I had previously done 1995, but I only had the actual Christmas day episode and the quality of clips weren’t as good as these. Find that post here:
1995 – Memories of Christmas Past – A clip show of highlights Christmas and not
However, Bandstand Mike’s channel is offering better quality clips and a few extra days, so here we go again.
The highlight of Christmas 1995 was that the episode that actually aired on Christmas day was really a clips show with just a little new story thrown in. This is probably the most complete Christmas I have, but I hope that I can change that. Keep checking back for both new years and updates.
The first story we run into is Holly and Fletcher. During Christmas 1994, Alex had set up Roger so Holly thought he had been lying to her and cheating (for probably the first time in his life Roger was doing neither and was truly heart and soul committed to her). Holly dumped him that day and Roger failed to win her back and she is now married to Fletcher and they have just discovered they are pregnant and their baby has Downs Syndrome, the future Meg Reade. Holly, of course, still has a connection to Roger, but has convinced herself how evil he is. Fletcher, Holly, and Holly’s mother Barbara (the same actress from the 1970s) are back in town struggling over what to do about it.
Hart Jesup is back in town. He left town in a bad place. He was the unknowing father of Peter Jesup whose identity has now been established and whose custody is being shared between his biological mother Bridget Reardon and his sort of adopted mom Vanessa Chamberlain. Now Hart is taking an interest in Peter and David Grant, who has been hoping his good friendship with Bridget might turn into more, isn’t too happy about it. Hart also has a score to settle with his father and has decided that Roger’s hot young wife Dinah is the best tool in his kit. Roger doesn’t care beans about Dinah, but he’s talked her into handing over her inheritance. Usually streetwise Dinah feels so rebellious and blown away by Roger’s attention that she’s not thinking.
Rick Bauer hadn’t made it back to Springfield for Christmas last year still being in Chicago. While in Chicago he’d married fellow addict, enabler, and nurse Annie Dutton, not told his family about it, and divorced her again. When she wanted to leave Chicago, he got her a job at Springfield. Ever since he came back he wanted Annie back, but she was already moving on with Josh Lewis when he came back to Springfield. He’s still mopping about her. In the meantime, he’d fought Eve’s final illness and her stubbornness and lost to both. Rick had also taken over as head of the trauma unit and met Abigail Blume when he helicoptered in to save a local injured farmer. He and Reva were both instrumental in getting Abby to stay and learn how to communicate with others. Abby has been nursing a crush on Rick, but he hasn’t figured this out or that he has feelings for her in return yet. Under the mistletoe is Rabby’s first kiss. Abby’s mother Charlotte leaves her in the care of the Bauers early in this run of episodes.
Annie and Josh were about to be married and go live in the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams. Alan had been encouraging Reva to let well enough alone and leave Springfield with him. After a series of near misses with various people, Alex found out for sure that she was alive and interrupted Josh and Annie’s wedding to tell him. He found her and Alan drinking champagne on his private jet and has reacted badly. Annie who had already fought off Ghost Reva, barely, did not take this new challenge well. The kids, especially Marah, are also really upset by Reva’s return.
Meanwhile Alan-Michael and Lucy Cooper are in the middle of the Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane storyline. Marian is determined to make Lucy pay for “leading him on and then crying rape.” Really he did rape her. Brent had already been discovered by Nadine who he killed and dropped into the lake without letting her family know. That she was missing hasn’t been discovered for months because she was just getting ready to leave town on an open-ended trip. Her body has not been recovered or identified, but both those things will be happening soon. The Spauldings as a whole seem to be moving towards peace, except Alan is beyond furious at Alex and Alan-Michael is getting fed up with dealing with his family.
Santa Nick, who we first met in New York City with the Four Musketeers and seems to be the real Santa, has stopped by to throw a little magic to Alan-Michael and Lucy and to Nick McHenry and Susan. Susan is in the hospital because Brent attacked her thinking she was Lucy.
Wednesday, December 20, 1995
We start off with a missing Holly who is hanging out at a Christmas tree lot (that actually looks like a Christmas tree lot – unlike some in later years) after her Dr. Sedwick appointment when she discovers Meg has Downs Syndrome. See that touch between Roger and Holly, that’s what I mean when I talk about Rolly. Meanwhile back at the Reardon Boarding House, Bridget comes in upset. Vanessa takes Peter Jessup (whose custody is split between Vanessa and Bridget) to do something Christmasy. Good news, Hart is back in town, bad news he’s the kind of player scummy Hart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hemamJXjR4M (Part 1)
Warning: A shot of the Twin Towers appears as part of the channel ad at the beginning of this one. Holly’s mother (played by the same person) is back. Fletcher seems to realize that Holly’s turning away from him now shows how weak a couple they are. Roger really does care for Holly and the baby. I’m sorry they didn’t leave both of them around (the real one). The Meg-Roger outcasts relationship would have been a great one to play. Back at the Bauers they are decorating the tree with the heirloom ornaments. Rick you had a near miss with Annie who turns crazy over Jeva, reach for the best thing that has ever happened to you instead. Abby’s right there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psFqVythjuU (Part 2)
Annie jumps from Rick’s dreams to showing up with presents, this is pre-crazy Annie when she was great. Frustrated that Annie is still with Josh, Rick doesn’t watch what he’s doing and breaks Maureen’s favorite Xmas ornament. Over at the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams, an angry and confused Marah is punishing her doll. Josh comes in and tries to help her feel better. An almost naked Dinah continues her confrontation with Hart. Holly confides in Roger who thinks this means she’ll have an abortion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onyCwmt3Zb0 (Part 3)
Abigail’s mother Charlotte Blume decides it’s safe to leave Abby with the Bauers and decides she needs to return home to Goshen for Christmas. Ed promises to keep Abby safe. While wrapping presents, Michelle announces she’s gotten an invitation to attend a party at the University Campus. Dinah tells Hart that she just signed her money over to Roger in a joint account. Roger argues a case for why Holly should abort the baby. (Not sure if he’s serious or pushing her to the other direction.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOBa_GOTFmk (Part 4)
Rick and Annie run into each other again. Rick reaches out to Annie and she reacts badly. Josh tries to help Marah through her reaction that Reva hid the fact that she was alive. Holly and Fletcher tell Roger to mind his own business about the baby. Holly about Roger: “Nobody makes me as mad as he does.” (Yes, because you still twistedly love him Holly and heck, he’s better longterm than Fletcher. Fletcher doesn’t do long term.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPooifRc49U (Part 5)
Holly and Fletcher discuss their options about the baby. The future Dart spar and even crackle with the creepy Hart. Michelle and Ed argue about whether she needs to be at the Bauer Christmas. (Michelle is being a brat.) Ed apparently not sure how Amish work with phones. Charlotte leaves Abby and goes home via cab. Ed to Abby: “We have to go. I’ve got your little black hat here.” Michelle continues to be a brat. Bill commiserates with her while she insists she wants to go to this party to “hang” even though she doesn’t want to drink (the main activity there) or know a single sole. (Also, they apparently don’t know that the majority of college kids aren’t at college on Christmas day. – I live in a college town, I know these things.) Marah tells Josh what she remembers about Reva. Annie comes in at end of conversation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCekdd0WG0Y (Part 6)
Marah wants Josh to take her to Reva Shayne Lewis Park. Fletcher and Holly talk about whether to have child. Fletcher wants to get more information, but says it’s Holly’s decision to make. Hart tells Roger he’s planning on staying in Springfield.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg5FN37pgcQ (Part 7)
Dinah doesn’t tell Roger that Hart saw her naked, but does try to warn Roger ,Hart isn’t being genuine. He doesn’t believe her and asks for a truce. Fletcher and Barbara (Holly’s mother) talk about what happened. Barbara goes to find Holly. Abby’s ASL class preforms “Silent Night” with Abby and Rick. Josh, Annie, and Marah end up in Reva Shayne Lewis Park. Marah scratches up the way too cheap plaque Josh had put on the storm (seriously if it was that bendy it wouldn’t have lasted this long.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1LLRuS41gc (Part 8)
Thursday, December 21, 1995
Marian Crane (Brent Lawrence in disguise) arrives at the Spaulding Christmas office party just as Alan-Michael is giving out the gifts. Marian corners Lucy and asks her about Susan (Nick McHenry’s AIDs positive girlfriend) who Marian had attacked mistakenly thinking she was Lucy. They don’t know this and Susan is in the hospital from the attack. Alex has brought a Christmas tree into the hospital for Nick and Susan. Annie attends an AA meetings. Nice set with the 10 steps. Alan and Reva arrive at the Reva Shayne Park. Alan and Reva are currently together. Alan wants to marry her, Reva was willing when she thought it would protect her kids, now she’s seen Josh, she’s less willing. Josh runs into them buying a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A4DmGHeRCQ (Part 9)
Reva looks great! Josh and Reva argue about when she can’t see Marah and Shayne. Susan opens her eyes, but doesn’t respond. Nick and Alex decorate the tree in Susan’s room and Nick bought Susan an engagement ring. Marian gives Lucy a gift and insists she open it. It’s tickets to a retreat Marian wants them to go to together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlDjotVUUf8 (Part 10)
Amanda shows up at Spaulding party. She didn’t find out until this morning and Alan-Michael apologizes for not telling her himself, he assumed she knew. A-M confirms Amanda is welcome and offers her a real job at the company with responsibilities (which she didn’t have under the old regime). Lucy looks great in that outfit. Marian tries to explain her odd behavior on the rape she told Lucy she suffered.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlDjotVUUf8 (Part 11)
Annie finally opens up about her difficulties at the AA meeting. Reva begs Josh to let her see the kids. Josh actually is making a good point about Reva, at this point, is all about herself and not the kids, although she had made a sacrifice for them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpPzEh-BxCs (Part 12)
Reva reacts to Marah scratching the stone. Reva takes it out on Alan which is unfair. He might have unduly influenced her to leave town, but he truly does care about her. Alan-Micheal starts handing out the company executive awards. Marian wins the best dressed award (which she actually deserves, she puts together nice professional looking outfits with style) and that makes everyone look for her and they discover her with Lucy. I understand why Marian might ignore the chanting, but why doesn’t Lucy hear it? So they only have 2 awards? Funniest and Best Dressed? They should have made up a couple more. Marian is giving LAM the most predatory look. In Susan’s hospital room, Alex urges her to wake up to see the ring. Nick talks to Susan and Santa Nick arrives.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxuWiLt-v00 (Part 13)
CBS Daytime Holiday Ad. Nick meets Santa Nick in Susan’s hospital room. At the Spaulding party, A-M announces Amanda’s new job while Marian sets up funniest guy for a fall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgZ6FpjJNrI (Part 14)
Santa Nick talks about Lujack with Nick. Lucy takes Marian home. Alan shows up at the company party. Alex takes pleasure in telling A-M that Alan’s friend was Reva. Reva breaks into the Land of Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams and we get a good look around.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fif8YSKPcss (Part 15)
Marah discovers Reva in the house. A-M is mad that Alan didn’t let him talk to Reva directly about what she knew about the man who switched Lucy’s AIDS test to positive. Why they are arguing Santa Nick arrives to warn A-M that Lucy is in danger.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwEqj2i5hL8 (Part 16)
Friday, December 22, 1995
Alan prevents A-M from leaving until A-M accepts his reason. Marah confronts Reva. Marah: “It was better when you were dead.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCzhswIIcX4 (Part 17)
This Marah always had the most gorgeous French braids. Reva doesn’t make much distance in trying to convince Marah to give her a chance. Really nice shot through multiple sets making it look like a real building. Marian makes Lucy uncomfortable with a predatory look.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK_rQ3uMUNc (Part 18)
Fletcher arranges to talk with a family who kept a child with Downs Syndrome. After Marian collapses, Lucy comforts her and Marian starts to tell Lucy the truth, but A-M arrives. Alan is furious Alex foiled his plan by telling Josh Reva was alive and where to find her. Alex claims it’s for Alan’s own good, Alan thinks it’s to prevent him being happy. Alan: “I don’t use the word forever often, but when I do I mean it. I’m done with you forever.” Marah points out that Reva was trying to leave when they found her. Annie and Josh come home.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJSJRJVIvFw (Part 19)
Reva seems surprised at Marah’s bad reaction. Josh is being harsh, but he has a point. Josh: “You have to go at their [the kids’s] pace, NOT yours.” Amanda and Alan used to be close this stuff is not true, after the psychotic locked in the attic part. However, this is the Amanda attitude during this actress’ run. Holly and Fletcher talk to mother of Downs Syndrome daughter. Their daughter Samantha comes in and Fletcher is WAY over familiar and assumes the drawing a child he never laid eyes on before made was for him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we6FEH6XRz4 (Part 20)
Alex unloaded on Nick and Susan and Nick calls her on it. Amanda and Alan have an honest, caring conversation. Alan: “This is the way I was brought up. It’s what I was taught to value.” Some very true words from Alan showing self-awareness for once. Lucy, A-M, and Marian discuss the fundraising ball to benefit Cedars they are having New Year’s Eve. Brent reasserts himself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMKA8-ANsLo (Part 21)
Josh takes out his frustration on the Christmas tree. When Marah says something about it, Josh calms down and talks to Marah, but makes promises he can’t keep. Holly wrongly berates where she was in her life last year (actually I think she was in a better place mentally, but others may disagree). Holly and Fletcher start their final decision about whether or not to carry Meg to term.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t-SrYpBVHI (Part 22)
Shayne is having a great Christmas and Annie and Josh are trying as they decorate the tree, but Marah is miserable. A-M and Lucy still are shaken, but stop by Cedars to bring some cheer to Nick and Susan. A-M and Nick discuss their visits from Santa Nick. Santa Nick shows up and winks at the camera.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObAl1AndEmQ (Part 23)
Monday, December 25, 1995 – Memories of Christmas Past (Clips Show)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBE53qPDyCA (Part 24)
Mattessa at the Lewis House
Nola wears a gorgeous dress
Little Bill remembers year Billy played Santa to get to see him during Nadine mess
Reva tries to ruin the Lewis family Christmas in 1983
Little Bill is spoiled on his first Christmas in 1984
H.B. reads Christmas story montage
Nice reference to kid actually missing someone pulled out of their life with Peter and Hart (about Dinah)
Roger tries to get Holly to come back to him in 1994
Roger gives Dinah jewelry in 1995
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z54X4YklCag (Part 25)
They flip through a family photo album with photos of the family over the years
Highlights of older footage with Bill and Bert and Papa Bauer
Bert stands for first time on artificial leg and then counsels Josh
Bridget-David-Peter family moment (Bridget and David were just friends, but he’d have been better for her than old “Torn Between Two Lovers” Hart)
Pregnant Bridget hidden by Nadine in attic, sings a Christmas carol in 1992
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj_nYnsdN5c (Part 26)
Lillian looks great all in red
Nick remembers Santa Nick in hospital with Susan
Santa Nick and Lujack in 1984
Beth and Lujack
Hart arrives at Lewis House
Vanessa tells Nola that Henry went to see Quint at his dig for Christmas this year
Nola remembers feeling Anthony James kick for first time in 1983
Quola Christmas on the train in 1984
Seven Oaks Dress (aka the Barbeque dress from Gone With the Wind) Fight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wSy8MekErA (Part 27)
Four Musketeers Prom (Learn more about the dress)
Folly is together and Holly is pregnant with Meg (um, Hello Blake – did you just think your mom was getting fat and what are you wearing? It looks like a majorette’s costume)
Rabby’s 1st kiss
LAM flashback to Lucy’s New Year’s Resolution to marry A-M right after they first met
Holly and Roger reconnect flashback, followed by the hideous scene Roger made during Christmas 1994 (Roger actually is telling the truth here, Alex set him up in compromising position to make Holly think he was cheating on her when he wasn’t.)
Hart arrives at Roger and Dinah’s apartment, an unpromising first Dart Christmas together
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31Phf7RG1Xs (Part 28)
Vanessa tries to make Matt a grownup
Vanessa reads part of A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Buzz tells a Nadine Christmas story (which doesn’t really track with established backstory, but is real sweet) about Nadine trying to get a present Frank really wanted most for Christmas. He muffs a line “running around like a chicken with its feet cut off.”
Nadine won’t be calling, Brent Lawrence put her dead body in the lake and they haven’t found her yet
Flashback of Harley and Frank reminiscing during a crucial Harlet Christmas in 1992, Harley: “There’s no egg in there.” Frank: “There’s no nog in there.” Both laugh.
Frank remember making peace with Nadine and Buzz at Christmas in 1994
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWfEfiTSxzA (Part 29)
Happy montage around Springfield
Family and crew Christmas credits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__fJQrKprao (Part 30)
Alternative version with full credits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFiaBBrGI6k (Part 30B)
There should be more, but this appears to be all there is on this channel.
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