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30 Rock: Apollo, Apollo

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 27th 2009 1:43AM
30 Rock(S03E16) "Computer, when do I get my tang? Also I'm thirsty. Word play!" - Tracy

To put it bluntly, I think this was one of the most explosively hysterical and imaginative half hours of TV this season, and one of this show's best episodes ever. 30 Rock embodies that idea you have of what a great TV comedy can be, the one that is non-stop funny and unpredictable and wild. This episode was a bizarre combination of sex addiction apologies, surreal Muppet appearances, videos of old birthday parties, faked space travel, vomiting, and old late-night chat line commercials.

That paragraph makes it seem like it was a bizarre mess, but it all seems to make sense and come together in the TGS/NBC world.

This episode was so ridiculously funny and clever that I can't even complain about the whole "Jenna slept with Dennis" plot. OK, maybe I can complain a little. I just don't think that would have happened. I mean, didn't Jenna keep warning Liz about how bad Dennis was? Sure, Jenna is wacky and Dennis is sleazy, and everything seems to happen to Liz, but I just didn't buy it. It seemed forced, just a way to get Dennis back into the picture and in the middle of Liz and Jenna. Still, the lines were funny, so I'm not even sure it matters in a show like this.

The Tracy is space plot? Outrageous and crazy, but tell me you didn't laugh when Tracy and his crew were walking down the hallway in slow motion, blindfolded, everyone being quiet while a big heat was held above his head.

I also liked how Jonathan had Adam West's agent's phone number memorized for some reason, and the odd (yet somehow appropriate) British accent that Liz did when she impersonated Jenna on the phone. And when Jenna actually asked Liz later if she was British on the phone ... well, no show does callbacks like this show.

For the record, the writing staff was around. Except for Josh!

A sampling of the many great quotes:

"Oh, right, sorry, my mail has been piling up and I keep forgetting to buy toilet paper." - Liz
"What is that supposed to mean?" - Jack

"What thing with the belt? Don't hang up, I have a lot of belted objects!" - Liz, to Jack, who told her not to wear the thing with the belt

"If you have a spaceship and you're looking for a hilarious astronaut with an irregular heartbeat and $30 million, I am prepared to leave as soon as tomorrow. I wrote that yesterday." - Tracy

"Your contract expressly prohibits dangerous activities, like extreme sports or riding the subway on St. Patrick's Day." - Jack, to Tracy

"The closest I came to vomiting tonight is when I saw Ann Coulter's shoulder blades." - Jack

"Lizzing is a combination of laughing and whizzing." - Liz

"When I was a kid growing up in the projects, I would look up into the stars and dream of going into space, escaping the slums, and killing an Ewok!" - Tracy

"I'm aware of it. I have a Google news alert for the phrase 'Tracy Jordan ridiculous disaster." - Jack

"With the help of WedMD, I was recently self-diagnosed as a sex addict." - Dennis

"My support group? It's lousy with nymphos." - Dennis

"What those people were doing to the Superdome..." - Dennis, about Hurricane Katrina

"Oh guys, come on, I eat in there!" - Liz, about Dennis and Jenna in her bed

"Good luck with your fake addiction and your inconveniently located vending machines." - Liz, to Dennis

"Go to Disneyland, ride in an airplane, kiss Peggy Fleming, live in a house with stairs, beat up a Russian, hit mom with a car." - Jack's list of things to do before he turned 50

"Go to Disneyland? Lemon, I've held Walt Disney's frozen head in my hands." - Jack
"That's awesome." - Liz

"Every time you move his head, his head moves!" - Kenneth, on his key chain

"What is this, Horseville? Because I'm surrounded by a bunch of naysayers. Word play!" - Tracy

"You were trying to be an actress then. Despite your neck." - Jenna, to Liz

"I'm Lizzing!" - Jack

30 Rock' Show & Cast Photos

    Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actor Alec Baldwin attends HBO

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    Actors Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski attend HBO

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    Actors Alec Baldwin and Jane Krakowski attend HBO

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    Actresses Tina Fey(L) and Amy Poehler attend the Governors Ball for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Writer-actress Tina Fey leaves HBO

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    Actress Tina Fey and TV Host Stephen Colbert attend the Governors Ball for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actor Alec Baldwin attends the Governors Ball for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor

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    Actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Governor

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Drex

I LOVED this episode.. I wish Dennis was in each episode, I love that dummy!

March 30 2009 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIke

30 Rock is quickly gaining an Arrested Developmentian aura of genius. I can't think of a more consistent, brilliantly written, and all around hilarious show on TV right now. In my opinion, 30 Rock has officially overtaken the Office for Thursday supremacy. Sorry.

March 29 2009 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pantrygirl

Don't forget Lutz' tie being shredded caused Liz to Lizz in the first place.

March 28 2009 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Cold Opening: Liz is opening her new running shoes. Wide Balance brand.

As a fella who's cursed with super wide feet this made me blow soda out my nose. I have to buy New Balance shoes exclusively. So, so, so DAMNED funny!

March 27 2009 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

Check out Kenneth's face after Jack says he was the oldest boy.

Also, I love how they are mistreating Lutz this season. Last night it was laughing while the shredder choked him and Pete shouting, "Then shut your wet mouth and get that cable!"

March 27 2009 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lam

"Apollo, Apollo, Apollo...oh my god, you puked! Why didn't you warn me, I was staring at your mouth!"

- Wendy the deaf person.

"That's not even enough numbers."

- Frank, after 1-900-OKFACE comes up

So much joy in this episode.

March 27 2009 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mrs. Parker

Apollo . . . Apollo . . . Oh! Why didn't you tell me? I was looking right at your mouth!

March 27 2009 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary

What was the British phone voice a call-back to?

March 27 2009 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ann B Martin

Was it just me or was anyone else expecting for Tracy to break out in to "Astronaut Jones"!!

Awesome episode!! all around laugh riot!!!

March 27 2009 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

when looking thru jack's eyes and everything had dollar amounts assigned....... when they panned over to Kenneth and he was only $7 and I laughed so hard while feeling sorry for Kenneth.

he's worth at LEAST $20

March 27 2009 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Drex

His TIE was worth $7.00

March 30 2009 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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