Monday, November 29, 2010

30 Days of Christmas: '30 Rock'...

While season 2 of 30 Rock created the annual “Ludachristmas” tradition, the parts of the episode that don’t feature such raunchy nuttiness are actually stronger. Liz (Tina Fey)’s family comes to visit, including her younger brother Mitch (Andy Richter) who, after a ski accident, is permanently stuck in one particular day in the late eighties. Jack (Alec Baldwin)’s mother (guest star Elaine Stritch) is also in town, and after seeing how attached he gets to the saccharine sweet Lemons, is determined to crack them and reveal their true hatred for each other. Family fun for everyone!

The following year managed to top their own tradition, however, with “Christmas Special,” an episode which not only features the usual and expected Christmas carol from Jenna (Jane Krakowski) but also even more crazy family antics when Jack hits his mother with a car and is "forced" to spend the holidays with her. He spends most of the episode trying to avoid her but later learns how his mother really afforded all of his holiday gifts as a kid, which manages to warm his heart while slightly creep the audience out. Liz, meanwhile, takes on a “Letters to Santa” charity program but then gets just a wee bit racist on it, assuming she was conned into buying two grown men presents. Well, it's the thought that counts, right??

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