30 Rock – Season 1, Episode 17 – The Fighting Irish

If there was a better line on TV this week than “We have to synergize backwards overflow” I’d like to hear it. After a rocky start this show is now my second favourite comedy on TV (still behind The Office but catching up) passing Scrubs, Earl and How I Met Your Mother.

Tina Fey is TV’s new Elaine. From her dancing/ aerobics moves to the way she stays calm in the face of craziness around her to her poor choice of men. She’s a great centre for the show and she does make smart look sexy. Such an Elaine move to want to fire the woman dating the guy you like and great power trip. Things are sure lining up for Liz Lemon.  Thanks Jack.

There’s not much I can say about Alec Baldwin that hasn’t been said. I don’t know how NBC got him to come to TV but he’s one of the best characters on the air today. Take his management approach, showing Liz the video of the panda to soften her up before telling her she needs to fire 10% of her staff or should I say make 90% of her staff very happy. He even did the impossible – make me like Nathan Lane. I laughed very hard at their walk down memory lane – juvie, Jonestown, punching Donald Duck. All good and a great family reunion to boot.

Even the Tracey Jordan character who was kind of grating at the beginning has worn me down with his portrayal of a celebrity. Last week’s episode where he finds out his entourage has been laughing at his jokes and letting him win at video games was classic as was this week’s move of joining a church (but not the Church of Practicology or Kabbalah) pre-emptively in case he needs to appear in front of a jury.

After this week the show goes off the air for the next six weeks to be replaced by Andy Barker PI, which I hear is also pretty good. I’ll definitely miss it and can only hope NBC renews it for next season.

Avi’s Episode Rating: A+

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