30 Rock

Season 3 Episode 3

The One with the Cast of Night Court

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2008 on NBC

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  • an average episode of 30 Rock

    This was just a decent episode of 30 Rock, not the worst, but not the best either. Nothing really happens in the episode beyond Liz and Jenna's old roommate Claire coming into town, getting together with Jack, and being an uncontrollable maneating psycho. Meanwhile, in order to cheer Kenneth up after his old uniform is replaced, Tracey gathers the cast of Night Court to film the "right" ending of the show. In 30 Rock, the explanation as to why Night Court didn't get its happy ending was because Jenna, acting as a werewolf lawyer, was deemed as jumping the shark and resulted in the early dismissal. Jack is turned on by Liz's psycho roommate, ignoring sound advice from Liz until the relationship goes too far. The Jack/Liz storyline had a few missed opportunities. There could have been some conflict with Liz and Claire over the cool vs. nerdy woman angle but that was barely established. There was a mention of Claire stealing Liz's clown boyfriend but that was just a one-joke grab. There could have been Claire accusing Liz of having feelings for Jack but no. There could have been Jack willing to share the company with Claire before Liz rushes in to save the day. The Night Court storyline was handled pretty well but you have to be a fan of Night Court in order to understand what they're talking about. The grabbing point of this episode is that they have Jennifer Aniston on there. This may be the first time where an episode of 30 Rock has been taken over by a guest star. Was it bad? No. Could it have been a little better? Yes. It doesn't matter, sometimes comedy is hit-and-miss. This one is a miss but there will better episodes later.
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