If someone had never seen an episode of 30 Rock, I might show them "Argus" so they would get a pretty decent idea of what the series is like. It's a show about a madhouse of characters with Liz Lemon in the middle of it attempting to keep the order, while still trying to deal with her own issues. Thursday night's episode had that in spades, plus the jokes to go along with it. "Argus" was everything one would expect from an episode of 30 Rock… except, unfortunately, for the Jack Donaghy stuff.

It's been a few episodes since Liz has had to really take control of the issues of her staff. Recent episodes have kept characters relatively separated. In "Argus," Liz found herself looking out for the well being of Jenna, Tracy, Grizz and Dotcom. It was fun to watch, as Tina Fey tends to shine when her character is in the center of a hurricane. Grizz trying to not hurt Tracy's feelings while Tracy tried to keep Dotcom away from Grizz's fiance, Feyonce (Like Beyonce, but with an "F") offered up some inspired lunacy. The most fun came watching Liz jump back and forth between what she thought would be the best outcome for all parties.

The storyline also delivered a number of great bits. A standout for me was Tracy telling Liz he might have to show her the back of his hand… which had a note taped to it that read, "Please be nice to me." There were also a lot of throwaway lines that delivered great laughs. I loved learning that Grizz and Dotcom met at a place called "Above the Beanstalk," a summer camp for giants. Liz reading Grizz's letter was also good, especially when she got to the word white people couldn't say. Ultimately, the storyline led to Liz being made the Woman of Honor and therefore being committed to… oh, my… three weddings on the same day! I hope 30 Rock makes the most out of this classic, only-in-a-sitcom situation, as they've done before with so many others.

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Will Forte guest starring as Jenna's boyfriend and Jenna Maroney impersonator was a lot of fun, and a little bit creepy. The oddness of his character before the reveal was fun, and I especially loved the "feeling the weight of Jenna's jewelry with my finger pads" line. Post-reveal, it was all about the uncomfortably funny weirdness of Jenna basically making out with herself. The tag was especially comically disturbing.

Jack's role in this week's episode was a bit of a disappointment. Yes, inheriting a peacock from Don Geiss' estate did have its moments. "Crazy Rich People Pet Store" and Jack's seven stages of grief were funny standouts. Overall, however, the slow death of Argus was a bit of a bore. While the rest of the episode is a fine example of what 30 Rock can do best, there was little fun to be had watching Jack Donaghy chat up a dying peacock.

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