Here we see my father on an everyday afternoon drive
Well, it's Christmastime right now. M'Lord and M'Lady put the tree up a few nights ago and every radio station from hell has decided that they will make our ears bleed with every godawful Christmas song from "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (Nothing like a fatal hit and run to bring out the Christmas spirit) and "Last Christmas", perhaps the most awful Christmas song ever created. Dude, there's a reason she gave your heart away: YOUR SONG SUCKS ASS!!!
And of course, those timeless Christmas specials you see every December to remind you how cool it was when you were a kid. And also to remind you how crappy animation was back when my parents were kids, which for some reason, still holds up to this day.
Now on DVD, the timeless story of a beloved relative being murdered by a holiday icon on Christmas eve. Rated NC-17
But I keep thinking about Christmas themed episodes that we never got to see. As we all know, there are lots of scenes in movies and TV shows that are filmed but ultimately cut out. And in some cases there are episodes that are written and ready for production but they just never get around to filming. The outline/script is usually tossed aside never to be seen or heard from again unless WikiLeaks finds it or something.
However, thanks to my training with MI6, CIA, NSA, FBI, the League of Super-Ninjas from the year 8246 as well as a brief stint on the Enterprise-D, I've uncovered lost Christmas story outlines for classic shows you didn't even know existed. Let's take a look.
Yeah, Starfleet security really sucks when they lose to the floor
1. The Brady Bunch-A Very Mysterious Brady Christmas (Original intended air date: 12/14/73):
Boy, no one really liked Cousin Oliver. There were campaigns to write him out of the show however none went to the extreme lengths one writer took for this Christmas themed episode. The Brady family was to awaken Christmas morning, ready to open presents but quickly discover that Oliver is missing!
Moments later Carol Brady finds a note (Written in handwriting very similar to Bobby's) demanding a ransom of $118,000 to be delivered by Mike at a location which the kidnappers would later reveal. They were also warned that if they involved the police that Cousin Oliver would be killed. So naturally the Brady family drew straws and of all people, Alice won the opportunity to possibly put Oliver in jeopardy.
However once the police arrived, the officers in question asked the Brady family if any of their dumb asses bothered to look for Oliver's unlikable ass. Oliver would later be found by Greg, bound and gagged in the family's wine cellar. When questioned about what happened, Oliver would simply look at Bobby and say he couldn't remember. The episode ends with a nice turkey dinner which the police are invited to.
The episode was scrapped because it seemed too dark for a Christmas episode and the producers thought that it would be wrong to tease the audience with the hope of being rid of Oliver.
How could anyone want to harm this face?
2. Two and a Half Men-God Damn Us, Everyone (Original intended air date: 12/15/10):
Yes, the episode would have aired today, believe it or not. It lay in production hell but was found in early December of last year. Having already filmed the remaining episodes of 2009, the crew decided to put it on hold until next year.
The episode involved Charlie, Alan and Jake decide to get away for the holidays and spend Christmas at a nice resort in Colorado. However things go awry when Alan annoys Charlie to the point where he grabs a knife and threatens to kill his brother and nephew on Christmas day. Jake makes a frantic call to 911 and the police are later called and Charlie is arrested.
This episode never saw the light of day simply because the producers thought it would be art imitating life and that there was only so much of his sordid behaviour that Charlie was willing to poke fun at. That and there were no jokes unless you can find humour in Charlie Sheen threatening to kill family members on Christmas day...which I can.
"Come on, damn it, it's called METHOD ACTING!!!"
3. Full House-Aren't Jew Glad It's Christmas? (Original intended air date: 12/20/94):
Yes, even the worst TV show of all time had a Christmas episode that went unaired. When little Michelle tanner discovers that one of her classmates is Jewish, she learns about Hanukkah and the eight days of celebration.
Michelle, being the hell-spawn that she is, takes this to mean that if her family converted to Judaism, she could get more presents. Thus she spends the rest of the episode dressed as a hasidic, refusing to eat pork and constantly saying "Oy vey", in the hopes that the rest of her family will convert.
However, once her family finds out what she's up to, they quickly explain to her that the holidays are not about presents, but about family and that the love and togetherness you get from them is greater than any present.
Michelle lets her family know that she has learned her lesson but just to make sure she does, the Tanner family give all her presents away. The episode ends with the family eating a Christmas turkey...except Michelle, who is punished with a nice cold pig's foot.
The episode was seconds away from getting the greenlight until the writer of the episode decided that it would be funnier if he included a subplot where Uncle Joey's puppet, Mr. Woodchuck, revealed himself to be anti-Semetic. Naturally, this killed the episode.
"Me in a yarmulke? How RUDE!!!"