What Are Your Favorite Birthday-Themed TV Episodes?

In honor of, well, my recent birthday, I've been thinking about how birthdays are portrayed on TV. Here are some of my favorite birthday-themed TV episodes, complete with presents. Presents!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

"Surprise," "Helpless," and "Older And Far Away"
The Parties: In "Surprise," Buffy's friends plan a party for her even though the world is going to be destroyed by "the judge," assembled by Drusilla and Spike. On the verge of doom, though, Buffy and Angel finally do the nasty, and just like that, Angel's soul is no more. "Helpless" is just as bleak, with Buffy about to undergo a twisted ritual where the slayer, on the eve of her 18th birthday, is drained of all strength and forced to fight a really powerful demon. Definitely one to sleep off. At least in "Older And Far Away," Buffy's birthday party is simply subject to a curse that keeps everyone in the house, unable to leave. No one's dying, except from old age.
The Present: The love of Buffy's life is now her mortal enemy; unexpected help from Giles, despite orders not to intervene; some dud dude Buffy's friends were trying to set her up with, being stuck on the worst first date imaginable.

Party Down

"Steve Guttenberg's Birthday"
The Party: Steve Guttenberg (yes, that Steve Guttenberg) forgets to cancel his order with Party Down Catering, and when the team shows up at his house, he decides, what the heck, let's have a little shindig and give the caterers a chance to get down for a change. He gives them advice, pours them wine, and opens his hot tub. It's equal parts sweet and creepy.
The Present: A live reading of Roman's hard sci-fi movie script, complete with on-the-spot rewrites; dignity.

The O.C.

"The Journey"
The Party: Ryan is turning 18, and at the insistence of Seth, he decides to have a party. A Foreigner cover band will play, everyone will dance, etc. Problem is, Ryan isn't sure whether or not to invite Marissa, who he's not dating anymore, and thus the rest of the world intervenes to get her there. The Present: Marissa wusses out upon arriving at the soiree, and runs off into Volchok's boozy arms. And Ryan, how he broods.

The Office

"Michael's Birthday"
The Party: Well, Michael takes everyone out ice skating, but it's ostensibly to cheer up Kevin, who's awaiting the results of a skin cancer biopsy. Really, though, Michael's in it for Michael, and he pissed that something would ruin his special day. Even if that something is, well, heartbreaking.
The Present: Michael invites Carol to the ice rink, and he gets some good face time in with her. Romance, it doth blossom.

What are your favorite birthday-themed TV episodes?

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Rory's Birthday Parties from Gilmore Girls
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What about 'The One Where Everyone Turns 30' in F.R.I.E.N.D.S?
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Northern Exposure - Maggie's 30th birthday when she goes off on a trek on her own and writes letters to all her dead ex-boyfriends, gets appendicitis and hallucinates that the boyfriends come to tell her what was wrong with their relationships. Excellent!
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The pilot episode of Reaper.
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The BTVS and Friends episodes.
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Probably Surprise and Helpless.
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Abby's birthday on NCIS!
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i'm suprised that the friends episodes weren't up there...cause they have the best birthday episodes especially with joey's funny line "why god why...why are you doing this to us!!!" cause he hates the thought of being another year older!!! lamo
i really like the buffy episodes and the friends episodes!
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Both the birthday episode in Modern Family (Luke's and Phil's) was quite awesome.
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Surprise and Helpless both get an A, but Older and Far Away has some pretty severe conceptual problems. While Tara's moments in that episode are awesome, there's not much else that's great about it. However, Surprise is part of one of the best two-part episodes of tv EVER, so it's okay.
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"Fizbo" on Modern Family was an instant classic.
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FRIENDS!!! "The One with Two Parties" "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister" "The One Where Rachel Smokes" "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" "The One with Phoebe's Birthday Party" "The One with the Cake"

My absolute favorite is "The One with Two Parties." Perfect.
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where are the Friends' birthday episodes !! , out of these The Office is the best .
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I don't actually have a favourite, but the one that sticks in my mind is the Friends 30th one.
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Mad About You?
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i love the buffy ones except older and far away... I think that one was terrible.
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Yes, the Friends 30th birthday episode is crazy! I love that episode.
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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

John's Birthday

What He Beheld and Samson and Delilah take place on his birthday and its a high point in the already superb series.
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I love Friends' birthday episodes, especially "The One Where They All Turn 30."
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Star Trek Enterprise's "Silent Enemy." Not only is it a birthday-themed episode, it takes place on September 1, 2151, my actual birthday! (September 1, not 2151)
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I love that all the Buffy eps are there!
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I always liked the birthday episodes on Gilmore Girls and Will & Grace
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I love fthe Buffy ones!
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"Friends" birthday episodes
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I love all of the Buffy ones along with Jordan's birthday in Crossing Jordan.
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buffy's birthdays are the best
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