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The Tuxedo Begins 

Liz gets tired of enforcing rules and good manners around the city, so she decides to break them herself. Meanwhile, Jack decides to run for mayor after he is mugged, and Jenna and Paul fear their relationship has reached normalcy.

Director:

John Riggi

Writers:

Tina Fey (created by), Josh Siegal | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Fey ... Liz Lemon
Tracy Morgan ... Tracy Jordan
Jane Krakowski ... Jenna Maroney
Jack McBrayer ... Kenneth Parcell
Scott Adsit ... Pete Hornberger
Judah Friedlander ... Frank Rossitano (credit only)
Alec Baldwin ... Jack Donaghy
Katrina Bowden ... Cerie
Keith Powell ... Toofer (credit only)
Steve Buscemi ... Lenny Wosniak
Will Forte ... Paul
Andre Ward Andre Ward ... Daryl Weenus
Eric Ruffin ... Young Tracy
Hannibal Buress ... Hannibal
Sarah Schenkkan ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Fed up with New York City after being mugged, Jack sets out to protect the safety of the city's elite by announcing his run for mayor. Meanwhile, Liz revels in sacrificing the good of the city to look out for her own interests, and Jenna and Paul are thrilled by the perversion of acting like a normal couple. Written by NBC Publicity

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14
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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The song that the young woman starts to sing throughout this episode (and which is sung in Spanish by a mariachi band over the closing credits) is "NYC" from the musical Annie. That the young woman is getting off a vintage Trailways bus the first time she starts to sing it is a parody of the section of "NYC" in which a character just named "Star-to-Be" sings, "NYC/Just got here this morning/Three bucks/Two bags/One me" - only instead of being an aspiring actress, the woman in this episode is an aspiring prostitute. See more »

Quotes

Young Girl: [singing "N.Y.C." from the musical "Annie"] "Three bucks, two bags, one me!" Say, where does a young prostitute get started in this town?
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

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three bucks, two bags, one me..
24 November 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

30 Rock

With a sensational triumph of six Golden Globes, 30 Rock is undeniably critics' choice and the buzz pays off with Fey; the creator, at the heart of it, whose vision is crystal clear and on the mark. It is a single camera sitcom about a writer of a TV Show and the behind-the-camera chaos it goes through before it goes on air. The somewhat distorted concept isn't what the series relies upon, its ideal vacation is to reach for a mature audience with wise and not necessarily funny writing.

It is rich on technical aspects like the production design but fails completely on cinematography and background score. As mentioned earlier, the humor isn't forcibly imputed which allows the makers to visit unknown places without any restraints and communicate fluently with the viewers.

The soul of the series is certainly its huge cast who can easily charm their way out of anything but Baldwin and Fey does invest a lot in it and are flat out hilarious in it. Layered, satirical and thought-provoking writing, ironical humor and injected with enough content to run for its twenty minutes are the high points of this brilliant sitcom. Few cameos and a knack of taking bold moves factors a lot on keeping the audience tangled in its exhilarating flashy world.

The equation between Fey and Baldwin is written with such meticulous and at times sweet and soothing tactics and cases that it goes through. Invading live shows, creating a mocked reality show and changing the perspective of the narrations are the bits that helps reset the clock from zero. It also keeps ironically jump in and out of character and storyline to draw in a chuckle every now and then.

Season 06

This season looses its grip for a brief period in its middle act only to life up to its standards just like the first act, by bringing out the big guns like mocking comic book movies, live shows and reality shows, that has always been its forte where it aces like no one.

The Tuxedo Begins

An amazing passionate project for the comic book lovers weaved in aptly by the writers and performed brilliantly by Baldwin and Fey, it metaphorically too represents the relationship between them, the New York City gets saved once again.


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