Joy convinces Earl to pretend that they're still married while her parents visit for Christmas. But Earl discovers that Joy's mom is hiding an even bigger lie.

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Earl, Randy and Catalina enter a contest to win a brand new car. Earl ruined several Christmases for Joy and now he wants to make up for them all at once by giving her this car. Earl is out of the contest very quickly but Randy and Catalina can still win. While Randy and Cataline are doing their best to win the car, Earl goes to Joy to ask her what color the new bikes he'll get her two kids should be (he once ruined their brand new Christmas bikes the evening before Christmas). Unbeknown to Earl, Joy's parents are over for a Christmas visit and, even more unbeknown to Earl, Joy never told them she and Earl have divorced and that she's now married to a black guy. She therefore pretends Earl is still her husband and, because he doesn't want to ruin yet another Christmas for Joy, Earl plays along. It turns out Joy isn't the only one who keeps a secret: Her mother has one as well and Earl finds out about it. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Alvin and the Chipmunk's Christmas special is heard playing on the t.v that Earl and Randy are watching. Jason Lee (Earl) went on to receive the role of Dave in Alvin and the chipmunks (2007) See more »

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When Catalina wins the car in the radio station contest, the DJ says she has to fill out paperwork first and asks for her social security number. When she runs away because she has no SSN, the DJ hands the car keys to Randy and walks away. It's not explained why Catalina has to fill out paperwork yet Randy doesn't. See more »

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[Christmas 2004]
Joy: [opens her present, car keys] Oh my God! Oh my God! Wait, these are my keys.
Earl Hickey: I know, I found them.
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Performed by Burl Ives
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Grace Under Fire Reunion Show
21 December 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This Christmas episode features some typically solid comedy by all the main cast, particularly Jason Lee as Earl and Jamie Pressly as Joy. Joy has been lying to her parents and never told them she and Earl broke up. So she insists Earl act as if they are still married (and he's just returned from Iraq!) so as not to ruin Christmas...AGAIN. Number #74 on Earl's list is "ruined Joy's Christmases" so he agrees.

Playing Joy's parents are "Grace Under Fire" star Brett Butler and Blake Clark as her husband Buzz. Blake played one of Grace's ex-husbands, Gil Kelly on "Grace Under Fire". Both are surprisingly good. Butler hasn't been this crisp in her comedy since very early on in "Grace". In the years the show has been off the air, she's virtually disappeared. But she's great here.

Credit a fine script to Tim Stack, who also worked with Blake Clark on Stack's fake talk syndicated talk show years ago.


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