There's No I in America
|"There's No I in America"|
|30 Rock episode|
Jack and Liz debating for Jenna's support
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||John Riggi|
|Written by||Josh Siegal
|Featured music||Jeff Richmond|
|Original air date||October 31, 2012|
Brian Williams as himself
"There's No I in America" is the fifth episode of the seventh season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 130th overall episode of the series. It was directed by John Riggi and written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on October 31, 2012.
"There's No I in America" was watched by 3.38 million viewers and received a positive response from critics. It is the second half of a two-part episode, preceded by "Unwindulax".
Picking up exactly where Unwindulax left off, Jack and Liz have each realized that the 2012 Presidential election will be decided by a group of Northern Florida voters who are devoted fans of Jenna Maroney's latest single, "Catching Crabs in Paradise", and thus Jenna is likely to decide the next president of the United States. Jenna, however pays no attention to politics. To attempt to sway her to their respective parties' side, Liz and Jack hold a formal debate moderated by Jenna. Jack wins the debate not by focusing on the issues but by pointing out that Jenna will be the coolest celebrity in the Republican Party and giving a speech filled with meaningless buzzwords. Liz attempts Jack not to let Jenna endorse anyone, claiming no one should live in a world where Jenna Maroney is the most important woman in America, but Jack rejects her attempts at emotional manipulation.
Utilizing Tracy's penchant for making horrible jokes about recently-deceased celebrities, Liz logs him into Jenna's Twitter account and sets him loose, getting her banned from Social Media before she can endorse Mitt Romney. Jack, meanwhile, finds that he is unable to go through with his plan after witnessing a young girl who wants to be an entrepreneur be inspired by Jenna's success to skip business school and get implants. In the end, Jenna endorses neither Candidate, and Liz and Jack settle their differences, each acknowledging that the other has rubbed off on them.
Meanwhile, Pete is attempting to get everyone as excited for this election as they were in 2008. He claims to be genuinely invested in the outcome but it is clear he is really attempting to recreate the moment of Obama's election, where he received an elated kiss from Maria, one of the security guards. No one else is excited by the election, Maria plans to leave work before the results are announced. Pete grows increasingly desperate, even attempting to get Brian Williams to call the election early. He is eventually provoked into a furious rant about how he wants to recreate the moment of the kiss because at the time everything seemed possible and optimistic, and nothing has changed yet. When he makes a last-ditch attempt to prevent Maria from leaving, she kindly tells him to move on before leaving with her boyfriend "Peter Horn", Pete's cooler, luxuriously-haired doppleganger.
In a third supblot, Kenneth receives his absentee ballot from his hometown, and is thrilled to be voting for the first time. However, he is frustrated to learn he doesn't know enough to make many informed decisions about issues on the ballot. He is advised that nobody does, and winds up sending his ballet off (by bald eagle) just before the polls close. He encounters a disappointed Pete, and his enthusiasm about the election prompts Pete to give him a passionate kiss.
"There's No I in America" was watched by 3.38 million viewers and earned a 1.1 rating/4 share in the 18–49 demographic. This means that it was seen by 1.1 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 an increase from the previous episode "Unwindulax" (3.13 million).
Critical response for "There's No I in America" was moderately positive. Amy Amatangelo of Paste magazine gave the episode a 7.9 out of 10 and praised the Liz/Jack dynamic, but was critical of the plot's main focus on Jenna. The A.V. Club gave the episode a B-.
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- Kondolojy, Amanda (October 26, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up; 'Parks & Rec', 'Up All Night', 'Rock Center', 'The Office', '30 Rock', 'Person of Interest' & Beauty & the Beast' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- Amatangelo, Amy (1 November 2012). "30 Rock Review: 'There's No I in America' (Episode 7.05)". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- "30 Rock: "There's No I in America"". 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2017-01-03.