'30 Rock' Season 6, Episode 17 Recap - 'Meet the Woggels!'
Here's a lesson from "30 Rock": when in doubt, have some Australians sing some ridiculous children's songs.
Yes, Jenna is continuing her "sexual walkabout" by dating a "rock star" so that she can "Yoko the band" and cross it off her list. That's a lot of quotations. Her rock star is actually the guitarist for children's band The Woggels, a group of Australians in colorful turtlenecks that are obviously playing off of The Wiggles.
That's a perfect storyline for Jenna, as it blends glamour with shame and delusion very nicely. As such, it provides most of the humor for the episode: after a Beatles-esque success montage, Jenna lures her boy toy away from the group so that he can go solo, only to find that she just wishes she was with Paul. But when she goes to Paul's apartment, she finds he's with someone else (and dressed like her). Is Jenna too late?
Tracy has some discovering of his own to do, as it turns out that his son got into Princeton. This worries Tracy, who frets about his son being a nerd, and sets out to "de-Urkel" him by doing the kind of stuff he does with his posse: make it rain on Liz, eat fried food off of a woman's body, play video games, etc. Eventually, Tracy learns his lesson and turns things around, and promises to spend more time with his son... some other time.
Jack spends the episode arguing with his mother, Colleen, who is in town for a heart surgery. Liz does everything she can to encourage them to have "the talk": not the one about the birds and the bees, the one about opening up to each other before Colleen dies so they don't have any regrets. It takes a while, but they finally get there. And, of course, Liz takes all the credit.
But perhaps the best part of the episode came in the tag, as the Woggels sing one of the more disturbing children's songs you've ever heard. Pretty fantastic.
Notes & Quotes:
- According to Jack, factories provide "jobs, pride, and material for Bruce Springsteen songs."
- "The song went 'Mr. Sandma--' and I turned it off."
- "Woggel power!"
- "If you're ordering me an edible arrangement to say thanks, I prefer a meat one."
- "Ugh, Dean Cain."