'30 Rock': The 'Queen of Jordan's' big night
May 4th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

'30 Rock': The 'Queen of Jordan's' big night

What could possibly follow last week’s absurdly fun live episode of “30 Rock”? A second installment of beloved reality show within the show, “Queen of Jordan."

Angie was preparing for her "big night" - just like every woman on a Bravo reality show ever - a.k.a. the fashion show for her clothing line Cheek (pronounced chic. It’s French.).

You see, she was expanding her brand: “I’m an octuple threat. Reality star. Actress. Singer/Songreader. Perfumist. IBS survivor. Best-selling author of a book I didn’t write. Catchphrase coiner, ‘I’ll take that with cheese.’" (Well, as she said, they don’t all work.)

Meanwhile, Jack, "Executive at NBC (A Television Network)," got word that Avery would finally be coming home!

Diana (Jack’s "Mother-In-Law, Keeping It Tight") arrived to complicate things. And in the eyes of Jack, the guys, (excuse me, gays) at Bravo, did not handle this with the same delicacy with which they handled D’Fwan’s boyfriend’s pregnancy scare.

She suggested to Jack on camera that they not tell Avery about “us.” Gulp. Enter recurring homeless man Hannibal Buress as Gus/Russ, the Yale professor/chef at their new Russian restaurant.

As for Liz, Tracy labeled her the town bicycle: “Doctor guy, pilot guy, Cleveland dude, British guy, rich dude, James Franco. I’ve been with the same woman for 22 years. No judgment, but to me, Liz Lemon is a sex maniac.”

Then, she engaged in a typical reality TV feud - with baby Virginia Jordan, she of the adorable chunky legs. But as D’Fwan explained, "Never talk about a black woman’s leg size. Not on babies, not on the Williams sisters, not on a mannequin at Avenue.”

Liz made another faux pas when she showed up at the fashion show/restaurant opening wearing the same dress as Virginia. Rude!

Adding to the drama, Jack and Diana kissed on camera. Liz jumped in to explain that he was a kisser, and they exchanged one painfully awkward smooch as D’Fwan started a line behind her.

Even worse, Tracy never showed up to support Angie, but not because he was busy trying to shoot an arrow through an apple on Dot Com’s head. He strategically planned to invoke Angie’s wrath, turning them into "a train wreck you cannot look away from!” Ratings gold!

“Queen of Jordan” is no more ridiculous than any iteration of the “Real Housewives,” but it’s a lot funnier.

On the next “Queen of Jordan,” Liz and Virginia’s Somalia trip isn’t so blissful after all: “You were 2 hours late, you stole all my hangers, and yeah, I’m drunk. I’m on vacation.”

What did you think of the second episode of “Queen of Jordan”? Do you want D’Fwan to join the “30 Rock” cast as much as I do?

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  1. Thomas Mahoney

    Why did this show get soooo GAY! I’m watching all the episodes on Net flicks and in typical fashion of all funny shows when they run out of imagination and ambition. Gay is not funny at all, gay is just plain “GAY”. Get some imagination and all new writers. The old show was very funny and now it is very lame.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jabari Hunter

      I don't think it's gotten "too" gay. Surely there are some random gay things, but the show still has its comedic timing and excellent wit that it had with Season One. This Queen of Jordan parody is hilarious! Tina Fey is an awesome writer, even when she was still with Saturday Night Live. Don't give up on the show just yet; it's STILL funny!

      May 11, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Domenic Caliazo

    The show is my favorite.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael Caliazzo

    Has Alec Baldwin lost a ton of weight, he looks great.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dana

    The child playing Virginia is the single best actor for that age-group ever. I want Virginia as a 30 Rock regular!

    May 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. serena

    The genius in this episode was channeling what is all Real Housewives and having fun with it. I will however say that the the Real Housewives IS the Real parodistic programing genius. Scripted breaking the fourth wall and having fun with its reality stepchild provides for an ever lasting sustainable menu of fun. Hat's off to the producer from Orange County that started the whole thing.

    May 4, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |

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