Whereas last week's episode of NBC's
30 Rock was a tad too theme-y for me, "The Rural Juror" moved so dang fast and was so crackling, who had time to pick up on any such thingas a theme? What a
lot of fun.
Speaking to one frequent complaint about the show, I think I'm starting to "get" Jenna now, and how she fits here. She's supposed to come off as flighty and disillusioned at times, when in reality she's not completely flighty and not quite so disillusioned (kinda like how bread "maybe always" eats away at your brain). We now see that she and Liz go "way back" as friends and as a comedy team, even though, as Jenna noted, Liz had no chance at an acting career, being brunette and all.
What else did we learn this week? That Jack is now dating the
New York Times' Maureen Dowd. (Did Condi tell him she's just not that into him?) That best-selling author John Grisham has a lesser-known (and apparently sucky) screenwriter brother named Kevin. That Liz's brother, Mitch, is "disgusting" in bed, somehow due to a skiing accident. That Tony the security guard will key you into someone's office if you let him watch you pee. And my favorite fun fact: the Sheinhardt Wig Company owns NBC, per Jack's serpentine and hilarious GE org chart. (The NBC gift shop across the street should sell that.)
Ah, and then there is the Tracy Jordan Meat Machine, a new product that need not keep Ron Popeil Industries up at night. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner, melding any three meats - "bologna, salami, boar... whatever" - into a breadless sandwich. Not a bad idea, seeing as how "bread is the worst thing in the world," as Tracy's infomercial informed us.
And how glad are we to see the sitcom coda finally back where it belongs? It's been so long since NBC gave us that little something extra as the end credits rolled. This time it was
The View's Barbara Walters (Rachel Dratch) incoherently interviewing Jenna about "The Rural Juror" and other similar-sounding words. And in case you went crazy trying to decipher it, "Barbara's" last spiel was total gibberish, right down to her closing, consoling word, "
The bullets (now, actual bullets):
" Pete's guess at the title of Jenna's film: "It's gotta be 'Oral Germwhore.'"
" The title of K. Grisham's other film? "Urban Fervor."
" Liz's first observation about Jenna's film: "I guess it's no surprise that Tony Hawk can't play blind."
" Didn't Jenna actually kind of look like Paris Hilton?
" Dr. Spaceman, scrutinizing x-rays, wondering where he lost his keys.
" And one of the night's best line deliveries, Jack, watching Jenna and Liz reconcile, "This is boring. I'm bored now." That was almost this blog's title, but I didn't want y'all to think that was my take on the episode!
Whereas last weeks episode of NBCs 30 Rock was a tad too theme-y for me The Rural Juror moved so dang fast and was so crackling who had time to pick up on any such thingas a theme What a lot of funSpeaking to one frequent complaint about the show I think Im starting to get Jenna now and how she fits here Shes supposed to come off as flighty and disillusioned at times when in reality shes not completely flighty and not quite so disillusioned kinda like how bread maybe always eats away at your brain We now see that she and Liz go way back as friends and as a comedy team even though as Jenna noted Liz had no chance at an acting career being brunette and allWhat else did we learn this week That Jack is now dating the New York Times Maureen Dowd Did Condi tell him shes just not that into him That best-selling author John Grisham has a lesser-known and apparently sucky screenwriter brother named Kevin That Lizs brother Mitch is disgusting in bed