The Wife:

My husband hasn’t watched his share of these shows yet, so we’ll post his half later, but for now, you can enjoy my hatred of Kath & Kim and my love of Jon Hamm, I mean, 30 Rock!

Kath & Kim 1.13 “Idols”

I appreciate this episode’s attempt to make Kath & Kim‘s tabloid obsession a part of their lives, but that still didn’t make the show very funny at all, despite all of Kath and Kim’s desperate attempts to get Wynonna Judd to have dinner at their house. I’m just going to list the few things I actually enjoyed about this episode, but not enough to actually laugh:

  • Kim’s solipsisms: “kimship” and “hardscramble”
  • The names from Craig’s band: Hot Country Gravy, Hot Biscuits and Buttergrits
  • Kath and Kim have Judd wigs. That’s pretty great.
  • Kim, on Tina’s suggestion to make a tape begging Wynonna to come to their home: “That’s the only good idea you’ve ever had.”
  • Kath running around like a maniac, screaming to anyone she sees that Wynonna is in her house.
  • All of Wynonan’s reactions to Phil, after hearing on Kim’s tape that she thinks he’s gay.

In retrospect, I probably shouldnt have agreed to guest star, youre right.

In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have agreed to guest star, you're right.

30 Rock 3.10 “Generalissimo”

Despite Alec Baldwin in a telenovela and the presence of one incredible Jon Hamm, I don’t think this was one of 30 Rock‘s best episodes. It had a number of funny moments, but none of the usual wackiness that I’ve come to love so much about 30 Rock. I will say this, though: everything about Los Amores Clandestinos was utterly fantastic.

Jack finds that the one obstacle in his relationship with Elisa is her disapproving grandmother. He realizes that she hates Jack because he looks exactly like a character on her favorite telenovela who is the epitome of evil, El Generalissimo. He does things that are incredibly, incredibly evil, like stealing a woman’s mail in order to get to know everything about her . . . which is exactly what Liz Lemon starts to do to her new neighbor, Dr. Drew Baird (Jon Hamm) when she accidentally gets some of his mail, opens it and becomes extremely intrigued by him, largely because he is a charity-loving doctor who enjoys both classic comedies and baking.

In order to solve his problem with Elisa’s abuela (whose brain is a little quidgy after spending all those years in the silver factory, rendering her incapable of telling reality from fiction most of the time), Jack decides to buy the rights to the show and start producing it on NBC so that he can control the content and kill El Generalissimo. However, when they film the first show, he realizes that the actor playing Generalissimo, Hector, won’t stick to the script and just die, so they have a showdown, mano a mano.


“Do not try to out-Generalissimo me, my friend.” – Hector


Once Jack explains his plight to Hector, Hector agrees to change his character into every abuela’s fantasy because even though he is very much the gay, he would totally like to bang Elisa, too.

Meanwhile, Tracy Jordan is spending way too much time with the new interns, who party as though they’re still working on Wall Street. He fears that if he doesn’t keep up his youthful image, he’ll lose his ability to be funny and will only get offered serious roles in films. One day, he returns to the office after having accidentally taken some roofies, which he hands to Liz before he passes out, muttering:


“You can do whatever you want to me.” – Tracy Jordan


Liz continues to steal dating ideas from El Generalissimo by pretending to lose her dog so that Jon Hamm will help her look for the dog she doesn’t even have in the first place and, eventually, inviting him to a “welcome to the building party” but telling him it’s on a different night so that she can get him alone in her apartment and seduce him with fondue.

Have you tried my new Jon Hamm's John Ham?

Have you tried my new Jon Hamm's John Ham?

There’s a really well edited sequence that follows where El Generalissimo proceeds to seduce an elderly Puerto Rican woman by lovingly looking at pictures of her grandchildren and complimenting how querida each of them are, promising to help her scratch her lottery tickets and take her to McDonald’s, while Liz and Jon Hamm feed each other fondue that’s all underscored by a Spanish guitar version of “Guantanamera.” For all of El Generalissimo’s success melting Elisa’s abuela’s heart, Liz’s attempt to seduce Jon Hamm goes horribly awry when a crazy downstairs neighbor finds “her dog.” The dog erratically barks all evening, giving Jon Hamm a headache, for which Liz tells him to take some Aspirin in her purse. Unfortunately, while she’s out of the room, he grabs some roofies, and falls to the floor, realizing that he’s surrounded by his stolen mail and that this insane woman before him doesn’t even have a dog.


Liz: I am the Generalissimo!
Drew: I don’t even know what that means!

This would never happen on Mad Men!

This would never happen on Mad Men!

Jack’s attempt to sway abuela’s heart was a complete success, and now Elisa’s abuela is so proud that her granddaughter is dating such a successful television man. So proud, in fact, that she wants him to make some changes to the nightly news, because it’s too sad. His changes? Photos of cute Latino babies shown over the sounds of Tito Puente.

Tracy decides to get the interns off his back by reopening Lehman Bros under his direction and Liz also gets her happy ending when Jon Hamm shows up at her door holding her mail, and admits that, based on her mail, he would really like to get to know this Elizabeth Lemon in 3B.

Other things I liked:

  • Tracy Jordan transcends race.
  • Jon Hamm smells like frosting. Which is funny, because I actually imagine he smells like Pomade and scotch.
  • “You should not end a sentence with a preposition at.” – Tracy Jordan
  • El Generalissimo is the face of Sabor De Soledad.
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