I’m thirty-seven, please don’t make me go to Brooklyn.
I got into an argument with one of my best friends. Does Jack actually give good advice? I remarked that I was impressed that he has successfully mentored someone in the past, while he staunchly defended Jack. I’ve decided that I need to keep track of Jack’s advice each episode. Thankfully, he gives a lot of advice this episode! But I’m getting ahead of myself…
Our three plots:
1. Liz dates the coffee boy, Jamie, who is younger than her. Liz: “He is cute. He looks like Zac Efron. That’s a thing, right?” Jenna is jealous of her cougar status.
2. Tracy coaches a little league team in Knuckle Beach, a “bad neighborhood” which I have always assumed is a stand-in for Far Rockaway, and Jack tries to help.
3. Frank is gay for Jamie. Just Jamie.
(Note: I keep spelling Jamie like Jaime Lannister. Jaime > Jamie. Sorry Jamie.)
So Jamie the coffee boy asks out Liz, who he thinks is 29. He says he’s 25. Not bad.
Except she’s 37 and he’s 20. I am older than Jamie. I am not OK with this.
But Jack convinces Liz to go with it, because it’s fun and she’s, in fact, a catch (I feel vindicated, I guess), and she needs to put herself out there. So she goes with it, and it works out pretty OK.
Until she meets his mom:
Bye Jamie and your mid-2000s blond highlights.
Meanwhile, Jenna dates a “freshman at NYU” who is clearly no older than 14. He rides away on his Heelys. It’s great.
Meanwhile, Tracy’s little league team quickly gets out of hand. Only “30 Rock” could make little league baseball a metaphor for the war in Afghanistan.
Tracy tells Jack he can’t help the team because he doesn’t understand them. Jack responds:
I don’t have to understand their world in order to help them. It’s like this great country of ours. We can go into any nation, impose our values, and make things better. It’s what Bush is doing all over the globe.
And then we get visuals like this:
The thing gets really heavy-handed, and that makes it funnier, honestly. He asks Tracy to make a coalition. He fixes the problem with a surge — Grizz and Dotcom join the team. I once read an article about how “Arrested Development” was really important to liberals during the Bush years because it helped them realize they weren’t that crazy and there were other liberals out there. “30 Rock” is for the post-Bush liberal, confused and excited, but also kind of dumb.
Plot three is also amazing. You may have realized that I love Frank a lot. and finally he got a plot all his own, where he does things like paint one-armed unicorn mermaids with bigfoot for Jamie.
Liz: “You can’t be gay for one person. Unless you’re a lady and you meet Ellen.”
But Frank apparently really is gay for one person, announcing to his new friends at a gay bar, “You guys are great, a lot of fun to dance with, and you smell great,” but he’s just not into them.
As he leaves the bar, Muffintop blasts. Yessssss.
Back to the question at hand: Did Jack give good advice this episode? I’m blue, my friend is gray.
Now, our general conversation was about whether Jack is a good mentor. Technically he’s not Tracy’s official mentor, so should his missteps in that area count against him? Not sure.
Bits & Pieces
Bald writer/Kevin Miller appears!
Best Frank Hat: In an episode of greats, the winner is “Burrito.”
Jamie has never been in a cab with less than seven people. Same, dude.
Best Jack line: “Where did you two meet, an AMBER Alert?”
Jack sponsors a charity to give tuxedoes to homeless people. ***flawless
The ballpark at Knuckle Beach is Jefferson Davis Park. Best show.
Character I related to most: Liz when Jack accused her of not being fun, and her defense was that she goes on her roof sometimes.
A ranking of all of Liz’s love interests from best to worst: Floyd, Gray, Dennis, Jamie, Conan, Gretchen the lesbian, that guy Wayne Brady played
A note about the above rankings: I feel like I might switch Gray and Floyd. Hmmm. And I feel like I’m forgetting someone. Am I?
Hints that Kenneth is immortal/mystical/terrifying: HE SHOWS US THIS REALLY WEIRD DRAWING OF A MONSTER, THEN SAYS THAT’S FROM HIS DREAM JOURNAL. THEN TELLS US THAT ALL HIS DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE. TERRIFYING.