|30 Rock – “Double-Edged Sword”
Once again, my chief concern with 30 Rock is not the quality of its episodes, but that it’s not on until 10 p.m. and by then I’ve watched Community, waited a half and hour, and the Office and Parks and Recreation. I think I’ll have to start watching these separately.
So this episode is all about double-edged swords. Jack and Avery, who is basically lady Jack, and heading up to Toronto for Valentine’s Day. But, wuh-oh, baby’s coming! And since Jack and Avery are hyper patriotic, the idea of having their daughter born outside of the US of A is unacceptable. And while I think having two American parents entitles their child to American citizenship regardless, the couple irrationally tries to get back across the border as Avery goes through labor. They meet John Cho, and it’s funny.
Meanwhile, Liz is joining Carol for a get-away. Unfortunately, Carol’s plane never gets airborne, slowly giving all the passengers a bad case of cabin fever. Liz’s lesser desires put her at odds with Carol, as she tries to act as a heroic leader for the passengers. Carol, who’s work is insulted by Liz, is too proud to see where she’s coming from, and holds the airplane hostage. It’s all pretty stir crazy and pretty funny as well.
The other story involves Tracy, a proud new EGOT winner. While he loves his new status, he hates that he is respected now and expected to do mature things for good causes. It felt kind of familiar and wasn’t really that funny. Still, this was another great episode that tied all the plots together thematically and threw in some tender one-liners.