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'30 Rock' - 'I Do Do' Recap (Season Finale)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2010 8:15AM
30 Rock(S04E22) "I'm sorry, what's happening now?" - Liz, after Carroll introduced himself

Nancy Donovan's accent should be more like Matt Damon's. That's what I kept thinking in Damon's scenes tonight. And maybe the show realized it too, as we got a very obvious joke about how Nancy's accent is ridiculous.

Actually, Damon was one of the best things about this season finale episode. But I don't care how it ended, I can't see Mr. Damon's Carol being Liz's boyfriend or husband next season.

Of course, it would be fun to see Damon back again, maybe as yet another one of Liz's exes that she can visit and/or think about. Or maybe they could actually get married but since he's a pilot he always has to be out of the city on a flight (see also the last season of 'Kate & Allie,' when Bob was always out of town and Allie had to move in with Kate again). Could that work? Hmmmm ...

This was a season finale so you know they're going to leave us with a couple of cliffhangers, but I think we can all be sure that Kenneth won't be fired next season (unless they do a story arc where he tries to get his job back, a la Matthew on 'NewsRadio') and Liz isn't going to marry Carroll. Can you really see Damon on this show, even as a semi-regular? The only cliffhanger was Jack breaking up with Nancy and Avery being pregnant. Will this mean we'll see a married Jack next season? Can we even bear another wedding next season when we had three at the end of this season?

I don't know if this was a great '30 Rock' episode, but it certainly had all of the elements that make the good ones: funny one-liners and Liz and Jack both looking for something better in their lives. Looking back on a lot of the episodes of the past four seasons you notice the good ones have a lesson that Jack tries to teach Liz or a talk that the two of them have where they talk about how this year is going to be the best one if only they can [insert solution here]. Liz helped Jack talk to Nancy by embarrassing herself at the wedding and Jack was supportive of Liz in his own way. I love that stuff.

Tina Fey said in an interview this week that Liz and Jack are never going to get together, not even in the series finale. But we don't need them to be together because, in a way, they'll always be "together." That's when the show feels right.

Oh, and it also feels right when Tracy takes off his shirt and dances, even if it is in front of a church choir (and even if once again Tracy's plot was the least of the episode). That was a nice semi-throwback to early episodes of the series, even if this episode didn't have nearly as many of the writing staff characters involved. That's one thing the show has to do better next season: get the supporting characters more involved in the show again and make '30 Rock' about NBC and 'TGS' again.

More thoughts:

- You don't get many "Previously on ..." wrap-ups at the beginning of quick joke-laden sitcoms, but we got one tonight.

- Great sight gag: Kenneth giving Pete all of his page items , including a handgun.

- When Avery came down the stairs and the romantic pop song started to play and Jack walked over to her, I thought that it was going to be one of the few times that '30 Rock' goes for the heart in a very mainstream way. I should have seen the joke coming.

- At least the show knows that Nancy's accent is annoying. I didn't realize people from Maryland had such a pronounced "O."

- Jason Sudeikis was in this episode and the previous episode, but I don't think he had even one line of dialogue, did he?


"You look like a gay mortician in that suit." - Nancy, to Jack

"This is my dream come true! And to hear it from my best friend comma Bald category." - Kenneth, to Pete

"And he'll understand because he's my best friend comma beautiful hair category parentheses strong." - Kenneth, about Jack

"I wanna take naps with you. I wanna watch you watching hockey. I wanna find long red strands of hair in my overcooked pot roast." - Jack, to Nancy

"You're being another woman behind my back?" - Jenna, to Paul

"Fidelity, Paul. It's not just the name of a bank that sued me." - Jenna

"Our minds are already one, as our bodies soon shall be." - Wesley

"Do a sloppy job and they'll leave you alone. That's how I got out of foreplay with Angie ... and my taxes." - Tracy

"You can't delude yourself into thinking you can combine them into one perfect woman, like a Smore you can take a shower with." - Jack

"I know. People wear flip flops to church, and the NBA tattoo situation is out of control." - Liz

"Yes, I wrote that! I write all the 'Fart Doctors'! " - Liz

"I don't know, does that sound more fun than me eating alone at the LaGuardia Chilis?" - Carroll, to Liz, about the wedding

"You know what a great pilot would have done? Not hit the birds. That's what I do every day, not hit birds. Where's my ticket to the Grammys?" - Carroll, about Sully Sullenberger

"Let's meet up later and smoke some drug cigarettes!" - Kenneth

"You can't force the fate, you just have to let it wash over you like a spray tan that won't take because your skin is too oily." - Liz

"Everyone there smiles creepily, all the time. And that's sort of my thing." - Ken, about L.A.

"No, he's just a groomsman ... and a Somali pirate. Careful!" - Liz

"Your behavior as a fiancee' has been as weak as American tea. There, I said it." - Wesley, to Liz

"Like Carroll O'Connor, from Nick at Nite!" - Cerie

"There's only one Wesley Snipes in this world." - Wesley
"You know, there isn't." - Liz

"Well, you were engaged, apparently you hate Buzz Aldrin, foot problem, and we're going to spend the rest of our lives together." - Carroll, summarizing Liz's speech

"I'm going to have to depart. On time. I'm a pilot." - Carroll

"I wipe the floor with that bitch!" - Avery, about Soledad O'Brien

"No, I meant a book club or something." - Liz, when Jenna said "Let's lez!"

"Yes, shmaam." - Jenna, to Paul

"I hate people too." - Liz, to Carroll

"Let's do this. Unless you're Jewish. Totally kidding." - Carroll

"I wanna tell you people what I really think of you. For four long years I've listened to all of you complain about your East Coast media elite problems, your apartment renovations, your overpriced 'Star Wars' memorabilia. I have watched you throw away better food than my family eats at Christmas and I have loved it! You people are my best friends and I hope you get everything you want in life. So kiss my face! I'll see you all in heaven! Have a wonderful summer!" - drunk Kenneth

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I just started watching "30 rock" a few weeks ago this chapter, and it was really good, tina fey is..oh my gosh is an amazing person & also she is really funny. While i was watching Damon`s scenes i was flushed XD Lol I think we would be good in a comedy

July 04 2010 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This star packed finale was exponentially better than last years.

May 25 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sitcoms that have two- or three-part episodes DO have a recap at the top of the second or third part. Friends did it, My Name is Earl did it, and now 30 Rock did it.

Also, the line of the episode was from Matt Damon (slight paraphrase here): "Yeah, I'm a doorman-- to the sky." said with all sincerity.

May 21 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And again, Elizabeth Banks is pregnant in a season finale.

May 21 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chas Winterbottom

I loved the Maryland accent joke! It's more of a Baltimore/Ocean City accent than a statewide accent, but it definitely exists.

May 21 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The quote from Kenneth is "Everyone there SMILES creepily all the time."

May 21 2010 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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