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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 

Christmas Eve - and the one year anniversary of Nate and Brenda's meeting and Nathaniel Fisher's death - is approaching, and this year, the Fishers are requested by bikers to allow the ... See full summary »


Alan Taylor


Alan Ball (creator), Scott Buck




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Krause ... Nate Fisher
Michael C. Hall ... David Fisher
Frances Conroy ... Ruth Fisher
Lauren Ambrose ... Claire Fisher
Freddy Rodríguez ... Federico 'Rico' Diaz
Mathew St. Patrick ... Keith Charles
Rachel Griffiths ... Brenda Chenowith
Joanna Cassidy ... Margaret Chenowith
Richard Jenkins ... Nathaniel Fisher
Jeremy Sisto ... Billy Chenowith
Ed O'Ross ... Nikolai
Justina Machado ... Vanessa Diaz
Aysia Polk ... Taylor
Kellie Waymire ... Melissa
Rusty Schwimmer ... Marilyn Johnson


Christmas Eve - and the one year anniversary of Nate and Brenda's meeting and Nathaniel Fisher's death - is approaching, and this year, the Fishers are requested by bikers to allow the funeral home to be open on Christmas Day so they can have a party/memorial service for Jesse Ray Johnson, who was involved in a motorcycle accident on his way to his part-time job as a mall Santa while greeting some kids. The family (and Rico) each remember their last moments with Nathaniel and, in most cases, regret what they didn't do for him before he died. On Christmas Eve Brenda's mother invites Brenda and Nate over for dinner with a "special guest", who turns out to be Billy. Ruth prepares to take Claire to church with David out to visit Keith and Taylor, but they never make it when they enter Nikolai's shop to see it robbed and him shot in the legs with both now broken. Ruth decides, to the chagrin of the family, that he'll stay with them until he can walk, since he has no insurance. Nate is ... Written by

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21 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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Gary Busey auditioned for the role of Pete. See more »


In the beginning, the sports announcer claims that the player is down at the 15 yard line and it will be 1st and 10 to go. The player had caught the ball and fell at about the 7 yard line and won't be down until the opposing player touches him. At the least, it would be 1st and goal to go, not 1st and 10. See more »


Ruth Fisher: Well, when are you going to invite him? I need to know how many yams to buy.
Claire: Look - if he's coming, I'll tell him to bring his own yam.
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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Performed by Scott Hamilton
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Live Every Day As If You Might Die Tomorrow
17 October 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While driving his motorcycle for a temporary work as Santa Claus in a mall, the biker Jesse Ray Johnson waves to three children on the sidewalk and dies in a traffic accident. His beloved wife Marilyn Johnson and two friends of Jessie hire the best services of Fisher & Sons Funeral Home for the funeral, but under the condition of using the place for a party with their bikers' friends on the Christmas day. Rico is pressed by Vanessa and tells her the truth about Ramon, and later Vanessa discloses the secret to Ramon's wife Graciela. Ruth invites the whole family to have Christmas dinner together with their mates. Claire invites Toby; Nate and Brendan and David invites Keith and Taylor. Each member of the Fisher family recalls a moment with Nathaniel. Nikolai has two broken legs in a burglary to his store, and without health plan, is treated by Ruth. The unstable Brenda flirts with a man in a store, and later she tells Melissa. Brenda and Nate are invited to dinner with Margaret on the Christmas Eve, and surprisingly Billy is there, invited by his dysfunctional mother, affecting Brenda. Nate has a siege and finally tells Brenda about his AVM. Claire is corresponding through e-mails with Billy. Taylor's mother returns home.

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is a great episode of this second season. Nate has a lesson of life with the widow Marilyn Johnson. The intriguing and unstable Brenda now has to face Billy and her mother, and becomes aware of Nate's illness. The close destructive contacted of Claire with Billy is a question mark in the story, and the return of the addicted mother of Taylor in a moment where Keith is disturbed is also very intriguing. The consequences for Rico of the revelation of Vanessa to Graciela may also bring serious consequences. The beautiful pray of Keith is one of the best moments of this episode. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Época Mágica" ("A Magic Time")

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