30 ROCK Review – “Secrets and Lies” (Season 2 Episode 8)

30 ROCK - Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan on NBC

Okay, everybody gets to have a John Kerry moment and I guess today it’s my turn.

Last week I wrote 30 ROCK was back, but after watching last night’s episode, “Secrets and Lies,” I am not so sure.

Flip – Yeah, there were great lines. Donaghy had one of them: “I like a woman with ambition; it’s like seeing a dog wearing clothes.”

Ha, sorry ladies, even Gloria Steinem thought that was funny. And girls, if you don’t know who Steinem is – let me educate you, she is sort of like Lindsay Lohan meets Paris Hilton.

You’re welcome. I like to teach (seriously, step away from the TV and read a book).

Flop – But this week I have to confess that the show wobbled because of Tracy. Well not Tracy exactly, it’s not like he did anything wrong. It’s just that the words that came out of his mouth weren’t that funny.

It’s a good thing he’s so crazy, because crazy on 30 Rock can play like a really big explosion in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie: the movie might be wack, but at least the big explosion keeps you awake – unlike with a bad European film, which, if it’s bad, you’re f***ed.

(Note to self – there could be no “explosion” loud enough to keep you awake through the “Greenzo” episode.)

But I suppose even an off-form Morgan (and 30 Rock for that matter) is still inherently watchable. But for how long will loopy and quirky be enough? Well, only you folks can answer that.

Speaking of you folks, I may yet have to agree with one reader who says that Liz Lemon is the funniest character on the show. I said it was Tracy. Well, I think what I said was more along the lines of Tracy being the glue that holds the show together and that I wanted more glue (as does Tracy). But I think the reader may be right about Tina Fey’s, Liz Lemon.

Lemon’s more likely to make you laugh because you go: “oh shit, that’s so true.” Like that time she was so behind on her laundry that she wore a one-piece swimsuit under her clothes. That was hilarious – I know women who do that.

Anyway, so sue me, I guess I am just a flip flopper when it comes to 30 Rock. But don’t we all change our minds about things from time to time?


Okay, let me put it like this then: 30 Rock is like Chinese food, even when it’s not so good, it’s not so bad.

Get me now?

Now seriously, go read a book.