The tag at the end of the episode was great. It gave us a look at where everybody was one year later, and it looked like this: Paula discovered Pete’s whereabouts, and forced him to come home. At least he got away with faking his death for a year. Grizz found success in his show, Grizz & Hers, which featured the line “Don’t even say it” which he delivered to his dog. (Kenneth would have been proud.) Jenna won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical… Only she really didn’t. She was just stealing the thunder from the real winner, guest star Alice Ripley. But at least Jenna got to flash her boobs before making her final exit. Liz was working on the aforementioned show, Grizz & Hers, and her kids were on set with her. Looks like she really can have it all. Tracy’s dad finally came back from getting cigarettes. And Jack was back in the office, probably even richer from his clear dishwasher idea, working with a beautiful assistant. Good riddance, Jonathan!
And then I freaked out a little, because when I saw Kenneth looking into a snow globe, I worried that they were going to pull a Newhart on us, and they would reveal the entire series had been a big dream. But the St. Elsewhere-style was even better than that. A Ms. Lemon was pitching the idea of a show that takes place at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, based on the stories her great-grandmother told her. Kenneth loved the idea, and then we saw the futuristic space cars flying past the window behind him. Kenneth will outlive us all, because I guess he really is immortal.
30 Rock had a lot of pressure to go out on top, and I think it managed to do just that. Part 1 of the finale was a little underwhelming, but not short on one-liners. And I’ve always said a less-than-stellar episode of 30 Rock is still one of the funniest shows on TV. “Hogcock” just set things up for a very rewarding “Last Lunch,” which featured a number of callbacks to some of the series’ finer moments. I’m looking at you, Rural Juror. It was a smart nod to faithful viewers who followed the show through its good (“I want to go to there!”) and bad (Hazel Wassername) times. Did I love every moment of the finale? No. I could have lived without Pete faking his death, and I would have loved to see more Nancy and Elisa. But overall, the finale delivered a sense of closure that not all shows manage to accomplish. So thanks, 30 Rock. These really were the best days of my flurm.
Now it’s your turn. Were you happy with the series finale? What was your favorite part? Least favorite part? And where does the “Rural Juror” song rank on your list of 30 Rock originals? For me it’s somewhere between “Muffin Top” and “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah.” Sound off in the comments.