30 Rock Review: "Emanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land"

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The Jack-Nancy-Avery love triangle continued last night on 30 Rock. Despite our crush on Elizabeth Banks, and appreciation for Julianne Moore's accent, it's not doing it for us.

It's been dragged out way too long, and simply hasn't been that funny even at its peak. Fortunately, this didn't completely ruin what was otherwise a funny enough episode.

Let's run down some of the highlights:

  • The episode title, "Emanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land." Hilariously random, this refers to one of Jenna's past films, and a play on actual soft core series (so we're told).
  • Dean Winters as Dennis. The Beeper King is the best, and may have had the night's best line: "I've got a personalized vibration for each chick I used to put it to ..."
  • The return of Liz Lemon, quasi-voice of reason. Sure, there were plenty of self-deprecating Tina Fey Liz lines, but it's fun to watch her play the straight woman.
  • Anything Tracy says. Somehow he keeps getting more out of control, and funnier. His list of childhood memories was as classic as any quote he's ever had.
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Jack's love triangle? Too drawn out, and not too funny.

Liz's ex-boyfriends surfacing for a second time this season, albeit not in a hallucination this time, felt forced, but was still funny enough, since they're all great characters.

From crazy British Wesley to soon-to-be-wed Floyd, to Dennis planning to send a kid into the air a la Balloon Boy, there were many terrific moments from these wackos.

Jack's drama, however? How long do we have to watch Jack scrambling, trying to keep them Avery and Nancy from seeing each other? Luckily, the finale is next week.

Follow the jump for 30 Rock quotes from "Emanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land" ...

Liz: Sometimes the right thing and the hard thing are the same thing. I read that on a tea bag. | permalink
Nancy: Nothing like being in church having spent the night doing a bunch of bad crap, am I right? | permalink
Tracy: Well I'm sorry Sean, and child actor whose name I can't remember. You haven't walked in my shoes! All my life I've tried to forget the things I've seen: I slept on an old dog bed stuffed with wigs! I watched a prostitute stab a clown! Our basketball hoop was a ribcage! A guy in dreds electrocuted my fish! a crackhead breast-feeding a rat! A homeless man cooking a Hot Pocket on a third rail of the G train! The G train, Nermal! | permalink
Wesley: I don't want to go back to England. I can't suffer through the London Olympics — we're not prepared, Liz. Did you see the Beijing Opening Ceremonies? We don't have control over our people like that! | permalink
Liz: This is a public park named after Ron Artest. | permalink
Liz: So I'll go to Floyd's wedding alone. Maybe I'll just lean into it and bring a cat and a baby stroller. | permalink
Tracy: [on his new movie] Garfield 3: Feline Groovy. It's a pun. Because cats' paws have grooves. They're paying me one million teacher salaries. | permalink
Tracy: I remember being born, of course, and I remember learning to ride a bike. But that was last year. | permalink
Jack: I've prepared a very unromantic evening. First we're going to see a documentary about female circumcision, and then we're going to eat too much Indian food. | permalink
Dennis: Hey Dummy, yeah as soon as my beeper went off I knew it was you. I've got a personalized vibration for each chick I used to put it to | permalink
Liz: I'm coming alone, Cerie, but I would still like two meals. | permalink
Jenna: Sexual time travel. Just like my Cinemax softcore 'Emanuelle Goes To Dinosaur Land. | permalink
Jack: [on CNBC's Mad Money] I didn't realize we were still airing that. Cramer's been dead for six months. | permalink
Liz: God, three weddings in one day, I'm going to be in Spanx for 12 hours. My elastic line is gonna get infected again. | permalink
Drew: I'll have you know Liz that I'm in line for a hand transplant. There's this strangler who's about to be executed, and uh, I got my hooks crossed! | permalink
Kenneth: And it's real Oscar bait sir. You say things like 'You don't know my pain!' 'You watch your mouth, Tyrese!,' and in a less dramatic scene: 'I'll have hash browns.' | permalink

Emanuelle Goes to Dinosaur Land Review

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30 Rock Season 4 Episode 21 Quotes

I'm coming alone, Cerie, but I would still like two meals.


Sexual time travel. Just like my Cinemax softcore 'Emanuelle Goes To Dinosaur Land.