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He's Charlie Chaplin without the dexterity.
  — Crow T. Robot, re: Mr. Prune


The movie

Main article: Il Natale Che Quasi Non Fu (film)

Santa Claus asks an attorney to help him thwart the machinations of a cruel landowner who wants to ruin Christmas.

  • The English language title for this film is The Christmas That Almost Wasn't.

The episode

Host segments

Prologue: It's Christmas on the SOL and Jonah's trying to spread some cheer to the Bots with Christmas carols.

Segment One: Kinga is still anticipating her marriage to Jonah. For the Invention Exchange, Jonah offers the "Re-Gifter", a box within a box for those who like to keep on giving. Kinga's "Humbug FM" takes the holiday love out of the airwaves by replacing Christmas music with excruciating noise.

Segment Two: Jonah and the Bots take a hard, critical look at Santa Claus's outdated toy-manufacturing methods.

Segment Three: Fearing that they'll come to life and attack them, the Bots get Jonah to confront the film's creepy-looking toys.

Segment Four: Jonah and the Bots are visited by Santa Claus, who has to deal with having custody of the infantile Mr. Whipple in addition to his usual holiday work.

Segment Five: Similar to the movie, Jonah, the Bots, and the Mads open their presents to incredibly-stilted frame-by-frame scene progression.

Stinger: Santa and Mr. Whipple enjoy a loud and hearty laugh as they practice for meeting kids in the department store.

Callbacks

Obscure references

  • "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
Catchphrase of Popeye's hamburger-mooching friend, J. Wellington Wimpy.
  • "The Trulov! My, she was yar!"
Paraphrased dialogue from the movie The Philadelphia Story, where Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn's characters discuss a boat he bought her as a wedding present. "Yar" is a nautical term for a vessel that handles easily.
  • "On the right, we see Trumbo, the drowsy, blacklisted Dumbo."
Dalton Trumbo was a Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted for several years during the "Red Scare" of the 1950s.
  • "Omar comin!"
On the television show The Wire, feared gangster Omar Little would announce his presence by loudly whistling "The Farmer In The Dell."

Behind the scenes

MST3K cast

Regular cast

The Skeleton Crew

Guest cast

MST3K crew

Main article: List of MST3K Crew#Season 11

Production

Goofs

Video releases

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Gallery

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References

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