October 12th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
In keeping with the theme of the night, politics also infiltrated Thursday's episode of "30 Rock."
Jack had to step up his Republican game when Paul Ryan stepped down after the revelation that he was born in Kenya. He consulted Romney’s horse via Skype, and asked Liz to avoid politics on TGS in order to keep ratings plummeting.
Liz was happy for the distraction from her personal life: “Criss and I have been taking the dump truck to the boneyard most nights.” Her “little elf prince” was so determined to have a baby that he was even tracking Liz’s menstrual cycle.
Criss: “You kept saying your aunt Flo was in town.”
Liz: “She was. Remember? I took her to MOMA and the cloisters.”
Criss: “I assumed those were all vaginal euphemisms.”
Then, Romney chose a new running mate. And he was ridiculous. Bob Dunston was old, crazy, sexually involved with a statue ... and a Tracy Jordan doppelganger.
Tracy’s take on Dunston ended up being such a hit that Hank Hooper demanded TGS air 5 nights a week. When Jack protested, Liz accused him of protecting the Romney campaign - and she was right. But Cooter Burger (Matthew Broderick) returned to mix up some Old Spanishes and tell Jack that Tracy’s impression was actually helping.
Meanwhile, Jenna was having an “actress side-project crisis” after earning a measly $90 for her summer dance jam “Balls.”
With Kenneth’s mother Pearline (Catherine O’Hara) and her “friend” Ron (Bryan Cranston) visiting, Jenna invited them to her dressing room to watch her eat baby food with chopsticks. When she constructively told Ron to kill himself, Kenneth defended the stepfather he’d never liked.
“That’s what family is Kenneth,” Pearline explained. “People you badmouth all the time behind their back.”
And according to Pearline, you have to defend your family against others. “Do you remember that kid in school who bullied you? Well I ate that goat.”
Elsewhere in the office, Liz finally found a way to make sex fun: scheduling. She and Criss went to an office supplies store to do weird stuff with paper clips and re-enact “Ghost” with a tube of CDs.
Before that night’s show, Jack told Liz that she had convinced him to ridicule Dunston. “Do you think I’m an idiot? I didn’t win that argument. I’m an idiot!” she said.
Jack finally admitted his true pro-Romney agenda, but threatened Liz that she could kiss her “Düsseldorf bus schedule sex” goodbye if her calendar opened up. Lemon decided to go through with the sketch and told Tracy to break a leg. (“That shouldn’t be hard. I have a severe calcium deficiency.”)
The Dunston storyline was a clever take on "SNL’s" role in presidential elections from the woman who expertly mocked Sarah Palin four years ago. Tracy as Dunston took the TGS stage to debate Joe Biden just half an hour before the real vice presidential debate.
“There are 9 types of legitimate rape,” he argued. “One, a Halloween party.”
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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