Tony Bennett sang “Just in Time” and Liz Lemon wore a Princess Leia dress (with “side-bun” hairdo) as Liz married boyfriend Chris on “30 Rock” Thursday night.
Bennett’s rendition of the 1956 song was one of the highlights of an episode “30 Rock” fans could never have foreseen — Liz (Tina Fey) actually marrying someone.
But with this series approaching the end of its run, Liz got hitched to Chris (James Marsden) in a City Hall union that was contrived mainly to enhance the couple’s eligibility for adopting a child.
In fact, Liz protested against the institution of marriage almost until the show’s final act, when she finally acquiesced and decided she needed to put some more thought into this (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event.
Despite her many harangues against marriage, the best lines in the show were uttered by Alec Baldwin, as usual. “Hey, Jack, do I look positively glowing?” Liz asked Baldwin (as Jack Donaghy) as she strode into his office to give him the news of her pending wedding.
“Well, you do have the wind-battered face of a New England cod fisherman, if that’s what you’re asking,” Jack said.
He later vowed to get Tony Bennett, a friend, to sing at the wedding, telling Liz: “I told him you’re Italian, so he might call you Tina!” The reference to Tina Fey’s real name was clever. For the record, she’s not Italian-American; she’s of Greek descent. Bennett’s real name is Benedetto.
And when Liz brought up the subject of a reality series she likes to watch on Bravo called “Wedding Bitches,” Jack sighed, “I remember when Bravo used to air operas.”
If you watch the episode, above, look for Tina Fey’s 7-year-old daughter, Alice, as the little girl who rolls her eyes in a very brief wedding flashback.
This final season of “30 Rock” — its seventh — is about half over. This wedding episode — titled “Mazel Tov, Dummies!” — was watched by 3.613 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights released Friday morning. It was the seventh episode of the final, abbreviated season, which will reportedly come to a total of 13 episodes. The series finale is expected to be an hour-long episode that will air early next year.