Monday, March 19, 2012
30 Rock: Season 6, Episode 12 “St. Patrick’s Day” (B+)
This show has really taken to skewering holidays recently, and in this case, it’s an actual widely celebrated festival that just happened to occur this past weekend. Liz’s efforts to wear orange for the day and shout “Megan” at a group of Irish women to confuse them were amusing, though things are never so simple for the leading lady on this show. I’m always excited to see Dennis Duffy return, and it was even more fun since, on this rare occasion where I was watching live and not skipping past commercials, Dean Winters was seen several times acting like an idiot in the brilliant Allstate insurance commercials. Criss taking to Dennis was entertaining, and I liked Dennis’s suggestion that Criss sell plain buns to drunk Irish people out of his cart. Frank’s expression of the writers’ decision to stay in on St. Patrick’s Day because they all have faces people want to punch was quite funny, and I enjoyed seeing Jack step in and overanalyze their board game. Hazel is not working out well as a page, which isn’t much of a surprise given how she is somehow being treated even more horribly than Kenneth tends to be, but he has her back, which is a good thing since she really screwed up in terms of Tracy and Jenna’s on-air performance for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Their insistence on reading Host #1’s lines was hilarious, and leave it to Kenneth to know just what to do: show up with a limo for Host #2 and have them fight about which one deserves the secondary spotlight.