This corporation has a very strict bros before hoes policy.

When I turned on my TV, my dad had left VH1 Classic on, and they were showing an old episode of SNL. The last sketch they showed is one of my G.O.A.T.:

(Did you know that Tina cast whatshisname as Aaron Samuels because she thought he looked like Jimmy Fallon? It’s harder to see now that Jimmy is older, but now when I see young Jimmy I only think of Aaron and his sexy hair.)

Today I read this article that Tina Fey wrote for the New Yorker way back in 2011. A lot of it was reworked in to “Bossy Pants” (maybe even the whole thing? I need to re-read “Bossy Pants,” clearly) but I still enjoyed reading it.

And I’d like to point to three things that are relevant to “30 Rock,” one of which is extremely pertinent to this episode.

1) Tina writes about discovering that 4 to 5 SNL male writers would pee into cups in their offices rather than get up and go to the bathroom. In  an episode of “30 Rock” this blog has yet to cover, Frank pees into cups and jars in his office.

2) Tina writes, To continue with this science of broad generalization, pissing in cups may show that men go into comedy to break rules. Conversely, the women I know in comedy are all dutiful daughters, good citizens, mild-mannered college graduates. Maybe we women gravitate toward comedy because it is a socially acceptable way to break rules.”

Now, I’m not broadly signing on to this statement — I think Abby and Ilana from “Broad City” are probably the perfect evidence against, but maybe they’re nothing like their fictional counterparts — but I think it informs the way we see Liz. It also resonated with me on a personal level.

3) Tina talks about how comedy writing staffs are a mix of Harvard guys and improv freaks. This is particularly pertinent to this episode because that’s our C plot!

Our plots:

A) Jenna is jealous that Liz always give in to Tracy’s craziness, so she starts acting like Tracy.

B) Jack and C.C. try to figure out what to do with their Elephant-Donkey romance.

C) Frank dresses up like a Harvard guy to annoy Toofer. Toofer dresses like Frank. Then it escalates too far for them to stop, even though they totally do. James Carville helps them figure it out.

Jenna gets an award for “Best Actress in a Movie Based on a Musical Based on a Movie” for her performance in “Mystic Pizza: The Musical: The Movie.” Tracy is sad because he never wins anything; even Shaq got a kids choice award for that animation movie they did:

So Liz tells him he won a Pacific Rim Emmy and sets up a fake satellite acceptance of his award.

And Jenna freaks out because she decides Liz never pays attention to her. She gets a gay entourage, comes and goes as she pleases, and acts like … well Jenna, but slightly more annoying.

Which Liz points out to her. Liz had been coddling her this whole time; she even made her that Best Actress award out of a cookie.

Liz: You’re so insecure you get jealous of babies for their soft skin.

Jenna: And for all the attention they get.

The conclusion of this plot is what really separates this show from other sitcoms. On another show, Jenna would thank Liz for all she does, and apologize for being such a baby. Instead, she hugs Liz and tells her that all she wanted was to hear that she annoys Liz just as much as Tracy does. What. Right when we veer into “Full House”-lesson territory, we take a sharp turn into craziness.

And the same thing happens in the B plot. C.C. and Jack fight because she’s willing to compromise for him, but he won’t budge. Finally, after some inspiration from James Carville, who won’t stop saying “Cajun Style,” he takes her to the NBC executive dining hall and introduces her to the crowd. This leads to some amazing Republican confessions:

I donated to NPR last year.

My children go to public school.

I’m gay.

I’m black.

I murdered my wife.

Again, this was almost a cheesy, perfect ending. Everyone learned a lesson about accepting each other! Until it totally goes off the rails.

James Carville also fixes the C plot, letting Toofer and Frank know that Josh has been doing something weird with his hair and they should distract people with that. Again, on another show, James Carville would have given normal advice about getting along and seeing past our differences. These endings are way more interesting and funnier. And realistically absurd.

The Josh plan works. James Carville >>> David Schwimmer.

Some photographic evidence of how great this plot was:

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Anyway, next episode is Ludachristmas, which I’m really excited about. Then, I’m going on vacation with really bad WiFi, so we’ll resume on Sunday.

Bits & Pieces

Most iconic exchange:

Jack: We are lovers.

Liz: Ugh that word bums me out unless it’s between meat and pizza.

Best James Carville love advice: “True love can weather any storm. Even desert storm.”

Best Frank hat: See above.

Tracy’s kids are named Tracy Jr. and George Foreman. He also wanted to change his name to Wise Greasy Bastard. This is an amazing joke. Sometimes I’m just blown away by how densely packed with jokes each episode is.

Character I related to most: Liz when she slapped Kenneth because he sucked at Celebrity. #competitive

Kenneth’s favorite pizza topping is plain.

Jack sends my BFF Jonathan to an imaginary bakery in Queens to get him sfogliatelle. If you have never had one, you are missing out, and I’m sorry that you’re not Italian.

Things we know about Josh: His mom cut his hair once.

Jack listens to John Legend.

Hints that Kenneth is immortal/mystical/terrifying: His favorite pizza topping is plain.

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