'30 Rock' recap: Love is weird... and sometimes gross

30-Rock-Jane-ForteImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBCWe learned an important lesson last night: If you come across a peacock, do not let it mark you. On a 30 Rock episode that was more Liz Lemon eye roll than laugh till you pee, things never seemed to take off. Jack took a break from his two girlfriends and instead found companionship in pet peacock named Argus, Grizz is engaged to a Beyonce with an “F,” — and Will Forte guest-starred as Jenna’s cross-dressing boyfriend. If this was merely a filler before what I hope will be three superb final episodes, all is forgiven. But even though “Argus” wasn’t the greatest 30 Rock of all time, there were still some hilarious lines. Here are the 10 best:

“Word of advice: If the will says you have to spend the night in a haunted house you better hope that everybody else there is black guys and sluts .” — Liz, the new Mrs. Argus

“‘I haven’t decided yet?’  You sound like my mother talking to the Planned Parenthood lady!” and then “‘Let’s not do this in front of everybody?’ You sound like my mother being pulled on stage at a 2 Live Crew concert!” — Tracy

“Are you soaking your tampons in vodka again?” — Liz, who is determined to fit into a Vietnamese size 2

“We’re not putting labels on anything yet because the glue is abrasive .” — Jenna, who came in fourth in a Jenna Maroney impersonator contest

“…his daughter, his lovely wife, his even lovelier mistress, his secret Canadian family, and his even more secret attic family.” — Don Geiss’ executor

“We really were the Sam and Diane of this place.” — Grizz , who attended Above the Beanstalk, a free summer camp for giants

“…talking about business, politics, how to avoid getting paper cuts while making love on a pile of money…” — Jack, who is bros with Lamar Odom

“Sir, I think that there’s a lot about this world that we don’t understand, like the afterlife… or how bread turns into toast.” — Kenneth, who can make all sorts of noises of various pea fowl

“I am the luckiest shman in the world…I’d never tuck my penis again if she asked me.” — Paul, who really works for a bankrupt circus… or is an already-married cat strangler

The show doesn’t need guest stars to survive, but I found myself missing Avery (Elizabeth Banks) and Nancy (Julianne Moore) and longing for more plot progression all around: Will Wesley Snipes be coming back? Is Floyd really getting married? How short/tight will Cerie’s wedding dress be? The peacock storyline felt too silly, and Will Forte was too underused as Paul (there could have definitely been more of that “Muffin Top” performance). Hopefully we’ll get more Jenna and Paul duets in the future, because their rendition of “All by Myself” was pretty great.

So what did I miss, PopWatchers? How does Paul compare to some of Jenna’s other boyfriends?  Would you want Liz to give the toast at your wedding? Who’s ready for a Buzz Aldrin guest spot next week?

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  • SowhatNow

    Does any one have a glass of water? cuz I’m First-y!

  • Angie

    I thought this episode was pretty hilarious. Maybe it’s because I have history of peacock encounters, maybe it’s because I love every episode with Kathy Geiss. Who knows.

    All I know is that I couldn’t agree more, we definitely needed more Paul in there, especially that “Muffin Top” performance.

    • Snsetblaze

      I agree – I cracked up several times.

  • LOL

    It sucked.

  • Rebecca

    I’m glad they took a break from the Nancy/Avery storyline. I love Will Forte so if he’s able to come back for more episodes, I’ll be happy.

    It’s a shame that the more recent seasons are more focused on select people rather than the cast/crew/writers of the show but I still find it enjoyable.

  • Bad

    Just brutal. Didn’t laugh once. At least Parks and Rec was good tonight.

  • TQ

    I thought it was funny, not as good as last week but still pretty great. The Liz/Grizz scenes would have been enough for me, honestly, I just laugh everytime he calls her Beth…

    • Hannah

      “Leave the door open…I’d feel more comfortable.”

    • Boop

      me too!

    • WayBeyondSoccerMom

      Remind me why Grizz calls Liz, “Beth”? I was lost.

      • casey

        he’s called her Bev, too. it’s just funny he doesn’t know her name.

      • gg

        Liz is short for Elizabeth, Beth can also be short for Elizabeth.

  • pastafarian

    The sniper break-up was hilarious.

  • AK

    I actually really enjoyed the episode and though it had a number of laugh-out-loud moments. But “Beth” and Grizz’s sexual past? What am I blanking on?

    • Elizabeth

      I loved Grizz calling Liz “Beth”… I’m thinking they hooked up at Kenneth’s epic party.

      Actually, I was happy to see Grizz this week. Hope he’s doing alright.

    • JenR

      You aren’t blanking. It’s the first time they’ve mentioned it. It is very silly. I’m loving it.

      • Lemon

        Actually, I believe Liz made out with Grizz at Kenneth’s Halloween party gone terribly wrong in Season 1. I could be mistaken, though.

      • Buffy Freak

        Correct Lemon.

      • Lauren

        If you watch closely, in several episodes there has been a reference to the Grizz/Liz hookup at Kenneth’s party. It’s been a subtle, but running, joke.

  • tg

    Tho’t this was hilarious. MANY laughs all the way through. Just total silliness. Maybe I’m crazy, but the line I heard here was ‘Are you soaking your tooth in vodka again?’…I tho’t that sounded weird…but I have it recorded and that’s what was said here in Ohio. :(

    • Elizabeth

      I’m in Cleveland and I heard tampon…

      • paula

        They said “tampon” in Cincinnati, too.

      • Hannah

        And Columbus.

      • Laurie

        And in Toledo.

      • Big E

        And Dayton

      • Marti

        and Maui.

      • banan

        and Toronto

      • maxi

        and California

      • miss k

        And Georgia.

      • pepe

        and mexico

      • MsSuniDaze

        haha… I’m in Utah of all places and I heard Tampon.

    • Delon

      and Istanbul, too.

    • Alan

      Wow, you get your TV censored up there in Ohio. Are you sure you don’t live in somewhere a bit more “Bible Belt-y”? The line was “tampon”.

  • Buffy Freak

    Wow I thought last night was great…I laughed throughout. And I ddin’t miss Nancy at all. In fact I’d be happy to never see her back.

    • Alan

      I agree. Who on earth misses Nancy?? She’s an awful character. What part of Julianne Moore’s painful, horrendous, ear-splittingly awful and fake Boston accent do you miss?

  • JenR

    What are the odds they will show us Liz at all three weddings? That would be so great.

    • pop

      you know thats gonna be the finale.

    • Kathy

      Ok Ceri’s and Grizz’s, but whose wedding is the third?

      • Riley

        The Floydster.

  • kim in kentucky

    Alec was brilliant when was speaking one on one with the peacock – he was totally serious – which made it hilarious!

    • jen

      I was dying when the peacock put his wing on Jack’s knee. It was totally dumb, but I could not stop laughing. Also loved that you could buy peacock food at the crazy rich person’s pet store.

      • Isembard

        I loved that Richard Branson is apparently their spokesperson.

  • JLC

    Wesley said he would see Liz again during “Sweeps Week,” (which, like most of his sayings, had some sort of weird U.K. basis), so, yeah, I think he’s coming back.
    Grizz and “Beth” did indeed hook up during Kenneth’s party. I believe her antics made Grizz cry.

    • Sharon

      You’re right! He said Sweeps Week was when they do spring cleaning in the UK and he’d be back then. I think all those story lines are coming for sweeps week. Remember the line last night about how we know that people like weddings, babies being born and a murder.

      • pop

        and tracy’s wife should be giving birth around sweeps too.i think we have a fun 30 rock may coming up!

      • Brian

        Wesley said “sweeps week” is what the *call* spring cleaning in England.

  • shocka

    will forte’s drag name – ‘GINA (long “i”) BALONEY

    • Ambient Lite

      “…I lost a toe ring in him.”

    • Ceballos

      All right, I’ll put it out there, since I didn’t seen anyone else mention it: Forte looked kinda great in that dress!

      He was rocking it. He really DID look like Jenna (which, unfortuantely, doesn’t say that much about her).

  • paula

    “Ew! Jenna, why are you touching his breasts?”

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