The night in which Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes got WAY too literal.
- 30 Rock: There were too many highlights to name them all (“Oh good, you’re black,” Steve Buscemi as a woman, Hank Hooper’s birthday card, Rizz and Dot Gov, Tina Fey’s general performance, Jack’s cannon painting, the general reassuring, confusing presence of Chloë Grace Moretz, etc. etc. etc.), but Tracy Morgan summed up my feelings for “Game Over” and 30 Rock in general when he sang the Boyz II Men version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” on Fallon last night. Replace “yesterday” with Dr. Spaceman, and yes.
- The Office: Andy’s dead. Let’s start with that. The ostensible lead of The Office has been gone for three straight episodes in its final season. That’s insane, though it’s been wonderful for the quality of the show, because even though “Lice” was a major step down from “Dwight Christmas,” it still featured exactly zero appearances from the Nard Dog. Good. The bad: Jim continues to be a smug ass and what the hell is his job exactly? It’s tough to care about that plot when we don’t know what “playing basketball with Dr. J in a scene straight from a Full House episode” means for him, for Pam, for the show. He’s just…not in Scranton, away from his wife, who was unfairly reduced to her meek early-season self. Dr. Spaceman becoming Surgeon General felt more honest to the character than what the writers did to Pam, and then everyone spread mayonnaise on their coworkers. The end.
- 1600 Penn: I’ll never 100% hate Josh Gad because he was in The Book of Mormon, one of the funniest MASTERPIECES I’ve ever seen, and it’s not his fault he came along at the wrong time, after the nation had already had its fill of fat, loud, “lovable” oaf comedians in Jonah Hill. Let’s just say I 99.9% hate him then, or at least his character on 1600 Penn, who makes an otherwise “meh” show tedious and terrible. He’s so infuriatingly off-putting. Also, Bill Pullman, awesome action movie monologue-giver, awful sitcom line-deliverer.
Don’t worry, guys, Parks and Recreation is back next week.