October Road

Season 2 Episode 4

Deck the Howls

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Aired Unknown Dec 10, 2007 on ABC
9.2
out of 10
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Nick is surprised when his father refuses to do the Christmas festivities in the house, and he decides to find a way to learn why. Physical Phil continues his tradition of pretending to be an architect when his parents come for a visit, which irritates his girlfriend. Eddie freaks out when Janet gives him a very personal Christmas gift. Owen and Alison end up in bed, but their happiness as a couple is soon put to a test.

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  • 204

    8.0
    An overrated episode of October Road, all things considered. A holiday episode, a rather weak one at that, we haven't gotten any substantial development since episode 2, and I'm just worried October Road might fall in to a slump soon. The thing that has been focused greatly this season is the Owen/Alison/Ikey triangle, but that's pretty much it. My favorite story line was definitely Phil's.



    We got some powerful scenes between Phil and his parents and some strange interactions between Eddie and Pizza Girl. Janet getting Eddie a wolf was kind of funny but I wish they continued to add to that story line. The mother development was good, definitely dramatic, but not that amazing. The Hannah & Nick development was also just good, but not great.



    Hopefully we get some substantial development soon, and get Odette Yustman back on screen, what's with her leaving again in the beginning of the episode? Hopefully she'll be back to report on whether it snowed in California. Great episode, but not October Road's best.moreless
  • Nick and Ronnie learn a secret about their mom's death. Physical Phil tells his parents the truth; that he is a shut in. Janet and Eddie get into a small argument over a christmas gift. Owen and Alison take a step towards reconciliation.moreless

    10
    First of all the Janet and Eddie wolf debachle was great. I laughed so hard at the, you got me a wolf, I got you a wolf, you got me a wolf scene. I think it was cute what Janet ended up giving him, and that Eddie took the time to find out her middle name for her bracelet he got her. Great scenes between them and I think we can all relate to having given the wrong gift to someone, maybe not that extreme, but still. I loved how Physical Phil stood up for Pizza Girl when his parents, especially his father, were making fun of her. I think it was great how he finally told them the truth, because he no longer wanted to make them proud, but he wanted to make Pizza Girl. He also called her his girlfriend for the first time in this episode, so cute. Last we come to the Garretts, my favorite family. I felt so bad that Nick and Ronnie had to find out that their mom knew she was going to die and didn't tell them. I can understand why the Commander and his wife would not have told the boys, but I can also understand them being upset about it. I love how Nick ran into Hannah while he was out walking off his anger and sadness. The love is obviously there between the two of them and I wanted them to kiss under that mistletoe so bad. I love how Hannah said the one thing to make Nick feel better, just like his mother used to do for his father. I felt really bad for Owen, that misinterpreted what was going on when Alison got out of Ikey's truck. He looked so sad, since he thought things were getting better between them. Such a great christmas episode. Can't wait to see more October Road!moreless
  • Enjoyable.

    8.0
    Well Christmas was very eventful for the residences of North Ridge. They encounter a lot of pain, a lot of disappointments, a lot of truth and especially, a lot of joy.



    Nick is determined to uncover the secrets that his family hides about the Christmas season. Edie and Janet get even closer than before (I really like that since these two are in my opinion, ironically, the perfect match). Pizza Girl helps Physical Phil come out of his closet (no, Phil isn't gay Just when Owen thinks everything is going well, it isn't. Hannah prepares a very beautiful Christmas Eve dinner that no one will be able to appreciate.moreless
  • Review

    8.7
    It was good, but for a show like this I really don't look for a standalone episode format type. We skipped about a month in between last epsiode and this episode so we could go from Thanksgiving to Christmas. This show is abou building relationships and it doesnt feel right to skip so much time and not have it mean anything. Physical Phil and Pizza girls scenes were solid, with Phil finnaly revealing himself to his parents. I really have gotten attached to Eddie since Season 2 began. He seems to be one of the guys that just changed so much since hes been back, I really like watching his storyline devolop. Then you have Hannahs christmas that feel apart, along with Nicks which we all would have thought would have brought them together. but I think the writers did the right thing about not showing them there. As far as Ikey giving the girl a ride home and having him then go and sit outside for Christmas Eve - only part I didnt like. Episode high some high points, but felt very slow moving.moreless
  • A great eppisode!

    9.0
    I really liked this eepy. I thought it was great! (Maybe I'm a sucker for Holiday episodes?) I loved when Janet accidently gave Eddie a wolf for Christmas. It was a great axample of how all of us can, and do mess up...even when we have the best intentions. One thing I didn't like was when Owen saw Alison get out of Ikey's truck. It was very obvious this was going to happen as soon as Alison agreed to get in Ikey's truck. I kinda just want Owen & Alison to work everything out. But what kind of drama would that be? Oh well...It was also good that Nick is moving on. Don't get me wrong, I like Nick & Hannah together, but it's good that he is not moping...That would make him look like a sissy. All in all, this was a very good episode!moreless
Bryan Greenberg

Bryan Greenberg

Nick Garrett

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon

Hannah Daniels

Geoff Stults

Geoff Stults

Eddie Latekka

Brad William Henke

Brad William Henke

Owen Rowan

Jay Paulson

Jay Paulson

Phillip 'Physical Phil' Farmer

Tom Berenger

Tom Berenger

Bob 'The Commander' Garrett

David Clennon

David Clennon

Randall Farmer

Guest Star

Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

Lynn Farmer

Guest Star

Jonathan Kehoe

Jonathan Kehoe

Drunken Caroler

Guest Star

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Ronnie Garrett

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Bogush

Elizabeth Bogush

Alison Rowan

Recurring Role

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