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Ever since HBO and Showtime first appeared, part of the controversy
surrounding their shows has been linked to the free use of the C-word
(most notably in The Sopranos and Deadwood), with some funny variations
in Entourage and Weeds. Like all other major profanities, that word is
strictly banned from public television, unless it's bleeped out or
something. That "something" is what constitutes the charm of the
fourteenth episode of 30 Rock.
Reportedly based on an incident that occurred while Tina Fey was head writer of SNL, the script focuses on her attempt to be a nicer boss after pressure from deadlines made her take it out on her staff and she heard compulsive eater Lutz refer to her as a... that word. Torn between her wish to fire him and her eagerness to please the others, she gives way to a succession of hilarious happenings. In the meantime, Jack invites Tracy to join him in a golf tournament, since GE president Don Geiss (Rip Torn) will be there as well and the old man's grandchildren happen to love good old TJ. The set-up escalates when Tracy feels like a token and starts playing the stereotyped "African-American slave".
Guest star-wise, The C Word brings Rachel Dratch's lovely Greta the Cat Lady back to the show, and it also marks Torn's first appearance, a welcome return to form after a decade or so of largely uninteresting roles (the demented coach in Dodgeball notwithstanding, his last really funny performance was in the first Men in Black). The real point of interest, however, is, as revealed by the title, the main plot line, an opportunity for Fey to toy with a major taboo in an inventive, rather harmless, but still quite audacious way (even Arrested Development refrained from inserting that word in the censored dialogue). And yet, the smartest line doesn't come from her, but from Scott Adsit, who contributes to the show's self-mocking style with the Seinfeld-like remark: "Oh Kenneth, if you're worried about disgracing the National Broadcasting Company, you're too late". Damn right: Larry David took care of that in 1992.
The fourteenth episode in the first season of 30 Rock is a delightfully
funny episode. While it doesn't feature much in the spectacular
department, I still think it's an above-average episode that has wit
and plenty of charm thanks to a subplot involving a word that is taboo
in network television, plus it is also an experience that Tina Fey came
across when she was head writer at SNL.
This episode, "The C Word," is a pretty risky one. The main focus is on Tina Fey as she is being a bad boss because of stress and one of her writers calls her a nasty name. Meanwhile, Jack takes Tracy to a celebrity golf tournament where things turn sour after Tracy realizes he is the only black guy there.
Overall, this is a funny episode that has a surprising starring turn by Rip Torn and it was a hilarious one too. This show has plenty of clever jokes and all I can say is full steam ahead. I rate this episode 9/10.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Liz hears Lutz call her the C word she gets mad but then she thinks
that she may be too mean to people and tries to be nice.
Jack goes with Tracy to a golf tournament and Tracy becomes a problem there.
It was a bit weird to see Liz to be that mean, seemed kind of out of character. But I laughed at the parts where the c word was hidden "Runt" which as the name of the kitten (another way to point out what the insult was?)
The acting was as always great by everyone.
And I loved the speech Tracy gave at the end. So melodramatic!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Jack invites Tracy to a party of the network CEO. Tracy accepts. Liz has been driving the writers crazy with her demands for scripts and overhears one of them calling her a very nasty word. It's the one that rhymes with "runt" which is what the animal wrangler says when the other word is spoken. Kenneth is awkward around fellow page Grace Park and tries but can't avoid her. Tracy makes a fool of Jack when he wants to know why there's only one other black man at the party. Liz tries to overcompensate for her bossiness by giving various treats. I think that's all I'll reveal for now except to say this delayed episode was one of the funniest I've seen though still not close to Tracy Does Conan levels. This was Rachel Dratch's third (or second, depending on when this was originally supposed to air) appearance as the animal wrangler and is hilarious in the constant saying of "runt". Rip Torn is sublime as the CEO and everything between Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin is way funny. And Tina Fey's speech at the end proves her worth as an actress as opposed to just being the writer and producer of this often ratings-challenged show. (Damn you CSI and Grey's Anatomy!)
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