I'm torn. Lord knows, Kenneth's party was a defining
30 Rock moment, and one of the funniest TV moments of the season. But that "Midnight Train to Georgia" number at the end of tonight's episode. Wow. So out of nowhere and so fun, starting off with Tracy, Grizz and Dotcom, and then Jenna and her blousy Broadway belting interrupting. That would have been sufficient. But then Jack and Liz and C.C. in the televised C-SPAN footage joined in. And that, too, would have been sufficient. But for a final kicker, Kenneth returns because, it turns out, the midnight train actually leaves at 11:45, and no one told him.
I love this show, and I'm really going to miss it now that we have seen the final new episode in inventory.
Am I sad that Jack and C.C. are over? Not so much. Yes, it was great having Edie Falco on the show, but that story/pairing always fell short for me. The match-up in comic sensibilities was just toomature? I dunno.
Kenneth's "addiction" to caffeine had some funny, "Go Ask Alice" moments, especially when he recounted the things he swore not to do upon moving to the big city. Interesting choice to have Tracy talk of how coffee, not like alcohol, is pretty addictive. Is 30 Rock part of Tracy Morgan's steps?
Liz and the apartment buy. I'm debating whether it was funnier before or after it become an obvious metaphor for dating, with the breakup, unreturned calls, drunk-dialing, awkward run-in with the "ex" after.
The bullets, perhaps the (sniff) final salvo of the season:
" Liz high-fiving herself over her "huge do do" joke
" Jack, in Congress, making a date with C.C. to see Fred Claus
" The star named after Liz being downgraded to a "gas giant"
" Jack saying that if Liz waits to marry before buying property, "Your home will be in the floating city of New Chicago"
" Jenna's porn-sire recommendation: "By women, for women"
" Jenna buying property in the Ninth Ward and then "leasing it back to the government for a prison."
" "Our forefathers never intended for the poor to live into their 40s."
" Jack on balancing life, work and love: "I honestly don't know how Kelly Ripa does it."
" Kenneth on his hate for hot fluids: "That's the devil's temperature"
" "That's why my wife and I stopped using a safe word."
" "God, I wish this town wasn't halfway between D.C. and New York."
" Grey's' oldest intern Norman heading Liz's co-op board
" Liz barely comprehending the rapid German: "Return Germany Tell The time (Hubcap)?"
" "Strange that we didn't get any ham."
" The Werner Herzog narration of the Windermere ads and such
" "You rode the brown serpent!"
" Bitter Liz calling the co-op board: "I bought a whole bunch of apartments including a black one."
" Jack's "Hockassin Is for Lovers" souvenir photo
" C.C. missing the vote to legalize recreational whale torture
" Gladys Knight having her nap interrupted: "What's going on out here?!"
Come back whenever
* A reliable source tells me that
30 Rock ceased writing titles for the individual episodes once the strike hit. Ha!
Im torn Lord knows Kenneths party was a defining 30 Rock moment and one of the funniest TV moments of the season But that Midnight Train to Georgia number at the end of tonights episode Wow So out of nowhere and so fun starting off with Tracy Grizz and Dotcom and then Jenna and her blousy Broadway belting interrupting That would have been sufficient But then Jack and Liz and CC in the televised C-SPAN footage joined in And that too would have been sufficient But for a final kicker Kenneth returns because it turns out the midnight train actually leaves at 1145 and no one told himI love this show and Im really going to miss it now that we have seen the final new episode in inventory Am I sad that Jack and CC are over Not so much Yes it was great having Edie Falco on the show but that storypairing always fell short for me The match-up in comic sensibilities was just toomature I dunnoKenneths addiction to caffeine had