30 Rock (2006–2013): Season 4, Episode 8 - Secret Santa - full transcript

Jack's interest in a new social networking site unexpectedly reconnects him with a high school crush. Kenneth tries to organize a Secret Santa Fun Swap, but not without resistance from some of the staff members. Meanwhile, Liz battles the task of buying a gift that's good enough for Jack, and Jenna is horrified at the prospect of sharing her annual Christmas solo.

- Your hair's looking less weird.
- Thanks.

Okay, Christmas gifts.
Uh, Pete?

Well, he keeps telling me
that he wants skinny jeans,

so Cheese of the Month Club.

Uh, Jenna?

Oh, I wanna take that Internet photo
of her nipple slip

and have it made into a jigsaw puzzle.

Aw, she'll love that.

Okay, uh, Jack?

- Jack donaghy?
- Yeah.


Well, I've never exchanged gifts
with Jack before.

But we've known each other four years.

- I mean, we're friends, right?
- Absolutely.

You guys remind me of that bantering
couple in that old movie, um...

Meet the parents.

Oh, my, is it yearbook time already?

The company has acquired an up and coming
social networking site called YouFace,

so each executive has to
set up their YouFace page.

- Now, this picture will be my pholo...
- Not a word.

Which is a contraction
for photo and hello.

Who are you facing?

No one.

Those sites are for
horny married chicks with kids

who want to exchange pervy emails
with their old high school boyfriends.

And since all your high school boyfriends

- Are now gay--
- exactly.

So Lemon, what can I do for you?

Do you want to exchange
Christmas presents this year?

- Uh, just, uh... I would love to.
- Great.

- So what do you want?
- Excuse me?

Well, in my family, everybody just
writes down what they want

and then we give it to each other
and everybody has a great Christmas.

Lemon, gift giving is the
purest expression of friendship.

I'm going to think about
what I know and like about you

and that will lead me to the perfect gift,
and you do the same.

So bath salts in a coffee mug would be...

Not it.

Season 4 Episode 8
Secret Santa

- Thanks.
- Hey, new guy, how's it going?

Well, I'm worried.

- I haven't been on the show
the last two weeks. - Good stuff.

Listen, every Christmas,
I collect money from the staff

and give it to the cleaning ladies.

- Yeah. Of course, count me in.
- Great.

- Jenna, would you care to chip in?
- No, thank you.

I'm doing my own thing this year.

She does this every year.

She doesn't give the money because
she knows that the card says,

"From the cast and writers of TGS",
and she'll get credit for it anyway.

I should make up new cards that say,
"Happy holidays from everyone except Jenna."

But that would require me to have
some remaining life force, Danny.

So I'm gonna go have a drink
alone at the Oyster Bar.

- I've been finger tagged, Lemon.
- Was it down by the subway entrance?

'cause I saw a gangly-looking
kid down there.

Finger tagged means I have been
contacted by someone else on YouFace.

In this case,
that would be Nancy Donovan,

the cutest girl at East Sadchester
High School, class of 1976.

That's the year my mom was born.

Would you get us some pens?

See, I told you you'd
find an old girlfriend.

She wasn't my girlfriend, Lemon,

But I must admit,
Nancy Donovan was...

My first crush.

My first crush was Larry Wilcox.

The blonde guy from Chips?

Bowl haircut, thin lips, hoo.

Uh, this wasn't a TV crush.
This was real.

Oh, mine got pretty real.

Here's a woman I haven't
seen in 25 years.

One day on YouFace and she finds me,

tells me that she's coming down
to pick up her sons at fordham,

and she'd love to swing by.

- What does that mean?
- Did she post you public or PM you?

- I don't know.
- Well, let's look at her page.

Oh, um...

- www...
- Got it.

I'll check her face-vault
to see her previous bing-bings.

- Is YouFace hyphenated?
- Huh.

Six months ago, her status
said she was "married,"

but 14 days ago,
she changed it to "working on it."

- Really? May I see that?
- Nope, do not put a hyphen in YouFace.

There are definitely faces here but
they are not being treated with respect.



Bag of names.

Secret santa.
Secret santa!

Kenneth is doing his
secret santa fun swap thing.


He takes the two worst
parts of Christmas,

giving and rules,
and combines them!

And then the person
with the highest number

gives the smallest gift
to the tallest person.

If they wanna switch,
they cannot, unless they do.

Then everyone puts their head down
except the murderer.

Oh, wait, that's not right.

The whole thing was so confusing I
ended up getting my own crappy gift back.

Like I need two copies
of Over 60 Vixens.

Mr. Rossitano,

Would you like to participate in our
studio-wide secret Santa fun swap?

I totally would do secret Santa,

but I don't believe in Christmas
because I'm a Verdukian.

Yes, we are all very strict Verdukians.

Oh. My apologies.
I've never heard of that religion.

- What do you all believe in?
- Oh, many things.

Uh, the healing power of root beer...

That a man can have up to nine wives
if two of them are male.

And we always leave work to go to
the movies on Merlinpeen.

So good Merlinpeen to you, Kenneth.

- Good Merlinpeen.
- Good Merlinpeen.

Vattene, what's this?
Is this a store Jack likes?


Do you really think you belong on
Mr. Donaghy's personal gift list?

Why not?
We're friends.

He's the best gift giver in the world.

I tried once.

I bought him a $95 bottle of olive oil.

In return, he got my sister
out of a North Korean jail!

- Oh, brother.
- You will never match him.

And I'll be here next year
to take you off of that list.

Even if I get into law school,
I won't go!

All right.

Jonathan, would you...

Oh, Lemon, come in here for a minute.

I want you to meet my old friend,
Nancy Donovan.

That's my maiden name.

I keep tellin' ya.
Things have changed.

But not your hair.
It's like a shag carpet.

I wanna sit on it and play a board game.

- Nice to meet ya.
- Nice to meet you. Is your family here?

Ah, just the boys.
My husband couldn't make it.

Husband couldn't make it.

Oh, I...I brought something to show ya.

It's, uh... it's goofy, I know.

Oh, my goodness.

Hey, Beantown.

Hey, Beantown was the school musical
Nancy and I were in.

I thought you had stage fright.

" hey, beantown "

" the puritans found you "

" hey, beantown "

" water surrounds you "

" so let's watch the sox play ball "

" play ball "

" at beantown, you got it all "


Yeah, I did plays in high school too.

I was John Proctor in The Crucible.

- Oh, you went to an all-girls' school?
- No.

Jack played Paul Revere.

We were all jealous of Lisa Alberson
'cause she got to play his horse.

- Well, nice to meet you.
- Nice to meet ya.

- He still owes me $10. That's true.
- Yeah, he was always a thief, that guy.

Remember those guys used to
hang out by the cash register?

- Oh, I know. I remember.
- And mooch. He was a moocher.

What's with all the junk, Ken?

Well, these are my all-inclusive
holiday decorations.

Here's a little Christmas tree...

- Okay.
- A menorah.

- Dig.
- A picture of President Obama.

- For the muslims.
- I'm gonna let that one slide.

And a bowl of meat cubes with a picture
of Jimmy Connors sticking out

in the tradition of Verdukianism.

That doesn't make sense.

Jimmy is catholic.

Ah. Good Merlinpeen, gentlemen.

Good merlinpeen.

So you guys are Verdukians?

Yep. That's why we
can't do secret Santa.


Then sing that Verdukian winter carol.

The famous one.

" oh, meat bowl of verduke "

- " you bring me such pizza "
- " meatbowl "

Now a Christmas song.

Oh, Mr. Baker.


" oh, holy night "

" the stars are brightly shining "

What the whaaat?

New dude is as good at singing
as Tracy Jordan is at everything!

Danny, was that you?

Why didn't you tell me
you could sing like that?

- I didn't think it was important.
- Not important?

I had Tracy playing
Josh Groban last week.

Come here.

Listen up.

Jenna's not singing the Christmas solo
on Friday's show, you are.


For the most wonderful reason of all:

Christmas vengeance.

Jenna will finally be
punished for all the times

I had to pay her share of the money
for the cleaning ladies.

No, I don't wanna steal Jenna's solo.

That's not what the holidays are about.

Maybe Jenna and I could
do a duet instead.

Yes. A duet.

Share the stage.
She will love that!

I'm sorry,
are you being sarcastic?

Canadians have a hard time recognizing it

'cause we don't have
a big Jewish population.

I'm not being sarcastic at all!

Okay. Great.


Merry Christmas, Pete Hornberger.

I can't believe you're not married.

I thought you'd have
some hotshot young wife

with black hair who says queer stuff
like, "dressing on the side."

Well, I was married,
but people grow apart.

Was she a bitch or did you cheat?

- The former.
- The former?

What are you, a newscaster?

Whatever happened to your Boston accent?

You're a liar, Nancy Donovan.

I never had a Boston accent.

What about you, loudmouth?

What southie piece of trash
did you trick into marrying you?

I'll have you know that
my husband happens to be

a very prominent
Pakistani anesthesiologist.

No, I'm kiddin' ya.
He's an Irish moron.

Runs a roofing company.

So if you need your roof done,
call someone else,

Because my guy's...

Not reliable.

What do you say I take you
and the boys out to dinner?

- I know a lot of terrific places.
- Uh, I don't know.

They have their heart
set on the ESPN Zone.

They've been talking about the
Hideki Matsui Caliente Fajitas all week.

Well, let them go to the ESPN Zone
and I'll take you someplace nice.

Yeah. Sure.
Why not?

I'm glad we, uh,
never made out in high school.

Otherwise this whole thing
would be so awkward.

Excuse me, we kissed every night
on stage in Hey, Beantown.

Oh, that doesn't count.
There wasn't even any tongue.

But only because my mother told me
that French kissing was for the Italians.

They do love it.

How else do you think
I got Mr. Sorrentino

to cast me as the spirit of liberty?

A duet?

I didn't know you sang.

I mean, it's funny
'cause it's kind of my thing.

But next thing I know
you're gonna be telling me

you're really blonde and have
a urinary tract infection.

Maybe I should hear you sing.

That way I can plan our harmonies.

" oh, danny boy "

" the pipes "

" the pipes are calling "

" from glen to glen "

" and down the mountainside "

- I'm sorry, is your nose bleeding?
- Yes.

Because I'm so happy for you.

It's definitely not a rage stroke.

Oh. Great!

- What's up, special K? Having a party?
- Not me, sir.

Tonight is the Verdukian holiday
of mouth pleasures.

Misters Rossitano, Spurlock, and Lutz
must have free sausage pizza

followed by some gentle flossing
performed by a blonde virgin.

Your generosity
is being taken advantage of.

- What do you mean?
- Verdukianism. It's fake.

Those dudes made it up because
they didn't wanna do secret Santa.

But they had all these
rules and rituals.

That's what religion is, K-fed.

Just a bunch of made-up rules
to manipulate people.

Why don't Catholics eat meat on Fridays?

I'll tell you why.

Because the Pope
owns Long John Silver's.

Wait a minute, are you saying that
other religions are made up by man too?

Uh-oh, Ken.

We may have fallen into
the intellectual deep end here.

And if you try to grab on to me,
we'll both drown.

- What if there's no God?
- Okay, time to go.

So far, she's just
uploaded some pictures.

"My Christmas trip to
New York with the boys."

Ice skating, sure.

And Nancy cupping Burt Reynolds'
crotch at the wax museum.

That finger touching
his moustache is me.

Why did she crop me out
of all of these pictures?

No, it's good.

If Nancy didn't care about you,
she'd leave you in.

But she must feel weird about
her husband seeing you there.

- She feels weird in a good way.
- Weird in a good way. Huh.

Like going to the gym drunk.

She changed her status from
"working on it" to "weirdsies."


- Is that maroon and navy?
- Nerds!

Don't tell me, Lemon,

you spent $500 on a tie I already have

at a store with a no returns policy.

Oh, shark farts!

But this is my lucky tie.

And anyone who knows me well
would know that.

And just like I know
you only wear that sweater

When you're planning on
eating pasta with red sauce.

- Nice haircut.
- Let's level the playing field.

How about the most we can spend
on each other's gifts is...

zero dollars?

- Really?
- You want to exchange creative gifts?

Oh, well.

You are the one that's
in trouble now, buddy,

Because creativity to me
is just like...

It's like a bird, like a friendly bird

that embraces all...

Ideas and just, like, shoots...

Out of its eyes all kinds of beauty.

Wow, Lemon, this is like
watching Hemingway write.

Mark Hemingway.


Wait, why are you wearing
your lucky tie?

I'm having dinner tonight with Nancy.

She changed her status to "weirdsies."

What are your expectations here?
She's married.

Uh, I don't know, Lemon.
Nancy's leaving tomorrow.

Can't I just enjoy this while it lasts?

That's what I said when that
hot dog vendor passed out,

But you made me go get help.


Did you hire this guy
to hide in my dressing room

and punch me in the throat?

- No.
- He's bigger than you said.

May I still collect my kiss?


Why would you do that, Jenna?
I thought we were buddies.

You don't fool me with your innocent act.

First you force your way into my solo...

I didn't force anything.

Pete is the one that wanted
to take away your solo.


He's mad that you don't chip in for
the cleaning lady's Christmas gifts.

Well, I'm doing my own thing.

I got them this.

The program from this year's
Asian women in television awards.

Julie Chen's energy drink,

A flipvideo.

Wait, hang on, I didn't know
this was in here.

Wow, you really get in
the Christmas spirit.

Oh, my God.

I just got sarcasm.


I'm terrible at Christmas
because I never had a nice one.

Sometimes my mom would take us
to see Santa Claus,

But that's just because she suspected
one of them was my deadbeat dad.

So I'd have to get on every santa's lap
in the Bakersfield area and scream,

"you oughta be ashamed
of yourself, Travis!"

Oh, no, that's...
that sounds horrible.

And then I'd sing carols
in the middle of Sears

just to create a distraction
while my mom shoplifted.

And those few minutes
when I was singing carols,

that was the one part
of Christmas I liked.

And now you've taken that
away from me.

Well, that went well.

Oh, yes.

You're just a Kenny Rogers doll now.

Something you wanna say?

We wanna do secret santa!

Secret Santa has been cancelled
because I have lost my faith.

But something's changed in us.

It's... it's a Christmas miracle.

That certainly proves God exists.

If God existed, then he would punish you
for what you did to me.

And yet here you are unpunished.

Ergo, our actions have no consequences.

So if you'll excuse me,

I'm gonna go buy some guitar music.

Hey, what was the name
of that abandoned factory

where we used to go
shoot bb guns at rats?

Wolford Cap and Gown.

Of course.
Is that still there?

No, they tore it down
and put up a big playground.

- Oh, what a shame.
- Yeah.

- So, uh, can I buy you a nightcap?
- Better not.

We have an early train
back to Boston tomorrow.

And you know how hard it is to get
teenagers out of bed in the mornin'.

Yes, but not in the way
you're talking about.

It was great to see you, Jack.

I'll, uh...
I'll hit ya on YouFace.

But you gotta promise me
to finger tag me back.

I'd like nothing more.

What is this?

This is your zero dollars present.

" doo doo-doo-doo,
doo-doo, my friend is Jack "

" if you like his necktie,
pat him on the back "

Nope. Never mind.
Not your present.

Uh, no, please.
Don't go.

Uh, I'm sorry that I wasn't even able to
feign interest in whatever that was.

Nancy left this morning.

She'll be on the 12:10
out of Penn station.

Do you ever wonder, Lemon,
what your life would be like

if you had never left your hometown?

Oh, of course.

Have you not read my
terrible short story,

The two paths of Virginia apple?

I spent my whole life trying to erase
where I came from.

But after these moments with Nancy,

for the first time in my life,
I'm homesick.

Well, you'll stay in touch, right?

I don't know.

Nancy's going back to her husband,
her life.

I think this was just a moment in time

and I just wish it had lasted
a little bit longer.

Okay, well.

I'm gonna go work on your real gift.

You know what would go real nice
on that wall over there:

A drawing of a frog.

- No.
- No.


Back in five, four,

Three, two...

" frosted window panes "

" candles gleaming inside "

" painted candy canes on the tree "

" santa's on his way "

" he's filled his sleigh with things "

" things for you and me "

" it's that time of year "

" when the world falls in love "

" every song you hear seems to say "

" Merry Christmas "

" may your New Year's dreams come true "

Hey, Jack.

My train got cancelled.

I spent all day at Penn station
trying to get out.

Figured I should finally take the hint
and meet ya for that drink.

Well, I'm glad you came back.

And I figured I owed you a kiss good-bye.

I mean, what's the big deal?

We did it every night
in Hey, Beantown.

We'll just do it high school style.

No tongue.

" and this song of mine "

" in three-quarter time "

" wishes you and yours "

" the same thing too "

Merry Christmas, Lemon.

The gender blind Crucible.

Framed in wood from the stage
of your high school theater.

Jonathan had to drive
all over Pennsylvania

and I did not reimburse him for gas.

Zero dollars.

Thank you, Jack.
That's amazing.

And don't worry about my present.

I already got the greatest Christmas gift
you could imagine.

Nancy came back to say good-bye.

Her train was cancelled.

Because somebody called in
a bomb threat to Penn station?

You're welcome.

Merry Christmas.

All right, which one of you are
Frank Rossitano and James Spurlock?

- That's us.
- They are we.

- You're under arrest.
- What did we do?

Someone called in a bomb threat
from your phone this morning.

I renounce Verdukianism!

What's that mean?

Are you Al Qaeda?
Come here, pal!

Watch the head!

My angry God is punishing them.

It's a Christmas miracle.

" and this song of mine "

" in three-quarter time "

" wishes you and yours "

" the same thing too "

" merry Christmas to you "

- Are you Larry Wilcox?
- Yes, ma'am.

This evening, you have permission
to call me officer John Baker.

Oh, but, uh, no sex stuff
and no touching my gun.

Of course, yeah.

Merry Christmas, Lemon.


Hee hee hee!

Wait, how is this zero dollars?

Well, he promised to get me
on Dancing with the stars.

But that's on ABC.