30 Rock: Season 3, Episode 6

Christmas Special (11 Dec. 2008)

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Liz has to spend Christmas without her family for the first time in her life. As compensation she participates in a 'Letters to Santa' charity program and buys presents for poor children. ... See full summary »



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Liz has to spend Christmas without her family for the first time in her life. As compensation she participates in a 'Letters to Santa' charity program and buys presents for poor children. Jack accidentally hits his mother with his car just before leaving to Rio. Now stuck with her in New York, he decides to force the cast of TGS into putting on a live Christmas Eve special so at least he won't have to go home. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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When Jack hits Colleen with his car, the shot of her legs sticking out from behind his car clearly mirror the shot of the legs of the Wicked Witch of the West after Dorothy's house lands on her. See more »


When Liz Lemon visits the neighborhood for the second time and offers tickets for the Live Christmas, in one shot her lips and audio are not synchronized. See more »


Jack: Have I told you about my mom's yuletide boyfriend, Frederick August Otto Schwarz III.
Liz Lemon: FAO Swartz? Like the toy store?
Jack: His family owned some toy stores, yes. So what?
Liz Lemon: Jack, I think your mother put out on Christmas to get you kids presents. She did it for you.
Jack: Not possible. She didn't do anything for us.
Liz Lemon: I know you guys were pretty poor, did you have a lot of presents?
Jack: You couldn't even see the tree.
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Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »


The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé
Performed by Jane Krakowski, Alec Baldwin and Elaine Stritch
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Christmas Special is a most excellent holiday episode of "30 Rock"
22 December 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Liz decides to become a secret Santa because her family doesn't want her, Jack makes everyone do a Christmas special because he doesn't want to be with his mother who he accidentally ran over with his car, and that mother, Colleen, is proving to be such a nuisance to her son...As in the last episode, someone says he/she isn't going to die. In "Reunion", it was CEO Don Guiess, here it's Colleen. The back and forth between Alec Baldwin and welcomed back guest star Elaine Stritch are priceless. Seeing Dotcom and Grizz have more scenes were also pleasurable as they were last episode as well. And what a treat to not only see Jane Krakowski once again display her singing talents but Ms. Stritch as well. All I want to say now is, Merry Christmas to the cast and crew of "30 Rock". May the new year bring even more fans to this highly excellent comedy series!

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