30 Rock: There’s No I in America Review

30 Rock gets downright political this week with one of their funniest, smartest episodes yet.

Not only was this episode the best of the season so far, but it has the potential to go down as one of the best episodes in the show’s history.  Yeah, it was that good.

First of all, I wish there was a way to accurately recap the brilliant opening as Liz rushes to find Jenna and tell her about her new political prowess before Jack gets to her.  Unfortunately, it’s one those things that you just have to see for yourself (hint: it involves Lutz, marbles, Liz doing a flip-kick off the wall, and a hilarious fake backdrop).  Jack and Liz end up confronting Jenna at the same time and, upon learning that she will choose the next president of the United States, she decides it should be a president that will make our country better for…who else? Herself.

So, a debate begins! And what a debate it was.  Liz and Jack are never better than when they’re going head-to-head, and it was a thrill to watch them try to win over Jenna to their respective sides (Liz is for Obama, Jack is for Romney).  The jokes fly fast between the two, but ultimately Jack ends up winning Jenna over.  In retaliation, Liz has Tracey get Jenna kicked off Twitter by hacking into her account and tweeting offensive jokes about dead celebrities.  Her plan works, but it becomes unnecessary when Jack confesses that he recanted his plan to have Jenna tweet her support of Romney.  He realized that Jenna Maroney’s America is not one he wants to be a part of.  Once again, the two clink glasses and acknowledge that they’re more alike than they realize.  Oh Liz and Jack, you guys are too perfect.  Don’t ever change.

Even the throwaway plots were excellent this week.  Kenneth finally gets a chance to vote in his local Stone Mountain elections, and must make decisions about things like whether or not they should take apart the giant clock tower in his town and put it back together.  Apparently his town is run by a bunch of meth heads.  Kenneth has a very interesting backstory, with constant nods at the fact that he’s an immortal being, so it’s interesting to learn more about where he grew up.

Meanwhile, Pete tries to get everyone to feel the same excitement about this election that they felt when Obama first won in 2008.  Mainly, it’s so he can get the hot female security guard to kiss him again like she did on that night four years ago.  Unfortunately for him, no one is that excited.  Fortunately for us, we get to see him desperately try to woo the security guard in a hysterical way.

Overall, this episode is one of 30 Rock‘s greatest.  Tina Fey and co. are really pulling out all the stops for their final season.  After last year’s mish-mash of a season, I was nervous about what would happen as the show attempts to say goodbye.  This week’s episode was further proof that everything is going to be just fine.  I have to say, after watching this episode, I’m really gonna miss these crazy weirdos at TGS. Grade: A

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