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30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby

Ladies Who Lunch

Newly anointed winner of the G.E. Followship award (for working a microwave product placement into a sketch), Liz Lemon originally rejects the accolade, until she learns that it comes with a ten thousand dollar prize. Accepting her oversize check, Liz contemplates the idea of investing the money, revealing that she keeps "Like, twelve thousand in a checking account." Jack is horrified. "Are you an immigrant?"

Flush with cash, Liz giddily attends a book signing for, "I'm Only Laughing Because It's Funny," by Rosemary Howard (played by Carrie Fisher), who as a writer for shows like "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" and "Donny and Marie" (all the political material) was an early influence on Liz. Although Liz babbles like a crazed fan, Rosemary suggests they go to lunch so Liz can get it all out of her system. The two women writers hit it off, leading Liz to offer Rosemary a job as a guest writer on "T.G.S. with Tracy Jordan."

Rosemary enchants the writers room with her stories, and encourages them to push the envelope. Her most well-received sketch idea is to put Josh in blackface, and then have Tracy call him the N-word. Liz rejects the sketch, and gets criticized for being a corporate drone. Rosemary goes over Liz's head and talks to Jack, who promptly orders Liz to fire Rosemary, and warns her, "Don't ever make me talk to a woman that old again." Liz stands up for Rosemary; both are fired.

Liz discovers what her future holds when she visits Rosemary's apartment in a very scary part of town (Jack warns her after the fact: "Never go with a hippie to a second location."), decides that a life of pushing the envelope is not for her, and returns to the warmth of a corporate embrace. Rosemary, feeling abandoned, cries out after her. "Help me, Liz Lemon. You're my only hope." Liz vows to start sending Rosemary $400 a month.

My Thoughts: Carrie Fisher was terrific, and I liked the overall story. I thought Liz would wind up as Rosemary's stalker, so it was great that it took another direction.

Best of Times, Worst of Times... Good Times?

After mangling the national anthem on television, Tracy turns to Jack for help. Jack promises to clean up Tracy's mess, stating that nothing he could do would be a problem they couldn't take care of... except dogfighting. Tracy immediately assigns Grizz and Dot Com to involve him in dogfighting.

Jack learns of Tracy's rebellion, and soon discovers that Tracy has Daddy issues. Jack forces him to meet with a therapist in order to work out how to forgive someone he doesn't know. Through role-playing -- in which Jack plays everyone in Tracy's family, including Tracy -- Tracy is finally able to accept authority.

My Thoughts: Now, that story may sound a bit dry, but I think Alec's tour de force scene was the most hilarious moment in this history of this show. I can't do it justice by quoting it. Just trust me and go watch it, if you haven't already.

Page Rage

Jenna accidentally burns Kenneth's jacket. She hunts down the Head Page, Donny Lawson, in the basement, and tries to get the jacket replaced. Donny takes the opportunity to give Kenneth a demerit, something he's been dying to do in order to have reason for shipping Kenneth off to CNBC.

Eventually, Kenneth and Donny have a "Page Off" -- a contest involving physical stamina and NBC trivia. With their hands tied together in a very West Side Story moment, the two begin to rumble, until Pete arrives, denounces the whole contest, and demands that Donny provide Kenneth a new jacket.

My Thoughts: Ehh. The acting was funny. The story? It seemed like a good idea, but it didn't really go anywhere. It feels like they are setting up a romance (or a crush) between Kenneth and Jenna, and creating a rival for Kenneth, but neither direction really took off.

Best Lines

Rosemary: We would have done that on "The Mandrell Sisters."

Jenna: If I can't be Monique fat, I have to be Teri Hatcher thin.

Posted by Chad on October 26, 2007 12:45 PM
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Oh how I love me some Alec Baldwin. That scene was HYSTERICAL. I was LMAO and then he cuts to the Spanish neighbor, "Oye, Papi, callete! Some people are trying to sleep up here..." - Well, let's just say, if I were drinking something, it would have sprayed all over the TV set. His talent makes me... Oooooohhhhh!

The little additions in the Page-off were what made it funny - the NBC xylophone (though it would be physically impossible to play those notes in that sequence), the Michael Jackson's 'Bad' hand holding and the tie around it...

Carrie Fisher was good but I gotta say, she has let herself go...

-- Posted by: Connie at October 29, 2007 6:33 PM

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