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Review: 30 Rock Season 4 Finale: “I Do Do”

In Television on May 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

I’ve always admired Tina Fey mainly for being head writer of sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. So much so that when 30 Rock came out, it was no surprise that she did a great job as producer-slash-writer.

With the finale episode “I Do Do”, Fey takes her beloved TGS characters – including Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) into life-changing premises – from being torn between two women (Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks), to ending up with so much more than he expected. Fey’s alter-ego Liz Lemon also gets a surprise by meeting a pilot named Carol (Matt Damon) which can very much get her out of the ‘settling soulmate’ situation. Damon apparently requested to be on the show, and it is refreshing to see him on the small screen not being Jason Bourne or Private Ryan.

This is also an episode when Liz attends three weddings in one day – her ex Floyd, her co-worker Cerie and Tracy Jordan’s assistant Grizz. The hectic schedule offers a lot of room for plots to turn from interesting to “what-the-what?!”.

In the background, page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) is offered a promotion which involves moving to Los Angeles. Not wanting to move, Kenneth does a lousy job with his page duties (thanks to Tracy’s guidance) to undo the promotion. Unfortunately, it didn’t end well for the annoyingly naive employee. Will we see him next season? Nothing Jack Donaghy can’t fix.

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