Seriously! Tonight is the night of me writing about shows I don’t normally cover, but 30 Rock was hilarious tonight. And you all know I have a huge girl crush on Elizabeth Banks.
I feel like this show was firing on all cylinders tonight, and I don’t know, I think the lack of Tracy helped me out. Sometimes he’s just a little much for me–plus, I’ve been getting annoyed in general with the Cop Out previews. Mostly at Kevin Smith, I won’t lie, but Tracy Morgan is guilty by association and whoever on Twitter said that since 30 Rock, all of his movie previews seem like parodies was DEAD ON. Who dat ninja?
In news of plots that actually DID happen, as opposed to ones that were just absent, Valentine’s Day and Liz Lemon were MADE for each other. Not for her happiness, of course, but for my entertainment. Loved that she was trying to avoid the entire thing by scheduling a root canal and accidentally found herself in a situation highlighting her pathetic loneliness.
The execution of that part of the story, for me, was just kind of meh (except for the haunting Frank discussion), but it was completely worth it for the payoff, which tripping Liz. I loved how she kept thinking that trees were Bon Jovi (I can kind of see it, in the hair, and while we’re on the subject, can we all just take a small moment to appreciate how fucking hot Bon Jovi still is? He has aged really, REALLY well), but more than anything, I LOVED seeing all of her old boyfriends. I always loved Floyd (and I wouldn’t mind him coming back, except I know that Liz can’t actually be happy because it would ruin everything the show is built on), and Dennis will crack me up forever (and I’m glad he threw in a “dummy” for us), and Jon Hamm is so, so hot, especially now that Billy has me casually and sporadically watching Mad Men On Demand. But even if he wasn’t, a man in glasses is The Sex. Oh, and did anyone else pee a little at seeing Jen from Top Chef? YAY! I’m so excited she’s the one they used–the boys already got plenty of attention, and you know how I feel about Douche Voltaggio. Go Jen!
Interestingly, because she usually annoys me, my very favorite part of this episode was Jenna’s stalker storyline. And GOD, Horatio Sans was perfect for that part–he might actually look smarmier now that he’s lost all that weight than he did before. I seriously laughed out loud during that entire stalker memories montage, which I don’t think has happened for me in awhile with 30 Rock. But all of it, from the polaroids to the hair cutting to the elevator, was solid gold. And of course, Kenneth pulled through with a crazy stalker picture for Valentine’s Day, which Jenna seemed to genuinely appreciate. In general, I thought it was one of the best executed Jenna stories I’ve seen on this show. It fit right into her narcissistic personality disorder, obsession with fame, and let a former SNL cast member guest star as a total weirdo, which I am ALWAYS down for. Nailed it!
What did you guys think? Am I crazy, or was this episode better than it has been? Did you have a favorite cameo? Favorite moments or lines? Comments!
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