"Blind Date" is the third episode of the first season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock.
It was written by co-executive producer John Riggi and directed by Adam Bernstein.
"Blind Date" was nominated for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular gay character) at the 18th GLAAD Media Awards.
Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is concerned that Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is stressed and underperforming as the head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan because of a lack of human contact.
He suggests that she go on a date with his friend "Thomas", which she initially refuses.
When she almost chokes to death alone in her apartment that night, an action that Jack had foreshadowed as "a single woman's biggest worry," she changes her mind.
She meets her date in a restaurant and finds that Jack has set her up with Gretchen Thomas (Stephanie March), a lesbian.
Although Liz and Gretchen have great chemistry, Gretchen is not interested in chasing after a "straight girl".
The next day, Liz chastises Jack for thinking she was a lesbian. After sharing their fears as single women, they go to dinner.
The episode focuses on Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) setting up Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on a blind date with a friend of his (March).
At the same time, Jack infiltrates the TGS with Tracy Jordan writers'—Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit), Josh Girard (Ross), Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander), James "Toofer" Spurlock (Powell), and J. Lutz (Lutz)—weekly poker game and starts winning hands until NBC page Kenneth Parcell (Jack Mc Brayer) joins in and proves to be a surprisingly adept player.