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No new Office or 30 Rock so let’s look what lies ahead

February
19

There’s not a lot of The Office or 30 Rock in the near future.

In fact it’s reruns only tonight, with the hilarious “Baby Shower” and the less hilarious “Retreat to Move Forward,” respectively. But it’s a good time to look ahead and see what’s in store for future Peacock Thursdays.

30 Rock returns next week, Feb. 26, with “Larry King,” which may or may not actually be titled “Jalisa.” Here’s the summary…

Jack considers taking the next step with Elisa, but will he be able to choose between his commitment to her and his demanding career? Meanwhile, Tracy’s interview on “Larry King Live” sends New York City into a panic. Out in the chaotic city, Liz Lemon recruits Kenneth to venture out to Queens to retrieve her lost cell phone from a surly cabbie.

I don’t give a %*&# about Jack’s next step with Elisa, but I expect great things from Tracy’s interview old Larry. Rounding it out with some heavy Kenneth action should offset the plodding story of Jack’s love life.

A week later, on March 5, both shows return. Check out the summaries after the jump.

30 Rock, meanwhile, mines the funny inherent in that offhand comment Elisa (Salma Hayek) made a few weeks back about the sad people who would come into Dunkin Donuts in the middle of the night. (Liz: What time do you throw the doughnuts away?)

Liz befriends a pregnant teenage donut shop employee, in an attempt to adopt her baby. Back on set, Jenna vies for more attention from the TGS staff as her birthday approaches, but Kenneth’s plan to combine her party with one for Tracy derails her efforts. Meanwhile, Jack agrees to go on a guys’ night out to keep his mind off of his absent girlfriend, and bonds with Frank over their daddy issues.

I’m stoked for this one, even though Liz’s adoption storyline hasn’t done much for me since Megan Mullally flopped in her early season guest spot. And granted, this has an annoying Baby Mama vibe. (worst movie of 2008, anyone?) But Jenna vying for more attention usually yields big laughs, especially with Kenneth combining birthday parties. (Jim Halpert could have advised him against that.) And anything involving Frank is a winner.

The Office follows with “Blood Drive,” an oddly scheduled Valentine’s Day episode. Is Obama to blame?

It’s Valentine’s Day  at the office. Michael meets a mysterious woman at a Valentine’s blood drive. Dwight and Kevin pair up with single women at the office “Lonely Hearts Party.” Meanwhile Jim and Pam are banished from the office for being too publicly affectionate, and have an awkward lunch with Phyllis and Bob.

Awkwardness and Bob Vance are key components in most good Office episodes (though humiliation and Todd Packer would be better).

The March 12 30 Rock episode title is “The Funcooker,” but there’s no summary up yet from the network. That night’s Office is a Willy Wonka-esque “Golden Ticket.”

Michael causes a huge problem in the office when he comes up with the idea to put “golden tickets” into packages of paper for clients to redeem for discounts. Andy, Jim and Pam give Kevin differing advice on wooing a woman.

I’ll just say it’ll be nice to see Kevin get back on the horse. Stacy’s gone, big fella.

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:05 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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