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February 1, 2013 at 8:12 AM
’30 Rock’ finale: High-fiving a million angels
Good-bye “30 Rock.” I loved you from the moment you shoved the better-funded, Aaron Sorkin rival show “Studio 60,” off the air.
The final episode of “30 Rock,” Hogwash!/Last Lunch, aired Thursday after seven seasons. For women, there was so much to celebrate about “30 Rock,” a sitcom about a woman writer and producer running a TV show. The heart of “30 Rock” was the relationship between Liz Lemon, played by Tina Fey, and her mentor and boss, NBC executive Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin. (Fey was also executive producer of “30 Rock,” which means she was actually Baldwin’s boss in real life.)
The two characters never got together, to my relief. In real-life, women and men have meaningful life-long relationships that are not romantic.
Lemon does tell Jack, “I love you too Jack,” in the finale episode, but we know it’s not an invitation to “scale Bone Mountain, as Donaghy says.
In TV land, it is rare to see a women do more than play wife, mother and girlfriend. Lemon eventually found a boyfriend, got married and adopted kids, but it came in Season 6 and 7, not 1 and 2.
Here is the last scene between Lemon and Donaghy, with one final hilarious Donaghy speech.