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Review: 30 Rock - Audition Day

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 6th 2009 12:30AM
30 Rock
(S04E04) "That's what I'm talking about, empathy. It's about as useless as the Winter Olympics. This February on NBC." - Jack

Could this be the end of the "new TGS cast member" storyline on 30 Rock this season? Will the robot guy work out well or will he turn out to be a nightmare and Liz will have to find a replacement for him? I'm curious to see if this ends the storyline and they just use robot guy as a visual joke for the rest of the season, the cast member who is always in metallic makeup and never says a word. Or maybe he'll turn out to be someone brilliant and that will mean more jealousy and paranoia for Jenna and/or Tracy. I guess we'll have to wait and see where they go with it.

But again I have to ask: WHAT ABOUT JOSH? He hasn't been a big part of 30 Rock for the past couple of seasons. Sometimes you wouldn't see him for several episodes in a row, and the show seemed to acknowledge that fans were aware of that and had Josh get upset earlier this season and quit the show in a huff. And now he's back, auditioning for the show again because he's only been able to get roles in cheapo films? I'd love to ask Tina Fey who's idea this was. Did Lonny Ross want to leave the show for other things? Did they think it would be funnier to have Josh quit and have him come back in some way here and there for the rest of the season? I feel bad for Josh.

I also feel bad for Dotcom. I thought they were going to have the plot be all of these people audition and all of them be horrible and Dotcom would turn out to be either incredible or a diamond in the rough. Then he'd get a promotion on the show and that would be the big surprise, causing some competition with Grizz and maybe even Tracy. But Jack hired the robot guy instead.

As for Jack's plot this week, I didn't love it. I enjoyed some of the jokes about NBC, but I don't get a kick out of the "Jack out of his element among the lower class" storylines on the show. And the bedbug thing got to be a little too much. I actually enjoyed Jenna and Tracy's storyline because it fit in with the auditioning plot.

Oh, and I knew Jaden was going to turn out to be creepy. Saw that coming a mile away.

More thoughts:

- Even for 30 Rock, this episode was heavy on the nudge-nudge, wink-wink product placement, with Jack mentioning NBC's Winter Olympics coverage and going on and on about how Cisco has great, cutting-edge technology. I bet some people are turned off by that (having product placement but getting away with it because they're blunt about it and making fun of it at the same time; in the end it's product placement), but I find it funny as hell.

- I laughed out loud at Cathy Geist doing a Susan Boyle. Just caught me off guard but it fit perfectly.

- If you looked at the end credits closely, you would have seen that Martin Scorsese, Christopher Walken, and Gilbert Gottfried really did those voices on Liz's phone.

- Kenneth's names for bedbugs: Chewdaddies, Ozark Kisses, the Woodsman's Companions, Blue Ridge Quilt Ticklers.


"I'm sorry I'm not a robot." - Liz
"We all are." - Jack

"This is a disaster, like Katrina. Do you remember Katrina, that crazy girl from hair and makeup?" - Jenna

"I don't have bedbugs, Kenneth. I went to Princeton." - Jack

"Liz, I need to speak with you. Beat it, Grizz or Dotcom." - Jenna

"You don't think I've been brought on to a million auditions to make Kim Cattrall feel grounded and human?" - Jenna

"You think I didn't hear that? I can hear your hair growing on that thing." - Jack, to fellow execs on the Cisco system

"He's Evil Tracy?! Oh, he's evil comma Tracy." - Tracy

"I'm not a drug addict, I'm an executive with the General Electric corporation." - Jack, to fellow subway riders

"My mother used to send me articles about how older virgins are considered good luck in Mexico." - Liz

"Black people, I know I've said a lot of terrible things about you in print, but I come here today on a mission of peace." - Jenna

"I don't think so, sir. I only have the one pair, and I sleep in them." - Kenneth, to Jack, who said he walked in Kenneth's shoes

"Was describing your sandwich in such detail necessary to us understanding what happened?" - Tracy, about Liz's flashback

"For my first character, I'd like to do a janitor who has finally had enough and stabs everyone." - NBC janitor

"Who, Brian Williams?" - Tracy, about who Liz and Jenna thinks is crazy

"Sorry I doubted you, but you never been right before. About anything." - Liz, to Jenna

"In my defense, I didn't know that Cathy Geist was going to finish her song by taking off her underpants." - Liz

"I say we hire the one who lives by the code of the robot: Care. Love. Live." - Jack

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Please tell me I wasn't the only one who saw the reappearance of Moon-Vest, Kenneth's contact at CBS. Gotta love continuity

November 09 2009 at 4:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darth Ackbar

Am I the only one who noticed that, at the very beginning, when Pete says "Assuming nothing goes wrong in the next 8 hours..." Tina Fey breaks the 4th wall and looks directly at the camera, as if to say "Something will definitely go wrong."

November 06 2009 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loooved this episode. The Susan Boyle thing was the funniest thing this season, I just didn't expect it either. The Evil Tracey was my next favorite thing. And Katrina, and Brian Williams, and Liz's audition, and Jack freaking out at the Cisco equipment. The Cisco equipment stuff was awesome. Can you imagine trying to get product placement for Cisco, that would be so hard, I love that they managed to do it.
The new guy has been cast. SPOILER ALERT.
It's some broadway guy Cheyanne something-or-other. He could be good.

November 06 2009 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the episode. I know it's not the best 30 rock's episode, but at least is better than any episode so far this season.

Katthy Geiss as Susan Boyle... priceless xd

November 06 2009 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thought this ep was just okay but I adore Brian Williams...now even when he's doing the very serious news I can't help but see his inner commedian struggling to come out.

November 06 2009 at 7:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lisa's comment

i agree. his dry sense of humor is great.

November 06 2009 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

30 Rock deserves to win, cause it's the best comedy show after friend, this is what I thought watching The Emmy awards on Satellite TV

November 06 2009 at 3:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frantic Monkey

Josh left in the first episode this season. When he learned of the search for a new cast member.

November 06 2009 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe it's just me but I don't think 30Rock has hit its stride at all so far.

November 06 2009 at 3:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it was DotCom that was auditioning

November 06 2009 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is one done for the syndicators. It is not bad, it is not 30-Rock good. A few nice one-liners (all you mentioned) and Kenneth is the star of this episode. No mention of Grizz' weight loss. Is the real-life guy ill? I rather like the creepy turn of Jaden. Liz is seldom right about any man.

November 06 2009 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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