Mrs. Miracle (2009) - full transcript

Since his wife's fatal car crash, Seth Webster is frazzled with his architect career and caring for his darling, rascal twin sons Jason and Judd (6), whose unrelenting mischief chased every housekeeper the agency sent in no time. Mrs. Merkle turns up mysteriously, but is so good at minding boys and house that her name gets corrupted into Mrs. Miracle. Sneakily, she also pulls miraculous strings to make sure recluse Seth dates again with another reluctant dater, Reba Maxwell, also to the kids' liking, through their school's Christmas show.

COME HERE, ROCKY!
COME ON, ROCKY!

HERE HE COMES!

ROCKY, COME ON!
ROCKY!

ROCKY!

COME HERE, ROCKY!

ROCKY!

GOOD BOY.

OW! WHAT?

WHERE DID THIS DOG COME FROM?

BAD DOG, BAD DOG!
GO! SHOO! SHOO!

OH, LOOK OUT, LOOK OUT!



OH, MY...

OH, NO, NOT AGAIN!

I'VE HAD ENOUGH!

WAIT A MINUTE,
MRS. COOPER...

MRS. COOPER!

CHALK UP
ANOTHER ONE!

NICE ONE!

WAIT A MINUTE, MRS. LARSON...

MRS. LARSON...

BOYS?

BOYS, COME ON IN NOW,
IT'S TIME FOR DINNER.

MRS. HAMPSTON,
PLEASE...

AT LEAST JUST STAY
FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

I WON'T STAY
ANOTHER MINUTE.



LOOK, I'M VERY SORRY
ABOUT THE BOYS, OKAY, BUT...

THEY'RE ONLY SIX.

WHICH IS WHY
I DON'T BLAME THEM.

YOU DON'T?

THEY'RE YOUR CHILDREN,
MR. WEBSTER,

NOT YOUR PLAYMATES,

NOT YOUR PETS.

THEY NEED A MATURE,
STEADY HAND TO GUIDE THEM.

YOUR HAND.

NOW, GOODBYE...

MRS. HAMPSTON...

YOU DON'T NEED A HOUSEKEEPER.

YOU NEED A MIRACLE.

I'VE GOT BOTH OF YOU!

DAD...

- POOF!
- OH!

POOM, POOF!

OOH, YOU GOT ME,

YOU GOT ME,
YOU GOT ME...

OKAY...

TIME FOR BED.

AW...

OKAY.

YOU PUT UP
A GOOD FIGHT.

THERE YOU GO.

LOVE YOU.

YOU TOO.

THERE YOU GO.

GOODNIGHT, BUDDY.

LOVE YOU.

LOVE YOU, TOO.

DAD?

YEAH?

WE'RE SORRY.

WE WERE JUST TRYING

TO HAVE FUN WITH
THE HOUSEKEEPER.

WELL...

SOMETIMES THINGS
DON'T ALWAYS WORK OUT.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?

WE'RE NEVER GOING TO
FIND ANYBODY NOW.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
EVERYTHING'S UNDER CONTROL.

REALLY?

ABSOLUTELY.

YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE ANYTHING
TO WORRY ABOUT, ALL RIGHT?

DAD, CAN I ASK YOU SOMETHING?

SURE.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT
MOMMY'S FAVORITE COLOR WAS?

YOU KNOW, IT'S LATE.
YOU GUYS SHOULD GO TO SLEEP.

WAY TO GO TRAVEL?

OH, HELLO, MRS. CLARK.

YES, I DID A LITTLE RESEARCH,
AND IT'S A GREAT RESORT,

AND IT INCLUDES EVERYTHING...
HOTELS, MEALS, GRATUITIES.

MM-HM.

SO, YOU STEP OUT OF YOUR ROOM,
RIGHT ON TO THE BEACH,

AND YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE
THE SUNSETS.

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

WELL, NO, I'VE NEVER ACTUALLY
BEEN THERE MYSELF,

BUT THAT'S
WHAT EVERYONE TELLS ME.

MM-HM, AND NORMALLY,

THEY DON'T TAKE RESERVATIONS
AFTER THANKSGIVING, BUT I DID...

I NOTICED A CANCELLATION...

AND IT'S STILL THERE.

GREAT!

YEAH, MAYBE I WILL MAKE IT THERE
ONE OF THESE DAYS.

REBA...

YOUR MOM.

UM, MRS. CLARK?

I'M GOING TO CALL YOU
WITH THE DETAILS LATER.

PERFECT.

OKAY, BYE.

I TOTALLY FORGOT!

- THANKS, NICKI, I'LL BE BACK.
- HURRY.

MOM, I'M SORRY.

OH, HI, SWEETHEART.

- I'M SORRY.
- NO, IT'S FINE, SIT, SIT.

OH, WHAT A CRAZY WEEK.

I MEAN, THE PHONES, THEY JUST,
THEY HAVEN'T STOPPED.

WELL, THAT LITTLE
BUSINESS OF YOURS

IS REALLY BOOMING, THEN.

HAPPENS EVERY YEAR,

PEOPLE WANT TO GET AWAY
FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

I'M JUST HAPPY YOU
FINALLY FOUND SOMETHING

MORE SECURE THAN YOUR SO-CALLED
THEATER CAREER.

YEAH, YOU'VE MENTIONED THAT
ONCE OR TWICE BEFORE, MOM.

SPEAKING OF GETTING AWAY,

I HAD A CALL FROM YOUR FAVORITE
AUNT AND UNCLE YESTERDAY.

OH, AUNT MOLLY AND UNCLE BILL?

HOW ARE THEY?

WELL, THEY'RE FINALLY TAKING
THAT HAWAIIAN VACATION

THEY'VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT,

AND THEY'RE GOING TO STOP HERE
FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS ON THE WAY.

OH, THAT'S GREAT! WHEN?

THEY ARRIVE LATE ON THE 23RD
FROM ST. PAUL,

AND THEY LEAVE FOR HAWAII
THE MORNING OF THE 26TH.

SO THEY'RE GOING TO BE HERE
FOR CHRISTMAS.

YES, AND HONEY,
THEY'RE SO EXCITED

TO SEE YOU AND VICKI.

HOW LONG
HAS IT BEEN?

MOM...

LOOK, REBA, IT WOULD BE
SO NICE FOR THEM

IF WE COULD HAVE
A REAL FAMILY CHRISTMAS,

EVERYONE
TOGETHER AGAIN?

WELL, IT WON'T WORK, SO...

LOOK, REBA...

IT'S BEEN FOUR YEARS.

I THOUGHT,

WITH YOUR AUNT
AND UNCLE COMING,

WOULDN'T THIS BE
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME

TO JUST...
PUT EVERYTHING BEHIND US?

WOULDN'T IT?

YOU KNOW WHAT SHE DID.

VICKI'S YOUR SISTER.

YOU HAVE TO SETTLE IT.

I HAVE SETTLED IT.

I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH HER.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR AUNT AND UNCLE?

THEY THINK THE WORLD OF YOU

AND VICKI.

THEY WANT TO SEE
BOTH OF YOU.

OKAY, WELL, THEN,
WE'LL DO WHAT WE'VE DONE

FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS.

VICKI AND HER FAMILY,
THEY CAN SEE YOU

ON CHRISTMAS DAY
OR CHRISTMAS EVE, AND I'LL...

I'LL JUST VISIT
WHEN THEY'RE NOT THERE.

OKAY?

YOU KNOW,

IF YOUR FATHER WAS ALIVE...

MOM...

CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY...

MRS. ACKERMAN, DO YOU HAVE
SOME GOOD NEWS FOR US?

WELL, WE'RE...
YES.

UM, WE'RE JUST,
WE'RE VERY EXCITED

ABOUT MEETING
OUR NEW HOUSEKEEPER.

I REALIZE
THEY DON'T GROW ON TREES.

I-I KNOW YOU'RE
TRYING YOUR BEST,

AND I REALLY
APPRECIATE IT,

IT'S JUST,

IT'S BEEN ABOUT A WEEK,
AND WITH THE HOLIDAYS COMING...

GUYS, COOL IT.

OKAY, UM, I'LL...

I'LL CALL BACK.

OKAY, GUYS, COME ON.

HEY, ALL RIGHT, LOOK...

LET HIM GO.

I KNOW, YOU GOT HIM
IN A HEAD LOCK.

LET IT GO. TIME OUT.

OKAY, I GOT YOU.

MR. WEBSTER, I'M SURE
I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU

HOW WONDERFULLY...

WELL, HIGH-SPIRITED
YOUR BOYS ARE.

IT REALLY IS A TREAT
TO HAVE THEM IN MY CLASS.

THEY ARE BOTH SO BRIGHT,
AND FUNNY,

AND, WELL, GOSH,

I JUST CAN'T GET OVER
ALL THAT...

THAT ENERGY!

SO, UH...

BUT WE'RE GOOD?

OH, SURE, YEAH, YEAH.

THEY'RE HARD WORKING,
THEY'VE MADE LOTS OF FRIENDS.

THEY HAVE A REAL FLAIR
FOR MUSIC.

DOES THAT RUN IN THE FAMILY?

N-NO, NOT REALLY.

NO.

WELL, THEY'RE GREAT BOYS.

YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

OF COURSE, UM...

I'M SURE
YOU'RE ALSO AWARE

THAT, WELL, AT TIMES, UH,

THEIR NATURAL ENTHUSIASM
CAN BE JUST A TAD OVERWHELMING.

YEAH, UM...

IT'S IMPORTANT
THAT THEY LEARN

TO CHANNEL THAT ENERGY

INTO MORE
CONSTRUCTIVE OUTLETS,

WHICH IS WHY I AM SO PLEASED

THAT JUDD AND JASON
WANT TO TAKE PART

IN THIS YEAR'S
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT.

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT?

YEAH.

OH, THEY'RE SO EXCITED ABOUT IT,

AND I HONESTLY THINK

IT'S GOING TO BE
JUST THE THING FOR THEM.

I MEAN, DON'T YOU?

WELL, UM...

OH, WHICH REMINDS ME,

THE FIRST PARENTS' MEETING
IS IN FIVE MINUTES

IN THE LIBRARY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE LATE.

ALL RIGHT, I SHOULD
GET GOING, THEN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MY PLEASURE.

VERY NICE TO MEET YOU.

YOU AS WELL.

FOR THOSE OF YOU
HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME,

MY NAME IS MILLY WATERS.

THIS IS MY FIFTH YEAR
DIRECTING THE SCHOOL PAGEANT,

AND I CAN TELL YOU
WE ARE ALL VERY, VERY EXCITED.

NOW, AS SOME
OF YOU KNOW,

WE STARTED WORK
ON THE SONGS LAST WEEK

WITH OUR MUSICAL
DIRECTOR,

MRS. DARLING.

I WILL HOLD AUDITIONS
AND ASSIGN SPEAKING PARTS

BY THE END
OF THE WEEK.

REHEARSAL WILL BE FOR
ONE HOUR AFTER SCHOOL

EVERY DAY.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE
ANY QUESTIONS?

AH, YES...

AND, CINDY!

CINDY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,

AND, SERIOUSLY, DON'T WORRY
ABOUT THE FIRE!

THIS STUFF HAPPENS
ALL THE TIME.

SO, UH...

WE'LL CALL YOU?

THAT'S OKAY.

OH BOY...

BOYS?

OH, MY MUSCLES ARE
SCREAMING AT ME.

I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY
WITH YOURSELF.

ME?

YEAH, THE ONLY TIME
I EVER GET HERE

IS WHEN YOU CALL
AND MAKE ME FEEL GUILTY,

BUT YOU HAVEN'T
CALLED,

HAVE YOU?

SORRY.

SO, WHAT'S BEEN
KEEPING YOU SO BUSY?

JUST BUSINESS.

YOU KNOW, I CAN BARELY
KEEP UP RIGHT NOW.

REALLY?

YEAH, SO, THIS GUY CALLS
THE OTHER DAY.

IT'S ALMOST
THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER, RIGHT?

HE WANTS TO BOOK A FLIGHT
TO MAUI...

GO AHEAD,
TELL ME ALL ABOUT WORK.

WHAT?

REBA, I AM MARRIED
WITH TWO KIDS.

I SPEND ALL DAY

IN A ROOM FULL OF
SIX-YEAR-OLDS

WHO LAUGH AT ANYTHING

THAT SOUNDS EVEN
REMOTELY LIKE "POO".

I NEED SOMETHING
TO HANG ONTO HERE.

YOU'RE MY LAST HOPE.

WELL, SORRY
TO DISAPPOINT YOU.

YOU'RE REALLY
NOT SEEING ANYONE?

AT ALL?

OH, GOD, YOU KNOW, THAT
MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER.

WELL, IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE
ANY SENSE TO ME.

I MEAN, COME ON, YOU'RE SMART,

AND YOU'RE
GORGEOUS,

AND YOU'RE
TALENTED.

YOUR MARIA
IN THE SOUND OF MUSIC

MADE EVERYONE SAY,
"JULIE WHO?"

AND NOW YOU RUN
YOUR OWN BUSINESS...

HEY, IF YOU SAY
I HAVE A GOOD PERSONALITY,

I'M GOING TO DECK YOU.

WELL, YOU DO.

OH, HO, HO, HO, HO...

I'M GOING TO GO
GET SOME MILK.

ME TOO.

YES, ABSOLUTELY.

UM, I CAN PROBABLY GET
SOME, UH, CONCEPTS DRAWN UP

BY THE END OF THE WEEK,
BUT...

LET ME POUR.

- NO, I CAN DO IT.
- LET ME POUR!

- I CAN DO IT!
- HEY, GUYS...

I CAN DO IT!

I'M SORRY, CAN YOU HOLD ON
JUST ONE SECOND?

ALL RIGHT.

GO TO YOUR ROOM.

I'LL CALL YOU
WHEN DINNER'S READY.

YEAH, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

HEY. LOOK.

WHOA...

NOT BAD, FELLAS.

NICE SIZE, YEAH.

GOOD AND SOLID,

AND PACKED TIGHT,
BUT NOT TOO HEAVY.

♪ MISSED US
MISSED US! ♪

♪ YOU CAN'T GET US

♪ MISSED US
MISSED US ♪

♪ YOU CAN'T GET US...

DON'T MESS WITH THE BIG DOG.

MR. WEBSTER?

YES.

I'M EMILY MERKLE.

IT'S NICE TO SEE YOU.

HOW YOU DOING, HUH?

UM...

OOH, I LIKE THAT SHIRT,
THAT'S A GOOD COLOR FOR YOU.

OOH, YEAH...

OH, WAIT A MINUTE,
YOU GOT SOMETHING THERE.

WHAT IS THAT?

IS THAT
A LITTLE GRAVY?

UM...

PROBABLY WILL COME RIGHT OFF
WITH SOME SELTZER.

OOH, IT'S COLD OUT HERE.

OH, BOY..

YEAH...

OH, UH...

LET ME
BACK UP HERE

FOR A MINUTE.

THE AGENCY SENT ME, OKAY?

THE AGENCY?

YEAH, THE EMPLOYMENT
AGENCY?

YOU KNOW, BIG BUILDINGS,

DOWNTOWN,
LOTS OF PEOPLE,

EVERYONE TRYING TO
GET A JOB?

I MEAN,
I'M TALKING GRIM.

OH, OKAY, GREAT!

UM, I'M SORRY, YOU JUST,

YOU WEREN'T, UH,
WHAT I EXPECTED.

YEAH, I GET THAT A LOT,

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT,
YOU'LL GET USED TO IT.

NO, MRS. ACKERMAN
DIDN'T EVEN TELL ME

SHE'D FOUND SOMEBODY.

WELL, IT'S MORE FUN
THIS WAY.

YOU SEE, THEN I CAN POP IN
AND GO, "SURPRISE!"

KEEP YOUR PANTS ON, HONEY.

I'M JUST KIDDING.

OH, MY GOODNESS!

YOU'VE BEEN ROBBED!

WHAT?

OH, NO, NO,
TH-THIS IS, UH...

LISTEN, I'M JUST
KIDDING AGAIN.

IT'S JUST A MESS, RIGHT?

I MEAN,
SOMETIMES I KID,

BUT SERIOUSLY,

THIS IS REALLY A MESS.

I WAS JUST TALKING
TO THE BOYS,

HOW WE NEEDED
TO KEEP THINGS...

HI, FELLAS!

WELL, WHAT'VE YOU TWO
BEEN UP TO?

GUYS, COME SAY HI,
IT'S ALL RIGHT.

THIS IS MRS., UH...

MERKLE.

MRS. MERKLE.

YOU'RE TWINS, RIGHT?

YEAH.

WE'RE PATERNAL.

HE MEANS
FRATERNAL.

DON'T SAY A WORD,
DON'T TELL ME A WORD...

YOU ARE...

JUDD AND JASON.

HOW'D YOU KNOW?

OH, IT'S EASY.

IT WAS WRITTEN
ON YOUR FOREHEADS.

NOW, TELL ME SOMETHING,

ARE YOU TWO RESPONSIBLE
FOR MOST OF THIS MESS?

WELL, GOOD FOR YOU.

BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO
TRASH THIS PLACE,

YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO IT RIGHT.

OOH...

WHAT DO I SMELL?

OH, LISTEN,

I APOLOGIZE
FOR THE MESS.

IT'S NOT...

I KNEW IT WAS GRAVY,

BUT SERIOUSLY, IS
SOMEBODY BOILING LARD?

UH, WE'RE
COOKING DINNER.

OH, SHOOT.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO

ABOUT THIS DINNER
I HAVE HERE?

YOU HAVE DINNER?

THAT SMELLS GOOD.

IT'S A VERY SPECIAL RECIPE.

I WOULDN'T WANT TO
TWIST YOUR ARM.

REALLY GOOD.

NOW, YOU'RE SURE?

OKAY, MR. WEBSTER,

YOU'RE OUT OF HERE.

GO, I DON'T KNOW,
READ A NEWSPAPER,

OR CALL THE E.P.A.,

OR WHATEVER IT IS
YOU NORMALLY DO

AS AN ARCHITECT.

MEANWHILE, I'M GOING TO
CLEAN UP THIS PLACE

IN A JIFFY.

COME ON, BOYS, HELP ME.

COME ON.

OKAY...

OOH! OH, BOYS,
WAIT A MINUTE.

I'VE GOT TO
ASK YOU SOMETHING.

NOW, ARE THERE
ANY MARBLES IN THE HOUSE?

UH... YEAH.

OH! OKAY.

NOW, YOU GO FIND THEM
AND BRING THEM TO ME,

AND BRING ME
ALL THE PLAY-DOH YOU CAN,

AND SOME
LIQUID SOAP

AND A BOX OF
BAKING SODA, OKAY?

BUT WHY DO YOU NEED...

NO, NO.

NO QUESTIONS, UNDERSTAND?

OKAY, GO GET 'EM.

WELL, THAT OUGHT TO
KEEP 'EM BUSY FOR A WHILE.

YOU AIN'T
SEEN NOTHING YET, HONEY.

THIS IS SO COOL, DAD.

I'LL SAY.

WHAT DO THEY CALL
THIS DESSERT?

ANGEL FOOD CAKE.

ANGELS EAT CAKE?

WHEN IT TASTES
LIKE THIS, THEY DO.

WELL, I'LL TAKE THAT
AS A COMPLIMENT.

HERE'S A QUESTION FOR YOU,

WHO CAN CLEAR OFF THIS TABLE
THE FASTEST?

OKAY, I'LL BEGIN A COUNT.

ONE...

TWO...

THREE...

FOUR...

FIVE...

I'LL GET IT, HONEY, THANKS.

THAT'S A GOOD JOB,
THANK YOU.

NICELY DONE.

WHAT, DID YOU BUY A TICKET
TO THIS SHOW?

THANKS.

GOOD NIGHT, DAD!
GOOD NIGHT!

GOOD NIGHT, GUYS!

YOU GUYS ALL SET?

DID YOU SEE
HOW WE CLEANED UP?

YEAH, YOU DID
A GREAT JOB.

BUT THEN MRS. MIRACLE
MADE US TAKE A BATH.

MRS. MERKLE, YOU MEAN.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID,
MRS. MIRACLE.

AND YOU KNOW
WHAT ELSE?

MRS. MIRACLE SAID

WE HAVE TO BRUSH OUR TEETH
BEFORE SHE'LL READ TO US.

WELL, THAT SOUNDS
ABOUT RIGHT TO ME.

- BUT, DAD!
- BUT, DAD!

BUT WHAT?

NO BUTS, ALL RIGHT?

YOU GUYS LISTEN TO MRS. MERKLE.

OKAY?

OKAY, YOU TWO,
COME ON.

- SCOOT, SCOOT.
- TIME FOR BED.

LOVE YOU.

LOVE YOU TOO.

LOVE YOU, BUDDY.

LOVE YOU TOO.

OKAY.

OH, MAN...

YOU KNOW, I HARDLY EVER
READ TO THEM ANYMORE.

AND WHEN I DO, I FALL ASLEEP.

OH, COME ON,
DON'T BE HARD ON YOURSELF.

YOU'VE HAD YOUR HANDS FULL.

YEAH, I GUESS.

YOU KNOW WHAT
YOU MIGHT NEED?

A LITTLE TIME FOR YOURSELF.

HUH?

WHAT IS THAT?

I DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT.

OF COURSE YOU DON'T.

YOU KNOW, I'M SORRY,
I DIDN'T EVEN, UM...

SHOW YOU TO YOUR ROOM.

OH, NO, IT'S ALL RIGHT,
THE BOYS SETTLED ME IN.

OH, YEAH?

YEAH.

OKAY.
WELL, THEN, UH,

I GUESS WE SHOULD
PROBABLY TALK ABOUT, UH,

REFERENCES AND SCHEDULES,
AND ALL THAT STUFF.

MRS. MIRACLE,
COME ON!

WE'RE WAITING!

MY AUDIENCE AWAITS.

I GUESS WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT
ANOTHER TIME, THEN.

OKAY.

HERE I COME!

MRS. MIRACLE!

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO
SIT OVER HERE!

YOU SHOULD
SIT NEXT TO ME.

NO! I CALLED DIBS FIRST.
SHE SHOULD SIT OVER HERE.

OKAY, THEN, I GET
TO PICK THE STORY.

SETTLE DOWN, BOYS.

WE'LL FIND ONE
YOU BOTH LIKE.

MRS. MIRACLE...

ACTUALLY, WELL,
WE ARE ON SCHEDULE.

THERE IS A NEW SCHEDULE
THAT CAME OUT

WITH THE REVISED PLANS

AND ACCOUNTING FOR THE NEW
ADDITIONS THAT WERE REQUESTED.

UH, HI, THIS IS SETH WEBSTER
CALLING FOR MRS. ACKERMAN AGAIN?

UM, SHE'S NOT IN.

OKAY, DO YOU KNOW
WHEN SHE'LL BE BACK?

BOYS, COME ON.

HOLD MY HAND.

UM, NO, IT'S NOT URGENT.

I JUST WANTED TO CHECK IN
WITH HER ABOUT OUR HOUSEKEEPER.

OKAY, THANKS.

♪ OH, CHRISTMAS TREE,
OH, CHRISTMAS TREE ♪

♪ THEIR LEAVES ARE
SO UNCHANGING ♪

♪ OH, CHRISTMAS TREE,
OH, CHRISTMAS TREE ♪

♪ THEIR LEAVES ARE
SO UNCHANGING ♪

OH, THAT WAS WONDERFUL,
CHILDREN!

NOW, AS YOU KNOW,

TODAY WE HAVE AUDITIONS
FOR THE SPEAKING PARTS

IN THIS YEAR'S PAGEANT.

WE HAVE A NUMBER
OF ROLES TO FILL.

THERE ARE SHEPHERDS,

AND REINDEER,

AND ANGELS,

SO DON'T WORRY,

YOU'LL EACH HAVE YOUR MOMENT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT,

AND REMEMBER,

WHEN IT'S
YOUR TURN TO AUDITION,

I WANT YOU TO GIVE IT
EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT.

LET THEM HEAR YOU

IN THE BACK ROW,

AND REMEMBER,

SAY IT WITH FEELING!

REALLY PUT YOUR HEART

INTO IT!

"AND THE ANGEL SAID

"UNTO HIM,

"FEAR NOT!

"FOR BEHOLD!

I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS
OF GREAT JOY!"

OH! OH MY...

HELP! HELP!

SHE'S FALLEN! OH! OH!

- YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.
- NO, I'M SERIOUS.

THE SCHOOL NEEDS
SOMEONE TO COME IN

AND TAKE OVER THE PAGEANT
RIGHT NOW.

SO NATURALLY
YOU THOUGHT OF ME?

WELL, WHO ELSE?

I MEAN, YOU'VE BEEN DOING
THEATER SINCE WE WERE KIDS,

ACTING AND DIRECTING,

AND COME ON,
YOU'VE DONE MORE PLAYS

THAN ANYONE
ELSE I KNOW.

KATE, THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO.

YEAH, BUT YOU STILL LOVE IT.

COME ON, 'FESS UP,
YOU MISS IT SOMETIMES.

THAT'S NOT THE POINT.

I...

I RUN A TRAVEL AGENCY NOW.

WELL, YOU HAVE
A GREAT STAFF HERE.

AND THEY'RE GOING TO
KEEP THINGS HUMMING

WHILE YOU'RE
IN REHEARSALS.

THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE
ANY REHEARSALS.

COME ON, REBA...

THOSE KIDS, THEY COULD LEARN
SO MUCH FROM YOU.

YOU CAN PASS ON SOME OF THAT
SPECIAL STAGE MAGIC.

OH, PLEASE...

COME ON, THE PARENTS ARE
TAKING CARE OF ALL THE COSTUMES

AND SETS.

MRS. DARLING ALREADY HAS THEM
LEARNING ALL THE MUSIC.

YOU REALLY JUST HAVE TO COME IN
AND DIRECT TRAFFIC A LITTLE,

AND BESIDES...

BESIDES?

WELL, CHRISTMAS HASN'T EXACTLY
BEEN EASY FOR YOU

THE LAST FEW YEARS,

AND I THOUGHT THAT
WITH THE PAGEANT,

AND THE KIDS, AND EVERYTHING...

I WOULD LOOK
A LITTLE LESS PATHETIC?

NO.

NO, YOU COULD GET BACK

SOME OF WHAT
YOU'VE BEEN MISSING.

LOOK, THERE IS A PART OF ME

THAT THINKS
THAT THIS MIGHT BE FUN, BUT...

OKAY.

WELL, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DECIDE
RIGHT NOW.

YOU JUST THINK ABOUT IT,

AND YOU COME AND SEE ME
AFTER SCHOOL.

KATE...

PLEASE?

PLEASE, REBA, PLEASE?

JUST SAY YOU'LL THINK ABOUT IT.

FINE, I WILL THINK ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. OH...

THANK YOU!

HELLO.

WOW.

DON'T YOU WISH
YOU COULD JUST HUG 'EM?

UH, SURE.

THEY'RE A LITTLE
SHORT-HANDED TODAY, AREN'T THEY?

I'D SAY.

YOU KNOW, IT'S ALL
IN THE TIMING, HONEY.

WHAT IS?

FINDING SOMEONE...

TO HELP.

SOMEONE WHO'S READY
TO TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITH.

DUST THEMSELVES OFF

AND GET BACK IN THE GAME.

I SUPPOSE.

WHERE IS IT?

OH, THERE IT IS. OKAY.

UH-OH...

OH, UH, I CAN GET IT.

I GOT IT,
I GOT IT!

OKAY!

COMIN' THROUGH,
COMIN' THROUGH.

GOTCHA!

HI.

DON'T MIND ME, JUST, UM...

KEEP PLAYING, AND...

HAVIN' FUN.

WHOO!

OKAY...

SOMETHING SMELLS GOOD.

HEY, GUYS...

DAD, LOOK!

WHERE DID YOU
GET THAT?

MRS. MIRACLE
FOUND IT.

I DIDN'T EVEN
REMEMBER

WHAT MOMMY
LOOKED LIKE.

ME NEITHER!

ALL RIGHT,
YOU GUYS, UH...

YOU GUYS GO
TO YOUR ROOM,

AND I'LL BE
RIGHT IN, OKAY?

OKAY.

SOUP'S ON
IN FIVE MINUTES.

WHERE DID YOU GET THIS?

OH...

THE BOYS WERE
SO FULL OF QUESTIONS

ABOUT THEIR MOTHER...

WHERE DID YOU GET IT?

OH, I FOUND IT IN THE BOOKCASE
THIS MORNING

WHEN I WAS DUSTING.

IN THE BOOKCASE?

YEAH, BETWEEN
TWO BOOKS,

LIKE IT'D HAD BEEN THERE
A LONG TIME.

IT'S A SILLY PLACE
TO KEEP A PICTURE.

LISTEN, MRS. MERKLE,

I WOULD
APPRECIATE IT IF...

WHAT WAS HER NAME?

PAMELA.

HER NAME WAS PAMELA.

OH...

SHE LOOKED LIKE SUCH A SWEETIE.

AND THOSE EYES...

OH, PLEASE,

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS YOUR WIFE,

EXCEPT THAT SHE HAD THESE TWO
DARLING BOYS IN HER ARMS,

SO OBVIOUSLY,
WHO ELSE COULD IT BE?

NOW I KNOW WHERE THEY GET
THEIR GOOD LOOKS FROM, TOO.

LOOK...

THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING
VERY WELL UP UNTIL NOW.

I MEAN, THE BOYS
ARE HAPPY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE
DONE WITHOUT YOU.

WELL, YOU'RE WELCOME.

BUT...

THERE ARE CERTAIN SUBJECTS
THAT I WOULD APPRECIATE

YOU NOT DISCUSSING
WITH THE BOYS.

CERTAIN SUBJECTS?

LIKE THEIR MOTHER.

YOU DON'T WANT THEM
TO KNOW ABOUT THEIR MOTHER?

NO, THAT'S NOT...

OF COURSE I WANT THEM
TO KNOW ABOUT HER.

OH, GOOD,
'CAUSE FOR A MINUTE THERE,

I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO...

WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT.

WHEN THEY'RE READY.

WHEN THEY'RE READY?

JUST...

PLEASE.

REMEMBER FROM NOW ON.

IS MRS. MIRACLE
GOING AWAY?

HER NAME IS MRS. MERKLE, OKAY,
NOT MRS. MIRACLE.

MRS. MERKLE.

AND HOW MANY TIMES
HAVE I TOLD YOU BOYS

NOT TO PLAY WITH
THAT PIANO, HUH?

♪ ...ALL IS CALM

♪ ALL IS BRIGHT

♪ ROUND YON VIRGIN
MOTHER AND CHILD ♪

♪ HOLY INFANT
SO TENDER AND MILD ♪

♪ SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

♪ SLEEP
IN HEAVENLY PEACE ♪

♪ SILENT NIGHT

♪ HOLY NIGHT

♪ ALL IS CALM
ALL IS BRIGHT ♪

♪ ROUND YON VIRGIN...

KEY, KATE, IT'S REBA.

LOOK, I WAS...
I WAS JUST WONDERING,

HAVE YOU FOUND ANYONE
TO DIRECT THE PAGEANT?

CHANGE OF HEART.

♪ SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

...AND BY USING
RECYCLED MATERIALS,

YOU NOT ONLY CUT COSTS,

BUT STATE TAX CREDITS APPLY
FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE,

NOT TO MENTION, OF COURSE,

DOING OUR PART
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

MRS. MERKLE,
IS EVERYTHING OKAY?

I'M SORRY TO
BOTHER YOU AT WORK,

BUT THE MAN
HASN'T FINISHED

WITH THE DRYER YET.

OKAY...

WELL, I-I HAVE TO BE HERE,

AND-AND IT'S ALMOST TIME
TO PICK UP THE BOYS.

OH.

UM, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT,
I'M PRETTY MUCH DONE HERE.

WHY DON'T I JUST PICK THEM UP?

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?

OH, LISTEN, THEY ARE REHEARSING
FOR THE PAGEANT,

SO PICK 'EM UP
AT THE AUDITORIUM.

AUDITORIUM,
GOT IT.

NO PROBLEM.

OKAY, THANKS.

PHEW...

MRS. MERKLE!

OOH.

GOOD AS NEW.

SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO
GIVE THESE THINGS A LITTLE PUSH.

TELL ME ABOUT IT.

OKAY, THE SNOWMEN ARE DRESSED,

AND SKIPPERS!

WE'RE SKIPPING!

IT'S COLD OUTSIDE,
IT'S CHRISTMAS!

PUT A SMILE BIG
TO ALL OF YOUR FAMILY!

YOU DON'T WANT TO
MISS YOUR MOM

AND YOUR GRANDMOTHER
WAY OUT THERE,

AND GRAB YOUR SNOWMAN,
AND SKIPPING!

SMILE REALLY...

♪ OH, JINGLE BELLS
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY

♪ OH, WHAT FUN
IT IS TO RIDE... ♪

HEY, DAD!

♪ ON A ONE-HORSE
OPEN SLEIGH, HEY! ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY

♪ OH, WHAT FUN
IT IS TO RIDE ♪

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN...

OH, UM...

ARE YOU OKAY?

I'M OKAY. ALL GOOD.

OKAY, THAT'S ENOUGH, EVERYONE.

LET'S, UM...

LET'S GIVE HIM A BIG ROUND
OF APPLAUSE, OKAY?

AND LET'S, UH,
LET'S GO FROM THE TOP, OKAY?

THAT WAS
REALLY GOOD.

NICE WORK.

THEN SHE SAID WE COULD SING
ANOTHER SONG AT THE END

AND LET THE AUDIENCE SING ALONG
IF THEY WANTED, TOO.

OH, YEAH?

A SING-ALONG.

SOMETHING EASY, THOUGH,
LIKE "JINGLE BELLS".

OR "FROSTY
THE SNOWMAN".

THAT'S
A GOOD IDEA.

WOW.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE
THEY'VE GOT A RINGER.

WHAT-WHAT DID YOU SAY
HER NAME WAS?

MISS MAXWELL.

SHE'S NICE.

AND FUNNY.

AND PRETTY.

DIDN'T YOU THINK
SHE WAS PRETTY, DAD?

UH...
UH, YEAH, I'M...

SURE, I GUESS.

WHAT, ARE YOU BLIND
ALL OF A SUDDEN?

NO, BUT I...

I WASN'T THERE TO...

DID YOU AT LEAST
INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO HER?

NO, I DIDN'T WANT
TO INTERRUPT.

YOU'RE THEIR FATHER.

YOU JUST COME UP,
YOU SHAKE HER HAND,

YOU SAY, "NICE TO MEET YOU,"

AND, "HOW YOU DOING?"

AND, I MEAN...
PEOPLE LIKE THAT.

THAT SEPARATES US
FROM THE ANIMALS, YOU KNOW?

RIGHT...

I GOT DISTRACTED.

HE BANGED HIS LEG.

YOU BANGED YOUR LEG?

HEY, IT HURT.

YOU SHOULD WATCH
WHERE YOU'RE GOING.

YOU GUYS THINK
THAT'S FUNNY, HUH?

HUH?

YOU THINK IT'S FUNNY
I BANGED MY LEG?

YOU LITTLE
JOKESTERS, HUH?

YOU COUPLE
OF WISE GUYS, HUH?

YOU THINK
THAT'S FUNNY, HUH?

MAXWELL, HUH?

I WONDER IF THAT'S REBA MAXWELL.

YOU KNOW HER?

WELL, I OVERHEARD SOMEONE
TALKING AT SCHOOL

ABOUT THEIR VACATION,

AND THEY SAID THAT REBA MAXWELL
HAD A TRAVEL AGENCY

RIGHT NEXT TO
THE GROCERY STORE.

HMM. REALLY?

WELL, MAYBE IT'S
JUST COINCIDENTAL.

SO, I HEAR YOU HAD THEM
EATING OUT OF YOUR HAND.

WELL, WE HAVE
A LONG WAY TO GO STILL.

I MEAN, WE HAVEN'T EVEN
STARTED ON THE SETS,

NOT TO MENTION
THE COSTUMES,

THE LIGHTING...

WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT,
YOU GOT THE KIDS EXCITED,

AND THAT'S
HALF THE BATTLE.

TRUST ME.

THE PARENTS WILL
SHOW UP IN NO TIME.

YOU KNOW,
ONE ALREADY DID.

YOU'RE KIDDING.

WHO?

I DIDN'T ACTUALLY
MEET HIM,

BUT HE CAME
TO PICK UP HIS SONS,

JUDD AND JASON?

OH, THE TWINS.

YEAH, THEY'RE
IN MY CLASS.

HIS NAME'S SETH.

SINGLE PARENT.

HE LOST HIS WIFE
A FEW YEARS AGO.

WHAT HAPPENED?

I DON'T KNOW.

THE BOYS DON'T TALK ABOUT HER.

THAT MUST BE HARD.

YEAH.

YEAH, WELL, HE'S GOT
THE WHOLE FRAZZLED THING DOWN.

HE'S A NICE GUY.

CUTE, TOO.

OH, I HADN'T NOTICED.

- OH!
- JEEZ, I'M SORRY.

IT'S OKAY.

I'M SO SORRY.
IT'S MY FAULT.

THAT'S OKAY.

I, UH...
ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

YEAH.

HI.

HI.

MISS MAXWELL,
UM, WE...

WE DIDN'T
ACTUALLY, UM...

NO, WE DIDN'T.

IT'S MR. WEBSTER?

SETH.

REBA.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

HERE YOU GO.
SORRY ABOUT THAT, UM...

I WANTED TO SEE YOU, AND, UH...

YOU DID?

ABOUT A VACATION...

YOU KNOW, WITH THE BOYS.

OH, SURE.

SURE.

SO, UH...

IS NOW A GOOD TIME?

YEAH, THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

THANK YOU.

THERE'S ALWAYS FLORIDA,

WHICH IS
ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF, UM...

THE SOUTH.

UH, YOU KNOW, THEME PARKS,
EVERGLADES...

AND THE WEATHER.

THEY'VE GOT ALLIGATORS
AND-AND HURRICANES, AND...

NO, YOU KNOW,
YOU'RE-YOU'RE RIGHT.

THERE IS A LOT OF WEATHER

IN THAT PART
OF THE COUNTRY.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK...

I THINK THAT'S PERFECT.

OKAY.

YOU KNOW WHAT,
MAYBE YOU AND I CAN EVEN, UM...

GO TO DINNER SOMETIME.

OKAY.

MRS. MERKLE?

I, UH, KIND OF MADE SOME PLANS
ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

I HOPE THAT'S OKAY.

YOU AND MISS MAXWELL HAVE FUN.

WAIT A MINUTE, I NEVER...

SAID ANYTHING
ABOUT GOING OUT WITH REBA.

WELL, DIDN'T YOU VISIT HER
AT HER TRAVEL AGENCY?

YEAH, BUT I DIDN'T
TELL YOU THAT.

WHOO...

I'M BRINGING YOU
TRAVEL AGENCY BROCHURES

THAT YOU LEFT
IN THE LIVING ROOM.

OH.

THEY'VE GOT A NEW
GREEK RESTAURANT DOWNTOWN.

YOU OUGHT TO GIVE IT A TRY.

THAT'S KIND OF CUTE.

WHAT ARE YOU
LAUGHING AT?

OKAY...

I PROBABLY
SHOULD HAVE ASKED.

DO YOU EVEN LIKE
GREEK FOOD?

OH, Y...
IT'S MY FAVORITE.

PHEW!

THANK YOU.

I'M A SUCKER FOR
ANYTHING WITH TZATZIKI.

YEAH, ME TOO.

AND THE WEIRD THING IS,

I HAVEN'T HAD IT
IN A FEW MONTHS,

SO THIS IS PERFECT.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW
THIS PLACE WAS HERE.

MY HOUSEKEEPER
RECOMMENDED IT, ACTUALLY.

OH.

ALL I CAN SAY IS,

THAT IS QUITE A JOB
YOU'VE TAKEN ON.

I HOPE YOU'RE
GETTING COMBAT PAY.

NO, IT'S NOT...
IT'S NOT THAT BAD.

I MEAN, I USED TO
LOVE DOING THEATER,

SO THIS IS A NICE CHANCE
TO ENJOY IT AGAIN.

YOU WERE AN ACTRESS?

MM, MAINLY,

A LITTLE DIRECTING,

A LOT OF WAITRESSING,

A LITTLE STARVING,

AND THEN BACK TO THE REAL WORLD.

WELL, THESE KIDS
ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE YOU.

MMM...

I'M THE LUCKY ONE.

GETTING TO KNOW THEM HAS...
IT'S BEEN THE BEST PART.

MY GUYS ARE HAVING
A GREAT TIME.

THEY CAN'T STOP
TALKING ABOUT YOU.

I'M BEGINNING TO SEE WHY.

WELL, THEY'RE WONDERFUL BOYS.

I MEAN, THEY'RE FUNNY,
AND THEY'RE SMART,

AND THEY'RE SO WELL-BEHAVED.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
JUDD AND JASON WEBSTER?

ABOUT THIS TALL,
DARK HAIR, TWINS?

UH-HUH.

WELL-BEHAVED?

MM-HMM.

YOU KNOW,
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIE TO ME

JUST BECAUSE WE'RE...

UH-UH, HONESTLY, I WISH THE
OTHER KIDS BEHAVED LIKE THAT.

OKAY, NOW YOU'RE JUST
TALKING CRAZY.

THEY'RE REALLY GREAT.
I MEAN IT.

I DO WORK WITH A LOT OF
RESTORATION GROUPS

HERE IN THE CITY
AND IN THE REGION.

SO YOU SAVE
OLD BUILDINGS?

WELL, I LIKE
TO THINK OF IT AS

GIVING AN OLD SPACE
A NEW PURPOSE.

OH.

THAT MUST BE HARD,
YOU KNOW, SEEING SOMETHING

IN A COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT WAY.

OH, IT'S
SO WORTH IT.

IT'S SO WORTH IT.
I LOVE IT.

LIKE, FOR INSTANCE,
THERE WAS THIS, UM...

THIS MOVIE THEATER,

THIS OLD MOVIE THEATER
WITH AMAZING DETAILS.

RUN DOWN, BUT...

THEY WANTED
TO JUST LEVEL IT,

START FROM SCRATCH.

WE WERE ABLE
TO SHOW THEM

HOW THEY COULD ACTUALLY
MAKE MORE MONEY

BY RENOVATING IT
INTO A RESTAURANT

AND ART GALLERY.

OKAY, WAIT,

NOT-NOT THE OLD
RIALTO ON 30TH?

YEAH,
YOU KNOW IT?

REALLY?

I WENT THERE ALL THE TIME
WITH MY FAMILY.

I DID TOO.

REALLY?

YEAH.

AND THEN WHEN I WAS
IN COLLEGE,

THEY WOULD PLAY THESE
REALLY GREAT SILENT FILMS

ON THE WEEKENDS,

AND THERE WAS THIS GUY
THAT WOULD PLAY THE PIANO,

KIND OF LIKE
A SOUNDTRACK.

THAT WAS ME.

SHUT UP.

THAT'S HOW I PAID
MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE.

OKAY, THIS IS SPOOKY.

YOU THINK MAYBE

WE SAW
EACH OTHER THERE?

WOW, SO YOU PLAY
THE PIANO TOO?

AH, NOT ANYMORE.

WHY'D YOU STOP?

IT'S FREEZING
OUT HERE.

WE SHOULD GET YOU
IN THE CAR.

SURE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.
THIS WAS FUN.

THANK YOU.

DINNER WAS GREAT.

YEAH, I'LL SAY.

WONDERFUL.

SO...

SO...

SO, YEAH.

GOOD NIGHT.

YOU KNOW WHAT?
UM, I'M SORRY.

WHEN YOU ASKED
EARLIER

WHY I'D STOPPED
PLAYING THE PIANO,

I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING,
AND-AND...

THE REASON I DIDN'T, HONESTLY,

IS BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN
A FANTASTIC EVENING.

I DIDN'T WANT TO RUIN IT.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

I STOPPED PLAYING PIANO
THE DAY MY WIFE DIED.

PAMELA LOVED MUSIC,

AND, UM...

SOMETIMES SHE WOULD
JUST LIE THERE

AND LISTEN TO ME PLAY.

AFTER SHE WAS GONE,
I JUST DIDN'T SEE THE POINT.

YEAH, THAT WAS
A PART OF YOUR MEMORY OF HER.

IT'S SOMETHING
THAT YOU SHARED TOGETHER.

AND EVERYTHING THAT I LOVED
ABOUT IT THEN

JUST MAKES IT
ALL THE MORE PAINFUL NOW.

EVERYBODY TELLS ME I SHOULD
PLAY AGAIN, BUT...

BUT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

AND SOME THINGS
YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN,

SO I JUST
STOPPED TRYING.

UNTIL TONIGHT.

I'M GLAD YOU TOLD ME.

MAYBE WE CAN, UH,
DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME.

MAYBE.

I'LL CALL YOU?

YOU BETTER.

GOOD NIGHT.

WHAT YOU SAID TONIGHT
ABOUT THE TWINS,

DID YOU REALLY MEAN THAT?

YES, I REALLY MEANT IT.

ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW
WHERE THEY GET IT FROM.

GOOD NIGHT.

'NIGHT.

LOOKING GOOD.

HELLO?

MR. WEBSTER, HELLO.

THIS IS MAUREEN ACKERMAN,
AT THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY.

MRS. ACKERMAN, HELLO.

SORRY I HAVEN'T
GOTTEN BACK TO YOU.

WE'VE BEEN SO BUSY.

OH, NO WORRIES.

I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE
CALLED YOU BEFORE NOW ANYWAY.

IT'S JUST BEEN
A LITTLE CRAZY AROUND HERE.

I ONLY WISH
I HAD BETTER NEWS.

I'M SORRY?

THE TRUTH IS, I'VE
RUN OUT OF IDEAS.

A FULL-TIME HOUSEKEEPER
WILLING TO LIVE IN

AND CARE FOR
TWO SMALL CHILDREN?

I'M AFRAID
I CAN'T HELP YOU.

WELL, WHAT ABOUT
MRS. MERKLE?

WHO?

EMILY MERKLE,
DIDN'T YOU SEND HER?

MR. WEBSTER, WE DON'T
HAVE ANYONE BY THAT NAME

WORKING FOR US.

I'M SURE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS.

WELL, I THINK
I WOULD'VE REMEMBERED.

WELL, THE ACKERMAN
EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

RAN OUT OF CANDIDATES,

AND THEY CALLED AROUND

AND CALLED SOMEONE
AT THE COMPANY THAT I WORK FOR.

THE PARADISE VALLEY
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES?

YES.

I MEAN, THEY'RE THE ONES
WHO SENT ME HERE,

AND THEY HAVE MY RECORDS
AND ALL THE PAPERWORK,

AND I AM SO SORRY

ABOUT THIS MISUNDERSTANDING.

WELL, I'VE NEVER READ
BETTER REFERENCES.

BUT I DO INTEND ON CALLING

EVERY SINGLE ONE
OF THESE PEOPLE MYSELF.

OF COURSE!

OKAY.

THE COOKIES ARE READY!

OKAY, WELL, THERE'S...

OH, DON'T YOU
JUST LOVE HOW COOKIES

MAKE EVERYTHING
SMELL LIKE CHRISTMAS?

SO, THE AGENCY,
THEY DIDN'T SEND HER?

A DIFFERENT AGENCY.

SHE SAYS SHE TOLD ME.

I DON'T KNOW,
MAYBE SHE DID.

I DON'T REMEMBER.

WELL, DO YOU FEEL
ALL RIGHT ABOUT IT NOW?

I MEAN, SHE EXPLAINED
EVERYTHING?

YEAH, I WAS NEVER
WORRIED ABOUT HER.

I MEAN, THERE'S...

I DON'T KNOW,

THERE'S JUST KIND OF
SOMETHING ABOUT HER.

THE KIDS CALL HER
MRS. MIRACLE.

"MIRACLE"?

I KNOW.

BUT I GOT TO SAY, WHEN...

WHEN YOU'RE AROUND HER,
YOU JUST...

YOU JUST KIND OF FEEL LIKE
IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.

WHAT'S GOING TO BE OKAY?

EVERYTHING.

WELL, I CAN'T WAIT TO MEET HER.

YOU SHOULD
HAVE DINNER WITH US...

SUNDAY NIGHT.

SHE'S A GREAT COOK.

UM...

YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

GREAT.

GREAT.

I MEAN, HE'S ALREADY
INVITING YOU OVER

TO MEET THE FAMILY.
THAT'S NOT BAD.

NO, IT'S...

IT'S NOT
LIKE THAT, OKAY?

HE HAS A NEW
HOUSEKEEPER,

AND HE JUST WANTS
MY OPINION.

MRS. MIRACLE?

YEAH.

OH, I AM A BIG FAN.

EVER SINCE
SHE RODE INTO DODGE,

THOSE BOYS,
THEY'VE BEEN GREAT.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

WELL, IT'S NOT LIKE

THE TWINS WERE
EVER BAD KIDS,

BUT I DON'T KNOW,

IT'S LIKE
THEY ALWAYS KNEW

SOMETHING WAS MISSING FROM
THEIR LIVES, YOU KNOW?

AT FIRST I THOUGHT

IT WAS BECAUSE THEY
LOST THEIR MOTHER,

BUT I DON'T THINK
THAT'S IT.

WELL, THEN,
WHAT IS IT?

I DON'T KNOW,

BUT I GET THE FEELING
SHE DOES,

MRS. MIRACLE.

HI.

HOW ARE YOU?

I'M GOOD.
HOW ARE YOU?

THIS IS FOR YOU.

THANK YOU.

OH, HI.

REBA, THIS IS
MRS. MERKLE.

EMILY MERKLE,

REBA MAXWELL.

HI!

ACTUALLY, I THINK
THAT WE'VE MET BEFORE,

UM, SORT OF.

YOU DROPPED YOUR BELL
AT THE AUDITORIUM, AND...

WELL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

IT'S A SMALL WORLD, HUH?

WELL, HOW NICE
TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

NICE TO SEE
YOU, TOO.

OH, I HEAR
YOUR CHRISTMAS PAGEANT'S

GOING TO BE A REAL SMASH!

WELL, WE'RE...

WE'RE GETTING THERE.

OH, YEAH, YOU'RE GETTING THERE.

UH, THERE'S BEEN
A SLIGHT CHANGE OF PLAN.

I DIDN'T KNOW THIS,

BUT MRS. MERKLE PROMISED

SHE WOULD TAKE THE BOYS
TO A MOVIE TONIGHT.

I DIDN'T KNOW
YOU MADE PLANS, SO...

BUT I'VE GOT SOME SOUP
ON THE STOVE

AND A LOVELY
BAGUETTE

IN THE OVEN.

THAT SOUNDS FINE.

OH, HOLY COW,

I'M GOING TO
MISS THE PREVIEWS.

LISTEN, I'VE GOT TO RUN,
BUT I'M SURE YOU CAN MANAGE.

WE'LL BE FINE.

BOYS, COME ON, WE'RE GOING TO
MISS THE PREVIEWS!

YOU KNOW, I'M TRYING
TO FIGURE OUT

HOW HAVE I BEEN TO
ALL THOSE STORES ALL THOSE TIMES

AND NEVER SEEN YOU?

I WAS WONDERING
THE SAME THING ABOUT YOU.

WELL, GUESS IT'S TRUE
WHAT THEY SAY.

IT'S ALL IN THE TIMING.

I GUESS.

CHEERS.

CHEERS.

SO TELL ME,

HOW DOES SOMEBODY GO FROM
WORKING IN THE THEATER

TO OWNING
A TRAVEL AGENCY?

IT'S... A LONG STORY.

I'VE GOT TIME.

I, UH, I STARTED THE BUSINESS
AFTER I WAS ENGAGED.

YOU WERE MARRIED?

NO.

I'M SORRY.

I, UH...

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING.

I'M...

IT'S LIKE I'M 15 AGAIN.

I CAN'T GET MY BRAIN
AND MY MOUTH IN THE SAME GEAR.

WHAT?

I HAVEN'T BEEN ON A DATE

IN YEARS.

I-I HAVE NO IDEA
WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO,

HOW I'M SUPPOSED TO ACT.

I MEAN, I'M JUST IN
WAY OVER MY HEAD HERE.

ME TOO.

REALLY?

YEAH, REALLY.

I GUESS THAT'S...

THAT'S SOMETHING ELSE

THAT WE BOTH HAVE
IN COMMON.

HI!

KATE, GO AWAY.

COOKIES...

OH, WOW!

ALL RIGHT, WOW...

THOSE LOOK GREAT,
YOU GUYS!

THESE LOOK
FANTASTIC.

WOULD YOU LIKE
MISS MAXWELL

TO TRY ONE?

- YEAH.
- YEAH.

WHICH ONE
SHOULD I HAVE?

UM... THAT ONE.

THAT ONE
RIGHT THERE?

ALL RIGHT,
HERE WE GO...

SO ARE THE BOYS HAPPY WITH
THEIR ANGEL COSTUMES?

THEY, UH...

I THINK THEY WERE HAPPY
WITH THEIR SWORDS, YEAH.

YEAH.

AND THE KIDS,
THEY'RE JUST...

THEY'RE WORKING
SO HARD,

AND THE SHOW, I MEAN,

IT'S JUST,
IT'S REALLY COMING TOGETHER.

AND YOU'RE ENJOYING YOURSELF.

YOU KNOW, I AM.

IMAGINE THAT.

THAT'S GREAT.

WELL, AUNT MOLLY AND UNCLE BILL

ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD
TO SEEING YOU.

MM, I CAN'T WAIT.

HONEY,
I WAS WONDERING...

WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE

FOR YOU TO HAVE CHRISTMAS DINNER
WITH THEM ON CHRISTMAS EVE?

BUT I CAN'T, BECAUSE
I HAVE THE SHOW, REMEMBER?

YEAH, I KNOW.

I JUST THOUGHT
IF IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR YOU

TO MAKE ANY OTHER ARRANGEMENTS,
YOU KNOW?

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU,
THAT WAS GREAT.

THIS IS ABOUT VICKI, ISN'T IT?

DOUG AND VICKI CAN'T COME
ON CHRISTMAS EVE EITHER.

DOUG'S FAMILY IS
PLANNING ON VISITING

HIS GRANDMOTHER.

SHE'S ALMOST 90.

HER HEALTH IS NOT GOOD,
AND SO THEY...

SO, OF COURSE, VICKI DECIDES
TO SPEND CHRISTMAS DAY WITH YOU,

THE ONLY CHANCE THAT I HAVE

TO SPEND WITH AUNT MOLLY
AND UNCLE BILL,

RIGHT?

YES, BUT SHE DOESN'T
HAVE A CHOICE.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE A CHOICE?

BUT I HAVE TO MAKE
OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

YOU COULD STILL COME
ON CHRISTMAS DAY.

I MEAN, JUST SET ASIDE
THIS SILLINESS

WITH YOUR SISTER.

YOU CALL WHAT VICKI DID TO ME
SILLINESS?

NO.

NO, YOU KNOW
WHAT I CALL SILLINESS?

YOUR BEHAVIOR EVER SINCE.

HOW MANY TIMES
DOES SHE HAVE TO APOLOGIZE?

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS DEFEND HER?

MOM, I WAS THE ONE
THAT WAS HURT.

REBA, I THINK
YOU'VE BOTH BEEN HURT ENOUGH.

PLEASE, HONEY...

YOU KNOW WHAT, MOM?

DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.

REBA...

I LOVE YOU, MOM,

BUT I DON'T THINK THAT WE SHOULD
SEE EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE,

OKAY?

SO MERRY CHRISTMAS.

REBA...

REBA, HEY.

UM...

CAN I TALK TO YOU?

ABSOLUTELY.
COME ON IN.

THANKS.

FOUR YEARS AGO,

I WAS ENGAGED
TO A TEACHER.

HIS NAME WAS
JOE GODDARD, AND, UM...

I ASKED MY OLDER
SISTER, VICKI,

TO BE
MY MAID OF HONOR,

AND I JUST THOUGHT
EVERYTHING,

IT WAS GOING TO
BE PERFECT,

BUT VICKI AND I,

WE'D ALWAYS BEEN
VERY COMPETITIVE...

SPORTS, GRADES, YOU NAME IT,

AND BECAUSE
SHE WAS OLDER, I...

I THINK SHE FELT
IT WAS IMPORTANT TO OUTDO ME,

BUT I WAS THE ONE
THAT WAS GETTING ENGAGED FIRST,

I WAS GETTING MARRIED FIRST,

AND, UM...

I HAD NO IDEA
HOW MUCH THAT BOTHERED HER.

WHAT HAPPENED?

UM...

THE DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING,
JOE CALLED IT OFF.

HE SAID THAT
HE CHANGED HIS MIND,

BUT HE DIDN'T TELL ME WHY,

AND IT JUST DIDN'T MAKE
ANY SENSE.

YOU KNOW, I TH...

I THOUGHT THAT WE WERE SO HAPPY,

AND THEN I FOUND OUT THE TRUTH.

THE DAY WE WERE SUPPOSED TO
GET MARRIED,

JOE AND VICKI,
THEY RAN AWAY TOGETHER...

AND THEY SAID
THAT THEY'D FALLEN IN LOVE.

I'M SORRY.

IT JUST...

YOU KNOW, IT FELT LIKE
SHE PLANNED IT.

LIKE IT WAS...

IT WAS JUST ANOTHER WAY
FOR HER TO WIN, AND...

I HAVEN'T SPOKEN TO HER SINCE.

AND THE IRONY IS

IS THAT THEY WERE ONLY TOGETHER
FOR A FEW MONTHS,

AND THEN HE LEFT HER,

LIKE HE LEFT ME,
AND...

AND NOW, I MEAN, SHE'S-
SHE'S MARRIED TO SOMEBODY ELSE,

AND THEY HAVE A LITTLE GIRL.

AND YOU'RE LEFT TO JUST...
PICK UP THE PIECES.

I MEAN, SHE KEEPS TRYING
TO APOLOGIZE,

AND MY FAMILY,
THEY WANT ME TO FORGIVE HER,

AND TO MOVE ON...

BUT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

DO YOU?

YOU WERE HURT,

BUT MORE THAN THAT,

YOU WERE BETRAYED

BY THE TWO PEOPLE
YOU TRUSTED MOST...

AND YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THAT.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE ANGER?

COOKIE BREAK.

OKAY?

THEY'VE BEEN IN THERE
A LONG TIME.

WHAT ARE THEY DOING,
MRS. MIRACLE?

WELL, SOMETIMES
GROWN-UPS NEED TO BE ALONE

TO TALK THINGS OVER.

WHAT KIND
OF THINGS?

WELL, SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN
TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT

FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.

I'M NOT SURE

THEY'RE EVER GOING TO
FIGURE IT OUT,

BUT I HAVE MY OWN THEORY.

I THINK THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT
WHAT THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS.

OH...

HAVE A COOKIE, SWEETIE.

SO...

YOU CAN'T SPEND
CHRISTMAS EVE

WITH YOUR FAMILY,
NOT WITH THE PAGEANT.

IT'S JUST,
THERE'S JUST NO TIME.

AND YOU DON'T WANT TO VISIT
CHRISTMAS MORNING

WITH YOU SISTER THERE.

NO.

WELL...

LOOKS LIKE YOU ONLY HAVE
ONE OTHER OPTION.

WHAT?

SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH US.

NO. NO, I COULDN'T.

WHY NOT?

BECAUSE, YOU...

YOU SHOULD SPEND CHRISTMAS
WITH THE BOYS.

I DON'T-I DON'T WANT TO INTRUDE.

HEY, GUYS.

OH...

- HI.
- HI.

GUYS, I GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU.

YEAH?

DO YOU WANT MISS MAXWELL
TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH US?

YEAH.

YEAH?

- YEAH!
- YEAH!

YOU SURE?

YEAH!

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

OKAY.

- YAY!
- YEAH! COOL!

SO, DO YOU ALWAYS
LEAVE YOUR SHOPPING

TILL THE LAST MINUTE?

YOU KNOW, EVERY YEAR
I PROMISE MYSELF

I'M NOT
GOING TO DO THIS,

BUT THEN IT JUST...

THANK YOU
FOR BEING WITH ME.

ARE YOU KIDDING,
AND MISS ALL THIS?

SO LISTEN, I WAS...

I WAS TALKING TO
THE BOYS THE OTHER DAY,

AND THEY ASKED ME
IF I KNEW THEIR MOTHER.

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

WELL, WHAT
COULD I SAY?

THAT I'M SURE SHE WAS
A WONDERFUL PERSON,

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HER.

UH, I GET THE FEELING

THAT THEY HAVE A LOT
OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HER.

THEY NEVER ASK ME.

WELL, MAYBE THEY'RE
WAITING FOR YOU

TO TALK ABOUT HER.

WELL, THEY'RE YOUNG.

THERE'S A LOT
OF TIME LEFT.

WHERE ARE THESE SKI...

SKATES...
WHAT ARE THEY...

SKATE-SKIS?

WHAT ARE THEY?

I DON'T KNOW.

MAYBE I SHOULD JUST GET
THEM CASH THIS YEAR.

THEY'D LIKE THAT.

THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

REBA?

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU.

SETH, THIS IS
MY SISTER, VICKI.

YOU HAVEN'T MET...

THIS IS MY HUSBAND, DOUG,

AND-AND THIS IS ELLEN.

WE HAVE TO GO.

MOM TOLD ME ABOUT

THE MISUNDERSTANDING
FOR CHRISTMAS.

I FEEL BAD
ABOUT THAT.

REALLY?
REALLY...

DOUG AND I
TALKED IT OVER.

W-WE'LL CHANGE
OUR PLANS.

WE CAN SEE HIS GRANDMOTHER
FOR NEW YEAR'S.

OH, YOU KNOW WHAT,
THAT'S FINE,

BECAUSE I HAVE MADE
OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

BUT, REBA...

I WANT YOU TO BE HOME
FOR CHRISTMAS.

WELL, VICK, WE DON'T ALWAYS
GET WHAT WE WANT, DO WE?

THAT'S SOMETHING
I LEARNED FROM YOU.

I'M SORRY.

REBA...

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW BADLY
SHE FEELS ABOUT...

DOUG, IT WON'T DO
ANY GOOD.

TAKE CARE.

YOU OKAY?

UH, LET'S TRY
A DIFFERENT STORE, OKAY?

THEN MRS. MIRACLE TOOK US,

AND WE PUT ALL THE STUFF
IN THE CHRISTMAS BASKETS.

YEAH, TURKEY
AND CRANBERRY SAUCE.

AND CANDIES AND STUFF

FOR DESSERT,

SO OTHER FAMILIES CAN HAVE
CHRISTMAS DINNER TOO.

YOU GUYS DID
A GREAT JOB.

I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU
FOR HELPING.

I TOLD THE BOYS THAT WE'D
WALK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

AND SEE ALL
THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

OH, THAT'S
A GREAT IDEA.

WOULD YOU TWO LIKE TO
TAG ALONG WITH US?

YOU KNOW,
WHY DON'T, UM...

WHY DON'T WE STAY
AND CLEAN UP?

WELL, THANK YOU.

COME ON, BOYS,
GET YOUR COATS.

HEY, LOOK, UH,

JUST, WHAT HAPPENED TODAY
WITH MY SISTER,

I'M SORRY.

IT WASN'T FAIR TO PUT YOU
IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT.

NO, NO, NO,
I'M GLAD I WAS THERE.

I SAW HOW HARD
IT IS FOR YOU.

BUT YOU KNOW
WHAT? I...

I THINK IT MIGHT HAVE
BEEN A GOOD THING.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

SHE'S REALLY
REACHING OUT.

I THINK MAYBE
IF YOU GAVE HER A CHANCE...

YEAH, BUT, I MEAN,

HOW COULD I EVER
TRUST HER AGAIN?

YEAH, TRUE, BUT YOU CAN'T
LET IT CONTROL YOUR LIFE.

IT DOESN'T.

YEAH, BUT YOU'RE
GIVING UP A CHANCE

TO SEE YOUR AUNT
AND UNCLE,

WHO YOU GENUINELY
CARE ABOUT,

BECAUSE YOU'RE ANGRY
AT YOUR SISTER.

NO, I JUST, I TOLD YOU

THAT I WANT TO SPEND THE DAY
WITH YOU AND THE BOYS.

LOOK, I KNOW YOU THINK
YOU'RE PUNISHING VICKI

BY NOT BEING THERE,

BUT THE ONE WHO'S
REALLY LOSING OUT

IS YOU.

SO YOU ARE SAYING

THAT YOU AGREE WITH
EVERYONE ELSE.

SO I SHOULD JUST PRETEND
LIKE THAT NEVER HAPPENED, RIGHT?

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

THAT'S NOT
WHAT I'M SAYING AT ALL.

I'M SAYING...

IF YOU JUST TALKED TO HER...

THERE'S NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT.

OH, COME ON.

YOU DON'T THINK
THIS IS HARD FOR HER TOO?

I MEAN,
YOU SAW HER.

I MEAN, KNOWING
THAT SHE HURT YOU,

NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE YOU?

DON'T DEFEND HER.

I'M NOT.

LOOK, YOU'RE THE ONE
I CARE ABOUT,

OKAY?

I WANT TO SEE YOU HAPPY.

UM, THERE'S SOME THINGS
THAT I HAVE TO DO, SO...

THANK YOU FOR DINNER.

REBA...

REBA, WAIT.

I'LL CALL YOU.

REBA...

SO THE SET SHOULD BE
READY BY TOMORROW.

WE'RE IN GOOD SHAPE
FOR COSTUMES.

SETH MUST BE
PRETTY BUSY, HUH?

I HAVEN'T
SEEN HIM AROUND

THE LAST
COUPLE DAYS.

YEAH.

WELL, YOU KNOW, HE'S BEEN
AT SO MANY REHEARSALS,

HE PROBABLY KNOWS THE SHOW
BY HEART AT THIS POINT.

YOU KNOW, KIDDO,

THESE THINGS ARE GREAT
FOR STAYING IN SHAPE,

BUT THEY'RE NO GOOD
FOR RUNNING AWAY.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

WHAT'S GOING ON
WITH YOU TWO?

NOTHING.

"NOTHING"?

AS IN, EVERYTHING'S
OKAY "NOTHING"?

AS IN, IT COULDN'T BE
BETTER "NOTHING"?

AS IN, I DON'T THINK
IT'S GOING TO WORK OUT.

WHAT?

I HAVE TO GET TO BACK TO WORK.

I'LL SEE YOU AT REHEARSAL, OKAY?

REBA...

REBA.

HELLO, MRS. MERKLE.

I HOPE I'M NOT
INTERRUPTING.

NO, IT'S FINE.
WHAT'S UP?

I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD
PICK UP THE BOYS

AFTER REHEARSAL?

UM... NO, I'M NOT
GOING TO HAVE TIME.

YOU'D BETTER DO IT.

OH, ARE YOU SURE?

BECAUSE THEY LOOK SO FORWARD
TO SEEING YOU,

AND I HEAR THERE'S
A LOT OF WORK TO DO

BEFORE THE SHOW'S
READY.

I'M SURE THEY'LL BE FINE
WITHOUT ME.

LISTEN,
I'VE GOT TO GO.

I'LL BE HOME FOR DINNER,
THOUGH, OKAY?

WHY DO THEY ALWAYS HAVE
TO MAKE IT SO COMPLICATED?

OOH!

I'M SORRY.

GO AHEAD, HONEY.

OH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

FIND EVERYTHING OKAY TODAY?

YES, I DID.

HOLY COW!

YOU'RE OUR MILLIONTH CUSTOMER.

OOH!

YOU WON A TRIP!

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

OH, THANK YOU!

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

SHE WHAT?

DON'T TELL ME THAT,

BECAUSE, I MEAN,

SHE CAN'T
JUST BE GONE.

YEAH, WELL,
THAT'S WHAT HER NOTE SAYS.

MRS. DARLING WON A TRIP TO FIJI.

THE ONE MILLIONTH CUSTOMER?

YEAH.

DID YOU READ HOW IT SAID
THAT THE WOMAN IN THE STORE

LET HER GO IN FRONT OF HER
IN LINE?

IT WAS LIKE SHE HAD THIS ANGEL
ON HER SHOULDER, OR...

WHICH IS SO TOTALLY
NOT THE POINT,

BUT ACCORDING TO
THE RULES,

SHE HAS TO BE THERE
FOR CHRISTMAS, SO...

KATE, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?

I MEAN, OUR PIANIST
IS ON A SLOW BOAT TO FIJI,

AND WE'RE SUPPOSED TO OPEN
IN TWO DAYS.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO FIND
SOMEONE ELSE TO PLAY.

THIS ISN'T ABOUT

JUST POUNDING OUT
A FEW SONGS ON THE PIANO.

I MEAN, MRS. DARLING,

SHE KNOWS THE SHOW
BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS.

I MEAN, THE KIDS,

THEY TAKE ALL OF
THEIR CUES FROM HER,

THEIR ENTRANCES, THEIR EXITS,
ALL OF THEIR LINES.

I MEAN, THERE'S NO WAY
THAT WE CAN DO THIS SHOW

WITHOUT HER!

OKAY.

REBA.

HI.

SORRY TO TAKE YOU
AWAY FROM THE MEETING.

I JUST, I WANTED
TO TALK TO YOU.

YEAH, WHAT'S UP?

UH, APPARENTLY MRS. DARLING
HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO FIJI.

OKAY.

I'M HAVING TROUBLE PICTURING HER
IN A GRASS SKIRT, BUT...

SHE LEFT TODAY.

YOU'RE SERIOUS.

YEAH, AND WE NEED
A PIANO PLAYER,

AND NOT JUST
ANY PIANO PLAYER, SETH.

WE NEED SOMEONE THAT KNOWS
THE PAGEANT INSIDE AND OUT.

WE... WE NEED YOU.

I... I DON'T PLAY PIANO.

I KNOW, AND YOU KNOW
THAT I WOULDN'T ASK

UNLESS IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT.

YOU KNOW WHY I CAN'T.

SO YOU WON'T HELP ME?

I'M SORRY.

SO AM I.

REBA...

REBA...

YOU HAD NO RIGHT
TO ASK ME TO DO THAT.

YOU KNOW I CAN'T.

NO, YOU MEAN
YOU WON'T.

NO, I CAN'T.

MUSIC WAS SOMETHING
THAT I SHARED WITH PAMELA.

I STOPPED PLAYING
THE DAY SHE DIED.

SETH, THE MUSIC,
IT DIDN'T DIE WITH HER.

FOR ME IT DID.

AND IS THAT WHY
YOU NEVER TALK ABOUT HER?

IS THAT WHY YOUR BOYS,

THEY KNOW NOTHING
ABOUT THEIR MOTHER?

THAT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

THEY MISS HER.

YOU-YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE IT

BECAUSE YOU'RE MORE INTERESTED

IN HOLDING ONTO
YOUR GRIEF.

YOU DON'T KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

SO YOU'D RATHER
FORGET THE PAGEANT

AND DISAPPOINT YOUR SONS

THAN LET GO OF THE PAST?

YOU KNOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE

YOU'RE SAYING THIS TO ME
RIGHT NOW.

YOU, OF ALL PEOPLE.

YOU NEED TO TAKE
A GOOD LOOK

IN THE MIRROR.

WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

YOUR SISTER DID
A TERRIBLE THING,

BUT THE WORLD
DIDN'T STOP TURNING.

THAT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

SHE HURT ME.

YEAH, AND YOU TOOK THAT HURT AND
YOU LOCKED IT SO DEEP INSIDE

THAT NOBODY CAN GET AT IT,

NOT EVEN YOU.

YOU ARE JUST LIKE
EVERYONE ELSE, YOU KNOW?

I REALLY...

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I THOUGHT
THAT YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND.

NO, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I DO UNDERSTAND.

I UNDERSTAND,
BECAUSE I REGRET

EVERY SINGLE DAY
THAT WENT BY

THAT I DIDN'T TELL PAMELA
THAT I LOVED HER,

AND IT'S TOO LATE
FOR ME,

BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU.

YOU CAN STILL MAKE THINGS RIGHT
WITH YOUR SISTER.

YOU WANT ME TO FORGET?

I WANT YOU TO FORGIVE.

LET GO OF THE ANGER.

GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

THE WAY THAT YOU'VE
GOTTEN ON WITH YOURS?

WE'RE JUST WASTING OUR TIME,
AREN'T WE?

YEAH, I THINK SO.

OH, HONEY, DON'T...

DON'T MOVE.

MISS MAXWELL SAID

THERE MIGHT NOT BE
A PAGEANT.

THERE'S NOBODY
TO PLAY THE PIANO.

OOH, THAT IS A PROBLEM.

COULD YOU DO SOMETHING,
MRS. MIRACLE?

WELL, SOMETIMES THE BEST
THING TO DO IS HAVE FAITH

IT'LL TURN OUT
FOR THE BEST,

AND PEOPLE
DON'T EVEN KNOW

WHAT THAT IS
SOMETIMES.

IT'S RIGHT
IN FRONT OF THEM,

BUT EVENTUALLY,
THEY FIGURE IT OUT,

SO LONG AS THEY DON'T
WAIT TOO LONG.

DO WE HAVE TO
WEAR A DRESS?

IT'S NOT
A DRESS, DARLING,

IT'S A GOWN.

A "GOWN" IS A FANCY WORD
FOR A DRESS.

I DON'T WANT TO
BE AN ANGEL!

ME NEITHER!

HEY, DAD!

YOU GUYS LOOK REALLY CUTE.

TOLD YOU WE LOOK STUPID!

I DON'T WANT TO
WEAR A DRESS!

THERE'S
A PLATE FOR YOU

IN THE REFRIGERATOR.

AND WE'RE NOT
GOING TO DO IT!

WELL,
I UNDERSTAND,

BUT I WISH YOU HAD
TOLD ME BEFORE.

BEFORE WHAT?

BEFORE I MADE THE SWORDS.

- SWORDS?
- SWORDS?

OH, YES, SWORDS.

WELL, YOU DON'T KNOW
VERY MUCH ABOUT ANGELS,

THAT'S FOR SURE.

ANGELS GOT SWORDS?

OH, YES, THEY SURE DO,

AND LET ME TELL YOU,

SOME OF THEM
ARE VERY FIERCE WITH THEM,

SO I HEAR,

AND A FEW OF THEM
ARE KNOWN AS WARRIORS

AROUND THE HEAVENLY CHOIR,

AND THEY FIGHT
MIGHTY BATTLES,

BUT ONLY FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

WARRIOR ANGELS.

THAT'S WHAT
WE'LL BE!

OKAY...

BUT, NOW, YOU STILL
HAVE TO WEAR A GOWN.

AS LONG AS
WE HAVE A SWORD.

WARRIOR ANGELS!

OH, WHOA...

OH, CHRISTMAS
WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

AFTER THIS PAGEANT.

BE CAREFUL, HONEY.
BE CAREFUL.

NO!
NO, NO, NO, NO!

NO!

OH...

OH, GOD, REBA!

LOSE SOMETHING?

TECHNICALLY IT'S YOURS.

OH, WELL, CONSIDER IT
YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

THANK YOU.

IT FEELS GOOD, DOESN'T IT?

WHAT'S THAT?

GETTING SOMETHING BACK,

SOMETHING YOU-YOU THOUGHT
YOU LOST FOREVER.

YEAH.

DOESN'T HAPPEN EVERY DAY,

GETTING SOMETHING BACK
THAT YOU LOVE.

SO GRAB HOLD OF IT TIGHT, HONEY,

'CAUSE YOU MAY NOT GET
A SECOND CHANCE.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, REBA.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MRS. MERKLE.

MRS. MERKLE,
DO YOU WANT A RIDE HOME?

OH...

OH, THANKS, HONEY, NO.

I LIKE TO LOOK AT THE LIGHTS.

OKAY.

REBA.

HI, DOUG.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

I, UM...

I WAS...

WELL, I WAS JUST WONDERING
IF, UM...

IS VICKI AROUND?

DOUG,
WHO IS IT?

REBA.

VICKI, UM...

PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

I'M SORRY.

I'M...

I'M SO SORRY.

I'VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH.

"DEEP IN THE NIGHT
BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY,

"THREE SPIRITS WILL COME

"TO SHOW YOU THE WAY.

WITH THAT, MARLEY'S GHOST..."

HEY, GUYS.

I WAS THINKING,
UH...

MAYBE I'LL READ
TO YOU TONIGHT,

IF THAT'S OKAY.

OH, SURE. OKAY.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO
READ TO US, DADDY?

IS IT
A CHRISTMAS BOOK?

UH, KIND OF, YEAH.

YEAH.

THESE ARE PICTURES

FROM YOUR GUYS'
VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS.

DOES IT HAVE PICTURES
OF MOMMY IN IT?

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL.

YES, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.

HER FAVORITE COLOR WAS BLUE.

THAT'S A PICTURE
OF THE THREE OF YOU GUYS

IN FRONT OF
OUR CHRISTMAS TREE.

WHICH ONE IS ME?

UM...

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW,

BUT, NOW, YOUR MOM,

SHE COULD ALWAYS
TELL YOU GUYS APART,

EVEN FROM
THE VERY BEGINNING.

HOW?

RADAR.

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.

SERIOUSLY, THAT'S WHAT
SHE USED TO CALL IT.

SHE SAID
SHE HAD RADAR...

GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.

I WOULD LIKE
TO THANK YOU

FOR COMING TONIGHT.

WHEN MY GOOD FRIEND KATE
ASKED ME TO DIRECT THE PAGEANT,

I BELIEVE MY EXACT WORDS WERE,

"YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME."

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!

BUT SHE WASN'T,

AND I'M HAPPY FOR THAT NOW,

BECAUSE I HAVE ENJOYED
EVERY MINUTE

THAT I'VE SPENT
WITH YOUR CHILDREN.

I'VE...

I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM THEM
IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS

ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER,

AND THE THINGS THAT DON'T,

AND JUST HOW EASY IT IS
TO CONFUSE THE TWO.

AND ONE MORE ANNOUNCEMENT
BEFORE WE BEGIN TONIGHT.

OUR PIANIST, MRS. DARLING,

HAD TO LEAVE THE SHOW
UNEXPECTEDLY.

I COULDN'T ASK FOR TAPED MUSIC
TO POSSIBLY REPLACE HER, BUT...

BUT SETH WEBSTER
HAS KINDLY OFFERED

TO PLAY FOR US THIS EVENING,

SO THANK YOU,
MR. WEBSTER,

AND ENJOY THE SHOW.

THANK YOU.

LISTEN,
WHAT I SAID BEFORE,

I WAS OUT OF LINE.

I DIDN'T...

SETH, YOU WERE RIGHT.

YOU WERE,

AND, UH, VICKI'S HERE.

I'M GLAD.

I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT
WITHOUT YOU.

THAT MAKES TWO OF US.

UM, C-CAN YOU STAY HERE
AND GIVE ME MY CUES?

I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

READY? AND GO!

♪ O CHRISTMAS TREE,
O CHRISTMAS TREE ♪

♪ THE LEAVES ARE SO
UNCHANGING ♪

♪ THE LEAVES ARE GREEN
WHEN SUMMER'S HERE ♪

♪ THE LEAVES ARE GREEN
WHEN WINTER'S HERE ♪

♪ O CHRISTMAS TREE
O CHRISTMAS TREE ♪

♪ THE LEAVES ARE SO
UNCHANGING ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY

♪ OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
HEY! ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY

♪ OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
HEY! ♪

♪ DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH

♪ O'ER THE FIELDS WE GO

♪ LAUGHING ALL THE WAY
HA, HA, HA, HA ♪

♪ BELLS ON BOBTAILS RING
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT ♪

♪ WHAT FUN IT IS
TO LAUGH AND SING ♪

♪ A SLEIGHING SONG TONIGHT

♪ OH, JINGLE BELLS
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY...

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
HEY! ♪

AND THE ANGEL SAID UNTO THEM,
"FEAR NOT,

"FOR BEHOLD,

"I BRING YOU
GOOD TIDINGS

OF GREAT JOY."

♪ HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

♪ GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING

♪ PEACE ON EARTH
AND MERCY MILD ♪

♪ GOD AND SINNERS RECONCILED

♪ JOYFUL
ALL YE NATIONS RISE... ♪

♪ JOIN THE TRIUMPH
OF THE SKIES... ♪

♪ GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING

BRAVO!

♪ JOY TO THE WORLD
THE LORD HAS COME ♪

♪ LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING

♪ LET EVERY HEART
PREPARE HIM ROOM ♪

♪ AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING

♪ AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING

♪ AND HEAVEN, AND HEAVEN
AND NATURE SING ♪

MRS. MIRACLE,
DID YOU SEE US?

YOU WERE
WONDERFUL!

I'M SO PROUD OF BOTH OF YOU.

I-I HAVE SOMETHING
VERY IMPORTANT TO TELL YOU.

OH, I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH,

BUT I...

I HAVE TO LEAVE NOW.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

HONEY, THERE ARE OTHER FAMILIES
AND LITTLE CHILDREN

WHO NEED ME.

WHAT ABOUT US?

OH...

IT'S VERY HARD FOR YOU
TO UNDERSTAND IT RIGHT NOW,

BUT EVERYTHING'S
GOING TO TURN OUT ALL RIGHT

FROM NOW ON.

YOU PROMISE?

OH, I DEFINITELY PROMISE.

OH, LOOK...

COME HERE, YOU TWO.

NOW, LISTEN,

I WANT YOU TO
LOOK AFTER THINGS

FOR ME HERE,

BECAUSE
YOU NEVER KNOW

WHEN I MIGHT
DROP IN AGAIN.

JUDD! JASON!

IS YOUR DAD CALLING YOU?

WE'RE HERE, DAD!
OVER HERE!

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS?

WE'RE OVER HERE!

WHERE'S MY ANGELS...

COME HERE!

OH, YOU GUYS WERE SO GOOD.

YOU GUYS DID REALLY,
REALLY WELL.

I WAS
SO PROUD OF YOU.

YOU TWO
WERE AMAZING.

WHERE'S
MRS. MIRACLE?

WHAT?

WHAT'S SO FUNNY?

YOU CALLED HER
MRS. MIRACLE.

WELL, THAT'S HER NAME,
ISN'T IT?

THERE SHE IS.

OH...

I WONDER WHERE
SHE'S GOING.

I DON'T KNOW.

♪ SILENT NIGHT

♪ HOLY NIGHT

LET'S GO HOME.

♪ ALL IS CALM

♪ ALL IS BRIGHT