30 Rock

Season 2 Episode 7

Cougars

1
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Fan Reviews (5)

9.0
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  • "It makes me so sad that more people don't know about Cougars."

    10
    This episode, "Cougars," was eight different shades of awesome.

    I've set the bar really high for this show of shows yet it still manages to surprise me. An elaborate Iraq War allegory housed in a plot involving Jack Donaghy hijacking Tracy Morgan's inner city baseball team and transforming it into a disastrous quagmire through leadership that aspires to be Churchillian yet dead ends at Bushian? Good old Liz Lemon and Frank competing for the same 20-year-old dreamboat? Creepy, unexpected homoeroticism? Animal strip clubs? Quotable line after quotable line after quotable line? 30 Rock has gotten into a borderline transcendent groove this season where brilliance is commonplace and barely a minute goes by without a big-ass laugh.

    In yet another casually satirical winner, Tracy Jordan is forced to coach a baseball team as part of his community service, only to have his vanilla-face boss turn the team into the baseball equivalent of Baghdad on a bad day. Meanwhile, Liz Lemon somehow finds herself competing with baseball-hat-enthusiast Frank for the affections of a 20-year-old coffee delivery boy with some serious mother issues.

    Cultural confusion was the name of the game tonight as Jack found himself trying to win the hearts and minds of people he knows nothing about so he can turn them into good little neo-cons while Liz tries to delude herself into thinking she's a fun young person instead of a cantankerous old coot whose primary preoccupations are finding chairs with adequate back support, getting enough roughage in her diet, and getting a solid nine hours of sleep a night.

    Lemon has definitely been looking and dressing alot sexier this season. She is our culture's reigning sexy librarian, so it was strangely refreshing to see her once again suffer romantic humiliation in stride. At least she fared better than Jenna, who tried to get a Demi/Ashton thing going with a bratty college freshman yet behaved more like a hectoring, disapproving aunt. Television simply doesn't get much better than this.
  • Cougars

    8.0
    A nice twist ending with the man dating Liz because he looks like her mother. This was a brilliant way to close the episode, and was almost as brilliant as not shopping at the store because "it's loud in there."

    The Jack and Tracy storyline was interesting to say the least. In the early days of 30 Rock Jack Donaghy was extremely similar to Jack Gallo (played by George Segal on Just Shoot Me) and this was one of those episodes where they were extremely similar. That, thankfully, means that he was funny in the role, which he definitely was.
  • Interesting tale of old and young.

    7.7
    30 Rock,
    Cougars,
    In this episode Liz begins to date a younger man. In the beging he thinks she is 29 when he is 25. Things get akward when they find out she is 37 and he is only 20. Although the 17 year age difference the still decided to make it work. Things go great until he takes her home to see his mother. Who looks alot like Liz ALOT...Other... Tracy has to coach a baseball teaqm but jack destroys things after firing tracy and taken thee team done with him. There might be no i and team but there is a me. In the end tracy comes back and team in fine. Funny parts on the how the team works.
  • Maxim, you way wrong!

    8.0
    Tracy couches a little league baseball team and someone screws it up. that may be the highlight of this week's episode, but the real hightlight is that Tina is asked out on a date by a younger guy. the people at Maxim Magazine should watch this episode. Tina Fey is picked as one of the 10 ugyliest woman on televison. Tell that to the young guy who asked Tina out. If I were on the show, I ask Tina out too. the only downside, the two didn't share a kiss. but that's okay! I love to watch Tina anyway. Next week, it'as back to "Ugly Betty."
  • The cougar story line was a bit lame, but the war references used by Jack to justify "helping" Tracy's little league team of underprivileged boys were tight.

    8.2
    The only story line worth mentioning is Tracy's with the underprivileged little league team. Jack responds characteristically by trying to take over and improve the team. The war motif was consistent, from Jack's explanation for why he had to "help" the team, to the boys' toppling of the Jefferson Davis statue, to the "ungrateful" boys' turning on Jack and Kenneth and chasing them off the field. Clearly the writers embedded their (and the county's?) evaluation of how the Bush Administration sold the U.S. people on the war in Iraq in 2003 and the apparent failure of the U.S. mission. Virtually all of Jack's lines in relation to this storyline were based on actual words of, or at least the logic used by, Bush Administration official to justify embarking on the war and perpetuating it. Even a brief cameo of Jack as MacArthur made reference to Bush's apparent disillusionment of how he will be remembered in history.
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