30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby
(S02E04) Notice I don't have a quote above like I usually do? More on that after the jump.
This week we discover what happens when one of the NBC page jackets is damaged, why Tracy shouldn't be involved in dogfighting, and what might happen to Liz in 20 or 30 years if she doesn't start saving money.
The show and Tina Fey continue their obsession with Star Wars by having Carrie Fisher guest star. She plays Rosemary Howard, a veteran TV comedy writer who wrote for various shows, from Laugh-In to Happy Days to The Mandrell Sisters. She has really edgy ideas that don't sit well with Jack, so he fires her ... and Liz! Meanwhile, Jenna burns Kenneth's jacket, which leads to a possible demotion to CNBC and a glimpse of the weird Fight Club like page HQ in the bowels of NBC. Jack makes a joke to Tracy that he can do anything but get involved with dogfighting, so naturally Tracy wants to get involved with dogfighting.
All that sounds insane and almost completely surreal, but somehow 30 Rock manages to have a heart at its core, even if it probably isn't noticeable to a casual viewer. The character with the most heart, I think, just happens to be the suit, Jack Donaghy. Beyond all the bluster and sarcasm and focus on money, you can sense he cares about his employees. I really like how there's a sub-theme to this season, with Jack and Liz trying to have their best year ever. I love their scenes together, their little talks, Jack mentoring Liz in a way, sharing a glass of wine (but no, I hope it doesn't turn romantic). They have a connection.
Also in this episode, Alec Baldwin is the center of one of the funniest scenes I've seen on TV this season, role-playing with Tracy to get to the root of his problems. He imitates Tracy, Tracy's dad, Tracy's mom, and an upstairs neighbor, to the horror of the therapist. Baldwin is hysterical in this scene, jumping from chair to chair playing different characters. I laughed out loud throughout the whole damn thing, and I was alone.
Now, back to that quote. I couldn't choose my favorite. Really, is there any other sitcom on the air right now that has so many great lines packed into 30 minutes? And yes, I'm including The Office. So here's what I'll do. I'll list a bunch below and you tell me what your favorite was. If your favorite isn't on the list, let me know in the comments.
|If I can't be Monique fat then I'll be Teri Hatcher thin. Either way you're laughing.||64 (5.1%)|
|By heroine I mean hero. I don't want to inject you and listen to jazz.||178 (14.1%)|
|I'll never watch Happy Days the same way again.||11 (0.9%)|
|What's a triangle graph?||87 (6.9%)|
|Who's crazier, me or Ann Curry?||82 (6.5%)|
|Never go with a hippie to a second location.||463 (36.7%)|
|It's my show, and once a week I rent it out to the erectile dysfunction companies.||136 (10.8%)|
|Help me Liz Lemon, you're my only hope.||239 (19.0%)|