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'30 Rock' - 'Floyd' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:05AM
30 Rock
(S04E16) "Whuck?!" - Liz's shortened version of "What the F**k?"

This was one of those episodes of '30 Rock' where the Jenna and Tracy plot (yes, they seem to have plots together 97% of the time) really dragged the show down. Every line seemed forced, every scene seemed to be filled with over the top wackiness, and the whole thing just felt like desperation filler, as if even the writers knew they're running out of ideas on how to get Jenna and Tracy and Kenneth into the plot. Even Kenneth recognized it and told Pete that he has problems with Jenna and Tracy so often he should come up with a word that means the same thing, "Trennapro."

That's funny and I'm sure '30 Rock' reviewers will use that word to describe a Jenna/Tracy plot, but the rest of it just made me sigh and cross my arms (except for a couple of lines Kenneth said telling his stories). I mean, I enjoyed the killer clown mask that Chris Parnell wore in the Dr. Pepper commercial at the end of the show. Why couldn't Dr. Spaceman have been one of the plots this week?

But I did like Liz's plot, even if it does bum me out immensely that they bring Floyd back just to have him be with someone else and on the verge of getting married. I'm not quite sure why the character of Floyd had to come all the way back to New York City from Cleveland, though. I know, I know, the whole 'Today Show' wedding contest. But it just seemed like a way to get Floyd into Rockefeller Center and Liz's world again. It was funny, though.

I do feel bad about it, because of all the guys Liz has dated over these four seasons, he's the one she should end up with. I've always liked Jason Sudeikis' work on this show, mixing the serious stuff with the laughs (he can actually act). I was hoping that the episode would end with Liz and Floyd finding out something horrible about his fiancee' Caitlin or maybe we'd find out that Floyd did all of this just to get close to Liz again in some weird way, but the episode actually ended with Floyd and Caitlin soon to be married. So now Liz has to pretty much start all over and find somebody just as good as Floyd. Hopefully, it won't be Dennis (though I wouldn't mind seeing Dean Winters again), but maybe it could be Jon Hamm. Nah, he's too busy on 'Mad Men' and ultimately he and Liz didn't see eye to eye. Maybe Floyd will say Liz's name at the wedding a la Ross on 'Friends' and they can eventually get together in the final season.

But there's plenty of time for all that to happen. I'm still trying to figure out how Jack won the battle of pranks and wits with the writing staff. He and Danny (good to see Cheyenne Jackson get a lot of screen time) are so powerfully handsome that they can seduce the moms of Frank, Lutz, and Toofer any time that they want? That just seems like an easy way to get out of a pretty powerful weapon that the staff had, just having to say "Twig and Plums" to Jack. That could have changed the entire series. Hey, maybe the guys can just tell their moms to say "Twig and Plums" to Jack if they ever find themselves alone with him. (wouldn't work with Danny, though). They should bring back "Twig and Plums" in the future when we least expect it.

More thoughts:

- The opening scene of this episode was funny as hell. The whole thing with Liz meeting her date on the Kraft Foods web site and Liz saying "Seriously?" to Kenneth and having him lower his voice and say the line again. I laughed out loud. If I had been drinking milk it would have been on my keyboard at that moment.

- So how many times has 'Today' been on the show? At least this time they used Kathie Lee and Hoda (after a quick cameo by Meredith). Would have been funnier if Floyd threw up on them, though. It must be good to be a network exec like Jack and have the power to get Lester Holt to do a fake newscast.

- I've been wanting to see the supporting cast a lot more this season, but I never said I wanted to see Frank and Lutz in their underwear.

Quotes:

"I'm not going to win, but it's an honor just to be nominated in the same category as Mr. Dave Coulier." - Danny, on his Juno nomination

"There's going to be a profile of me in The New York Times as filler because of dwindling ad sales. Isn't that awesome?" - Danny

"Why don't we trick him into kissing me? It would be so funny because I'm not gay." - Lutz, about Danny

"Oh, Mr. Hornberger, always saying 'hate' when he means 'love.' - Kenneth

"A female page? Don't worry, they disappear all the time." - Jack

"Typical liberal media. That's why I get all my news from Dick Cheney's web site, DickViews.com." - Jack

"The New York Times doesn't have a reporter named 'Seymour Nips'." - Jack

"My guess is that this was done by Frank, the black one, and Lutz." - Jack

"I wasn't fishing, but thanks." - Jack, after Danny called him "handsome"

"This sucks, Jack. I know that I'm a sour person and I don't like a lot of people, but I liked Floyd." - Liz

"It's like on TV. It used to be you couldn't say 'crap,' then they let that slide and now we can say whatever we want. 'Douchebag,' 'asswipe...' - Liz
"Anal rot." - Jack
"Exactly." - Liz

"I don't care. I'll start my own group. Rejection from society is what created The X-Men!' - Liz

"So much of my life was wasted creating hats!" - Frank

" 'The Early Show?' What am I, in a hospital?' - Liz

"Don't drag my best friend, TV, into this." - Liz, to Floyd

"That would explain why we have so many drunk kids here." - waiter, about the Jack Daniels glaze

"She's alive! Like a deer who runs and sniffs and jumps and stares. Not like the badger, with her glasses and her rules about weekday sex." - Floyd

"How are you single, Liz? There are so many guys out there who want to be poisoned and yelled at." - drunk Floyd

"It's way too early for this. I haven't even had my first cup of wine yet." - Pete

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Sam

Funny Reaction, I thought it was the worst episode of the season, but I also disagree with Bob on the writer's running out of ideas for Kenneth, Tracy and Jenna.

The real culprit is that the only GREAT writers on this show are Fey and Carlock, and when they don't write the episodes, the lines are just flat. The characters on this show constantly straddle the line between character and caricature and only the most skilled writers bridge that successfully.

You could say that some parts of this week's episode were amusing, but I'd argue that they were amusing only because Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin can sell almost anything.

March 26 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deborah

I get it! Floyd de Barber, like with Andy, Opie, and Aunt Bea. (Floyd was always my favorite Mayberryite!)

March 26 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Galley

That episode was actually funny. I was beginning to think that would never happen again.

March 26 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stewartwallace

Did we know from his previous appearances that Floyd's last name was De Barber?

March 26 2010 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xolus

That's SIR Dave Coulier, btw. Great episode. I wanted to slap Floyd though: berating Liz like that!

March 26 2010 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dan

Ditto on the SIR. Implying that he's so important to Canada that he's been knighted.

March 26 2010 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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