30 Rock. Lemon returns from her disaster date to find Kenneth eagerly anticipating the Fatal Attraction-style fireworks. She tells him how awful the date was: "It was so awkward, the waitress gave us separate checks without even asking. And a priest asked us who we'd lost." Kenneth's faith wavers a bit as he tells her that everything has to work out. No, counters Lemon, "Sometimes everything is just the worst." She stamps into her office, where Jack is waiting. He tells her about the acquisition of NBC by Kabletown. Lemon gives a thinly veiled meta shout-out to Comcast, "a fine and generous company." Jack tells her that his childhood dream has died along with Don Geiss. Even as she consoles him for the loss, she wonders if she can still turn in old taxi receipts for reimbursement. She suggests he speak to Avery, but Jack says he thinks it's over between them. Jack self-narrates his tragic fall from power, taking a dramatic pause, which he claims is "the sound of me getting erased from contact lists all around the world." Lemon offers him a hug. He's so soul-crushed he actually takes it, his eyes glistening.
Meanwhile, Kenneth watches as Jenna teaches Tracy the fundamentals of acting over in the studio. He gets absolutely nothing of value from her Shakespearian-inflected seminar, unless you count "no farting" and a rousing round of the echo game. It seems Jenna was thinking Henry Higgins but got Pee-wee Herman instead. To her credit, it's Tracy who actually gives up first and says it's stupid. Jenna passionately defends the craft of acting. Tracy says they'll have to agree to disagree on their respective acting techniques. Whereas she actually has (or at least claims to have) some method, he just acts like himself. And why should he change? He's gotten a pretty good response so far. Jenna divas out and tells him to read the damn phone book for all she cares. After she clomps out, Kenneth asks Tracy, "Do you think you'll be able to repeat your performance?" Tracy responds sonorously, "Your performance!" Even Kenneth appears to fret that reading the phone book might present too much of a challenge.