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Ludachristmas 

Jack gets attached to Liz's nurturing parents because they provide the love and support he never got from his mom. The staffers get ready for their raunchy holiday party, but Kenneth changes their plans at the last minute.

Director:

Don Scardino

Writers:

Tina Fey (created by), Tami Sagher | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Fey ... Liz Lemon
Tracy Morgan ... Tracy Jordan
Jane Krakowski ... Jenna Maroney
Jack McBrayer ... Kenneth Parcell
Scott Adsit ... Pete Hornberger
Judah Friedlander ... Frank Rossitano
Alec Baldwin ... Jack Donaghy
Katrina Bowden ... Cerie
Keith Powell ... Toofer
Lonny Ross ... Josh Girard
Elaine Stritch ... Colleen Donaghy
Anita Gillette ... Margaret Lemon
Andy Richter ... Mitch Lemon
Buck Henry ... Dick Lemon
Maulik Pancholy ... Jonathan
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Jack gets attached to Liz's nurturing parents because they provide the love and support he never got from his mom. The staffers get ready for their raunchy holiday party, but Kenneth changes their plans at the last minute.

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Tracy's court-appointed alcohol monitor on his ankle is activated, the digital map shows others being monitored around the country are Lindsay Lohan (L. Lohan in Los Angeles), Dina Lohan (D. Lohan in New York), Michael Lohan (M. Lohan in Utah), Michelle Rodriguez (M. Rodriguez in Hawaii) and Chewbacca (C. Bacca in New Orleans). See more »

Goofs

The little girl from Guatemala doesn't speak nor pronounce Spanish properly. See more »

Quotes

Colleen Donaghy: Let's change the subject. Politics.
Dick Lemon: We don't discuss that stuff. Life is too short.
Jack Donaghy: Really? Life is too short?
[whispers to Colleen]
Jack Donaghy: Because your life seems endless.
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
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Hello, Elaine!
28 October 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Ah, Christmas: the time of year where everyone is supposed to be kind and loving with everyone. Unless you're a) in a Tim Burton movie; b) Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa; or c) Colleen Donaghy. If it's the last one, then it also means twenty minutes of solid gags and another Emmy nomination for the terrific Elaine Stritch (too bad she didn't win this time, but what the hell, Kathryn Joosten in Desperate Housewives is the only actress who can compete with her in the comedy guest category).

Christmas at TGS tends to mean one thing only: a raunchy party (as witnessed by the writing on Frank's hat: "Ho Ho Horny!"). Unfortunately, Kenneth has other plans, since he believes the holidays shouldn't be mocked in some profane way. For Liz, however, Christmas means something else entirely: a visit from her parents and little brother Mitch (played by Conan O' Brien's sidekick Andy Richter), who had an accident years before and believes it's still 1985. Jack is intrigued by that (he thinks Reagan was the best President ever) and quickly develops an attachment to the Lemons, who give all the love and support he never received from his mother. This is confirmed when she shows up and insists on spending the day with them.

Christmas episodes are, by nature, effortlessly charming, probably because of the joyous context (maybe that's why they're called Christmas Specials in the UK). That this one features an acting duel between Alec Baldwin and Elaine Stritch is just the icing on the cake. In any sane universe, she will have to appear at least once in every season. I mean, even The Sopranos, which stayed perfect for the entirety of its run, was still never quite the same after Nancy Marchand's death. It's a scientific fact: cranky mothers are funny (and get nominated for an Emmy).


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