Season 2 Episode 13

ALF's Special Christmas (2)

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 1987 on NBC
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ALF's Special Christmas (2)
ALF tries to escape from the hospital but ends up stuck in an elevator with a woman in labor. After helping the woman to give birth, ALF pretends to be a toy and the cabin owner puts him back in the trunk and they drive away. When the cabin owner is about to jump off a bridge, ALF disguises himself as Santa and convinces the cabin owner to drive back to the cabin, where ALF is reunited with the Tanners.moreless

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  • Great one

    We get to learn about Willies childhood christmases, Alf almost gets mistaken for a toy, and reveals himself to a dying girl. Awsomely tributed to a girl who was dying back at the time. touchy.
  • One of the finest Christmas episodes to ever air. It has Alf humor, but also moving scenes that will leave you choked up. The scene in which Alf comforts a terminally ill girl who is afraid of death makes this episode Emmy-worthy. Don't miss this one.moreless

    This episode took the ALF series to another level. On the Season 2 DVD, this is shown as one episode and captures the feel of a true Christmas Special. The first 15 minutes of the full-length episode finds Alf up to his usual antics, opening everyone's Christmas gifts, singing a song about cooking cats, as well as his traditional wisecracks. When Alf ends up at a hospital, being mistaken for a toy, the episode truly becomes special. Alf befriends a terminally ill girl and delivers, perhaps, his most heartfelt moments of the entire series. The acting of the girl's doctor, the amazing Cleavon Little who plays both a handyman and Santa, and the sick girl herself, are brilliant. Alf's teary-eyed departure after he and the girl voice their love for one another, as well as his comforting words when she shares her fear of death, makes one wonder how this episode could not have won an Emmy. Add Alf's discussion with Cleavon Little as Little is about to jump from the bridge (ala "It's a Wonderful Life"), and you have a true classic Christmas episode. There is also some great comic relief when Alf, posing as a doctor, helps a woman deliver a baby in a jammed elevator. Don't miss this one if it appears in syndication. It's one the finest Christmas episodes ever aired.moreless
Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Raquel Ochmonek

Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco

Gordon "ALF" Shumway [Voice/Puppeteer]

Andrea Elson

Andrea Elson

Lynn Tanner

Benji Gregory

Benji Gregory

Brian Tanner

John LaMotta

John LaMotta

Trevor Ochmonek

Anne Schedeen

Anne Schedeen

Katherine Daphne "Kate" Halligan Tanner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There is a continuity error when ALF tells Denise that he doesn't know where babies come from, and the reason being, he was never married. Earlier, in "Wedding Bell Blues" ALF explains that on Melmack, babies were born before marriage, and that it was a disgrace to be born into wedlock.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • ALF: (impersonating a doctor, and not sure what to do) First of all, where do babies come from?
      Denise: How can a doctor not know where babies come from?
      ALF: I'm not married.

    • ALF: (pretending to be a doctor) So...what seems to be the problem?
      Denise: The problem?! I'm going to have a baby!
      ALF: A baby? (not sure what to do next) Um...did you get a second opinion?

  • NOTES (1)


    • ALF says that he's "debating William Buckley" when he argues with George Foley. William F. Buckley was a political commentator and journalist and the host of the television show Firing Line for 33 years. Buckley was considered one of the greatest intellectual minds of the conservative movement; he died on February 27, 2008.