30 Rock Season 7 Review “Stride of Pride”

30 Rock Season 7 Episode 3 Stride of Pride (4)

Back in 1997, a visionary (on NBC!), fed up with the stress of normal holidays decided to proffer a new holiday. All those that wished to avoid the stress, anxious family dinners, and travel issues the holiday season provides could partake in this man’s new holiday. Festivus captured the hearts of people everywhere with its simplicity. One of the chief activities in any Festivus dinner was the Airing of Grievances. Simply put, it was a time to make statements about the things that have been bothering you throughout the year. Frank Costanza pulled no punches when airing his grievances with his family members. Now, it seems that Tina Fey has gotten our Festivus party started early this year. She’s got some things she would like to say, and she’s going to use the final season of 30 Rock to do it. The social commentary is biting, unforgiving, and oh so hilarious.

Number one on this week’s hit list was nobody’s favorite, Nikki Finke. Instead of an article causing an uproar in the funny women community, this week it was an ill-advised tweet from the master of the ill-advised: Tracy Jordan. Much like her television avatar, Liz Lemon, I’m sure Tina Fey would have liked to not be a part of this argument. However, she’s a prominent woman of comedy and has a platform to fire back. Despite Tracy’s insistance that women are not as funny as monkeys, Liz Lemon’s sketch with Jenna coupled with the cancellation of Animal Practice make this one a win for funny women everywhere.

Though Liz’s storyline had more of the topical oomph, Jack’s innovative dating style provided plenty of laughs tonight. Jack’s convoluted theories are always amusing, but utilizing “The Great Escape” as a framing device for his dating style was a tour de force. Sure, the tables get turned when he finds out it’s actually being done to him by one of his many women (The kids call it Pokemon), but Jack’s decision to embrace himself led him to continue to enjoy his new found dating existence. Besides, who wants to drive five hours to go to a concert anyway? That sounds like a job for the Sex Idiot.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?

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In addition to commenting on all types of TV from Mad Men to dumb reality television, Adam Newland (AKA The TV Czar) works as an educator of young minds. Currently, he is seeing mixed results in both. In addition to fashioning himself the TV Czar, Adam considers himself to be a connoisseur of the narrative drama such as Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Justified, and others. When not attempting to plow through an entire week’s worth of TV in a single weekend, the TV Czar can be found enjoying a trip to the gym and spending time with his wife, the Czarina.

  • Abby

    The flashcard joke is still making me laugh! Great episode all around.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m just the aging Squirtle in her Pokemoning.”

    Ahahaha!! That and Tracy’s monkey were the best moments of this episode. Loved it. :D

    • Anonymous

      Of course the monkey was funny!  Now, if we only we could get Crystal the Monkey back on television somewhere, we would be in business.