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30 Rock: The Head and the Hair

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 19th 2007 2:03AM
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey of 30 Rock(S01E11) Professor Baldwin has arrived, and class is in session. All you would-be comedy geniuses out there should be taking notes every Thursday night. What did we learn from Professor B tonight? Timing. The guy knows how to squeeze some serious funny out of a simple gesture and a pause. Did you catch his lingering stare at Jenna and Liz after taking their drink orders? It was the funniest moment in a very funny episode, and it wasn't even scripted. It was just an actor's choice. Granted, Professor B is no ordinary actor. He's the Golden Globe Award-winning actor who delivered this line with panache, "I'm going to be your bottom, Kenneth, and I want you to ride me as hard as you can."

This episode also brought us maximum Kenneth, which is great. He's turning out to be one of the show's most endearing characters. I especially enjoyed his tribute to television. "More than jazz or musical theater or morbid obesity, television is the true American art form." None of the characters on Studio 60 could have said it any better. Actually, that's what makes 30 Rock the superior show. It loves television as much as it recognizes its excesses and fluff. Television programming, according to 30 Rock, is not a cause to be taken up by self-righteous martyrs (see Jordan McDeere). It is an "ass ache."

This episode also gave us the handy categories of "hair" and "head." "Hair" being the good-looking, out-of-your-league hottie. "Head" being the doofus. If you're lucky, maybe you're "head plus" worthy as our girl Liz is. These are always useful categories to have - like "fox" and "hedgehog" from Husbands and Wives or "Betty" and "Veronica." Whatever dichotomy is going to make the dating landscape easier to understand, the better.

Well, there was a lot of other funny stuff - Brian William's dressing room, Junk in the Trunk magazine, "Katie Couric sucks," Goldcase, Tracy's Xmas album - but I'm not going to sit here and recount every joke to you. So how about some small talk? "You guys been watching Heroes? I like the Asian dude."

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