"Heavy is the head that eats the crayons." -Tracy"Jackie Jormp-Jomp" wasn't deep, but it was deeply satisfying, one of the better "30 Rock"s of late. It was packed, as even the weaker episodes are, with great throwaway gags (like the kid reporter on the red carpet asking Backpack, "Is Map in you tonight?"), but it also featured a good character arc for Liz, a too-rare pairing between Jenna and Jack (who automatically makes her more interesting because he's relatively realistic, as opposed to Jenna-Tracy stories), and a great tie-it-all-together climax where a giddy and bruised Liz terrified Jenna and Tracy upon her return.
It also featured the show's first use in a while of the device of a character (in this case, Liz) delivering a running monologue that spans many hours and locations. I loved it the first time they did this, with Jack getting progressively drunker on Valentine's Day in season one's "Up All Night," and think it's one of those gags that works brilliantly if used sparingly.
And, in general, I'm in favor of any episode that allows Liz to be more aggressive, either explicitly (her harassing Weinerslav) or implicitly (the black eye she got after escaping the Rich Divorcee Fight Club), as it's one of the colors Tina Fey plays best.
Some other thoughts:
• Loved the idea that the Kids' Choice Awards would have their own necrology, and that the "dead" cartoon got a much bigger round of applause than its elderly creator. Also, can anyone identify which entry from early in Jane Krakowski's filmography was playing during Tracy's tribute to her? It definitely wasn't "Vacation," but it was from that era.
• If Meredith Viera asked you to eat an unripe banana, what would you do?
• Alec Baldwin has this gift for making mundane things sound funny, and silly things sound really funny. His delivery of "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" still has me laughing.
• If those weren't actual Indigo Girls' song and album titles that Liz and Jack were using, then dammit, they should be.
• Were the replacement dancers supposed to be all trannies?
What did everybody else think?