Just before Christmas bad financial news arrives at Mattie's hangar, then Harm and Mattie run into resistance to the petition for a guardianship. Mattie's father reappears; the hearing becomes an emotional contest; Mac makes a surprise appearance on behalf of Harm; the court takes the matter under submission. Later Mac speaks with Mattie's father, and he agrees to take a course of treatment and to withdraw his objection to Harm's petition. The admiral's first gift for Meredith becomes destroyed, but PO Coates tries hard to make everything work out. Sturgis continues to deal with his own thinking, and he meets a new friend. Chaplain Turner preaches a Christmas sermon, then the gang returns to the HQ to watch a video feed of the USO show in Iraq. Mac takes Mattie to the Vietnam wall, and Mac gives some good news and some bad news.