Furthering the episode’s gender reversal is Katie (Briga Heelan), who publicly doubts accusations made by her male co-workers in an effort to defend her mentor. By doing this, it gives the show an opportunity to “make a point about how a male victim would never be accused of ‘asking for it’ by working late at night with a female superior or by dressing a certain way,” Wigfield says. “Women who come forward with allegations of abuse rarely seem to get the benefit of the doubt, even when there are literally 60 of them telling the same story and their abusers have bragged about it on camera.”
Meanwhile, the biting episode is nothing new for Fey, who addressed rumors surrounding Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein before allegations were made public on 30 Rock. In a 2012 episode (“Kidnapped by Danger”) written by Fey, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) says she’s not afraid of anyone in show business. “I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions out of five.”
On a later 30 Rock episode, Jenna makes reference to Weinstein again, saying, "I know how former lovers can have a hold over you long after they're gone. In some ways, I'm still pinned under a passed-out Harvey Weinstein and it's Thanksgiving."