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30 Rock Episode: "Jack-Tor"

Season 1, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Liz casts Jack as a sketch performer, but he lacks sufficient acting chops and his main goal is to plug products on the show. Meanwhile, Jenna is tricked into fearing for her job, and Liz suspects that a conniving Tracy is trying to avoid rehearsals by faking illiteracy.
Original Air Date: Nov 16, 2006

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Season 1, Episode 5
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Aired: 11/16/2006
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November 16, 2006: "You're Such a Monica!" Season 1, Episode 5

There was a good idea here: a TV show (albeit, somewhat improbably in this case, a sketch series) being compelled by Corporate to work in some product shills. Alas, I am sad to opine that NBC's 30 Rock missed the bull's-eye. Sometimes in comedy, I have observed, big targets are the hardest to hit. There was also the fun idea of putting Jack Donaghy on "TGS," but that for some reason fell a bit flat for me, too. Interesting paradox: our own Angel Cohn, who admittedly is not a huge Alec Baldwin fan, found him to be hilarious in this episode, whereas I, a longtime Baldwin backer, didn't. Maybe 30 Rock played the Jack-on-camera card too soon? Or went in too obvious a direction with the "he's actually awful" angle? (The concept would have been saved, for me, if, come show time, he'd turned out to be stellar. Or if Baldwin had given the camera a wink, when Jack said, "I've never done a live TV broadcast" - just days after Baldwin hosted the real SNL, and right after Jack slighted self-referential comedy. All that said, there was some funny stuff here: - Jenna boasting that "Muffin Top" is No. 1 in Israel (and No. 5 in Belgium). Question: was the inclusion of the actual "Muffin Top" performance purely to fill out this week's super-sized length? - Jack's snigleting of the word "pos-mens." - The writing staff railing at the edict to include product placements, then proceeding to rave about Snapple (and even the strange factoids printed under each bottle cap). - Glasses referring to his "friend in accounting, Lando Calrissian," and Jenna oblivious to the reference. - Liz, blaming the system for Tracy's "illiteracy." "Did you ever see Hoop Dreams?" Tracy Jordan's "very special episode" problem also afforded Tracy Morgan a fun monologue, lamenting, "I sign my name with an X! I once tried to make mashed potatoes with laundry detergent! I think I voted for Nader. Nader!" I also like the recurring theme of Jack disparaging Liz's femininity/age. This week alone we had, "Don't gloat, it makes you look man-ish" and "Don't be cute, you're too old for that." Pretty biting for a man schooled by Friends. show less
There was a good idea here a TV show albeit somewhat improbably in this case a sketch series being compelled by Corporate to work in some product shills Alas I am sad to opine that NBCs 30 Rock missed the bulls-eye Sometimes in comedy I have observed big targets are the hardest to hitThere was also the fun idea of putting Jack Donaghy on TGS but that for some reason fell a bit flat for me too Interesting paradox our own Angel Cohn who admittedly is not a huge Alec Baldwin fan found him to be hilarious in this episode whereas I a longtime Baldwin backer didnt Maybe 30 Rock played the Jack-on-camera card too soon Or went in too obvious a direction with the hes actually awful angle The concept would have been saved for me if come show time hed turned out to be stellar Or if Baldwin had given the camera a wink when Jack said Ive never done a live TV broadcast just days after Baldwin hosted the real SNL and right after Jack slighted sel read more

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Premiered: October 11, 2006, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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