Oh, Liz Lemon. I know there have been complaints about your seemingly regressive emotional maturity this season, but I actually think it’s less that you’ve become infantilized and more that you’ve embraced your inner freak – and your inner happiness. And with organic hot dog truck owner Criss, Liz has found her happiness. And her Han Solo. While wearing Hulk fists. Shut up, it’s really sweet.
Am I the only one who became even more powerfully attracted to Liz now that I know she wakes up every morning listening to the dulcet nerdiness of This American Life’s Ira Glass? Just me? No one else? Fine, carry on.
Oh, also, did anyone else catch The Kids Are All Right reference? I leave it to Dennis Duffy to spoil the ending for everyone: “You missed the end of the lez movie. Their daughter? She goes off to college. And Mark Ruffalo? He’s just going to do his own thing at the restaurant.”
FEELINGS, FEELINGS, FEELINGS!
Let’s talk about the “L” word. No, no – not Chaiken’s masturbatory opus. I mean the “love” word. My feelings about it are multi-fold, but I think Season 4 Liz summed it up best: “Love isn’t judgmental. Love is patient. Love is — weird, and sometimes gross.” But in Criss I think she’s found her happy place; I really do. And it’s not just because he’s the polar opposite of Dennis Duffy, whose idea of romance was a noogie and “Hello, dummy.” It’s because he’s sweet and silly, and we all could use a little more sweet and silly in our lives. Even Liz Lemon. Also, he quotes Han Solo to Liz. So, you know, a match made in Star Wars geek heaven.
There is no Liz Lemon more Liz Lemon than Liz Lemon responding to Criss’ love yous.
“You’re the best.”
“I love you.”
“I just ordered Thai food.”
Yep, that’s our Lemon. And when she finally says all that nice stuff you find on greeting cards? Yep, she’s wearing Hulk fists because it’s the only green she had in the house on St. Patrick’s Day. Oh, Lemon. I love you.
It’s hard to say what’s funnier, the sad fact that Harry’s Law is quite possibly the biggest scripted hit on NBC. The sad fact that without Germans there wouldn’t be any of the Indiana Jones movies. The sad fact that Yahoo! Answers probably does say Protestant William of Orange invented the orange.
Plus there was return of page/stalker Hazel (played by the very funny Kristen Schaal), who wants to take you to Sears to pick out a toy. And Jack was crowned king of Colonizers of Malaar, thus realizing how he can bring glory back to Kable Town. But, I won’t lie, my favorite cameo of the episode was by Siri. When Tracy instructs her to kill Jenna, this was her reply: “I killed Jenna Elfman. Is that right?”
So, what did you think? Love seeing Liz come out of her emotional infantilism? And is Criss her Han Solo? Discuss, preferably while wearing giant Hulk fists. And may your pornography be free of diarrhea.