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Season 3 Episode 13

Merry Gasmas

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 12, 2005 on CTV
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Merry Gasmas
Emma plans to have a traditional Christmas, but finds that her idea of "traditional" is in conflict with Brent's fond childhood memories of Christmases past; Lacey decides to return to Toronto to visit her family, but bad weather sends her in the wrong direction. She eventually realizes that "home" isn't where she thought it was. Hank tries to help a less fortunate family, and learns that the needy don't always need the attention; meanwhile, Wanda has her own needs: she has to get this year's hot toy for her son, or suffer the consequences.moreless

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Dan Redican

Dan Redican

Regina Airport Clerk

Guest Star

Gavin Crawford

Gavin Crawford

Calgary Airport Clerk

Guest Star

Roman Danylo

Roman Danylo

Dr. Bill Henderson

Guest Star

Shannon Jardine

Shannon Jardine

Edmonton Official

Recurring Role

Josh Strait

Josh Strait

Ruby Cook/Busboy (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Wanda: Hey, wanna see what I got my kid for Christmas?
      Brent: Is it something hard he can throw at my head?
      (Wanda holds up the Chew-Bot)
      Brent: Oh, good, it looks hard and pointy.

      Brent asked if the toy was something hard that Tanner could throw at his head because Brent baby-sat for her son in the season one episode Oh Baby and Tanner kept throwing toy cars at his and Lacey's heads.

    • Karen says, while walking across the street with Davis, "I love Monday Christmases." This episode was originally broadcast in 2005, when Christmas was on a Sunday.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Oscar tries to bring in the Christmas tree)
      Emma: The needles will break! The lamp's gonna break!
      Oscar: I'm taking a break.
      (Oscar drops the tree on the floor and sits down)
      Emma: You can't just leave it on the floor.
      Oscar: It'll be easier to decorate down there.

    • (Brent and Hank point to things in the Sears Wishbook)
      Brent: Santa's gonna bring me . . . a power drill. All right Santa!
      Hank: Santa's gonna bring me . . . a Boston Bruins scarf? I like the Canucks! Way to know my team, Santa!

    • Hank: Hey, have you guys ever thought about giving to the less fortunate?
      Karen: We're not lending you money.
      Hank: No, no. I was thinking we could all get together and raise money for a family in need.
      Karen: We're not lending your family money, Hank.

    • (watching Brent and Hank point out things in the catalogue)
      Lacey: What are they doing?
      Wanda: They're picking out what Santa's going to bring them. They've been doing this since they were six, and since that's where they emotionally peaked, it kind of stuck.

    • Brent: Nothing beats being with family for the holidays.
      Lacey: Yeah.
      Brent: Take me with you...

    • Brent: Oh cool, the head comes off!
      Wanda: The head came off!
      Brent: Oh, the head's not supposed to come off?
      Wanda: No, no, no, no!
      Brent: Well, they don't build robot-goats like they used to.

    • Wanda: Yeah, yeah, rub it in, I didn't find the right toy and now my kid's gonna hate me. I'm a bad mother, all right?
      Hank: Hey, hey, I'm not trying to start a fight; you say you're a bad mother, that's good enough for me!

    • Emma: Before artificial trees, the tradition was non-artificial trees.
      Oscar: We called 'em ...trees.

    • Oscar: I'm just glad I'm not the one wrecking Christmas.
      Emma: Give it time.

    • Oscar: Is it just me, or is your mother wrecking Christmas?
      Brent: No, it's just you.

    • Lacey: All that strange stuff and weird people reminded me that this is home.

    • Brent: That's a good idea; it warms the cockles of my heart.
      Hank: What is a cockle?
      Brent: It's a thing... in your heart... normally cold.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although Reed O'Neill is credited with playing the part of "Young Oscar", in fact, the part that he played in this episode was "Young Hank".

    • This episode had an average viewership of 2.2 million viewers, beating all competition in its time slot.

    • This is the first time Christmas is celebrated on the show; the opening credits have Christmas bells added to the music in honour of the season.


    • Wanda: God bless us, everyone!

      This is a well-known line from Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim says it as the Cratchit family has a toast during Christmas dinner. Wanda, however, says it ironically as Brent and Hank fight over the tree.

    • Hank: It'll be just like when Frosty got his nose and he was able to lead the sleigh.

      In true Hank-fashion, Hank has confused a few Christmas specials. Frosty is the star of Frosty The Snowman (1969), the story of the snowman who came to life. Rudolph is the one who got his nose and led the sleigh in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964).

    • Emma: Christmas predates colour television, you know.
      Brent: I know, it goes all the way back to Jimmy Stewart.

      Jimmy Stewart (1908 - 1997) was an actor, and the star of the Frank Capra Christmas favourite, the black & white movie, It's A Wonderful Life (1946).

    • Lacey: Maybe Thomas Wolfe was right; you can never go home again.
      Brent: Who's that, some guy at the airport?

      Thomas Wolfe (1900 - 1938) was an American author, and published Look Homeward, Angel in 1929, from which comes the sentiment that "you can never go home again."