Hey, Baby, What's Wrong
|"Hey, Baby, What's Wrong"|
|30 Rock episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Directed by||Michael Engler|
|Written by||Kay Cannon|
|Featured music||Jeff Richmond|
|Original air date||February 9, 2012|
"Hey, Baby, What's Wrong" is the sixth and seventh episode of the sixth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 109th and 110th overall episode of the series. It was directed by Michael Engler and written by Kay Cannon. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on February 9, 2012. Guest stars in this episode include James Marsden, Mary Steenburgen, and Kristen Schaal.
In this hour-long episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) tries to have the first good Valentine's Day of her life with boyfriend Criss (James Marsden); Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and his mother-in-law (Mary Steenburgen) go to the United Nations to help recover his wife from North Korea; Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit) tries to help Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) have a successful live singing performance; Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) trains his page replacement (Kristen Schaal); and Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander) try to show how Lutz (John Lutz) can find a date despite his undesirability.
Criss (James Marsden) wants to give Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) a great Valentine's Day, and the two head to an IKEA to buy a dining room table to have dinner on. In the store, they find the dining room table acting as a metaphor for their relationship, and argue a lot. Jack Donaghy and Avery's mother Diana (Mary Steenburgen) go to the United Nations to try to get Avery back from North Korea. Throughout the day, the two battle sexual tension, as Jack has been lonely with Avery gone for so long, and Diana is a lot like Avery.
Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit) tries to prepare Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) for her first live singing performance on America's Kidz Got Singing, where everyone is hoping that she will crash and burn. Jenna can't sing well due to "the yips" that Pete diagnoses her with (as he too suffers from them). She eventually sings well when Pete realizes she needs pain to sing well and shoots her with an arrow. Meanwhile, Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) is training his page replacement Hazel (Kristen Schaal), and Hazel is realizing how rude the people who work at TGS are. She is discouraged, until she sees how good of a life Liz has, and is ready to work as a page at the show.
Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander), even though they have a wife and girlfriend, respectively, decide to teach Lutz (John Lutz) "jerk"-esque ways to pick up women. He tries them all out but fails, and realizes he still had a great time hanging out with Tracy and Frank all day. Liz resigns herself to the notion that she has lost another boyfriend, only to return home and find that Criss has cooked her an amazing Valentine's Day dinner. He tells her that he wasn't upset about their argument, and that he does not mind when they disagree. Finally, Jack and Diana find a way to deal with their sexual tension by playing a ferocious round of golf together.
According to the Nielsen Media Research, this episode of 30 Rock was watched by 3.88 million households in its original American broadcast. It earned a 1.6 rating/4 share in the 18–49 demographic. This means that it was seen by 1.6 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds, and 4 percent of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the broadcast.
Overall, the episode received mixed reviews from critics. Alan Sepinwall of HitFix opined that "Double-length comedy episodes are hard to pull off, particularly on a show as joke-driven as 30 Rock is [...] and while there were funny moments because it's 30 Rock and they're talented and it's almost always funny at some point, on the whole, [the episode] dragged." However, he complimented the performances of Mary Steenburgen and Alec Baldwin, and commended their United Nations plot line as "the kind of broad, clever satire 30 Rock does so well." Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club was particularly negative toward the episode, calling it a "disconcertingly dreadful Valentine’s Day episode of 30 Rock that luxuriates in a bubble bath of sour misanthropy for an interminable hour." He awarded it a C-.
- Seidman, Robert (February 10, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'American Idol,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Mentalist,' 'Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up; 'Rob,' 'Private Practice,' 'The Finder,' 'Up All Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Sepinwall, Alan (February 10, 2012). "Review: '30 Rock' - 'Hey, Baby, What's Wrong?': I need tungsten to live! Tungsten!". HitFix. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Rabin, Nathan (February 9, 2012). "30 Rock - "Hey Baby, What's Wrong?"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 17, 2012.