Friday, 18 March 2011

30 Rock - S5 E17 - Queen of Jordan

Liz and Jack guest star on Tracy's wife's reality show. An old flame returns to Frank's life.

Spoilers after the jump.

I'm not sure if this worked as a parody of the various ridiculous reality shows out there because I watch precisely none of them. Presumably, it's more of a criticism than any kind of loving homage given the allusions to how much of the "reality" is scripted. The titular Queen of Jordan, Tracy's wife Angie is a particularly hideous central character and the other stars of the show are equally shallow and vain. Jack's attempts to fit himself into the show fall flat, his numerous double entendres playing into the hands of the target audiences of shows like these.

This wasn't really the best episode, it served entirely as a bridge for bringing Tracy back to the show which I presume will be happening either in the next episode or very soon after. I don't really follow Tracy Jordan news, so I'm assuming he's either off filming a movie or in rehab again. I think Frank's ex-teacher is meant to be mostly based on Mary Kay Letourneau, who ended up marrying the student she raped. Jenna continues to be an unfunny train wreck. Can't wait for the regularly scheduled programming to return next time.

"30 Rock" airs Thursdays on NBC at 8:30 pm EST.

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