30 Rock “Idiots Are People Two!” Review


When a 30 Rock episode begins with Kenneth asking what could possibly go wrong it is a sure sign of shenanigans and craziness to come. This week, the writers decided to bring closure to the very public controversy last Spring over Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant/stand-up routine. The entire premise further cemented my belief that Tracy Morgan is simply playing himself on television.

Tracy Morgan Jordan’s loud, insensitive mouth gets him in trouble with the gay community and he turns to Liz to help him escape the mounting controversy. The writers tackled the real life issue with a bit of parody and some soft peddling. Morgan’s actual comments were much worse than those made by his 30 Rock alter ego. And I quote, “If you want to look at a penis, take off your pants.” With that, I knew that although 30 Rock was taking the gutsy step of confronting the Morgan incident, it was pretty clear that this would be more humor than didactic after school special.

The episode closed with a cliff hanger. Jack is investing in Criss, Tracy is still leading the idiots and I’m still not sure I follow what Jenna, Kenneth and Pete were up to but I do look forward to seeing it all wrapped up next week.

Favorite moments and observations from this week’s episode of 30 Rock:

>This was a really great episode for Alec Baldwin. Watching him confront Liz about her secret relationship was really funny.

>Terry the gender-neutral doll is amazing but why are the majority of them in police evidence lockers?

>Pancakes with M&Ms in them is grounds for an immediate marriage proposal!

>I thought Snuggles was a baby too!

>Note to Liz – NEVER get a proper head shot. The glamor shot with her holding a rose is an image I hope remains with me forever.

>Denise Richards may have counted herself among the idiots but I thought her cameo was pure genius.

>I’m not sure if I like Criss yet. I loved him for the pancakes but hypothesizing about a link between the amazing Lando Carlissian and the Kardashians is just WRONG.

Sound off below on 30 Rock. Any guesses for next week?