30 Rock: Cougars
(S02E07) "Where did you two meet, an Amber Alert?" - Jack, to Liz
On a night when almost everything else I watch is a repeat, it's great - comforting even - to see that there's a new 30 Rock. It's truly one of the very few shows that I look forward to so much that I actually get slightly bummed out when it's a repeat. It has become "that sitcom from the woman who used to be on Saturday Night Live and will probably be canceled" to a new classic. It's monumentally funny and is still running on all cylinders. It's the best comedy on TV right now. And that's my review. The end.
No, just kidding. There's more...
It's hard to choose which subplot was more bizarre tonight, Jack helping Tracy's little league baseball team or Frank going gay for Liz's new 20 year-old boyfriend Jamie (and only for him - as he says, he's not gay or anything). I think I have to actually give the bizarre award to Jack and the team. Sure, Judah Friedlander in a red and white striped tank top and neckerchief (see photo above) is surreal, but with all the Bush/Iraq metaphors and the sight of Alec Baldwin dressed as General MacArthur, standing beneath a "Fun Accomplished" sign ... that plot gets the edge.
Have we seen this delivery boy character before? I don't remember him being on the show before. I thought that Liz would start dating Jamie for more than this one episode, to parallel what is happening with Jack and the Edie Falco character (glad they addressed that tonight, to tell us that Jack is indeed still seeing her), dating in secret, but it all ends when she finds out that his mom (who he still lives with) looks exactly like her. I guess she's going to go back to spending Saturday nights alone and eating meatball subs, watching Top Chef on TiVo (I've been there many times, only replace meatball sub with pizza and Top Chef with Small Space, Big Style). I'm going to assume that Jenna is going to stop dating her 14 year-old boyfriend too.
I also like the mix of episodes they do on this show. It would be a mistake to have every episode be about network problems or what's going on on TGS with Tracy Jordan. You have to have some episodes that really have nothing to do with the show within a show itself, and tonight's ep did that, even have a couple of plots outside of NBC (the ballpark, the nightclub). I just wish that some of the supporting players, like Scott Adsit and Keith Powell, were on it more.
More great scenes and lines:
- "He's cute. He looks like Zac Efron. That's a thing, right?" - Liz
- "You can't be gay for one person. Unless you're a woman, and you meet Ellen."
Liz's line "I'm 37, don't make me go to Brooklyn!", which could easily become a catch phrase for aging New Yorkers.
- Kenneth giving everyone "Secret Rodney" (not Santa) gifts, iPod cases that don't have iPods in them but his Homemade Country Gum (Bacon Mint flavor). I'm waiting for this to show up on the NBC web site. Hey, if they can sell Jerry Springer beer steins, why not?
|Liz and the coffee kid||208 (34.4%)|
|Jack/Kenneth and the baseball team||190 (31.5%)|
|Frank being sorta gay||176 (29.1%)|
|Jenna and her young boyfriend||30 (5.0%)|