'30 Rock' - 'Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning': Uptown girl vs. backstreet guy
Liz and Tracy feud, and Jack's scheme hilariously backfires on him, in a strong episode
A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I buy two blimps to crash them into each other...
The writers' room subplot was a total miss, but otherwise "Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning" was a damn funny, satisfying episode of "30 Rock."
Two obvious scenes stand out. The first is Tracy finding a loophole in the reality show camera problem by singing his complaints to Liz to the tune of "Uptown Girl." Inspired, random, funny and then cool as Liz and Tracy started harmonizing as she backed angrily out of his dressing room. Definitely feels like the kind of moment I can turn to on the Interwebs when I'm in need of an instant smile.
The second was the payoff to the telethon subplot. While I liked Jack's diabolical idea, I actually found a lot of the set-up scenes a bit uneven, other than Robert DeNiro being secretly English. But the reveal of what the disaster was - not just Mel Gibson's private island (a callback to the earlier joke about how all crazy celebrities buy their own islands), but that he had Jon Gosselin as his houseguest - had me in hysterics. I didn't think anything on last night's NBC comedies could make me laugh as hard as the Rob Lowe bathroom scene from "Parks and Recreation," but that came awfully close, and Jack's panic was splendidly-played by Alec Baldwin.
(*) He doesn't always need to be told to act crazy, as those of you who saw him on TNT's NBA pregame show last night can attest (clip NSFW).
Plus, a Dennis cameo! It's been far too long, and I hope next time he can be around a bit longer.
What did everybody else think?
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