April 22nd, 2011
12:13 PM ET
"30 Rock" was its most outlandish on Thursday night with a full hour to mark its 100th episode.
A gas leak being handled by Michael Keaton was reason enough for the show to throw reality to the wind (even more so than usual). At first, it caused everyone to remember some of the best moments of the past five years, in true clip-show fashion (a sitcom tradition which was coincidentally skewered on the same night on "Community"). It was even pointed out more than once that Danny didn't remember most of this, as the newest "TGS" cast member.
Speaking of "TGS," Kabletown has threatened to cancel it, news which couldn't come at a worse time, with Tracy missing in action and trying to go back to his old "I am a Jedi!" persona from the first episode.
The gas leak also contributed to Jack, Liz and Jenna imagining what could have been. Jenna wondered how having a baby could help her career, which conveniently allowed her to have a "hysterical pregnancy" in one scene where Jane Krakowski didn't have to hide behind a bouquet of flowers or a purse (and congratulations on the new baby, born last week!).
Jack, meanwhile, faced "Sideways Jack," the more successful CEO of GE, who resembled a J.J. Abrams-esque character. "Future Jack" showed up as well, but my favorite was "Past Jack" and his very '80s speech patterns.
Jack decided then and there that he didn't need Liz, and she felt the same. Tracy wasn't a fan either, telling her, "F U, LL! That spells full, and you're full of BS!"
Tracy's storyline may have been the weakest this episode, but he certainly had the best lines. For instance, Liz's reference to Elia Kazan's reception at the Oscars years ago led him to say, "That’s crazy! A man named Elia. That’s a giraffe’s name."
It all led up (as these things often do) to a showdown on a roof involving a gun, but Liz and Jack made up and the show was saved, thanks in no small part to that same gas leak. Tracy, now back on the show, even got what he wanted too, with Tom Hanks phoning George Clooney to remove his name from the A-list. "Pitt's our webmaster. Well, then wake him up!"
The entire episode brilliantly brought the series back full circle. Rachel Dratch especially deserves a shout-out, once again playing multiple roles, including the blue monster from the first season.
What did you think of the show? Would you like to see 100 more episodes - with or without Alec "What are we, farmers?" Baldwin? Share your view on iReport or comment below.
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