'30 Rock' series finale: We're glad we went there
WARNING: "30 Rock" series finale spoilers below, so if you haven't watched it yet, you don't want to go any farther than here.
Was it the best comedy series finale ever? Nah … that's a category that includes "Newhart" and the bed, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the group hug, and "Seinfeld" and the prison sentence.
But the "30 Rock" series finale was a fitting ending to seven seasons of Tina Fey-led madness, with Fey's alter ego, Liz Lemon, deciding she needed to be her new family's breadwinner, while hubby Criss Cross (James Marsden) stayed home and played Mr. Mom to their adopted kids.
The finale also saw Jack Donaghy find that, after all his sacrifices to get to the top of Kabletown, once he became the company's head honcho, it left him unsatisfied. Even a group lovin' encounter with former loves Nancy Donovan (guest star Julianne Moore) and Elisa (guest star Salma Hayek) didn't turn things around.
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And a squabble with pal Liz helped send him spiraling into a plot to commit suicide and then, instead, to sail off and find himself. After bidding Lemon adieu and -- almost -- telling her he loved her (but not in the "scale Bone Mountain" with her kinda way), he shipped out. For about 30 seconds. It was then that he realized his next mission in life: developing a clear dishwasher. (Admit it, you want to see one of those now.)
As for other beloved "30 Rock"-ers, Kenneth the page is now, of course, Kenneth the NBC president. And lest we assume the man who once declared he loves only two things ("everybody and television") isn't capable of running the network, he hauls Lemon into his office to tell her she has to make one final episode of show-within-the-show "TGS," because, otherwise, a loophole in Tracy Jordan's contract will force NBC to pay him a $30 penalty.
That provided one last chance to gather the whole crew together to produce the show, though, most of their time was spent punishing Lutz for choosing Blimpie's as their last meal on the company's dime.
Egomaniacal Jenna lined up the perfect post-"TGS" gig, a musical version of the "Rural Juror" that would take her off cam-er-a, and put her back on Broad-way. And in the episode postscript, we find out Tracy finally reunited with his long-lost father, the one who went out for cigarettes 30-some years ago.
In case your DVR retired early or you checked out before that where-are-they-now sequence, we also learned that Pete did fake his own death, but Paula caught up with him while he was jogging in the park; Jenna made an acceptance speech at the Tony Awards, but it was interrupted when the real winner took the stage; Jack returned to GE, with an attractive, female assistant; and Lemon is back in the TV game, producing a new NBC sitcom starring Grizz and titled "Grizz & Herz."