'30 Rock': Jack battles his teenage nemesis and Octavia Spencer stops by

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The end is nigh, nerds! As a part of her lifelong quest to have it all, Liz started fertility treatments. But of course the hormones from the injections made her extra crazy and forced Lemon to reconsider her options: She could go it the old-fashioned way, wait at least another four years to adopt a newborn, or adopt an older child. (An older kid? Gross!) Ultimately, with some unlikely help from Tracy, she decided that maybe she could handle an older child. So it seems that Liz Lemon might end up with a kid by the season’s end after all. 

As I said, Tracy helped Lemon come to that conclusion. He told her that since she took care of him for all these years, then surely she can handle anything. Why such insight from the office idiot? Well, Tracy learned his lesson from an equally surprising source, Octavia Spencer. The Oscar-winning actress guested as herself, playing the lead in Tracy’s Harriet Tubman movie. On set, Tracy got a taste of his own medicine as Octavia acted full-on crazy. She even had her own entourage (Mizz and Dot Gov, natch.) Tracy’s own entourage pointed out that she was just behaving exactly like he does. Realizing how impossible he is to work with, Tracy decided to channel Liz Lemon to quell Octavia’s bad habits. But some actors — particularly those who believe they are Jedis — just can’t be tamed.

But the real highlight of the episode was Jack Donaghy battling his teenage nemesis, Kaylie Hooper (Chloë Grace Moretz). Hank Hooper, the CEO of Kabletown, was ready to hand over the reins of the company to the next in line, Kaylie. So in honor of his recently deceased mother, Jack decided to take on Kaylie one last time to claim his place as leader of the company.

But he couldn’t do it alone. He was so desperate to beat out Kaylie he sought the help of Devon Banks (Will Arnett), who’d found his calling teaching spin classes. The two put aside their differences to form an alliance to take down Kaylie. Banks told Jack he could personally confirm that Kaylie’s father was gay, and subsequently not Kaylie’s birth father. Twist! She’s not even technically related to Hank! It was just the juicy tidbit Jack needed to eliminate Kaylie once and for all. (Well, not kill her, you know, but at least get her out of the running for CEO.)

NEXT: The epic conclusion of Jack vs. Kaylie and the night’s best lines…


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