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30 Rock: Greenzo

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2007 12:30AM

30 Rock(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."

What do you think of the guest stars this season?
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%)

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R. Reed

I thought I Al Gore did such good job delivering his lines, I had to look hard to make sure it was him! if you follow my thinking.

November 14 2007 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The party aftermath scene was brilliant because I really had no idea it was coming and the lead-up to the party was so big, it was hard to tell where they'd take it. And seeing Kenneth angry was really funny.

Also, I don't think the guest stars are intruding on the show at all. I was surprised Al Gore showed up because I usually catch the episodes on NBC.com (lacks "next week!" previews). I definitely am not tuning in *for* the guest stars. And Gore's whale line was awesome.

November 09 2007 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who played Cerie's hot cousin who was horny to be in New York? I've looked and looked, but haven't been able to locate it...

November 09 2007 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rachel Erin

Her name is Madison Garton. She was actually on the latest season of The Bachelor as one of the women there, and I was rewatching this episode when I recognized her. It was really hard to find her because her acting name is Madison McKinley. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2788974/

March 09 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Something I forgot to mention: I love how Al Gore is able to parody himself - from his "A whale is in trouble. I must go!" line to his appearances on Futurama ("I'm a 10th level vice president!"), I at least can appreciate that about him. And as a previous commenter said, it's a shame NBC spoiled his line in the promos.

Also, Cerie and her cousins were hot. "I'm so horny to be in New York."

This show is incredibly awesome.

November 09 2007 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with A Viewer, this little gem has become my favorite sitcom on TV, and I believe the best, funniest one out there.

This was probably the best episode of the season so far, and it only saddens me to know it won't go further than ep9 cause of the strike...

So many great lines, you could almost quote the whole episode!

November 09 2007 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode had me in stitches. The way Kenneth's party become THE it party after one little rumor (which by the end became TI, Fallout Boy AND Foxy Boxy) was ROFL hilarious. The Greenzo plot was great and ballsy for the way it parodied and even undermined the whole NBC 'green theme'. I even loved Pete's 'affair' with his wife.

I didn't think it possible, but 30 Rock is the true successor of Arrested Development.

November 09 2007 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rosemary's Baby was a great episode, and season's best. This was also an excellent episode. The whole Greenzo subplot while tying directly into Green week was great. It felt like they were slamming NBC's green intentions while advertising that the show is going green. The Office was also tied in as a "green" episode but you had Dwight eating bird eggs... I was laughing more because it was going against green week. Back to 30 Rock. I thought the character of Greenzo going mad with power was great but I think Scwimmer went a little over the top. Either way the other 2 plots were strong as anything. I'm glad Scott Adsit got a decent storyline, and yeah we should see more of him and Paula Pell. Now for the Kenneth Plot, this was by far the funniest subplot ever. Practically the whole cast was invovled in the party, honestly this could have been a separate episode. But I loved the hangover style reflection "the next day" presentation and yeah Jack's hair was hilarious. Al Gore's cameo, funny but could have been longer, but either way that whale line was funny and funny's the most important factor. I would give this an A- as opposed to Rosemary's being an A.

November 09 2007 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Viewer

It was a near-perfect episode of a near-perfect series. I am only sad that there's only a couple of episodes left before they run out of scripts (damn writers' strike!).

1) Greenzo storyline. I was glad that I could depend on the Thursday night comedies to not be sucked into being environmentalist propaganda and instead make a good, funny episode out of a somewhat environmentally-oriented storyline. "Earl" did it by having Earl say that he would be willing to "wedge in" a green message into his anti-crime skit for students. "The Office" did it by completely avoiding green messages and showing its environmentalist stance by...having its wackiest character go into the woods in a parody of "Survivorman." And "Scrubs" did it in a way that was closest to NBC's vision, but still stayed true to itself and did not get to involved with the green stuff.
But "30 Rock," I would venture, did it best. Its flagship storyline this week was a full-out parody of the entire "Green Week" and it was done brilliantly. David Schwimmer was very good in the role of Greenzo, too.
2) Kenneth's party. A very Season 1-ish story. Fantastically done. "Ms. Lemon, I don't think I'd ever seen Grizz or DotCom cry before." And bring on more of Cerie. Damn, she is hot.
3) Pete's affair with his wife. "What do you do with the Pop-Tart?!" Otherwise, a pretty uninteresting storyline.

As for the guest stars, I think that as long as not too much emphasis is placed on them (Seinfeld), and they are treated as simply other characters, the show works them in just fine. And Viera and Gore were cameo appearances, so I don't really count them. Just blurring more fiction with reality.

As for individual funny parts, there were just too many. The demographics line was hilarious, and of course any episode with Werewolf Barmitzvah in it is amazing.

"Werewolf Barmitzvah / spooky, scary / Boys becoming men / Men becoming wolves"

November 09 2007 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ack! I can't believe I didn't notice Werewolf Bar Mitzvah!

I thought the ep was great, but I definitely felt a little barf-y when Schwimmer first showed up on screen. The problem with Schwimmer doing a cameo is it's impossible to not associate Ross-ness with him. It would have been funnier if it was actually the actor David Schwimmer who got tapped to be Greenzo, but I guess it would have been too similar to the Seinfeld plot.

November 09 2007 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the episode was pretty good but the lines about commies and broads was unbelievably great.

and i still love tracy morgan. i might be in the minority but hes my favorite character (after alec baldwin of course).

November 09 2007 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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