Gay Girl’s Goggles: “30 Rock” SnapCap (6.11) — “Standards and Practices”


When only four percent of scripted TV shows feature LGBT characters, what’s a gay girl to do? Why, strap on your gay goggles and watch TV along with us, of course! Our handy appraisal scale is better than any old letter grade. Other sites A+. We say, “What about our lezzy-lady feelings?”

First, can I just say thank God for this wholesome family show and that is not that usual sitcom crap full of gratuitous vulgarity and pratfalls. *Slips* *Falls* Ouch, my vagina! Right, now that that’s out of the way, this week the finale of America’s Kidz Got Singing gets sabotaged by Kaylie Hooper (played with diabolical glee by Chloe Moretz), Jack’s teenage nemesis. Meanwhile, Jenna decides to meet the biological offspring born from the eggs she donated years ago. And Kenneth tries to stop offensive words like “fart” and “using” from making it onto the air. Just another day at 30 Rockefeller.

Well, it was nice to see Chloe again, though I probably should never include someone who is 15 under a subhead with the word “Bait” in it. Still, she makes a fun foil to Jack, and knows how to push all his abandoned child in need of a father figure buttons. Which made “Jack v. Kaylie Round 2: No Subtitle Necessary” a real treat.


Oddly enough, my feelings this episode mostly revolved around Jenna. While she refuses to let the little “condom accidents” on America’s Kidz Got Singing make her cry, her own fruit from her donated eggs made her realize making mini-Jennas isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when those mini-Jennas turn on her to make a deal for a Bravo reality series like The Girls Next Door where Jenna is like the old boat captain who shows up sometimes. And it turns out it’s the brown-haired, not-on-message birth daughter who is the most loyal after all. Though, admit it, you totally agree with Liz and think Jenna shouldn’t adopt. Because that child is better off in Somalia. It could be a pirate or a warlord’s concubine.


Oh, Liz. How can I not love a woman whose nemesis is autocorrect and its unintended correction of the phrase “pen organizer?” Also, how can you not love a woman who was voted the head of the PTA, while still a student? Plus, how can you not love a woman who got her period at a very loosely supervised petting farm? And, finally, how can I not love a woman who puts barbecue chips on her submarine sandwiches? Because that is straight-up delicious.


Kenneth gets a promotion in Standards & Practices and is suddenly in charge of late night programming. Which puts everyone’s favorite apple-faced goon at odds with Liz and TGS. Yet when Liz finds him crying in the men’s restroom (yes, she was in the men’s restroom – go with it), she makes up the supportive neighbor stall friend Kenneth Toilethole and has him tell Kenneth to stand up to, well, her. Which then leads to some of the best bleeping in the history of television. Which is followed by an awkward dinner between Liz, Kenneth and Kenneth Toilethole. p.s. I like Tina as a mustachioed red-head – there, I said it.

So, what did you think of last week’s offering. And what do you think Liz’s autocorrect was spelling instead of “pen organizer?”

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