In a blatant play on Tyler Perry movies, and his way of naming them, 30 Rock put forth one of its funniest episodes of the season in "Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy."
Both of the main plots worked well, but let's begin with the more surprising of the two: Hazel Wassername wasn't absolutely terrible! There were moments that the character was pretty bland, and didn't make me want to slap her, but there were also times when I was actually laughing at Kristen Schaal's performance.
Finally. That character has hurt the show since she came, on so it was nice to see her not being too obnoxious to be funny. My favorite moment of hers was when she told Liz that she would slap her if she "didn't think it would lead to a kiss." It was all just the right amount of crazy.
The Tracy and Jack story, which was where the episode got its title, was absolutely hilarious. Tray dressed up like Madea from Tyler Perry's movies was funny enough in and of itself. His hilarious behavior in battling Jack off screen just put the whole thing over the top.
The two of them using Liz Lemon as ways of insulting each other, Tracy mentioning that black coffee means Sunkist, him denying Jack's offer to take a seat because he prefers to lay down and his decision to have the philharmonic do a four-hour rendition of the Sanford and Son theme song all added up to a brilliant performance.
Check out some other highlights from "Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy," and then hit up our 30 Rock quotes section.
- Kenneth: Delightful Charlie Chaplin. You have the mustache and everything.
- Jack: I brought you back from the dead, and revived your career.
- Jenna's "just the person I wanted to see" while looking in the mirror. And then "Oh, hi Kenneth."
- Uncle Tracy's Black Teletubbies rip off.
- Liz: Why are my arms so weak? It's like I did that pushup last year for nothing!
What did you all think of this week's 30 Rock? What the funniest moment? What was the worst part? And are you excited for Liz Lemon's wedding in two weeks?
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.