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30 ROCK: Generalissimo

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Hello Lemonings!

Since we last left, the SAG Awards occured, where the show swept once again. Not only did Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin have to check their "actors" at security for the flight back to New York, but the entire cast was honored in the ensemble category as well.

So on to tonight's episode... FINALLY! The long anticipated guest appearance by "mad man" JON HAMM! If you have not seen MAD MEN, then stop what you are doing right now and go to your Netflix account and add the show to your que. It's brilliant. (And also at the SAG Awards, the cast of MAD MEN walked away with the ensemble award in a drama.)

Jon Hamm starts a small arc on the show as a new neighbor of Liz's, Drew Baird. She gets his mail by accident and Liz being Liz, goes through it. When she delivers the mail to him, she discovers the handsome doctor and falls for him.

Meanwhile, Jack discovers Elisa's (Salma Hayek) grandmother hates him because he bears a striking resemblance to the star (the villain) of her favorite telenovela, Generalissimo. (There's good reason, as he's played by Alec Baldwin). Jack buys the show and has Liz rewrite the scripts to make "him" look better. Instead, the exploits of Generalissimo become a playbook for Liz in order to get the attention of Drew.

The Good:

-Jon Hamm. Jon Hamm. Jon Hamm. Enough said? Jon Hamm.

-Say it with me, because it never gets old: "I want to go to there."

-Liz goes through Drew's mail, discovering his Netflix que include a documentary on pies. I would have stalked him as well.

-The failed Wall Street bankers, now interns at the show.

-Liz turning into a sexy Norma Desmond, by planning a "welcome to the building party," only trick Drew into it being "the wrong night" so they could be alone. Where she waits with candles lit.

-Two characters are accidentally "roofied." (I think that's the only time you can ever say accidentally roofied and good in the same sentence.)

-Two Alec Baldwin's on screen at the same time. I really hope we see more of "Generalissimo." Clearly this will be Baldwin's Emmy submission in the spring.

-And I know I've said I don't much care for Hayek in the past, but I couldn't stop laughing at her delivery when she was on the phone with Jack, relaying what was happening on the Spanish soap. She's starting to grow on me.

-"Wow! I'm super gay and I would totally switch for her."

The Not as Good (because honestly, I loved the episode so much, I can't call anything bad):

-Not enough of Kenneth and once again, Jenna went deep background on this. But still, this was a great episode for a Liz love interest and I think the grandmother should get her own spin-off.

What did you think?

-Chad Darnell


Tags: 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin, Generalissimo, Jack McBrayer, Jon Hamm, Salma Hayek, Tina Fey
Posted by Chad on February 6, 2009 2:34 AM
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The news would be *so much* better if accompanied by the music of Tito Puente.

This episode nearly killed me. I don't know how they keep topping themselves, but wow. Just, wow.

-- Posted by: mac at February 6, 2009 7:53 AM

Excellent and hilarious, with Jon Hamm wonderful as Liz's obsession who "looks like a cartoon pilot".

A totally terrific episode with multiple delights!

-- Posted by: The Flaming Nose at February 6, 2009 8:11 AM

Could this show possibly be any funnier than it is?! OMG!!! Where did they find these people and know that they would have amazing chemisty and make me split my pants laughing?! First of all, Alec Baldwin is gorgeous and one of the best actors that ever lived. Those eyes...his anger management issues. HOT!!! This dude knows comedy because the way he delivers a line is never wasted camera time. Tina is my girl, but Alec makes the show. And can we just say that Jane Krakowski, Kenneth, and Tracy Morgan are AMAZING too! These actors are terribly underrated. They are deserved of all the accolades and awards too. If they weren't bringing it, it would be difficult for Alec and Tina to carry the show by themselves. PHENOMENAL! But how can they continue to be this funny? BTW, the episode I probably disliked the most was when Megan Mullaly guest starred. Kind of dry, but still infinitely better than lame ol' "Two and a Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother." I think we should take a poll on the best 30 Rock episode and the not as good episode (but still reigns superior to the other shows). Did I mention that Alec Baldwin is HOT?!!!

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