Season 3 Episode 9

Christmas Joy

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 2008 on USA



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland – January 25, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic – June 5, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia – December 6, 2011 on Markiza

    • Featured Music:
      "Santa Baby" by The Pussycat Dolls

    • Keith David has taken over the role of Bill Guster (Gus's dad) in this episode. The role was previously played by Ernie Hudson in "Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy!"

    • Solvang is an incorporated city with its own police department, contracted through the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department. Anyone arrested in Solvang would be processed in the city or county facility, not transported some 45 minutes away to Santa Barbara.

  • Allusions

    • Shawn's little dance when he first thinks he has saved Christmas by getting "Santa" released from prison references Snoopy's dance from the animated Charlie Brown's Christmas which is based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.

    • Shawn: Feels like a slap in the face. Not a Rhett Butler slap, Ike Turner slap.

      Referencing first Rhett Butler, the major male character in the book Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and the movie by the same name. The second references Ike Turner, the late ex-husband of rock singer Tina Turner. While the slapping going on in the first case was indeed mere slaps, in the second case the "slaps" were actual severe beatings thus emphasizing Shawn's scale of feeling mocked.

    • Juliet: (about Moncrief Johnson) See, I knew I had heard that name before but I thought it was the black quarterback that replaced Woody Harrelson in Wildcats.

      Wildcats is the 1986 Michael Ritchie film starring Goldie Hawn. It's about a female high school track coach whose dream to coach high school football comes true. Strangely, the character Julie references is "Levander 'Bird' Williams" played by Mykel T. Williams; not even close to Moncrief Johnson.