Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 21: That 70s’ Show – Winter

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I was wrong about there being a 7th season Christmas episode of Boy Meets World. It was actually a surprise birthday party for Alan that just happened to have Santa Claus in it. My mistake. I figured I would review that last That 70s Show Christmas episode instead. Nothing much has changed in Point Place since the last Christmas episode. Donna’s hair being blond is the only significant change. Thank God there wasn’t a Christmas episode during the last season with no Kelso and Eric. I say we get started. Winter by that That 70s’ Show!

The Plot

So Kelso brings to Eric’s basement a bunch of presents for needy kids from the police station. They of course open up all the presents and want to keep them for themselves. They even launch an Evel Knievel stunt cycle at Fez’s head. They also fly a Funyun into Kelso’s mouth by toy helicopter. Kitty is supposed to lead a Ladies of Point Place Christmas party until some bitchy woman takes it over from her. Jackie is upset that Hyde would rather play with toys than go to the party with her. Kitty is given the job at the party of giving out the presents to all the children. The problem is that when Red goes to get the gifts, they have been stolen. Red is sent home to find stuff for the kids when he catches the guys downstairs playing with the toys. Eric said he did because all he got was raincoats for Christmas instead of an Evel Knievel stunt cycle. It turns out Red did get him one of them once, but Red broke it before giving it to him. The guys agree to take the presents to the party for the kids. They get to the roof and there is a chimney. Hyde says once of them has to go down it. Eric volunteers and falls down the chimney. Hyde said he saw a backdoor though and they’d take the presents through there instead leaving Eric down the chimney. They bring the presents in and Kitty wants to know where Eric is. Hyde asks Kitty and Donna where the chimney went to and Kitty says the bakery. Donna figures to go find Eric there. The presents are revealed and all the kids are happy. Hyde and Jackie have a bit of a falling out though, so that sucks. Things go well for Bob though since he’s apparently hooked up with that mean woman running the party. The woman was not happy that Kitty was made the head person for the Valentine’s Day party. Hyde gets them all a present near the end when they all get high. The episode ends with Eric getting a raincoat for Christmas and the Evel Knievel stunt cycle. The problem is the stunt cycle is broken because Red played with it.

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Final thoughts

Another funny That 70s’ Show Christmas episode. This show really knew how to do Christmas specials outside of that one I didn’t care for too much. It had great moments from all the characters. I’d say the best parts are with Kelso and probably Red. I enjoyed the flashback with Red breaking Evel Knievel and Kelso’s shenanigans are always funny. The Hyde/Jackie stuff is a bit of a downer, but like the BMW episode yesterday it advances the plot. I’d recommend this episode to anybody who loves Christmas and That 70s Show.

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Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 20: Boy Meets World – Santa’s Little Helpers

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You know I still haven’t gone Christmas shopping yet. I’m a terrible person, but I am back with another Boy Meets World Christmas episode to review. This episode adds an “s” to the end of the first season episode I reviewed to create a brand new sixth season episode. What has changed since the season 5 Boy Meets World Christmas episode? Cory and Topanga are engaged. Everyone is in college. Rachel has joined the cast. Shawn and Angela broke up. Well, they weren’t actually together before the last Christmas episode I reviewed so they got together and then broke up. I think we are all caught up so will this be the best BMW Christmas? I don’t know!

The Plot

Mr. Feeny really seems in the holiday spirit, but the janitor throws away his Christmas tree. “Happy non-denominational holidays!” Eric has been hired to be Santa Claus and he has made Rachel and Jack his Mrs. Claus and elfboy. Cory invites Shawn to his place for Christmas, but what he doesn’t know is that Topanga invited Angela. This could create problems. Cory and Topanga talk about it, but Cory sees this as an opportunity to put them back together. Cory is really funny in this episode. Eric gets into the holiday spirit as Santa, but a bus full of orphans comes in to make Eric’s job a little tougher. He starts to give presents to all the kids. Eric, Jack, and Rachel go out and buy shit for all those kids. Eric even gives Jack and Rachel his dad’s credit card to buy things.. I’m sure Alan is going to be none too pleased with that. Cory isn’t being too subtle about trying to get Shawn and Angela back together. He takes them to couples only skating and he makes them string popcorn together. They both know what he’s trying to do. Shawn and Angela kiss under the mistletoe adding more drama to this episode. Cory tells Shawn that Angela is still in love with him (she told him in another episode) and Cory also tells Shawn that he knows he still loves her (Topanga told him earlier after Shawn told her in an earlier episode). Shawn talks to Angela and Cory buggles things up more by telling her that Shawn still loves her. Shawn and Angela leave and go to the student union. Shawn says he’s not ready to love, and Angela ends it for good (until season 7). Eric has given all the presents away. He’s even stolen presents from his house to do it. A boy named Tommy comes to Eric and asks him for parents. Eric doesn’t know what to do about this. He even tries talking to God wondering why God sent him this kid. Eric says he will do what he can to make this boy happy. Back at the Matthews house, they open presents to reveal that Eric has left them cards saying their presents have been donated to orphans. Alan is not happy about losing is drill. Eric brings Tommy to the house and asks if it’s alright if he spends Christmas with them. Alan asks Tommy if he got his drill. It’s a nice little moment though that Tommy gets to stay. Another funny part is Mr. Feeny opening a box for a breast pump, but that’s for Amy and not him. Feeny also doesn’t get to put his Wise Santa ornament on the tree which was tradition. I noticed the tree isn’t aluminum in this episode! Damn you, Topanga! Feeny does read A Christmas Carol to close out the relationship. Right when he says Marley is dead as a doornail, Shawn and Topanga walk through the door and that line perfectly described their relationship.

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Final Thoughts

It’s not the happiest of Christmas episodes. The Shawn and Angela plot is totally depressing even if Cory is being funny throughout all of it. The Eric plot is also pretty depressing after it started as heartwarming. It ends heartwarming with Tommy staying with them for Christmas and Eric agreeing to be like a big brother to Tommy on weekends. There is another sad episode later in the season where Eric does try to become Tommy’s dad. Mr. Feeny even becomes depressing in this episode since his tree gets thrown away and he doesn’t get to put up his Wise Santa ornament. This episode is just a real downer. It has funny moments with Cory and Eric, but it doesn’t quite put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s probably at the bottom of my favorite Boy Meets World Christmas episodes, but it does advance the plot well. Not every Christmas can be happy so it’s more realistic in that way. I do believe there is still one more Boy Meets World Christmas to go! We’ll see when I get to that.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 14: Boy Meets World – A Very Topanga Christmas

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So happy to return to Boy Meets World! It never gets old! The 3rd Christmas episode of the series features the classic Christmas Carol theme. Of course! It’s a staple of television Christmas specials. I’m surprised Boy Meets World waited until the 5th season to do it. Main difference in Boy Meets World season 5 is the addiction of Matthew Lawrence as Jack Hunter. He plays Shawn’s half brother who lived with his mom instead of their dad. Jack came up in a rich family as opposed to Shawn. How will the two get along on their first Christmas? What about Cory and Topanga? Find out now!

The Plot

The Matthews family is setting up their Christmas decorations. They have their eggnog and their aluminum tree. Topanga is staying over for Christmas this year because her parents (played by various actors over the years) are assholes. Topanga does things very differently on Christmas. She likes her cider,green tree, and she likes to open presents on Christmas Eve. This causes a dilemma between her and Cory. Cory is surprised to learn how different he actually is than Topanga. Eric is constantly complaining to Cory about it. He even asks if Topanga still wants Christmas on the 25th. Topanga wakes up at 3 in the morning to talk to Cory because she gets up that early sometimes. Cory is not used to this. His father is also up at that time. Alan gets Cory a good father/son talk about being married and how it sucks. He doesn’t really say it sucks. The next morning, Cory flips out on Topanga about their differences. He heads over to Shawn and Jack’s apartment. I guess Eric lives there too but he’s not really there in this episode. Shawn and Jack are spending their first Christmas together and they are looking for something in common. They eventually come to learn they both love ice skating so they go do that after Shawn tries to talk some sense into Cory. Cory falls asleep watching A Christmas Carol on TV when Mr. Feeny as the Ghost of Christmas Future talks to him. Feeny was in the episode earlier wanting to read the story, but Topanga wanted the whole family to act out the thing. I probably would have run away from Topanga too. Feeny shows Cory his future where he is fat and being taken care of by bald Eric. He only eats Christmas tree pancakes because of Topanga’s love of them. Topanga on the other hand is married to Jack which is really weird. Cory learns his lesson and he gives his promise ring to Topanga who also gives him one. It’s all a happy ending and Feeny gets to read A Christmas Carol!!!!! They all fall asleep listening to him read it. Poor Feeny!

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Final Thoughts

I’d probably move this episode up to my favorite Boy Meets World Christmas episode. Christmas is the central theme to the episode and it has an important theme of two different people who love each other trying to find common bonds during Christmas. Cory and Eric are the best parts of the episode. I guess I can include Feeny in there as well. Shawn and Eric are good in their scenes, but no great laughs come from them. I liked seeing Topanga and Cory work out their differences for the good of Christmas! It’s just too bad they breakup in the next few episodes. Damn you, Lauren! It’s still a good episode though. Worthy of a Christmas watch!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 10: That 70s’ Show – Hyde’s Christmas Rager

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I figured I should change it up a bit and go back to That 70s’ Show instead of continuing Boy Meets World today. I like a good mix of styles. Not much has changed in the That 70s’ Show world since the first season Christmas episode. All the main characters are still around in the third season episode. Laurie Forman isn’t in this one, but she disappears a lot during the show’s run. I think I should just get on with it already. Here’s Hyde’s Christmas Rager!

The Plot

Hyde has been living with his father, Bud, for some time. We later find out that Bud isn’t his real father, but that’s in the future. I don’t remember too much of Bud in his run on the show. He’s a pretty forgettable character. Bud allows Hyde, Eric, Kelso, and Fez to throw a party at his place. Kitty comes over at some point to deliver things and the gang pretends to Christmas carol which Kitty find suspicious but she doesn’t do anything about it. Jackie is complaining that she’s single for the first time on Christmas. Nobody loves her and she wants a man to kiss her under the mistletoe. Donna makes fun of her the whole time. They’re terrible friends. Eric keeps losing the drinking game at the party and he winds up pretty drunk. Kelso takes him home and Eric starts mocking Red. The problem is that Red is right behind him. Eric solves this problem by throwing up on Red’s shoes. That’s not good. Donna and Jackie are at some bar where Jackie is hitting on firemen. Donna makes fun of the firemen for talking to high school girls. Jackie laughs at one of their jokes and the firefighter says he used to date a girl with that laugh twenty years ago. It turns out it was Jackie’s mom and then things get awkward. Back at Forman house, Kitty complains about Bud’s bad parenting. Red shows up and gets Bud a pep talk about how you have to bring down the law on your kids to get them to know right and wrong. They’ll hate you for it, but they’ll know to make the correct choices. Bud goes back to his house and ends Hyde’s party right before Fez was going to light himself on fire. Hyde tells Eric later that Bud is making him do homework and eat his vegetables now along with other stuff. Hyde seems pleased that Bud actually cares to be a good father now. I guess that doesn’t work out later in the series since Hyde ends up back at the Formans. Eric makes fun of Hyde and Hyde playfully attacks him before Red comes into the basement. Red is ready to give Eric a nice talking to but Eric apologizes and says how ashamed he is. Red gives Eric a present, but SURPRISE!!!! It’s the shoes that Eric vomited on haha. That Red sure is funny!

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Final Thoughts

It’s got a few decent laughs, but it’s a lackluster That 70s’ Show episode. It’s an even worse Christmas episode. Christmas is put in the background throughout the episode. Small nods are made here and there, but I feel this episode could have worked the same without all the Christmas references. The episode falls into the same problem that the Easy Street episode of Boy Meets World did. I like when my Christmas episodes focus primarily on Christmas and use it to advance the stories. This episode and the BMW episode put Christmas on the backburner for what could easily have been a run of the mill episode the series. I liked seeing Bud and Hyde bond a little. The Eric and Red plot was my favorite part of the episode. I could have done without Jackie and Donna’s plot. It went nowhere. Fez didn’t get much to do. He might as well have lit himself on fire. Kelso surprisingly isn’t around for much of the episode. He’s in the beginning, the drinking game, and he takes Eric home. That’s it. Not his most exciting episode. This episode could have used more of his stupidity. Decent episode, but not good for the holiday season.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 9: Boy Meets World – Easy Street

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Another day of Boy Meets World! I’m so excited. It’s like the first week of Christmas was about Power Rangers and the second is Boy Meets World! It’s just the way Jesus intended it to be. This is a fourth season Boy Meets World episode. A lot has changed since everyone has gotten older of course. Morgan is not in this episode since this may have been during her long timeout. I don’t remember. I should have rewatched the ending picture they took to make sure. No more Minkus who only appears one more time in the season five finale. This episode features the addition of Mr. Turner who made his debut in season two. Enough explaining things! On with the show!

The Plot

It’s not your typical Christmas episode. The episode begins the typical Boy Meets World way. Mr. Turner is discussing “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and Cory and Shawn are sleeping through class when Mr. Feeny arrives. In one of the best BMW scenes, they debate over which class they slept through. Feeny claims that during his class “Mr. Hunter does the yipping” while they sleep. Turner talks to them about choices and roads not taken. You know right away this will be our central theme for the episode. Cory and Shawn both have new jobs. Cory has a job at an Italian place where he basically gets coffee for the mob. Shawn works at the docks really early in the morning. Cory takes Shawn to his job where Shawn informs him he is working for the mob. Cory is too stupid to figure it out for himself. Cory quits his job for the funny mobsters. They really are highlights of the episode. Shawn then begins to work for them instead. Shawn feels happy he can buy Christmas presents for his friends even if he knows where the money is coming from. He happily gives Cory a watch, but Cory feels that because where the money is from that he can’t be completely happy about it. It’s a nice reversal from the first season BMW Christmas episode. Shawn is told to deliver a package on Christmas Eve where he waits until Cory tells him to come back to his place. They discuss roads not taken and it all ends with Shawn taking the right path. Woo! The Eric sideplot isn’t too much to write about. A girl he works with named Lonnie is lonely and wants to spend Christmas with her family. Eric tries to drive her there since he wants sex, but they end up in a blizzard. Eric bumps himself on the head which knocks him out. Maybe this is the moment where Eric becomes incredibly stupid the rest of the series. Lonnie later tells Eric back at Eric’s house that she had to strip them down naked to keep the warm. Eric was not pleased to hear this and he keeps trying to get her to do it again. It all ends with a happy Christmas picture! No Christmas Carol this time! Lame!

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Final Thoughts

I don’t think it’s as good as the season 1 episode which is interesting since I normally prefer season 4 over season 1. This episode had a big lack of Feeny. I think that’s what it was missing. He only appears in the first and last scenes. The parents aren’t given much to do either. Topanga is even barely used. Her role was basically the same as it was in the season 1 episode. That’s odd since her role on the show has grown big since that season. It is good to see some Mr. Turner in this episode. I’m pretty sure this is his second to last onscreen appearance. The next time we see him he’s in the hospital from a motorcycle crash. Quick Wikipedia search confirms that Morgan was in this episode. She must have been in that picture. This is indeed Mr. Turner’s second to last appearance. Poor guy goes out in the hospital. It’s a good thing Minkus mentions him in the season 5 finale or else we might think he’s dead. The Cory and Shawn stuff are the good parts of the episode. I’d argue the mobster guys got too much time, but they brought good comedy. My main gripe with the Cory/Shawn scenes are that it was too similar to the first season episode even if the roles were reversed. Plus A Christmas Carol works better for Christmas than The Road Not Taken. I didn’t really care for the Eric parts in this episode. It’s somewhat funny, but I guess I’m not a big fan of horny Eric. He’s reeking of desperation. Overall, it’s not a great BMW episode and it’s an average Christmas special. The Christmas focus was on the backburner for the Shawn choosing the right road story. I’m hoping the next BMW Christmas special is much improved.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 8: Boy Meets World – Santa’s Little Helper

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I love Boy Meets World. It might just be my favorite television show of all time. I remember hearing the word of Girl Meets World and being the happiest guy on the planet. I figured Christmas would be a good time to revisit my favorite show. This episode is from the first season and is the first of a few Christmas episodes on Boy Meets World. The first season of Boy Meets World is far from my favorite season, but there are a lot of good moments. Plus the first season has Minkus! I’ve been watching some One Tree Hill recently. Don’t judge me! Lee Norris who plays Minkus on Boy Meets World has a big role on that show as the character, Mouth. He’s a bit of a nerd in both, but he’s awesome either way. Time to review this episode.

The Plot

It starts with Mr. Feeny (the greatest teacher ever) reading A Christmas Carol to his 6th grade class. It’s a bit of a Christmas tradition on Boy Meets World to have Feeny read the Dickens classic. Cory and Shawn do their typical make fun of the Feeny book of the week routine which makes Feeny have Topanga switch seats with Cory. This is the first season so Topanga is a total weirdo. One thing I forget about in the first season is that it has a theme song with opening credits. It’s the most elaborate of all the Boy Meets World openings, but I like it. After the theme song, Cory and Shawn talk about what they are getting for Christmas. Shawn says he’s getting a shitload of stuff while Cory brags about getting a basketball. Cory also complains about wool in this episode a fair bit. Cory notices that Shawn has a packed lunch today which is unusual. Cory shows Shawn that he’s saved up five bucks to buy a net for his ball. Minkus asks Shawn for five dollars to pay for Feeny’s class gift, but Shawn says he doesn’t have the money yet. Minkus says that he has been putting off paying him for a couple of days now. The youngest daugher, Morgan, who is maybe  4 or 5. I’m not sure. She went to visit Santa Claus where one of the elves was possibly a mobster. She sat on Santa’s lap and he had a heart attack. She’s now locked herself in the bathroom because she thinks that she has killed Santa. Alan, the father, thought it was hilarious when he heard the story. Cory comes in and checks under the Christmas tree for presents. He immediately finds the wool present. Cory goes to tell Shawn when his dad stops him. His dad tells him that Shawn’s dad got laid off from work and that Shawn won’t be getting many presents this year. Yes, I do believe this is the first “Shawn is poor” episode. Cory believes that giving Shawn one of his presents will make things better. It goes wrong with Shawn not wanting Cory’s charity. Mr. Feeny listened in on the conversation and he told Cory that Cory only gave Shawn the gift because Cory wanted the thanks from it. Mr. Feeny is a smart man. He always delivers good advice. The next day at school, Minkus demands Shawn to give him the money but Shawn still can’t give him any. Minkus tells him that he will not get his name on the card and he will look like a deadbeat. Shawn leaves, but Cory comes to the rescue. Cory tells Minkus that Shawn loaned him five bucks and Cory pays off Minkus. In class, Minkus gives Feeny the present. Feeny reads all the names including Shawn. After class, Shawn thanks Minkus for putting his name on there when Minkus tells him what happened. Shawn finds Cory back at his house and he gives him an old net he found in his garage. The two are best friends again and all is well. Morgan has spent the episode in the bathroom until she is bribed out by Eric (older brother) and her mom. She is happy until the mobster elf comes and scares her some more. The episode concludes with Mr. Feeny dressed as Santa Claus to convince Morgan that Santa is still alive. I think Feeny does a bad job since he doesn’t even put the beard over his mouth. Morgan even figures it out wondering why Santa looks like Mr. Feeny. The End!

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Final Thoughts

It’s pretty good for a first season Boy Meets World episode. I’m more partial to season 2 myself. While the “Shawn is poor” stuff gets a bit tired throughout the seasons, it’s nice to see where it all begins. Mr. Feeny is in top form in this episode. He gives out his usual advice and comes through as Santa in the end. He’s awesome. Cory seems like an idiot throughout the episode caring only about getting gifts that aren’t wool. He shines at the end though finally learning his lesson. I didn’t mention Eric much in this episode since he has a small role. He has the best line though when talking to Morgan in the bathroom. He tells her Santa is on the phone and that he said, “Ho Ho Hoohohoh” imitating a heart attack. I got a good laugh out of that scene. Shawn does well hiding that he’s poor, and it’s easy to see why he’s upset when Cory gives him a charity gift. I like that he knows in the end that Cory was just trying to be a friend. Boy Meets World is nothing without the Cory/Shawn bromance. Overall, it’s a fun Christmas episode and I would gladly watch it every Christmas. I might need to track down the other Boy Meets World Christmas episodes to compare. That sounds like a plan.