Who Won Thursday?

Posted by Marisa March 12th, 2010 at 10:08am In 30 Rock Community Parks and Recreation The Office Who Won Thursday?

Competition was fierce this week, but there can be only one winner.

Community: Basic Genealogy
Usually, I dig how this show is warmer and fuzzier than the others. This week, though, the you’re-a-great-friend-no-YOU’RE-a-great-mom thing was too much even for me. And how many episodes can end at school-wide dances?

Parks and Recreation: The Possum
I could endlessly re-watch Andy tackle the possum—the sound he makes is just incredible. Also, Ron gets to try out his entire repertoire of angry faces when Mark doesn’t think his workshop is up to code.

The Office: St. Patrick’s Day
I love when the show has moments that feel like Classic Office. Megadesk is certainly one of those. The rest of it—Jo keeping them all late on St. Patrick’s Day—feels like a classic Office situation, but they didn’t really manage to wring enough jokes out of it. But, hey, it ends with the return of Todd Packer!

30 Rock: Future Husband
If you had to make me choose between John Hamm and Michael Sheen as hypothetical future husbands, I’d pick Michael Sheen. 30 Rock always wins Emmys for its guest stars because it seriously gets the best guest stars. Elizabeth Banks is still tearing it up, too. And I like how this episode picks up immediately where the last one left off, with a waffle in the DVD player.

So, who won Thursday?

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30 Rock
It was a tough call between 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, but I agree with 30 Rock’s “sometimes things are just the worst” message over Parks and Rec’s stubborn insistence on justice and fairness. In 30 Rock, Liz’s date with Wesley was every bit as awkward and awful as Erin and Kevin’s lunch date should have been on The Office last week, too. For me, this episode had the right balance of mean-spiritedness (“back loaf”), goofiness (“I already killed her!”), and, well, whatever Kenneth’s “donkey spells” were.


  • 1. jesse  |  March 12th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Yeah, I can’t believe one of the AV Club guys seemed to be saying this was one of the worst 30 Rock episodes rather than one of the best of this (slightly uneven) season. I agree that Community was a little on the weak side tonight, but otherwise, it was a strong showing all-around — Parks, Office, and 30 Rock all turned in some season highlights. Bonus points for the wide range of April awesomeness on Parks & Rec.

  • 2. Marisa  |  March 12th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    The Office didn’t really put in a strong showing last night–or this season. More than 30 Rock, I think The Office is the show that really needs to get it back together.

    Obviously, I also support the April awesomeness.

  • 3. Maggie  |  March 12th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Now that 30 Rock has finally won one, The Office is the only show that hasn’t triumphed in your column so far. (Mostly it’s been a P&R/Community love-fest — perhaps that says something about the freshness of new shows, and the struggle to keep older shows exciting?)

    I haven’t seen The Office yet, but of the three I did catch I agree with you. Parks & Rec had one of the best of their season, but 30 Rock really brought things home with Liz going on a bad date and Jack angling for corporate power. Classic. The telephone-book tag at the end was the only thing that completely didn’t work for me. Who knew: Reading a telephone book is boring, even when Tracy Jordan does it.

    I have such massive affection for Community, even when the episode isn’t a season high. “Smiling sideways vagina” is the new “baby fish mouth.”


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