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TV’s Best Meta Moment

Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock

To be honest, 30 Rock’s Meta jokes have been wearing as thin as their product placement jokes.  In fact, aside from this episode, I haven’t been impressed.  Even so, Tracy Jordan is still as funny as ever and deserves this week’s Meta Moment. Also, twitter users, follow Tracy Jordan.  You’ll see little gems like “For $15 I’ll induce your labor.” You’re welcome.

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TV’s Worst Product Placement

Cisco, 30 Rock

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30 Rock’s approach to product placement is usually very funny. Pete’s, “Wow. This is diet Snapple?” interrupting Liz’s, “No, come on, Jack. We’re not doing that. We’re not compromising the integrity of the show to sell–” was quick, cute, and original. After discussing Verizon Wireless, Fey once looked straight into the camera and deadpanned, “Can we have our money now?” That moment felt so meta that I had to refer to Liz as Fey.

Cisco’s placement was done in jest. And yes, I know I said last week that I prefer the “if we’re going to do product placement, it might as well be a joke” style, but the Cisco gag felt wrong.  I get that joke’s over-the-top delivery was a meta critique of other shows’ failed attempts to incorporate product placement seamlessly into their scripts. But why bother making fun of other shows if it slows down the pace of your own? Maybe 30 Rock’s placement style is no longer funny because we’ve come to expect it. Maybe it’s only funny when it’s sleek and snappy.  Either way, Jack’s Cisco freak-out was undoubtedly this week’s Worst Product Placement.

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TV Characters: They’re Just Like Us!

They get bed bugs! (Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock)

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Some friends of mine living together in NYC have/had bed bugs.  Let’s all hope for had. They’re in a limbo phase, back living in their apartment, but clothes remaining in storage.  Who knew that beg bugs were still causing havoc?  I thought they were just another old-timey affliction that now has a cure like smallpox or polio or ED.  Turns out I was very, very wrong. My friends have given me the bleak facts. Bed bugs can live up to one year in an empty apartment. Bed bugs are hard to detect because they only come out at night to feed. Beg bugs can cost infested households upwards of $5,000 to treat. No wonder these little vermin are known as “house herpes.” But whether you call them chewdaddies, ozark kisses, or Blue Ridge ticklers, you might want to think twice before you schedule your next trip to NYC, say in some sketch Euro hostel, or head back to a co-ed’s dorm. Yuck.

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TV’s 2 Best Dialogues

30 Rock: Everyone loves a good grammar joke. Now, where’s the episode with the real Evil Tracy?

Community: Gar-what now?

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TV’s 10 Best Lines

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TV presented an interesting question this week, “Can it count as a line, if no one speaks it?” Sure why not? Who are we to discriminate against inanimate objects? So here’s this week’s 10 Best Lines, including those found on tombstones and t-shirts.

1. I am not robbing the cradle. If anything, I’m robbing the grave. (Michael Scott, The Office)

Michael Scott, giving a whole new meaning to the word “Gravedigger.” Ooh, which could totally be the disturbingly great new term for a guy who goes after cougars.  Gravedigger, spread it like wildfire.

2. Mother of Larry, an asshole and a swan-killer. (Stonemason, Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Larry’s mother’s tombstone inscription was the big pay off at the end of a solid Curb episode.  Obviously Larry wasn’t going to get away with bashing a swan be it murder or involuntary manslaughter, but getting outted via tombstone? Priceless.

3. Who Da Manny? (Jay, Modern Family)

Everything’s funnier on a t-shirt. Exhibit A:

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4. On Sunday morning she made pancake, Ted. Pancake. (Marshall, How I Met Your Mother)

So technically this joke ends with “and bacon strip.” But that’s not funny. What makes this joke work is people say, “I made pancakes.”  People don’t say, “I made bacon strips.” It’s, “I made bacon.” Just bacon.

5. Am I scared of getting hit in the face? No. Every day, dominatrixes get paid by weirdos for just that privilege. I’m scared I’m gonna love it. (Michael Scott, The Office)

To all the little kids on playgrounds across America, forget “No! No! Leave me alone” or “I’m going to tell my Mommy!” if you yell Michael’s line at bullies, they won’t hit you.

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Who Told It Best?

This week we had two Charlie Rose jokes. Random, I know. But who told it best?

Dale on Greek:

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Tracy on 30 Rock:

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Why even have you vote? Love Dale, but Tracy, duh.

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2 Best Dialogues

30 Rock: This week’s two best dialogues both involve Tracy Jordan.  During the first, he’s talking to Frank and the second to Kenneth. Then the Frank-Tracy dialogue continues after the Kenneth-Tracy dialogue.  Ok, so maybe this is more of a scene then two separate dialogues… But let’s be honest, as great as Frank and Kenneth are, it doesn’t matter who’s feeding the lines to Tracy in this scene, just along as he’s set up.  So, here you have this week’s two best dialogues:

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