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30 Rock: Fireworks

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 6th 2007 12:21PM
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(S01E18) There were so many spectacular moments in this episode that I don't even know where to begin. This has to be one of the best episodes so far this season, because the writers juggled a handful of storylines very, very well. Most of the stories were flat-out hilarious, but they also managed to sneak in a very sweet storyline for Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and it totally worked for me. But, the best part of the show? The one-liners. They had me laughing so hard that I frequently had to pause the TiVo to recover. Does that happen to anyone else with this show? Let's just say I'm thrilled that NBC renewed 30 Rock for a second season.

One thing I noticed about this episode was that Jane Krakowski was not in it at all. And, I'm sorry, but I kind-of liked that. I think she is the weakest character on the show and is having a hard time finding her comedic timing. While all of the supporting characters are ridiculous, her character seems... well, typical. I haven't given up on her, though.

Reasons why this episode was so great:

  • Will Arnett guest stars as Devon Banks, "our vice president of west coast news, web content and theme park talent relations." Arnett is after Jack Donaghy's job, but also after Kenneth the Page's tail. The interactions between him and Kenneth were so unbelievably uncomfortable, yet completely silly. Arnett's short robe ("I had to cut it off myself") and Kenneth's attempts at seduction via dance were terrific scenes.
  • Toofer's past. He gives a monologue about his proud heritage. He's a descendent of one of the nation's first black officers during the Civil War. Oh, except Frank bursts his bubble and points out that Toofer's ancestor is shaking Gen. Robert E. Lee's hand in an old photo. "You're related to a black, Confederate officer. Do you think these other black guys are his prisoners, or what?" - Frank
  • Tracy Jordan's dream about meeting his real father, Thomas Jefferson, on the Maury Povich show. His "father" is Jack Donaghy dressed up in a period costume, and he flips off the audience when they boo him.
  • Liz's storyline. She follows her crush into an AA meeting and pretends to be an alcoholic. It's completely innocent on her part ("I know, I know. It makes me seem nutlug, Anne Heche-crazy."). Unlike the other storylines, this one was not ridiculously funny. It was sweet and sad, and, in the end, it was heartwarming. I was particularly happy about Liz's tell-all at the end of the episode. I thought for sure the guy she was talking to would be in the middle of a speaker phone call, but they didn't go there.
  • Fireworks at Rockefeller Center.
And, the lines that made me pause the TiVo so I could laugh:
  • "Those jokes you wrote for my Mitt Romney fundraiser? They were top notch." - Jack Donaghy "Those weren't jokes. That was an appeal for a return to common sense and decency." - Liz Lemon "Well, it got big laughs." - Jack Donaghy
  • "I never got out of my car, and she never got all the way out of her toll booth." - Tracy Jordan, on why he's not someone's baby daddy
  • "Dr. Spaceman, when they check my DNA, will it tell me what diseases I might get or help me remember my ATM pin code?" - Tracy Jordan "Absolutely. Science is whatever we want it to be." - Dr. Spaceman
  • "I have an idea for a show about a teacher named 'Art'. I call that one Art School. And one about a Jewish guy who opens an ice cream parlor. That one's called Ice Cream Cohen. And a drama about two cops: one named 'Cash' and one named 'Carry'. I don't have a title for that one." - Kenneth the Page
  • "You're going down." -Devon Banks "No Devon... I don't do that." - Jack Donaghy
  • "Just like Sidney Bristow on Alias, I will use my sexuality as a weapon. To the wig shop!" - Kenneth the Page

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