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30 Rock: SeinfeldVision

How I Spent My Summer Vacation!

Jack:

1. Hiding his recent heart attack from his bosses.
2. Creating successful summer programming, such as the noxious "M.I.L.F. Island."
3. Coming up with SeinfeldVision: Using old footage from "Seinfeld" still owned by the network, images of Jerry Seinfeld are inserted into current programs, such as "Heroes" and "Deal or No Deal," thus drawing large audiences and $20 million in advertising sales.

Liz:

1. Projects, like reading two books, and quilting.
2. Wearing flip flops in public.
3. Breaking up with Floyd. She’s over him. It’s going to be her year.

Tracy:

1. Getting kicked out of the house by his wife, for having been photographed helping a transvestite prostitute from a dumpster, despite the selfless goal of guiding the She-Dude towards a better, blue-collar career.
2. Moving into his office. (Not the penthouse of a swanky hotel? I don’t buy it.)
3. Being assigned Kenneth as his new "Office Wife," to do any and all non-sexual services previously performed by his real wife.

Jenna:

1. Performing eight shows a week in the Off-Broadway smash, "Mystic Pizza: The Musical."
2. Consuming four slices of pizza per show, for a total of 32 slices a week.
3. Subsequently, gaining over 30 pounds.

Cerie: Deciding on Liz and Jenna for her bridesmaids, thus fulfilling the requirement of "Something Old."

Kenneth: Sustaining that adorable twinkle.

Everyone else: Hoping for screen time.


Fall Out Boys and Girls

Jerry Seinfeld finds out about the promos, visits 30 Rockefeller, and bargains with Jack. Eventually, they come to an agreement that involves hefty sums donated to charity, lots of promotion of "Bee Movie" (Jerry’s upcoming animated project – have you heard of it? Such an unheralded film, with no buzz!), and Jack is allowed to saturate the airwaves with Seinfeld footage for ONE NIGHT.

Liz, with Seinfeld’s prompting, realizes that she hasn’t officially finalized her relationship with Floyd. When she calls Floyd to do so, a woman answers (Liz resorts to the old "fake survey" trick, asking how old she is, her weight, and the last time she had intercourse). This trauma prompts Liz to prematurely buy a perfectly fitting wedding dress, leading to further humiliation as she’s caught trying on the dress at work, which eventually becomes, after much therapeutic bingeing, "A four thousand dollar ham napkin."

Tracy and Kenneth, stuck inside a single joke, proceed to behave as husband and "wife," with petty arguments and jealous spats, especially when Tracy catches Kenneth gurgling at Seinfeld.

Jenna valiantly struggles to hide her weight, with lies, subterfuge, and vertical stripes. Nothing works, prompting Jack to warn Liz, "She either has to lose 30 pounds, or gain 60. In between, she has no place on television."


Best (Still Unmentioned) Lines

Jenna: "If I cover my good eye, you look just like Courtney Cox."

Liz: "If need be, I will marry myself."

Tracy: "Oh, no! Did a Korean person die?"

Jack: "You are better than you!"

Jerry: "What’s wrong with all you people?" (A nice nod to "Seinfeld"…)


Final Controversy

Good episode? I thought so. A solid season opener. The writing got smarter and funnier as the episode progressed (except for the "Office Wife" segment). Seinfeld was used effectively, if not to full capacity, but he fit in naturally and, well, it was good to see him on Thursday night again. Although I’m wondering if there wasn’t a little intimidation going on… the writing didn’t quite reach the usual ironic standard.

Here’s the issue with Tracy: He’s funnier when he has a variety of characters and situations to play off of. His best bits are throwaway lines; reactions to the world of "T.G.S."; non-sequiturs. But he keeps getting stranded with weak plots, and has to elevate the material with outrageous behavior. How can his behavior be considered outrageous, though, in isolation? Integrate him into the show within the show. Put him in the writers room. Let him perform skits.

And as for Alec… Oh, Alec. What HAPPENED to you? Where did that BELLY come from???

But maybe I’m wrong. Did you miss Floyd? Love Tracy and Kenneth’s odd couple routine? Pine for the days of the Black Crusaders? (What does that nickname mean: Chocolate Rain? Did I miss something?) And which upcoming guest star most piqued your interest? Post your comments below!


Posted by Chad on October 5, 2007 2:18 AM
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This episode was awesome. Not a disappointing moment in the entire half hour. The "office wife" thing was a little weird, but I love all Tracy Jordan moments. I did find Jenna's appearance a bit disturbing though.

Thought there would be a bit more Seinfeld, but there was just enough. And him looking into the camera to pimp his movie was priceless. It made the obvious ads a lot less annoying.

But I laughed hysterically at all of the SeinfeldVision spots, as well as the nod to "Lost."

So many guest stars to choose from! I'd have to say, I'm not a huge Schwimmer fan, but for some reason, his appearance looks really funny.

-- Posted by: Rachel at October 5, 2007 10:17 AM

Look up "Chocolate Rain" on youtube. He's been an overnight sensation.

I liked the line about the country only rich people know about.

There were some bloopers from the ep on Yahoo yesterday - they were hysterical. Alec was cracking up Seinfeld. And dang, Alec, cut the carbs! What a gut!

I liked Kenneth's giddiness at Seinfeld and when he mimicked the "theme song" I cracked up. Can't wait for more!

-- Posted by: Connie at October 5, 2007 1:12 PM

You guys are funny. I actually thought Alec Baldwin was always that fat. Maybe it's for a movie role.

He's definitely not the same guy from "Married to the Mob" or that era.

-- Posted by: Rachel at October 5, 2007 1:46 PM

I still have an issue of GQ with him on the cover from 1989 or so. Man, he was super-hot then.

Alec just makes me laugh - I love him on SNL.

-- Posted by: Connie at October 5, 2007 2:57 PM

There is no better comedy on television today. The writing was so sharp that you could cut yourself.

-- Posted by: Bill Chuck at October 7, 2007 12:07 PM

Wonderful post. I learned many interesting things. Thank you)

-- Posted by: Sydney at January 31, 2013 10:49 PM

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