Long time, no recap, my fellow
30 Rockers! Been on vacay and then in L.A. for our Sexiest Stars party. I reconnected there with Jack McBreyer, one of my very first
30 Rock interviews (and vice versa). Such a nice guy. His answer to the evening's "round-up" question, What do you find sexy? "Kobe beef sliders."
Now on with the show! And what a show it was. The
Rock has been a bit hit-and-miss since the strike, but this was a helluva season-ender, I thought. And why? All together now: It had heart. Beneath all the outrageousness, absurdity and guest-casting, it had heart, as Liz was first freaked by - and then enchanted by - the prospect of motherhood. Who else felt a tiny pang when Liz's messages to Jack played, the last one suggesting her pregnancy was not to be? Amazingly,
30 Rock softened that blow by blaming it all on the Sabor De Soledad chips and the evaporated bull semen that gives them that "tangy flavor."
Bullet Batch No. 1:
" Jack talking about partaking in "the war on the poor."
" "It's a time for my freedom search."
" Liz touting Sabor De Soledad: "I found a prize the other day - I think."
" Tracy's MMRPG: "Goregasm: The Legend of Dongslayer."
" "You having your woman times?"
" Frantic Liz checking into said woman times: "Why don't I cross off days like people in the movies?!"
" Pete reflecting on his failed bid to be an Olympic archer, if not for Jimmy Carter and his silly boycott. "Saboteur!"
Then there was Jack's odyssey into the heart (or at least spleen) of the Bush administration. As I said in my vodcast, Matthew Broderick belongs among the ranks of
30 Rock's best guests, fashioning Cooter as the most insecure, pandering and in-denial government types we can imagine (and/or hope do not really exist). "The ceiling is not leaking. I can show you a study." And then, the tragedy of the pen
caps delivery. Blerg!
Bullet Batch No. 2:
" Cooter welcoming Jack: "The media is so obsessed with the pending election they totally forgot we're here. Exciting times!"
" "No, it's not [leaking]. We've looked into it and it's not."
" I love how Geiss' daughter never says a word. (What was in her mouth?!)
" Jenna, soft porn videogame vixen: "Touch my feet with your knees!" And Frank giving a "thumbs up" to Jenna's climactic sounds.
" Jack's "We need pens" speech.
" The only Chinese Jenna knows: "I was told there would be no nudity."
" Jenna's immediate reaction to the office pregnancy news: "Oh no - someone's going to get more attention than me."
" "The head of GE serves this country.... He brings good things to light." Cue: Candle under lampshade.
" "People always underestimated my intelligence because of my looks."
" Dennis' knowing look to the camera when Liz asks for "light bulb" help.
" The revelation that Jenna once had a three-way with Roseanne and Tom Arnold, but it's OK because "That was two years ago!" Umm....
Speaking of Jack's odyssey, Kenneth's own journey for these fab 22 minutes was to get in his bid to be an Olympics page, despite the hurdles (no, literally) thrown in his way by arch-rival Donnie. Jenna's song, another
30 Rock classic. "So brave, so ready, to be all that you can do...." Be all you can
Bullet Batch No. 3:
" The story behind Cooter's first
and last nicknames - and it wasn't even a hamburger.
" Dennis playing back Liz's OBGYN message: "Every one of my sister's got that message back in high school."
" Dennis' wont to name the kid Morpheus (a la
The Matrix) or Julie, to honor a girl he once banged.
" Jenna's song coda, illustrating her philosophy of the backdoor compliment: "So beautiful... in every way.... I see myself in you." i
" Jack deeming the Gay Bomb "a guaranteed disaster - like eating a burrito before sex."
" Frank's "Additional Filth By" credit.
" Jack putting the pressure on C.C.: "I did certain things in bed for you that you were going to reciprocate, but then we broke up before my birthday. So you owe me."
" "No crying in my bath tonight!"
" Liz jazzed to convert her "laundry and newspaper pile" into a nursery.
" Mexican women eating Sabor De Soledad chips "to stop their periods before Cinco de Mayo."
" "I can't go to a sperm bank. The Duffy men use those like ATMs."
All of which leads us to not one, not two, but like two-and-a-half cliffhangers!
Will Liz adopt?Is Jack now gay bones for Cooter?Will Kenneth be assassinated by a Beijing terrorist?
Didn't see that last one coming!
See y'all back here in the fall, gang!
Read Cheers & Jeers' own take on the 30 Rock finale.
Long time no recap my fellow 30 Rockers Been on vacay and then in LA for our Sexiest Stars party I reconnected there with Jack McBreyer one of my very first 30 Rock interviews and vice versa Such a nice guy His answer to the evenings round-up question What do you find sexy Kobe beef slidersNow on with the show And what a show it was The Rock has been a bit hit-and-miss since the strike but this was a helluva season-ender I thought And why All together now It had heart Beneath all the outrageousness absurdity and guest-casting it had heart as Liz was first freaked by and then enchanted by the prospect of motherhood Who else felt a tiny pang when Lizs messages to Jack played the last one suggesting her pregnancy was not to be Amazingly 30 Rock softened that blow by blaming it all on the Sabor De Soledad chips and the evaporated bull semen that gives them that tangy flavorBullet Batch No 1149 Jack talking about partaking in the