What the what? Yes, it’s true, 30 Rock is finally back. And I’ll be SnapCapping each episode this season for your reading pleasure. To kick off the sixth season, Liz Lemon is happy. No, really. No, I mean it. No, stop laughing. She is really, really happy. Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching happy. It’s somewhat disorienting. I need to go talk to some food about this.
AFTERELLEN BAIT (What enticement did the episode use to reel in gay lady viewers?)
Former AfterEllen.com Hot 100 winner Tina Fey gives us a glimpse of her bra and dickie, grabs her own boobs and joins the WNBA’s New York Liberty dance squad the Timeless Torches. All in all, not a bad day at the office for old Ms. Snarker when it comes to ogling her No. 1 Fake TV Wife. Not bad at all.
FEELINGS, FEELINGS, FEELINGS! (Did the episode give you a lot of feelings?)
As 30 Rock always does, the episode has multiple stories running at once. One was about Liz’s newfound happiness, and how it was freaking everyone out. Another was about Jenna being the everyone-loves-to-hate mean judge on the reality show America’s Kidz Got Singing and how Jack worries she is being too mean to kids. And the last was about how Kenneth spent his so-called last day on Earth before the predicted Rapture. Of those Liz’s story was the most intriguing, leaving us guessing about how long her happiness will last. Jenna’s had the most one-liners. And Kenneth’s was actually almost poignant. Way to keep us off balance, 30 Rock. But, seriously, who was that guy Liz was kissing?
MAKING LEMON-ADE (What were the best Liz Lemon antics of the week?)
A happy, carefree, stress-free Liz is truly a step into bizarro world. But at least it’s a fun bizarro world. I actually hope Bizarro Liz sticks around for a while. It’s nice to see her happy and smiling about dorky things. Like her old-person dance troupe (which, by the way, really exists). And Kenneth in a clown wig. And her own boobs. In fact, I’m thinking of investing in dickies because maybe it really does put you in a good mood when not weighed down by redundant fabric.
HEY, NERDS! (How much delightfully nerdy funny business was there?)
In its first episode back 30 Rock brought the topical humor with a holiday card featuring Jack’s still kidnapped wife standing next to Kim Jong-un. It also brought went into the pop culture archives with Jack lamenting the unanimously negative response of the fake former Frasier spin-off, Hey, Roz. And then there was that little loving dig at Betty White. And, yes, there were even gay jokes. First, Jack mentioned a child singing contestant whose mothers are both serial killers. And then Kenneth responds to the sighting of flaming horses with, “Reverend Gary says super gay horses are one of the signs of the apocalypse.” Wait, I thought unicorns were super gay horses.
Right, so, what did you think of the first episode back after an eight month break? Did you want to go to there? Also, come on, who was Liz kissing? Discuss.