The very first time we ever saw 30 Rock's Liz Lemon, she was standing in line at a hot dog cart when a man walked up, cut in line, and created chaos. Her response: She bought all the hot dogs on the cart and distributed them to the people who had waited in line - "the good people," she called them - before taking the leftovers to work with her. It was a ridiculous thing to do, but it was an example of her extreme efforts to create order from disorder. She just wanted everybody to behave so she could get a hot dog in peace.
In early days, that's what Liz was all about. Saddled with flaky friend Jenna Maroney, pompous new boss Jack Donaghy, and genuinely bizarre new star Tracy Jordan, she desperately tried to keep everything from spinning out of control while always being about a millimeter from the edge herself.