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Review: 30 Rock - Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2009 1:15AM
30 Rock
(S04E07) "It still counts!" - Whoopi Goldberg, on her Daytime Emmy

I wonder how 30 Rock will handle today's deal with Comcast. I'm sure Tina Fey and the rest of the writers are already working on an episode or two about the takeover. They've already had a plot this season about budget cuts and other network moves, and I think this could be one of those weird times where a real-life event is closely tied into a fictional TV show and can actually re-energize the show in some way. That's going to be an interesting plot to watch.

Of course, the real question is, how will all of this affect the Sheinhardt Wig Company?

Can we discuss a little bit why this show insists that Liz Lemon isn't attractive? Maybe it's Fey being self-deprecating, but I believe in the time-traveling on Lost more than I believe that in real life anyone could think that she's not attractive. Come on, Lemon/Fey is beautiful. But now we see that in an HD close-up, she looks like a witch about to be pushed into a cauldron of boiling water. But even that wasn't the most disturbing image of Liz this episode. That would go to Frank, who was put in charge while Liz was doing the Dealbreakers show and started to talk like her and dress like her, right down to her hair style. But Frank/Liz looked like ...Penn Jillette.

Speaking of Dealbreakers, does this mean that plot is now over, that Liz won't be the host of such a talk show? So Banks gets his way, even if the opening credits will be seen in the background of all Sheinhardt Wig/Universal soap operas (nice cameo from Bo and Hope from Days of Our Lives). It makes sense. I guess you don't want Liz taking on a whole new career. That would ruin the whole Liz/Jack/TGS dynamic. It could be funny to see Liz turn into another Jenna, but they handled that pretty thoroughly in this episode, from Liz saying words oddly to Jenna helping Jack with Liz's changes to Liz locking herself in her dressing room, so it's probably good that the Dealbreakers success stops with the book. Get Liz back full-time in the writer's room.

As for the subplot, I liked the goal Tracy has with winning awards, but I thought they were going to give us an actual song that NBC would put on their web site and we could quote endlessly, but nothing came of that. That was disappointing.

More thoughts:

- So Dr. Spaceman does LASIK too? I think Liz is too smart to go to this guy (but as a Dr. Spaceman fan, I'm glad she does).

- When Tracy and his wife were doing the whole "did" thing, I thought to myself, wow, that's rather blunt and controversial. And then Tracy said "racist!" and that was a great way to end the bit.

- Yes, that was a Kenneth muppet we saw go by the HDTV for a second. Nice callback to an earlier episode. And did you notice young, dashing, thin Jack on the screen?

- We finally have a face for astronaut Mike Dexter!

- Rubik's Pube? Did I hear that sketch idea correctly? That's one of those jokes that's better just as a throwaway line. I certainly don't want to see that on camer-ah.

- Are you mad Liz gave away the ending to The Negotiator?


"There's a lot of history in Studio 4C: To Catch A Predator, the XFL halftime show, storage for broken copiers." - Jack

"I'll do the Christmas shopping this year and prove to you that I can be reliable and that I can finish everything I..." - Tracy

"Somebody bring me some ham!" - lyrics to Liz's fantasy song

"You're like a swarthy, big-hipped Kelly Ripa." - Jack, to Liz

"Recently I realized I have a hole in my heart. And not the one I got from eating batteries." - Tracy

"Maybe we can undid these handcuffs." - Liz
"Racist!" - Tracy

"Writers who never talk: you want a new job?" - Liz

"Our health costs are down because we started putting something in the coffee to stop the woman from getting pregnant." - Jack

"If this fails I'm going to flog you like ... well, like me at the Provincetown Flogging Festival." - Banks

"I get it. Elegance. That's why people come to Yakov's Nubian Bling Explosion." - salesman

"EGOT" - stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony
"That's a great goal for a crazy person." - Tracy

"I can't wear contacts because the doctors says my eyeballs are too pointy." - Liz

"OK, I'll be in touch. You still use your Hotmail account?" - Tracy, to his wife

"OK, don't try to move the body yourself." - Jenna, to Jack, who said he had an "actress problem"

"I get it, treat her like the New York Times treats its readers!" - Jack, on handling actresses differently

"OK, smile ... with your mouth ... wave ... like a human being!" - Pete, to Liz

"FEMA paid for these flowers because this show is going to be a disaster." - Banks' card to Liz

"How could five of the world's most popular musical styles played at the same time sound so bad?" - Tracy

"If this show doesn't work, I might as well let Banks do one of his gay home-invasion fantasies on me." - Jack

"Kenneth's been out there for an hour telling cleaned-up Garrison Keillor stories." - Jack

"I probably shouldn't tell you this, but I've always wondered why you guys just don't take the door off its hinges." - Jenna, about Liz's locked door

"This is how I cry now since you made me get that off-brand eye surgery!" - Liz, to Jack, with tears pouring out of her mouth

"I know. We're lucky people laugh when I stay stuff." - Tracy, after his wife called him an idiot

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And here I thought Rita Moreno was the only person to win the EGOT.

December 05 2009 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What ever happened to Danny?

December 04 2009 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was absolutely hysterical when Liz was trying to do her promos. And Liz's lack of confidence isn't so unusual, I know a few beautiful women who think that they're ugly no matter what.
Also, Frank's Liz impression was too good. I bet the rest of the cast actually was hysterical.

December 04 2009 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone else notice that Banks had a picture of Obama shirtless behind his desk?

Also flowers paid by FEMA would not have arrived that quickly. They would have arrived 3 episodes after the Dealbreaker plot was wrapped up and the talk show set was already ripped to pieces.

December 04 2009 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There were a lot of great parts, one of my favs:

Angie: I can't believe you made me come here for this, now I won't have enough time to shop for Christmas presents and still get my hair did.

Tracy: Your hair did? You just got your hair did. You have to get your hair did again?

Angie: It needs to be did every week!

Liz: Maybe we can undid these handcuffs.

Tracy: Racist!
Angie: Cracker!

December 04 2009 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Honestly, I was disappointed by the episode. The episode itself was funny, and had some great storylines, but I really wanted the Dealbreaker's talk show storyline to be long term. At the end of "The Problem Solvers", when Jack and Liz agreed to create the show together, it looked like it was going to be long term, and I was looking forward for changes to come to the show, for the formula to be shaken up, and Liz hosting a talk show, at least for a while, would have been great. I am just sad how the writers decided to end the storyline now. Liz didn't even get to film episode #0001. I am very dissapointed, it could have been a great story arc.

December 04 2009 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tracey already has a hit song "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" He should try to re-release it on a soundtrack or something.

December 04 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The HD camera gag was the one that elicited the biggest laughs from me. And Pete trying to direct Liz. God, I love this show!

Funny, when I heard about the NBC / Universal / GE / Comcast deal, I too thought about Sheinhardt. You can bet the writers will ahve something to say about it!

December 04 2009 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ummm... that WAS Alec Baldwin.

Circa 1988-89 in The Hunt for Red October.

December 04 2009 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it was really young Alec.

I'm with you about being over the ugly jokes about Liz - even geeked down she's still an attractive woman. I did get a huge kick out of Frank turning into Liz though, I thought Judah did that proud.

December 04 2009 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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