The party in and of itself has to be one of 30 Rock
's finest and most manic moments. Let's just get that out of the way.
What I loved most about the party is that after allllll
the setup, that with all of the rumored/supposed/absolutely fabricated guests, the brilliant writers of 30 Rock
didn't event attempt to take us to the party in real time. There was no way it could live up to the promise. Nor did they just cut to Jack and his distressed hair and merely refer to the bash as being crazy. Rather, the way we only got fleeting, almost Lost
-like flashbacks to the insane, bizarre, freaky and at times completely out-of-character shenanigans was genius. A veritable feast for comedy-lovers' eyes and, I would reckon, one of the most replayed-on-TiVo segments of the TV season. (I myself watched it at least four times at varying speeds.)
That said, nothing I can type here can begin to recap the party. So let me just evoke a few images, and then we'll move on with the rest of the recap:
• "Kiss me, Grizz!"
• Lutz eating Sonny Crocket's parakeet medication
• Cerie cracking a bottle over one guy's head, and then clocking Jack
• "I would thank you to come pick up your wife at some point."
• "Harlem Globetrotter — does that name mean nothing
• Liz puking on the... Centaur?
We haven't even mentioned Greenzo yet! Props to David Schwimmer for throwing himself into this role, this rather unlikable lout. He started off just a humble out-of-work hack who, after a brief taste of Today
show fame, grew into a self-important, egocentric hack. Oh, and a drunk.
What must it be like to act like a total ass in front of former vice president Al Gore? Schwimmer now knows. That's got to be peculiar. I think I saw Gore break once things turned crazy with the burning Earth and all.
Even the sub-sub-subplot with Pete, his wife and the unsettling things they were doing in Liz's apartment (and with toaster pastry)... Shudder.
I almost hate to stop revisiting this episode, but it's time for the bullets:
• Jenna's lipstick of choice — Tiger Orgasm
• Jenna positing that if men didn't dress up for women, "They'd just sit around in their own filth."
• Greenzo, the "first nonjudgmental business-friendly environmental advocate"
• "I just wish my mom were still alive... so I could rub it in her fat face."
• Kenneth's precious Halloween party, with "Wolf Bar Mitzvah" playing and the Harry Potter and Austin Powers costumes
• "If the world is not here, where is Greenzo going to dance?"
• Jared describing Greenzo's tone as "rye and wise but also very sexual."
• Jack scoffing at Liz's idea (joke) about cloning Don Geiss: "Think it through."
• Jack dissing Kenneth's party in favor of "Shubert and ironically viewing some Canadian pornography."
(Someone help me out — why ironically
• Poor Cerie. Releasing "just enough hydrocarbons to kill a penguin. This
• Oh, Cerie — and her four girl cousins from Holland. And Frank saying, "I'll die a thousand deaths before I fail you."
• Jack mistaking T.I. for a Texas Instruments mogul
• "Do you even bother to compost your own feces?"
• "What do you do with the Pop-Tart?!"
• Cerie's translated cousin: "I'm just horny to be in New York!"
• "I knew we should have gone with Angie Harmon."
• Jared to Jack re: "Merry" Vieira: "Dude, have you hit that?"
• Liz meeting Al Gore: "I'm Lemon."
• "I'm excited to see this trash-powered car of yours!"
Which brings us to the very end, where Gore brings the heavy wink to NBC's "Green Week" campaign going on this very week, serving as the celebrity delivering an impassioned speech about eco-awareness. And just as he gets going...
"A whale is in trouble. I have to go."
And so do I.Are two Jack Donaghys better than one? Watch my Mitovich Mega-Minute vodcast for a bit of
30 Rock scoop.