Much to his children's disappointment as well as Fran's, Maxwell has to be in Washington, D.C. on Christmas day. Meanwhile, Fran has overextended herself in buying gifts.


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Lauren Lane ...
Pauly the Pawnbroker
Rachel Chagall ...
Kort Falkenberg ...
Orderly #1 (as Lawrence A. Mandley)
William Palmieri ...
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Fran is spending her first Christmas with the Sheffields. She is looking forward to her foray into this gentile festival. However, her vision of Christmas does not match the Sheffield reality. Maxwell has a personal shopper to buy his gifts as opposed to buying things for the kids "from his heart". Grace has never believed in Santa. But what's worse, Maxwell has in recent years worked on Christmas day - this year he and C.C. are going to Washington D.C. to organize a benefit concert - and so the Sheffields celebrate the holiday on Christmas Eve. What the kids want more than anything for Christmas is for Maxwell to be at home on that day to spend time with them. Fran is at looking forward to her gift buying for the kids, something she can manage on her paltry wages since Niles has mentioned that Maxwell provides the staff with a sizable - four figure - Christmas bonus. Fran lets Maxwell know that meaningful gift giving should be one of the real joys of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance





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22 December 1993 (USA)  »

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This takes place in December 1993. See more »


Fran Fine: [back from ice skating] Kids, take your wet clothes off and put them in the hamper.
Niles: No wet clothes for you, Miss Fine?
Fran Fine: I didn't fall.
Grace Sheffield: She didn't skate.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Spoken by Fran Drescher
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