30 Rock: The Fighting Irish
1. When you have to break bad news to someone, fake them out with something cute or distracting first. Whoa, holy crap, what's that? A baby panda sneezing!
2. Name your fists. St. Michael and St. Patrick. Tip O'Neill and Bobby Sands. Bono and Sandra O'Connor. Whatever works.
3. Catholicism, while it comes with the confession thing, also comes with crushing, crushing guilt. You could be eating tacos alone in a park, and boom, there's the guilt. As someone raised by an Irish Catholic family with more than one priest in its ranks and educated at Catholic schools, let me personally confirm that one. I feel guilty right now... for no apparent reason. It's just there - always crushing.
This episode didn't reach the farcical highs of "Black Tie." It was more standard sitcom fare than goofy bliss, but it wasn't bad. How wrong can you go cataloging Tracy's possible religious options, meeting Jack's family and seeing Liz embrace her role as the decider?
Let's deconstruct this one.
A Story. Jack's family. Nathan Lane was fine. The role could probably have been played by anyone. It was more exciting to see Molly Shannon put in an appearance as "Katherine Katherine." Jack and Nathan's litany of crappy things they did to each other was pretty great. I blinded you with a bottle rocket. I stole your identity. I convinced you that you had lupus.
B Story. The planets aligning for our Liz. Whatever. It was fun to see Liz go all "lady astronaut" on accounting and get treated well by her employees for awhile, but I've never really cared about Liz's personal life. Flower Guy is definitely a step up from Beeper Guy, but I'm not emotionally invested in an Office kinda way. It's not what 30 Rock does best. I did, however, think there was a nice throw-away moment in the cold open when Jenna put a Kangol hat on before starting hip-hop class.
The Runner. Tracy's religious quest. Anything to make fun of Scientology and Kabbalah, which takes the fun part of Judaism and combines it with magic! I appreciate Tracy wanting to join up with us Irish Catholics so he doesn't have to hold his parties in international waters any more, but as Jack said, it's not all it's cracked up to be. I love that Kenneth attends one of those storefront churches that are all over New York and that they lose half their congregation when American Idol starts up. That's what you get for worshiping on a Wednesday in primetime.
Alright, folks. Let's hear it. Post your favorite lines, moments, member of Jack's family or panda virals below.