X-Men

Season 4 Episode 12

Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Dec 23, 1995 on FOX
8.1
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Jubilee's first Christmas with the X-Men doesn't go exactly as she expected, when she, Storm, and Wolverine become involved with a mission to save the Morlock child known as Leech.

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  • LOL, LOL, LOL.

    10
    LOL, LOL, LOL, If There ever was a Cartoon Character edition of Hell's Kitchen, Then Jean and Gambit would be in it.
  • I love Christmas episodes.

    8.5
    It's that time of year again, and things are going a little more bizarre at mansion. Jean and Gambit are making the christmas dinner, while Jubilee, Storm, and Wolverine, go shopping. Though it becomes a matter of life and death as morlocks come in crashing joyriding an ambulance. It seems that Leech is severely sick, and only Wolverine can help him. He transfuses his blood in Leech's, and he's cured! The X-Men decide to spend Christmas eve with the morlocks afterwards.



    Maybe it would have been more emotional and engaging if I was watching this during christmas or the christmas break. Oh well, it was still a good watch. Quite emotional, though to me, it was the small things that made it emotional. The morlock tree and how poor it looked really cringed my heart, and how Leech was refused help at the hospital did the same. Jubilee did a great job of topping it all off by giving her presents to the morlock children.moreless
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann

Rogue

Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

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  • TRIVIA (22)

    • When Jubilee puts the star on the Christmas tree, it appears to be designed after a Jewish Star of David.

    • Beast and Rogue are the only X-Men to wear their standard costumes in this episode (Jubilee sports her "thermal outfit" from "Red Dawn", though).

    • Morlocks featured: Callisto, Ape, Annalee, Leech, Sunder, Glowworm, Scaleface, Erg, Masque, Tommy, Tarbaby, Plague, and the show-exclusive girl known as Mariana.

    • Storm's leadership of the Morlocks is finally ended, having begun in "Captive Hearts".

    • Jubilee is the first X-Man on the series to call Wolverine by his common nickname of "Wolvie."

    • The episode ends with the words "Merry Christmas from all the X-Men!" in green across the screen.

    • Cyclops touches his left breast when contacting the others. Except he's not wearing his commlink badge at the time, but a regular sweater!

    • Immediately following the saleslady confrontation, and once the trio of X-Men walk off, the people in the background suddenly freeze in their tracks.

    • The yellow ribbons on the boxes Jubilee carries in the store repeatedly lose their coloring.

    • Wolverine unlaces his skates alongside Jubilee, while still on the ice, yet they're still laced when he picks her up to skate over to the ambulance.

    • Annalee's mouth doesn't move to the words when saying "we didn't know what else to do".

    • While walking toward the camera in the sewer, Ape's flipper-hands turn from flesh-tone to green.

    • When Storm says to let Callisto speak, Callisto's undershirt is colored the same as her vest.

    • When Storm says there must be something they can do, Mariana's dress is an orange color, instead of the usual brown. Similarly, her position in Jubilee's arms changes between that shot and the next.

    • While Ape is checking the supplies for a transfusion kit, Storm's foot steps onto a blue canister, before suddenly slipping back behind it.

    • Rogue is wearing her costume before being called into action by Storm, despite having no reason to change out of her civilian clothes prior.

    • Plague, who was transformed into the Horseman of Apocalypse known as Pestilence in "The Cure", is back among the Morlocks, looking no different than she did pre-transformation.

    • Cyclops, Xavier, and Leech's upper lips are white in the "how can we help?" scene section, as if the colorists thought they were showing their teeth.

    • Leech is wearing hardly nothing through most of the show, to make him more comfortable. But from the transfusion scene onward, he's in his usual attire. Kind of hopeful for them to dress the sick kid up when they're unsure if it'll even work.

    • The size and shape of the boxes Jubilee had been carrying varies between scenes (compare when she's holding them in the mall to the giant square-shaped way they appear when being opened at the end). Similarly, the amount of boxes seem to increase in the tunnel.

    • Rogue's pockets on her shirt are colored yellow in the first few shots, then not colored at all the rest of the episode.

    • Jubilee claims this is her first Christmas as an X-Man. Unless this episode takes place before some of the previous ones, or she spent previous Christmases with her foster parents, this claim seems contradictary (as season 2's premiere even claims "The Final Decision" was "last year").

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Gambit: What do you mean 'not eating'?! Gambit has spent DAYS on this meal! My oyster loaf... my daube glace...
      Jean Grey: We could warm it up tomorrow!
      Gambit: Warm it up?! You do NOT warm up such a meal. Gambit does NOT make TV dinner.

    • Wolverine: What's a fella have to do to get a glass of orange juice and cookie around here?

    • Beast: (Leech screams upon waking up and seeing him staring down) It would appear that my face is not the world's most reassuring!

    • Jubilee: Come on, Wolverine. It's Christmas Eve! Have a little fun!
      Wolverine: (backed up against a fence by a pair of passing ice-skaters) You don't wanna know what I'd find "fun" right now.

    • Gambit: Gambit just tryin' tuh help!
      Jean Grey: The day that I need YOUR help in the kitchen is the day that I stop cooking!

    • Wolverine: Christmas Eve shopping? You're crazy!
      Jubilee: (pouting, in a babyish voice) Please, Wolvie? For me?
      Wolverine: Aw, kid, turn it off. I'd do better tryin' to fight Sabretooth.

    • Wolverine: (to Jubilee) Kid, the day you catch me singing "Jingle Bells", is the day pigs fly.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Though Marianna is an original character to this series, she's apparently based on a Marvel Universe, non-Morlock character named Marinna Smallwood, who was married to the Sub-Mariner for a while, and spent stints on the super-hero teams Alpha Flight and the Avengers were she was killed after mutating into a giant sea creature.

    • Episode director/producer Larry Houston is not credited (he'd left the show by the time this aired, and either denied being credited for it, was denied for it by those in charge, or was just accidentally left off).

    • Animation Company: SEM Animation.

    • Original broadcast end-credits-scene: "Courage".; Morph bids goodbye to his teammates, not feeling he's ready to rejoin them.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • title: Have Yourself A Morlock Little X-Mas
      A play on words, referencing the song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

    • Rogue, Jubilee, and Cyclops: Deck The Halls
      The song Rogue, Jubilee, and Cyclops sing (the latter of which poorly), is the traditional Christmas song, 'Deck the Halls.'

    • Jubilee: You can sing the guy's part on "Jingle Bells"!
      The song you'll hear Wolverine singing whenever pigs gain the ability to fly, is the classic Christmas tune, "Jingle Bells."

    • Beast: 'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; A Christmas gambol oft could cheer; the poor man's heart through half the year.
      Beast's Yuletide quote comes from Sir Walter Scott, and his 1808 poem "Marmion".

    • Visual: Rockefeller Center
      The ice-skating scene takes place in the famous area of New York known as "Rockefeller Center", which is best known for its Christmas decorations.

    • Beast: Welcome back to the world of the living, like dutiful Aeneas leading his people to Rome.
      Aeneas is the Trojan hero, who, according to the legend in the book "The Aeneid", founded Rome.

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