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30 Rock, Season 7, Episode 7, “Mazel Tov, Dummies!”

Written by Tracey Wigfield

Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

“Mazel Tov, Dummies!” is an episode that forces several characters—and perhaps the show itself, on a metaphorical level—to face their mortality (or in Tracy’s typically bizarro case, his perceived immortality). It hits on these themes early on with mentions of Ted Bundy and O.J. Simpson. These also create tension when John Hodgman’s Surge enthusiast appears; perhaps he has ulterior motives that extend beyond his desire to own Jenna? It is when Jack attempts to buy Jenna back that she becomes concerned about her perceived worthlessness. This reflects back on to Jack, who also realizes his life is likely peaking. Meanwhile, Tracy is experiencing this in the inverse, a lack of health problems requiring him to behave as if he has a future.

The antidote to this is Liz’s wedding. »

- Justin Wier

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