April 13th, 2012
11:16 AM ET
This week’s "30 Rock" featured the return of the incredible Elaine Stritch as Jack’s formidable mother Colleen. As usual, she brought with her a host of problems.
Jack was excited for the opening of his couch factory, as "factories provide three things this country desperately needs: jobs, pride and material for Bruce Springsteen songs.”
Jack convinced Colleen to stay at his apartment, partly because she refused to stay anywhere else. “I can’t go to the Plaza, and you know it. What if I run into Eloise? Am I supposed to not mention that she has a gay grandson? Everybody knows!”
Liz told Jack that he and his mother needed to have “the talk,” but he refused: “There’s no need for us to start jabbering about our feelings and sobbing like Bill Belichick listening to Adele.”
So Liz tried to reason with Colleen instead, but she was predictably dismissive: “We don’t have to say it out loud like a couple of gays getting married in jean shorts in Provincetown.”
Tracy was also struggling with family problems. His son George Foreman got into Stanford - nerd! - so Tracy decided to reverse-Urkel him.
Time for a montage! Tracy’s father-son bonding included eating fast food off a woman with chopsticks, making it rain on Liz, and showing their bellies on "The Rachel Maddow Show."
Meanwhile, Jenna was checking off boxes on her sexual walkabout list (“Yoko a band, make love to a beloved children’s entertainer, be with a non-aboriginal Australian”) by dating a member of the popular children’s band The Woggels.
But her new boyfriend Ross’s song about mommy kangaroos (and separating the races) made Jenna realize that her heart was still with Paul. She went to Paul’s apartment to find him dressed like another woman, about to have a ménage à trois with Couchy, the Kabletown couch mascot.
In the end, Liz’s advice worked better for Jack and Tracy.
Colleen finally told Jack that she was sorry she once tried to mail him back to the stork, and he credited all of his success to her. These two have the most interesting mother/son dynamic since Buster and Lucille, but as much as I love to watch them spar, it was a touching moment.
Tracy encouraged his son to attend college and said goodbye, even though George Foreman wouldn’t be leaving for 5 months.
They really should both send Liz a thank you in the form of a meat Edible Arrangement.
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