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[The film begins outside of a house on Cleveland street and we see Ralphie along with his friends Flick and Schwartz and his younger brother Randy.]

Adult Ralphie: Ah, there it is. My house. And good old Cleveland Street. How could I ever forget it? And there I am, with that dumb round face and that stupid stocking cap. But no matter. Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas around which the entire kid year revolved. Downtown Hohman was prepared for its yearly bacchanalia of peace on earth and good will to men. Higbees' corner window was traditionally a high-water mark of the pre-Christmas season. First nighters, packed earmuff to earmuff, jostled in wonderment before a golden tinkling display of mechanized, electronic joy. [Ralphie stands by a window and looks at a red ryder section.] Wow, there it is. The holy grail of Christmas gifts. The Red Ryder 200-shot range model air rifle. And there he is. Red Ryder himself. In his hand was the knurled stock of as coolly deadly-looking a piece of weaponry as ever I had laid eyes on. For weeks, I had been scheming to get my mitts on one of these fearsome blue-steel beauties. [Ralphie lays on his bed thinking.] My fevered brain seethed with the effort of trying to come up with the infinitely subtle devices necessary to implant the Red Ryder range model air rifle indelibly into my parents' subconscious.

[From downstairs.] Ralphie! Randy! Down here in two minutes! And I mean two minutes! [They both go to their drawer.]

[Ralphie cuts in front of Randy.] Come on, Ralphie. I got here first!

[Starts hitting and kicking Ralphie.]

Cut it out. Tough!

Adult Ralphie: [Ralphie enters his parents bedroom.] My mother, grabbing for her copy of Look magazine. [chuckles] would find herself cleverly trapped into reading a Red Ryder sales pitch. [Puts the magazine for the Red Ryder BB Gun in his mom's magazine and puts it on his dad's bed.]

They traded Bullfrog. I don't believe it.

What's that?

Well, for Christ's sake, the Sox traded Bullfrog... the only player they've got, for Shottenhoffer. "Four Eyes" Shottenhoffer, a utility infielder. Got a whole goddamned team of utility infielders.

That's nice. Ralphie, on the double!

[Walks into the kitchen and hears his parents talking.] Did you hear about this guy who swallowed a yo-yo?

Swallowed a yo-yo?

On a bet. Some clodhopper down in Griffith, Indiana.

They write the silliest things in the newspapers.

What do you mean, silly? I mean that's real news. That's not like that politics slop. What is the name of the Lone Ranger's nephew's horse?

Victor. His name is Victor.

How the hell did you know that?

Everybody knows that. That's another one of your silly puzzles?

Yeah, it's another one of our silly puzzles. Could be worth $50,000.

What kind is it this time?

Name the great characters in American literature.

Victor? The Lone Ranger's nephew's horse?

Adult Ralphie: Meanwhile, I struggled for exactly the right BB gun hint. It had to be firm, but subtle.

Flick says he saw some grizzly bears near Pulaski's candy store. [Staring at Ralphie in surprise.]

Adult Ralphie: They looked at me as if I had lobsters crawling out of my ears. I could tell that I was in imminent danger of over-playing my hand. Casually, I switched tactics.

Hey, Dad! I'll bet you'll never guess what I got you for Christmas.

A new furnace.

[Laughs] That's a good one, Dad. [Randy laughs,]

Adult Ralphie: My old man was one of the most feared furnace-fighters. in northern Indiana.

Hurry up, you're going to be late for school.

Yeah. I'm running late already.

Adult Ralphie: Round one was over. Parents, one. Kids, zip. I could feel the Christmas noose beginning to tighten. Maybe what happened next was inevitable.

Ralphie, what would you like for Christmas?

Adult Ralphie: Horrified, I heard myself blurt it out.

Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. [Realizes he made a mistake] Oooh!

No. Shoot your eye out.

Adult Ralphie: Oh, no! It was the classic mother-BB gun block. "You'll shoot your eye out." That deadly phrase uttered many times before by hundreds... of mothers was not surmountable... by any means known to kid-dom. But such was my mania, my desire for a Red Ryder carbine... that I immediately began to rebuild the dike.

I was just kidding. Even though Flick is getting one. I'd just like some Tinkertoys.

Adult Ralphie: I couldn't believe my own ears. Tinkertoys? She'd never buy it.

BB guns are dangerous. I don't want anyone shooting his eye out. Randy, will you eat? There are starving people in China. [Randy groans and shoves the cereal in his mouth.]

[Ralphie thinks to himself]

Adult Ralphie: Mothers know nothing about creeping marauders... burrowing through the snow toward the kitchen... where only you, and you alone, stand between your tiny... huddled family and insensate evil.

[Black Bart and his gang enter the yard of the Parker's home, and Ralphie's family yells for help. Ralphie comes in the kitchen, wearing cowboy clothing and carrying a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle.]

Save us, Ralphie! I just knew those bad guys would be coming for us in the end! Boo hoo hoo!

Don't worry, Dad. As long as I got OI' Blue... What've we got here, folks?

Well, we figure it's Black Bart, Ralph.

Well, just me and my trusty old Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. Lucky I've got a compass in the stock. Well, I think I better have a look here.

[The guys get closer and Ralphie's bb gun appears at the window.]

Oh, no!

It's OI' Blue!

Oh, no!

[Ralphie spits.] Cheese it, boys! The jig is up!

[He shoots the first guy. He groans. He shoots the second guy, he groans.]

There's another one! He's a dead-eye, ain't he?

[He shoots the third guy, and he groans, and Black Bart looks at Ralphie and speaks.]

Okay, Ralphie! You win this time, but we'll be back!

[Ralphie spits again.] Adios, Bart. But if you do come back, you'll be pushing up daisies!

[The guys Ralphie shot, lay on the ground dead each have x marks over their eyes.]

[Like Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel] And don't you forget it! [Ralphie spits again and his parents celebrate with joy.]

Old Man: [Happily] Well, son, you saved us!

Mom and Old Man: [With excitement] We were goners for sure! And you saved us!

Randy: [Happily] Hallelujah!

Oldsmobile!

A pile of junk! That goddamned Olds is froze up again!

Adult Ralphie: Some men are Baptists, others Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man.

That son of a b*tch would freeze up in the middle of summer on the Equator!

Little pitchers...

Hold it! It's a clinker! That blasted, stupid furnace.

[Walks down the stairs and falls the rest of the way down.]

Dadgummit!

Damn skates!

For Christ's sake, open up the damper, will you?

Who the hell turned it all the way down again?

Blasted!

Adult Ralphie: In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenity... that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan. Preparing to go to school was like getting ready... for extended deep-sea diving.

Ralphie: Come on, Mom, we're going to be late!

Just wait, Ralph!

Adult Ralphie: My kid brother looked like a tick about to pop.

[Randy starts wailing] What?

What is it?

What is it?

What is it?

[Whining] I can't put my arms down!

Well, put your arms down when you get to school. [Randy wails and continues outside while The Old Man is in the basement and laughs angrily fighting the furance.]

[Ralphie meets up with Flick.] Hey, Flick! Wait up. Wait up!

So what are you doing?

[Jokingly] What does it look like I'm doing? Picking goobers?

[Schwartz comes outside to walk with Flick and Ralphie.] Hey, listen, smart ass. I asked my old man about sticking... your tongue to metal light poles in winter... and he says it will freeze right to the pole just like I told you.

Aw, Baloney! What would your old man know about anything?

He knows because he once saw a guy stick his tongue... to a railroad track on a bet and the fire department had to come... to get the guy's tongue off the track because he couldn't get it off.

[Randy can't catch up.]

Come on, guys, wait up!

Come on, guys!

Come on, guys, wait up! [Gets knocked down.] Hey, kid!

I can't get up!

[Starts rolling around.] I can't get up! Help! I can't get out! Help me!

Come on, Flick, wait up for me.

I can't get up!

Come on.

Get up. Sit up. Come on.

[Randy whines.] You're okay. Come on, let's go.

Come on, you're all right! [At school, the bell rings.]

[Ralphie, Flick, and Schwartz along with their classmates, are at the teacher's desk, as they get fake hillbilly teeth.] Miss Shields!

All right, everyone... take your seats, please.

[Writing on the board.] Good morning, class.

[With fake teeth with a funny voice.] Good morning, Miss Shields!

[She holds out her hand and the students give her the fake teeth.]

Open your books to Page 32.

And as you'll remember, Silas Marner...

[Outside, Flick Schwartz, Ralphie, and their classmates stand around a flagpole.] You're full of beans and so's your old man.

Says who?

Says me.

Oh, yeah? Yeah! Well, I double-dare you.

Adult Ralphie: The exact exchange and nuance...of phrase in this ritual is very important.

Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That's dumb.

That's 'cause you know it will stick!

You're full of it.

Oh yeah?

Yeah!

Well, I double dog-dare you!

Adult Ralphie: Now it was serious. A double dog-dare. What else was left but a "triple-dare you"? And finally, the coup de grace of all dares...the sinister triple dog-dare!

I triple dog-dare you! [Flick's smile turns to shock. And Ralphie looks on shocked.]

Adult Ralphie: Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette...by skipping the triple-dare and going right for the throat.

All right, all right.

(Hits Flick on the back.) Go on, smart ass, and do it!

I'm going! I'm going!

Adult Ralphie: Flick's spine stiffened, his lips curled in a defiant sneer. There was no going back now. [Sticks his tongue to the pole.]

This is noth.... [Tries to pull off his tongue but he can't and realizes Schwartz was right.] Stuck? Stuck! [Starts screaming.] Stuck! Stuck! [Continues to scream and his classmates stare in surprise.]

Jeez! It really works!

Look at him!

[Ralphie gets ready to walk inside.] Ralphie, come back! Come back! Don't leave me! Come back!

But the bell rang!

What are we going to do?

I don't know! The bell rang! [Ralphie shrugs and he and Schwartz walk into the school. Flick continues saying come back.]

Where's Flick? Has anyone seen Flick?

Adult Ralphie: Flick? Flick who?

He was at recess, wasn't he? Ralphie, do you know where Flick is? [Ralphie shrugs.] I said has anyone seen Flick? [Esther Jane raises her hand.] Yes, Esther Jane? [She p oints to the window. Miss. Shields looks out the window and is shocked.] Oh, my God! [The students except Ralphie and Schwartz watch outside as the fire department enter the school.]

Holy cow, it's the fire department! [Ralphie looks down.] Oh no. [A few seconds later the cops enter.]

Wow, it's the cops! [Ralphie puts his head down.] [They finally get Flick off the flagpole. And the students cheer.]

[Miss Shields enters the classroom with Flick who has a bandage over his tongue.] Now, I know that some of you put Flick up to this. But, he has refused to say who. But those who did it know their blame. And I'm sure the guilt you feel... is far worse than any punishment you might receive. Now, don't you feel terrible? Don't you feel remorse for what you have done? That's all I'm going to say about poor Flick.

Adult Ralphie: Adults love to say things like that. But kids know better. We knew darn well it was always better not to get caught.

Now, boys and girls, I'm going to give you an assignment. I want you to write... a theme. [Students groan.] "What I want for Christmas."

Adult Ralphie: Ah ha! The clouds lifted.

And I want it handed in tomorrow morning...

Adult Ralphie: I saw a faint gleam of light at the other end of... the black cave of doom. I knew that when Miss Shields read my magnificent, eloquent theme... that she would sympathize with my plight... and everything would work out, somehow.

[After school, a pair of boots is seen behind the fence. Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, and Randy walk home, and talk about the flagpole incident.] Boy, did you see how it stuck?

Ralphie: Did it hurt, Flick?

No. I never felt a thing. It just caught me off-guard.

You sure were bawling.

I never bawled!

Baloney.

[They hear laughing, and turn around as Scut Farkus peeks his head out the fence.]

Ralphie: Scut Farkus!

Adult Ralphie: Scut Farkus! What a rotten name. We were trapped. There he stood, between us and the alley. Scut Farkus, staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So help me God, yellow eyes. [Scares them and they take off running. And suddenly Grover Dill appears and scares them.] Grover Dill, Farkus' crummy little toady. Mean. Rotten. His lips curled over his green teeth. Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense.

[Scut Farkus scares them again this time they escape, and he grabs Schwartz and twists his arm.] Say "uncle."

Uncle!

Uncle!

Uncle!

Louder! [As Flick and Ralphie help Randy up.]

Uncle!

Uncle!

Uncle!

Louder!

[Screaming.] Uncle!

Adult Ralphie: In our world, you were either a bully, a toady or one of the nameless rabble of victims.

All right. Who's next? [Roars and scares them causing them to run away.]

[The boys are proud and punch each other. And Scut punches Grover Dill hard.] Ow! Man!

Adult Ralphie: In the jungles of kid-dom, the mind switches gears rapidly. Weeks ago I had sent away for my Little Orphan Annie... secret society decoder pen. Oh, skunked again. No matter. Today I had serious work to do.

"What I want for Christmas." "What I want is a Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock... and this thing which tells time." Wow, that's great. "I think that everybody should have a Red Ryder BB gun. "They're very good for Christmas. "I don't think that a football's a very good Christmas present."

Adult Ralphie: Oh, rarely had the words poured from my penny pencil... with such feverish fluidity.

I've won! I've won!

Ah! The Bumpus hounds. [Hums Charge.]

Adult Ralphie: Our hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpuses, had at least... 785 smelly hound dogs. And they ignored every other human being on earth but my old man.

I won! I won!

What?

A major prize!

I won!

Hey, look at that. Look at that. A Western Union telegram. Tonight, he's coming tonight. Tonight. Hot damn, tonight!

What does this mean here?

It means it's coming tonight!

I called Ernie McClosky at the freight depot.

He said the telegram was late, the prize was already there... he was going to send it on tonight.

Come on. Have a chew, fellas, on me. It's my gift.

You know, maybe it'll be one of those Spanish adobe houses down in Coral...

Serves you right, you smelly buggers.

Or it could be a bowling alley.

A guy down in Terre Haute won a bowling alley.

How are they going to deliver a bowling alley here tonight?

They could send the deed, for cripesake. I mean...

I didn't expect they were going to send the whole damn bowling alley.

Yeah, well. How about eating? I'm starving to death.

Getting rich is hard work, kid. Come on.

Adult Ralphie: Every family has a kid who won't eat. My kid brother had not eaten voluntarily in over three years.

Oh, Randy, don't play with your food, eat it!

Starving people would be happy to have that.

Can I have some more red cabbage?

Stop playing with your food, or I'll give you something to cry about.

You better stop fooling around with it and eat it or you'll be sorry.

Can I please have some more?

Adult Ralphie: My mother had not had a hot meal for herself in 15 years.

Meatloaf, double beetloaf. I hate meatloaf.

All right. I'll get that kid to eat.

Where's my screwdriver and plumber's helper?

I'll open up his mouth and I'll shove it in.

Adult Ralphie: My mother was more subtle.

How do the little piggies go? [He snorts]

That's right. Oink, oink.

Now, show me how the piggies eat. This is your trough.

Show me how the piggies eat.

Be a good boy. Show Mommy how the piggies eat.

Oh, my. [They laugh and Ralphie and the old man look on with disgusted expressions.]

Mommy's little piggy.

It's here.

Are you Parker?

All right, sign here.

Yeah. Well, what is it?

I don't know.

What's in it?

Here. Bring it in.

Okay, boys. Haul that on in here. Move your tails.

Bring it right on in. Right here. Bring it ahead. Straight ahead.

That's right.

Right.

Here, bring it right in, fellas. That's it. Here we go.

A little more. Little more.

That's it.

Watch the lady.

Thanks a lot, guys.

Merry Christmas.

Get the crowbar and a hammer, Ralphie. Go on.

"Fra-gi-ley."

That must be Italian.

I think that says "fragile."

Oh, yeah.

Here we go.

They did a job on this, you know?

No, here, Ralph, hold this.

There could be anything in there!

Jesus!

Maybe they forgot.

It's in there. It's gotta be in there.

Would you look at that?

What?

Would you look at that?

What is it?

It's a leg!

But what is it?

Well, it's a leg. You know, like in a statue.

Statue?

Yeah, statue!

Yeah, statue!

Ralphie!

Adult Ralphie: My mother was trying to insinuate herself between us and the statue.

Holy smoke, would you...

Do you know what this is? This is a lamp.

Adult Ralphie: It was indeed a lamp.

Isn't that great? What a great lamp!

I don't know.

Here, hold it. Hold it. Here, go on.

Adult Ralphie: The old man's eyes boggled...overcome by art.

I know just the place for it. Right in the middle of our front room window!

Jesus, God.

Honey?

No. It's all right.

Let's see...

This goes to the radio and this goes to the...

Well, it's just one too many.

Well, let's see.

Adult Ralphie: The snap of a few sparks, a quick whiff of ozone... and the lamp blazed forth in unparalleled glory.

Look at that! Will you look at that?

Isn't that glorious?

It's indescribably beautiful. It reminds me of the Fourth of July! Turn off all the lights. I wanna see what it looks like from the street.

I'll go get the dining room.

Couldn't we talk this over?

Move it a little bit to the right. A little that way.

Just a little... More to the right.

Yeah. More. That's it. No, stop!

Right there. That's wonderful.

Parker, what is that?

Don't bother me now Swede. Can't you see I'm busy?

Yeah, but what is that?

It's a major award.

A major award?

Shucks, I wouldn't have known that. It looks like a lamp.

It is a lamp, you nincompoop. But it's a major award. I won it.

Damn, hell, you say you won it?

Yeah. Mind power, Swede, mind power.

Adult Ralphie: The entire neighborhood was turned on.

You should see what it looks like from out here!

Adult Ralphie: It could be seen up and down Cleveland Street. The symbol of the old man's victory.

Yeah, he won that. It's a major award.

Isn't it about time for somebody's favorite radio program?

[Ralphie and Randy sit on the floor and get the radio ready]

Adult Ralphie: Holy smokes, it was 6:45. Only one thing that could've dragged me away... [Ralphie turns the radio on] from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.

[Ralphie turns up the volume] On the radio: “Who’s the little chatterbox? The one with pretty auburn locks? Who do you see? It’s little orphan Annie!”

Adult Ralphie: Kids, it's Little Orphan Annie time. Brought to you by rich, chocolaty Ovaltine. I could still taste it.

Hey, you turned the light off!

I knew I was handing Miss Shields a masterpiece.

[Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz, and Randy run from Scut and Grover.]

Randy: Come on you guys wait up!

[The students and Ralphie turn in their themes]

Adult Ralphie: I knew I was handing Miss Sheilds a master piece. Maybe Miss Shields, in her ecstasy, would excuse me from theme writing... for the rest of my natural life. [The fantasy begins, Miss. Shields grades her students' themes and gives them Fs.]

"F!" You call this a paragraph? Margins! Margins! "F"!

My life's work down the drain. A semicolon, you dolt! A period.

"F"! Oh, I should weep if I have to read one more "F"!

Ralphie Parker. Ha! [Looks at his theme, and clutches it to her chest.]

Oh! The theme I've been waiting for all my life. Listen to this sentence. "A Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock... "and this thing which tells time." Poetry. Sheer poetry. Ralph, an "A+." [Writes an A+ on his theme.] My Ralph! Oh, Ralphie, you've made me proud. [Starts writing A+ on the board along with Ralphie's name.]

"A+"! [Students cheer and lift up Ralphie as Miss Shields continues to write an A+.] Ralph? Ralphie? Ralph! [The students giggle.]

Is there something you want, Ralph?

I'm just turning in my theme.

Well, you can take your seat now. [The students continue to giggle as Ralphie sits down.]

Take your seat. [The giggles continue.]

[The kids run from Scut and Grover and Randy can’t catch up.]

Randy: Come on, you guys. Wait up!

Get in the car. Get in the car.

If we don't hurry we're going to miss all the good trees!

Adult Ralphie: My mother was about to make another brilliant maneuver in the legendary battle of the lamp. The epic struggle which followed lives in the folklore of Cleveland Street... to this very day.

[Turns off the lamp.] Don't want to waste electricity.

[Mockingly.] "Don't want to waste electricity."

Come on, Ralphie. Get in the car.

You folks looking for a tree? We got 300 trees. This is the Christmas tree emporium of the entire Midwest. Now, you ain't gonna find no better tree than this here tree. This here tree is built to last. Ain't no needles coming off this here tree. Okay. Now here's a tree. This here is a tree.

That's a little skimpy in the front.

Well, you just put it in the corner.

Haven't you got a big tree?

Hell, this ain't no tree. Now here's a tree. This here is a tree.

Wait'll the dogs see that one.

Don't you think it's a little large?

Listen, Christmas only comes once a year. Why not?

How much?

I'll knock off $2... because I can see you're a man who knows his trees.

This isn't one of those trees that all the needles falls off, is it?

No, that's them balsams.

Adult Ralphie: The old man loved bargaining as much as an Arab trader... and he was twice as shrewd.

You know, Dew Lock just bought one of those brand new... green plastic trees.

Darn thing looks like it was made out of...green pipe cleaners. [They both laugh.]

This is a very nice tree.

I'll throw in some rope and tie it to your car for you.

You got a deal.

Deal.

The Parkers (except The Old Man who drives.): Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way! Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh hey! Jingle Bells Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way! Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh! [The three of them blow raspberries and Randy laughs.]

Damn it. Blow out!

Not again.

Four minutes! Time me.

Adult Ralphie: Actually, my old man loved it. He always saw himself in the pits at the Indianapolis Speedway... in the 500. My old man's spare tires were actually only tires... in the academic sense. They were round. They had once been made of rubber.

Ralphie, why don't you go help your father?

[Excited] Really? Can I?

Yes.

Watch the traffic, there.

Okay.

Adult Ralphie: It was the first time that it had been suggested that... I go help my father with anything.

What are you doing here?

Ralphie: Mom says I should help.

Okay, sit down here. Squat down. Yeah, that's it. Here. Hold this. No, not that way. Come on, rat trap, hold it like this.

How?

Like this. I want to put the nuts in it. There we are. There's four of them. And we got it! There it is. That son of a gun. I'm gonna get that dirty... There we go.

Adult Ralphie: Oh! For one brief moment, I saw all the bolts silhouetted against the lights of the traffic. And then they were gone.

Ralphie: [Slow motion] Oh, fudge!

Adult Ralphie: [The Old Man is surprised] Only I didn't say "fudge." I said the word. The big one. The queen mother of dirty words. The "f, dash, dash, dash" word.

What did you say?

That's what I thought you said.

Get in the car.

Go on.

Adult Ralphie: It was all over. I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.

Everything go all right?

Eight minutes.

Do you know what your son just said?

No. What?

I'll tell you what he said. Randy! [Whispers the word in her ear.]

[She is shocked and screams.] Ah! Ralphie!

[At home, Ralphie sits on the toilet in the bathroom with soap in his mouth and is disgusted.]

Adult Ralphie: Over the years, I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. My personal preference is for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice piquant, after-dinner flavor. Heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Lifebuoy, on the other hand...

Ralphie: Yuck!

You ready to tell me?

[Mumbles yes.]

All right. Where did you hear that word?

Adult Ralphie: Now I had heard that word at least ten times a day from my old man. My father worked in profanity the way... other artists might work in oils or clay. It was his true medium. A master. But I chickened out. And I blurted out the first name that came to mind.

Schwartz!

Oh, I see. [Mumbles and yells.]

[Dials Mrs. Schwartz Schwartz's mom.] Hello, Mrs. Schwartz? Yes, I'm fine.

[Ralphie watches her on the phone.] Mrs. Schwartz, do you know what Ralph just said?

No.

He said... [Whispers the word into the phone.]

[Surprised.] No! Not that!

Yes, that.

Do you know where he heard it?

Probably from his father.

No! He heard it from your son!

[Screaming hysterically.] What? What? Whaaaattttt! [Walks over to Schwartz and beats him up.]

[As his mom beats him up.] Ah, oh no! What'd I do, Mom?

Why? I didn't do nothing! [Whines and bawls.]

Adult Ralphie: Another shot of mysterious, inexorable, official justice.

[Takes the soap out of Ralphie's mouth.] Rinse out and go to bed. Oh, am I glad you finished your homework this afternoon! I want you getting right into bed, and I don't want to see any lights on. You are being punished, so no comic book reading! I'll come in, and if any lights are on... And. [Angrily] Don't you give me that look! You're gonna get it! [Sees the soap and puts it into her own mouth.] Ew! [Spits.]

[Ralphie lays in bed with tears on his cheeks silently weeping.]

Adult Ralphie: Three blocks away, Schwartz was getting his. There has never been a kid who didn't believe vaguely but insistently, that he would be stricken blind... before he reached 21. And then they'd be sorry. [Ralphie's bottom lip goes out as the daydream begins.]

[Ralphie goes to the door with the cane and knocks on the door.] Why, it's Ralph!

[Happily] Well, come on in, Ralph. Where've you been?

Why, he's carrying a cane!

What is it, Ralph? What happened?

Why, he's blind!

Blind? Oh, my God!

Ralph, is it something we did?

What brought you to this lonely state?

Ralph, please tell us no matter how it hurts. What did we do?

Look, I can't.

Please, Ralph. I must know what we did. What brought you to this?

It.... It was.... Soap poisoning. [The Old Man and Mom break down and sob.]

Oh, how could we do it?

Well, I'll manage to get along, somehow.

[Like The Skipper in Gilligan's Island A Nose by Any Other Name] I'll never forgive myself.

Thanks, Mom. [She nods.]

[Still sobbing.] I told you not to use Lifebuoy.

I feel awful! [Ralphie smiles. And does the same in reality.]

[Ralphie Flick Schwartz and Randy run from Scut and Grover.]

Randy: Come on you guys wait up!

Thank you, Heather.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

Thank you, Flick.

Merry Christmas, Miss Shields. [Miss Shields sees a fruit basket.]

[Ralphie enters with a fruit basket. Miss. Shields is surprised.] I just thought that you'd be getting tired of the same old stuff.

Adult Ralphie: Yes, truly, a little bribe never hurts.

Well, thank you very much, Ralph. [He smiles and winks.]

Merry Christmas. [He nods.]

Happy New Year. [He nods again.]

You can take your seat now, Ralph. [He walks back to his desk and winks at Miss. Shields.]

[The kids run from Scut and Grover. And Ralphie runs to the mailbox.]

Adult Ralphie: The weeks of drinking gallons of Ovaltine, in order to get... the Ovaltine inner seal to send off for my Little Orphan Annie... secret decoder pen, was about to pay off.

I got it. "Master Ralph Parker." My decoder pen! All right!

"Be it known to all that Ralph Parker is hereby appointed... a member of the Little Orphan Annie secret circle and... is entitled to all the honors and benefits occurring there too."

Adult Ralphie: Signed, Little Orphan Annie. Countersigned, Pierre Andre! In ink! Honors and benefits. Already at the age of nine. [Pirates yelling on the radio is heard.] Come on. Let's get on with it. I don't need all that jazz about smugglers and pirates.

Listen tomorrow night for the concluding adventure of. The Black Pirate Ship. Now it's time... for Annie's secret message for you members of the secret circle. Remember, kids, only members of... Annie's secret circle can decode Annie's secret message. Remember, Annie is depending on you. Set your pins to B-2. Here is the message. 12. 11. 2...

Adult Ralphie: I am in my first secret meeting.

...25. 14. 11. 18. 16. 23...

Adult Ralphie: Pierre was in great voice tonight. I could tell that tonight's message was really important.

...3. 25. That's a message from Annie herself. Remember, don't tell anyone.

Adult Ralphie: Ninety seconds later I'm in the only room in the house... where a boy of nine can sit in privacy and decode. Ah! "B." I went to the next. "E." The first word is "be"! "S." It was coming easier now. "U."

[Randy calls from the outside.] Come on, Ralphie! I gotta go.

[Calling to his mom.] I'll be right down, Ma.

[To himself.] Gee whiz.

Adult Ralphie: "T. O." "Be sure to." Be sure to what? What was Little Orphan Annie trying to say? Be sure to what?

[Shouting from downstairs.] Ralphie! Randy has got to go! Will you please come out?

[Shouting as he gets annoyed.] All right, Ma! I'll be right out!

Adult Ralphie: I was getting closer now. The tension was terrible. What was it? The fate of the planet may hang in the balance.

[Yelling from downstairs.] Ralphie! Randy's gotta go!

[Shouting.] I'll be right out, for crying out loud!

Adult Ralphie: Almost there! My fingers flew. My mind was a steel trap. Every pore vibrated. It was almost clear. Yes!

[Sees the message.] "Be sure to drink your ovaltine?" "Ovaltine?" A crummy commercial? [Under his breath.] Son of a b***h!

[Ralphie exits the bathroom as Randy enters the bathroom.]

Adult Ralphie: I went out to face the world again. Wiser.

[Lifts the pot and sees the food.] Red cabbage?

I don't know, that's for tomorrow night. You love red cabbage, Ralphie.

You filthy system!

I hate it!

Schmucker! Smelly watt-buster!

Adult Ralphie: What happened next was a family controversy for years. [Suddenly a loud crash is heard.]

What was that? What happened? [Ralphie shrugs.] [Enters the living room and sees.] What happened? What broke?

[Mrs. Parker is holding the broken leg lamp.] I don't know what happened. I was watering my plant and... I broke your lamp. [Walks over to collect the broken lamp.]

Don't you touch that! You were always jealous of this lamp.

Jealous of a plastic leg? [Interrupts her.]

Jealous! Jealous because I won.

That's ridiculous! Jealous? Jealous of what? That is... the ugliest lamp I have ever seen in my entire life!

Adult Ralphie: Now it was out.

Get the glue.

We're out of glue.

[Angrily Grimaces] You used up all the glue on purpose!

Adult Ralphie: The old man stood quivering with fury... stammering as he tried to come up with a real crusher.

All he got out was: Not a finger! [Exits to find tape.]

[The Old Man tries to fix the leg lamp and it ends up breaking. Mrs. Parker laughs to herself.]

Adult Ralphie: With as much dignity as he could muster...the old man gathered up the sad remains...of his shattered major award. Later that night, alone in the backyard...he buried it next to the garage. Now I could never be sure...but I thought that I heard the sound of taps being played...gently. [Leaves to bury the leg lamp, as "Taps" is heard in the background.]

[On the way to school, Ralphie, Flick, and Schwartz walk together and Schwartz tells him what he's getting his dad for Christmas.] Know what I'm getting my old man for Christmas?

No, What?

A rose that squirts.

People come to smell it, it squirts them.

I'm getting my old man a Flit gun.

A Flit gun? [Scut Farkus scares the boys and they scream.]

[Grover Dill enters and stops the friends.] Stop right there!

Adult Ralphie: Ordinarily, if Dill so much as said "hi" to you, you felt great... warm inside. But mostly he just hit you in the mouth.

[Ralphie is shocked] Who me?

Yeah you! Get over here!

Ralphie: I can't now, Grover. I've gotta go see Miss Shields. [He and Schwartz run away.]

Hey, come here! Get over here!

Come on, you! Hey, come here!

You! Come here!

Who, me?

No, your Aunt Tilly.

Yeah, you. Get over here!

Adult Ralphie: I left Flick to certain annihilation. But BB gun mania knows no loyalties.

Uncle! Uncle!

All right, class.

I have your Christmas themes for you.

I'm pleased.

In general, you did very well. [Flick comes in with a black eye.]

However, I was disappointed in the margins.

This is it. [Opens his journal and sees....]

Adult Ralphie: "C+"? No, it can't be.

C+? [Imagines his teacher as The Wicked Witch of the West.]

C+! [Laughs] C+! [Continues cackling.]

Adult Ralphie: Oh, no! [Looks down and sees the note at the bottom and is shocked.] "You'll shoot your eye out"?

Oh, no!

Adult Ralphie:My mother must have gotten to Miss Shields. There could be no other explanation.

[Sees his mother as the jester. And they both chant.] You'll shoot your eye out! You'll shoot your eye out! [Laughs.]

Adult Ralphie: Was there no end to this conspiracy of irrational prejudice... against Red Ryder and his peacemaker?

These multiplication questions were most missed in our last math test.

Would you answer in unison, please?

Adult Ralphie: I was surrounded by happier kids who were all going to get... what they wanted for Christmas.

...fifty-six.

[Ralphie walks outside after school, and is suddenly hit by a snowball.] [Scut and Grover laugh.] Hey, four-eyes!

How'd you like your snowball sandwich? [Continues laughing.]

Maybe you'd like another one! [Scut approaches Ralphie.]

Listen, jerk.

When I tell you to come, [Ralphie starts quivering.] You better come!

[Mockingly] What? Are you going to cry now?

Come on, cry baby, cry for me. Come on.

Cry! [Starts mocking Ralphie's crying.]

Adult Ralphie: Deep in the recesses of my brain... a tiny red-hot little flame began to grow.

[Ralphie has had enough and is getting angry, Scut continues laughing and mocking. Ralphie charges and starts slapping Farkus. Grover Dill is shocked.]

Grover: Hey!

Adult Ralphie: Something had happened. A fuse blew and I had gone out of my skull.

Grover: [Trying to help his friend.] Hey, hey kid! [Ralphie shoves him.] I'm telling my dad!

Hey, Ralphie! Alright Ralphie!

Beat him up! Beat him up!

[Randy picks up Ralphie's glasses as Ralphie starts swearing.]

[Listening to Ralphie.] Did you hear what he said?

[Ralphie continues to swear and Schwartz and Flick are surprised]

Schwartz: Holy smokes!

[Ralphie continues swearing and punching Scut as his nose bleed.]

Adult Ralphie: I have since heard of people under extreme duress speaking in strange tongues. I became conscious that a steady torrent of obscenities... And swearing of all kinds was pouring out of me as I screamed.

[Randy brings their mom toward the fight, and she is shocked by what she sees.]

Flick: Ralphie shhh! Your mother!

Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie! Ralphie Ralphie! Ralphie? [Ralphie sobs.] We're going home. Come on. [Takes Ralphie and Randy home.]

[Scut sits up with a bloody nose and sniffles.]

Flick: Uh oh!

[Scut wipes the blood.]

Schwartz: Let's go, man. Come on.

[Ralphie and mom walk up the stairs into the bathroom.] Calm down. Come on in here, Ralph. Get in there.

[Turning on the water in the sink.] Put your head down in here. Come on, get down in here. [Ralphie puts his head in the sink. And Mrs. Parker puts Ralphie's hat on the back of his neck.] Settle down. [Splashes water on Ralphie's face.]

I want you to go in there and lie down in your room for a while. Ralphie, just settle down. [Removes Ralphie's wet hat.] [Hands a towel to Ralphie.] Here, dry off. All right, calm down. [Finishes drying his face.] All right. Now go lie down. [Ralphie exits the bathroom, and heads to his bedroom. Ralphie enters his bedroom and lays down on his bed.]

[Ralphie sobs.]

Adult Ralphie: The light was getting purple and soft outside. Almost time for my father to come home from work.

[Mrs. Parker walks into the kitchen, and hears sobbing, she goes to the cupboard under the sink and opens the door.] Randy. Hi, what's the matter? What you crying for?

Randy: [Crying] Daddy's going to kill Ralphie!

No, he's not.

Yes, he is, too!

No, he's not. I promise you Daddy is not going to kill Ralphie. Why don't you come on out of there? [Randy shakes his head no.] No? Would you like some milk? [Randy nods yes.] You would? [Gets up and pours Randy a glass of milk.] [Hands Randy the glass of milk.] Here you go.

All right?

I'll see you later? Okay. Bye. [She shuts the door as Randy sobs.]

[Ralphie wipes his tears, and thinks he's gonna be in trouble.]

Adult Ralphie: I heard the car roar up the driveway, and a wave of terror broke over me. He'll know what I said, the awful things that I said.

Get out of here! Go on home, you mangy mutts. Get out of here, you rotten, filthy... Hey, Bumpus! Get over here and get your stinking dogs!

[Ralphie looks out the window.] Hey, come on, what's for dinner? I'm starving to death.

[Mrs. Parker opens the door under the sink, and motions for Randy to come out. Ralphie enters the kitchen.]

Well, what happened today? [Sees Ralphie is not wearing his glasses.] Where's your glasses? [Waves her hand.] Did you lose your glasses again?

Uh, Ralphie? [Walks over to him.] [Hands his glasses over to him.] Remember, you left these on the radio again. Now try not to do that anymore.

[Ralphie puts his glasses back on.] So what else happened today?

Nothing much. Ralphie had a fight.

A fight? What kind of a fight?

You know how boys are. I gave him a talking to. I see that the Bears are playing Green Bay on Sunday.

Oh, yeah.

Zudock's got tickets. I wish I had.

He'll freeze his keister off out there.

Adult Ralphie: I slowly began to realize I was not about to be destroyed.

The Chicago Bears. The terror of the midway.

Adult Ralphie: From then on, things were different between me and my mother.

More like the Chicago Chipmunks, maybe.

But Bears, never.

Adult Ralphie: Strange. Even something as monumental as "The Scut Farkus Affair"... as it came to be known...was pushed out of my mind as I struggled for a way out... of the impenetrable BB gun web... in which my mother had me trapped.

Santa! Yeah, I'll ask Santa.

Adult Ralphie: Of course! Santa. The big man. The head honcho. The connection. My mother had slipped up this time.

Mickey! Mickey!

The store's going to close soon and Santa will be gone.

Ralphie, Santa's not going anyplace. Just be still!

Mom, this is just the same old dumb parade as last year.

Ralphie, will you please calm down.

Mom--

Hush!

Shut up, Ralphie!

There he is!

Santa!

Have you been a good boy? Have you?

Can we go now? Can we go?

Yes, we can go now.

Come on, Ralphie.

Merry Christmas!

Come on, Randy, hurry up.

Ralphie, look over there.

See, the line's not so long. Get in it.

Take Randy's hand and hold on to him. We'll see you later, okay?

Stay together, you hear? And don't get lost. Come on.

Let's go.

Young man.

Hey, kid.

Just where do you think you're going?

We're going up to see Santa.

The line ends here. It begins there.

Merry Christmas!

Come on, come up, boys and girls.

Hurry up.

Come on.

Adult Ralphie: The line waiting to see Santa stretched all the way back to Terre Haute! And I was at the end of it.

I like Santa.

Adult Ralphie: Let's face it. Most of us were scoffers. Moments before zero hour, it did not pay to take chances.

The chocolate snowman eats little boys.

My pretty...

What a tasty little boy.

Don't bother me. I'm thinking.

I like The Wizard of Oz.

Ralphie: Yeah.

I like the Tin Man.

If Higbee thinks I'm working one minute past 9:00, he can kiss my foot.

Come on up on Santa's lap.

There's a wet one. And what's your name, little boy?

Billy.

Come on, Randy.

And what do you want for Christmas, Billy? A toy truck?

Get him off my lap.

Quick, get me a towel.

I hate the smell of tapioca.

Attention shoppers! It is now 9:00 and our store is closing.

Adult Ralphie: 9:00! Great Scott! The store is gonna close!

Santa can't wait all night.

Come on up on Santa's lap.

Get moving, kid.

Quit dragging your feet.

Get him out of here.

Come on, kid.

Come on up.

And what's your name, little boy?

Hey, kid, hurry up, the store's closing!

Listen, little boy, we got a lot of people waiting here, so get going!

What do you want for Christmas, little boy?

Adult Ralphie: My mind had gone blank. Frantically I tried to remember what it was I wanted. I was blowing it, blowing it.

How about a nice football?

Adult Ralphie: Football. What's a football? Without conscious will, my voice squeaked out:

Football.

Okay, get him out of here.

Adult Ralphie: A football! Oh, no. What was I doing? Wake up, stupid, wake up!

Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot...range model air rifle.

You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

Merry Christmas.

I'll see you in Oz, folks.

Well, did you see Santa Claus?

Did you tell him what you wanted for Christmas?

Did he ask you if you'd been a good boy all year?

No.

Don't worry, he knows.

He always knows.

Merry Christmas.

Okay, down you go.

Bye, Chris.

That's fine.

Now wait a minute. All right. Plug her in!

It is.

Well, the green string is out.

No, the green is on. It's the blue that's out.

Oh, don't tell me what color it is. I'm not color blind.

I'm not color blind, either.

There, see, I told you it was green.

Hold it! Don't anybody move!

Hold it right there! A fuse is out.

Adult Ralphie: The old man could replace fuses quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. He bought them by the gross.

Oh, Ralph.

My, isn't that pretty?

That son of a gun.

Yeah. No. That star is crooked.

That star is perfectly straight.

Oh, you've got to be careful.

I am.

It's just... Let me get it fixed. That's all right.

Perfect.

Oh, goodness, look at the time. I hope Santa hasn't had to pass up this house...just because some boys weren't in bed when he came by.

I thought I heard Santa's sleigh bells... a little while ago, going up the other side of the street.

All right, you two, upstairs.

Go on the double, on the double.

Okay, let's get them.

Randy, come on! Get up, Randy!

[Ralphie and Randy walk downstairs and Bing Crosby's music is heard]

Adult Ralphie: Santa Claus had come!

Wow! A truck! That's mine! Wow, look over here! That's mine! What's in here? It's hard. Fire truck. Oh boy, that's mine! Hey!

Does this raise? [The mom and The Old Man walk down the stairs.]

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas, you two.

Randy, no. Wait for Christmas to start, honey. [Sits on the couch.]

I want to play Santa!

Well, wait a minute, Randy.

He played Santa last year, didn't he?

Ralphie, you play Santa this time.

Come on, Ralphie.

Who should I start with?

Well, give Randy a present.

And, I think I see Aunt Clara's gift to you right over there. She always sends you such wonderful presents.

Give me mine, Ralphie! Come on.

Adult Ralphie: Christmas had come. Officially. We plunged into the cornucopia... quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice.

Didn't I get a tie this year?

A zeppelin!

A can of Simonize.

Ralphie, what did Aunt Clara give you? Show everybody.

I don't want to.

Ralphie, show everybody what Aunt Clara gave you.

Adult Ralphie: Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that... I was not only perpetually four years old, but also a girl.

She just always gives you the nicest things, Ralphie.

Oh, isn't that sweet?

Ralph, go upstairs and try it on you--

I don't want to!

Go upstairs right now and try on that present!

She went to all that trouble to make it! Now go on.

While Ralphie is changing, I'm going to play Santa Claus.

[Walks over to the tree and grabs a present.] Now, let me see what can I find.

Oh, I see something! Randy. [Hands him a gift.] This is for you, honey.

And this is for Daddy.

Here. [Drops a bowling ball on his lap.]

From me to you.

[High pitched voice.] Thanks a lot.

[Normal voice.] I wonder what it could be?

Only one way to find out, isn't there?

Well, it's a blue ball!

It's a bowling ball.

Thank you, darling.

Do you like it?

Yes, very much. Very much.

Ralphie.

We're waiting.

Oh, come on, Mom.

Right now! [Reluctantly walks down and shows his costume.]

Adult Ralphie: Immediately my feet began to sweat as those two fluffy little bunnies, with the blue button eyes stared sappily up at me.

Come down here so I can see you better.

Adult Ralphie: I just hoped Flick would never spot them as the word of this humiliation could easily make life Warren G. Harding School a veritable hell.

[Sees it and is delighted.] Isn't that cute?

That is the most precious thing I've ever seen in my life. [Randy laughs.]

[Under his breath.] Shut up, Randy.

He looks like a deranged Easter bunny.

He does not!

He does, too.

He looks like a pink nightmare.

Are you happy wearing that? [Shakes his head no.] Do you want to take it off? [Ralphie nods his head.] You tell the kid to take it off.

You'll only wear it when Aunt Clara visits. Go on and take it off.

Take it off! [Ralphie runs upstairs to take off his bunny pajamas.]

[Ralphie sits with his parents on the couch as Randy sleeps on the floor.] My God, will you look at that mess? Who's going to clean the papers up?

Not me.

Randy did it last year.

Well, he can do it again.

You know, this wine is not bad. It's not good either, but...

[Hands Ralphie the glass.] You want a sip? Yeah.

No, you don't.

Did you have a nice Christmas?

Yeah, pretty nice.

Did you get everything you wanted?

Well, almost.

Almost?

Well, that's life.

Well, there's always next Christmas.

That's funny.

What's that over there behind the desk?

Where?

Behind the desk, against the wall over there.

Why don't you go check it out?

What did we put over there, honey?

Santa Claus probably put it.

Adult Ralphie: Oh, it was beautiful. I could hardly wait to try it out.

Do you know how to load it?

That's right.

Be careful.

Don't. They run all over.

Close her up. Close it up.

Can I try it out, Ma? Can I?

Sure.

Okay.

But outside.

I still say those things are dangerous.

Put on your galoshes and your coat. It's cold out.

I had one when I was eight years old.

What if he hurts himself? [Ralphie runs past them.] Ralphie, your coat!

Don't shoot any animals or birds!

Except the Bumpuses' dogs!

Be careful, Ralphie!

Adult Ralphie: Now it is well known throughout the Midwest that the old man... is a turkey junkie. A bona fide garley turkicanus freak. A few days before Christmas... his eyes would begin to gleam with a wild and ravenous light.

Ralphie: Okay, Black Bart, now you get yours. [Shoots the first bullet, as it ricochets back hits his cheek and knocks off his glasses.]

Adult Ralphie: Oh, my God! I shot my eye out!

[Hears echoes in his head of everyone warning him.]

[From inside the kitchen.] Ralphie, you be careful of there don't shoot your eye out!

Adult Ralphie: She hadn't seen! She didn't know! My eye's all right. The BB must've hit my glasses. My glasses! [Realizes he's not wearing his glasses.] Oh, no! Where are my glasses? Few things brought such swift and terrible retribution... on a kid as a pair of busted glasses!

[The Old Man enters the kitchen to eat the turkey. And Mrs. Parker enters and catches him.]

Stop! [The Old Man runs away.]

[Ralphie searches for his glasses and hears a crunching sound.] Oh, no!

Adult Ralphie: Oh, no! Pulverized.

Ralphie: [Picks his glasses up.] Oh, no!

Adult Ralphie: For a moment I thought, I'll fake it. They'll never know the lens is gone! Randomly, my mind evolved a spectacular plot. Let's see, an icicle! Falls off the garage and hits me in the eye! It would work. It had to work. Quickly, I whipped up some tears.

[Hears Ralphie crying.] Ralphie?

[Ralphie cries as Mrs. Parker opens the door.]

What's the matter, honey? Oh, what happened? [He runs up the stairs to the door.]

[Taking Ralphie's head into her hands as she looks at his injury.] What happened? What is it? Let me see that.

[Sobbing] There was this icicle and it fell off the garage and it hit me.

Come on out of the cold. What is it?

[Hears Ralphie sob.] What? No, it's okay. Just read your funnies. It's all right.

[As Ralphie and Mrs. Parker walk upstairs to the bathroom.] Randy? Wake up, Randy. [Randy is still sleeping on the floor.]

Oh, God.

[Ralphie and Mrs. Parker walk into the bathroom.] It hit my cheek and it broke my glasses. [She takes a rag runs it under cold water squeezes the water out of it. And places it over the little bump.] And I tried to get out of the way, but I...

[Lifts up the edge of the washcloth as Ralphie sobs a little.] There. Oh, see, it's just a little bump. Ralphie, You're lucky it didn't cut your eye. Those icicles have been known to kill people.

Old man: [Walks into the kitchen, and hears Ralphie crying.] What's going on up there?

Nothing. We'll be right down. You stay away from that turkey! It's got an hour to cook. You'll get worms!

Ralphie: [Sadly] But what about my glasses?

Well, you can wear the old ones with the crack in them... until we get you some new ones. Okay?

[Looks at the camera and smiles.]

Adult Ralphie: I had pulled it off!

[Looks back at mom and continues pretending to be sad.] But I left my gun outside.

[Putting the medicine on the washcloth.] When you get dressed you can go out and get your gun. Hold that on there. [Places it back on Ralphie's cheek and smiles.]

Adult Ralphie: Life is like that. Sometimes at the height of our reveries, when our joy is at its zenith... when all is most right with the world... the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.

[The dogs knock over the table and Mrs. Parker and Ralphie hear it.] What?

Oh, turkey! Sons of b*tches! Bumpuses! [Mrs. Parker, Ralphie and Randy enter in shock.]

[As Mrs. Parker starts crying.]

Adult Ralphie: The heavenly aroma still hung heavy in the house. But it was gone. All gone. No turkey. No turkey sandwiches. No turkey salad. No turkey gravy, turkey hash, turkey a la king... or gallons of turkey soup. Gone. All gone.

[Mrs. Parker covers her mouth and sobs. Ralphie hands her the washcloth. As she blows her nose.]

All right. Everybody upstairs. Get dressed. We are going out to eat.

[The waiters sing Deck the Halls in their Chinese voices.]

No! Not, "ra ra ra ra ra." "La la la la la." Sing like this: Deck The Halls with boughs of holly fa la la la la la la la la.

Try again. [Singing in their chinese voices.]

Stop!

Sing something else.

[They decide to sing Jingle Bells in their chinese voices.]

No!

Stop!

Kitchen. Bring food. For customers.

Oh, I'm sorry.

It's a beautiful duck.

It really is.

But you see...

What?

It's smiling at me.

Okay?

Beautiful!

Adult Ralphie: That Christmas would live in our memories... as the Christmas when we were introduced to Chinese turkey. All was right with the world.

Oh, honey, come over here. Look at this.

Is that beautiful! [She sighs with joy, and The Old Man hands her a wine glass, and they put their arms around each other.]

Adult Ralphie: Next to me in the blackness lay my oiled blue-steel beauty. The greatest Christmas gift I had ever received... or would ever receive. Gradually, I drifted off to sleep, pranging ducks on the wing... and getting off spectacular hip shots.

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