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30 rock recapping: stride of pride

Hold your head up high, intrepid and hilarious characters of 30 Rock. This week you battled sexism, defended sex idiots, and fought the misty middle ground between Hollywood jailbait and Helen Mirren-esque hotness. What more can viewers ask for?

Jenna vs. Aging

A tabloid article erroneously reports Jenna’s age to be 56. The staff of TGS freaks out, only to belatedly discover that Jenna herself planted the article. She knows her status as a hip teenager is pushing the bounds of believability, so her solution is to skip middle age and head straight for the “looking good for ­­#” territory of the hot older woman.

Liz vs. Comedy Sexism

Tracy declares that no woman has ever been funny (in the history of the world) and that, in fact, monkeys actually rank higher on the comedic totem pole. Liz seeks to disprove this ridiculous claim with a comedy skit. The entire TGS cast gives the skit an enthusiastic standing ovation. Of course, Tracy admits he only found it funny because a woman pretended to be a doctor and Jenna tried to look young – but Liz takes what she can get.

Jack vs. the Sex Idiot

Meanwhile, Jack balances dates with everyone from the heiress of the Sbarro franchises to a simpering moron who has double jointed hips. His world is rocked, however, when he realizes one of his girlfriends might be giving him the same two-timing treatment. The Sbarro heiress introduces him to her sex idiot, Ryan Lochte (in a performance on par with his Olympic showing – if for much different reasons). Jack learns to accept his status as the “father figure” in relationships along with its sedate benefits.

Quotes

Jenna: You look like that flash card they told me means sadness.

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Tracy’s tweet: I agree @TheRealStephenHawking women are not funny. Never have been. Never will be. #PlotPoint

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Liz: Lizzy Lemon has had a little awakening in her bathing suit area.
Jack: Lemon, I’ve seen your bathing suits — that could be anywhere.

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Cerie: Sorry Liz, I’m not even sure if they serve brunch after . . . the 90s.

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Jack: I’m Great Escape-ing you. You have every right to do the same.
Zarina: My generation calls it Pokémon-ing. You gotta catch ‘em all.

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Jack: How many other Pokémons are there?
Zarena: Jack, the plural of Pokémon is Pokémon.

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Jack: There are no bad ideas, Lemon — only great ideas that go horribly wrong.

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Jenna: Just be the older person. It’s fun. You get to say racist stuff whenever you want. And people bring you soup!

Hayley has other interests besides just nerdy TV shows. She also is a big fan of thinking. She ponders the great mysteries of life, like how more of her time can be devoted to watching those nerdy TV shows.

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30 rock recapping: what will happen to the gang next year?

previously on the 30 rock: the return of Avery Jessup

avery, jack, liz

Avery and Jack are going full speed ahead with their plans to renew their vows and they’ve asked Liz to officiate. Though she believes vow renewal to be the kiss of death she agrees to perform the ceremony. Jack discovers that though Avery and Scott may not have actually talked they were communicating the whole time, with morse code. Jack who also understands morse code (albeit only a little) realizes that the two had a relationship. He calls Avery out on it and she does not deny it, but since they aren’t quitters there is nothing they can do but go through with it. When Liz gets to the “speak now or forever hold your peace…” part of the ceremony, Jack and Avery anxiously wait for someone to show just cause. When no one does, they decide to own up and decide not to get married.

Liz and Criss

Hoping to help Liz in funding the renovations and prove that he can be the right kind of guy to have a baby with, Criss is up early and ready to make a living. He’s mapped out and researched a new place spot for his stand, which turns out to be a bad idea. Liz tells him she doesn’t want him to feel pressured by her decisions and he says he’s not gonna let her bail. When Liz sees his van being used as the getaway truck for a bank robbery she freaks out. He tells her he sold his truck and now has the money for the renovations proving he is the right guy to have a baby with. And Liz, in offering to go to jail in his place, proves she’s not gonna bail.

Jenna, Hazel, and Kenneth

Hazel no longer has a place to live and Liz does not offer her a place to stay. While sulking on the stairs, a crying Kenneth (he did not get into the Page Program), interrupts and offers her a place to stay. Jenna, knowing what Hazel is capable of, accuses her of trying to mess with Kenneth. When Hazel claims that Kenneth has been taken care of, Jenna digs deeper and finds out that Hazel ruined Kenneth’s application to the page program. Kenneth yells at Hazel until she claims love for him and kisses him.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Tracy trying to become a better role model for African Americans after winning Man of the Year by the “Journal of the Aryan Patriot Party”.
  • Liz stop, dropping, and rolling when in the room with Avery, her mom, and Jack.
  • Kim Jong Il wishing Avery happiness.

Quotes

Kim Jong Il: “I’m greatest waiter of all time.”

Liz: “What Bill O’Reilly erotic novel are you living in?”

Kenneth: “She isn’t a bitch. She’s a meanie pants.”

Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
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30 Rock recapping: the return of avery jessup

previously on 30 rock: queen of jordan 2 – the mystery of the phantom pooper

Avery and Jack

Like the title says, Avery Jessup has returned, and apparently, in Korea, cigarettes are the best source of protein and there is no weekend. Jack discovers that there was another American hostage, Scott Scottsman (played by Michael Mosley, Scrubs) and of course this makes Jack suspicious. He becomes even more suspicious when Avery says anything that may have happened while she was away is forgiven. Jack decides to play a game to get her to admit to her guilt. What he doesn’t realize is that it was all a game so Avery could get him to admit to his indiscretion. Despite what happened with her mother Avery forgives him and they go back to their usual selves.

Criss and the knock offs

While Criss is discussing the upstairs renovation, Liz realizes that she wears the pants in her relationship with Criss. Jenna tells Liz to embrace it. So Liz does just that: she treats herself to a fedora and gives Criss money so he can buy himself something pretty. Criss doesn’t like this, so he decides to double his hot dog selling efforts and contribute to the household. His efforts get him into a fight with Sesame Street character knock offs. And the roles have yet to be resolved.

Jenna

Jenna is trying to find a sponsor for her wedding. Since that’s the classiest way to go. Originally she was going with the Southern Bureau of Tourism, but the training for their commercial brought out the Florida hick she used to be. While taping a commercial for her new, classier sponsor, the Florida Hick deep inside keeps coming out. In the end Jenna finds her sponsor: off-brandheelz.com

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Jenna’s training
  • Criss getting beaten up by the knock off sesame street characters
  • Jack and Avery “winning” at love.

Quotes

Jenna: “My outside is shiny and pretty, but my inside is filled with cardboard and horse glue.”

Tracy: “Siri, bring Jessica Tandy back to life.”

Liz: “I don’t want to be with Spencer!”
Criss: “And yet you’re silent about Grant.”
Avery: “I heard her ask her bear who the die job is.”

Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com

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30 rock recapping: queen of jordan 2 – the mystery of the phantom pooper

previously on 30 rock: live from studio 6H

Angie and Cheek

This week’s 30 rock was replaced by the Queen of Jordan reality show, which Jenna did her best to be a part of, until she knew they wanted her. Angie (Sherri Shepherd) is launching her new clothing line Cheek (pronounced Chic). She obviously wants the focus to be on her, the new line, and her reality show. Unfortunately for her the cameras capture an intimate moment between Jack and Avery’s mom. Especially since Avery will be home and they must come up with an elaborate lie to cover up their moment. Their lie comes in the form of a restaurant opening on the same night as Angie’s fashion show.

Virginia is mad

Liz tries to bond with Virginia, Angie and Tracy’s daughter, but instead finds that she has insulted her. The two are fighting, which makes Liz wonder if she is actually fit to be a mother. She wants a child, but not having spent much time with them it’s tough to know if they would actually know her. Obviously, from Virginia’s reaction it’s clear that Liz is not good with children. But in the end Virginia forgives her.

Angie and Tracy

Hoping to recapture the spotlight, Angie tries to force Tracy into planning a surprise for the end of her show. Tracy doesn’t plan a surprise, which pisses Angie off even more when Jack and Avery’s mom end up kissing in front of everyone. Liz helps him play it off. Angie, however, storms to Tracy’s dressing room and the two have an all out screaming fight which steals the spotlight back. Tracy surprised her after all.

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Jack picking up the phone on the “reality show” and saying “Hi Angie”.
  • Jack stressing out in his confessional.
  • Liz and Virginia wearing the same dress.
  • Kenneth on the runway.

Quotes

Jenna: “I’m too good for this crap, like when I sang at that children’s hospital.”

Tracy: “I think I just solved the mystery of the phantom pooper.”
D’Fwan: “Never talk about a Black woman’s leg size, not on babies, not on the Williams sisters, not on a mannequin at Avenue.”
Gus: “We’re higher up here, so the sun’s electricity is stronger.”
Virginia: “Rude.”

Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com

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30 rock recapping: live from studio 6H

Previously on 30 rock: murphy brown lied to us

Live from New York it’s 30 ROCK!!!!! Jack has made the decision that TGS will no longer be a live show. It’s less expensive to pre-tape, so that’s what they’re going to do from now on. Liz is hesitant at first, but when Jack tells her that she’ll only have to work two weeks a year, Liz changes her mind.

EVeryone in Tracy's dressing rom

Kenneth however is not having any of it. He locks everyone from TGS, except for Hazel and Jenna who are too self absorbed to notice anyone’s absence, in Tracy’s dressing room to convince them that TGS should stay live, 12 angry men style. Kenneth goes back in time and discusses the history of NBC’s live television programs. The result is a bunch of hilarious skits with guest stars like Donald Glover, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Paul McCartney (or Kim Kardashian, depending on the coast). Though Liz and Jack hold out til the end, they realize that their big career breaks began with live television. So it’s settled: TGS will remain a live show.

Paul Proposing

While all of this is happening, Jenna had planned to use TGS’s last live show as the setting for her marriage proposal from Paul. However, Paul has his own plans. He wants to propose in a private setting. The two argue and Paul storms out. Jenna realizes that she doesn’t care where or when Paul proposes, she just wants to marry him. Paul proposes on live TV anyway, but Jenna says no. She wants their proposal to be private.

Chattertons Dr Spacemen

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Jack and Liz having heart attacks
  • All Dr. Spaceman skits
  • The Joey Montero Show
  • The Abner and Alfie Show

Quotes

Jon Hamm (as Chuck): “Honey you have a dynamite shape, but you’re gonna have to shut up and let a man tell us what’s happening.”

Dr. Spaceman: “Recent studies have shown that while pregnancy is disgusting, babies do not need tar or nicotine.”

Jack (as Tony): “We’ve got a great show. At least that’s what the Jews I pay tell me.”

Paul: “I may have a dress, and a wig, and a gynecologist, but I am the man.”
Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
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