Just do it. Is it in you? I’m lovin’ it.

Sorry for the two day break, but I’m back and better than ever!*

*Cannot be confirmed that I am better than ever.

“30 Rock” remains phenomenal though. Let’s break it down:

1. Jack is afraid to go on the Annual “Retreat to Move Forward” because he’s afraid his old friends won’t like him since the CEO debacle and his stint in the Bush Administration. He brings Liz along to be his buddy, but is pressured by his Six Sigma buddies to abandon her. She remains a good friend to him. I have feelings.

2. Dr. Spaceman informs Tracy that he might have diabetes:

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Kenneth tries to get him to eat vegetables. He fails, until Tracy sees a witch who’s really Jenna.

3. Jenna has decided method acting is the key to her Oscar, so she acts just like Janice Joplin. Except her only source is Wikipedia, which Frank has been hacking to sabotage her. She freaks out on him, but he’s turned on by her messiness and they bang. But THEN she wants him to not tell anyone until it seems that he’s too embarrassed to tell anyone, so she tells everyone. But all the older, female members of the crew are in love with Frank, so they sabotage Jenna. Hence she looks like a witch.

Plot 1 is the main plot, and it reminded me that I used to think Six Sigma was just a joke “30 Rock” made up. It is not, though considering what Jack names the 6 pillars of Six Sigma as — teamwork, insight, brutality, male enhancement, handshake-fulness and play hard — can I really be blamed? “30 Rock” also frames the retreat as summer camp for grown ups.

And that’s when I realized something. I’ve been thinking a lot about how prestige dramas are into serious stories about serious white men and how I’m not into it. This article from xoJane — “I’m over critically acclaimed white dude television” — helped me realize how silly this is.

But if “30 Rock” were a different show, Jack Donaghy would be the serious white man at the center, struggling under the pressure of being too successful, trying to find happiness, and struggling with his mommy issues. Liz would be his mentee, the upstart young woman struggling to make it.

Oh wait, this show literally exists and it’s called “Mad Men.”

Which, for the record, I really enjoy. There’s even a Tumblr that puts together “Mad Men” photos and “30 Rock” quotes.

But “30 Rock” is basically saying, “Oh, all that really important corporate stuff those other shows take so seriously? It’s a joke. It’s summer camp, it’s high school. It’s petty and weird, and we are going to point it out.”

And that’s so powerful and subversive! I always think of “30 Rock” as parodying more of a “Sex In the City” rom-com thing, which it is (and Tina has talked about) that I never really thought of where Jack fits in. Jack is Don Draper or Roger Sterling shown for how ridiculous they are.

And I like it.

Perfect Pairing

This was really easy to figure out once someone asked Liz what level she was at the retreat. The perfect pair is a “Community” season 5 episode called “App Development and Condiments” where someone invents an app called MeowMeowBeenz where you rate everyone you know. The school turns into a dystopian hierarchy based on the ratings. And, like almost every “Community” episode, it gets to questions of friendship and connectedness, just like “30 Rock.” It was one of my favorite episodes of the season, and you should watch it.

Bits & Pieces

I really just love Jenna as Janice/knock-off Janice.

This episode twice shows Liz doing an impression of the title character from the movie Sling BladeI had never heard of this before today. It was written by and starred Billy Bob Thorton and he won an Oscar for it. What.

Best Frank hat: Pinball Mechanic

Tracy looks forward to potentially losing a foot because then he can have a wheel for a foot, like Rosie on “The Jetsons.”

Best part of Jack’s mirror pep talk to himself: “You’re Jack Donaghy. Titan. Maverick. Lover.”

Best Jack diss: He calls Liz the second half of a Judy Blume novel.

Tracy’s list of white myths: A link between diabetes and diets, Larry Bird, Colorado

I’m still standing by my theory that Jenna and Frank would make a great couple. But dating Frank would also humanize Jenna and make her less of a sociopath, I think, and “30 Rock” is not interested in her being a real person.

Character I related to most: Liz. I am awkward and also try to be a good friend!

Hints that Kenneth is immortal/mystical/terrifying: It’s unclear that the story he makes up about the witch is actually a made up story. Stone Mountain is a scary place.

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