'30 Rock' recap: 40 Candles

30-rock-live-show-320.jpgOn the first-ever live "30 Rock": Well that was weird. And a little bit painful?

Everyone forgets Lemon's 40th birthday in the midst of a live show where Tracy has decided to laugh through all his lines and Jenna has threatened to slip a nip. Jack's no help because he is falling apart (emotionally) and sniffing paint (literally) since preggers Avery has forbidden him from drinking anymore.

Eventually, Lemon spills to Jack that everyone has forgotten her birthday, so he and the TGS crew steal a cake from the cleaning lady (who also has a birthday that day) and throw an elaborate, last-minute surprise party for Lemon. And all is well with the world.

Guest appearances: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rachel Dratch, Bill Hader, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Damon, Chris Parnell and Jon Hamm.

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