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.
Did You Know?
(at around 20 mins) 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
(at around 14 mins) In the paint can scene, Jack says "people like you and I" (in the East Coast version); this was corrected in the West Coast version to "people like you and me". See more
The DVD includes the West Coast version as a bonus feature, but not the entire East Coast version. Instead, the primary version of the episode is edited together from both East and West, trimmed for time (some scenes are missing and some transitions and awkward pauses are shortened), and presented with standard cast and crew credits (as opposed to the SNL-style crawl), presumably to fit standard rerun length and format, despite betraying the entire point of a live episode.
The mix-and-match episode uses the West Coast version for most of the first seven-and-a-half minutes (except Jenna's East Coast title sequence), cuts Jenna's "It's Your Birthday, Slut" sequence and the second Yadwiga scene ("sit on it") entirely, and uses West for various short parts (including, most likely, part of the Fox News sketch preparation, half a minute before Carol's phone call, a minute from the last few moments of the call to "I will slip a nip", the first twenty seconds of Jack's paint can sniffing scene, Jenna's nip slip threat before the second commercial ("to commercial go!"), possibly Jack's Capital One plug, and the last seventy seconds or so of the birthday cake scene). Interestingly, it doesn't use the West Coast version for the next moments of the paint can scene where Jack's grammar is corrected.
As a result, some differences outlined in the other Alternate Versions entry won't be evident to anyone with the DVD, including 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 12 (end), and 13. See more
Happy Birthday, Skank!
Performed by Jane Krakowski See more