Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup

Episodes 12

July 12, 2011

Liz schedules a root canal to avoid feeling lonely on Valentine's Day; Jack woos an attractive and successful TV host; Jenna's stalker loses interest.

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10.0

Future Husband

4x14
July 12, 2011

Liz searches for a man she met in her dentist's waiting room. Jack fears for the future when he learns a cable company may have its sights on NBC. Jenna helps Tracy try to get a Tony award.

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July 14, 2011

Liz Lemon starts making an effort to date by attending singles events with Jenna Maroney, and Jack Donaghy feels forced to choose between childhood love, Nancy Donovan and news anchor Avery Jessup. Meanwhile, a racist comment sparks an office-wide debate on affirmative action and leaves Toofer with a big decision to make regarding his future at TGS.

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The Moms

4x20
July 15, 2011

Liz Lemon meets her mother's old flame, while Jack Donaghy's mother, Colleen, gets tangled in his relationships with Avery Jessup and high school love, Nancy Donovan. Jenna's mother, Verna returns, while Tracy learns a lesson from his "mom".

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July 18, 2011

Jack becomes even more entangled in his love triangle between Avery Jessup and Nancy Donovan, and he turns for advice to Liz, who is focusing on her own romantic problems. When Liz can't find a date to Floyd's wedding, she revisits her old boyfriends in hope that a spark will reignite. Meanwhile, Tracy continues his journey to earn his egot.

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I Do Do

4x22
July 18, 2011

Liz questions fate when she meets the man of her dreams, while Jack's love triangle between high school love, Nancy Donovan, and CNBC anchor, Avery Jessup, comes to a head. Meanwhile, Jenna's boyfriend is confronted with a similar dilemma when his desire for another woman threatens to ruin their relationship, and Kenneth, with the help of Tracy, tries to avoid a promotion that would land him in LA.

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December 14, 2011

Liz uses her newfound confidence to solve Pete's problem with a difficult editor (Paul Giamatti); Jack tries to cheat mortality; Tracy vows to be present when his wife gives birth.

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Double-Edged Sword

5x14
December 28, 2011

"Double-Edged Sword" is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 94th overall episode of the series. It was directed by Don Scardino, and written by Kay Cannon & Tom Ceraulo. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company network in the United States on February 10, 2011. Guest stars in this episode include Elizabeth Banks, John Cho, and Matt Damon.

In this episode, Jack Donaghy heads to Toronto with his wife, Avery. When she goes into labor, they try their best to get back to the United States with the help of a meth smuggler, Lorne. Meanwhile, Liz Lemon boards a plane with her boyfriend, Carol, as the pilot. Things do not go well when the plane has not flown yet and Carol keeps telling them that they will leave "in about half an hour" several times. Elsewhere, Tracy Jordan deals with the pressure of having won an EGOT and the formal expectations that he has to meet.

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January 11, 2012

"Gentleman's Intermission" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 86th overall episode of the series. It was written by co-executive producer John Riggi and directed by series producer Don Scardino. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company network in the United States on November 4, 2010. Elizabeth Banks and Buck Henry guest star in this episode, and there are cameo appearances by Ann Curry, Lester Holt, and Meredith Vieira.

In the episode, Avery Jessup becomes suspicious of the relationship her fiancé Jack Donaghy has with his employee and friend Liz Lemon, so she orders Jack to set boundaries in their friendship. This proves a problem for Liz when her father, Dick Lemon arrives in town on a break from his marriage. Meanwhile, actor Tracy Jordan is upset when he discovers that his pre-recorded NBC obituary shows him to have done nothing worthwhile in his life, whilst Jenna Maroney learns of the video obituaries, she decides to make a video of her own.

The episode received generally good reviews from television critics, especially in regard to guest star Buck Henry. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Gentleman's Intermission" was watched by 5.311 million viewers during its original broadcast and received a 2.4 rating/7 share among adults aged 18–49.

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February 15, 2012

"Christmas Attack Zone" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 90th overall episode of the series. It was written by show story editor Tracey Wigfield and directed by co-executive producer John Riggi. It originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company network in the United States on December 9, 2010. Guest stars in this episode include Alan Alda, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Elaine Stritch.

In the episode, Liz Lemon and Avery Jessup convince Jack Donaghy to confide in and grow closer to his visiting mother Colleen Donaghy at Christmas time. At the same time, actor Tracy Jordan tries to stop the release of his new film before it ruins his new serious persona, and Liz also tries to fix Jenna Maroney's relationship with her former boyfriend Paul L'Astname.

This episode of 30 Rock received generally positive reviews from television critics. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Christmas Attack Zone" was watched by 4.759 million households during its original broadcast, and received a 2.9 rating/5 share among viewers in the 18–49 demographic.

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¡Qué Sorpresa!

5x13
March 7, 2012

"¡Qué Sorpresa!" is the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 93rd overall episode of the series. It was directed by John Riggi, and written by Matt Hubbard. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company network in the United States on February 3, 2011. Guest stars include Ken Howard, Vanessa Minnillo, Brian Williams, Richard Belzer, Ice-T, and Elizabeth Banks.

In the episode, Jack Donaghy meets with Kabletown's boss, Hank Hooper. Jack doesn't like Hank's tactics of being a friendly boss and, in order to impress him, steals Kenneth Parcell's idea. Liz Lemon keeps Avery Jessup's pregnancy from relentless reporter Carmen Chao. Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney fight over a sweatshirt.

According to Nielsen Media Research, "¡Qué Sorpresa!" was watched by 4.784 million viewers during its original broadcast and received a 2.4 rating/6 share among adults aged 18–49.

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May 2, 2012

Liz realizes that she needs to take control of her personal life by fixing up her dream apartment, but she encounters an obstacle along the way. Meanwhile, Jack has his own problems to deal with when Avery is held hostage. Elsewhere, Tracy finds out that Kenneth, Dotcom and Grizz have bonded in his absence.

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