'30 Rock' finale recap: We'll see you in heaven, Kenneth

30-rock-premierImage Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBCHe may not be astronaut Mike Dexter, but pilot Carol was pretty close to a perfect match for our friend Liz Lemon: handsome, successful, a dorky dancer, and a fan of Fart Doctors. After tirelessly trying to force love upon herself, things finally seemed to work out. Sure Liz could have settled for Wesley “dress slippers” Snipes or take her chances with the Somali pirate groomsmen, but she’d much rather follow the signs that were suddenly so clear to her. Matt Damon as a man in uniform who agrees on the NBA tattoo problem? Praise to the universe, love is real!

Though Jack may not agree, fate did take a role in propelling major changes in just about everyone’s relationships (how timely!): Avery was pregnant, Nancy was shipping back up to Boston, Jenna was now dating Paul-Jenna and Paul-Cher, and Kenneth was being forced to leave his best friends in the whole wide world comma because he had been fired. I didn’t say they all were happy changes! While you digest that last bit of news, enjoy the 10 best lines from “I Do Do”:

“This is my dream come true! And to hear it from my best friend in the whole world comma bald category.” — Kenneth, possible junior in charge boy of the entire NBC page program

“Maybe I’m old fashioned, but when a girl dates a straight man who impersonates her on stage for mostly gay audiences, she has certain expectations. Fidelity, Paul! It’s not just the name of a bank that sued me.” — Jenna, whose bachelorette party theme will be “Sluts”

“Well it’s all true, I’m a native of Houston, and I love to cook healthy.” — Paul, who sometimes wishes he opened the other door at the haunted house sex party

“Would you like to go to a rich girl’s wedding with me?”
“I don’t know, does that sound like more fun than me eating alone at the LaGuardia Chili’s?” — Liz and Carol, a doorman to the sky

“Wassup? Nuthin’, just giving a dumb tour to a bunch of uggos. Let’s meet up later and smoke some drug cigarettes.” — Kenneth, whose thing is to smile creepily all the time

“You know what a great pilot would have done? Not hit the birds. That’s what I do everyday: not hit birds. Where’s my ticket to the Grammys? — Carol, who’s been  upstairs in the White House while the Obamas were sleeping

“Smug, 40-year-old bridesmaid. What a treat for everyone!” — Jack who had to wear his sister’s hand-me-down corduroys

“Your behavior as a fiancé has been as weak as American tea! There! I said it.” — Wesley, who had boyhood passion for train accidents

“Keeping it tight stay camera-ready for breaking news. I mean sure Soledad O’Brien does it — ”
“I wipe the floor with that bitch!” — Jack and Avery, who knows how to field dress a deer

“I wonder what the Somali pirate’s deal is? I could live on a boat…” — Liz, who swears she has medicine for her disgusting foot secret

Is this the last of Kenneth Ellen Parcell?! It’s sweet that he didn’t want to leave his “best friends” for Los Angeles, but Tracy’s advice (“do a sloppy job, and they’ll leave you alone”) totally backfired when executed in front of the Kabletown executives. Kenneth’s tenure as an NBC page may be up (he did hand in his page gun…), but there’s no way he’ll gone from TGS or 30 Rock in general. What did you think of his impassioned wedding speech? Is he the sweetest drunk ever?

Although Jack had committed to a life of naps, hockey games, and long red hairs caught in overcooked pot roasts with Nancy, fate made him realize the life he wants with Avery. As sweet as his speech to Nancy was, Jack’s no longer a poor mama’s boy from Sagchester, Mass. Now he’s a slick, New York City do do, who needs a woman who knows flat shoes are for quitters. Together he and Avery will teach their future child to say awesome things. Will Avery be a kick ass mom?

Is Carol really the man of Liz’s dreams? Can we expect more Matt Damon next season? How does this season match up to others, PopWatchers? Sound off below!

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  • Anne

    I know Wesley is suppose to be terrible, but Michael Sheen is just too adorable. Liz needs to lock that deal down. haha

    • Ayla

      I agree 100%!!!!!

    • Krys

      YES! Wesley Snipes is adorable! I love him and Liz.

    • mjade27

      Wesley Snipes, FTW

    • DF

      There’s only one Wesley Snipes in this world

      • Bobby’s Robot

        “No, there isn’t!!”

      • ChristineT


    • pop

      he really is adorable. i hope they find a way to bring him back for a few episodes

      • llevinso

        Tina says she wants him back in the future, so here’s hoping!!

      • G.R.

        I’d love to see him on here again. So funny, and so cute… :)

    • Melissa

      I miss Wesley already….

    • Lizabeth

      Yeah, I’m all for Wesley. Definitely hope he’s back next season!

    • Sue

      I know this is messed up, but I’m still bummed about Floyd…

    • Christine

      His face when Liz was telling him that she didn’t want to be with him…oh, God. That was so SAD! Michael Sheen really is adorable.

    • Xena W. Princess

      Team Wesley!

    • Johnification

      Those two’s “hate chemistry” is off the charts! I almost want Liz to be miserable so I can just watch them fight all the time!

  • fritanga

    I loved this finale, especially Matt Damon’s pilot and Michael Sheen’s snits. It was so refreshing after the uniformly awful and disappointing Community finale.

    • cranky

      What??? Community finale was awesome! Takes all kinds, I guess…

    • Ambient Lite

      Where’s the PARKS AND REC recap??? Definitely one of the top 3 funniest shows on TV right now (to clarify, that would be 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, and Modern Family), and EW doesn’t bother to cover it lately.

      • johnny

        I totally agree. The started giving parks and rec a recap and now they have stopped! what gives?

      • seriously

        seems like ew is giving parks and rec the shaft just like nbc is. check out nymag vulture or av club for recaps.

      • Ben

        Stop. Just stop. If EW started covering P&R, how could it squeeze in coverage of Glee, Lost and American Idol?

      • Cynthia

        AGREED. Parks & Rec is the best of the NBC Thurs night comedies.

  • LOL

    NBC was 4-for4 tonight. Good finales all the way around!

  • Becky

    I loved Matt Damon. I hope he sticks around. Especially after Neil Patrick Harris let me down on Glee.

    • Hannah

      You’re crazy. NPH was awesome

    • llevinso


    • FLGrl

      You must be smoking drug cigarettes – NPH was all kinds of awesome.

  • ajmalzx

    Why do elizabeth banks keep playing roles which ends up requiring her to be pregnant on TV?

    • pop

      i thought about that too.

    • TMB

      How about the fact that she’s now been knocked up by two JDs on the same network?

      • Halefire

        That’s Crazy!! lol

      • jenni

        hahahaha! She has, hasn’t she?

  • Sophie

    But, but, but WESLEY! Seriously, Liz! You would have toured the vineyards of Scotland for your honeymoon!

  • Neil Clutter

    I din’t watch yet but can’t wait as this has to be the most original comedy,if not show, on television.Well, besides Lost of course but it’s heading into TV heaven in just 2 days(maybe with all or some characters,GASP!) so 30 Rock will be it’s replacement for me.Happy belated b-day Tina Fey, who knew you were 40, I would’ve guessed 35!

  • Brevity

    I hope that is the last of kenneth parcel. He no longer fits in this crowded and talented cast.

    • JenR

      What? That’s crazy! I would miss him doing random things like speaking languages he has no business knowing and all the silly allusions to him being really old.

      • kate

        I agree, I LOVE Kenneth! He reminds me of Harpo Marx, just cause he lives in a world where different rules apply.

    • MG

      I love Kenneth! I think my favourite part was back in the middle of the season when they were filming in “HD” and Kenneth was a muppet! Cracked me up. I don’t think the actor is leaving 30 Rock so I’m sure they’ll have some hilarious story for us in the fall about him.

  • che

    Get Elizabeth Banks and her (hopefully fake) baby off the show PLEASE. I do not want Jack-baby plots on the show! Can he please go back to hanging out with Liz and the rest of the characters.

    That said great finale. I will miss Michael Sheen dearly.

    • Elizabeth

      Yeah, I don’t like the Jack/Avery pregnancy plot.

      • deedee

        Totally agree

      • Ambient Lite

        Yeah, that didn’t sit well with me at all. I’m just waiting for the “Jack, it’s not YOUR baby” episode.

      • Ceballos

        I’m with you:

        Although Avery’s Maryland accent during the Overshoppe commercial made me laugh, I just haven’t cared for her as much as I want to (because I like Elizabeth Banks).

        Then again, I haven’t really cared for either of Jack’s love interests this seasons and I REALLY don’t like the way they sort of neutered him. He never actually manned up and decided between Avery and Nancy – the choice was made for him.

    • Kim

      She is awful. And how cheap of a show like 30 Rock to go the pregnancy route — yuck.

    • llevinso

      I don’t mind Banks but I don’t want a Jack/Avery pregnancy plotline on 30 Rock. I like when Jack has a relationship for a little while and then they go away.

      • Claudia

        I couldn’t agree more. The pregnancy is lazy and will ruin the grownup-level fun of the show.

    • LOL

      Banks’ Maryland accent was a great commentary on how people hated Moore’s awful accent. Tina obviously heard the negative feedback and worked it into the script.

  • Amanda

    Michael Sheen was nice, but Matt Damon and his Sky Law was totally adorable. I have no idea how they will pull it off having him on more episoded, but I hope he is.

    • hellen

      Agreed; Matt Damon is hilarious. I loved his energy.

    • kelsey

      I kinda want him and Liz to end up together.

    • llevinso

      I really liked Matt Damon (especially the whole “not hit the birds” thing, hilarious!) but I’m torn. Michael Sheen was great on this show! But who am I kidding, no way for Liz to stay in any relationship very long anyway.

    • Shellie

      Totally, completely agree. I ship them already.

  • jrs

    More Wesley. More Wesley. More Wesley!!!!

    • Melissa

      yes….great part last night is when Liz and Wesley kiss each other and he tells her,”why is your face like that!!!”

      • llevinso

        LOVED that line!

      • Liz E

        Agreed!! Such a great line!!

    • Liz

      I loved the look of glee when he mentioned his childhood passion for train accidents.

  • anna

    She should have chosen Wesley!

  • Jenny

    I love Matt Damon and his character is so great for Liz! I don’t care how many times I saw it on the commercials, that “Don’t hit the birds” line cracked me up. I hope they can keep him around for a while!

  • Buffy Freak

    I loved when Jilianne Moore made reference to how awful the Maryland accent was that Avery used in the commercial…especially considering how much fans have trashed her Boston accent.

    • Ceballos

      SECONDED…that was great!

    • AIan

      That’s what I love about 30 Rock. They are so quick to make in-references, even ones that poke fun at themselves. That Maryland Accent comment was clearly the 30 Rock producers giving a “nudge, wink” to the fans who have slammed Julianne Moore’s awful Boston accent. Love this show!

  • Xtine

    Team Wesley! Team Michael Sheen!

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