Liz is upset because nobody remembers her 40th birthday, Jack tries to give up drinking to support his pregnant girlfriend, and Tracy threatens to break character during TGS.


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On show night, Liz Lemon grows increasingly infuriated when no one seems to remember that it's her 40th birthday. Just before the taping, Tracy Jordan becomes convinced that nothing is funnier than a performer laughing and breaking character, which he elects to do all night, much to Jenna Maroney's chagrin. Meanwhile, Jack Donaghy struggles with the consequences of his promise to give up drinking while Avery is pregnant. Written by NBC Publicity

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14 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Before Jadwiga the cleaning lady starts clawing at the cake, she exclaims, in Polish, "you stole my birthday." From the grammar in the Polish sentence, you can tell that she is directing this remark at Liz herself. See more »


Jenna says she was on stage with Irene Ryan when she died. Although Irene Ryan did suffer a stroke during a performance of Pippin, she did not die until four weeks later. See more »


Jenna Maroney: [singing her song "Happy Birthday, Skank!"] You say that it's your birthday? Time to skank it up hard! Choke a cop with your panties...
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References Bones (2005) See more »


Window Gazing
by Ivor Slaney
DWMIL 012 Track 18
Played during "NBC Technical Difficulties"
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Both "Live Show"s of this "30 Rock" episode are very entertaining to me
16 October 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

All right, I just watched both the East and West Coast versions of the live "30 Rock" that just aired last Thursday on NBC on as linked from Both were funny enough that whatever creative flaws there were in the storyline itself or certain lines were recovered quickly in the whole thing. There were many changes in many lines that either made things better or at least a little different that I very much appreciated like the joke that "Flashback Liz" (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) did of Slumdog Millionaire in the EC one compared to the Disney's Aladdin one in the WC one. And how about the hilarious changes in both "commercials" for guest stars Chris Parnell and Jon Hamm. I think I've said enough so if you're a fan, just watch both versions of this live "30 Rock" featuring many SNLers, past and present, performing on home turf. Oh, and the rating above is for both versions.

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