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The Christmas Wall 

Frankie loses her Christmas spirit, Mike unsuccessfully tries to exchange the new family Christmas tree, and a fight over Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer threatens to break up BossCo.

Director:

Lee Shallat Chemel

Writers:

DeAnn Heline (created by), Eileen Heisler (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patricia Heaton ... Frankie Heck
Neil Flynn ... Mike Heck
Charlie McDermott ... Axl Heck
Eden Sher ... Sue Heck
Atticus Shaffer ... Brick Heck
John Gammon ... Darrin
Beau Wirick ... Sean Donahue
Jen Ray ... Nancy Donahue
Ely Henry ... Danny
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Storyline

Frankie has had enough of schlepping out the Christmas decorations and trying to make the perfect holiday for her family - who she feels doesn't appreciate all that she does for them - and decides to kick back on the couch and have a minimalist Christmas this year. Meanwhile, due to Sue's allergy to real Christmas trees, Mike attempts to purchase an artificial one and ends up not getting what he paid for; Axl puts Boss Co. back into business for the holidays as "Tree Wise Men" but gets into such a heated argument with Sean over a misfit toy that the two can't seem to work together; and Brick becomes fascinated by a Christmas letter the family has received and attempts to write one on his own outlining the past year of the Hecks.

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Plot Keywords:

christmas episode | christmas | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

The title refers to a line in the episode spoken by Frankie, when she explains to the kids why she doesn't have the Christmas spirit, saying she has "hit the Christmas wall". See more »

Goofs

Axl and Sean argue about whether King Moonracer from the Rankin/Bass Rudolph special is a toy or not. They agree to abide by whatever Darrin decides after watching the cartoon. Darrin concludes King Moonracer is a toy and, therefore, Sean is right.. But all sources related to the production indicate that King Moonracer is a mythical being who simply gave shelter to the Misfit Toys, which means Sean and Darrin are wrong. See more »

Quotes

Axl Heck: I'm just saying, if we want to be factually correct, and we are professionals, King Moonracer would not be in that bag 'cause he's not a toy.
Sean Donahue: He's obviously a toy! All of the unwanted toys have some problem that makes them a misfit. His is that he's a lion with wings.
Axl Heck: Will you listen to yourself? "Lion with wings." Where's the problem? That's not misfit, that's just awesome.
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References Chrome Underground (2014) See more »

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