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BY CHUCK BARNEY
Contra Costa Times
After seven kooky, smart, high-
But rather than mourn, we prefer to laugh. To help us do just that, we've delved into the vaults and come up with 10 of the funniest, most memorable moments produced by
Therapy with Jack and Tracy: To help Tracy deal with his daddy issues, Jack summons the NBC therapist. But a family role-playing session goes crazily off track when Jack pretends to be, in quick succession, Tracy's father, his "moms," the "white dude" she left his father for, the Hispanic female neighbor and Tracy himself. Mixed into the hilariously subversive bit are impressions of Redd Foxx and Jimmy "J.J." Walker. Our one-word review? "DY-NO-MITE!" ("Rosemary's Baby," Season 2, Episode 4).
Liz Meets Oprah: In one of the show's most hilarious guest appearances, Liz is ecstatic to meet Oprah on a plane flight. Unfortunately, she has taken a sleeping pill that provokes side effects like "dizziness, sexual nightmares and sleep crime." A dazed Liz bares her soul to Oprah, telling her how she didn't lose her virginity until 25, how at summer camp she kissed a girl on a dare (and the girl later died) and how she once had a sex dream involving Nate Berkus and Dr. Oz. ("Believe in the Stars," Season 3, Episode 2).
Tracy does Conan: Here we honor not just a moment, but an entire episode--one in which "30 Rock" truly began to hit its stride. A frantic Liz, as usual, is putting out lots of workplace fires while preparing Tracy to go on Conan O'Brien's show, and, unfortunately, Tracy is off his meds. In this episode, we get our first reference to Jenna's movie, "The Rural Juror," and the first appearance of Dr. Spaceman. ("Tracy Does Conan," Season 1, Episode 7).
Liz gets married: Liz and Criss (James Marsden) spontaneously decide to get married to enhance their adoption chances, but Liz claims she doesn't want the fancy fairy-tale princess wedding. What ensues is one of the most chaotic and bizarre TV weddings ever, complete with Tony Bennett. ("Mazel Tov, Dummies!" Season 7, Episode 7).