30 Rock: Senor Macho Solo
(S03E07) Love was in the air in this episode of 30 Rock. It seems as though everyone had something going on in their personal life. Jack fell in love with his mother's nurse, Liz found a little person to fill the baby-shaped hole in her heart, Tracy and Angie reignited the spark in their marriage, and Frank, well, Frank got to watch Tracy and Angie do it on Kenneth's desk. So everyone was a winner!
Generally, I think 30 Rock does a great job with guest stars, but this season has been a little disappointing so far. With the exception of the Oprah episode, the constant stunt casting has made it feel a little bit like the last seasons of Will and Grace. However, this week's episode, despite having three guest stars, didn't feel like that at all. Maybe it's because there were three, but they fit into the episode, instead of feeling like the episode was written around them.
As much as I dislike Sherri Shepherd on The View, I love it when she shows up and plays Angie. Tracy Jordan is such a weird character that's it's fun to watch him interact with this semi-normal woman who's in love with him. Her appearances aren't distracting either. When Tracy Jordan is basically humping her on every flat surface on the TGS set, it's easy to forget that she's that lady who hangs out with Barbara Walters.
Salma Hayak also started her multi-episode arc as Jack's love interest. I find the fact that Jack falls in love with a "commoner" pretty fun, but it seems like they moved into it pretty quickly. I love Salma Hayak, and I just hope that they find more to do with this storyline than concentrate on all of the class differences that drive her and Jack apart.
Peter Dinklage was also pretty awesome as Liz's love interest, and I would have loved to see more of them together. I really think they could have done more with this storyline. It could have stretched out over a few episodes and explore Liz's baby obsession a bit more. As it is, it seemed very rushed. "Hi. I like you. Oops! I thought you were a kid! Bye!" He was pretty hot and more of his interactions with Liz would have been hilarious.
The only part of this episode that I wasn't crazy about was the "Jenna playing Janis Joplin" storyline. I loved the song she sang at the end, but since it didn't really involve anyone else in the cast, it just felt like an afterthought -- or an effort to give Jane Krakowski something to do.
Some of my favorite lines from this episode:
"Look at our biological clocks! You're going baby crazy and I keep getting turned on by car accidents." -- Jenna
"When Angie and I got married, my only assets were a toaster oven and two tickets to a Young MC concert. --Tracy
Jenna: "Is this part of your mommy thing?"
Liz: "Only insofar as we met because I touched his head thinking he was a child."
"Without getting into specifics, my exit involves a McFlurry machine and a video tape of risque commercials from overseas." -- Jack
"Thank you for telling me what I already know. You should work for The Huffington Post." -- Jack