’30 Rock: Leap Day’ Review

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This week’s review is going to be rather short because, in all honesty, there isn’t a lot to say. There weren’t very many subplots, and the main focus of the episode (Leap Day), while having a lot of potential, was disappointingly executed. Overall, the episode was relatively mediocre.

In the world of 30 Rock, Leap Day is a joyous occasion that the whole world takes as an opportunity to seize the day. So, when Tracy finds a 50,000 dollar gift card to Benihana that expires at the end of the month, he decides to take advantage of it. Like the episode’s theme, the concept for Tracy’s story is funny in and of itself, but it didn’t fill its full potential.

Meanwhile, Liz’s former college classmate and current billionaire, Thad Wormald, invites her to a Leap Day party where he offers her 20 million dollars to take his virginity. Again, the concept sounds funny, but in truth, Thad’s character was awkward and unamusing. Tina Fey pulled through, however, rising above her “date’s” performance and displaying her classic Liz Lemon wit.

Two aspects of the episode did manage to get some serious laughs. One was Jack’s story. As Jack obsesses over his Leap Day business affairs, he loses touch with his daughter, Liddy. When he passes out from some bad rhubarb, Kenneth takes Jack on a spiritual journey through his past, present, and future Leap Days. When the journey, obviously reminiscent of “A Christmas Carol,” leads Jack to find his daughter in the future, he can’t bear what he sees. The worst has happened: Liddy has become a liberal. Her left wing lifestyle is too much for Jack to handle and he changes his Scroogish ways.

The best part of the episode came with a a special guest appearance by Jim Carey. Carey parodies his own movies, playing a man turned into “Leap Dave Williams.” Carey’s brief but hilarious performance was reminiscent of the good old days of “The Mask” and “Liar, Liar”. It was refreshing for both the show and for Jim Carey. His role added some comical color to a rather gray episode. (Rating: 7/10)

One Response to ’30 Rock: Leap Day’ Review

  1. wcclark says:

    Just wanted to say that I adored this episode, regardless of the lackluster, out-of-character Liz moments. I’ll accept that she was just getting caught up in the spirit of Leap Day (and the thought of being a multimillionaire), but I’ll be more critical if she pulls that stunt on any other day (no matter what Leap Day Williams tells me about living each day like it’s Leap Day!) I do have to state, however, that Criss’ light-hearted joking and easygoing nature about the whole ordeal at the end gave me a real heartwarming feeling at the end of the storyline; I might have even accepted the out-of-character Liz better if we saw the two of them get a longer moment of heartwarming, even if it was something as simple as a hug, a cuddle, or just seeing them get closer as they walk arm-in-arm.

    Personally, I felt Tracy’s story was played out pretty well for a “B Story” subplot; he encountered a problem, faced the problem, and triumphed in a manner akin to Miracle on 34th street or It’s a Wonderful Life. If anybody’s subplot took a backseat, I would say Jack’s storyline was “A Story” material, squished into a “B Story” timeframe. I would have been willing to settle on losing a lot of Liz’s story if it meant fleshing out Jack’s past and future, as well as getting more of what appeared to be the worst merger promotion in the history of business.

    Everything else in the episode was nothing short of brilliant to me. I hope Leap Day becomes the new Festivus, and I know for a fact that I’m wearing blue and yellow next week so I don’t get my hair pulled and poked in the eye.

    Merry Leap Day, Internet.

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