'30 Rock' recap: Hamming it up

Last night’s 30 Rock was legitimately one of the best episodes ever, with everyone trying to be someone they’re not (plus some people trying to be each other). “Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001″ was one for the record books, except for one thing: Not enough Kenneth! These were the 10 best lines, but it was really hard to narrow it down this week. Really, really hard.

“Somebody bring me some haaaam!” — Liz, who’s a swarthy, big-hipped Kelly Ripa

“I hope you enjoyed the kissing followed by my genuine interest in that TV dance competition.” — Astronaut Mike Dexter

“I knew it! You’re blond in your fantasies!” — Jack, who…can see it

“Come over here I said, in my normal tone of voice.” — Tracy, who eats batteries

“And that I can finish everything that I…” –Tracy, who doesn’t get his hair “did”

“That’s a good goal for a talented crazy person.” — Tracy, who’s invited to the meetings

“Your hair is…fine.” — Dr. Spaceman, who’s not supposed to have sex with his patients

“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my office, trying to have it all!” — Frank, who looks so so different in his glasses

“That’s why Arlen Specter had to change parties.” — Whoopi Goldberg, whose Daytime Emmy counts

“This is how I cry now!” — Liz, in the best weird physical gag the show has ever done

Also, the high-def joke — with Liz looking decrepit, and Jack being his younger self — completely killed me. Kenneth the Muppet? I thought we’d never see him again.

What’d you think, PopWatchers? Are you EGOTing?


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  • JenD

    It was a great episode- I love this show and look forward to it every week!

  • pop

    whoevers idea it was to make frank look like liz deserves a raise. and i vote for tracy’s unfinished line as the best of the night

  • couchgrouch

    Jack “Jenna, I have an actress problem!”

    Jenna “don’t try to move the body yourself!”

    I also cracked up at the picture of a shirtless Obama in Banks’ office. I’ve seen it twice and still can’t recall all the hidden jokes.

    • pop

      i caught the obama picture too. hilarious.

  • Lemon

    Liz crying out her mouth both freaked me out and made me laugh hysterically. Thanks, 30 Rock!

  • Joel

    Tracy answering his wife’s question of “Why weren’t you at your son’s birthday party last week?” Tracy – “I couldn’t help it, there was a better kid’s birthday party up the street”

    That killed me.

    • Madd

      Yes, that was my favorite line!

  • WompWomp

    LOL this definitely was a HILARIOUS episode – I also loved the New York Times joke Jack threw in

  • Elizabeth

    Young Alec Baldwin – fell off the couch. That whole Hi-Def sequence was brilliant: scary Liz, Muppet Kenneth, and Young Jack.

    My sister and I are throwing out the request to have Liz’s “Now Bring Me Some Ham” song as a ringtone.

    • M

      And elderly, shirtless Frank!!

      • Jiggity

        You mean Pete! That one was my favorite!

  • Xochitl

    THE FUNNIEST conversation ever! LOL!!

    Angie: I can’t believe you made me come here for this, now won’t have enough time to shop for Christmas presents and still get my hair did.

    Tracy: Your hair did? You just got your hair did. You have to get your hair did again?

    Angie: It needs to be did every week!

    • cheryl

      Liz: Maybe we can undid these handcuffs

      ‘CRACKER/RACIST!’

  • Obligatory….

    ..this show sucks comment.

    • Ben

      IT DOES. It used to be good, but yowwwwww.

    • Obligatory…..

      ..this comment sucks comment.

      • UGH

        This show really does blow now.
        Flash in the pan, anybody?
        Don’t give me that Emmy win excuse.
        Those have been irrelevant for years!

      • Obligatory….

        I agree that this show sucks comment.

  • llm

    Was that actually Alex Baldin from Hunt for Red October? Or was it Working Girl? My jaw dropped — so great!

    • Mavis

      That part made me laugh out loud! They probably used footage from one of his many appearances from SNL. The movies would have been too expensive! And I didn’t know that Alec Baldwin was in Working Girl? I know Harrison Ford is. . .

      • s

        Alec Baldwin was Melanie Griffiths boyfriend from the neighborhood in the film.

    • val

      My first thought was Malice, but now that you mention it, I’m pretty sure it’s Hunt for Red October.

    • Sandy

      Not sure, I thought for a second maybe it was actually one of his younger brothers.

      • Kimmie G

        Hunt for Red October, definitely.

  • jjay

    I can’t believe you all are forgetting the best line from Tracy: “Having a baby girl is like going to the NBA All-Star Game, it changes you.” Hi-freakin’-larious

    • d.

      That was classic.

  • melissa

    I liked when Jenna said to Jack – “I got your work sext, what’s up?”

    • Ha!

      I think it was actually “I got your BUSINESS text, what’s up?”, so it sounded like she said “sext”. I rewound it a few times, but could be wrong…

      • tom

        It’s a combination of the two, “business sext.” get it?

    • Sara

      That line had me on the floor!

      • katy

        definitely my favorite of the night, too. I’m coopting “business sext”

    • Sarah

      Closed Captioning actually read “sext”

  • benten

    When Angie saw Liz handcuffed and, without a beat, reached for her earring. She lives on The Jerry Springer Show.

    • Sara

      Ha, I missed that one. :) Sherri Shepard may be a bit… on the View, but I love her on this show.

      • anna c.

        completely agree. I don’t watch the View so I adore her character. I saw some clips and I just choose to forget. Selective amnesia. hehe

  • Mothra

    I thought the high def Jack was a younger Baldwin brother, but now I am going to watch it back and freeze frame it. What a great episode. I LOVE Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin together. I wish they’d do a classic screwball comedy movie together someday…

    • Babs (Original Flavor)

      I thought that at first, but then I recalled that even the younger Balwin brothers are not that young.

  • dp

    Young Alec Baldwin was THE best. In a word: AWESOME.

    • jen

      I know…I still have a major crush on him and his chest hair

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