Step by Step (1991–1998)

The Fight Before Christmas 

Cody manages to electrocute himself adding Christmas lights to his van. JT works part-time selling Christmas trees and gets a lesson in the true meaning of Christmas by a co-worker. Frank sets Al up with the son of an old family friend.


Joel Zwick


Thomas L. Miller (developed by), Robert L. Boyett (developed by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Duffy ... Frank Lambert
Suzanne Somers ... Carol Foster Lambert
Staci Keanan ... Dana Foster
Sasha Mitchell ... Cody Lambert
Brandon Call ... John Thomas 'J.T.' Lambert
Angela Watson ... Karen Foster
Christine Lakin ... Alicia 'Al' Lambert
Christopher Castile ... Mark Foster
Josh Byrne ... Brendan Lambert
John Astin ... George Humphries
Andrew Keegan ... Matt Crawford
David Graf ... Mitch Crawford
Matt Landers ... Mr. Parker
Mariangela Pino ... Debbie Crawford
Chad Power Chad Power ... Jimmy


Cody has got himself electrocuted with high voltage on his van's Christmas lighting for a local contest. J.T. proves himself a gifted salesman eager to pay for a ski trip, but Cody's friend George, who never saved a cent after 42 years in an ice cream cart because he even gave cones away just to see the kids' happy faces, sabotages every attempt to sell a beautiful Christmas tree he promised to Jimmy, a boy who could never afford one and may accept no charity, so George gave the kid a 'job' after an exam ('name?'). Frank invited Mitch Crawford's Californian family, who knew the Lamberts years ago, for the family's Christmas dinner instead of the lousy local motel. Both fathers arranged for hunky son Matt Crawford to 'date' tomcat Al, Carol got them shamefully sissy ballet tickets. The unwilling teenagers meet at tender-hooks, but discover to be rather alike, give the tickets away, go to ice-hockey instead- and are caught tongue-kissing in the car by Frank, who looses it at Matt till ... Written by KGF Vissers

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christmas episode | christmas | See All (2) »


Comedy | Family | Romance





Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the Clement Moore poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. See more »

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