This first Must-See TV/paired-with-
Scrubs episode of NBC's
30 Rock was actually postponed from an earlier air date, apparently bumped and saved for an important outing because it's one of the stronger episodes thus far (and/or could not be "supersized"). Something about it just felt more "normal," to borrow Tracy Jordan's most-feared word. Everyone got funny stuff to do, the Jack-Liz scenes were crackling and teaming with Liz-induced self-humiliation, and we even got a
Rachel Dratch cameo (as that angry, angry Liz Taylor).
I don't know if I like Liz having a boyfriend (let alone a live-in one), but I suppose that as long as Dennis (
Dean Winters!) is delivering the occasional noogie (and fast, Saturdays-only sex), or proffering the occasional factoid about rat society, he'll afford
Alec Baldwin some great reaction/non-reaction shots.
I know a lot of us have our problems with the character of Jenna. But this week I really enjoyed her, because it's becoming clear that she is simply this vacuous, vain, scared actress who coveted Scott Peterson when he became "smokin' hot" - a nice contrast to sensible gal-pal Liz, aka the one who lives like a hobo in a boxcar and seems to get lettuce in her hair. A lot. (To be fair, Subway does shred it pretty fine, so there
is a static-cling thing going on.)
Of course, I gotta serve up the bullets (or em-dashes, as we do here), and they are:
- Tracy's outrage at the misleading tabloid photo, explaining that he was "doing the robot, backwards
into Starbucks. And yes, I steal dogs."
- Jenna's well-rehearsed answers for Jack's interrogation about her being "29," complete with high-school crush Kirk Cameron and losing her virginity during
- Jack's building fascination with the man across from Liz's office window, "making angry, passionate love to himself.... Is he in the middle of a staff meeting?" (Hey, Angel Cohn, did you think of the guy across from
my window here?)
- Beeper King Dennis believing that "technology is cyclical," and Jack buying a pager because, "I'm expecting a call from 1983."
- Dennis dispelling any confusion about his stupidity by falling asleep with a candle on his lap,
atop a pile of crinkled newspaper.
I didn't get to see the rest of NBC's lineup yet - had a big holiday to-do over at ABC last night - but here's hoping that
30 Rock held it's own. Like that guy outside Liz's window.
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