Mother's Day Comes Early on '30 Rock'

In honor of Mother's Day, the storyline on this week's 30 Rock (Thursday, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBC) features several characters' moms. (According to ET online: "The moms come to visit when they are invited to appear on a show within the show.") Sounds like a Very Special Episode--but only if you've never seen this sitcom.

If you have seen it, then you know that Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is petrified of his tyrannical mother, Colleen (Elaine Stritch--who won an Emmy for the role in 2007). Jenna Malone (Jane Krakowski) is embarrassed by her over-the-top, attention-grabbing mom, Verna (Jan Hooks). Frank (Judah Friedlander) desperately wants to impress his mom, Sylvia (Patti Lupone), who's a tough-as-nails, ex-mob-wife. And Tracy's (Tracy Morgan) mom isn't even in the picture. In tonight's episode, "they can't find her, so they hire an actress [guest star Novella Nelson] to pretend to be his mom," Tina Fey (who plays Liz Lemon) told ET. "And they go on their own emotional journey."

Lemon's mom Margaret (Anita Gillette) is actually normal and nurturing. issues there, right? Wrong. Per the preview, Lemon meets her mother's old boyfriend...Buzz Aldrin. And, well, that would just be weird. 

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