Sunday, April 8, 2012

What I’m Watching: 30 Rock

30 Rock: Season 6, Episode 16 “Nothing Left to Lose” (B+)

Here we have an episode of this show that’s surprisingly focused and similarly-themed across the board. The requirement of the Kabletown self-evaluations forces each person to look inward and consider their strengths and weaknesses, but, more crucially, it permits others to learn just what they think of themselves and find a way to use it to their advantage. Jack’s concern with Pete having no ambition because he achieved so much as a teenager and stability would be a blessing was perhaps the most amusing, as his meddling forced Pete to spiral down even further, losing a fight to a dummy and shaving his head to unveil a particularly unsettling birthmark. Jenna getting pranked by the writers allowed her a victory similar to the one she experienced two weeks ago with her boring song that couldn’t be parodied, to do something nice, making her the fourth worst person in the world. Kenneth as the world’s trashman makes sense, and as he becomes more and more peculiar, that’s probably the place to keep him. His best logic of the week, about revenge: “The Bible says it’s wrong, but it’s the surprise hit of the season on ABC.” Tracy’s newfound sense of smell produced typically wild results, as he turned to Liz for approval since she smelled like his dad and was able to be extremely productive both as an actor on the show and as a person. The things only a visit to Dr. Spaceman to have something stuck up your nose can solve…

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