'30 Rock' explores romance, 'subordi-friendships'
January 27th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

'30 Rock' explores romance, 'subordi-friendships'

We got two new episodes of “30 Rock” this week! It was a welcome feast for those of us still recovering from eight months without Liz Lemon.

In the first episode, Jack’s arch nemesis, Devin Banks, returned to blackmail him with more videos of Tracy’s offensive stand up routines. Banks' impossible price? He wanted Jack to get his triplets into an exclusive private school.

Back at Liz’s apartment, Criss was enthralled in his hot dog business - “Yesterday, that was the face, feet, and colon of a pig.” But Liz wrestled with her subconscious, which included not only Jack, but also a pessimistic version of herself (dressed as a pageant queen with a lightsaber).

Meanwhile, on behalf of all idiots, Tracy and Denise Richards demanded that Liz read the public apology they wrote on an Etch-a-Sketch. It didn’t take Liz long to veer off script, yelling, “Because of you, there may be an 'Entourage' movie!”

She eventually realized she’d be an idiot to let Criss get away. She ran right to his hot dog stand where the pair flirted over mustard.

Devin, however, is no idiot. It turns out he was just trying to trick Jack with his private school request. Jack then realizes that Liddy will succeed no matter what - even if she can’t major in confidence at Northwestern University. He then finds Criss and tells him, “If a poor boy from Boston can become me, maybe you can become a suitable sex partner for Liz Lemon.”

And finally, last week’s big question is answered - how did Pete end up on the floor of his office with a plastic bag over his head and his pants around his ankles? The best friends gang set him up! As it turns out, Kenneth, Jenna and Kelsey Grammar were the biggest idiots of all.

The next episode explored the intimate relationships between TGS employees.

Jenna’s ego had inflated because of her potential blockbuster “Martin Luther King Day,” - tagline “Got MLK?” - co-starring R2D2 and that flight attendant that went crazy.

When Liz found Jenna in her dressing room, the diva was pouring vodka into her humidifier and wearing leeches on her face. (Just a normal day - except her fecalist was in jail for attacking her Kabbalahist so she and Liz could go to lunch at Outback Steakhouse!)

After Sue shunned Liz's attempt at friendship, Liz approached a pack of “Sex and City” knock-offs at a bar. But Liz soon realized this was not her crowd, and hightailed it to the Barnes & Noble bathroom.

Meanwhile, after failing to receive any birthday presents, Tracy was also feeling distant from his best friend - material possessions.

At the end of the episode, all the best friends were reunited. Jenna discovered, “I need someone who has so little going on in her life she lets me get all the attention.” Liz replied “I need someone in my life who doesn’t listen to a word I say.” Jack told Kenneth that “no machine could ever be the human waste basket that I dump my stupid mistakes into.” And Tracy finally got his presents - all of which were things he already owned.

What did you think of tonight’s episodes?

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  1. Sokman

    Remember when Tina Fey was funny? Good times

    January 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Celia

      Game Day is the best! We've been dressing Baby Girl in 49er gear since she could wear tohcles! Now she's 2 1/2 and the brainwashing has worked! She LOVES foo-ball and esp. the 49ers!Good that your teaching him young, it's the best way. He's adorable in his team onesie! Nothing sweeter than little ones that love football =)

      March 17, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. cinephilactic

    Enjoyed the episodes, though Kelsey Grammar was weirdly out of place (and Kenneth – as usual – disappointed). In honour of Awards season, we gave our random awards (hey, it IS 30 Rock). Check em out and our take on the double dip here: http://wp.me/p1VQBq-mU

    January 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard Fore

    Hey, isn't that Cyclops? He makes my HUGE one-eyed-monster stand up at attention!

    January 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Ive heard the same thing Mary 7. Tracie Jordan is a natural replacement for Phelbin. He gets along well with Kelly Rippa and the audience loves him. I think it is a done deal.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mary 7

    I was talking to Liz Lemon the other day and she gave me a bit of news you may not be familiar with. NEWS FLASH:Tracie Jordan is in consideration for replacing Regis ! This is a true story.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ugh

    30 Rock has not been as creative, witty or funny the last two seasons. They seem to be trying too hard or rehashing the same "bits". I love the cast, but man they need to step outside the box.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pedro'

    I think Tracie Jordan es mucho funny for a norte americano.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pedro'

    Liz Lemon makes me have to go numero dos. That means number 2 in mexican.

    January 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |

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