30 Rock Season 5 – Double-Edged Sword – Episode review

It’s not often we write about 30 Rock here on Shout. And after watching Double-Edged Sword, I can’t think why we’re not covering it weekly.

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, a lot of shows have had a romantic theme, and in Double-Edged Sword, Jack and Avery and Liz and Carol go off on independent couples’ breaks. And the theme behind the episode title is that it’s a double-edged sword if both people in a relationship have the same personality. 

Jack and Avery head off to Canada to make every joke about the Canadians they can think of. Aboot, etc. I’d call it cliche, but the opening gag – “You’ve broken the extra bone every Canadian has in their hand…” made everything that followed extra brilliant.

Avery goes into labour and the couple are horrified that their baby might be born on Canadian soil – so Jack goes all-out to try to get back to America before the baby arrives. Hilarity ensues. Did I mention that I love Alec Baldwin? He’s one of the funniest men on TV and as Jack Donaghy, he’s one of the best things about 30 Rock.

Oh, Canada bites back, by the way – Toronto Life points out where 30 Rock got it wrong!

Liz Lemon’s flying off for a break with Carol – but problems arise when it turns out he’s the pilot and the flight seems endlessly delayed. The passengers are getting increasingly irate and Liz decides to be their spokesperson because she has leverage with Carol, but the pair clash and the resulting fight is epic. It has to be seen to be believed.

Full kudos to the guest stars of 30 Rock – Matt Damon for his oddball pilot and Elizabeth Banks as the amazing Avery. Honestly, why isn’t Elizabeth Banks on our screens more? I loved her guest spot on Modern Family and she’s a brilliant match for Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock. More, please!

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