30 Rock: Greenzo
(S02E05) "Saving The Environment While Maintaining Profitability." - Greenzo's slogan for NBC's Green Week
I really don't know how I feel about all of these guest stars this season. On the one hand, they've all worked. It was natural to have Jerry Seinfeld on the season opener (even if he was on just to plug that damn movie) because he was an old NBC star. Carrie Fisher worked because she wasn't hyping anything and is a great character actress. And now in this episode we have both David Schwimmer and Al Gore. They were OK too, mostly because the show around them was so strong, but I can really see this show tipping too far over the line with needless celeb cameos. I really hope that doesn't happen.
But Schwimmer was good as Greenzo, NBC's superhero mascot for Green Week, which really is going now, not just in the parallel 30 Rock NBC universe. Schwimmer plays a dick really well (not sure what that says, though Letterman had a joke a few weeks ago: "Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn't like, but then again he never met David Schwimmer"). The Greenzo scenes were really well done (I thought they'd be forced). I particularly liked the Today Show scenes, and the scene where Greenzo asked Jack about Meredith Vieira: "Dude, have you hit that?"
The subplots were some of the most bizarre this season: Kenneth hosting a party that goes completely out of control (thanks to Tracy's rumors), Pete having an "affair" with his wife that included Liz's bed and Pop Tarts (gah), and Grizz and Dot Com trying to please Josh with their "coolness." Really good to see the writing staff back into the plot in a big way. So many jokes flying back and forth. This really felt like a first season episode more than the other shows this season.
If I could point out one line that really made me burst out laughing: when Jack is telling Liz about what the market research surveys were saying about Greenzo, he said "Look how Greenzo is testing... all the demographics love him ... colored people, broads, fairies, Commies ... gosh, we gotta update these forms."
|They haven't hurt the show at all.||386 (64.3%)|
|They've been fine, but I hope they don't continue.||192 (32.0%)|
|Terrible! No more, please!||22 (3.7%)|