Review: '30 Rock' - 'Verna' Season 4, Episode 12


There's a 1984 episode of 'Kate & Allie' titled 'New Year's Eve' where Kate and Allie make a bet: Kate has to give up smoking and Allie has to give up eating chocolate (never mind that we never even saw Kate smoke before, but that's another story). Sound familiar? OK, so Liz had to stay away from all junk food and not just chocolate, but still, that was one of the plots of tonight's '30 Rock.' It's an old staple with sitcoms, of course, I just didn't think that '30 Rock' would necessarily go there.


I also don't want to see yet another character have to stay at Liz's apartment. Pete has stayed there, Tracy, and now Frank. Who's next, Jack? Kenneth? Luckily, even a couple of creaky plots can't completely hurt an episode of this show because there are so many great jokes flying at you from all directions.


I did enjoy the visit from Jenna's mother Verna, and it's really great to see Jan Hooks again. She was one of my favorite cast members of 'Saturday Night Live,' from one of my favorite eras of the show. And it's good casting. I didn't really think that Jenna's mom would have such a thick Southern accent, though. Maybe she and Kenneth should have bonded more.


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