30 ROCK “Brooklyn Without Limits” Review

30 Rock "Brooklyn Without Limits" (NBC)

30 ROCK “Brooklyn Without Limits” Season 5 Episode 7 – Roger Sterling comes to 30 Rock. Or, rather, I wish Roger Sterling had come to 30 Rock. John Slattery arrived as Steve Austin, a candidate for Congress. Jack decides to throw his support behind Steven Austin (who prefers to go by Steve so people might mistake him for that guy) in an attempt to thwart Regina Bookman, who cut short her promise and is attacking the merger earlier than anticipated.

Remember when Queen Latifah guest starred on 30 Rock? She was outlandish but never annoying, bold but not crass, un-pc but still, well, funny. The writers, in Austin, created a character who was sadly none of these things. I squirmed whenever he appeared on screen, wearing an adult diaper and a baby bonnet, chanting goo goo ga ga on stage all felt very cringeworthy. I love Slattery, but Austin is a character I will be delighted never to see again.

Liz Lemon’s storyline revolved around her finding a new pair of jeans at an indie shop called Brooklyn Without Limits. She is so delighted with her flattering jeans from an indie shop…until, that is, Jack points out the indie shop is, through the chains, controlled by Halliburton.

Usually Jenna carries my favorite storyline and Tracy my least favorite. This week they teamed up and created a decent storyline out of a less than mediocre episode as Jenna colludes to get Tracy on the path to Oscar glory via a Gold Globe stepping stone.

Two of my favorite quotes were:

“Our generation never votes. It interferes with talking about ourselves all the time.”

“Wow, that’s worse than the speech my grandpa made when my cousin married a Japanese girl.”

What did you think of this episode? Were you as disappointed as I was or did you enjoy it far more? Let me know in the comments below!

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