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Season 1 Episode 16

Staff Christmas Party, 1981

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Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Dec 18, 1981 on NBC
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Staff Christmas Party, 1981
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Nearly every possible recurring character attends a huge SCTV staff Yuletide celebration, and very unique things happen while they mingle and party; Bob and Doug McKenzie exchange cigarettes as presents; Mayor Tommy Shanks talks about Christmas shopping with his wife; Neil Simon and his wife, Marsha "Pamela" Mason appear onMaudlin todiscuss Simon's new Christmas special: an adaptation of the classic musical about a writer played by Judd Hirsch going to a hotel with his wife (played by Marsha) and encountering a crazed Richard Dreyfuss and a nutcracker prince played by Alan Alda; Johnny LaRue finds no one on the street and the shops closed, eventually being abandoned by his crew and giving a drunken monologue about the crane shots in his films; in a "sexy" special, Dusty Towne introduces her new television show.

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      • Aside from Neil Madison and his wife, also checking into the hotel in "Neil Simon's Nutcracker Suite" are SCTV producers Bernard Sahlins and Andrew Alexander (or actors using their names).

      • There is a promo for the upcoming "Teacher's Pet" although here it is called "To Boomtown With Love". This is a reference not only to the upcoming guest stars The Boomtown Rats, but also to the movie "To Sir With Love".

      • The credits for "Neil Simon's Nutcracker Suite" spells everyone's names correctly with the exception of Michael Caine (spelt "Michael Cain").

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Playing himself in "Neil Simon's Nutcracker Suite", Richard Dreyfuss reproduces moments from all of his major movie performances to that time. In order of appearance they are "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "The Goodbye Girl" (the performance that won him an Academy Award) and "Jaws".

      • Early at the staff party Edith Pricklyand Lola Heatherton gush about a movie where Fred Astaire steals Bing Crosby's girlfriend. The movie they are talking about is "Holiday Inn", the 1942 movie that introduced the song "White Christmas". At the end of the party Lola serenades everyone with a rendition of the song in front of a chroma-key screen. The image of Bing whistling is also from "Holiday Inn".

      • Characters: The Sugarplum Fairy & The Snowflake King

        These are actual characters from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite", but as written by Neil Simon they emulate Michael Caine's and Maggie Smith's performances as the bickering English acting couple from "California Suite" (incidentally this was a performance that won Maggie Smith an Academy Award.

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