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'30 Rock' - 'Argus' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 29th 2010 11:30PM
30 Rock
(S04E19) "I know this is a difficult time for you, but word of advice: if the will says that you have to spend the night in a haunted house, you better hope that everyone else there are black people or sluts." - Liz

It's always fun to try to figure out what a '30 Rock' episode title refers to. Who would have thought that last week's "Khonani" referred to the name of an NBC janitor (and a sly Conan reference)? Who could have guessed what exactly "Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter" meant a couple of weeks ago? Or even "Anna Howard Shaw Day," though we could have Googled that and at least had some idea. The same thing with this week's show. What/who the heck is Argus?

I really wish it didn't refer to a peacock.

When they write the history of '30 Rock' 'Argus' will go down as one of the lesser episodes. OK, let's be a little more blunt: it will go down as one of the worst episodes of the series. I cringe when I think of people who have never seen the show tuning into this episode to see what the fuss is all about. They'd be disappointed as newbies as much as we were as devoted fans.

The good? Will Forte was kinda funny as Jenna's Jenna Maroney-impersonator boyfriend. And there were the usual barrage of one-liners and funny flashbacks, though there were fewer funny lines than most episodes. And the last scene with Jane Krakowski and Forte doing a duet of "All by Myself" was creepy and surreal.

The bad? Pretty much everything else. Who the heck thought up having Jack Donaghy bond with a peacock for the whole episode? As I've said before, I hate the episodes where Jack is out of control or acting goofy or involved in some lame pursuit, and this one of the more lame pursuits. The whole episode had him drinking with a peacock, talking to a peacock, and honestly thinking that the peacock was the reincarnation of Don Geiss. And then the peacock marks Liz as his wife? Really? That's what they had for us this week? And the story ended with the peacock reaching out and patting Jack on the knee?

Gah. Liz was right when she asked Jack "how is your thing weirder than mine?"

I guess it's always good to see Pete have a bigger role in an episode. If only the plot with him and Liz was funnier. And I also guess it was surprising that Grizz was getting married when we already have the subplot of Cerie getting married. But both of these plots were rather minor. Though I would have preferred either of these plots being the A story this week over the peacock stuff.

More thoughts:

- Geiss was even stranger than we thought. He had two secret families, one Canadian and one he kept in the attic.

- I did like Grizz's fiance's name, Fiance.

- Did Lutz actually die in the background in that scene, just seconds after Pete said that viewers like to see births, weddings and deaths in TV episodes? Actually, no. You could see him for a second in the scene where Liz and Grizz were talking in Liz's office.

- Speaking of, those two have a sexual history? I wonder what type of "Brangelina" name they could have. Um ... Griz? Lizz?

Let's get to the good quotes. Even these weren't as numerous as they usually are.


"I just got my bridesmaid dress for Cerie's wedding. It is a Vietnamese size 2." - Liz

"I'm not gonna let this dress win. This morning I joined ..." - Liz
"A suicide cult." - Jack
"... a gym." - Liz

"You sound like my mother being pulled on stage at a 2 Live Crew concert." - Tracy

"We have to tell Jenna that we can't do her Kardashian sketch because Jack is bro's with Lamar Odom." - Liz

"What's going on? Why are you being so happy and nice? Are you soaking your tampons in vodka again?" - Liz, to Jenna

"We really were the Sam and Diane of this place." - Grizz, to Liz

"I'm guessing already married cat strangler." - Pete, about Jenna's boyfriend

"Peacocks can live up to 40 years. Longer if they're not part of Mike Tyson's zoo." - Jack

"We'd sit on his veranda talking about politics, business, how not to get paper cuts when making love on a pile of money." - Jack, about Don Geiss

"He's become listless, and he won't eat any of the food I got at the crazy rich person's pet shop." - Jack, about Argus

"I will always be your ... oh no, I'm white, I can't read that word." - Liz, reading Grizz's letter to Tracy and Dotcom

"I'm the luckiest sh/man in the world." - Paul

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Joseph Li

"Life is like TV. Testing tells us that people like weddings, births, and episodes where a character dies."

It looks like Lutz in the background who falls over.

April 30 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

-The peacock comforting Jack it the end was funny c'mon! I laughed when it tried to mate with Liz too.
-Kathy Giess pulling the stop watch out of her mouth.
-Will Forte dress as a woman didn't do much for me.
-The fiancée's name is Feyonce. Like Beyonce with an F.

April 30 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Closed captioning revealed that the fiancée's name is spelled Feyoncé.

April 30 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Steve's comment

So did Tracy - "It's like Beyonce with a F!"

April 30 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't it spelled Feyonce?

April 30 2010 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Slight item I noticed in the show. The first two letters of Liz's Girlie Show sign in her office were still missing this week after being knocked off the sign last week.

Yay tiny continuality.

April 30 2010 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Liz and Grizz sorta hooked up a few seasons ago at Kenneths holiday party

April 30 2010 at 4:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Hewitt

This episode was no funcooker, but it wasn't that bad. I loved when Kathy Giess pulled the watch out of her mouth. I cracked up at the extremely staged pat on the leg by the peacock. I enjoyed every creepy moment of Jenna's relationship with the shman. All in all, still better than anything with Jon Hamm.

April 30 2010 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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