30 Rock Review: The Pagemaster

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Who needs whom to survive in this crazy mixed up world 30 Rock has created over the years? "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell" answered that question in the second episode of Thursday's 30 Rock double feature.

Liz Lemon and Jenna Maroney need each other as best friends. Jenna needs all of the attention, which Liz steals none of. Liz, on the other hand, needs someone to vent to, and since Jenna listens to nothing but her own voice, they work perfectly.

Ken Parcell

Thankfully for the viewer, they work great on the comedy side of things as well. Jenna as a successful star is great fun, especially when she brings her besties Charlie from "Charlie Bit My Finger," some Kardashian and Mankind to her dressing room.

It also helps when she makes ridiculous statements, such as you're nobody if PETA doesn't either love you or hate you.

Kenneth needs his job as a page, and Jack needs Kenneth as said page so that he can blame all of his stupid mistakes on somebody. No matter how many random series or episodes Not Kenneth brought up when someone said anything in front of it, the computer was no Kenneth! I mean, it wasn't even a redneck!

Jack's major mistake, while horrifying for him professionally, was hilarious to see unfold in the TGS writers' room. What was a better gift, the scotch fountain? Or the Philly Fanatic giving massages?

Finally, Tracy needs presents! I loved the way Tracy used punctuation to completely change the statement that Dot Com made about charity and presents.

With these three situations, who is the most selfish? My answer would be Tracy, although he's not blatantly using one person over and over again like Jenna and Jack are.  

As always, we leave you with some of our favorite lines from "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell," and invite you to check out the 30 Rock Quotes page for all the best one-liners.

Before you sound off in the comments on what you thought of the episode, let's hear who your favorite star of Martin Luther King Day was. Mine was either Plinko from The Price is Right or the 1995 Quebec Nordiques.

Liz: What are those?
Jenna: Leaches. They're good for your skin, and I've lost tons of blood weight. | permalink
Jenna: If PETA doesn't love you or hate you, you're a nobody, like a soldier or a teacher. | permalink
Jenna: It's like I'm in a cage, and not the fun kind where you dance while USC football recruits throw hot coins at you. | permalink
Jenna: What were you even doing at that bachelor party?
Liz: Derek thought I was a guy and I didn't want to ruin what was happening between us. | permalink
Liz: Man, do my feet hurt in heels sometimes...and other things women talk about. | permalink
Mankind: Quiet! Mankind is trying to tweet about these clowns in Congress. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (12 Votes)

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I think this was a magnificent episode! I truly think it deserves at least 4 and a half stars!!!!!!!!

Danforcella

@47- good call on the gals!

Aries93

My favorite Martin Luther King Day character was obviously Inflatable Arm Tube-Man as the credits were fast-forwarding. :p
Tracy was tolerable this episode and I did like how he was listening to his thoughts on a C.D. Haha.
Jenna's constant lines made me laugh. Her and Liz were completely hilarious. I wish to see more of Liz's bestfriend for 10 minutes. Funny times.
Glad Jack mentioned Avery. Just wish Elizabeth Banks would make an appearance though. His decision to give Kevin the boot was idiotic. He and Jenna are just gold.
Also have to agree with @Fortyseven. The Sex and the City lookalikes were ridiculous funny.

Fortyseven

Funny. You forgot the Sex and the City lookalikes.

30 Rock Season 6 Episode 4 Quotes

Liz: What are those?
Jenna: Leaches. They're good for your skin, and I've lost tons of blood weight.

You just bought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's bones, and he's not even dead!

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