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October 22, 2014

30 Rock: The "C" Word

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 16th 2007 2:30AM
30 Rock C Word(S01E14) The torch has passed. If Alec Baldwin has a spiritual predecessor in his portrayal of network executive Jack Donaghy, it is Rip Torn as Larry Sanders' producer Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. Putting Alec Baldwin and Rip Torn on the small screen together was a genius move. (Having Alec Baldwin sing "Simply the Best" to Rip Torn's portrait - one of the funniest jokes I've seen all season.) It's just too bad they barely had any screen time together. That was a match made in comedy heaven. Fortunately, there was more than enough funny to make up for the missed opportunity.

Let's start with that runt, Liz Lemon. Cats, you know, can sense "debilitating loneliness." This was another great week in Tina Fey's continuing portrayal of what being a hard-working gal is actually like. Last week, Tina showed us that hard-working women are greatly relieved when they get to remove their bras from underneath their shirts. Oh yes, we are relieved. This week, she reminded us of the cultural significance of Designing Women. Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker - would it be an overstatement to call her a feminist icon, role model and guru? I think not. Love the Sugarbakers. Hate them. Love them again.

Moving on, Kenneth and Grace - too hot for TV? And, would that be Genneth or Krace? I can't decide if I liked it best when he sniffed her hair, complimented her on her peacock earrings or quoted Jerry Maguire to her. The awkward eye contact they exchanged when they were paired up for the charity golf event was priceless. Give him a romance, give him a golf club, just give him a reason to be on screen. Kenneth is easily the best supporting character to have been introduced this season and make it past sweeps.

Tracy also got ample screen time this episode, which was a nice change of pace. He got his own fancy storyline and everything, and his diabetes speech was priceless. "It was Easter. We stayed up all night, the night before, watching bible movies and eating fiddle faddle. The next day, it was Easter Sunday. She threw up right in the middle of the Jaguar dealership." You know how rich, white people roll.

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