At home alone on Christmas Eve, Whit remembers holidays past that were difficult--but still made for treasured family memories.
Whit's End is full of people on Christmas Eve, singing songs and drinking egg nog. Whit is excited because he is flying out later that night to be with his whole family for Christmas. Whit's plans get disrupted, though, when a snow storm hits Chicago, canceling all flights. Now Whit must spend Christmas alone. He spends the rest of the evening remembering Christmases gone by, until finally he drifts off to sleep.
On Christmas morning, Whit wakes up to find Lester shoveling his drive way. Lester explains that he doesn't have the money to spend on Christmas presents so he spends his Christmas helping others. Whit then realizes he needs to stop pitying himself and do something with his Christmas, and offers to help Lester.
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- This episode marks the only time that Paul Herlinger interacted with D.J. Harner as his daughter Jana. Harner had only acted in scenes with Hal Smith's Whit beforehand and would not be heard again until after Herlinger had retired.
- Bernard's holiday trip to Florida may have been inspired by (or perhaps a meta reference to) Dave Madden's own move to Florida late into his career.
- This broken wise man in this episode is a possible reference to Jana's breaking of a glass angel and her nickname "Bump" discussed in #97: “Monty's Christmas”.
- This is Lester's final episode to date.
- Despite the fact that Whit says he "hasn't touched that [violin] in years" and we hear him blow dust off of it, he immediately begins playing "Silent Night" without tuning (or tightening the bow). Violin strings would have slipped after not having been played for long and the bow should have been loose enough to require tightening.
QuotesJana Whittaker-Dowd: It [the bird alarm clock] sounds like a dying moose!
John Whittaker: I guess instead of a "choo-choo," we'll have to call it an "ooch-ooch."
Maude Walton: Yaaa-hoooo!
Bernard Walton: Ah... Maude just did a belly flop in the pool. Woman needs to act her age.