This week's 30 Rock didn't live up to the standard its first two episodes of this season set. There were still plenty of jokes, but not nearly as many of them landed this time around. It was not nearly as out to lunch as many of year's disasters, but "Let's Stay Together" just was a bit too random and boring.
On the positive side of things, I enjoyed Jenna's story line again. This is quite a run of episodes in which she isn't being absolutely crazy to the point where I can't stand her. I usually enjoy the plot in which one character takes on another as their own beauty pageant project, my favorite being Louis and Beans of Even Stevens. Jenna and Kenneth continued that tradition.
When you are as much of a television fan as I am, you love when 30 Rock mentions other shows in passing. This week received plenty of it, from the duo of Law and Order references, to both Kenneth's and the Keyboard Guy's songs there were plenty of mentions. The fact that they can get away with making fun of their own network in those moments is just that much better. I mean calling themselves a "top ten network"?
Classic.All of the build up of the diversity story did end in fine fashion as they went all out in the end. When Queen Latifah's Congresswoman makes her trip to TGS, everything that could possibly go wrong does, and everything came together. From Lutz yelling at Tracy to "eat from your own table!" and TJ responding with "I'll kill you white devil!" to the recycling bins getting taken away so it looks like they have segregated bathrooms, it was perfect. Finish it off with Tracy grabbing a samurai sword and yelling "I'm cutting that fat cracker's head off!" was just poetry.
But not nearly from Tracy for the umpteenth time, and a Jack storyline that didn't do much for me, it just became another routine episode. Check out the best 30 Rock quotes from it here:
Tracy: I personally love cop shows. I can't wait for Law and Order to start back up...Why? It was a tent pole! A tent pole! | permalink
Liz: I don't know if he's mentioned this to you a hundred times, but he went to Harvard.
Jack: So we know he's smart and superb at masturbation. | permalink
Jack: I would point to Sunday Night Football which features many black players and coaches. | permalink
Jenna: Just a pageant? That's like say a guy is cool 'cause he has just a speedboat. | permalink
Jonathan [to Jack]: What if we have to stay over night, and there aren't enough rooms, and we have to share a room, and I forgot to bring a shirt to sleep in, and the stores are all closed... | permalink
Jenna [to Kenneth]: You embarrassed me in front of all the other mothers! If you think you're going to Sizzler tonight Jenna, you've got another thing coming! | permalink
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