30 Rock: ‘This is going to be the scariest Princeton Parent’s Weekend ever!’
Written by The Flat Hat|
October 31, 2009
Even Jenna couldn’t have ruined this episode for me! Everything was perfect, from the opening scene of Liz rubbing a candle on her armpits as deodorant to Tracy throwing off his shirt at the gay Halloween party, shouting, “Tell my wife I went to Philadelphia on business!” Even Jenna’s sub-slash-main plot was good — not just adequate, but good! I know, I know…I’m as shocked as you are.
I thought I recognized Jeff Dunham (who played Rick Wayne, the ventriloquist), and after some Google-sleuthing I found out it actually was him. I’m not a huge fan of his, so his presence didn’t make me excited or shocked. It was just “ehh.” His character was dumb, too. But the idea of a chuckle hut (“the chuckle is the part of the pig between the tail and the anus!”) that turns into the laugh factory (an actual comedy club) is absolutely hilarious. Jimmy Fallon was good in his cameo, but mostly because it wasn’t a live taping so he couldn’t ruin it by breaking character to laugh. I also like how he made fun of his own show, too:
*Jimmy*: If some celebrity doesn’t die soon, I’mma kill my first guest tonight… it’s a dog that plays soccer.
*Kenneth*: Really? That’s your first guest?
*Jimmy*: [looking at his feet]…Yeah.
Tracy’s sub-plots are almost always funny, and this episode was no exception. Any sub-plot where Tracy is in constant fear is comedic genius (my mind goes straight to the season one episode where he was afraid of the little purple guy he saw when he didn’t take his medication).
I was actually a little disappointed in Liz; she was sick most of the episode, which is no fun to watch. Her interactions with Rick Wayne were funny, though. But Liz is consistently wonderful, so I’ll cut her some slack.
And I found out Kenneth and I have two things in common: we both find “two hobos sharin’ a bean” hilarious, and both our ancestors first settled in “sexCRIMinalboat.”
(And yes, Kenneth. I’m pretty sure that’s Cherokee.)