30 Rock: Season 6, Episode 1

Dance Like Nobody's Watching (12 Jan. 2012)

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Everybody becomes confused when Liz suddenly becomes cheerful, Jack tries to talk Jenna out of being the mean judge in a children's reality talent show, and Kenneth prepares for what he believes to be the imminent Rapture.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Liddy's Dad
Camptown Racers Singer


As everyone returns from holiday break, NBC's new talent competition, "America's Kidz Got Singing", is a hit, but Jenna's role as the judge everyone loves to hate causes Jack to question the show's family value. Much to his chagrin, Tracy's usual antics fail to aggravate Liz, while Kenneth takes the day off to do his dream chores as he awaits the Rapture. Written by NBC Publicity

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surprise comeback full of heart!
13 January 2012 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

30 Rock comes back to us, after a mid-life crisis/hiatus, with some important lessons learned. Liz Lemon is a changed person and her team is thrown off-balance; this is symbolic as the entire episode is an unexpected departure from the formulaic 30 Rock. Some of the humor, from Kenneth's beliefs/hijinks to Liz's baggy costume, is classic 30 Rock, but it's not a pure comedy night. Rather, it seems like Jack's jabs at Liz are funny, but sad-funny, like something that's jumped the shark (a poignant moment of self-awareness from the writing team?), and more side-notes than the meat of the show. And in some cases, we are even meant to feel bad for laughing at the laughingstock. Instead, it's the touching ending with Jack's proffered/unacknowledged gift, the dance team's empowering message of self-esteem, the visit to the ocean, Liz and her mystery man, and the beautifully belted out "Camptown Races" by a young girl, that is like the ending of a Rocky movie - not the typical snarky, but tightly wrapped-up episodic conclusion. As the episode even features a Santa costume, maybe this episode was intended to air earlier on, thus the Christmas-y feel good vibe. Or maybe, as the series hits its last season and draws to a close, Fey and her co-creators are less worried about ratings, and just writing scripts from the heart. I hope it's the latter, because whatever ride this was, I want more of it!

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