Pretty good episode, if a bit uneven. I realize that Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are the bread-and-butter here, but I actually think that the occasional B story could deserve greater play. Take Jenna and her entourage. That offered so much promise and opportunity for parodying Tracy, Grizz and Dotcom, but instead it felt shoehorned into two scenes. Even Tracy accepting his Pacific Rim Emmy, you may have felt like the faux satellite broadcast would be the big payoff for the story, but instead it pretty much just served as a reason to "shark" Jenna. (Did you catch how she was briefly proud to hear the janitor said her boobs looked good?)
As for Jack and C.C., I think I may enjoy this arc more going forward now that they are "out." Edie Falco's C.C. was always so uptight and nervous that, from where I sat, it undermined the comedy of the situations. Maybe now she will "let loose" some more, a la "Take off your pantsuit"/"Right back at ya."
Frank and Twofer's feud was, visually, almost disturbing - and I loved it! Was Twofer padded or something? He didn't seem as wispy as when he's in his Harvard tweed and argyle.
But perhaps the moist unexpected treat this week was guest star James Carville, who's presence as confidant to Jack not only made sense, but Carville also had a lot of fun lampooning himself "Cajun style" and all. And look at how well his advice for Frank and Twofer worked! "Doc-tor Hair-cut!"
" Jack passing off C.C. as "Lakisha Gutierrez Arafat."
" "I call the movie
Risky Business "Risky It" because "it" means "business."
" Liz's rape-whistle necklace - minus the whistle.
30 Rock/Amex commercial with Pete looking forward to a "gentleman's lunch" (complete with
Mulholland Drive lesbian scene), only to have Kenneth bring his kids for a visit.
" "I got a squeezer from an Indian girl on a bunk bed, so I think I got the full Harvard experience."
" "That word [lovers] bums me out unless it's between 'meat' and 'pizza.'"
" "This company has a very strict bros before hos policy."
" Jack inviting Liz to dinner with him and C.C.: "Try not to dress like a small-town lesbian."
" Jenna's "award" for Best Actress in a Movie Based on a Musical Based on a Movie. (Anyone else suspect right away that her award was faked by Liz, too?) " Tracy's animated alter ego to Shaq's: "Would you call what we did last night 'sex'?"
" Tracy's "World's #4 Dad" coffee mug " "Samurai I-amurai"
" "I have to arrange for a snake nanny."
" Kenneth's dinner conversation with Liz: "What's your favorite pizza topping? Mine's plain, but I like others."
" Tracy giving props to Shelly Long " Jenna and her dressing-room squirrel: "It's not afraid of people!"
" C.C. disguised as Mr. Sputinelli, the plumber.
" Jack on the $5 million-per-orange kid settlement: "That's NBA sexual assault money."
" C.C. lamenting, "We were going to go on
" "I like seeing a woman have ambition. It's like seeing a dog wear clothes." Ouch!
" Jenna's swishy and swishier entourage, and Patrice's repeated "Pick your face off the floor" burns.
" Jack calling Carville, to Carville's face, "a pinko nut job."
" Jenna: "Wake me up if Andy Dick calls." (Words probably never actually uttered by anyone ever in real life.) " The executive dining room diners following Jack's lead and one by one making their own "liberal" confessions, including, "I'm black."
One last word about those
30 Rock/Amex spots: Say what you will about selling out and product placement, but I have few qualms about getting closer to 30 solid minutes of
30 Rock goodness!
Pretty good episode if a bit uneven I realize that Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are the bread-and-butter here but I actually think that the occasional B story could deserve greater play Take Jenna and her entourage That offered so much promise and opportunity for parodying Tracy Grizz and Dotcom but instead it felt shoehorned into two scenes Even Tracy accepting his Pacific Rim Emmy you may have felt like the faux satellite broadcast would be the big payoff for the story but instead it pretty much just served as a reason to shark Jenna Did you catch how she was briefly proud to hear the janitor said her boobs looked goodAs for Jack and CC I think I may enjoy this arc more going forward now that they are out Edie Falcos CC was always so uptight and nervous that from where I sat it undermined the comedy of the situations Maybe now she will let loose some more a la Take off your pantsuitRight back at yaFrank and Twofers feud was visually almost dist