It started out as a joke but now it’s becoming real.

Ah, sorry for the gap in post. Too much life happening.

But the show must go on! Tomorrow I’m hitting the midway point. Watching one half of “30 Rock” is not at all impressive, so obviously I’m not giving up. Also check back tomorrow for a post about the best of the first half of the season.

But first this episode. I think it’s the only one with a plot that really includes Danny, and we get to see sexy Liz, so, needless to say, I ❤ this episode. Plots:

1. Liz is hooking up with Danny, but Jack doesn’t want to share his new bro. It appears that Liz is going to win this one, until Jack tells Danny he’s in love with Liz and asks him to end it out of friendship. Jack telling Danny “I ache for her sexually” is obviously supposed to be funny (and it is) but with Alec Baldwin saying it, the line between “joke” and “not a joke” is totally blurred. I read somewhere that Alec really wanted Jack and Liz together so he would play it up when he got moments like this. Whether or not that’s true, it feels like he did that here, and I am into it.

2. Jenna reads for a role on “Gossip Girl” — the role of the mother. Gasp! Jenna goes through a crisis, which culminates with her taping her face while singing “Forever Young” in her dressing room. Liz, an amazing friend, tells Jenna that she’ll show her friend Tom to the world if Jenna accepts that she’s old. Tom is Liz’s mustache, Tom Selleck. Jenna agrees and has a great death scene on “Gossip Girl,” where she says:

Don’t cry for me, Tartine. I’ve had a full life. Oh, the things I’ve seen. The first Clinton administration. The Nagano Olympics. Microsoft Windows ’95. But I’m 41 now. Time to die.

3. Tracy adds Sue to the entourage to help him respect women. But then he gets creepy dad about it and she becomes a rebellious teen. At the end they make up and “a nice man” (Liz with a mustache) comes and “take[s] her from you” (back to the writers’ room). There’s a funny montage of all their time together set to “Forever Young,” but it’s literally just scenes from this episode.

This plot would be sort of misogynist if it didn’t have this exchange:

Kenneth: A whole new part of your heart has opened up.

Tracy: Thank God because the doctors keep telling me it’s pretty clogged.

With that, “30 Rock” seems pretty self-aware that the “man gets a daughter and realizes sexism is bad” trope is overplayed, so Tracy doesn’t take it seriously at all.

Bits and Pieces:

Included “young Jenna”:

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Jack takes Toofer to a sports game and he only discusses Quidditch and how its rules make no sense (they really don’t).

Jenna majored in “prom queens and murdered runaways” in acting school.

Danny only plays robots, including in a sketch called “Robot v. Wade.”

Pete’s best line ever: What are you happy about? Did we get cancelled?

Character I related to most: Liz when she dances while making fun of Jack for saying he’s in love with her.

Danny’s best line ever: I want to be TGS’s Steve Nash. Come down from canada, work hard, make the black guy look. good.

Kenneth’s teeth are made of wood, and, when Frank plays a noise so low only people older than 40 can hear it, he hears it. #terrifyingKenneth

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