It’s already been a momentous final season for “30 Rock.” In the last few episodes alone, Liz and Criss got married and adopted twins, Jack’s mother passed away, Kenneth was promoted to President of NBC, Jenna and Paul got married and “TGS” was canceled.
Since this is a surreal comedy series and not an intricately serialized drama, the series finale doesn’t need to tie up loose ends as much as put a proper period on a legacy of comic goodness. And the hourlong finale — split up into two episodes, “Hogcock!” and “Last Lunch” — does exactly that in ways that are both silly and sentimental.
If you don’t want to know anything that’s going to happen, you shouldn’t be reading this. But if you’re curious for a few teasers of what to expect, we’ve got 10 of them:
1) Having kids makes Liz and Criss realize something about their relationship
Don’t worry, there’s no last minute breakup in store for the perfectly matched couple, they just have one more — brilliant — epiphany about being parents.
2) Kenneth is the perfect network suit
Have your pause button ready for the list of “Kenneth’s TV No-No Words” and prepare to weep over the state of network TV without “30 Rock.”
3) Expect one last “Star Wars” reference from Liz and Mickey Rourke story from Jenna
We’ll miss Tina Fey’s Yoda impression. And Rourke is redeemed … kinda.
4) Jack’s personal crisis
After seven seasons of unshakeable confidence, Jack Donaghy reunites with lost loves, crushes his professional enemies and seems to be on top of the world. But he’s still missing something. And the finale just might secure Alec Baldwin one final Emmy win.
5) Remember “The Rural Juror”
The season one episode about Jenna’s tongue-twisting indie film has a big payoff in the finale. So make sure you’ve seen that. And, of course, the series premiere, which gets a major callback in the setting for a genuinely touching (and eerily realistic) conversation between Liz and Tracy.
6) Lutz ruins everything, again
Seriously. That guy’s the worst.
7) Special guest stars galore
Richard Belzer, Ice-T, Nancy Pelosi, Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Conan O’Brien and Al Roker all pop up, but very briefly. The finale’s emphasis isn’t on guest stars or stunt casting — it’s on the core cast and characters.
8) Someone gets a spinoff
There’s a big promotion in store for one of these five side characters: Cerie, Dot Com, Frank, Grizz or Jonathan.
9) It’s never too late to start a recurring joke
Liz has a very specific reason to be angry with “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio. It’s mentioned more than once.
10) NBC released this photo, so…
If you know the history of classic last scenes in TV series finales, you may be able to decipher the clue in the photo below. But there’s a little more to it than you may expect.