TubaTV’s Thursday Night Highlights

Last night’s Parks & Recreation stole a page out of the mid-80s Jamie Lee Curtis-John Travolta aerobics classic, Perfect, and reminded us never ever to sleep with a reporter who’s writing a story on you. But if you must, make sure you say “off the record” before you whisper your sweet nasties. Never seen Perfect, you say? That’s what TubaTV is here for.

I don’t know if it’s possible – or even necessary – to go on after that, but here’s an attempt anyway.

So, after what feels like a year of cameos (a month of Idris Elba on The Office, and several months of Salma Hayek on 30 Rock), the guest stars have finally left the building, and NBC sitcoms can now return to whiter pastures. I’m still a little peeved about the wasted use of Idris; Charles’ dismissal from Dunder Mifflin-Scranton was colder than Stringer’s dismissal from Barksdale-Baltimore, and the writers didn’t even have the courtesy of equipping the man with one memorable parting shot. (That’s an average of zero jokes out of the past six episodes, for those of you counting). On the other hand, 30 Rock‘s Salma Hayek, aka La Viuda Negra, got a brilliant exit despite her consistently awkward performance as Donaghy’s querida. Gracious writers that they are, Fey and company gave Hayek the best line of the night:

Lemon, isn’t there a slanket somewhere that you should be filling up with your farts?

No wonder everyone’s signing up for guest roles on 30 Rock (The Chicago Tribune reports that Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, and a whole bunch of musical guests, including Elvis Costello, are set to appear in the next couple weeks). Stay tuned.

– Thumbu Sammy

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4 thoughts on “TubaTV’s Thursday Night Highlights”

  1. My favorite line from this week’s ’30 Rock:’ “Allergies are real! If I have a strawberry my throat shuts up faster than a girl in math class.”

    Do our preferences peg us as a teenage boy and a misogynist, respectively?

    I’m glad the Stringer Bell arc is over on ‘The office,’ though as you say, they made poor, poor use of Elba. How much longer can this show survive, I wonder? What must Ricky Gervais think of his offspring’s development across the pond? At what point will Carrell and company get tired of playing the same characters?

    That ‘Fitness’ clip took me back, man. Hilarious.

  2. Ha! That line was pretty great. There were a ton, as usual. Kenneth’s Mad Men allusion, before passing out, was gold too: “My real name is Dick Whitman.”

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