30 Rock: Season 5, Episode 4

Live Show (14 Oct. 2010)

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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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This episode was performed live, and performed twice. First for the east coast audience and a second time three hours later for the west coast. To keep things fresh for each audience, a few changes exist between the two performances. (See the Alternate Versions page for details.) 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 Happy Days (1974) See more »


Live Show
(Opening Theme - West Coast only) (uncredited)
Composed by Jeff Richmond
Written and performed by Cheyenne Jackson
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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 Hulu.com as linked from tvguide.com. 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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