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006: The Day After Christmas
StarStarStar
December 26, 1987

Annie McNeal goes with Whit to the Foster Creek ghetto. Unfortunately, Annie falls into some danger when a gang starts causing trouble around one of the neighborhoods.


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Production Team
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Paul McCusker   Steve Harris   Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Paul McCusker   Steve Harris   Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer   Director   Director   Sound Designer


Review
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Written By: Chandler

James 1:27, "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." This show's theme is important--otherwise there is not much to say about it.

Annie McNeal is a rich girl who obviously didn't hear the story Whit told in that last episode. The list of what she got for Christmas is so 1980s. Hearing someone say "compact disc player" always evokes a smile. Yes, it definitely dates this episode. I bet many kids don't even realize that "compact disc" is the same as "CD." At least Annie didn't say she received an eight-track tape player. :o)

Whit takes Annie to Foster Creek, a poor area, to deliver food and Christmas gifts to a church. Whit leaves Annie at the church and a boy named Tommy takes her to Mrs. Rossini's house to show her all the cats. I am puzzled at the fact that all seven cats seem to be indoors since I don't think that Tommy intended to take Annie into Mrs. Rossini's house to show them to her.

Suddenly a street gang called "the Locos" show up and Tommy runs away. Already inside the gate of the yard, Annie ends up inside Mrs. Rossini's house. At first Mrs. Rossini isn't very happy, but she calms down and tells Annie that she'll have to stay for awhile because of the danger of going back outside. Mrs. Rossini and Annie start talking and become friends. While speaking, Mrs. Rossini incorrectly calls the area in which she lives "Forest Creek." Every other mention of the area has it as "Foster Creek."

Some parts of this show that seem unnaturally hurried. Mrs. Rossini's water for the tea heats surprisingly fast (within fifteen seconds). Another example is the sheriff's picking up of the gang members. Within five second's of a gang member breaking a window, Whit is knocking on the door to Mrs. Rossini's house. Did the sheriff's men really haul away the Locos that fast?

Speaking of the Locos, the aforementioned scene refers to more than one Loco being caught. But the voice of only one Loco is heard. Could that be because Joan Gerber, who does Mrs. Rossini, was also the voice for one of the Locos in an earlier scene? If you listen carefully, you can recognize her voice. That may explain why it sounds like a Loco saying "Gotcha" to Annie. In a way it was!

Tommy and Annie are rightly punished for foolishly wandering off. Thankfully, Annie has learned her lesson and actually looks forward to returning to Foster Creek to help out Mrs. Rossini. She has finally stopped focusing on herself and is now looking to help others.

As I've already said, the focus of this show--reaching out to those less fortunate--is good. But when the show is over, I'm left thinking, "That's it?" But I've also had the feeling to some extent with many other early shows. So I won't complain too much: I still like the episodes for the most part and AIO was just getting started.


Trivia
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Joan Gerber does the voice of Mrs. Rossini AND one of the Locos.
- Chandler

First episode to take place away from Odyssey.
- Waluigi Freak 99


Goofs
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Mrs. Rossini called her location "Forest Creek" instead of "Foster Creek."
- Chandler


Allusions
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The title is a spoof of the phrase " 'twas the night before Christmas."
- Chandler

On top of that, the poem Chris reads at the beginning was borrowed from the 'twas the night before Christmas poem (with the words changed).
- Jonathan


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