30 ROCK “Mrs Donaghy” Review

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30 ROCK “Mrs Donaghy” Season 5 Episode 11 – Christmas is over and 30 Rock is back and it would appear that the world where Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy inhabit have been incredibly busy. In an amazing mix up involving a mosquito net, a man’s blouse and an erratic French priest, Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy have been wedded as husband and wife. The will they, won’t they question has finally been answered in matrimony. Of course (unfortunately) what we have here is failure to communicate.

This premise was funny, and there were moments which were hilarious; Jack wants to divorce her immediately before his should-be wife returns from her economic conference in China (where she is definitely not a spy) but Liz’s writers want her to get them a better health insurance deal. Thus a war of pens is begun: she refuses to sign the divorce papers until he gives her writers what they want, he tries to force her into signing the papers without providing the decent health coverage. The story was strong and, as usual, funnier than it had any right to be thanks to Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin’s consistently spectacular performances. But it grounded a pretty average episode of 30 Rock (which, mind you, is still far superior than most of the television shows out there). Still, the ending scene with Mr Weinerslav was strangely emotional and reached for a depth 30 Rock generally steers clear from.

Tracy’s storyline on the other hand was very funny, with Sherri Shepherd showing up once more as his prima donna wife. Tracy’s fear of dying “your blood tastes like root beer” lead to a fear of what would become of his children “if I’m not around to pay someone to look after them” led to Sherri’s character being used in Jack and Liz’s tactical war. In the end only she won, gaining her own reality television show with a gay hair stylist, a meth addict and a slut.

Jenna’s storyline involved her and Danny mending their feuding ways playing faux parents to Kenneth. It got old pretty fast, but I would be of the strong opinion that Jane Krakowski is one of the funniest actors on television, so watching her being mildly humorous was more entertaining than the entire second season of Glee.

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