30 Rock recap: Season 4, “Into the Crevasse”
Okay, last night’s episode had some great lines, but I thought the episode in general was a little all over the place and, as a whole, not super hilarious. I can usually count on at least five of my Facebook friends including a 30 Rock quote in their status updates the morning after a new episode airs, but these past two weeks? Nothing. Is the best comedy on television losing steam? It’s a little too early to tell.
This week, Liz’s Dealbreaker book (carrying on from last season’s “popular” catchphrase) causes trouble for every guy in her life (Except Jack, who is more concerned with having to go to Washington for a government bailout). Loved the scene where Pete pushes Liz and totally smooshes her boob in the process. The book wrecks so much havoc on Tracy’s marriage that he’s forced to move in with Lemon. Elsewhere in the episode, we learn about Kenneth’s volunteerism (by the way, did you see Jack McBrayer make a bonus cameo in the episode as a background dancer in the 1950’s-esque clip of “Doin’ the Microwave?”) and Jenna goes to Iceland to make a werewolf movie (you know, trying to cash in on the vampire craze).
The Jack scenes in D.C. were good, mostly because Devon Banks (Will Arnett) returned as Jack’s nemesis. I’m always happy to see Arnett back, but it’s a shame he didn’t have any scenes with McBrayer. Banks and Kenneth moments are instant classics. And speaking of instant classics, does Jenna’s new movie mean we can expect a werewolf-themed song in a future ep? I sure hope so.
Overall, “Into the Crevasse” was good, but not great, and here are the best lines of the night:
Liz: “I did Big Sister in college. That little girl taught me how to use tampons.”
Kenneth: “Oh, Big Brother isn’t affiliated with the mentoring program. It’s an organization that secretly watches people and makes sure they’re behaving properly.”
Jack: "And now your President, who by the way is Kenyan and smokes cigarettes, has created an industry task force for microwaves and small appliances."
Kenneth: "I grew up on a pig farm where I learned that all the animals, even the birds that cleaned our teeth, were workers."
Tracy: "A book hasn't caused this much trouble since Where's Waldo went to that barbershop pole factory."
Devon Banks: "I knew I had to align myself with something more powerful than GE, and since American Idol's not on 'til January that left the United States government."
PS. It looks like Betty White makes an appearance on next week’s episode, which should automatically equal hilarity.