30 Rock Review: Yes to Dr. Spaceman!

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Well, that was all kinds of mediocre. There were moments when I laughed, as 30 Rock always has enough jokes to hit on a few, but overall "Mrs. Donaghy" didn't come together to make a great episode. 

Let's take a look at some of the highlights and lowlights.

Dr. Specimen  and Tracy

The theme of the episode was fighting.  Whether it was Jack and Liz's strategic battle of wills, Jenna and Danny's faux marital bickering, or Pete explaining fights with his wife to everyone and anyone who asked, 30 Rockefeller Center had fights to spare.

Our main characters, while actually married this week, didn't bring much new to the table.  Jack and Liz arguing like this is standard for 30 Rock, and I got bored of their story rather quickly.  The only part about their conversations that got me laughing was when Jack explained that The Biggest Loser took up about 80% of NBC's energy.

I mean, was the ending scene supposed to be funny?  With Mr. Weinerslav expounding on all of the things Jack and Liz do together, it was almost as if they expected us to predict one of them was going to think it was something more than a friendship, and then flip it on the audience.  If somebody found some humor in that scene, I'd be glad to hear how.

The other major fight of the night was Jenna and Danny.  Here's something I really enjoyed this week.  30 Rock is one of maybe two shows (Community being the other) that could so blatantly introduce what they're about to do as a joke, then do it, and still have it work.

Where the joke died was when they continued it throughout the episode.  If I wanted to see a married couple bicker, I'd watch a sitcom from before 2004, or something on CBS.  They almost brought be back around on the joke when Danny and Jenna had their heart to heart with Kenneth about getting a fake divorce, but it still wasn't worth the time.

A couple of guys that weren't fighting with each other this week were Tracy and Dr. Spaceman.  These two are my favorite characters on the show. The best part about the Spaceman moments is how they use same line as misdirection at first ("You are going to die..."), and then bring it back again in a realistic/ ridiculousness way. Gets a chuckle out of me every time.

And now for some of our favorite 30 Rock quotes this week:

Jack: You have all the makings of a reality superstar; hair, bully-ness, delusions of grandeur, an extremely short fuse, catch phrases...
Angie: It's my way 'til pay day. | permalink
Tracy: I'm sorry I'm four hours late but my alarm clock didn't go off because it died in a c**k fight last night. | permalink
Kenneth: Mr. Hornberger, do you and your wife ever fight?
Pete: Not all the time. After her hysterectomy, she was in a coma, briefly. | permalink
Jack: This isn't my first rodeo Lemon.
Liz: Well I've been to a rodeo to. It was a cat rodeo, in a gay guy's apartment. | permalink
Dr. Spaceman: Any who, I have the results of your physical. Tracy, you are going to die.
Tracy: What? No!
Dr. Spaceman: You have no reflexes, your blood tastes like root beer, and some of your bones seem to have vanished. | permalink
Jack: Who wears shoes at a beach?
Liz: Only Rocky and Apollo Creed during the training montage. | permalink
Liz: Well, one of my New Year's resolutions was to say yes. Yes to love. Yes to life. Yes to staying in more! | permalink

Review

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As someone who rewatches the entirety of 30 Rock with embarrassing regularity, I also liked this episode more than most of the last season and a half. Even though the plot was a retread of the Dealbreakers episode ("I haven't even begun to problem!") it was nice seeing Liz as the goofy-but-capable person she was in Season 1 and 2, instead of the incompetent pile of chaos that she has become over the years.

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I agree that it wasn't as funny as it could be. I think you're spot on as far as the bickering thing goes. Too long. all in all....Eh.

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Really? I actually really enjoyed 30 rock this week, and speaking as a viewer who watched it from the start, i think its really just you who doesnt like the new direction.

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Huh? The last scene wasn't supposed to be funny. It was supposed to be heartwarming/reinforcing the Jack and Liz relationship. I guess it's because this show always faces weird criticism of how it lacks 'heart' or cheesy sentimental moments. At least 30 Rock pulls it off genuinely.