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Confiscated toys may become part of a photo op for Randall, who undermines Charlie's staff meetings. Carter persuades Caitlin to volunteer with him in a retirement home. Paul seeks jokes to enliven the City Hall holiday greeting card.


Ted Wass


Gary David Goldberg (created by), Bill Lawrence (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Charlie Sheen ... Charlie Crawford
Heather Locklear ... Caitlin Moore
Richard Kind ... Paul Lassiter
Alan Ruck ... Stuart Bondek
Michael Boatman ... Carter Heywood
Lana Parrilla ... Angie Ordonez
Barry Bostwick ... The Mayor
Harper Roisman Harper Roisman ... Mr. Kaplan
Dakota Fanning ... Cindy
Kevin Gonzalez Kevin Gonzalez ... Billy
William Turner William Turner ... Carlos
Ruth Rudnick Ruth Rudnick ... Manager
Patricia Plate Patricia Plate ... Woman #1
Linda Porter ... Woman #2
Bob Glouberman ... Reporter


The police confiscated a load of toys, which the mayor promptly promised to donate as Christmas presents to an orphanage, actually for the photo-opportunity with him as Santa. Charlie realizes some still contain hard-drugs, so they, Stewart and Paul, which two bicker over Christmas cards, must sneak in to test and weed the toys, but are found out. Carter meanwhile visits a rest home, like every year, but now Caitlin, unwilling to admit being less humanitarian, volunteers to help, only to find herself stuck with the rotten jobs, like shoveling snow, while he still gets the appreciation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

20 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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References Fight Club (1999) See more »

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The show held-up well
29 July 2017 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this Christmas episode, the Mayor wants to do something special as a photo-op for the holidays. He decides to hand out presents to the children at a local orphanage. It works out well since the port authority had confiscated some illegal imported toys and was holding them to be destroyed. Instead of having them destroyed, the Mayor will give the toys to the children.

But after telling the press about the event, it is learned that some of the toys could contain drugs. Now Charlie and the rest of the staff will try to cover-up the event and also try to remedy the situation. But the remedy may be worse than the event.

Even though this has been done many times on sitcoms, there were some funny moments in the show. When the Mayor feels out of the loop is a situation that was very humorous. The show did seem, at times, to have a lot of unnecessary dialog - it held its own to the end. Nice show.

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