Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What I’m Watching: 30 Rock

30 Rock: Season 5, Episode 14 “Double-Edged Sword” (B+)

This has to be the funniest and all-around best episode of this show in a long time. I fully enjoyed pretty much all of the plotlines, even Tracy’s! But of course most of the credit goes to the extremely even and entirely hilarious experiences of Liz and Jack and their respective partners. This episode proves that airplane humor is not dead, as evidenced by all of Carol’s antics and Jack’s confession of how he doesn’t sleep on planes because he doesn’t want to get incepted. I absolutely loved every one of Carol’s flight references, including all the bizarre product placement for the Oscar-eligible animated feature film “The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” a film I chose to skip, and wisely so given how much it was mocked in this installment. I thought that Liz’s rebellion was perfectly staged, and I liked how her touting of “my boyfriend is the pilot” came back to haunt her only a few short half-hours later. All of the NBC references were quite funny, including Lindsay Price starring on a new show and the joke about the timeliness of “Austin Powers on Crossfire.” Jack and Avery being devastated about their daughter being born in Canada served as a terrific comic plotline, and the best line was delivered by Jack: “Avery and I want our daughter to be born in America so she can one day become president and declare war on Germany like back when we were awesome.” It’s always fun to see John Cho, especially in an admittedly random guest spot like this.

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