Still Standing

Season 4 Episode 9

Still Avoiding Christmas

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, Judy talks about how this is their last Christmas together because next year, Brian will be off at college. However, colleges generally have December breaks that allow students to go home for college.

  • Quotes

    • Brian: Dad's eating our pizza.
      Lauren: How do you know?
      Brian: Well, he's making those creepy moans and that can only mean two things. And, uh, I don't hear mom saying, "hurry up," so it's gotta be the pizza.

    • Bill: I'm not sure I like you working all the way across town and not coming home until late.
      Lauren: I get to bring home leftover pies.
      Bill: Carry mace and don't wake me when you come in.

    • Judy: I've been to three stores and I still can't find Tina's crappy, overpriced 'Daisy Dumbass' doll.

    • Lauren: Becca's hanging out with her parents, too. What a loser: L-O-O-S-E-R.
      Brian: Okay, that spells 'looser,' which I guess also applies.

    • Judy: Three hours in the car, did you go to the bathroom?
      Tina: Yes, already, stop treating me like a baby.
      Judy: I was talking to your father.

    • Lauren: Brian's blowing his Christmas vacation on a job? Could he be any more lame?

    • Brian: Don't call our boss! You'll get us fired.
      Lauren: If I get blacklisted as a waitress, what kind of future will I have?
      Judy: I guess not much of one.
      Lauren: Thank you, I think.

    • Judy: Crap, I'm out of cinnamon dots. Think anyone will notice if these buttons are made of Advil?
      Linda: No, just tell them not to have more than one cookie every four hours.

    • Bill: I'm getting you a really special gift. I just need to know what you want, where to go, and some money.

    • Brian: I'm off to my caroling job. We're called the Fezziwigs. It's straight out of Dickens.
      Bill: It's not straight, and you're gonna get the dickens beat out of you.

    • Lauren: Can't dad help you?
      Judy: No, your father has a disability: he's lazy.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • When Brian pops back in the house to retrieve his cape and does more singing, Bill sighs, "God help us, every one," a play on Tiny Tim's "God bless us, every one" from A Christmas Carol.

    • The name of Brian's caroling group, The Fezziwigs, takes its name from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, where one of the ghosts who visits Scrooge is Fezziwig, who had apprenticed him.

    • After Brian tells the family about his carolling group named after a Charles Dickens work, Lauren refers to him as the "Nerdful Dodger". This is a reference to the Artful Dodger, a character from Dickens' Oliver Twist.

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