Tina Fey writes, executive produces, and stars as head writer Liz Lemon in the comedy "30 Rock". Lemon's life is jolted when network executive Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) takes over The Girlie Show and forces Liz to hire the wild and unpredictable movie star Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan). But that's only the beginning of her troubles as she attempts to juggle the extraordinary demands of her entire cast and crew in a half hour that proves work can be such a production!
Liz Lemon is head writer for The Girlie Show, a live comedy show filmed in New York City's 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Things start to get complicated when her new boss, Jack Donaghy, insists that wild movie star Tracy Jordan join the cast.
Jack makes major changes to the show, renaming it TGS with Tracy Jordan and thus taking the spotlight away from Jenna Maroney. An indignant Liz struggles to keep everyone happy, but it is Tracy who saves the day by hosting a party for the entire cast and crew on a private yacht.
Realizing that her near or total lack of a social life is having an adverse effect on her work, Jack sets Liz up on a blind date with a friend of his. Jack infiltrates the writers' weekly poker game and starts winning hands down until Kenneth the Page joins in and proves to be a surprisingly adept player.
Jack decides to join Liz and her staff in the writers' room, but his lack of writing ability becomes all too evident and his presence ends up stifling the others' creativity. Tracy mentors Kenneth on how to be successful and Liz encourages Cerie, her young assistant, to dress less revealingly.
Forced by Jack to plug General Electric (GE) products into the show, Liz integrates Jack himself into a self-referential sketch about product placement. Frank and Toofer trick Jenna into thinking that her job is in danger and Liz wonders if Tracy might be illiterate when he refuses to read the cue cards.
When Liz takes back her sleazy ex-boyfriend Dennis Duffy, Jack takes it upon himself to convince her that she is headed for a life of mediocrity. Tracy is enraged when a magazine calls him "normal" and Jenna becomes worried about her age when Jack asks her how old she is.
Jack bumps Jenna's scheduled appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and puts Tracy on in her place. To make matters worse, Tracy has gone off his medication and he is consequently acting more erratic than ever. Jack encourages bald producer Pete Hornberger to wear a wig.
Liz finally dumps Dennis and prowls the singles scene, where she proves to be particularly inept at picking up guys, under Jenna's tutelage. Tracy and Toofer clash, landing both in sensitivity training, and Jack dates a certain "high-ranking African-American member of the Bush Administration."
Cerie gets engaged so that she can be a "young hot mom", causing Liz to think about marriage and having a family. Jack has trouble dealing with his own domineering mother, who wants to move in with him, and Tracy becomes upset by Josh's impression of him.
Liz and Jenna's friendship is put to the test when Liz admits that she dislikes Jenna's new independent film. To get himself out of debt, Tracy places his name on a "meat machine" that eliminates the "bread" part of sandwiches.
Two guys, one a cerebral nerd and the other a gorgeous hunk, capture the attention of Liz and Jenna. Jack and Kenneth trade places for "Bottom's Up Day" and Tracy enlists Frank and Toofer to write his autobiography in one day.
Liz attends a foreign prince's birthday party with Jack and meets his ex-wife, who later in the episode beats up Liz. Tracy tries to convince Pete to cheat on his wife at a wild party while Kenneth encourages him not to.
The writers struggle to pull an all-nighter on Valentine's Day. Liz receives flowers from a secret admirer, Jack gets all the way divorced after years of legal separation, Tracy tries to spend the evening with his wife, Pete forgets the holiday and Kenneth is encouraged to pursue Cerie.
After being criticized for her working habits by her co-workers, Liz decides to be more lenient with her staff and work overtime herself. Meanwhile, Jack brings Tracy to a major golf event to get closer to Don Geiss, the CEO of GE, but his plan backfires when Tracy decides to drop "truth bombs".
When Josh's contract comes up for negotiation, Jack tries to save money by not renewing it while Liz tries to prevent Josh from joining the cast of a rival show. Meanwhile, Tracy allows Kenneth into his entourage and Jenna gets into trouble after she is misquoted in a popular magazine.
Jack enlists a rap producer to unload his line of inferior champagne while Tracy reluctantly hosts the Source Awards. Liz tries to sever ties with a black man she dislikes (played by Wayne Brady) without looking racist. Ghostface Killah cameos as himself.
Jack's long-lost brother Eddie shows up and announces their father's death. Meanwhile, Liz, forced to make staff cutbacks, fires her romantic rival "Other Liz" while Tracy seeks spiritual fulfillment at his lawyer's request.
Threatened by a sneaky West Coast NBC executive, Jack enlists Kenneth to help thwart any attempts to usurp Donaghy's TV throne. Meanwhile, Tracy discovers that he is a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Liz fakes being an alcoholic to get closer to her crush.
Liz has found happiness with Floyd while Jack pursues a relationship of his own with Phoebe, an eccentric Christie's auctioneer. Tracy vies for Don Geiss's attention, hoping to turn his Jefferson movie idea into a reality.
Sick of New York and frustrated with his career, Floyd contemplates a move to the Midwest and asks Liz if she would consider leaving TGS behind. Tracy discovers that the "Black Crusaders" are after him and Jack continues to prepare for his marriage to Phoebe.
As TGS's summer hiatus approaches, Liz deals with the difficulties of her long-distance relationship with Floyd as she tries to find Tracy, who is hiding out in the sticks with Kenneth's uncivilized cousin. Meanwhile, Jack's impending marriage brings his mother, Colleen Donaghy, to town.