NBC is taking the “workplace comedy” concept to new levels of realism, by including a couple of scenes about a major character’s lack of a savings plan in this week’s “30 Rock” episode. After being awarded a $10,000 “GE Followship Award” for being such a great follower, Tina Fey’s character stuns her boss by revealing she doesn’t have a 401(k)—or, apparently, even a savings account.
Jack: So Liz, what are you going to do with all that money? Put it in your 401(k)?
Liz: Yeah, um… I gotta get one of those.
Jack: Where do you invest your money?
Liz: I’ve got 12 grand in checking.
Jack: Are you an immigrant?
At the end of the episode, she asks Jack to teach her to “do that thing that rich people do where they take money and turn it into more money.”
There’s one other great life lesson from the same episode, when Jack says, “Never follow a hippie to a second location.”
Episode 204: “Rosemary’s Baby” [NBC]