MILF Island

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"MILF Island" is the eleventh episode of NBC's of 30 Rock and thirty-second episode overall. It was written by the series' creator, executive producer and lead actress Tina Fey and producer Matt Hubbard. The director of the episode was Kevin Rodney Sullivan. It aired on April 10, 2008 on the NBC network in the United States. Guest stars in this episode include Timothy Adams, Pierra Francasca, Deidre Goodwin, Rob Huebel, Christina Ianelli, John Lutz and Maulik Pancholy.

This episode revolves around the season finale of Jack Donaghy's (Alec Baldwin) fictitious reality television show hit, MILF Island. Liz Lemon (Fey) tells a reporter for The New York Post that Jack is a "Class A Moron" and that he can "eat [her] poo." Jack tries to get the truth from Liz while the writers, of TGS with Tracy Jordan, a fictitious sketch comedy series, argue as they think one of them made the comment.

Plot

The cast and crew of TGS with Tracy Jordan gather to watch the season finale of Jack's summer reality show hit MILF Island, a series which plot is described as "20, 50 eighth grade boys, no rules." The staff soon discover that one of them told a reporter for The New York Post that Jack was a "Class A Moron" and that "He can eat my poo." They then spiral into an argument as they try to find out who made the statement. Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) later recalls that he heard Liz, in an elevator, making the quotation to the journalist. Liz promises to tell Jack that it was her to avoid him hearing the truth from Kenneth. Liz reveals the truth to Jack only to find out that he already knew it was her who said it.

Meanwhile, as he is planning to watch the season finale of MILF Island alone in his office, Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit) gets stuck in a vending machine while trying to steal a candy bar. Pete's many attempt to break free from the machine only result in failure until the machine finally ends up falling on him.

Production

"MILF Island" was filmed in early March 2008. The episode of 30 Rock which aired the following week, "Subway Hero," was originally expected to air on April 10, 2008 in place of this episode, but for unknown reasons this episode aired on that date instead.

Confusion was caused prior to the broadcast of this episode as many critics speculated as to how the episode would tackle the use of the phrase without actually explaining what it means as that would break the rules set out by the Federal Communications Commission. This situation was compared to the episode of Seinfeld called "The Contest" which features the subject of masturbation but the characters could never actually say the word "masturbation."

"MILF Island" was the first episode of 30 Rock to be broadcast since the episode "Episode 210," on January 10, 2008, due to the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike at 00:01 Eastern Standard Time on November 5, 2007. Filming of 30 Rock's final written episode concluded on November 9, 2007. Members of Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West voted to end the 100-day writers strike on February 12, 2008. Writers were allowed to return to work on the same day. The series' show runner Robert Carlock returned to work on February 11 and was quickly followed by the writers on February 13. During the strike, executive producer, writer and star of 30 Rock Tina Fey had to balance her duties in order not to breach WGA strike rules. Fey also took to the picket lines along with co-star Jack McBrayer. Alec Baldwin also wrote blogs on The Huffington Post website in order to display his support for the WGA writers.

Reception

"MILF Island" brought in an average of 5.7 million American viewers, This episode performed almost equally to previous episodes of the second season. This episode achieved a 2.7/7 in the key 18-49 demographic. The 2.7 refers to 2.7% of all 18-49 years olds in the U.S. and the 7 refers to 7% of all 18-49 year olds watching television at the time of the broadcast, in the U.S.

Jeff Labrecque of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "After three months of strike-enforced exile, [this episode of] 30 Rock generated the expectations and excitement normally reserved for a season premiere." Labrecque also said that "the show [is] in midseason form." Matt Webb Mitovich of TV Guide said that he'd "be lying if [he] said this was a super-great episode." Webb Mitovich went on to say that "[He] did like, though - and thought they should have done a lot more with - the "parallels" between the MILF events and the strategizing staff." Bob Sassone of AOL's TV Squad thought that "It's almost as if this was the season opener" and that this episode was "ambitious." Michael N of Television Without Pity awarded this article a grade of "B." Robert Canning of IGN said that "the overall story arc was less than what we had anticipated from this critical favorite making its post-writers-strike return, the episode was still pretty damn funny." Canning also said that this was "an episode that was divided between a less-than-average story and many hilarious moments." Canning criticized how "30 Rock has never really given [Pete Hornberger and Scott Adsit] (the character or the actor) the showcase that he deserves."

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