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The Christmas Show 

Danny helps Jordan with her pregnancy--but what ulterior motives does he have? Meanwhile, Matt tries to put together a Christmas-themed show without being too L.A.-phony, and Harriet gets a movie offer that could advance her career.


Daniel Attias (as Dan Attias)


Aaron Sorkin (created by), Aaron Sorkin (teleplay) | 8 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Matt Albie
Amanda Peet ... Jordan McDeere
Bradley Whitford ... Danny Tripp
Steven Weber ... Jack Rudolph
D.L. Hughley ... Simon Stiles
Sarah Paulson ... Harriet Hayes
Nate Corddry ... Tom Jeter
Timothy Busfield ... Cal Shanley
Mark McKinney ... Andy Mackinaw
Merritt Wever ... Suzanne
Lucy Davis ... Lucy Kenwright
Columbus Short ... Darius Hawthorne
Nate Torrence ... Dylan Killington
John Mahon ... George
Josh Stamberg ... Luke Scott


Matt gets the Christmas Spirit (despite being Jewish). Jordan gets an OB exam. Jack gets upset over an FCC fine. Simon and Tom get pedantic about the origins of Christmas traditions, and take the writing staff with them. Cal gets coconuts. Harriet gets a major movie role and a kiss. Danny gets the courage to tell Jordan how he feels (Jordan gets a sandwich). Santa gets identified as a predator (sketch). Wilson gets what he's been waiting for all his life. New Orleans Jazz gets a few minutes of air time and a standing ovation. The viewers get a few laughs, a few tears, and a Merry Christmas. Written by norcekri

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Comedy | Drama






Release Date:

4 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While it features several extraordinarily talented brass musicians displaced from New Orleans by Katrina, the usual horns are not heard in the opening theme music for this episode. See more »


During a meeting, writers are debunking various Christmas traditions and beliefs. One of the writers refers to the "Immaculate Conception" as being the same as the "virgin birth." The "Immaculate Conception" is Catholic dogma that refers to the conception of Mary, not Christ. It claims that Mary was conceived without "Original Sin" and has nothing to do with the virgin birth. See more »


Tom Jeter: Simon, tell Lucy about the time you were arrested on about 43 larceny counts in high school?
Simon Stiles: Ok cool, why don't you tell her about the time everybody thought you were GAY in high school?
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Crazy Credits

Snowflakes fall over the title cards in the end credits. See more »


References A Day Without a Mexican (2004) See more »


(a musical Christmas tribute to the city of New Orleans)
English words by John Sullivan Dwight (uncredited), French lyrics by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure (uncredited) and music by Adolphe Adam (uncredited)
Arranged by W.G. Snuffy Walden, Patrick Rose and Randy Kerber
Performed by members of Tipitina's Foundation
© Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved
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Best episode yet!
4 December 2006 | by bcgroteSee all my reviews

Funny start, to a tear-jerking end!! LOVED the coconut killing the table scene, I laughed out loud both during the previews and the show itself!! And the whole jerk father thing, and who loves who, etc, a great thematic arc is developing. The NO musicians at the end was awesome and beautiful. I truly hope the musicians were actual NO refugees. We both nearly burst into tears at the "All I want for Christmas is my city back" banner. And will there be a TCA show? We love TCA (gag).... Many thanks to those who decided this show should be retained. It is inciteful and intelligent, which in Hollywood is a sure sign of impending cancellations!

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