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30 Rock – The return of the Devon Banks

'30 Rock' came out with its second great episode in a row this week, which featured the return of Devon Banks, complete with totally awesome 'Star Wars' reference.

- Season 5, Episode 18 - "Plan B"

After last week’s amazing episode “Queen of Jordan” on 30 Rock, I thought for sure I was going to be disappointed with this week’s episode. I have to say though, that I was pleasantly surprised. This week’s episode was another great installment. Perhaps it was the return of Will Arnett as Devin Banks, which is always good for some laughs, but I thought “Plan B” was a standout episode.

One of the highlights of the episode, and definitely the biggest laugh, was Aaron Sorkin’s cameo as himself. Liz pointing out his work on Studio 60, which was prompted a quick “shut up,” from the man himself had me laughing out loud. Sorkin had great comedic timing too. Good for him.

There were some great jokes about writing becoming a dying art. The fact that Sorkin and Lemon were battling for a gig on The Sing-Off was funny. My favorite, though, was the poster for Transformers 5 which proudly boasted as being written by no one.

Overall, it was a strong, strong episode. It will be fun to see if Jack’s acquisition of TWINKS, the network for gay men, will cause him any more headaches in the future. I’m not really sure how I feel about Hank Hooper yet. The character himself isn’t bowling me over, and the running gag in this episode about his constantly friendly voice was amusing, but not riotous. With that being said, I am enjoying the obstacles that he is creating for Jack. For some reason, seeing Jack squirm this season has really worked for me.

Here are my favorite quotes for a very quotable episode:

“I’m doing God’s work here in Africa. Why just yesterday I kicked two naked people out of a garden.” – Tracy

“Last time I taught it was like Robin Williams in Dead Poets’ Society… by which I mean I got fired.” – Pete

“I’m Aaron Sorkin. The West Wing. A Few Good Men. Social Network.” – Aaron Sorkin
Studio 60.” – Liz
“Shut up.” – Aaron Sorkin

“I have a degree in Theatre Tech, with a minor in Movement. Why did my parents let me do that?!?” – Liz

“I was trapped in a world of wet wipes and rectal thermometers … then the babies came and life changed.” – Devin

“You wanna party? It’s five hundred for kissing, ten thousand for snuggling. End of list.” – Liz, as the world’s worst hooker

Photo Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBC Universal

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4 Responses to “30 Rock – The return of the Devon Banks”

March 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM

My favorite moment: Banks whoring out his ‘gaybie’ with the ‘granite’ cheeks -

March 25, 2011 at 10:53 PM

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CUh, Bob?

What was the Star Wars reference?

March 26, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Not a star wars nerd, Michael? Right at the first act break when Devon wakes suddenly from bed he quotes, verbatim, Darth Vader’s line about feeling obi wan’s presence, then jumps up and wraps himself in a vader-like cape

March 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

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Yes, Bob. Huge Star Wars nerd here.

But, 1) I didn’t see the episode and 2) didn’t see any indication of the reference in your post.

That’s all. Thanks!

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