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Season 1 Episode 12

All I Want for Christmas

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2002 on ABC
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All I Want for Christmas
Paul discovers that he has his work cut out for him for the holidays when he tries to find perfect gifts for the family to make up for last year's Christmas fiasco. Kerry also finds a stray dog during the holidays. Meanwhile, Cate is overjoyed when she is asked to sing a solo at the church's midnight service, but fears that seeing her family there will make her nervous.moreless

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  • A special christmas episode that was great!

    This was a great christmas special, it had many good things about it.


    1) In the end, there was a message about helping save animals from the animal shelter. I liked that.

    2) I also liked the whole Kerry/shelter idea, even if she had to miss christmas eve with her family.

    3) The whole Kyle/Bridget present thing was just spectacular!

    4) I liked how Kerry really wanted this one dog she found.

    5) It was very funny!


    1) Well, i wasn't a huge fan of the whole Cate/singing thing.

    2) It was pretty strange how even though Paul agrees to let Kerry keep the dog, it isn't mentioned again or seen again in the series.

    Overall, i look forward to seeing it again at Christmas.moreless
John Ritter

John Ritter

Paul Hennessy (seasons 1-2)

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Cate Egan Hennessy

Martin Spanjers

Martin Spanjers

Rory Hennessy

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Bridget Hennessy

Amy Davidson (I)

Amy Davidson (I)

Kerry Hennessy

Randy Crenshaw

Randy Crenshaw

back-up singer

Guest Star

Lani Groves

Lani Groves

back-up singer

Guest Star

Jim Gilstrap

Jim Gilstrap

back-up singer

Guest Star

Artie Lee Anderson

Artie Lee Anderson


Recurring Role

Billy Aaron Brown

Billy Aaron Brown


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Paul gives Kerry the stray dog she wanted for Christmas. However, this dog does not show up in any of the following episodes.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Bridget leaves to buy Kyle a Christmas present)
      Paul: Don't buy anything you have to rub on him sweetie.

    • Bridget: Nice sad face.
      Kerry: Thanks it's new!

    • (While at the mall)
      Paul: Would you keep up?
      Bridget: I don't want anyone thinking we're together!
      Paul: Oh god forbid, they'll think were a family. Come on! Kerry's not gonna be with us on Christmas Eve, fine, we'll go be with her.
      Bridget: Okay fine, I'll keep it three steps behind you, only because it's Christmas!

    • Rory: (at church) This isn't the home of the Big Boy.
      Paul: In a way it is.

    • Paul: We're going to hear your mother sing a solo.
      Cate: Oh.
      Paul: Oh what, honey?
      Cate: Well I just realized I'm going to be singing in front of you guys and what if I screw up? I don't want to screw up in front of you.
      Paul: Oh babe, you won't even notice us. There are going to be a couple hundred people in the church.
      Cate: Oh.
      Paul: Don't look at it like you're singing for a church full of people. You're singing for God.
      Cate: Oh. You guys can't come.

    • Bridget: I have plans with Kyle.
      Paul: And I've got numbness in my extremities.
      Bridget: Dad, ewww!

    • Rory: Christmas Eve should be like the very first Christmas. Cavemen sitting around a tree with Jesus opening presents.

    • Kerry: Feel good about yourself, Dad?
      Paul: I'm guessing no.

    • Cate: Kids, come with me to go look for your father.
      Rory: Dad's not our father.
      Bridget: I knew it.
      Kerry: Told you.
      Cate: A gift for your father, smart guys.

    • Rory: Dad, can I get a--
      Paul: No motorcycle. No monkey. No monkey riding a motorcycle.

    • Cate: (about all the pets the Hennessey's had) There must be a dozen popsicle stick crosses out behind the garage. It's like a tiny little Normandy.

    • Cate: When was the last time that dog ate?
      Paul: If you count tinsel, about five minutes ago.

    • Paul: It's like that James Stewart movie where he gets hit on the head and he wakes up in Potterville in a bar with drunks and hookers and he realizes he has more friends than anybody.
      Cate: It's a Wonderful Life.
      Rory: Sounds like it.

    • Bridget: Daddy, can I have a party here on Christmas Eve?
      Paul: Astonishing, no.
      Bridget: You're right. Just Kyle then.
      Paul: No.
      Bridget: You just said no to the party. Meet me half way here. What kind of life lessons are you teaching me?

    • Rory: Dad, now I know what I really want – a chemistry set. Think of the explosions… of knowledge in my brain!

    • Paul: Merry Christmas. Enjoy your pre-owned dog.

    • Bridget: Daddy, are you sure you don't need any help? Kyle's great at undoing knots.
      Rory: (fast) And hooks and buttons and snaps.

    • Rory: Yah, well Santa can kiss my-
      Paul: Hey!

    • Bridget: Kyle, help me look for your present
      Kyle: I AM your present!

    • Rory: Hey everybody it's snowing!
      Paul: Wow really?
      Rory: Nah I'm just kiddin'.

    • (After Kerry gets the puppy)
      Kerry: Oh thank you, Daddy! I promise to feed him and bathe him and play with him.
      Bridget: (Refering to Kyle) Me too!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Jay Pelissier was nominated for the 2003 Excellence in Production Design Award for "Television - Episode of a Multi-Camera Television Series" for this episode.

    • The public-service announcement previously mentioned only applies to original US airings. That part has been cut out of international versions.

    • At the end of this episode, Kaley Cuoco & Amy Davidson do a public service announcement about adopting a pet from a shelter.

    • Tape Date: Friday, November 22, 2002.

    • Please note: This episode will repeat on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, at 1:00 p.m., ET (Noon PT) On a special ABC Christmas Daytime Sitcom Line-up from 1-4 p.m. ET and 12-2:30 p.m. PT on ABC.