October 5th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
The final season of “30 Rock” premiered Thursday with an episode that was neither bitter nor sweet.
Instead, it was brimming with the rapid-fire, dagger-sharp jokes that have made it TV’s most consistently funny show for six seasons.
In the opening scene, Liz Lemon held a swaddled baby and declared, “After all these years I finally have it all.” Then she hurled the fake baby at the crew.
Liz and Criss were trying to conceive, and “1 percent D-bag” Jack’s divorce was official. He was also revolutionizing NBC’s programming with shows like “Homonym” (hosted by a conman, Steve Higgins), sexy soap “Hunchbacks” (Jonathan Silverman is back! And so is Jonathan!), and “Mandela” starring Joe Rogan.
Best of all, “Do you like the information channel you get when you stay in a hotel? Well Thursday nights is just that now.”
Jack was trying to tank NBC. And I’m not just referring to grandpa humiliation reality event of the year “Tank It.” He wanted to ruin the network so that Hank Hooper would sell it to Adolph Paas, who promised Hooper’s job to Jack.
Meanwhile, Jenna was running wedding drills. “Everybody needs to be on their toes for my wedding year. I’m going to be a nightmare.”
But once she glimpsed her
She threw an intentionally terrible bachelorette party featuring a clown, a “God Cop” marathon and a real, non-stripper cop delivering a lecture on identity theft.
Jenna flew into a rage. Literally. But Liz had a stroke of brilliance and suggested that Jenna be her own maid of honor. Jenna started riffing: a musical number, a fashion show, wheelchair-induced tears … It was perfect.
But even pill appetizers and stimulating conversation (“Shall we conversation?” “Yes, we’re having weather.” “Much weather!”) couldn’t convince Tracy to betray Kenneth.
And Liz decided to stand by Jack. They toasted with white wine at 9:30 a.m. and vowed to “take this mother down.”
This fantastic season premiere was full of material to set up the last 12 episodes. Will Liz become a mother and have it all? Will Jack sink NBC? Will Kenneth and Hazel get to third base (riding separate tandem bicycles side-by-side)? Will Liz ever finish reading "The Corrections"? (I’m no owl with glasses, but my advice? Don’t bother!) Will Frank be able to gain the 50 pounds necessary to get a sitcom with a hot TV wife?
Only one thing seems for sure: “30 Rock” will keep the laughs coming and our fingers hovering over the rewind button until the end.
What did you think of last night’s season premiere?
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