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- "Little Kenneth Ellen Parcell from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Growing up in your mama's tract house, dreaming of working on a TV show, dreaming of making it all the way to the N-B-C. You come a long way, haven't you, Kenneth Ellen, with your cheap loafers and your page jacket. But you'll always be a pig farmer's son, boy, cuz I smell fried baloney all over you."
- ―Jack Donaghy
|Air date||October 25th, 2006|
|Producers||JoAnn Alfano; Brett Baer; Adam Bernstein; Jack Burditt; Irene Burns; Robert Carlock; Jennifer Danielson; Tina Fey; Dave Finkel; Matt Hubbard; Marci Klein; Jerry Kupfer; Lorne Michaels; David Miner; Margo A. Myers; Jeff Richmond; John Riggi; Andrew Singer|
|Starring||Tina Fey; Tracy Morgan; Jane Krakowski; Jack McBrayer; Scott Adsit; Judah Friedlander; Alec Baldwin|
"Jack the Writer"
"Blind Date" is the third episode of season one of the comedy series 30 Rock. It was directed by Adam Bernstein and written by executive producer John Riggi. It first aired on NBC on Thursday, October 25th, 2006. In this episode, Jack feels that Liz is overworked and not paying enough attention to her social life, which he believes is affecting her work ethic. In his own charitable way, Jack sets Liz up on a blind date with his friend Thomas. When Liz goes to the bar however to meet her date, she finds that Thomas is actually a lesbian named Gretchen Thomas. While Liz is befriending Gretchen, Jack takes her place at the company weekly poker game. The rest of the crew quickly discover that Jack plays for high stakes.
|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|
|Keith Powell||Toofer Spurlock|
|Lonny Ross||Josh Girard|
|Katrina Bowden||Cerie Xerox|
|Stephanie March||Gretchen Thomas|
|Kevin Brown||Dot Com|
|Brett Baer||Guy at bar|
|Rich Brevard||Big Rich|
|Teddy Coluca||Stage manager|
|Elizabeth Furtado||Gym teacher|
|John Lutz||J.D. Lutz|
|David Rankin||Young Dave|
|Siobhan Parisi||Business professional|
Notes & Trivia
- Production code number: 103
- Third episode of the series directed by Adam Bernstein.
- Executive producer Brett Baer makes a cameo appearance as a guy at a bar.
- Kenneth's full name is revealed to be Kenneth Ellen Parcell in this episode.
- In this episode, Jack tries to intimidate Kenneth at the Poker game by insulting his upbringing. His dialogue is a parody of a passage of dialogue from the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs where Anthony Hopkins' infamous serial killer character Hannibal Lechter tries to unnerve FBI agent Clarice Starling through his cold analytical dissertation of her character.
- Frank Rossitano: He's awesome. You can't read his thoughts because he doesn't have any.
- Jack Donaghy: Very clever boy, Kenneth. But the curtain has been drawn back now, and I know the real you.
- Jack Donaghy: When Frank is bluffing, he asks a series of inane questions to hide his nervousness.
- Frank Rossitano: Oh really? Is that what you think? Is that what I do? Am I doing that right now? Yeah, I'm out.
- Tracy Jordan: Okay, Rain Man. Tell me what I got.
- Jack Donaghy: Well you have two of your cards backwards, actually.
- Tracy Jordan: I'm out.
- Jack Donaghy: Human contact is important, Lemon. I can tell from your stress level that you have not been touched in any way in quite some time: not caressed, not massaged, not even groped on the subway.
- Credited, but does not appear in this episode.