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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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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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glee recapping: yes/no

Previously on Glee: Extraordinary Merry Christmas


Sam joins the synchronized swim team in order to get his Letterman’s jacket. He is still trying to get Mercedes back into a relationship after their “summer fling”. It seems as though Mercedes may be having some of the same thoughts but she is still in a relationship with Shane.

Becky has become enamored with Artie because he is someone who understand what it is to be handicapped. They go on date with each after Artie stands up for her – no pun intended but as I’m writing this I’m beginning to doubt that – against the wishes of The New Directions. Ultimately he decides he doesn’t want to be in a relationship with her.

Finn tells Mr. Shuester about his plans to enlist in the Army to do something with his life. He is also inspired by his “war hero” father. After an intervention of sorts with his mom, Burt, Mr. Shuester and Pillsbury Finn finds out that his father was dishonorably discharged and died of a drug overdose.

Mr. Shuester gets The New Directions to  help him propose to Emma, with the help of the synchronized swim team. Finn proposes to Rachel.


  • I know people have been publicly complaining about the song selection this season and I wonder if Glee is going to  keep the songs so “pop-ish”  in the future. I don’t mind the pop songs but I don’t mind hearing songs that aren’t looped every hour on the radio.
  • I was hesitant when I heard NeNe Leakes was to join the  show but her character (Roz Washington) actually made me laugh and I hope to see more of her on the show.
  • Helen Mirren’s voice-over for Becky’s inner thoughts was priceless! “I, Becky Faye Jackson, am the hottest bitch at McKinley High School.” Like I said, priceless!
  • Did anyone else panic when you saw Artie roll himself into the pool?!
  • Are they trying to mold Sugar Motta into the new Brittany? Because those are huge shoes to fill and I might not agree…
  • Why is the show taking another week off after being gone for a month?!

Summer Nights – Sam and Mercedes (and the New Directions)

The writers chose to go with an unconventional pick for the couple to sing this Grease classic and not because Sam and Mercedes are of the interracial lovin’ variety. Instead these two were a unique pick because they weren’t Rachel and Finn, who would have usually been called upon to do this song, had it been the first season. I wish they would have done the song in its entirety, but it was a really cute rendition anyway. I especially loved that Sam didn’t mess up that awkward Travolta note at the end. (A)

Wedding Bells – Emma (Sue and Coach Beiste)

Sue and Beiste’s nod to the royal wedding was my favorite thing about this performance. I love Emma and I thought it was cute that much of what she sang was actually to Schue, but it didn’t really woo me from a “OMG, I have to go download this right now” standpoint. She should leave the musical overtures to her hubby-to-be…unless it’s a duet….or a better song. (C)

Moves Like Jagger/ Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Artie (and the New Directions)

I slowly grew sick of the Jagger-inspired dance song over the summer, so when the beat started I fought back the desire to roll my eyes. Fortunately, this was a mash-up, which in the Glee-verse can make any song a little bit better. Another bonus was the hip gyrations courtesy of Schue and Mike (I would have appreciated a little more Blaine at the forefront of that as well). When it comes to performances, Artie always adds his own little spark, which really makes him one of the better characters on the show. A great performance indeed, but a proposal song it was not. (B)

First Time I Ever Saw Your Face – Rachel, Tina, Mercedes and Santana

To quote Mercedes, “That song was so beautiful and moving.” When Rachel’s eyes glisten the first few seconds of the song, you know its going to be a good performance. What I liked more about this one was seeing each girl and the moment she saw her true (high school) love’s face. Although the writers are attempting to drag out this “will they/won’t they” romance between the two, it was to be expected that Mercedes would see Sam’s face as she was singing. Very pretty performance and it was probably the closest thing we’ll get to seeing The Troubletones perform on this show again. (A)

Without You – Rachel

I’ve always thought this was a corny dance song, yet I sing along when it comes on the radio and never understood why. Thank you Rachel for making me realize it’s all in the lyrics. I love when Glee takes a song I’ve heard far too much and changes it just enough that I’m able to like it all over again. It was funny that Santana bashed Rachel for making the assignment all about her with this selection, when all of the couples seemed to get into the lovey-dovey mood. (B)

We Found Love – Rachel and Santana

The performance began with a (slightly creepy) walk down the hallway, where Emma was given white roses. Then we enter the gym and see that everyone is dressed in their finest 1920’s bathing suit attire. Aside from the fact that Artie pushing himself in the water could have resulted in a major lawsuit for the school and ignoring that there’s no way everyone learned how to do a full synchronized swimming routine in such a short amount of time, this was the cutest way Schue could have proposed to a woman like Emma. This wasn’t a conventional pick, but it works with the quirkiness of this couple. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous she was going to give him a “I love you, but I can’t marry you”. (B)

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