What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?

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"What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?"
30 Rock episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 22
Directed byMichael Engler
Written byMatt Hubbard
Featured musicJeff Richmond
Production code622
Original air dateMay 17, 2012
Guest appearance(s)

James Marsden as Criss Chros
Mary Steenburgen as Diana Jessup
Margaret Cho as Kim Jong Il
Kristen Schaal as Hazel Wassername
Michael Mosley as Scott Scottsman
Thomas Roberts as himself
Cornel West as himself
Pat Kiernan as himself
Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup

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"What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?" is the twenty-second and final episode of the sixth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 125th overall episode of the series. It was directed by Michael Engler, and written by Matt Hubbard. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on May 17, 2012.

In the episode, Jack (Alec Baldwin) and Avery (Elizabeth Banks) seek to renew their vows; Criss (James Marsden) sets out to show Liz (Tina Fey) he can pay for their nursery renovation; Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) gives new page Hazel (Kristen Schaal) a place to stay; and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) tries to be less of an embarrassment to African Americans.


While watching an interview with Avery and fellow captive Scott Scotsman (Michael Mosley), Jack realizes they communicate with each other using a code of finger taps, and that during their captivity they have been conducting an affair through coded taps. When confronted, Avery admits to her feelings for Scott. Both insist on moving forward with renewing their vows in spite of both this revelation and tension surrounding Jack kissing Avery's mother. Liz officiates at the ceremony, which proceeds smoothly in spite of several aggrieved attendees. When no one speaks out against the marriage, Jack and Avery simultaneously question the crowd, admitting that they only got married because of their baby. They agree to divorce on the spot. Jack finishes the episode admitting to Liz that his love life is a mess.

Criss takes out his hot dog truck to raise the money to renovate the nursery, since he believes Liz will bail on him if he can't provide for them. It doesn't go well, but Liz sees his van on the news as the getaway vehicle for a bank robbery. Liz assumes he is guilty and offers to go to jail for him. Finding out that he had sold the van that morning to raise the money, they recommit to have a child together.

Hazel needs a place to stay for financial reasons. Kenneth ends up giving her a place to stay, but then Jenna tells him that Hazel sabotaged his re-application to the page program. When he confronts Hazel, she says she has developed feelings for him and they kiss.

Tracy discovers that his general buffoonery has left him an embarrassment to African Americans and a comfort to racists. Grizz and Dotcom set up a meeting with Dr. Cornel West to inspire him to do better. Tracy visits a civil rights museum, and there is inspired to emulate Tyler Perry by creating his own studio, solely employing African Americans in creative positions.


"What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?" was watched by 2.84 million viewers and earned a 1.4 rating/4 share in the 18–49 demographic.[1] This means that it was seen by 1.4 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 made it the lowest-rated episode in 30 Rock's history.[2] and a decrease from the previous episode "The Return of Avery Jessup" (2.92 million)[3]


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 18, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Grey's Anatomy', '30 Rock' Adjusted Up; 'Touch', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 6, 2011). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'American Idol,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'CSI,' 'The Mentalist,' 'Community,' 'The Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up; 'Bones,' 'Parks & Recreation' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 11, 2012). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory', 'Idol', 'Vampire Diaries', 'Office', 'Secret Circle', 'Grey's' Adjusted Up; 'Touch', 'Scandal' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 25 October 2012.

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