30 Rock Season 4 Episode 20 Recap: "The Moms"


America, big changes are happening. I'm back living in Orange County, Calif., after my year at NYU, Aaron Kelly was finally voted off Idol, and 30 Rock wasn't actually that funny this week. As I sat down with 10 of my closet hometown friends to watch Liz and the gang, I expected to be laughing all the way home. Instead, I was amused, a bit confused, and left wanting more. In any event, I shall recap, and you, my commenting audience, can decide whether I'm right, or whether the OC air is getting to my head.


The episode begins with Liz bringing Jack a budget for approval, and reminding him that Mother's Day is just around the corner. Jack freaks out, and as he is running out to make Jonathan order flowers, his mother, Colleen, is waiting at his office door. First and foremost, Elaine Stritch (as Colleen) is the best 30 Rock guest of all time. She manages to make me laugh harder than any actress on television.


Frank plus his Mom (played by Patti LuPone) get off to an awkward start with Liz as she shows a picture of her son "taking a bath before the Senior Prom." After the awkward exchange, Liz finds her Mom, Margaret, complaining about the cost of the "free" food at TGS. They walk over to meet Verna, Jenna's mom. Even though Margaret feels like the two woman met in Chicago prior, Verna says that is false because she "sexually assaulted Scottie Pippen in 1997."


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