Jack and Liz battle for Gotham on ’30 Rock’
February 17th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Jack and Liz battle for Gotham on ’30 Rock’

This week’s "30 Rock" asked that age old question about New York City: Is it more like "Ghostbusters" 1 or 2?

Liz asked herself what all New Yorkers wonder at times: “Am I the last one in the city still following the rules of being a person?”

Disillusioned by the H-wives (“I don’t know if Sonya’s ever going to finish that toaster oven cookbook, but if she does I am going to buy it.” Me too, girl) and subway rudeness, Liz championed common decency. Until she discovered how much she could get away with by shunning society’s rules.

As Liz was figuring New York out, Jack was realizing he no longer understood it. After being mugged by a man wielding an Eddie Bauer knife, he wanted to win his city back from the vagrants. He decided to run for mayor.

Meanwhile, Paul finally came home to Jenna, but instead of getting weird, they fell asleep cuddling. They woke up horrified by their boring behavior, until they realized they’d stumbled upon the kinkiest sexual fetish of all - "normalling"!

Liz, on the other hand, went full crazy old bag lady. “All you can do is sink down into the filth.” After dominating the subway with her rancid gym bag, she hatched the ultimate plan “to clear out that whole theater and watch a sneak peek of the ‘Hunger Games’ by myself.”

She told Kenneth, “plastic cups go in the top rack of the dishwasher so they don’t melt. Otherwise, no rules.”

Meanwhile, Jack’s Batman tried to reason with Liz’s deranged Joker. “New York is going to stop you.”

And indeed, there was a hole in Liz’s plan: she didn't have her wallet! She saw Jack on the street and lunged at him, but he flipped his attacker, regaining his manhood and showing her she couldn’t break all the rules.

This episode was strange, even for "30 Rock," and I mean that as a compliment. Seeing Liz act like a crazy subway monster was a treat. Jenna and Paul’s romance might be the most bizarrely romantic love story network television ever told.

If their sexual walkabout leads them back to each other, that is. “New York City, villains and heroes. The 1 percent and the 99. Eight million people in this crazy, beautiful city. And I, Jenna Maroney, am going to go to town on every one of them.”

What did you think of last night’s episode? Too weird, or wonderfully twisted?

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  1. Ethelene

    I thought it was inspired – once I understood the concept. Truthfully I had to repeat the first few minutes before it made sense.

    Loved Jack's momentary bat-cape. Bizarre and brilliant.

    February 24, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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    well said. Tanx 4 sharing.

    February 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John theuerkauf

    That show was awesome, it put my faith back in edgy television..

    February 19, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sokman

    Whitney kicked all their asses & took their 30 rock

    February 19, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • MBiggenson

      LOL. That didn't happen. That could NEVER happen. The Weather Channel is funnier than Whitney and it doesn't even need a laugh track.

      February 22, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Really bad episode, second worst of the season so far (the season premiere was definitely the worst, where were the laughs?). I appreciate a Batman parody like anyone else, but do it with good reason, the steps Liz took to get to that state were extremely out of her character. The setup was obvious from the getgo. This show is definitely in decline, but its still pretty good, just not as great as it once was.

    February 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ann

    It was awesome. Way to go, writers.

    February 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stephen

    That episode was weirdly and normalizingly awesome. I did not expect liz breaking the rules to turn her into the joker. And jack being afraid to turn him into batman. But that is just 30 rock for you. Always keeping you on your toes.

    February 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |

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