St. Patrick's Day (30 Rock)

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"St. Patrick's Day"
30 Rock episode
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Tracy Jordan hosting the St. Patrick's Day parade, while Jenna Maroney is passed out next to him
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 12
Directed by John Riggi
Written by Colleen McGuinness
Featured music Jeff Richmond
Production code 612
Original air date March 15, 2012
Guest actors

James Marsden as Criss Cross
Dean Winters as Dennis Duffy
Kristen Schaal as Hazel Wassername
Al Roker as himself
Ira Glass as himself
Bernie McInerney as Priest

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"St. Patrick's Day" is the twelfth episode of the sixth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 115th overall episode of the series. It was directed by John Riggi, and written by Colleen McGuinness. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on March 15, 2012.

In the episode, a visit from Dennis Duffy (Dean Winters) forces Liz (Tina Fey) to progress in her relationship with Criss (James Marsden); new page Hazel (Kristen Schaal) accidentally rekindles the rivalry between stars Tracy (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna (Jane Krakowski); and Jack (Alec Baldwin) finds a metaphor for his life in a fantasy boardgame played with the writing staff.

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Liz, expressing a general disdain for the Irish, plans to spend St. Patrick's Day in her apartment with boyfriend Criss ridiculing the revelers outside. Criss slips "I love you" into their conversation, but Liz changes the subject. Ex-boyfriend Dennis Duffy shows up injured at her door, in what she presumes is a ploy to win her back. Criss is hospitable to Dennis, who claims to now be married. After Liz claims her love for Dennis in effort to call his bluff, Criss storms out angry over her ease with saying that. Liz finds out that Dennis's wife does in fact exist, and Dennis points out that Liz has been mistreating Criss. She finds Criss on the street serving hot dog buns to customers and finally professes her love for him.

Jenna and Tracy once more are hosting coverage the St. Patrick's Day parade. New page Hazel starts a fight between them by inadvertently giving a cue that Jenna is a bigger star, also angering Pete. She tries to fix it by replacing their names in the script with "Host #1" and "Host #2", causing both to read the lines for Host #1. Kenneth, at home on a Saturday thanks to his new job, resists the urge to intervene when he sees the disaster on television. Both stars are replaced by Al Roker in mid-broadcast and leave the set. When the car waiting for one of them is labeled "Host #2," they are confused about who should get in, and confess the underlying emotions that are driving the fight. They return to host the rest of the broadcast. Hazel discovers that Kenneth made the sign and drove the car to force this resolution.

Jack discovers that the writers are playing a fantasy boardgame in the office because their faces are too punchable on St. Patrick's Day. He gets wrapped up in the economic dynamics of the game, but ends up losing most of his assets and finds it to be metaphor for his stagnant career at Kabletown. After some soul searching at St. Patrick's Cathedral, he comes up with a tactic to win the game, and returns to general adulation.

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