30 Rock: A Flying Leap

30 rock S06E09: "Leap Day"

It’s not often that a TV show attempts to create a holiday—including all of its traditions and perhaps even a fictional mascot—out of whole cloth. There was Seinfeld’s Festivus and The O.C.’s Chrismukkah (though in fairness, that was a hybrid of two pre-existing holidays). And now, thanks to the brilliantly off-kilter minds responsible for 30 Rock, we have Leap Day, a once-every-four-years celebration in which you:

– dress like a Best Buy employee (or poke the eyes and yank the hair of people who don’t)

– try new things and take chances, without fear of failure or consequence

– delight in the arrival of a bald, white-mustached fellow named Leap Day William who emerges every four years to trade candy for children’s tears.


You know, Leap Day! The best part was the fact that Liz, like the audience, knew nothing about it. So we learned along with her, and we also got to see clips from USA Network’s Leap Dave Williams marathon, a forgotten Jim Carrey and Andie MacDowell movie, like an amalgam of every movie the two actors have ever made, including Groundhog Day, Liar, Liar, The Mask, and more. That Sad Thad the Skin-Tag Lad, the internet billionaire with a lifelong crush on Liz Lemon, popped up to throw the daytime Leap Year party to end all daytime Leap Year parties made it all the sweeter.

And what do internet nerds spend their money on? How about a pet Ewok living in captivity, held in a plexiglass prison? That was the third Star Wars reference on 30 Rock in two weeks: Liz’s lyrics to the Cantina Song, and Tracy’s hair-extension Chewbacca were the others. (Is all of this sudden geekitude on 30 Rock the universe’s way of filling the fanboy-reference vacuum left by Community’s absence? There were also Game of Thrones and BSG references this week.) With Jenna on her “sexual walkabout” with Paul, landing a virginal billionaire in the sack is exactly what she needed to test the solidity of their commitment, so she put on her sluttiest blue-and-yellow businesswear and got to work at the party. But Sad Thad had his sights on Liz, and offered her $20 million to sleep with him. After a brief call with Criss—who told her Leap Day has no consequences, as we'd all just learned from Leap Dave Williams—Liz decided to go for it. Luckily, a small army of hot bitches showed up before she can go through with it.

Tracy’s plot was very simple, and kind of awesome: Kenneth found a $50,000 gift card to Benihana in a pile of unopened mail, and they had until midnight to spend it. Try as he might, he couldn’t consume that much soy sauce-soaked steak. And Jack was thrilled to present 3-D Internet to shareholders, but the presentation ended up being a bit of a misinterpreted disaster when three guys in white K costumes stood side-by-side and began to whip a black man. (Edgy, 30 Rock! Maybe, uh, a little too edgy.) The episode ended rather insanely, with Leap Day caroling, Tracy feeding the homeless, Jack and Kenneth recreating A Leap Day Carol, and Jim Carrey tearing off his shirt and prancing through the streets. Yes, it was a mess, but true to the holiday it celebrated, it was a Leap Day mess. It’s nice to see a show in its sixth season take big, crazy chances, and that’s what “Leap Day” was. God bless 30 Rock, every one!


QUESTIONS:

1. What was your favorite line this week?

2. How are you going to celebrate Leap Day next Wednesday?

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I don't know why I come here anymore; you guys hate everything I love and love everything I hate. This was a real "jump the shark" episode to me; the New York in 30 Rock may be exaggerated for comic effect, but IT'S NOT ANOTHER DIMENSION.



Also, the "fake holiday" gags were done first on Clone High.
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Brilliant episode, and before I even read this article I planned to come on here and talk about how much I wanted to bet that people would start 'Leap Day' as a result. Curses that you beat me to it! :)
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Oh, and the "It's a Leap Day MIRACLE" was a nice homage to Seinfeld's Festivus episode.
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I'm definitely wearing yellow and blue on the 29th this year!



Awesome episode. Really ballsy, and they pulled it off well.
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This episode was funny in a weird way. Sort of like Community.



Totally wearing yellow and blue on leap day forever.
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Great Episode!
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Aw, damn it! Hot bitches.
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Don't quote me, but my favorite line was in response to Tracey not being able to spend all $50,000. "Bring me your best bottle of wine!" "12 Dollars."
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1) "... Of course, 'take off my bald cap', not 'put on my wig'."



2) I was christened on Leap Day in '76, so I guess I'll be turning 9 in the eyes of the Lord.



I thought it was a cute episode, they took it pretty far with the gag without making it feel like they were milking it to death. Jack's story pretty much just petered out though, and Liz's story got really broad in the way it paid off its joke.



The idea that geek humor is new to 30 Rock is ludicrous though, I think the 2nd episode of the show had Liz telling Pete that she felt like an Imperial Officer being called up to Jack's Darth Vader, only to have Pete throw the Captain Needa reference at her and have her quake in fear at the idea since Needa dies.
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Wait what was the BSG reference?
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It was just a quick "frak" when Thad used the wrong command to get his game table to come out of the floor.
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God, the last part with Leap Day William showing his gills scared the crap out of me.
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Don't forget the episode where Jack got into Liz's head and we got to see how she see's herself, wearing a tiara holding a light saber! I absolutely loved this episode! I think any holiday where you can exchange tears for candy just has to be awesome. And my favorite quote was: "real life is for March."
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"yes, I'll take off this bald cap, not put on a wig" silly, but funny to me. I'm going to keep count on who is wearing blue and yellow!
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I might have laughed hardest at the gills noise Jim Carrey kept making as Leap Dave Williams. Oh, and the poster for Leap Dave Williams 2: Leap Baby with the mustache on the baby.
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I think 30 Rock has had a lot of solid nerd references over the years, especially Star Wars ones.
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I hate to be that person thaat corrects, but remember, this is how you spell Criss. :)



I decided whilst (yea, you heard me) watching that I would wear blue and yellow on feb 29 to see if anyone notices!!
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fixed the Criss spelling!
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"Would you read a bunch of letters from people who look up to me?" Probably the most reasonable thing Tracy Jordan has ever said. Also, I loved his confounding word association game in which he stopped at "soup kitchen", continued on, and went back to the same phrase again.



This episode gave me a reason to wear that bright yellow and blue baseball tee I've always hated. Apart from that, who knows? Maybe I'll catch frogs, bestow blue and yellow candies to people, and chant "Happy Leap Day!" like some crazy weirdo.
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