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 15: That 70s’ Show – Christmas

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And we are back with another installment of That 70s’ Show! I never get tired of this show. It’s one of the few shows I can watch whenever it is on. It never fails to make me laugh at some point during the episode. This is the fourth Christmas episode. They got lazy with the title and just called it “Christmas.” Let’s jump into this review!

Poor Jackie is no longer on the cheerleading squad. That sucks for her. She wants Hyde to go to the Christmas dance to help her get back onto the squad. Nobody else wants to go, but Kitty said Red needed elves for when he played Santa at the mall. They all instantly jumped at the idea of going to the dance. Kelso is trying to prove to Brooke that he would make a good dad since he got her pregnant. She’s not really buying it unless he stays at the library with her. Kelso hates libraries. Donna is doing her DJ gig as Hot Donna so she can’t go to the party. At the party, Hyde and Jackie run into the head cheerleader bitch. Jackie and her squabble with each other. Eric, Kelso, Fez, and Hyde find out since they have graduated high school that they are cool because they are older guys. The girls love them. They don’t seem to love Fez though since they don’t remember him and they think he’s a waiter. Kelso feels bad and goes to the library to meet with Brooke. Eric was supposed to meet up with Donna while she was on the radio, but she finds out he is late because the high school girls are noticing him. She goes there to confront him, but she is also hit on by high school guys. They enjoy their being older together and all is good. Head cheerleader bitch gives Jackie her cheerleading job back, but she decides that she doesn’t want it. Fez gets put in the locker by football players. The best part of the episode is Red as Santa. He tells them about them that ponies die, slinkies suck, and that he doesn’t understand Vietnam. Bob tries to stop Red as Santa and Red finally agrees only for the cops to come after Bob Santa since Red is no longer in Santa costume. It’s pretty funny.

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Final Thoughts

The episode is worth is for the Red, Bob, and Kitty scenes. Red makes the perfect Grinch Santa. Everything else had good moments. I liked that Kelso had the heart to go to the library to see Brooke. Eric was pretty funny hitting on the girls. Fez did a really good beginning to Blue Christmas, but his singing sucked. Jackie captured the craziness of bitch cheerleaders well. Hyde did well playing off of her too. Donna got good time too with her Hot Donna show. Everyone got something to do, so I think the episode is enjoyable because of that. I will say that it could have easily have not been a Christmas episode if not for the Red stuff. I should mention the great end scene with Kelso at the library shaking Christmas presents and knowing exactly what is in all of them. Good episode. I liked the one before it a little better, but this is probably second best.

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 13: That 70s’ Show – An Eric Forman Christmas

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Yeah! Back to That 70s’ Show! This is the 3rd Christmas episode of the series. An Eric Forman Christmas is a season 4 episode in the series. The main cast is still in tact and we even get Tommy Chong as Leo which is awesome! It’s time to get into the review!

The Plot

Eric isn’t feeling the Christmas spirit. He’s depressed that Christmas isn’t as good as it was when he was younger. Kitty makes him throw a Christmas Pageant to get back into the Christmas spirit. Kelso is really excited to watch all the Rankin Bass specials like Rudolph, Little Drummer Boy, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. I understand wanting to watch those too. They’re awesome. Everyone makes fun of him for watching them though and they say that those shows are for babies. Eric’s pageant is about the birth of Christ. The whole gang is cast into the parts of Mary, Joseph, and the Wise Men. Kelso wants Joseph and every other character to be space characters since he thinks God is from space. Red is having a Grinch Christmas because he hates Bob’s lights. He even tries to steal them and throw them away. Eric is fired from the pageant because Pastor Dave catches them smoking weed. Eric actually wasn’t doing it during that point. The pageant isn’t going well without Eric since Pastor Dave was tied up by the gang. Leo gives a speech about how they were killing the spirit of Christmas and they go to bring Eric back. Kelso has a pretty sweet dream where he’s in a Rankin Bass special talking to Rudolph,Santa, and the Little Drummer Boy. Kitty gives Eric a raincoat for Christmas since Eric jokingly said he wanted one when he really wanted a cassette player for his car. Thankfully for Eric, his friends bought him one to get him to come back to the play. They light up all of Bob’s Christmas lights and they take a nice photo to end the episode. Well almost! There’s a scene at the end when Kelso comes out during the pageant as a space man and Eric takes off his helmet. Kelso pretends to die without his helmet. It’s pretty funny.

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Final Thoughts

This was the best Christmas episode yet. So many funny scenes. I laughed my ass off during the Rankin Bass part. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I will say this episode didn’t highlight as many people as some of the others did. I feel Eric and Kelso got the biggest roles. I can relate to both since I’ve felt like Eric where Christmas isn’t as fun when you get older. I’ve also felt like Kelso where I just love watching all the awesome Rankin Bass specials at Christmas time. Plus I’m a person who still watches Power Rangers and never wants to grow up. Screw getting old! But yeah, none of the other characters really got anything to do. I did love Red being a Grinch to Bob though. I love everything Red does. Great episode!

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.