Following the events of the second season's finale, Liz has decided to adopt, and has one day to convince the agency's representative, Bev (Megan Mullally, aka Karen from Will & Grace), that she's suitable for the job. This means she has to make her workplace look like a child- friendly environment, which isn't an easy task (let's put it this way: Frank walking around with a hat that has "horny" written on it is the least of her problems). Meanwhile, Tracy is enjoying the success of his porn video game, whereas Jenna insists she should be paid for her voice work in said game. And what about Jack? Well, after successfully getting out of Washington (cue a smart reference to Dick Cheney) he tries to get his old job back to stop Devon Banks from shutting down the company. Problem is, the only solution would be sleeping with Kathy Geiss...
As always, pacing and great line delivery make the show what it is, and Do-Over delivers in every department, packing more wit, satire and full-on silliness in 20 minutes than most comedies do in 90. Zingers of choice: virtually everything Tracy says ("You can't sue me, I'm already being sued. Double indemnity!"), and Banks revealing he sold the "E" of GE to Samsung ("They're called Samesung now."), while physical gags include yet another quip about Devon's sexual orientation.
Performance-wise, the regulars are on top form, with the Fey-Baldwin and Tracy Morgan- Jane Krakowski duos pulling off the most brilliant stuff. As for the guests, Will Arnett temporarily departs on his usual high note, while Mullally is terrific as a character far removed from her most famous role (not least vocally). In other words: this is the beginning of yet another terrific 30 Rock season.
In this episode, "Do-Over," Jack returns to NBC as he tries to get his old job back from his rival, Devon. Jenna is angry that she is not receiving any retribution from Tracy's success at his pornographic game. Liz decides to adopt so she contacts the agency who sends a person out to review Liz.
Overall, this is a great start to the third season. It's hilarious and I love the scenes featuring Jack and Kathy Geiss. Now they are absolute comedy bombs. I could not stop laughing. I rate this episode 9/10.
The story of Jack is the best one. His promotions are all happening one after the other and what makes it especially great is Kathy hitting on him and him trying to make it through sexual favors to her. Great storyline. And the scene where Jack and Liz play it out as if it was a soap opera is absolutely great.
The adoption story is pretty good as well. Love everything the team was saying about Liz. And the idea with the do over was pretty funny.
With a sensational triumph of six Golden GLobes, 30 Rock is undeniably critics' choice and the buzz pays off with Fey; the creator, at the heart of it, whose vision is crystal clear and on the mark.
It is a single camera sitcom about a writer of a TV Show and the behind-the-camera chaos it goes through before it goes on air. The somewhat distorted concept isn't what the series relies upon, its ideal vacation is to reach for a mature audience with wise and not funny writing.
It is rich on technical aspects like the production design but fails completely on cinematography and background score. As mentioned earlier, the humor isn't forcibly imputed which allows the makers to visit unknown places without any restraints and communicate fluently with the viewers.
The soul of the series is certainly its huge cast who can easily charm their way out of anything but Baldwin and Fey does invest a lot in it and are flat out hilarious in it.
Layered, satirical and thought-provoking writing, ironical humor and injected with enough content to run for its twenty minutes are the high points of this brilliant sitcom. Few cameos and a knack of taking bold moves factors a lot on keeping the audience tangled in its exhilarating world.
Unlike the second season, this one was more about the professional career and where it is leading towards for Fey, whilst surprisingly Baldwin's personal life is kept on spotlight here and driven emotionally through this prop and it manages to stick the landing with the quality maintained.
Fey's typical sketchy track about the adoption agency test going wrong, yet the tactics work like a charm and Baldwin's resistance tame is forward pass to the plot line that is aptly handled by the writers.
Meanwhile, the episode continues the storyline of Jack's rival Devon (Will Arnett) taking over the company. I wondered how this story would be resolved; could they go back to a normal situation with neither Jack or Devon in charge? Or would we see a permanent big change? The episode finds a convincing way to go back to normal.
All in all, an 8-8.4/10. While not great, that would make Do-Over the best season premiere of the series so far, so let's hope this turns out to be the best season of the series so far. Then maybe we can look forward to a third Emmy.