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Will the Texan 30 Rock Writer Please Get in Touch?

This is starting to mess with Rocks Off's head just a little. Last week's Janis-Joplin-movie subplot made him wonder, because it was hardly the first time Southeast Texas was used as a punchline, but now he's sure there's some sort of subversive Lone Star conspiracy afoot behind the scenes of NBC's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning 30 Rock.

In a combination zombie-movie spoof and caustic health-care commentary, the crew of The Girlie Show suffered from the flu as head writer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) agonized over whether getting a flu shot made her one of the "elite " and stars Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) went out to get some soup for the crew. Except they never made it to the deli, and wound up clothes-shopping instead, in a brief cutaway scene underscored by - what else? - rodeo closers ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man."

Can't wait to see what little Texan reference the show works in next week. Maybe Tracy will wind up singing "Chantilly Lace" in a karaoke bar or something. He does seem like he'd be a fan of the Big Bopper...

[Watch the episode here.]  

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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