There's so much to like about "30 Rock", but I think my favorite thing about the series overall is that there's so much happening in any given episode that even if one of the stories isn't working, there is usually enough funny material to distract you from the bad story.
In Thursday's episode, "Gentleman's Intermission", one of the stories was that Liz's dad was visiting her in the city and "taking a break" from his marriage -- basically going out to bars and trying to pick up women despite being way too old for it. I didn't think anything in that story worked until the very end, and I'll get to that.
The best storyline in the episode was Avery being jealous of Jack and Liz's "relationship" -- described by Liz as "work husband slash uncle" and by Jack as "co-worker slash little brother" -- and forcing Jack to find a new mentee. This leads Jack to pull out his DIHC (pronounced dick). That's D for "drive", I for "intelligence", H for "humility" and C for "chaos". Only everyone he tries fails at least one of the tests: Jonathan didn't have the drive, Tracy didn't have the humility, Jenna didn't have the intelligence and Avery didn't have the chaos.
There was also a subplot regarding Tracy seeing his pre-produced NBC obituary and trying to "change the headline", while Jenna discovered that she apparently wasn't important enough to have a pre-produced obit. Both of these storylines were great, but not as great as Jack's.
And, as always, "30 Rock" delivered the quotable lines. My favorites from this week:
Jack: "I'm looking for DIHC, Avery, and I'm going to take it wherever I can find it."
Kenneth [seeing Tracy's obit]: "No, it can't be! I'm not done with him, Jacob! He stays on this side!"
Tracy: "That's how the world sees me: as some kind of idiot millionaire!"
Jenna: "Who, Mark Cuban? That guy ran me over with a jet ski."
Erica (NBC Page): "I know who you are Miss Maroney, but you're not on the list. They only make obits for people they think are, you know, important."
Jenna: "Like who? [takes list] Kim Jong Il? I've never heard of her!"
Jack: "Ambition is the willingness to kill the things you love and eat them to stay alive." (the throw pillow with this embroidered on it was a nice touch)
Tracy: "I'm Tracy Jordan. When I go to sleep, nothing happens in the world."
Jack: "Shoulders back, Lemon. You're not welcoming people to Castle Frankenstein."
Jack: "I would never say this to her face, but Lemon is above average. She's got just the right amount of DIHC for me. [Weird look from Avery] I hear it and I don't care."
Ann Curry: "Not to editorialize, but if Jordan doesn't win the Oscar, that would be the stupidest thing since the following segue. Speaking of cats..."
Liz [entering Jack's office]: "You wanted to see me?"
Jack: "Uh, no Lemon."
Avery [sneaking out from behind Liz]: "I did."
Liz [startled]: "Albino ninja!"
(no joke, I almost died laughing at this)
And then there was the cherry on top of the sundae that was this episode, Jack calling Liz's dad to end the "Gentleman's Intermission". I'll just show that one to you:
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