30 Rock 5.09 "Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish" Review

 30 Rock 5.09 Chain Reaction of Mental Anguish ReviewSome shows, like Lost or Six Feet Under or The Wire, really make you care about their characters' backgrounds. What makes them tick? Why is David Fisher so uptight? Why does Jack Shepard always need to fix things (or why is he always out of breath? Is he okay?)? Tonight's 30 Rock tried its best to make its audience care about character backgrounds. To their credit, the bizarre tidbits we learn about Liz, Kenneth and Jack all work brilliantly on a comedic level but the episode's plot ended up being one of the more forgettable of the season.

Taking Jack's advice, Liz seeks a therapist that inadvertently being Kenneth. Once Kenneth learns of the origins of Liz's many emotional issues, he continues the chain reaction of mental anguish by confiding in Jack. Meanwhile, Jenna and her cross-dressing, Jenna Maroney-impersonating boyfriend Paul find themselves in a romantic rut. Paul (SNL's Will Forte) would like to move things forward and become a more normal couple while Jenna prefers to continue to being completely insane. Tracy and his "son" also seek Jack's help in starting a new business.

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