the chance to have Jack promote Twofer (Keith Powell) co-head writer. However Liz finds herself getting jealous when Twofer starts getting awards, Arthur Ashe of the Week and the 2010 Tavis Smiley Excellence in Broadcasting Award.
Jenna (Jane Krakowski) offers to help Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) get back into the page program by giving him a pageant makeover. When that doesn’t work Jack tells the head of the program, named Jeffrey Weinerslav, to hire Kenneth. Unfortunately, this coincides with Congresswoman Bookman’s visit along with some other things that look bad out of context. When Twofer admits that he has only been co-head writer for one day, the Congresswoman asks who the real head writer is. In recognition for Liz’s hard work she gets an “I met a congresswoman” sticker and another buzz word filled speech.
The Congresswoman promises to come back in three months to see if things have changed and if not she will vote no on the merger.
“When I was in pageants, my mother told me there’s only three things standing between you and winning. Your breasts and wanting it bad enough.” — Jenna telling Kenneth how to get back into the page program.
“Jackie D! I had dinner with Don Imus last night and he told the following joke…” — Tracy to Jack as he quickly hung up the phone on Congresswoman Bookman
“I was too busy trying to remember the name of the black kid on Community” — Jack’s excuse for being unprepared at the hearing.
Jack and Tracy’s disbelief that Law & Order had been canceled.
The end of Regina’s final stream-of-consciousness political speech: “WHO. WANTS. PIZZA?”
“Thank you, Dr. Chang.” — Jack to Regina after claiming to see neither race nor gender.
“What if we had to stay in the same room and I forgot to bring a shirt to sleep in and all the stores were closed…” — Jack’s assistant Johnathan asking a hypothetical question on their way to D.C.
“Magnolia Bakery. Sorry hips.” — Rob Reiner as he reads the brochure for the Sex and the City tour.
Queen Latifah rocked it! Can’t wait for her to return. Another great episode.
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