Nov 29, 2012

Liz Lemon is Married! [30 Rock]


Jack Couldn't Be Happier
It's official! Liz Lemon and Criss Chros are married, and the ceremony was just as weird and magical as we hoped it would be. It started out shakily, with Liz's fears of becoming a bridezilla fueling a self-fulfilling prophecy. Eventually, though, Liz pulled it together with the help of the two men in her life, found the perfect way to be pro-woman, and showcased her love of Star Wars. By dressing up as Princess Leia, she walked down the aisle in something
that made her feel like a princess (the baddest-ass princess around) without compromising her integrity.

There were also some nice moments that hearkened back to one of the first episodes where Liz seriously contemplated marriage, which was way back in the beginning of Season 2. We were happy to see the return of her childhood husband, Saul Rosenbear (who in Season 2 had a son from a previous marriage and later cheated on Liz with a lamb). Plus, there was a nice callback to the wedding dress Liz bought in the hopes of a wedding in her future. The image of Liz using her dress as toilet paper (being stuck in her apartment during Hurricane Irene + 7 layer dip = an un-salvageable wedding dress) is not something that we'll be able to get out of our heads any time soon, but that's what makes 30 Rock's comedy so potent.

Liz's romantic past is littered with disappointment, so it was great to see her finally get her man, and it was nice that the show balanced real emotions with plenty of quirk (and a great bit of Dennis Duffy chicanery, this time with his wife Megan and his son Black Dennis). It was especially touching to see Jack getting in on the festivities; his investment in Liz's happiness is one of the strongest and sweetest elements of this show. Sure, it's also one of the most wholly inappropriate work relationships ever portrayed onscreen, but it's best not to think about that.
Even if the wedding was originally just in service of making it easier for Liz and Cris to adopt, in the end it was great to see that the wedding actually meant a lot more. Sure, it would have been nice to see Jenna or any of Liz's other friends at the wedding (nobody invited Pete!), but Liz had a good guy, her best friend, a great dress, her worst/best ex-boyfriend, cheekbones and a pair you can do something with, and Tony Bennett to sing her down the aisle. What more could a girl ask for?
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