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30 Rock Review: "The Moms"

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30 Rock didn't offer much in terms of plot last night, but after some of its recent episodes, that turned out to be a good thing. Sometimes the show simply tries too hard.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, "The Moms" marked a return to the pleasantly pointless and hilarious zaniness that makes 30 Rock one of TV's funniest shows.

All the moms descended on 30 Rockefeller place, several of which we've memorably seen before. This isn't to say the episode didn't offer new revelations. We now know:

  • Liz could be Buzz Aldrin’s son (Buzz quotes? Funny stuff)
  • John Lutz's mom looks like (and was played by) John Lutz
  • Tracy has no idea what his mom looks like
  • Jack is totally a mama's boy and always was
  • Verna, Jenna's mom, is complete trailer trash

Okay, the last two items aren't new, but it was great to see Elaine Stritch and Jan Hooks back as these maternal influences. It's amazing Jenna and Jack aren't in therapy.

Jenna and Liz Photo

Jenna's reaction (and ours) to pretty much anything her vile mom says.

To us, the strength of this episode was Tracy, and how he, perhaps more than anyone else, melds the absurdity of 30 Rock with genuine heartfelt moments ... yes, we're serious.

His relationship with his "mom," which evolved somehow into Pete getting him a fake one from an infomercial, somehow made sense when you consider who you're dealing with.

Tracy can be over the top, but amazing to watch when he genuinely believes in his own heart and thought processes. He's like Jenna in that sense, completely in his own world.

Some of the jokes were hit-or-miss, but all in all, 30 Rock got this Mother's Day weekend off to a terrific start with last night's installment, and got itself back on track as well.

Follow the jump for some of the best 30 Rock quotes from "The Moms" ...

Buzz Aldrin: I once woke up in the National Air and Space Museum with a revolver in the waistband of my jean shorts. | permalink
Colleen: And then where will I be? I'll be circling the globe in my coffin rocket. Something I saw on TV. It's very expensive. | permalink
Liz: You could have married him mom. Laura Linney could have played you in the HBO original movie Moon Wives! | permalink
Colleen: Two women. At the same time. What are you, Italian? | permalink
Jack: I know it's gay, but it's my gay problem and I'm handling it! | permalink
Verna: Not even common law? Then how do you get a discount at a mattress store? | permalink
Lutz's mom: You know, my Johnny's single, and he gives excellent back rubs, I assure you. | permalink
Jack: Yes mom, I've memorized the names of all of the women in your water aerobics class. | permalink
Will Ferrell: Put the mimosa down, BITCH! | permalink
Buzz Aldrin: I walked on your face! | permalink
Jack: Very different indeed. Like a cantaloupe and a Ziploc bag of mushroom soup. | permalink
Liz: Whuck?! | permalink
Kenneth: Oh, the fiddle's in the creek and the frog's in the kitchen — I apologize ma'am that is not a song, you make me very nervous. | permalink
Verna: You must have me confused with someone else, I have never been to Chicago. [whispers] I sexually assaulted Scottie Pippen in 1997. | permalink
Pajamaralls ad: These overalls are chafing ... I can't wear these pajamas fishing! | permalink
Tracy: Who cares? She's awesome and so am I. I want Serena Williams to be my mother! | permalink

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30 Rock Season 4 Episode 20 Quotes

Oh, the fiddle's in the creek and the frog's in the kitchen — I apologize ma'am that is not a song, you make me very nervous.

Kenneth

You must have me confused with someone else, I have never been to Chicago. [whispers] I sexually assaulted Scottie Pippen in 1997.

Verna