As I said last week, the Seinfeld drop-by and wedding dress gag were solid, but laugh-for-laugh, I preferred this episode of
30 Rock. Will Arnett's voice alone had me howling, just by saying the most innocuous things like, "... at a
restaurant" or, "I'm going to make your heart ex
plode." And the wrasslin' with ol' bare-chested Winthorp?! "Your back is like a barrel of snakes.... You're having your way with me.... It's just like the Greeks!"
The "A" story, with Jack trying (in vain, thanks Kenneth) to keep his "secret heart attack" under wraps as he angles for Geiss' job and keeps Devon at bay, was a great showcase for the two guys. (Didn't Alec Baldwin almost look like his younger
Beetlejuice self out playing football?) The A-minus story, in which Jenna explored - with the always amenable Dr. Spaceman's help - her "crazy surgical" weight-loss options was a fun poke at Hollywood's standards. ("It's as if the Dove commercials never happened," grouses Liz.) Did you catch the pamphlet "Call me Leo" handed Jenna - "You Do the Meth"? Not the best alternative to the Japanese porn star/all-the-paper-you-can-eat diet. And of course there was his keen advice: "Scientifically speaking, people
want food but don't need it." OK....
Lastly there was Kenneth doing his charming best to make Tracy fight for his marriage, only to end up being charged to give Angie the good lovin' she deserves. In lothario mode, Kenneth promises, "I'm a real good sex person. I do it all the different ways.... I'll come over... at
night ." And then hurl.
The bullets, and there are many:
" Liz polishing off the $54 steak in seconds, then claiming, "A dog took it."
" Jack on Geiss' subtext-filled yacht-magazine interview: "That's exactly how Margaret Thatcher did it."
" Liz grumbling how overweight men like "James Gandolfini or Fat Albert" are embraced by the biz.
" Liz trying to eBay the wedding dress, "But my Internet is being weird."
" Sight gag: "Blerg" as the manufacturer of Liz's IKEA-esque furniture.
" Devon losing the gay via "Practicology, the religion founded by the alien king living inside of Stan Lee." By the eye of Zolnak, indeed.
" Audio gag: Devon's heart palpitating upon spying Kenneth
" Tracy's "inscrutable" license plate: ICU81MI. (Huh?)
" Jenna pondering treatment at the clinic where the Olsen Twins were separated.
" Spaceman's wall of clients, including Ashley Simpson, Kenny Rogers, Alf and the Unabomber.
" Whoa, Garkle doesn't need the wheelchair?! Well-played.
" Kenneth defending his boss: "Mr. D eats people like you as part of a healthy breakfast!"
" Jenna no longer feeling the love at Forever 21. Awww.
" Jane Krakowski, I mean
Jenna, lobbying to sing and rollerdance a la
" Flashback gag: Tracy's novelty party song "Wolf Bar Mitzvah"?!
" Defeated Devon: "I never should have said we were going to a restaurant."
" Jack looking aside and considering his options as Devon chokes.
" Tracy's wife asking for "No more jewelry with my name misspelled!" (What
did that necklace say?)
" Jack with the young girl on the bench - some sort of subtle nod to Baldwin's notorious "miscommunication with kids" skills?
" Geiss making time to "Get to know my secret family up in Canada."
As I said last week the Seinfeld drop-by and wedding dress gag were solid but laugh-for-laugh I preferred this episode of 30 Rock Will Arnetts voice alone had me howling just by saying the most innocuous things like at a restaurant or Im going to make your heart explode And the wrasslin with ol bare-chested Winthorp Your back is like a barrel of snakes Youre having your way with me Its just like the Greeks The A story with Jack trying in vain thanks Kenneth to keep his secret heart attack under wraps as he angles for Geiss job and keeps Devon at bay was a great showcase for the two guys Didnt Alec Baldwin almost look like his younger Beetlejuice self out playing football The A-minus story in which Jenna explored with the always amenable Dr Spacemans help her crazy surgical weight-loss options was a fun poke at Hollywoods standards Its as if the Dove commercials never happened grouses Liz Did you catch th