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30 Rock 6.11 "Standards and Practices" Review - Vicious and Vulnerable

30 Rock season 6 squares off against the eleventh episode of season 6 with "Standards and Practices," where Liz and Kenneth conflict over his new job, and Jack helps out potential rival Kaylie Hooper (Chloe Moretz), while Jenna uncovers a new path to publicity.  Streets ahead of last week's effort, "Standards and Practices" carries with it the momentum of a show half its age.

Last week I made a point of mentioning how sitcoms running in omnipresent syndication can ultimately affect the way we interpret newer episodes.  In particular I had watched a very strong, and unique second episode of 30 Rock that seemed to make far greater use of its characters and tropes than a program essentially running on fumes, but I did my best to give things a fair shake.  “Standards and Practices” proved in fact a much better counterpart to “Succession” than “Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of Pete’s Missing Whisky,” not only for a similar structure, but for a far more effective use of character relationships that have evolved over time. Read More...

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