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The Chrismukk-huh? 

When Ryan and Taylor have an argument over where they stand with their whatever relationship they have, they both fall off a ladder while Ryan is putting up Christmas lights and both wake ... See full summary »


Ian Toynton


Josh Schwartz (created by), Mark Fish (show staff writer) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Sandy Cohen
Kelly Rowan ... Kirsten Cohen
Ben McKenzie ... Ryan Atwood
Adam Brody ... Seth Cohen
Melinda Clarke ... Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson ... Summer Roberts
Autumn Reeser ... Taylor Townsend
Willa Holland ... Kaitlin Cooper
Chris Pratt ... Ché
Paula Trickey ... Veronica Townsend
Tate Donovan ... Jimmy Cooper
Wayne Dalglish ... Brad Ward
Corey Price Corey Price ... Eric Ward
Craig Susser Craig Susser ... Ham Guy / Santa / Journalist / Caterer
Mark Daniel Cade ... Security Guard


When Ryan and Taylor have an argument over where they stand with their whatever relationship they have, they both fall off a ladder while Ryan is putting up Christmas lights and both wake up in a alternate reality of what life is like had Ryan never came to Newport: Sandy is the uptight mayor of Newport Beach and married to Julie Cooper; Kirsten is married to Jimmy Cooper; Seth is still a socially awkward geek and Summer is a mindless, narcissistic party animal who is engaged to Chester "Che" Winchester, whom is having a fling with the sex-addict Julie. Ryan also learns from Kaitlin that Marissia in fact died from a drug overdose three years prior during the road trip to Tijuana, and Ryan was not there to save her. Back in the real world, Seth tries to arrange his annual Christmukka party and then tries to move it to the hospital where the comatose Ryan and Taylor are. Also, Julie and Katilin are planning to go to Riverside to visit Julie's parents, but get detoured when they try to ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura Hills, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Meyer, Alex Greenwald, Darren Robinson, Jacques Brautbar, Jason Schwartzman, Sam Farrar, and Al Jolson
Performed by Phantom Planet
(Main Title Theme)
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another Christmas episode mucky mess
29 November 2016 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

Everybody goes mad come the Festive Season. It is standard TV care in the relationship dramas to have Valentine episodes, Halloween episodes, Thanksgiving... Generally I am very cautious of the Christmas episodes, ever since BEVERLY HILLS 90210 featured an impending accident with a bus, with the two buses avoiding collision by passing through each other. Well, gee, that is, like, very heart-warming, and feel free to include such a story-line in the TV Movie of the week, but keep it away from reality-based TV shows. Unsatisfactory drivel undermining the credibility of the show, stretching the believability factor.

Tonight it's Ryan and Taylor Townsend falling off a ladder together, knocked out the both of them, they wake up in an alternate universe (hell, isn't California already?) and they have to fix up the relationships between key characters who have now drifted apart. I have one word for you, no, make it two: Utter disorientation. This episode, I see that other reviewer gave it a 10, but this, this is absolute junk. We do need to see Ryan sitting there at him and Marissa's meeting place, the old lifeguard tower, but the stuff I am complaining about is the drawn-out dream that covers about 90% of the episode. This is a totally unpopular episode with me. The series suffers from the loss of Mischa Barton, they underplay bright newcomer Willa Holland, and they push this garbage through as an actual episode? I think Autumn Reeser is doing great, don't get me wrong, I like her, the crazy coo-coo dolly bird, but there is no denying that "the gap is just too big to fill" and there is only one who comes close, Willa.

Two things:

(1) They never should have given Mischa Barton the option to decide Marissa's fate by deciding whether she was (a) going to stay and play a character going in a wilder direction than the actress was willing to portray, or (b) quitting the show, thereby causing the Season 3 final episode's outcome. She chose the latter, and this doomed the show. A compromise should have been made, simply no more raunchy scenes with sweaty surfer-types for Princess Mischa. There would have been a full-length Season 4 and even, I'm sure, a Season 5!

(2) Wouldn't it have been great tonight if Ryan had stayed in the alternate universe? The show needed to get rid of him, he is boring. Yeah, ol' tough guy "Mr. Muscle" Ryan, who comes across like a storm brewing... in a tea-cup.

All the male characters have lost all their appeal. Seth too. Sandy as well. Even Summer is fizzling out. Kirsten's kinda still okay, but it's only Julie and Taylor Townsend that's on the rise (of the older characters) and newcomer Kaitlin steals the scene every time she is on the screen.

Well, only nine more to go...

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