30 Rock Review: She's A Joker

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Did Batman need to get rebooted again? Isn't the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale series still going on? Oh, sorry, apparently "The Tuxedo Begins" was just 30 Rock's way of parodying the superhero movie style of the first Nolan film.

It wasn't nearly as funny as some of the earlier episodes this season, but the half hour was certainly enjoyable... especially from the rooftop scene onward.

Trashed Liz

As Jack stood in the dark, using his deep ominous voice to explain to Liz what his plans were to help the city, I got wrapped up in the moment. Liz was there, finally taking her turn into full superhero villain mode (crazy hair, strange clothing, Joker-esque lipstick), which made the fact that she was using the city to her own benefit the final piece to the puzzle.

The rest of that story, with Jack flipping Liz into the trash, and the crowd of New Yorkers applauding the event - which included Mr. Met, the Statue of Liberty and the singing prostitute - was all the more entertaining.

If next week's episode is not titled "The Dark Suit," I will be upset.

While Jackie D and Lemon were doing their best to protect and ruin the city, respectively, Jenna and Paul found a new way to get their kicks. The idea of “normaling” was funny, but those two talking about it in their kinky voices never really came across as all that hilarious.

I would have rather listened to random one-offs from Jenna all night, like "It's in my contract that I only play blondes... non-Irish redheads, or bald sex robots."

What did you all think of "The Tuxedo Begins?" Check out our 30 Rock quotes page, or peep our favorite lines from this week below.

Stranger: Say, where does a young prostitute get started in this town? | permalink
Jenna: Oh don't be so dramatic. That's my thing, and if you take it away from me I will kill myself...and then you. | permalink
Tracy: I won an Oscar so now I get to do real art...begin Snow Dogs phase! | permalink
Tracy: I'm gonna say to you what I say to all my sharks right before they die: Let's go outside. | permalink


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the greatest show ever. Good writing!


i was wondering if anyone knew what the song was that the mariachi guys were playing. cos it sounded kinda cool, and i don't really listen to mainstream music and stuff to be up to date with what it may be :)


ok, forgive my geekiness, but i cant believe i am the only one that saw this, but wouldnt baldwin have made a better batman than michael keaton? think about it: Tim Burton made Beetljuice before he made batman, he had both Baldwin and Keaton in Beetljuice, why did he go with Keaton over Baldwin?


Great episode. I agree with the review.


Watch it guys, too much theatrical satires and u could go the way of another nbc show. Community :(


Are you kidding, this episode was awesome! I don't understand how this show got so far down the line from the other shows on the TV Fanatic site. Even on an off day, it's one of the best shows on TV. I will admit, Liz was weirding me out - and where was Criss during all this?


*Bloody hilarious. Accidently submitted my comment below without finishing. Sorry.


The Tuxedo will rise again! I thought this was one of the season's best. Liz and Jack as parodies of Batman and the Joker is fantastic. Only 30 Rock could take a story about a mayoral campaign and hating rules and turn it into a Batman parody. Also loved Kenneth as usual. His home town sounds insane, a corpse fire. And his knowledge of the condoms was funny. Best moment though. Pete as Death. That was bloody


I actually found this episode the best of the season.
From Liz's craziness to Jack and Tracy's jokes about the people in New York to Jenna and Paul's crazy couple antics, it was truly one of my favorites. I do wish Kenneth was more involved though.

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30 Rock Season 6 Episode 8 Quotes

It's in my contract that I only play blondes...non-Irish redheads, or bald sex robots.


Say, where does a young prostitute get started in this town?