Brief spoilers for tonight's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I take an immortality potion...
There are episodes of "30 Rock" where they take old sitcom cliches and find a demented new take on them. "Generalissimo," unfortunately, felt like they came up with the cliches they wanted to mock -- goofy/evil twins, a character spinning a ridiculous web of lies to land a new crush -- and never moved to the next step. I was cringing frequently throughout this one, and I should never be cringing at an episode that brings together "30 Rock" and the awesome, funny, super-manliness that is Jon Hamm. (No, I'm not ashamed to have written that last part. Really, I'm not. It's Jon Hamm.)
There were a few scattered good jokes in the Jack and Liz storylines -- like Elisa trying to explain to Jack that MetroCards are real, or Liz saying, "And then I will put my mouth on his mouth" (in much the same vein as Alice Fey's "I want to go to there," making a return appearance) -- and Tracy's subplot was pretty funny, but too much of this one was groan-worthy.
Hamm's sheer terror at realizing what Liz had done to him -- particularly his delivery of "I don't know what that means!" -- lived up to the promise he showed with his "SNL" hosting stint, so I'm holding out hope that he won't be the latest guest star to derail the show this year. (Heck, Salma Hayek wasn't the problem tonight.) But this? This was not good.
What did everybody else think?