“30 Rock” Season Finale: Who Will Jack Choose?
By Fred Topel
Hollywoodnews.com: This week’s 30 Rock is not only the season finale, but it’s part two of a cliffhanger. The last episode ended with Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) asking Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) to stall her wedding speech while he figures out what to do about his love triangle. He’s just told Nancy (Julianne Moore) that he’s also seeing Avery (Elizabeth Banks), who already was pressuring Jack to choose between them. Elizabeth Banks gave a conference call with the media to discuss the season finale.
“I will tell you that Julianne Moore and I do have a scene together,” Banks said. “I don’t know if it’s quite the face off that you’re expecting but we do have a scene together.”
Avery Jessup is a CNBC political pundit who shares Jack’s views on business. Nancy is an old flame who just got divorced and became available again. “Avery’s ego will definitely say he should choose Avery but probably only so she can dump him. Avery would want to be chosen so she could have the glory of dumping him. He’s probably playing with fire with Julianne’s character. I think he’s right in saying she’s a fiery redheaded Irish lady from Boston. I know those ladies and they are tough, tough cookies. We’ll see. We’re both tough cookies. I’ll say that. He should do what’s best for him. No matter who he chooses, I know this is going to be the be all end all for his love life.”
This is all fun stuff for TV comedy, but Banks would never get herself into a situation like Avery. “In real life, no. I believe in dating someone your own age. I’m really only attracted to people my own age. It’s just how I am. It’s always been my way. I’ve never understood dating outside your age range. Even people who say 30-40, I think there’s a big difference between 30 and 40. I like to be in a relationship with someone who’s in the same place in life as me.”
Jack will be forced to make his choice this week. “The best thing about it is I’ve never seen Nancy so Jack has never revealed to me who his other dalliances are with. I think Jack and Avery are both grown-ups. I’m sure Avery feels competitive with his person which is why she put it to Jack that he needed to decide, but she’s a big girl and she’ll get over it whatever ends up happening.”
The season finale has many more guest stars, including previous guests Will Forte and Michael Sheen, with an appearance by Matt Damon. “There were a lot of Oscar nominees on set that day. I actually didn’t work with Matt Damon because his schedule got a little messed up and he ended up coming in after we wrapped the season to shoot just with Tina. We actually worked with his photo double on the days but Michael Sheen is a doll. I love Wesley. I think that’s a great character. I love him with Tina. Will Forte looks so amazing on the season finale I can’t wait for people to see what he’s dressed as. I took eight photos with him just to have evidence that I was there when he was dressed the way he’s dressed on the season finale.”
Unfortunately, we won’t get a payoff to one of last week’s best jokes. Avery left town for her annual PMS retreat. She’s on a pill that reduces her cycle to once a year, and her one period happens to fall when Jack has this big decision to make. This is Emmy winning TV comedy 30 Rock.
“There is no scene that takes place in the fenced in area at the Adironecks now. I imagine that area, I’m assuming it comes from The Red Tent, the Anita Diamant book about how the women whenever they get their period have to sit in the red tent with each other.”
While Banks has no plans to return to 30 Rock, it’s not like they kill her off this week. Heck, Jon Hamm keeps popping up. “I would say like with any show, especially this show, you just never know year to year what the writers are going to decide to do or what direction they’ll take things in. It’s not quite wrapped up. It’s open ended.”
Banks has played characters as diverse as a drunken hookup in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Laura Bush herself in W. Somewhere in that spectrum is the cable news anchor. “I watch a lot of cable news. It’s sort of depressing I watch cable news so I’m aware of who all those personalities are and I really wanted to play it like any of those ladies who have those shows. I love Maria Bartiromo. It was sort of based on her in my mind a little bit but also all the guys. I love the idea of the countdown. I thought it was very Keith Olbermann so that’s who I was sort of impersonating. She’s an amalgam of many characters, and contrary to Page Six reports, is not based on anyone.”
So far, Banks has gotten high marks from the real deals in cable news. “You know, Jake Tapper who’s the agency white house correspondent, I’m friendly with him. My husband is friendly with him and he Tweeted to me after the first episode aired that Fox was probably already calling to try to steal me from CNBC because I’d done such a good job on my Countdown show. He was like, ‘It’s really funny, you really nailed it, I’m sure Fox is trying to figure out how to steal you from CNBC now.’”
30 Rock airs Thursdays on NBC.