Commercialism has run rampant and the spirit of Christmas lost in floating malls that make debt slaves out of their employees. One of these slaves, Carol, abandons her baby in Arturo’s arms to spare him a life on indentured servitude. Arturo will not stand for it, and pledges to reunite the boy with his mother, even if it means dressing up like Santa Claus. Wade deals with her own family reunion when she discovers her father and sister working in the mall. Her sister Kelley is the right hand woman to the mall’s director, a cheat who uses subliminal advertising to increase sales. Wade and Quinn crack the computer code and convince Kelley Wade is the sister she lost when she was just a child. Arturo and Rembrandt teach some children the true meaning of Christmas, Quinn punches the bad guy in the face, and a Merry Christmas is had by all.
Whatever you do, don’t smile at the locals — they’ll want you to bear their children.
Just when you think the Christmas consumer frenzy was bad, you end up here. Huge open malls that contain schools, lodging and everything a person could need to subsist are big business and a social ill. This gives “just another day at the mall” a whole new meaning.
“Christmas is a time for miracles — miracles and faith.”
Consumerism on Mall World has led to corporate fiefdoms around the country — literally. People live, work and love amdist the confines of massive shopping centers, and cannot leave if they owe any debt to those who own the facilities.
As such, the malls themselves contain housing, schools, hospitals and other essential services that make leaving all the more unlikely. Some, such as the Sky High Plaza in California, are dressed up using optical illusions to give the impression that they more exotic than they really are. The malls have been around for about two decades.
Those who don’t live in the malls are stereotyped as living in the “flats,” and many believe that the malls are paradise because of their flashy facade.
“The Christmas show that we are shooting today has been the most difficult episode to work on because I have to dress up as an elf throughout most of the episode — the pointy ears, the clogs, the striped socks, the whole nine yards,” laughs Jerry O’Connell. “You’ll see me and Sabrina both in this get-up. We shot a lot of it outside, and shot in a mall yesterday, and I was eating lunch with that on in public. That was a little embarrassing. I mean you have got to see John in his outfit, and when you see Cleavant, that’s also pretty funny. I do admit, though, that we just have a blast on the show.”
“I know, I know, these pointy little ears,” Sabrina Lloyd says with a sigh. “People at the mail yesterday kept asking me if I was a Vulcan or something.”
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This episode was originally scheduled to air on December 13, 1996.
|Written by||Eleah Horwitz|
|Directed by||Richard Compton|
|Music by||Danny Lux|
|Edited by||Casey Brown|
|Previously:||State of the Art|
|Next:||Murder Most Foul|
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