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'Twas The Flight Before Christmas

Season 5, Ep 12, Aired 12/12/95
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  • Episode Description
  • On Christmas Eve, Tim and Al get stuck at the airport on the way to Binford's winter festival. Ilene makes Al choose between her and his mother. Tim and the boys beat Doc Johnson in the Christmas lighting contest.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tim Allen

    Tim Taylor

  • Patricia Richardson

    Jill Taylor

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    Randall William Taylor (Seasons 1-7)

  • Earl Hindman


  • Taran Noah Smith

    Mark Taylor

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Christmas Review #74

    By tigerdude22, Dec 30, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Tim: Alright, great news guys. This year, you're gonna help me beat Doc Johnson in the lighting contest. Mark: Aw. Randy: Cool. Mark: I can't believe you're gonna let us help this year. Tim: Well, you've earned it. You're a year older, more mature, more responsible. Randy: And since you're going out of town, you have no choice. Tim: Hey, hey, hey. What have I always taught you? What Christmas is all about? Randy: Beating the pants off an 80 year old proctologist in a lighting contest. Tim: That's the spirit.

    • Tim: Well, looks like we're gonna make it home in time for Christmas, Al. Al: The only problem is I still don't know what to do about Ilene and my mother. How can I choose between the woman who means more to me than anything, and my girlfriend? (Tim looks away in exasperation)

    • (Tim and Jill are talking on the phone) Jill: You're gonna miss Christmas Eve. Tim: I have never missed a Christmas Eve with you, and tonight's not gonna be the night. No matter what it takes, I'm getting home. Jill: Well I hope so, 'cause the boys are gonna be really disappointed when I tell them. Wait, hold on a second. (Brad, Randy and Mark enter from the backyard) Jill: Guys, it's your father. He's stranded in the middle of nowhere. He may not make it back tonight. Brad, Randy and Mark: Alright! Cool! Yeah! Jill: Wait a second! You don't want to see your father on Christmas Eve? Brad: It's not that. We just want to do the lighting contest by ourselves. Tim: (from the phone) What's going on? Jill: The boys are crushed. I'm trying to comfort them.

    • (As the plane gets ready to land in Detroit) Tim: If he lands there, he's gonna land right on the manger. (pause) Hey, what's a clown doing next to Baby Jesus?

    • Al: On the other hand, she's my mother. On the other hand, Ilene could be the mother of my children. On the other hand . . . Tim: Al, that's like eight hands. Why don't you take one of them and slap yourself?

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    Trivia (2)

    • Ilene states that Al is 37 years old in this episode, but several episodes later (in the season finale), Al is depressed about his upcoming 37th birthday.

    • Outtakes: Tim and Al ask if they'll have to sleep at the airport. The clerk says, "I'm afraid not," and points to a "No Loitering" sign. Crew members are visibly walking around outside the "airplane." Tim notices this and tells the pilot he's flying too low. The clerk asks Tim and Al if they want to buy flight insurance, they say no, and he says, "Okay, but if the plane crashes, you'll be sorry."

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: "Twas the Flight Before Christmas" The title is a reference to a line from the Christmas story The Night Before Christmas. The earlier episode title "Twas the Blight Before Christmas" was also inspired by this line.

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