Hello, and welcome to TV Tuesday! Today I’m going to be talking about the last half the the NBC show 30 Rock.
GUYS I MADE IT!
I didn’t think I would actually make it through this series. I don’t know what it was about this show (oh maybe the political blah blah blah), but I couldn’t deal. Half the time the show was actually funny.
But at others, I just sat there going why?!?!
So here we go, this will probably be brief because a lot of things I hated (okay strong word), disliked, and didn’t feel like talking about.
The season starts off a bit unruly, but funny non-the-less. Kenneth starts a protest because he finds out Jack is taking his bonus, so that means he doesn’t get his overtime hours pay.
– I’m going to stop right here and say that Kenneth’s character from here on goes to places that are quiet frankly stupid, and he becomes this character who I can’t stand because he’s so bigoted, how did I not see this before?
This becomes an even bigger protest as more and more people join. Soon the actors get involved and it’s just a big mess. It all ends rather silly; Jack writes on a piece of paper that he’s a liar and Kenneth is happy.
Liz has a turn of events season. She writes a book “That’s a Dealbreaker” and well that doesn’t go over well with the men, but it goes well with the ladies.
It’s so popular that they want to turn it into a talk show. But this goes to Liz’s head; she goes crazy and becomes like every actor (or mostly Jenna).
They need to find new talent for the show, and they find this guy.
We find out he’s Canadian; so here’s another thing we can make fun of, right?
We also get this plot where Jack seems to think that Americans from Georgia are better than New Yorkers; well he gets a very rude awakening when he finds out they are not sweet and wholesome.
Jack also finds himself some love, Nancy, an old flame from high school.
He says he’ll wait for her to get divorced before they hook up. It’s a long struggle, that he ropes Kenneth into helping, per usual. In the meantime, he meets Avery, but then BAM Nancy comes back divorced (which he didn’t think she’d do) so now he’s planning to date both of them, until he can figure out which one he likes more.
We meet Jenna’s mother, and that kinda explains why Jenna is the way she is. But her mother, Verna claims she has changed, but Jack knows better. When Verna goes to Jack to start a TV show, not to be with her daughter, Jack makes sure Verna is nice to Jenna; it’s actually very sweet.
Tracy has this crazy notion that he needs a daughter, and so he proves it to his wife he will be there for her. They get pregnant, but I’m betting it will be another boy. (Yes I know I’m wrong).
Liz finds a contact in her phone named Future Husband, who is clearly not that. The whole plot with Wesley is rather dull and stale, because it’s yet another boyfriend failure. I say this because Wesley is just pure stupid.
And she keeps running into him.
When Floyd calls out of the blue, Liz thinks it’s a sign, only to find he’s getting married. Boo! I actually like Floyd. They go out for dinner where he accidently gets drunk on the salmon sauce.
Don Geiss, the boss of GE, dies and Jack is very upset, but he finally gets the job he has wanted, the head of the company. Or does he? Jack finds out that he is in Don’s will, and he inherits a peacock named Argus!
Kenneth and Jenna both make me scratch my head sometimes. Jenna is sad her stalker isn’t stalking her anymore, and Kenneth has a weird donkey disease. Sometimes I don’t understand the comedy.
They make a Sterling Cooper reference, and I thought that was very good since they have John Hamm guest star on the show. Speaking of him, his character Drew comes back, and he has hooks for hands! It’s because he was dumb enough to loose them.
Jenna finds love in… herself. Paul is a drag queen who plays Jenna every night. It’s cute, I actually like them together I don’t know what it is.
What does Jack have with having arguments in a church? He tells Nancy about Avery while at Floyd’s wedding. Oh man it’s weird; he makes Liz stall, and oh boy.
Jack chooses Nancy until Nancy and Avery meet, that he chooses Avery because she is pregnant, wow I did not see that coming.
Season four ends with Liz engaged to Wesley, meeting a pilot Carol, opening her big mouth and almost ending up alone, until Carol comes back for her.
Season five starts with Jack with long hair & it’s ugly. Everyone is coming back from the summer. Liz is still with Carol, and Jack with Avery.
Jenna becomes a producer and she’s actually very good at it. She’s so good that she realizes in order to save money she can’t be a producer. When did she get smart? Too bad it doesn’t last long.
Tracy’s wife goes into labour, and they actually have a girl! Jack also finds out he’s having a girl, after being told he’s having a boy ha! Jack with a daughter, this will definitely change his character.
They get asked why TGS is so racist, because we can’t have a season without talking about race. So they promote Toofer to head writer to diversify the show.
They have a live episode which was actually really well done. I really enjoyed it. Sometimes they don’t always go off well, but 30 Rock did it well.
After this plot Avery realizes how much Jack and Liz talk to each other, and how close they are. She bans Liz from talking to Jack about anything that isn’t work. This slowly kills both of them. Jack is trying to find a new person to mentor, and Liz has no idea who she’ll talk to about her issues with her dad taking a break from his marriage.It takes a while, but Avery then changes her mind and sees how much the two of them need each other. They are the true meaning of best friends.
Jack and Avery elope, Liz ends up being Jack’s best man and the minister accidently marries Jack and Liz, HA! She doesn’t understand him so she doesn’t sign on the right line; instead of signing witness, she signs wife.
She uses her power to get everything she needs in the studio before signing divorce papers. But then Jack turns it back on her, it becomes a giant fight, until they both realize how crazy they are being, that was one of my favourite scenes of the show.
GE goes out, and in rolls Kable Network, their partner company, so things are going to be changing around NBC. Tracy’s wife, Angie has a reality TV show; who knows how that will go.The new guy, Hank Hooper is a bit like Kenneth, he loves to hug and give everyone equal opportunities and Jack can’t stand it he almost quits. He even gives his resignation letter, but Hooper turns him down.
On Jack and Avery’s trip to Canada, Avery starts to go into labour, they are so stubborn about their daughter being American they try to hitchhike to Buffalo. This was just another time where they can poke fun at Canadians, oh yay. They hitch a ride with a group of Asians who have a meth lab in their van; that’s when Jack realizes it’s inevitable. Now she’s half Canadian half American. They also decided the baby’s middle name to be Elizabeth after Liz. This is very sweet. I love how entwined Liz is in their life.
Liz is on her way to see Carol; but that doesn’t well, at all. It ends with Liz at gun point. Carol refuses to do anything about not being able to go away on the plane. They realize they are too similar.
Since Tracy has left for Africa, to help people, the show suffers. When the star leaves, what can they do? Nothing, so everyone decides to leave. Kenneth is determined to save the show. It almost doesn’t work out, until he notices the pizza box Liz has is the same as the one Tracy has in his video calls. That means he’s hiding in New York somewhere; the hunt is on.
Turns out Tracy was hiding in Liz’s apartment, since she failed to go home in fear of loosing TGS. They plead with Tracy to come back, and well he comes back to society, but he has yet to come back to TGS.
The 100th episode is a lot of flash backs, and it’s alright. It’s one of the better flashback episodes, because they incorporated them a lot better than other shows have. There is a gas leak and that’s the reason for the crazy and flashbacks. Jack is mad at Liz for ruining his career, Jenna wants a baby, Kenneth wants to give her a baby, and Denis returns, oh boy.
Tracy finally returns to TGS (thank god) it was getting ridiculous this charade they kept putting on. It makes me wonder did 30 Rock almost get cancelled, since the fictional tv show is a reflection of the real one. It makes sense, plus the show is just starting to go off the rails (more so than normal).
Avery has taken a job to be traveling around Asia when she is taken hostage in Korea. They torture her (in a comic way, which just feels is bad taste) and then she is forced the marry Kim Jin Il. I’m thinking this is the end of her, which now makes Jack a single parent.
Liz and Criss are really settling down and they are planning on adopting… A plant haha!
Season seven starts off a train wreck: Liz and Criss are actually trying to have a baby, everyone is going to Tracy for advice, Liz to get out of being Jenna’s maid of honour, and Kenneth about girls (because he’s dating Hazel now, interesting).
There’s this Sex and the City mini plot, or well Liz pretends she’s Carrie Bradshaw. Which put it into perspective for me, what if Jack is her Mr. Big!?!?!?
How crazy. It came to me as she was pretending to be Carrie, and Jack was on a date with a much younger girl.
I am very happy to find out I am wrong that Jack and Liz don’t end up together, which it just felt like that was where they were going for a long time.
So when Liz actually gets married, I’m excited! As much as she doesn’t want it to be a big deal- she makes it a big deal. I’m happy for her and Criss.
Jack’s mother Colleen dies 😦 Kermit the frog randomly appears lol.
Then just to make it an even weirder funeral, Jenna and Paul get married.