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As Barack Obama might say: “Look, it’s hard to write about 30 Rock. It’s just the best show. Just watch it.” So in the spirit of our new-ish President, just go watch 30 Rock already. There are muppets, and an old embarrassing video of Liz, and the funniest line (or a really funny line) was Jack’s list of things he wanted to do before he turned 50:

“Go to Disneyland, ride in an airplane, kiss Peggy Fleming, live in a house with stairs, beat up a Russian, hit mom with a car.”

(Or possibly when Tracy quoted Robert Browning.) It was all great: watch. the. show. Okay, now, here’s an old man on YouTube who loves 30 Rock as much as we do:

Yay! Also from this episode, you know how Jack says he has “a Google News alert for “Tracy Jordan Ridiculous Disaster”? Over 3700 results already.

Comments (46)
  1. coffee machine in the basement of kmart!

  2. I was prepared for the possibilty of this meeting!

  3. thesprawl  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +7

    c’mon wheres the write up – that episode was the best – available in english german or polish

  4. I must be in Horseville… or was it Horsetown? And then similar “wordplay” applied to Tang. Hilarious.

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  6. “The reason I speak with British inflections is because I lost my virginity to the My Fair Lady soundtrack”

    And, as someone who actually went down to New Orleans, I take special humor from this joke: “The things those people were doing to the Superdome were terrible.”

  7. When it changed from the Kenneth Muppet-vision to real vision and Liz was still walking like a muppet.

  8. How about the fact that Jenna was (once again) obviously faking her injury when she was able to sprint into the writers room.

  9. Sean  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 -2

    This post should’ve been tagged “Nightmares”.

  10. Next week: Lindsay’s brain explodes (with love for 30 Rock) and her show recap is just blood smeared in a smiley face across the screen

  11. Whit  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +2

    Was the deaf lady supposed to be that funny? I Lizzed.

  12. I’ve hunted the most dangerous game. Man …. manatees. I shot a manatee.

    WHY WOULDN’T YOU TELL ME YOU PUKED I’M STARING AT YOUR MOUTH

  13. So traumatized by the video of the old man. He looks remarkably like the Gentlemen from the silent episode of Buffy. *Shudder*

  14. “When I was a kid, growing up in the projects, I would look up at the stars and dream of going up into space, of escaping the slums, OF KILLING AN EWOK!”

  15. I’m surrounded by neigh-sayers!

  16. Erin  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +9

    I hope Lindsay’s boyfriend makes more videos like that. He’s such a good dancer.

  17. So thankful that 30Rock is there to pick me up after The Office lets me down week after week. I love The Office as much as the next person, but lately… really? Michael is just insufferable. Now he is quiting? And the show is getting all sad? I don’t understand it anymore.

    But yeah, 30Rock, perfect, thanks, woo!

    • What Office do you watch? It’s always been depressing. Hell, its best episodes are the downbeat ones. I mean, I agree the show — just like every show currently in their 5th season — has been pretty weak this season, but the last few weeks have been a big upswing in quality. I mean, how could anyone hate the reveal of Prince Family Paper’s fate?

      • Fair enough. The show has always been a bit of a downer, but at least it was funny. Am I the only person who is just plain tired of Michael Scott? His character has run into a dead-end of simply being obnoxious. Nothing is unexpected anymore because he’s gone over the edge so many times. He’s the center of most episodes, but there’s nothing left to explore there. I’m interested to see how this “getting fired” story arc finishes up because at least things might get switched up.

        • Yeah, I think the problem comes from the fact that Michael’s a tricky character to find the right balance to. He can go from too obnoxious and outrageous one episode to way too subdued in the next. It only gets messier due to the fact that, let’s face it, he began the show as basically the bad guy. Plus there’s a big demographic that doesn’t obsess with the minutia of TV shows like we do and just want to see Steve Carrell do silly shtick. So there’s a lot of factors involved.

  18. “Beat up a Russian…” the Kenneth muppet vision had me in tears. $7!!!

  19. kent  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +2

    Wordplay!

  20. I went back and watched the first and second seasons and somehow season three doesn’t live up to those. The only part that made me laugh last night was real life Liz stomping down the hall like a muppet. I think I do that a lot.

    video = nightmares, also.

  21. I loved seeing the world through Kenneth’s eyes.

  22. herecomethewarmjets  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +9

    Liz’s subtle muppet walk across the hall and Lutz’s reaction to Jack Jacking were phenomenal.

  23. herecomethewarmjets  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 -4

    Liz’s subtle muppet walk across the hall and Lutz’s reaction to Jack Jacking were phenomenal.

  24. herecomethewarmjets  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 -5

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  25. JohnMichael  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +3

    The Tina Fey/Sarah Palin wink during Liz’s commercial was great

  26. Restored my faith in the show with this episode. When we achieve inter-galaxy travel I’m starting an Ewok hunting safari.

  27. I need a photo of Muppet/Puppet versions of the cast!!

    I loved the reference to Walt Disney’s cryogenically frozen head.

    Everytime Dennis shows up, I groan, but then it ends up being a great episode.

    See Sarah Palin’s photo behind Jack’s desk?

  28. aw I will always love Dennis. He’s just so awful, I can’t get enough. Like Liz!

  29. Computer, when do i get some tang? Also, I’m thirsty. Hahaha! Wordplay, hahaha.

  30. yo, i wuz wuntin 2 see muppets frum space but dis be da oppasate

  31. ronton  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 0

    Isn’t Dennis also the brother on Rescue Me? Actors shouldn’t be allowed to do that.

    Also, the youtube Bela Lagosi is horrifying! Please button up your shirt!

  32. Brian  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 -37

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    • Prufrock Prep  |   Posted on Mar 30th, 2009 +3

      If you can’t find 30 Rock funny I hate to see what you actually do find funny. Probably baby kittens being run over by your haterade.

  33. “That’s not even enough numbers!!”

  34. I guess I’m the only one who immediately signed into YouTube and subscribed to edarem’s channel, then?

  35. reepicheep  |   Posted on Apr 6th, 2009 +1

    Ahem…many of us, myself included, loved this show, and Tina Fey in general, looong before we even knew who Sarah Palin was. This show won the Emmy for Best Comedy before Tina did her Palin impersonation. Also, the show is consistantly on tons of critics “best of” lists. I do have to say, if 30 Rock goes for the easy laugh, it does so with more jokes per minute than most shows have in their entire episodes. And, in my opinion, a laugh is a laugh. Monty Python knew that. Mel Brooks knew that. You can have highbrow humor up the wazoo, with intricately unfolding jokes that take ages to reveal themselves, or you can have a bunch of cowboys farting around a campfire or Frenchmen launching cows with catapaults. Funny is funny. If 30 Rock isn’t to your taste, that’s fine, apparently many people feel the same way, because they want to watch dumbed down TV like American Idol (“thinking…hurts…brain…too…much…arrgh!”). But don’t say it’s overrated, just because many critics like it and you don’t.

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