"Taking the dump truck to the bone yard”
Somehow, an episode of 30 Rock that guest starred Catherine O'Hara, Matthew Broderick, and the Bobby Flay of meth himself, Bryan Cranston was… not that great. I don't get it! I tried to love it. I psyched myself up and said, "Matt, this episode is providing you with Mrs. McAllister, Ferris Beuller, and Hal, so you better like it! You dang well better!” but it didn't work! I sincerely hope this isn't the last we see of these enchanting comedic thespians. If it is, it would be like putting crème fresh on Wonder Bread. Amiright?! I'm wrong? Gotcha.
Okay, this week's 3R wasn't horrible. It's just a shame watching a show you love not use high octave players to their fullest potential. That said, we did get to see O'Hara and Cranston portray Kenneth's mom and step-dad, and that's just plain American fun. That's like buying a hot dog in the park with your best gal by your side, watching a homeless man fight a garbage can type of fun. That's like giving letter grades to fictional people on television type of fun…
As we all know, Liz does not like the sex. If she could turn her baby maker into an exit only sandwich dispenser she would. Not enjoying intercourse is a bit of a roadblock when you're trying to make a baby with Cyclops, though. Criss does his best to be spontaneous this week and is even nice enough to learn Liz's menstrual cycle (gross!). This of course does nothing to old Lemon, the inconsiderate shark fart. Liz's frumpiness and attitudes toward sex would repel the dinkiest of the dinks, yet she has slain some serious tail throughout the show's history. Hamm, Sudeikis, Damon… It's like a reverse of the King-of-Queens-fat-slob-gets-the-hot-girl epidemic we see so often on the small screen. I'm okay with it, I'm just sayin', is all.
But I digress… after being a prudish prudence, Liz finally realizes what gets her flower a-blooming. Organizing her sex life. If she can make a sex calendar she can make some sex.
This week, Jack contributed to the storyline but not really to the episode, if that makes any sense.
You see, Romney's new running mate, Bob Dunston, a baffoonish boob with a big old black belly, looks exactly like Tracy. This means that TGS finally has something good to broadcast. However, this throws a wrench in Jack's scheme to tank NBC, because political satire means ratings and ratings means the opposite of bad. Jack want bad! That's problem number one.
Jack can easily fix problem number one by telling Lemon to axe the sketches. Here comes problem number two… Matty Broderick's character is one of Romney's henchman now, and he informs Jack that Tracy's doofussy portrayal of Dunston is positively transforming people's perception of him. Good for Republicans; Jack's a Republican. Argh, problem number two! Does Jack want to tank NBC and risk another socialist regime, or let the TGS sketches bring both NBC and Romney into the stratosphere of success! All very far fetched, I know, but it's 30 Rock so... whatever. American fun, remember?
So all this Donaghy-centric stuff happens, yet I don't recall any enjoyable Donaghy moments. Hmph.
Believe it or not they did not get an actor who looks like Tracy Morgan to play a Vice Presidential candidate who looks like Tracy Jordan. Tracy as the actual Bob Dunston was one of the better parts of the episode, but still not a homerun. I enjoyed the fact that Dunston was the type of guy who would accidentally sit on his own balls, or think that Morman was pronounced "MerMan". I also got a kick out of his weird southern drawl... like if the cast of Gone With the Wind tried to do their lines while eating a KFC bowl.
Jenna snatches up Kenneth's momma and step-daddy this episode in order to find out what the "middle aged bummers" are listening to these days. Why? Because middle aged bummers still buy CDs and Jenna's recent radio hit, "Balls" only made her $90 in album sales. What? I dunno.
Watching Kenneth act like a rotten step child to Ron (Cranston) was pretty adorable, as was Ron's desire to make lil' Kenny love him. It's too bad Ken's folks were donated to Jenna's dull storyline. Fingers crossed that we get to see more of Ron and Kenneth's mom in episodes to come.
The jokes just weren't up to snuff this week. There was plenty of smile-inducing comedy, but something was off. The jokes didn't reek of 30 Rock, they didn't have that unique essence. Like, you know like when you smell a certain odor in the air and you know you're near a Subway? This was like if you went into a Subway and didn't smell that odor.
That made perfect sense to me, I don't know about you guys.
- On the ride to New York, Kenneth's mom called him a "finger with teeth," and a "bowling pin with a face on it," behind his back, because that's what family does.
- Jenna needs to go back to planning her wedding
- They've lazily referenced Honey Boo Boo last week and this week. If you're going to make a Honey Boo Boo joke, fucking commit, 30 Rock!
I like and agree with most of your comments about this episode but I totally loved Tracy's Dunston line about Romney being a Merman and living underwater. "Oh, What he's a Morman? That's ridiculous!" THAT was the line. IMHO. Not just mixing up the two words. He was totaly ok with Romney living underwater like Aquaman or something. too good.