30 Rock (2006–2013)
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The Fighting Irish 

Eddie, Jack's brother, comes for a visit, who tells him that their father died. It turns out that Jack hasn't seen his father in 17 years and that Eddie took care of him for the rest of his... See full summary »


Dennie Gordon


Tina Fey (created by), Jack Burditt

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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
Alec Baldwin ... Jack Donaghy
Nathan Lane ... Eddie
Lonny Ross ... Josh
Katrina Bowden ... Cerie
Maulik Pancholy ... Jonathan
Brian Murray ... Jack's Dad
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Patricia
Boris McGiver ... Patrick
Anna Chlumsky ... Other Liz


Eddie, Jack's brother, comes for a visit, who tells him that their father died. It turns out that Jack hasn't seen his father in 17 years and that Eddie took care of him for the rest of his life and is now broke and his now to live in the YMCA. While their first meeting ended in a fight, it is now time for them to reconcile. Liz is supposed to fire 10% of her staff and, as everyone finds out, the staff tries to please her as much as they can to not get fired. During aerobics Liz meets the guy who accidentally send her flowers on Valentine's Day and his girlfriend. Tracy is on the search for a church and asks everyone for advice. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Liz eats what look like Peanut M&Ms but the package says "Covered Candies" See more »


When Eddie strangles Jack, the point of view shows no sign of Jack being strangled, however, the next shot from a distance does have him being strangled. See more »


Liz Lemon: Ten percent? I can't fire any of these people!
Pete Hornberger: Who cares? Getting fired is better than getting killed by my wife, with those big farm-people hands crushing my windpipe.
Liz Lemon: Everything okay at home, buddy?
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References American Idol (2002) See more »


30 Rock Theme Song
Written by Jeff Richmond
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Very Jack-Centered Episode!
16 February 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The seventeenth episode in the first season of 30 Rock is more sitcom-like than previous episode, but because the plot mostly revolves around Jack, all can be forgiven. If you thought one Jack Donaghy was funny, wait until you meet the rest of the family. This episode brings together the Donaghy family for the first time and ends up with ensuing hilarity.

This episode, "The Fighting Irish," has Jack seeing his brother for the first time in seventeen years and he finds out he was taking care of his father before he died and is now broke. Meanwhile, Liz has been told she has to fire ten percent of her staff and Tracy is trying to find a church.

Overall, this is a funny episode and has some really good moments. I still can't believe how Alec Baldwin gets away with half the stuff he does on network television. But I ain't complaining. His moments with his family, including guest appearances by Molly Shannon, are the best part of this series. I rate this episode 9/10.

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