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30 Rock Recap: It’s a Jack-Off

30 Rock never hurts for jokes, and last night's episode had plenty of solid — even hilarious — moments and lines. But in the show's wink-wink insistence that "there's still room for growth in this friendship," it proved almost the opposite: The jokes themselves were new, but they were draped over a too-familiar framework that itself highlighted everything that's so terrific about the show, and everything that is ... less terrific. The Liz vs. Jack battles are still enjoyable, but the Tracy-Jenna story line and the Kenneth subplot just rehashed the same exact arcs we've seen before. The three threads didn't even overlap.

On the Liz-and-Jack front, Alec Baldwin's hair is starting to rival Martin Sheen's hair from late-era West Wing in terms of its ability to change and to baffle me. Is that ... auburn? If so, why? (Sheen got too blond, which did not seem very presidential.) Liz was trying to negotiate a new contract, so she fired her sad, wee little agent Simon and tried using Jack's own teachings against himself. After learning from one of Jack's leadership seminar videos that hair movement is a sign of weakness, a weirdly coiffed Liz faced off with her mentor, winning the who-speaks-first battle by wearing those revolting toe shoes. Eventually the "Jack-Off" led to Baldwin playing a negotiation scene against himself — which was reminiscent of the superior scene in the second season in which he played all the members of Tracy's family. Funny? Sure. New? No. Read More...


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