The Beginning Of The End.
"Both sides being right is like kissing your sister… a wonderful treat!”
30 Rock, starring Tiny Fey as Liz Lemon, and 30 Rockefeller Center as 30 Rock, is back ya'll! Yes indeed, brothers and sisters, the premiere of Season 7 has finally graced our presence! I for one am excited, mainly because I no longer have to repeatedly watch Cop Out to get my Tracy Morgan fix.
The start of this season may be bittersweet for all the 30 Rockers, Lemonheads, Tracy Jordan Almonds, and Kennethuanians out there, as this upcoming collection of new episodes shall be the last. As Jacob Dylan once said while reading the liner notes of one of his dad's albums, "Times they are a changin". As much as it pains both you and me to know that we will no longer have our favorite TGS gang next year, we can rest well knowing that we'll have shows like Animal Practice to watch instead... Put the gun down, friend! That's not the solution!
Enough sad chat about the future! Let's recap the episode, grade the characters, and overly quote the show like the token "funny" brother at a fraternity!
Right off the bat, we find out our favorite Republican, Jack Donaghy, is in a bit of bind. The head honcho of Kabletown, Hank, is looking to retire but is dead set on keeping K-Town in the family. Jack fears that he will forever sit at the women and nice guys table at his business school reunions while the the men at the CEO table drink thousand year old scotch and smell each others' money. In order to achieve CEO status at NBC he only has one choice... tank the network. However do you tank a network? Oh that's easy! Just air shows like:
- Hunchback starring Jonathon Silverman as Dr. Fantastico.
- Mandela, starring Joe Rogan as Nelson Mandela
- Homonym, the game show where you guess if the host is referring to "stairs" as in the steps you walk up, or "stares" as in the longing creepy looks your uncle gives you at Thanksgiving.
Oh, and you can't forget...
- God Cop, the story of a detective who's crime solving partner is God... played by Jack Donaghy.
Jack is at his finest when concocting rich, white schemes, and avoiding matters of the heart. Solid showing Jack, and great idea to air cricket on Saturday afternoons.
Liz knew this day was coming. The day where she would have to, in some way, be a part of Jenna's wedding. Little did she know she would be presented with the most nightmarish position of all... being Jenna's maid of honor. After being hand-crushed into saying yes and excepting her fate, Liz decides to pull a Donaghy and... tank it.
Liz figures that if she throws Jenna the most most boring bachelorette party Jenna will axe her from the job. What Liz didn't figure though, was that throwing Jenna a party filled with two old Jewish women, a clown, and a non-stripping cop who likes to inform others about identify theft would turn her entire apartment into a war zone.
The fact that Jenna's wedding will be major part of this season means that we are going to get some top notch, prime time, crazy bitch action up until the show's finale. Here are some choice qoutes from the evening...
"You're in charge of the bachelorette party, make sure you have a stripper there from every race”
"Did you kill those doves?" -- Liz
(Sarcastically)"No, I bought them at the dead dove store, grow up Liz” -- Jenna
It seems like everyone's going to Tracy for advice. I think the people around him are finally realizing that he is, in fact, a Jedi. Tracy was actually the one to create the "tank it" maneuver, and so far it's working great. Aside from providing both Liz and Jack solid game plans this episode, he also attends a dinner party at Kenneth and Hazel's "condemned site of the Candyman Murders", or as some like to call it, apartment.
That's "government issued" ice cream, by the way
"The Beginning Of The End" -
30 Rock has certainly had stronger starts, however it filled it's joke quota and made me laugh out loud at least 5 times (I watched this by myself, so that's saying something). It also set up two story lines I'm joyfully looking forward to; the demise of NBC and the wedding of of Jenna and Paul.
- Jonathan's back!
- Tracy proclaimed himself the "black Tyler Perry"
- No sign of Pete. I have a special place in my heart for Old Hornberger and I miss him when he's gone.