Stride of Pride

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"Stride of Pride"
30 Rock episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 3
Directed byMichael Engler
Written byTina Fey
Featured musicJeff Richmond
Production code703
Original air dateOctober 18, 2012
Guest appearance(s)

Nina Arianda as Zarina
Ryan Lochte as himself

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"Stride of Pride" is the third episode of the seventh season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 128th overall episode of the series. It was directed by Michael Engler and written by Tina Fey. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on October 18, 2012.

"Stride of Pride" was watched by 3.04 million viewers and received a positive response from critics.


Liz (Tina Fey) must deal with a magazine article saying that Jenna (Jane Krakowski) is 56 and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) saying women are not funny. Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) discovers that his girlfriend Zarina (Nina Arianda) is using Ryan Lochte as a sex idiot.


"Stride of Pride" was watched by 3.04 million viewers and earned a 1.2 rating/4 share in the 18–49 demographic.[1] This means that it was seen by 1.2 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. This was a decrease from the previous episode "Governor Dunston" (3.40 million).[2]

"Stride of Pride" received mostly positive reviews from critics. Pilot Viruet of The A.V. Club gave the episode an "A-" and praised the episode's message, saying, “'Stride of Pride' succeeded because it wasn’t trying to give viewers an answer to the 'are women funny?' question; it was saying that it doesn’t owe anyone an answer in the first place."[3] Amy Amatangelo of Paste magazine gave the episode a 9.5 out of 10, writing "Fey unabashedly and unapologetically took on the sexism and ageism that permeates Hollywood and society in the hilarious “Stride of Pride” episode of 30 Rock."[4] However, Julia Bergen of gave the episode only moderate praise, stating, "Overall, I liked this episode, but I also didn't feel like I laughed all that much. It was a little preachy, and even though I agreed with its message, I could have done with a few more side-splitting jokes and a few fewer speeches about feminism."[5]

Cultural references[edit]

Tracy Jordan's tweet to "@theRealStephenHawking" which reads, "I agree @theRealStephenHawking. Women are not funny. Never have been. Never will be. #plotpoint" and Liz Lemon's subsequent response alludes to an incident sparked by a Vanity Fair article by Christopher Hitchens titled "Why Women Aren't Funny",[6] which caused upset among Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, and other female comedians who challenged the article as sexism.[5]

When Zarina bumps into Jack while walking with her "sex idiot," Ryan Lochte, she introduces them by their first names, saying "Jack, Ryan; Ryan, Jack"—pronouncing "Jack, Ryan" with no vocal pause, such that it sounds very much like a single name. Jack Ryan is the name of Alec Baldwin's character in The Hunt for Red October, one of his first starring roles.


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 19, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries', 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'The Ofifice' Adjusted Up; '30 Rock', 'Up All Night' & 'Scandal' Adjusted Down Plus Final Baseball Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Two and a Half Men' Adjusted Up; 'Up All Night', 'Beauty and the Beast' and '30 Rock Adjusted Down; No Adjustment for 'The Vampire Diaries'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  3. ^ Viruet, Pilot (19 October 2012). "30 Rock: 'Stride of Pride' Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  4. ^ Amatangelo, Amy. "30 Rock Review: "Stride of Pride"". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Bergen, Julia (19 October 2012). "30 Rock 'Stride of Pride' Review: Mining Bossypants". Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  6. ^ Why Women Aren't Funny. Christopher Hitchens. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 19 June 2014

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