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30 Rock: "Sun Tea" Season 4, Episode 6 - Review


It's Green Week at NBC. The network has done this for a few years now, forcing their shows to incorporate a message of conservation and environmental awareness. 30 Rock is in a rare position in that the fictional "TGS" is owned by a fictional version of NBC. But this didn't help much, as the "green" storyline just seemed to get in the way of everything else happening in "Sun Tea."


The main storyline started with Liz learning that her apartment building was going condo and she'd either need to pay up or move out. After consulting with Jack, she tried to bribe the renter above her so she'd be able to own both apartments and eventually make them one big apartment. This somehow evolved into Liz moving into the upstairs apartment with the intent to drive the original tenant out. It was a very forced set up that, really, I don't think the writers cared if you believed or not. It seemed like they just wanted to quickly get to the comedy of Liz trying to force out the kindly tenant Brian.


In an interesting twist, Brian was played by Nate Corddry, formally of that other behind-the-scenes-at-a-sketch-comedy-show series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Perhaps they thought the reference would be too old, but in all the unfunny attempts Liz made to get her roommate to move out, not once did they try to make fun of the fact that 30 Rock once shared a network with the other show, which eventually got kicked out. Instead, it was Jenna-style theatrics, for a reason you couldn't really get behind anyway.


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