A gang of bank-robbing Santas are double-crossed by their own getaway driver, who plans to give the ultimate gift to his son. Meanwhile, amid lineups of countless department store Santas at... See full summary »



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Del Porter
James Purcell ...
Tom McCamus ...
Jimmy Donnelly
David Calderisi ...
Ray's Dad
David Campbell ...
Ben Gordon ...


A gang of bank-robbing Santas are double-crossed by their own getaway driver, who plans to give the ultimate gift to his son. Meanwhile, amid lineups of countless department store Santas at the station, Fraser receives help from an unexpected source. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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15 December 1994 (USA)  »

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The full text of Porter's letter to Del reads: "Son, of all my wishings, this will prove to be the most difficult. I am so sorry to have been such a disappointment to you. Please believe that I have tried my best and can no longer live with the fact that it has not been enough. The most important thing now is your future. You must go back to your Aunt Celia. She loves you a lot. In the closet of her spare bedroom you will find a cardboard box with your name on it. Inside you will find all that I can offer you for your future. Be good, work hard and never doubt my love for you. Don't be sad. There's just no other way. Love, Dad." See more »


William Porter drives a 1972 Chevy Impala in the car chase. At the beginning of the chase scene, the bottom of the car's grille is straight, but for the rest of the sequence it alternates between straight and warped from shot to shot. See more »


Louis Gardino: [a group of Elvis impersonators walk past Det. Gardino in the station] Hey, we said, 'elves,' you moron! Elves!
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Probably my favorite episode ever
31 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Several factors make this episode probably my favorite Due South episode ever. First is the Christmas holiday theme, where the gang of Santas rob the bank. Number two is the incredible chase scene, with the musical accompaniment of Sarah MacLachlan's song "Steaming". I have to say that after taping and watching this episode, I was compelled to find and buy that CD, just for that song. It was a perfect song for that chase. The driving beat and her haunting voice made me a fan of hers which I remain to this day. What was so cool was that no words were really spoken during the whole chase, just that great song playing. You also see this type of scene in the "Heaven and Earth" episode later in the series, with a great Tragically Hip song "At The 100th Meridian". As you probably see coming, I also became a fan of theirs after that episode. But, back to "Gift of the Wheelman", the episode also starred a young Ryan Phillippe, pre-Reese, pre-Cruel Intentions. You could see that he was quite an actor then. Also, I believe this was the first episode where Fraser's father's ghost appears. The correlation between Fraser and his father's relationship and the one between Dell (Ryan) and William Porter (Wheelman)was kinda cool. As well as the overall theme of the show, where William Porter was willing to die to provide his son with a better life, where all the son wanted was his dad in his life was really touching. The epilogue where William Porter is in jail, and Dell gives him a gift is about the most memorable scene ever for me. Let me know what you think and what your favorite DS episodes were. Thanks for reading.

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