’30 Rock’: This Gross Episode Storyline Was Pulled From Tina Fey’s Real Life

Co – creator 30 Creag Tina Fey used her experiences as the first ever female writer Saturday Night Live to inspire a variety of storytelling 30 Creag. While many of these memories added to the truth for a humorous effect, this particularly harsh scene came from 30 Creag Season 4 is unfortunately very, very real.

Tina Fey, creator of ’30 Rock ‘and cast member drawn from everyday life for this season 4 program

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock Season 5
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon joins 30 Creag | Ali Goldstein / NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

In season 4 program of 30 Creag, sketch writer Liz Lemon, played by Fey, discovers abuse by some of the writers on her staff.

In the program entitled “Sun Tea,” a man TGS writer Frank admits to Liz that he’s pecking in pegs in his office, instead of going to the bathroom – but only after Liz catches Frank in the act. The practice comes from convenience – but he also uses the pegs to water his office plants.

Of course, Liz asks Frank to throw the pegs, but NBC’s Kenneth Kenneth, who has moved “green”, says Frank is the healthiest man in the office environment. (For the “sun tea,” as Frank calls it, as well as eating out of the trash).

In a 2011 article Fey wrote The New Yorker, Fey revealed this 30 Creag was a one-story program that was greatly inspired by her everyday experiences as a writer Saturday Night Live.

Fey remembered one awful moment in her office SNL boss Steve Higgins. When she went to change paper cups, Higgins started urging her not to touch them. Her friend / colleague Paula Pell told Fey the bad news after the fact.

“Oh, yeah, that’s pee in those cups,” Pell said.

The 30 Creag the creator made it clear that not all men SNL a writer peeing in their offices.

“But four or five out of twenty did, so they have to have that one,” Fey wrote in the New Yorker.

Tina Fey remembers seeing the ‘sun tea’ behind the scenes of the ‘SNL’ ‘Weekend Refreshment’ category

the cast members Judah Friedlander as Frank Rossitano, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock Season 1
Judah Friedlander as Frank Rossitano, Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan him 30 Creag | Virginia Sherwood / NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

And after a while, Fey began to notice the embarrassing practice that was spreading around the Saturday Night Live office.

“As soon as I became aware of this practice, I started noticing cups elsewhere,” she explained. However, in one particular corner of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, it got even worse. Fey shared:

In the ‘Weekend Update’ offices – which were similar to the older brother’s but were smarter in the offices of the regular writers – there were no cups. There was a jar. It was a jar of piss with a lid on it, and, judging by its consistency, I suspect the writers sometimes spat into it. Or that one of them was terribly ill. You could see it when you came in the door, lit by the evening sun, and at first I thought it was a test. If you saw the piss jar and wished not to let it go and continued into the room, you would be most welcome. ‘Welcome’ is too strong a word.

Of course, in the program of 30 Creag, the story of the pee pegs takes turns, doing more to reveal Liz ‘s hypocrisy than engaging in the sexual fullness of the situation.

Liz finally lets Frank hold the pegs, while she gets a chance to keep her little fridge in the office. (“Green” activity for energy consumption device to satisfy Kenneth).

And at the end of the 30 Creag program, Liz also uses the “sun tea” method to get her neighbor upstairs to move out – so Liz can take the apartment with her.

Sun tea: awesome – but effectively funny.

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