I was watching 30 Rock tonight, and it was probably the best episode of the series thus far. And since 30 Rock is the best TV comedy since Seinfeld, that's saying something. It had slapstick, commentary on corporate buffoonery, a brief explanation of the Uncanny Valley, dick jokes, and an extended parody of Amadeus. Something for everyone, and all in one episode of a sitcom, the most derided genre of the most derided medium (TV) in popular culture. People who say TV will rot your brain just don't have a leg to stand on. What they should say is that bad TV will rot your brain. In the meantime I'll continue to enjoy some of the best and funniest storytellers in the world. On TV.
::an American flag is lowered behind EffEm as he finishes his speech and the strains of "The Star Spangled Banner" begin to play::
Totally, totally agree!!! This was such a great ep, and earlier last night I was trying to think of a line I could post here that didn't need context. Alas, I think you have to watch the show to get the funny stuff. But seriously, so funny. Loved the bit when Liz slapped Jack when she found out how much money a corporate dude could make starting out. And then they revisited the bit later in the show.
"Suck it, monkeys! I'm going corporate!" I love Liz.
I love Dr. Spaceman (pronounced "Speh-chi-men"), too. "I'd love to, but we have no way of knowing where the heart is. Every person's physiology is different." Or something like that.
Jack: "Devon. Once they cast Clay Aiken in Spamalot, I knew it was only a matter of time until you showed up."
For those who don't watch, I think there are full eps up on the nbc site.
A line from 30 Rock that EffEm reminded me about, reminded me of this hilarious short from MST3K. Enjoy, monkeys!
For some reason, "Double the bet!" when Brother was on the phone laid me out flat. I think Ward Cleaver would tell these people to lighten the hell up! My parents may have given me a bad name, but at least I wasn't named Brother, Daughter or Junior.
Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight.
I liked the line about Brother changing the oil in his hair to summer weight.
also, "Brother has a tight psychological hold on Junior." And right off the bat, when it shows the title, "A Date with your Family," Crow says "The Woody Allen Story!" Even funnier in the 1990s, but still!
I've seen that short a million times, and I still laugh out loud.
The dating one is pretty awesome, as well...who wouldn't love to be invited to a double date at the school bazaar? It's a girl's dream!