I will admit that I did not watch as many new comedy shows this week compared to a normal week. There may be a funnier moment that I did not see but from what I did see, I have a clear cut winner for this week. NBC released two new episodes of 30 Rock (maybe trying to make-up for the mistake of waiting until mid-season for the season premiere). My favorite comedic moment/situation of the week comes from the second new episode of 30 Rock.
Jenna Maroney and Liz Lemon, best friends, are on the rocks. Liz finally realizes how manipulative and selfish Jenna is while Jenna believes that Liz does not pay enough attention to her and that she is jealous of her. Liz, in reality, pays plenty of attention to Jenna but Jenna’s growing popularity has traveled straight to her head. Fed up with one another, the two women attempt to find new friends that are basically clones of themselves. Jenna pulls together a group of Youtube and reality show stars, including the “Charlie Bit my Finger” kid and professional wrestler Mankind, while Liz finds a new friend in the same place she would spend a crazy Friday night, the Barnes and Noble bathroom.
My favorite moment this week was a dual moment, when both women realize why they were and should still be friends. Jenna realizes that most stars are as selfish and self-centered as she is. It doesn’t take long for Jenna to crave the lost attention she got from Liz. Funnier than Jenna’s realization is Liz’s. Liz’s new found friend (who lasts for ten minutes is a woman who dresses like Liz, acts like Liz and most importantly, is very negative like Liz. The two decide to try and find somewhere to eat and spend the following ten minutes walking around the streets of New York complaining about different types of food they don’t like. After noticing that ten minutes felt like an eternity, Liz figures out the problem with her new friend. Instead of ignoring Liz’s venting, like Jenna did, a Liz Lemon clone just feeds into her negativity so that they are both miserable and nothing gets done. The situation was put together perfectly to make it the funniest moment of the week.