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Carole’s Christmas | OWN for the Holidays | Oprah Winfrey Network


-THANK YOU! -THANK YOU. -THESE ARE GREAT, -YEAH. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BEAUTIFUL. AW, AREN’T YOU CUTE. I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT FROM TIME TO TIME. I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE TEDDY BEAR. I HEARD THIS IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TOY DRIVE THE SCHOOL HAS EVER HAD. I READ ALL ABOUT YOU IN THE SCHOOL PAPER. YOU’RE CAROLE YOUNG, RIGHT? I’M MARCUS, MARCUS JORDAN. WE HAVE ADVANCED MACRO ECONOMICS TOGETHER. I USUALLY… -YOU SIT IN THE BACK. OH, SO YOU RECOGNIZE ME, HUH? OKAY. -OH! -UH-OH! -UH-OH. OH. SORRY ABOUT THAT. -IT’S OKAY. -SORRY. IT’S THE THIRD TIME IT’S HAPPENED TODAY. ARE YOU JUST TELLING ME THAT? YES. [ LAUGHS ] HEY, I’M ON MY WAY TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY. WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN ME? I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT. WHAT? COME ON. WHAT’S TO THINK ABOUT? MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE. [ LAUGHS ] OKAY, BUT YOU NEED TO HELP ME PUT ALL THESE TOYS AWAY. WE’RE ALMOST AT CHRISTMAS BREAK, AND I KNEW I WANTED TO ASK YOU OUT THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, BUT HERE WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY TOGETHER. NOTHING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT NOW. YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? BECAUSE I CAN THINK OF A COUPLE OF THINGS. LIKE WHAT? LIKE WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO, I MEAN, BESIDES SEE THE WORLD AND BREAK THE RECORD FOR MOST DONATED TOYS? I KNOW WHATEVER IT IS, I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION AND NOT THE PROBLEM. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? YOU MAKE THE MOST SENSE OF ANYONE I’VE EVER MET. WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU… -WHEN I GROW UP? -YES. -WHEN I GROW UP. -WHEN YOU GROW UP. WHEN I GROW UP, I’LL PROBABLY GET A JOB AT AN ACCOUNTING FIRM OR SOMETHING FOR A FEW YEARS. I THINK I MIGHT BE ABLE TO HANDLE WORKING FOR SOMEBODY ELSE FOR A LITTLE WHILE AT LEAST. BESIDES, I THINK IT’LL BE GREAT EXPERIENCE. FOR WHAT? OH, I’M GOING TO HAVE MY OWN BUSINESS SOMEDAY. WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS? -LANDSCAPING. -REALLY? I MEAN, HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED AT A LAWN AFTER IT’S BEEN FRESHLY CUT AND RAKED, LIKE, JUST CUT, FLOWERS PLANTED, TREES TRIMMED, OR WORKED IN A GARDEN TILLING THE SOIL? OOH, MY GRANDFATHER HAD A GARDEN. IT WAS IN OUR YARD, BUT IT WAS HIS GARDEN. NOW, SEE, I LIKE YOUR GRANDFATHER. I THINK MY GRANDFATHER WOULD HAVE LIKED YOU BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE A PLAN. YOU DON’T. THAT SURPRISES ME. THERE’S JUST SO MANY THINGS. MAYBE MY MIND WILL BE CLEARER AFTER CHRISTMAS BREAK OR SPRING BREAK. AN AMAZING WOMAN LIKE YOU HAS NOTHING BUT CHOICES. I JUST HOPE I MAKE THE RIGHT ONES. WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR SPRING BREAK? Girl: DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE DURING YOUR VACATION. THANKS. THIS! THIS IS AMAZING! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO! I CAN HELP PEOPLE, AND I CAN TRAVEL! THIS! THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING TO DO! THIS IS WHERE I’M GOING TO GO! WHAT, YOU’RE SERIOUS? YES! OKAY, I WAS THINKING ABOUT GOING TO CANCUN FOR SPRING BREAK AND ASKING YOU TO COME, BUT THIS LOOKS LIKE FUN. OKAY, I’M IN. LET’S DO IT. JUST LIKE THAT, YOU’D GO? LET’S BUILD SOME HOUSES TOGETHER. WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE WE COULD BUILD TOGETHER? GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMASTIME IS COMING AGAIN GONNA CELEBRATE THE SEASON GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS CHRISTMASTIME IS COMING AGAIN HERE WE ARE ONCE AGAIN GATHERED ROUND MAKING MEMORIES AND GINGERBREAD AND THERE’S NO PLACE THAT I’D RATHER BE YOU AND ME GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMASTIME IS COMING AGAIN HERE IT COMES AGAIN GONNA CELEBRATE THE SEASON GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS GET TOGETHER WINTER SNOW’S COMING DOWN COMING DOWN TREE IS UP TREE IS UP AND SANTA’S HEADING BACK TO TOWN AND THERE’S NO PLACE THAT I’D RATHER BE NO, NO YOU AND ME YOU AND ME GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMASTIME IS COMING AGAIN CHRISTMASTIME COMING AGAIN GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS — Captions by VITAC — www.vitac.com CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS OH COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL OH COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT THAT’S AWESOME, GUYS. SO DO YOU KNOW YOUR LINE FOR THE OTHER PART OF THE PAGEANT? AND THE ANGEL SAID UNTO THEM, “FEAR NOT — FOR, BEHOLD, I BRING YOU TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, WHICH SHALL BE PEOPLE.” TO ALL PEOPLE. “WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL PEOPLE”? THAT’S HOW IT IS. IT JUST DOESN’T SOUND RIGHT. WHAT IS A TIDINGS ANYWAY? -NEWS. THEN WHY DID THE ANGEL JUST NOT SAY, “I HAVE SOME GREAT NEWS.” WELL, BREVITY ISN’T REALLY AN ANGEL’S THING, SON. HEY, WHERE ARE YOU GOING? SHOOTING A FEW HOOPS BEFORE SCHOOL. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO EAT BREAKFAST? I’M TOO NERVOUS TO EAT BREAKFAST. STARTING IN THE BIG GAME THIS WEEK! YEAH, THAT’S WHY I’M NERVOUS. AND THAT’S WHY YOU NEED TO EAT. YOU’VE PRACTICED. YOU’VE WORKED HARD. YOU’RE READY. NOW, YOU NEED ENERGY. FOOD GIVES YOU ENERGY, SO SIT DOWN AND EAT, HONEY. I NEED MORE PRACTICE. I’LL WORK WITH YOU THIS AFTERNOON. AND I’VE GOT MY WORLD-FAMOUS BLUEBERRY PANCAKES, YOUR FAVORITE, AND I’LL EAT THEM IF YOU DON’T WANT THEM. -YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM. -FINE. OKAY. [ CHUCKLES ] -OH. -TRY THIS. MM-HMM. -MMM, HONEY! -MM-HMM? YOU KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. DID YOU DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT? I REFINED MY MAPLE-PECAN BUTTER. WELL, IT’S REFINED. -OH, YES, IT IS. -IT’S REFINED. OH, IT’S SO REFINED. YES, IT IS! SO, MAGGIE, YOU TAKE CARE OF THOSE JUMP SHOTS THE WAY YOU ARE THOSE PANCAKES, YOU WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM IN THE GAME. HEY, YOU OUGHT TO GET THEM TO SCHOOL. ME? I THOUGHT YOU WERE TAKING THEM. NO, I’VE GOT TO GIVE AN ESTIMATE, AND THIS IS THE FIRST NIBBLE IN WEEKS! WELL, I HAVE MY PRESENTATION AT NEXCORP. Marcus: AT 10:00. I’VE GOT TO BE IN EL SEGUNDO IN 30 MINUTES. I PUT IT ON THE CALENDAR. YOU GUYS ARE COMING TO MY GAME THIS WEEK? Both: ABSOLUTELY! OKAY. DOUBLE-TIME. COME ON. COME ON, KIDS. LET’S GO. LET’S GO. HONEY, HONEY, DON’T FORGET THESE. OH! DID YOU PAY THE POWER BILL? YES, BUT I PUT IT ON THE CREDIT CARD. -OH! -NO. I’M GOING TO GET THIS GIG TODAY. YOU ARE GOING TO CRUSH YOUR PRESENTATION, AND WE’RE GOING TO BE FINE. -I HOPE SO. THE ORGANIZATION IS REALLY BANKING ON THIS. NO PRESSURE, HUH? -NO. JUST FOLLOW YOUR OWN ADVICE. YOU PRACTICED, YOU WORKED HARD, AND YOU’RE READY. PLUS, YOU HAD AN AWESOME BREAKFAST. THAT’S TRUE. GO GET THEM. -OH. -I LOVE YOU. GO. -OKAY. GO. GO. -I LOVE YOU! -I LOVE YOU. [ INDISTINCT CONVERSATION ] Carole: WE HAVE ELVES AND THEN GRANDMA CAN BE MRS. CLAUS. YEAH. -THAT’S BETTER. OKAY. THIS SONG… LET’S PUT ON SOMETHING MUCH MORE FESTIVE. OH, IT’S MY FAVORITE, YOU GUYS. UP ON THE ROOFTOP, REINDEER PAUSE OUT JUMPS GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS DOWN THROUGH THE CHIMNEY WITH LOTS OF TOYS ALL FOR THE LITTLE ONES, CHRISTMAS JOYS THE PLAYGROUND WILL GO HERE, TWO BASEBALL DIAMONDS, AN AMPHITHEATER FOR EVENTS LIKE CONCERTS, AND THIS AREA WILL BE USED FOR COMMUNITY GARDEN EVENTS. -COMMUNITY GARDEN EVENTS? -MM-HMM. ALL KINDS OF ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES TO DO TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY. AS YOU KNOW, WE AT NEXCORP ARE JUST GETTING INTO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT, BUT OUR FOCUS UP TO THIS POINT HAS BEEN LUXURY DEVELOPMENTS. NOW, WHILE WE’RE INTRIGUED WITH THE PROSPECT, WHY DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD BE OPEN TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROSPECTS LIKE THIS, AS WELL? WELL, DEMAND WON’T DROP FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND SINCE THERE’S SUCH A STRONG DEMAND FOR COMMUNITIES LIKE THIS, FUTURE REVENUE GROWTH SHOULD BE PREDICTABLE AND STABLE AND BECAUSE THE RISK IS FAIRLY LOW. BECAUSE OF RELIABLE DEMAND? EXACTLY. MAY WE, UH, HAVE A MOMENT TO DISCUSS PRIVATELY? OF COURSE! YES. I WILL BE IN MY OFFICE. JUST TEXT WHEN YOU’RE READY. WELL, I THINK IT SOUNDS LIKE A SOLID IDEA. I TALKED TO THE BOARD, AND IF WE DON’T GET A COMMITMENT FOR $10 MILLION BY THE END OF THE YEAR, WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE FUNDS TO CONTINUE. -YOU MEAN ON THIS PROJECT? -NO, OUR WHOLE OPERATION. UNITED NEIGHBORS IS SEVERELY IN THE RED. NOW, WE MIGHT GET SWALLOWED UP BY SOMEBODY ELSE, BUT IF THAT’S THE CASE, YOU AND I ARE MOST LIKELY OUT OF A JOB. YOU KNOW WHAT? EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE. TIFF, NOTHING I SAID IS EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO FINE. NEXCORP NEVER WOULD HAVE COME TO OUR OFFICE IF THEY WEREN’T INTERESTED. WHAT MADE YOU THINK ABOUT THEM? WELL, I SAW AN ARTICLE ABOUT THEIR INTEREST IN GETTING INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. SO YOU WERE JUST RANDOMLY LOOKING UP NEXCORP ARTICLES? I ALMOST WORKED THERE. WHAT? WHEN I WAS PREGNANT WITH TRAVIS, I TOOK SOME TIME OFF, AND I WAS LOOKING AROUND TO SEE WHAT ELSE WAS OUT THERE, AND UP POPPED NEXCORP. IT’S, LIKE, THE MOST VALUABLE COMPANY IN THE WORLD. WELL, THEY WERE A LOT SMALLER THEN. THEY JUST LAUNCHED. I GOT AN INTERVIEW. THEY OFFERED ME A JOB PAYING ALMOST DOUBLE WHAT I WAS MAKING THEN. WHO KNOWS WHAT IT WOULD BE NOW? SO WHY DID YOU TURN IT DOWN? THEY SAID THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF TRAVEL. I’D BE AWAY FROM THE FAMILY. MY BROTHER JUST GOT HURT, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, I LOVED MY JOB. I WAS EXCITED TO COME BACK HERE. WILLOWBY WAS IN ITS PLANNING STAGES. I WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE. AND NOW, YOU’RE WONDERING, “WHAT IF?” I GUESS I AM. THINGS HAVE BEEN REALLY HARD LATELY. I TAKE IT MARCUS HASN’T GOTTEN ANY BIDS SINCE THE LAST TIME HE DID MY BACKYARD? NO. THAT LITTLE BIT HE WAS MAKING ON THE SIDE LANDSCAPING WAS NICE, SO WHEN HE LOST HIS JOB, WE FIGURED, “NOW IS THE TIME TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS.” IT’S A SIGN, YOU KNOW? I MEAN, HOW LONG HAS HE BEEN TALKING ABOUT STARTING HIS OWN BUSINESS? -SINCE BEFORE YOU MET HIM. -MM-HMM. AND NOW THAT HE’S A FULL-TIME LANDSCAPER, IT’S NEVER BEEN MORE QUIET. IT’S BEEN MONTHS, AND THAT WAS BEFORE I TALKED TO THE BOARD AND FOUND OUT I WAS GOING TO BE OUT OF A JOB, TOO. LISTEN… WE’RE GOING TO BE OKAY. YOU ARE GOING TO BE OKAY. I WONDER IF I’D BE SO CONCERNED ABOUT BEING OKAY IF I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT JOB YEARS AGO. WELL, IF IT’S ANY CONSOLATION, I’M GLAD YOU DIDN’T TAKE THAT JOB. YOU’VE BEEN SO GOOD TO ME OVER THE YEARS. TIFF, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN FRIENDS ANYWAY. WELL, WE DIDN’T GET THAT CLOSE UNTIL AFTER WE STARTED WORKING TOGETHER. AH, YES. HEY, IS THAT THE NEW CLEANING LADY? WHERE? WHERE’D SHE GO? WHO? THE CLEANING LADY. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? YOU ARE STRESSED. YOU NEED A BREAK. CAROLE? THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. IT’S A WONDERFUL PROJECT, AND I REALLY DO ADMIRE THE WORK YOUR ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO DO. THANK YOU. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR YEAR-END BUDGET WON’T ALLOW FOR AN INVESTMENT OF THIS SIZE. I REALLY AM SORRY, CAROLE. WE JUST CANT. GOOD LUCK. GOOD. OVER HERE. REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU, RIGHT? ELBOWS IN, WRIST, A LITTLE BOUNCE. YOU GO. -OKAY. ELBOWS IN. WRIST. WHOO! -YES! -THAT’S MY GIRL! THANKS, MOM. HOW WAS WORK TODAY? -UGH. NOT AS FUN AS THIS. HEADS UP! WHOO! THAT’S MY GIRL! YAY! [ BOTH LAUGH ] Carole: SO WEDNESDAY NIGHT… WHAT’S THAT MEAN? -IT’S PASTA NIGHT! -PASTA PUTTANESCA! WHOO! -IT’S TRIM-THE-TREE NIGHT. -AH, YES. LET’S BRING THIS THING TO LIFE. YOU OKAY, BABE? -YEAH. HOW DID YOUR APPOINTMENT GO? I THINK THEY WENT WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IT’S OKAY. I GOT ANOTHER NIBBLE NEXT WEEK. I’LL KEEP AT IT. SOMETHING WILL STICK. [ HEAVY SIGH ] HEY. COME HERE. HEY. WHAT ELSE IS ON YOUR MIND? IT’S JUST GETTING TO BE A LOT. THE VISA BILL IS OVERDUE, AND ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY HERE THIS YEAR? -BABE, MOM’S LEG IS BROKEN. -I KNOW. I KNOW, BUT JUST WITH EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON AND THIS PLACE? IT’S NOT READY FOR A PARTY. WELL — WELL, WE’LL GET IT READY. WE’LL WORK IT OUT. -HOW? LIKE I TOLD YOU ON OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY — TOGETHER, ALWAYS. -SIS. -HEY! COME ON IN. SO THIS IS LINCOLN PERRYMAN, AND HE JUST GOT ACCEPTED INTO PENN FOR THE SPRING TERM. CONGRATULATIONS! THANK YOU. AND THANKS, DONOVAN, FOR EVERYTHING. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. WELL, IT AIN’T ME. THAT BOY BUSTED HIS BUTT. HE GOT REJECTED AND STUCK WITH IT. HM. NO HELP FROM YOU, HUH? MAMA’S MAGIC MOJO BARS? SIS! LET ME SHARE FIRST. “DONOVAN YOUNG’S ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED TEENS HAS HELPED SEVEN KIDS TO THE IVY LEAGUE. AMONG THEM, TWO HARVARD GRADUATES, MOST NOTABLY, DAMON ROBINSON, A PRINCETON GRAD WHO RECENTLY SOLD AN ALGORITHM FOR NEARLY $300 MILLION.” $300 MILLION? NOW, DAMON IS THE ONE THAT USED TO FOLLOW TIFFANY AROUND LIKE A PUPPY DOG, RIGHT? WELL, ONE AND THE SAME. FIRST IVY LEAGUER WE HAD. LINCOLN ACTUALLY INTERNED WITH DAMON OVER THE SUMMER. STOP! THOSE ARE FOR THE CLUB, LOCAL CELEBRITY. NO, I’M NOT A CELEBRITY, BUT I WILL SAY, I NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE DOING ANYTHING LIKE THIS. YOU KNOW, SEEING A KID COME IN HERE AND FIND HIS WAY AGAIN… …I NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE IT IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU. THAT’S NOT TRUE. SIS, 10 YEARS AGO, I WAS GOING TO GO PRO, BUT… YEAH, WELL, MY KNEE HAD OTHER PLANS. I KNOW. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE UNTIL YOU SAID, “TRY HELPING OTHERS INSTEAD OF YOURSELF.” REMEMBER THAT? I DO. SO MAYBE NOW, YOU CAN HELP ME OUT. I’M A LITTLE SHORT IN FINISHING FUNDS ON ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT. HEY, HEY, SAY NO MORE. HOW SHORT ARE YOU? ABOUT $10 MILLION. UH, I’M SURE YOU’LL FIGURE THIS OUT ON YOUR OWN. I HOPE SO. OTHERWISE, I’M GOING TO BE OUT OF A JOB. LOOK, I GOT TO GO. I’M GOING TO VISIT MARCUS’ MOM AT THE WILLOWBY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY. I’LL SEE YOU ON CHRISTMAS EVE? -OF COURSE. FIRST YEAR AT YOUR PLACE? I WOULDN’T MISS IT. HEY, SIS, I’M PROUD OF YOU, TOO. I LOVE YOU. LOVE YOU, TOO. Arlene: I WANT TO THANK YOU, CAROLE. THE CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY IS A FAMILY TRADITION, AND HAVING SOMEONE THERE, FAMILY, TO KEEP IT GOING NO MATTER WHAT, THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. I’VE SAID IT ONCE, I’LL SAY IT AGAIN, WITHOUT YOU, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’D DO. OH. I FOUND A FEW OF THESE THINGS THAT YOU CAN USE TO PUT UP ON THE BULLETIN BOARD THIS YEAR. OH, MY GOODNESS, ARLENE! I LOVE THESE PICTURES! WOW! I DIDN’T REALIZE YOU HAD SO MANY. I FOUND A BOX I HADN’T SEEN IN A WHILE. SAW THE ARTICLE IN THE PAPER ABOUT YOUR BROTHER, TOO. YOU SHOULD PUT THAT UP ON THE BULLETIN BOARD. I WILL, BUT, YOU KNOW, HE DOES NOT LIKE A LOT OF FUSS. I’M JUST SO… YOUR MOTHER WOULD BE SO PROUD. I COULDN’T ASK FOR A BETTER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW. TRUST ME, I COULD BE BETTER. WHAT’S TROUBLING YOU, CAROLE? IT’S THIS NEW PROJECT AT WORK. IT’S NOT COMING TOGETHER THE WAY I HAD HOPED. YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU’D GET THIS COMMUNITY OFF THE GROUND EITHER, AND NOW LOOK. WHERE WOULD I BE IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU? I LOVE THAT OLD HOUSE, BUT I COULDN’T IMAGINE MAINTAINING IT NOW AT MY AGE. AND THOSE STEPS? THIS PLACE HAD BEEN A GODSEND, AND YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, CAROLE. YOU’RE RIGHT. I ALWAYS AM. [ BOTH LAUGH ] I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. [ CAR SPUTTERING ] FOR REAL? [ HEAVY SIGH ] [ HEAVY SIGH ] [ HEAVY SIGH ] IN A MERE DECADE, NEXCORP HAS GROWN FROM A SMALL START-UP TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST, MOST PROFITABLE CONGLOMERATES BOASTING DIVISIONS IN TECH, MEDIA, AND REAL ESTATE. THE PATH NOT TRAVELED. Reporter: AND IN THE NEXT HOUR, SWEATER WEATHER. ARE YOU… LIFE HAS A WAY OF SHAKING US UP, TO BE SURE, BUT YOU, YOU HAVE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH. NO MATTER HOW HARD THAT PATH MIGHT BE, YOURS IS THE RIGHT PATH, AND — AND THERE’S LIFE AT THE END OF THAT PATH. I WISH I WOULD HAVE TAKEN A DIFFERENT PATH. Carole: WELL, WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS MAKE THINGS MORE AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE. I UNDERSTAND. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. [ CELLPHONE DINGS ] OH! [ CELLPHONE RINGING ] BILL, HI! THANKS FOR RETURNING MY CALL! WELL, LISTEN, I’M CALLING BECAUSE I’M TRYING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE… OH. OH. NO, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT. NO, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT. NO. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT. OKAY. UM, I’M SORRY. GOOD LUCK. DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THAT WENT DOWN TOO WELL. NO, IT DIDN’T. HE JUST LOST HIS HUGE FINANCE JOB AND HIS HOUSE, AND HE’S GETTING A DIVORCE. HMM. OUCH. AND HIS DOG DIED. HUH. HE’LL BE ALL RIGHT. -ALL RIGHT? -IT’S ALL RIGHT. HAVE A GOOD TIME BECAUSE IT’S ALL RIGHT. CURTIS MAYFIELD? HEY, DIDN’T I SEE YOU ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? POSSIBLY. I’VE BEEN KNOWN TO ALLOCATE INSPIRATION FROM TIME TO TIME. -I THOUGHT YOU LOOKED FAMILIAR. -THAT WAS ME. NO, I MEAN, I THOUGHT I SAW YOU IN MY OFFICE. I THOUGHT YOU WERE A CLEANING LADY. I’M MANY THINGS, JUST MOSTLY WHAT I WANT TO BE. I’M IRIS. IRIS, I’M CAROLE, AND I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO… I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING. OF COURSE. NICE SANTA HAT. OH, THANK YOU! GETS ME IN THE SPIRIT. -YEAH. -MM-HMM. I NEED TO TRY THAT. I GOT AN EXTRA ONE. NO, THAT’S OKAY. I’M NOT IN… NOT IN THE SPIRIT? I JUST WISH… WISH… YOU WISH WHAT? I JUST WISH I WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENT CHOICE YEARS AGO. YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? PRETTY SURE. OH, HEY, THE SCHOOL IS RIGHT UP HERE. Travis: MAG, YOU SCORED THE MOST FOUL SHOTS ON THE TEAM. DIDN’T MISS ONE! WE STILL LOST. MAGS, IT’S NOT WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE BUT HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME. OKAY, YOU TWO. TIME FOR BED. -BUT, MOM, I WANT TO… -NO. IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS BREAK YET. IT’S STILL A SCHOOL NIGHT. -BUT… -NO BUTS! YOU TOO! -BUT, MOM… -NO BUTS! -CAROLE, SHE CAN… DO YOU STILL HAVE AN EXAM TOMORROW? [ HEAVY SIGH ] YOU COULD HAVE BACKED ME UP A LITTLE. I DIDN’T REALIZE SHE HAD A TEST. OF COURSE NOT. BABE, IT’LL BE FINE. MARCUS, YOU JUST STARTED A NEW BUSINESS. YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN BUSINESS IN MONTHS. THE KIDS’ SCHEDULES ARE DROWNING US. THIS PLACE IS A DISASTER. MY CAR IS IN THE GARAGE BECAUSE WE CAN’T AFFORD TO FIX IT, AND I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RAISE ENOUGH FUNDS FOR THE NEW DEVELOPMENT, WHICH MEANS I MIGHT BE OUT OF A JOB SOON, TOO. THE BUSINESS WILL GET GOING. IT’S THE END OF THE YEAR, AND I’VE ALREADY TALKED TO A FEW PEOPLE. HEY. IT’LL BE OKAY. [ INNER DIALOGUE ] I JUST WISH I WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENT CHOICE YEARS AGO. Iris: GOOD MORNING, CAROLE. I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP. YOUR CAR WILL ARRIVE IN 1 HOUR. AH. HONEY? MARCUS, HONEY? OH! MARCUS, TRAVIS, MAGGIE? STATUE OF LIBERTY? OKAY, YOU GUYS, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE JOKE IS, BUT IT’S TIME TO GET READY FOR SCHOOL, AND, MARCUS, YOU NEED TO DRIVE THEM TODAY. [ GASPS ] HOLY MOLY! SWEET KRIMINY. IT’S A WHOLE NEW HOUSE! OH! OOH! Iris: COFFEE IS READY, CAROLE. YOUR CAR WILL BE HERE IN 45 MINUTES. MAKE IT A GREAT DAY. HMM? “TOOK KIDS TO SCHOOL. ON THE WAY TO THE OFFICE.” THE OFFICE? I MUST BE DREAMING. HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN SLEEPING? Iris: YOU SLEPT FOR 8 HOURS AND 6 MINUTES. OKAY, OKAY. I WASN’T TALKING TO YOU, WHATEVER YOU ARE. THIS IS THE WILDEST DREAM. I GOT TO CALL MARCUS. Iris: CALLING MARCUS. [ TELEPHONE RINGS ] Marcus: THIS IS MARCUS JORDAN. I’M UNABLE TO TAKE YOUR CALL RIGHT NOW, BUT IF YOU LEAVE YOUR NAME, NUMBER, AND A REASON FOR YOUR CALL, I’LL GET BACK TO YOU. UH, MARCUS? HI, SWEETHEART. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU PULLED THIS OFF. I DON’T KNOW, MAYBE I’M DREAMING, BUT I’M GOING WITH IT. CALL ME WHEN YOU GET THIS. LOVE YOU, BABE. Iris: YOUR CAR IS HERE. -IRIS? -AT YOUR SERVICE, MRS. JORDAN. OH, WOW! YOU GOT A NEW CAR LAST NIGHT. THIS MORNING, BUT THAT’S YOUR CAR. THIS IS MY CAR. I’M DRIVING YOU TODAY. THEY WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE ROYAL TREATMENT. -WHO’S “THEY”? -YOUR CLIENTS. MY WHAT? -ARE YOU OKAY? -UGH. I JUST… I SEEM TO HAVING SOME CRAZY DREAM THAT I CAN’T WAKE UP FROM. I KNOW I’M AWAKE. I SEEM TO HAVE, OVERNIGHT, GOTTEN A NEW HOUSE AND A NEW CAR. WELL MAYBE IT’S A FEW EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FROM MARCUS. WHAT DO YOU THINK? I DON’T THINK THAT’S IT. WAIT A MINUTE. HOW DO YOU KNOW MY HUSBAND’S NAME? I KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU. YOU’RE MRS. CAROLE JORDAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT AT NEXCORP CONGLOMERATE. I’M WHAT? YOU’RE APPARENTLY HARD OF HEARING. I THINK YOU HAVE THE WRONG CAROLE JORDAN. THAT’S WHAT ME AND THE FOLKS UPSTAIRS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT. -UPSTAIRS? -MM-HMM. IRIS, EXACTLY HOW MANY JOBS DO YOU HAVE? OH, BESIDES MOPPING, DRIVING, AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING, I’M WHAT YOU CALL A UNIVERSAL FACILITATOR. -UNIVERSAL FACILITATOR? -MM-HMM. ME AND THE FOLKS UPSTAIRS, YOU KNOW, WE LIKE TO RUN A FEW TESTS EVERY NOW AND THEN, SURE UP THE MECHANISM IN THE UNIVERSE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING YOU’RE SAYING. “IF YOU UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING I SAID, YOU’D BE ME,” MILES DAVIS. ANYWAY, IT’S LIKE YOU SAID THE OTHER NIGHT. YOU WISHED YOU TOOK A DIFFERENT PATH. WAIT. I SAID THAT TO THE T.V. -STILL HEARD YOU. -SO THIS IS A… YOUR WISH GRANTED. YOU KNOW, ME AND THE FOLKS UPSTAIRS, WE HAD A FRIENDLY LITTLE BET. WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE FUN, YOU KNOW, BEING CHRISTMAS AND ALL, END OF THE YEAR. SO THIS ISN’T A DREAM? THIS IS REAL? YES, MA’AM, AND I GET A NEW JACKET IF I WIN THE BET. SO YOU’RE SOME KIND OF A… MM-HMM. WELL, WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY THAT MORE DIRECTLY IN THE FIRST PLACE? WELL, IT’S LIKE MARCUS SAYS, “BREVITY ISN’T REALLY AN ANGEL’S THING.” OKAY. SO HOW’S THAT FOR THE ROYAL TREATMENT, HUH, SENDING A CAR AND EVERYTHING? THEY MUST REALLY WANT TO IMPRESS YOU. KIM! YOU’RE KIM MASTERS. YOU WORK AT NEXCORP. UH, WE BOTH DO, MA’AM. OF COURSE. WHAT I MEANT WAS, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? CAROLE? I MEANT, WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA TODAY? OH, RIGHT. UH, BRUNCH WITH THE BENSON BROTHERS. WHO ARE THEY? THEY WANT TO DISCUSS EXPANSION OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT. THAT’S WHY THEY SENT THE CAR. ARE YOU OKAY? YEAH, YEAH. I JUST FEEL A LITTLE ANXIOUS ABOUT THE PRESENTATION. I’M GOING TO NEED YOU TO GIVE ME A HAND. GIVE YOU A HAND? I CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. I MEAN, I REALLY CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. I’M USED TO SOMETHING MUCH MORE BARE-BONES. THIS PLACE IS REALLY NICE. WELL, YOU JUST REALLY NEED TO LISTEN. I’M SURE THEY’LL FILL YOU IN. UH, KIM. I MAY BE A LITTLE OUT OF IT, BUT I DON’T THINK ANYBODY IS GOING TO GIVE US MONEY IF WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. UH, WHY WOULD THEY GIVE US MONEY? THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE, RIGHT? MA’AM, THEY’RE COURTING US. OF COURSE. OF COURSE. LOOK, WELL, ALL DUE RESPECT, WE DON’T NEED MONEY, THEY DO. THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. THEY WANT YOU TO INVEST. PREPARE TO BE WOOED. OH, WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR A MERRY, MERRY, MERRY Carole: WOW! WHAT AN AMAZING VIEW! THIS IS MY OFFICE, ISN’T IT? MM-HMM. WOW! THIS IS AMAZING. WHAT — WHAT ARE ALL THESE GIFTS? FROM CLIENTS? YEAR-END GIFTS. YOU MEAN IT’S LIKE THIS EVERY YEAR? DO YOU MEAN IS THIS MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR? BECAUSE THERE’S PROBABLY MORE IN THE MAIL ROOM. MORE? UH, IF THERE’S NOTHING ELSE, MA’AM, I THINK I’LL HEAD BACK TO MY OFFICE, THE ONE WITHOUT THE NICE VIEW AND ALL THE GIFTS. OH, KIM. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP TODAY, AND I APOLOGIZE IF I SEEM A LITTLE STRANGE. HERE. MERRY CHRISTMAS. THANK YOU, MA’AM. YOU CAN CALL ME CAROLE. I’LL SEE YOU AT THE STAFF MEETING IN A FEW MINUTES, CAROLE. THIS IS AMAZING! WHO AM I? “CAROLE JORDAN HAS BEEN WITH NEXCORP SINCE ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AND HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING IT ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE CONGLOMERATES IN THE WORLD”? WHAT? YOU GO, CAROLE JORDAN! OH, MY HANDSOME MARCUS. “EXECUTIVE V.P.”? “ACCOUNTING”? [ TELEPHONE RINGS ] MARCUS, I WAS JUST GOOGLING YOU? -YOU WERE DOING WHAT NOW? -NOTHING. UM, IT’S GOOD TO HEAR YOUR VOICE, HONEY. I’VE BEEN TRYING TO REACH YOU ALL DAY. YEAH, I GOT YOUR MESSAGES. IT’S BEEN BUSY. UH, WHAT WERE YOU GOING ON ABOUT THE KITCHEN AND THE HOUSE? IS EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT? -NO. NO PROBLEM AT ALL. I HAVE HAD THE MOST AMAZING DAY. YOU SHOULD SEE MY OFFICE. YOU SHOULD SEE THE VIEW. WHAT, YOU GOT ANOTHER NEW OFFICE? YES! NO! I MEAN, YES AND NO. IS EVERYTHING OKAY? EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL, BABY. OKAY. OKAY, THEN I NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK, BABE. OH, BRUNCH WAS AMAZING. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT LITTLE SPOT DOWNTOWN THAT YOU AND I WENT TO TO GET DIM SUM, AND WE GOT LOST ON OUR WAY BACK TRYING TO FIND THE CAR? NOT REALLY, NO. OH, OKAY. WELL, YOU GO BACK TO WORK. WE’LL TALK AT DINNER. Marcus: I THOUGHT YOU HAD A WORK DINNER TONIGHT. OH, RIGHT. WELL, WE’LL TALK AFTER DINNER. YEAH, OKAY, IF I’M STILL UP. I MEAN, I’VE GOT A MEETING AFTER WORK, TOO, AND I’M ALREADY BEAT. -ARE YOU OKAY? -I’M FINE. I’M FINE. I JUST — I’VE GOT A LOT TO DO. I NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK, OKAY? OKAY. I LOVE YOU. -HEY! -[ SCREAMS ] SO HOW ARE THINGS GOING SO FAR? IRIS, I WAS WONDERING IF I WAS EVER GOING TO SEE YOU AGAIN. WELL, I THOUGHT I’D CHECK IN ON YOU FROM TIME TO TIME JUST UNTIL YOU SETTLE. YOU MEAN THIS IS PERMANENT? THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED, RIGHT? WELL, I AM A LITTLE DISORIENTED AND FEELING A LITTLE LOST. “SOMETIMES A LOSS IS THE BEST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN. IT TEACHES YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE NEXT TIME,” SNOOP DOGG. IT’LL PASS WITH A LITTLE TIME. I JUST TALKED TO MARCUS. HE’S AN EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT. HE’S STILL IN ACCOUNTING? WELL, ONCE THINGS STARTED PICKING UP HERE FOR YOU HERE AT NEXCORP, WELL, MARCUS, HE STARTED LOOKING AT HIS OPTIONS, AND HE HOPPED OVER TO ANOTHER ACCOUNTING FIRM. SO THAT OTHER FIRM DIDN’T LAY HIM OFF. MARCUS JOINED THE NEW FIRM BEFORE ANY OF THIS EVEN HAPPENED AND MOVED UP THERE ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS YOU DID HERE AT NEXCORP. LONG STORY SHORT, YOU’RE BOTH DOING VERY WELL. WELL, WHAT ABOUT HIS LANDSCAPING BUSINESS? WELL, YOU’LL NOTICE THAT FOLKS ARE FOCUSING ON DIFFERENT THINGS IN THIS REALITY. WELL, ARE WE — ARE WE OKAY? ARE WE RICH? YOU’RE NOT MILLIONAIRES, BUT YOU’RE VERY COMFORTABLE NOW. THINGS DO SEEM A LOT EASIER. YEAH, THEY DO SEEM THAT WAY, DON’T THEY? YES. -AND KIM, SHE WORKS FOR ME? WELL, SHE WORKS FOR YOU, YOU KNOW, KIND OF LIKE THE WAY I WORK… YEAH. SHE WORKS FOR YOU. ARE YOU OKAY? I WAS AT THE OTHER END OF THE HALL, AND I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SCREAM. UH, YES. I JUST LOVE THESE CHOCOLATES SO MUCH. THEY’RE SO GOOD. CARAMELLY. ARE — ARE YOU READY FOR THE MEETING? NO, BUT WE CAN GO. [ HEAVY SIGH ] HEY. OH, SORRY. I DIDN’T MEAN TO STARTLE YOU. TRY KNOCKING. -SORRY. -WHAT DO YOU WANT, MOM? WHAT DO I WANT? ARE YOU IN A BAD MOOD, HONEY? WELL, I HAVE A TEST TOMORROW. OH, IN WHAT? HISTORY. OKAY. GOOD NIGHT. UH, ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE OKAY? I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE AND STUDY, OKAY? OKAY. OKAY. SORRY. GOING TO MAKE IT RIGHT GOOD NIGHT. WE COUNT EACH OTHER’S STARS LOVE YOU. …TONIGHT BECAUSE IN THIS MOMENT -HEY. -HEY. IS MAGGIE OKAY? YEAH, SHE’S JUST UPSET ABOUT BASKETBALL. SHE HAD A GAME TODAY. I MISSED HER GAME. THAT’S WHY SHE’S UPSET. WELL, FROM WHAT I HEARD, YOU DIDN’T MISS ANYTHING. SHE DIDN’T EVEN PLAY. WHAT? THEY BENCHED HER ALREADY? SHE PLAYED SO WELL LAST WEEK, OR AT LEAST I THINK SHE WAS GREAT. SHE SHOULD BE GETTING MORE PLAYING TIME. YOU’D THINK WITH WHAT WE PAY FOR THAT CAMP AND A PRIVATE TRAINER. I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW INTO THIS SHE REALLY IS, THOUGH. CAMP? PRIVATE TRAINER? DON’T LET IT KEEP YOU UP. I’M GOING TO BED. WELL, I’LL WORK WITH HER TOMORROW. -WHAT ABOUT WORK? -AFTER WORK. WHAT ABOUT AUSTIN, NEW YORK, LONDON? I THOUGHT YOUR BUSINESS TRIPS STARTED TOMORROW. I — I DON’T KNOW. I’LL HAVE TO CHECK MY SCHEDULE. OKAY. HEY! I LOVE YOU. GOOD NIGHT. -HERE YOU GO. -MMM. THANK YOU. Kim: SO WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER OVER THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS, BUT I ANTICIPATE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY PRODUCTIVE STRETCH FOR OUR COMPANY. YES, CAROLE? DO YOU HAVE ANY MAPLE-PECAN BUTTER? I’M SORRY. SO THIS EVENING, WE WILL LEAVE FOR AUSTIN THANKS TO CAROLE’S HARD WORK AND DEDICATION ON THE MANVIEW PROJECT, AND THEN AFTER OUR 48-HOUR TEXAS WHIRLWIND, WE WILL HEAD TO NEW YORK FOR A FEW EVENINGS, THEN, IT’S OFF TO LONDON FOR THE WEEK. KIM, THESE TRIPS, THEY’RE ALL THIS WEEK? WELL, I THOUGHT MY PRESENTATION WAS PRETTY CLEAR. IT WAS. IT WAS. I’M GOING TO MISS CHRISTMAS. NO, YOU WON’T MISS IT. WE’LL BE IN LONDON. WHAT ABOUT MY FAMILY? CAROLE, THE BOARD TALKED ABOUT THIS. ALL RIGHT. THAT NEW YORK TRIP WAS A VERY UNIQUE SITUATION, BUT YOU CAN’T BRING THEM ON EVERY BUSINESS TRIP, AT LEAST NOT ON THE COMPANY’S DIME AT CHRISTMAS. I’M NOT FEELING VERY WELL. YOU NEED TO RESCHEDULE. ARE YOU SURE? BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE A LOT LEFT ON THE AGENDA I’M POSITIVE. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO PUSH? EVERYTHING TO NEXT YEAR. -BUT… -I’M STAYING HOME. HERE. COME ON. SURPRISE! CAROLE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HOME? COOKING! I COULDN’T FIND MY FOOD NETWORK COOKBOOK, SO I WENT TO THEIR WEBSITE, AND I FOUND THE RECIPE FOR SUNNY ANDERSON’S “PASTA PANCETTA AND PEAS”! HEY! CAN I GET A HUG? I GOT THE RECIPE FROM THE FOOD NETWORK. DON’T YOU WANT PASTA? -WE’RE GOOD. AUNT TIFFANY TOOK US OUT. MARCUS SAID YOU WERE OUT OF TOWN. I DIDN’T REALIZE HE MEANT YOU WERE OUT OF YOUR MIND. WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? IT’S NOTHING. THE PASTA AND THE BARS, IT’S NICE. IT’S JUST A LITTLE WEIRD. A LOT WEIRD, ACTUALLY. YOU KNOW WHAT? I SHOULD JUST GET GOING. OH, WAIT, NO! YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUSH OFF. I HAD THE MOST AMAZING DAY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WITH ME. WE SHOULD HAVE LUNCH TOMORROW. WHY? OH, I JUST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO HANG OUT. WE HAVEN’T DONE THAT IN A WHILE. YOU WANT TO HANG OUT WITH ME? I LOVE HANGING OUT WITH YOU. SINCE WHEN? TIFFANY, WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU? WE’RE BEST FRIENDS. I MEAN, WE USED TO WORK TOGETHER. OKAY. SO I WAS JUST JOKING EARLIER ABOUT YOU BEING OUT OF YOUR MIND, BUT SHOULD WE CALL A DOCTOR? ARE YOU FEELING ALL RIGHT? -I THINK SHE’S JUST TIRED. IT’S BEEN A LONG WEEK. I’LL JUST GO WHILE YOU TWO CATCH UP. -I’LL CALL YOU. -WHY? -TO CHAT. -I’M GOOD. WELCOME HOME. ARE YOU ALL RIGHT? WHAT’S GOING ON? I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU THE SAME THING. WE WERE JUST A LITTLE SURPRISED, THAT’S ALL. I THOUGHT YOU WERE IN AUSTIN AND NEW YORK. AND THE PASTA AND MAGIC MOJO BARS? WHAT’S WRONG WITH PASTA AND MAMA’S MAGIC MOJO BARS? NOTHING. IT’S JUST UNUSUAL. UNUSUAL? IT’S WEDNESDAY. SO? IT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT, MARCUS. WHAT’S THAT MEAN? -I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. IT’S PASTA NIGHT. I COOK PASTA EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM MY FOOD NETWORK COOKBOOK. I’D SHOW YOU, BUT I CAN’T FIND IT ANYWHERE. YOU WERE IN CHICAGO LAST WEDNESDAY, AND I CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THAT WE ATE PASTA, LET ALONE WHEN YOU ATE CARBS. NO, NO. THAT’S NOT RIGHT. CAROLE, WE DISCUSSED THIS A HUNDRED TIMES. YOU’RE DOING WELL. I’M DOING WELL. THINGS ARE CLICKING FOR BOTH OF US. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SACRIFICES. NOW, THE KIDS ARE OKAY, BUT YOU’RE DOING WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO. YOU DON’T NEED TO FEEL BAD ABOUT THIS. WHY IS TIFFANY ACTING LIKE SHE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHO I AM? LIKE, IS SHE MAD AT ME ABOUT SOMETHING? OF COURSE NOT. SHE’S YOUR SISTER-IN-LAW, THAT’S IT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BEST FRIENDS. LOOK, I MEAN, JUST LIKE THE REST OF US, SHE PROBABLY THOUGHT YOU WERE AWAY ON A BUSINESS TRIP. WHERE ARE ALL THE PICTURES? WHAT PICTURES? AT LEAST THIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR THE CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY. -WHAT PLACE? -THIS PLACE HERE, OUR HOME. WHAT — I THOUGHT YOU SAID WE COULDN’T HOST A PARTY UNLESS GINA NEELY COULD CATER. -THAT WAS BEFORE. -BEFORE WHAT? YOUR MOTHER. I MEAN… YEAH. I KNOW WE HAVEN’T HAD A PARTY IN A FEW YEARS, BUT WE CERTAINLY CAN’T HAVE ONE THIS YEAR, NOT WITH HER BROKEN LEG. -NO, NO! IT’S TRADITION! -OKAY. NOW, YOU’RE STARTING TO SOUND LIKE MOM. WE ARE HAVING THE PARTY HERE. WHEN, CAROLE? FRIDAY? SATURDAY? CHRISTMAS EVE, MARCUS. BESIDES, TRAVIS’ WINTER PAGEANT IS ON FRIDAY. OOH! WE SHOULD PRACTICE THE SONG! TRAVIS’ PAGEANT? WHAT SONG? YOU MEAN TRAVIS ISN’T IN THE WINTER PAGEANT ANYMORE? HONEY, MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO UPSTAIRS AND GO TO BED. YEAH. YOU SHOULD GET SOME REST. WE CAN TALK ABOUT ALL THIS IN THE MORNING. -GOOD MORNING. -GOOD MORNING. I HAD THE WEIRDEST DREAM. -YEAH? -YEAH. WE WERE… HUH. I FORGOT. I’M LATE. I GOT A CALL AT THE OFFICE FIRST THING. DON’T WORRY. I’LL GET THE KIDS. -I’LL TAKE THEM. -WHAT? I’LL TAKE THEM. WHAT ABOUT WORK? I’M NOT GOING IN. I’M TAKING A PERSONAL DAY. OKAY, MAYBE I’M THE ONE WHO’S DREAMING. Carole: NICE CAR, HUH? SO QUIET. ARE YOU GUYS OKAY? EARTH TO KIDS! HELLO? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU GUYS? IT’S JUST BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU DROVE US TO SCHOOL IS ALL. IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THAT LONG TO ME. I’M JUST GLAD TO SEE YOU TWO NOW. LET’S MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE FESTIVE IN HERE. OH, IT’S MY FAVORITE! UP ON THE HOUSETOP, REINDEERS PAUSE OUT JUMPS GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS OKAY, HONEY. I’LL PICK YOU UP AFTER BASKETBALL PRACTICE, OKAY? I’M SKIPPING. WHAT’S THE POINT? I’M RIDING THE BENCH ANYWAY. MAGGIE, THAT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE YOU. WELL, YOU DON’T SOUND LIKE YOURSELF LATELY EITHER. WE’LL TALK TONIGHT, OKAY? Travis: YOU DON’T NEED TO WALK ME TO SCHOOL, MOM. I’M OKAY. -I KNOW. I JUST WANT TO TALK TO YOUR TEACHER FOR A SECOND. ABOUT WHAT? I WANT TO SEE IF THERE’S STILL A SPOT FOR YOU IN THE WINTER PAGEANT. MOM, IT’S THIS WEEK. I KNOW, BUT SURELY THERE MUST AT LEAST BE A SPOT IN THE CHORUS, AND I KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO YOU. I DON’T GET IT, MOM. I THOUGHT YOU WERE TOO BUSY THIS YEAR. I ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOU, TRAVIS. I’M NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU. YOU KNOW THAT. -THIS IS AWESOME! YOU REALLY WANT TO DO IT? OF COURSE I DO, BABY! AW. OKAY. GO ON IN. ALL RIGHT. I’M SO GLAD HE HAD A CHANGE OF HEART, MRS. JORDAN. THE MOTHER-SON PAGEANT SONG IS SUCH A WONDERFUL PART OF THE SHOW. IT HELPS WHEN ALL THE PARENTS TAKE PART. -THANK YOU. -YES. JINGLE BELLS JINGLE BELLS JINGLE ALL… IRIS. IRIS! I WAS WONDERING WHEN YOU WERE GOING TO TURN UP AGAIN. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. OH, I JUST CLEAN UP AROUND HERE, MISS. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ALL YOUR QUESTIONS UP TO THE PRINCIPAL. SORRY. I HAD YOU CONFUSED WITH SOMEONE ELSE. MM-HMM. [ CELLPHONE RINGS ] -IRIS? -KIM. WHO IS IRIS, AND WHERE ARE YOU? I’M AT TRAVIS’ SCHOOL. DID YOU GET MY MESSAGES EARLIER? NO, I HAVEN’T CHECKED THEM. OKAY, WELL, SINCE WE CANCELED THE NEW YORK TRIP, WHICH, BY THE WAY, THEY ARE INSISTING YOU RECONSIDER, THEY WANT TO DO A SKYPE CALL HERE FROM THE OFFICE. -CAN’T WE PUSH IT OR… -OKAY. CAROLE, CAROLE, IF YOU NEED HELP COVERING THE PRESENTATION, I CAN DO THAT, BUT THEY NEED TO SEE YOUR FACE. THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE OKAY. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? NO, I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT. WELL, MAYBE YOU’LL UNDERSTAND BETTER WHEN 100 PEOPLE WIND UP GETTING LET GO RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS ALL BECAUSE YOU DECIDED TO TAKE A PERSONAL DAY CAUSING ALL THE DEALS TO FALL THROUGH. OKAY. OKAY. I’M COMING. Kim: IN CONCLUSION, OUR METRICS TELL US WE SHOULD BE AT 95% OCCUPANCY BY THE END OF OUR FIRST FISCAL QUARTER OF THE NEW YEAR, AND CONSERVATIVELY, WE SHOULD SEE 118% RETURN ON INVESTMENT. THANK YOU. -WOW. -GREAT. -VERY NICE. -GREAT. -THANK YOU. Man: YEAH, I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. WONDERFUL PRESENTATION. YOU HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, AND WE’LL SPEAK THE 1ST OF THE YEAR. EXCELLENT PRESENTATION, CAROLE. YOU REALLY SAVED OUR NECKS. WELL, DON’T THANK ME. THANK KIM. SHE DID ALL THE HARD WORK. SO MODEST! THAT’S WHY YOU’RE THE BEST. [ CHUCKLES ] THIS IS SO STRANGE. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS, BUT THAT’S CERTAINLY HOW YOU’VE BEEN ACTING LATELY. LOOK, CAROLE, I WAS HONORED WHEN YOU ELECTED TO BRING ME ALONG WITH YOU WHEN YOU GOT PROMOTED, BUT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN YOURSELF IN DAYS. I’M JUST FEELING A LITTLE LOST. I CAN TELL. LOOK, I REALLY THINK YOU NEED TO RECONSIDER THIS TRIP TO NEW YORK. MY SON’S WINTER PAGEANT IS ON FRIDAY. WE’RE HAVING A HUGE PARTY. -A PARTY? -A CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY. IT’S A BIG TRADITION. I DON’T REMEMBER YOU MENTIONING THIS LAST YEAR OR EVER. IT WAS BEFORE I WORKED HERE. YOU’RE WELCOME TO COME. I’LL BE IN LONDON, WHERE YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BE. IT’S NOT THAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND TRADITION OR HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST CHRISTMAS. MY FAMILY USED TO HAVE AN ORNAMENT EXCHANGE. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS 9 OR EVEN YOUNGER, MY BROTHER GOT ME THIS TINY LITTLE ANGEL ORNAMENT. IT WAS WEARING WHITE, HAD GOLDEN WINGS. IT WAS MY FAVORITE ORNAMENT FOR A LONG TIME. DO YOU STILL HAVE IT? NO. IT BROKE IN HIGH SCHOOL. MY BROTHER AND I GOT IN A BIG FIGHT, AND WE DON’T TALK MUCH ANYMORE. YEAH. THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT LISTEN, I KNOW THIS IS TOUGH JUGGLING EVERYTHING, BUT YOU HAD TO HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THESE THINGS WHEN YOU DECIDED TO TAKE THIS JOB. YOU GOT TO MAKE SOME CHOICES, CAROLE. PEOPLE ARE COUNTING ON YOU. SO THANKS FOR MEETING WITH ME, TIFF. WE HAVE TO GO ALL OUT THIS YEAR. I WAS THINKING YOU COULD HELP ME SHOP FOR GOODIES, AND MAYBE WE COULD BAKE. REMEMBER WHEN WE MADE THOSE SNOWBALLS LAST YEAR? NO, YOU DON’T. CAROLE, THANK YOU, I THINK, BUT I’M REALLY BUSY, AND AREN’T YOU? I AM, APPARENTLY, BUT I HAVE TO DO THIS. IT’S TRADITION. OUR FAMILY HAS HAD CHRISTMAS EVE PARTIES FOR YEARS, GENERATIONS. YES, AND THEN WE STOPPED DOING IT. LOOK, I HAVE OTHER PLANS THIS CHRISTMAS. OTHER PLANS? LOOK, IF YOU WANT ADVICE ABOUT THAT PARTY, I’M NOT THE JORDAN YOU HAVE TO TALK TO. HEAD ON OVER TO 423 MAPLE STREET. 423 MAPLE? YOU MEAN WILLOWBY? I MEAN 423 MAPLE STREET. I THINK I KNOW WHERE MY MOTHER LIVES. WHAT’S WILLOWBY? -WELL, HOW’S YOUR LEG? -I’M ALL RIGHT. YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW IF MARCUS MENTIONED IT OR NOT, BUT… PROBABLY NOT. YOU KNOW, I DO APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR HELP WITH THE BILLS, BUT A VISIT WOULD BE NICE FROM TIME TO TIME. YOU’RE RIGHT, AND THAT’S WHY I’M HERE NOW. -OH? -MM-HMM. I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT CHRISTMAS EVE. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT? OUR FAMILY HAD THE CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY FOR YEARS, FOR GENERATIONS. IT WAS A TRADITION, BUT I CAN’T DO IT HERE ANYMORE. THIS HOUSE IS SO BIG, AND THE UPKEEP ISN’T AS EASY AS IT USED TO BE, AND I’M TIRED AT THE END OF THE YEAR. I KNOW. YOU KNOW, YOU COULD HAVE MOVED IN WITH MARCUS AND I WHEN WE OFFERED. OH, WE DIDN’T OFFER. DEAR, IT’S FINE, TRUST ME. YOU AND MARCUS BOTH HAVE JOBS AND TWO KIDS TO RAISE, AND BESIDES, THIS PLACE IS TOO BIG FOR ME. CAN YOU IMAGINE ME LIVING IN THAT COLD CASTLE YOU AND MARCUS HAVE? WELL, WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST MOVE INTO WILLOWBY? -WILLOWBY? -WILLOWBY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY. THE — THE HOMES ARE SMALLER. THEY’RE EASIER TO MANAGE. THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT WHEN I… WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I MEAN, YEAH, THIS HOUSE MAY BE TOO BIG FOR ME NOW, BUT THERE’S NO RETIREMENT COMMUNITY THAT I CAN AFFORD. IT’S OKAY. -OH, MY. I’LL MANAGE. ALWAYS DO. BUT I ASKED YOU 3 YEARS AGO TO HAVE THE CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY TO KEEP IT GOING, BUT YOU WEREN’T HERE AND… I WAS HERE. I WOULD NEVER MISS CHRISTMAS. -EXCUSE ME? -THREE YEARS AGO? THAT WAS THE FIRST YEAR DONOVAN DRESSED AS SANTA FOR THE FIRST TIME. HE BROUGHT THAT BIG BAG OF PRESENTS, AND HE GAVE YOU THAT RED SCARF WITH THE REINDEER. WHAT IN BLAZES ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I WAS HERE! I REMEMBER! I REMEMBER EVERYTHING! MUST HAVE BEEN SOME OTHER YOU THAT WASN’T HERE THEN. [ HEAVY SIGH ] OH! ARLENE, YOU’RE RIGHT. I’VE BEEN SCATTERED. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING. I REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING, BUT I DO NOW, AND THAT’S WHY I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE IT AT OUR PLACE THIS YEAR. HAVE WHAT? THE CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY THIS YEAR, AT OUR HOUSE. JUST LIKE THAT, ALL OF A SUDDEN? I’M SORRY. I’M TRYING TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. I WOULD LIKE TO. I — I WANT TO. I NEED TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMILY THIS YEAR JUST LIKE WE USED TO, AND I WILL HELP YOU OUT MORE FROM NOW ON. FOR THE LONGEST TIME, IT’S LIKE YOU’VE BEEN SO BUSY, YOU’VE FORGOTTEN WHAT’S IMPORTANT. IT’S LIKE YOU’VE BEEN AWAY FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, LIKE YOU’VE BEEN LOST. YEAH. I’VE BEEN FEELING A LITTLE LOST LATELY. I’M GLAD YOU’RE FINDING YOURSELF AGAIN. I REALLY AM. ME TOO. SO, WE’LL SEE YOU ON CHRISTMAS EVE? CAROLE, YOU KNOW, TIFFANY AND I ARE GOING AWAY TOGETHER THIS CHRISTMAS. MAYBE NEXT YEAR. Donovan: I’M SORRY, SON. EVEN WITH THE CHRISTMAS RUSH, WE JUST CAN’T AFFORD ANY MORE HANDS ON. WE HAVE TOO MANY STOCK BOYS ALREADY. GOOD LUCK TO YOU. LINCOLN? LINCOLN PERRYMAN! YOU ALL SET FOR COLLEGE? CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. COLLEGE? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, LADY? I CAN’T AFFORD COLLEGE. HI, HONEY. HEY. WHAT’S GOTTEN INTO YOU. JUST A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT, I GUESS. OKAY. ARE YOU OKAY? IT’S BEEN A STRANGE DAY… DAYS. DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU GOT ME THAT? YEAH. COLLEGE, OUR FIRST ANNIVERSARY, JUST LIKE THE ONE I BROUGHT TO THE TOY DRIVE. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID? IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. HEY, MAGS. -HEY, MAGGIE. -HOW WAS PRACTICE. -I QUIT. I’LL TALK TO HER. SO…WHAT’S WITH THIS QUITTING? -WHAT DO YOU CARE? -I DO CARE. MAGGIE? WELL, I DON’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE, OKAY? YOU LOVE BASKETBALL. -I SUCK AT IT. -THAT’S NOT TRUE. JUST THE OTHER DAY, WE… I MEAN, I KNOW THINGS HAVE BEEN HARD. COME ON. WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN SO CLOSE. COME ON. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY, MOM? THESE PAST FEW DAYS YOU’VE BEEN SO EXTRA. -EXTRA? -“HOW WAS YOUR DAY?” “WHAT’S GOING ON IN HISTORY?” ASKING ME ABOUT BOYS, GROSS. WE’VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THESE THINGS. MOM, WE NEVER TALK ABOUT ANYTHING. THINGS ARE GOING TO BE MUCH DIFFERENT NOW, OKAY? WHATEVER, MOM. [ HEAVY SIGH ] WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE? -WHERE ARE YOU GOING? -A MEETING. -BUT YOU JUST GOT HERE. -UH, YEAH. I JUST CAME TO CHANGE MY SHIRT. I DIDN’T EXPECT YOU TO BE HERE ANYWAY. WHAT’S THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? I’M JUST GOING ACROSS TOWN. IT’S NOT LIKE YOU HAVEN’T DROPPED EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING TO GO AROUND THE WORLD FOR A CLIENT. WELL, I’M HOME NOW. NOW, UNTIL YOU’RE OFF TO BE WINED AND DINED AND GONE AGAIN UNTIL WHO KNOWS WHEN. LOOK, HONEY, I KNOW I’VE BEEN GONE A LOT LATELY. THAT’S NOT THE REAL ME. I’LL CHANGE, I PROMISE. CAROLE, LOOK, I KNOW YOU LIKE NICE THINGS, AND IF I DON’T CARRY MY WEIGHT, WE CAN’T AFFORD THIS LIFESTYLE THAT YOU’VE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO. HONESTLY, IT’S NIGHTS LIKE THIS, I JUST… I WISH THINGS WERE DIFFERENT, BUT THEY’RE NOT SO I’VE GOT TO GO. DON’T WAIT UP. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? [ DOOR KNOCKING ] DONOVAN? LOOK AT YOU. WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO? -VEGAS, BABY. -VEGAS? PARTY CENTRAL. [ CHUCKLES ] EXCUSE ME, WHAT BUSINESS DO YOU HAVE IN LAS VEGAS? WHAT BUSINESS? MY BUSINESS. I’VE GOT TO LAY ON SOME BETS. VEGAS, BABY. BETS? WHAT ABOUT THE CENTER? DOESN’T IT HAVE A GIFT EXCHANGE COMING UP? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT CENTER? WHAT GIFT EXCHANGE? THE YOUTH CENTER WHERE YOU WORK. I WORK AT A YOUTH CENTER? YOU PLAYING WITH ME? WHATEVER. LOOK, I NEED TO BORROW A COUPLE GRAND. -A COUPLE GRAND? -TO COVER. ARE YOU PLAYING WITH ME? SIS, PLANE IS LEAVING IN A COUPLE HOURS, ALL RIGHT? I’VE GOT TO GO, SO A COUPLE THOUSAND AND I’M GOOD. I’LL PAY YOU BACK, SCOUT’S HONOR, AND WHEN I HIT, I’LL EVEN MAKE A DONATION TO THIS, UH, YOUTH CENTER, WHATEVER YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. YOU WANT ME TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE THOUSAND DOLLARS? WHY YOU MAKING A BIG THING OUT OF IT? BECAUSE YOU WANT ME TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE THOUSAND DOLLARS. SO? SO YOU COME IN HERE LOOKING LIKE A CLOWN. WHAT’S YOUR DEAL? MY DEAL IS BETTING, SIS, SPORTS BETTING, ALL RIGHT? I GOT TO MAKE A LIVING. GAMBLING? LOOK, WHY ARE YOU ACTING LIKE THIS? ALL RIGHT. IT’S JUST A COUPLE GRAND. NO! WELL, I’M YOUR BROTHER. YOU ARE NOT MY BROTHER. I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BUT I WANT YOU OUT OF HERE. ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. WHEN I HIT, DON’T BE LOOKING FOR A CUT. OH! Santa: HO, HO, HO. NOW, IF WE HURRY, WE CAN GET BACK IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS EVE. AH! COULD YOU GIVE ME A LITTLE WARNING BEFORE YOU POP IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE LIKE THIS? SORRY, WON’T BE FOR MUCH LONGER. I SAID I WOULD CHECK IN FROM TIME TO TIME JUST UNTIL YOU’RE SETTLED, AND IT SEEMS YOU ARE, SO… IT SEEMS LIKE I’M SETTLED? I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER BE SETTLED. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BROTHER? UH, HE BETS ON SPORTING EVENTS. HE’S ACTUALLY PRETTY SUCCESSFUL MOST OF THE TIME. NO, MY BROTHER IS A SWEET, CARING YOUNG MAN. HE’S NOT OBNOXIOUS LIKE THAT. HE IS NOW. RIPPLES IN THE UNIVERSE. WHAT RIPPLES TURNED MY BROTHER INTO A CLOWN? “A LIFE IS NOT IMPORTANT EXCEPT IN THE IMPACT IT HAS ON OTHER LIVES.” JACKIE ROBINSON. SOME PEOPLE HAVE A LARGER IMPACT THAN OTHERS. IN YOUR FORMER LIFE, THE WORK YOU DID HAD A TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE ON YOUR YOUNGER BROTHER, SO MUCH SO THAT WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG MAN, HE ALTERED HIS PATH, AND, UM, IN YOUR OTHER LIFE, YOU YOURSELF, YOU TOOK CARE OF HIM AFTER HE WAS INJURED. I DIDN’T TAKE CARE OF MY BROTHER IN THIS LIFE? ON THE CONTRARY. YOUR BUSINESS TRAVELS INTRODUCED YOU TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, AND AS A RESULT, YOUR BROTHER WAS ABLE TO PLAY A FEW MORE YEARS, BUT IT WAS NEVER THE SAME AFTER THE ACCIDENT, AND OF COURSE, ALL THOSE LITTLE CHATS YOU USED TO HAVE WITH HIM WHEN YOU WERE TAKING CARE OF HIM, NURSING HIM. I REMEMBER. WELL, HE DOESN’T ANYMORE. YOU DIDN’T HAVE THEM IN THIS LIFE. YOU KNOW, CAROLE, UPSTAIRS, WE’VE SEEN ENDLESS VARIATIONS TO YOUR LIFE, BUT YOU KNOW THE ONE THING THAT DOESN’T CHANGE IS YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAMILY? THEN WHY ARE THEY TREATING ME SO DIFFERENTLY, LIKE I’M A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSON OR SOMETHING? WELL, YOU ARE, I MEAN NOT TOTALLY, BUT AS I SAID, IN THIS REALITY, YOUR FOCUS IS JUST ON OTHER THINGS. YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY NOW, DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES. YOU MAY HAVE HOPPED INTO THIS LIFE OVERNIGHT, BUT THIS ALTERNATE YOU, THIS DIFFERENT BEHAVIOR HAS EVOLVED OVER THE COURSE OF MANY YEARS, THE YEARS AFTER YOU MADE THE DECISION TO TAKE THE JOB AT NEXCORP. OH, THAT’S WHY EVERYTHING WENT WRONG. WRONG TO SEND YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE BEST BASKETBALL CAMP IN THE STATE. WRONG TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW’S UTILITIES, MANAGING AND KEEPING HUNDREDS, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED. I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THAT. JUST AS YOUR FAMILY HAS NO MEMORY OF YOUR ALTERNATE LIFE, SO AS FAR AS YOUR BROTHER IS CONCERNED, HE NEVER WORKED AT THE YOUTH COMMUNITY CENTER. THAT’S WHY LINCOLN ISN’T GOING TO COLLEGE. YOUR BROTHER WASN’T THERE TO MENTOR HIM, AND YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW, SHE NEVER MOVED INTO THAT AFFORDABLE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY BECAUSE YOU WEREN’T THERE TO BUILD IT, AND UM, YOU AND MAGGIE, YOU NEVER DID SHOOT HOOPS TOGETHER. WHAT ELSE DIDN’T WE DO TOGETHER? SHE SEEMS SO ANGRY. SHE IS, BUT TRAVIS, HE’S STILL YOUNG. THERE’S MAYBE A CHANCE THERE TO CORRECT THAT RELATIONSHIP, BUT MAGGIE, SHE’S IN HIGH SCHOOL NOW. THAT TIME, THOSE YEARS, THAT FOUNDATION, IT’S GONE. AND YOUR HUSBAND? HE’S JUST AS BUSY AS YOU ARE, AND SOME MIGHT SAY YOU’RE BOTH BETTER OFF BECAUSE YOU HAVE A LITTLE MORE MONEY. BUT NOT AS MANY MEMORIES. DIFFERENT MEMORIES BECAUSE OF DIFFERENT CHOICES. YOU ONLY REMEMBER YOUR OTHER LIFE NOW BECAUSE OF THE RESIDUAL EFFECT OF THE TRANSITION, BUT IN TIME, YOU’LL HAVE THE SAME MEMORIES THAT THEY DO AND EVERYTHING WILL SEEM NORMAL. Carole: THIS HARDLY SEEMS NORMAL. WHAT IS NORMAL REALLY? YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN A GREAT GIFT. YOU WANTED TO SEE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IF YOU MADE A DIFFERENT CHOICE. YOU SAID THAT THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS, RIGHT? ENDLESS VARIATIONS. OF COURSE. WELL, I WANT TO SEE ANOTHER VARIATION. I’M NOT A GENIE, CAROLE. YOU CAN’T KEEP WISHING FOR OTHER LIVES. SOONER OR LATER, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DECIDE. I DON’T WANT THIS LIFE. SHOW ME ANOTHER LIFE. -YOU SURE? -POSITIVE. SUIT YOURSELF. I HAD THE WEIRDEST DREAM. TRAVIS, HONEY! YOU HAD A GOOD NAP, MOM? YEAH, YEAH. OH, YOU LOOK ADORABLE. WAIT, YOUR PAGEANT. -IT’S IN AN HOUR. WE’VE GOT TO GO. -OKAY, OKAY, OKAY. WHERE’S EVERYBODY ELSE? -THEY’RE THERE ALREADY. COME ON. -OKAY, OKAY. COME AND BEHOLD HIM BORN THE KING OF ANGELS OH, COME LET US ADORE HIM OH, COME LET US ADORE HIM OH, COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST THE LORD [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU AGAIN, CAROLE, FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK THIS YEAR. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT YOU. OH, I’M JUST GLAD I COULD BE OF HELP. DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH OVER THE HILLS WE GO LAUGHING ALL THE WAY HA, HA, HA THAT BOY HAS QUITE A FUTURE. SPITTING IMAGE, HE’S SUCH A SIGHT TO BEHOLD, SUCH PROMISE, SO MANY CHOICES AHEAD. IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH HEY! JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS THIS MOMENT, WITH OR WITHOUT MONEY, HOW MANY LIVES DOES THIS MOMENT END? HOW MANY CHOICES CAN ADD UP TO A MOMENT LIKE THIS? AND IF YOU CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY, IT DISAPPEARS FOREVER. I WOULD HAVE MISSED THIS MOMENT IN THE OTHER LIFE, WOULDN’T I? YOU’RE FINALLY CATCHING ON, AREN’T YOU? WELL, I’VE COME TO SAY GOODBYE. BUT — BUT THIS LIFE, THE ONE I’M IN NOW, THIS ISN’T MY LIFE EITHER, IS IT? IT IS NOW, THE VARIATION YOU REQUESTED. YOU SAID YOU WANTED TO SEE ANOTHER ONE. THIS IS IT. BUT WHERE’S MARCUS? IRIS, WHERE’S MARCUS? NO. NO. THIS IS HORRIBLE. NO, NO, NO. THIS IS ALL WRONG. CAROLE, I TOLD YOU THERE WERE A BILLION OPTIONS. EACH CHOICE, EACH MOVEMENT, EACH VARIATION, WE HAVE CONTROL OVER SO MUCH AND OTHER THINGS WE DON’T. MARCUS IS GONE. YOU ASKED FOR ANOTHER VARIATION, BUT WHY? I FELT LIKE ALL THE CHOICES I MADE WERE WRONG. BUT WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THAT MOST PEOPLE FOCUS ON THE THINGS THEY DON’T ALREADY HAVE RATHER THAN BEING GRATEFUL FOR THE THINGS THAT THEY ALREADY DO. -WHO SAID THAT? -I DID. PEOPLE SEEM TO GET CONFUSED WITH WANTING A WHOLE DIFFERENT LIFE ALL TOGETHER RATHER THAN JUST SIMPLY DOING THE VERY BEST THAT THEY CAN WITH WHAT THEY’VE BEEN GIVEN, WHICH ADMIRABLY, CAROLE, YOU ALREADY DO THROUGH YOUR LOVE OF YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COMMUNITY. ALL THIS TIME I THOUGHT I MADE THE WRONG CHOICES. I NEVER REALIZED THAT THE CHOICES I MADE DELIVERED ME MY BEST POSSIBLE LIFE. I DID MAKE SOME GOOD CHOICES, DIDN’T I? YES, ESPECIALLY THIS ONE. I DON’T WANT THIS LIFE, NOT WITHOUT MARCUS. I DON’T WANT ANY VARIATIONS. I DON’T WANT A DIFFERENT LIFE. I WANT THE LIFE I HAD. I WANT MY LIFE. I APPRECIATE IT NOW, I DO. I WANT MY FAMILY AND MY MEMORIES, ALL OF THEM, GOOD AND BAD. CAROLE. PLEASE, IRIS. AS YOU WISH. I HAVE BILLS. I HAVE BILLS. I HAVE BILLS. I HAVE BILLS. OH, MY GOD. I’M BACK. I’M BACK. MARCUS? MARCUS. MARCUS, MARCUS! -HI, GOOD MORNING. -I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU, TOO. YOU’RE ACTING LIKE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ME IN A WEEK. Travis: CHRISTMAS EVE TONIGHT! -OH, MY BABIES. -PARTY TIME. COME HUG ME. HI, HOW ARE YOU GUYS? OH, MY GOD. THE LIVING ROOM REALLY LOOKS GREAT, DAD. -OH, THANKS. -WHAT DO YOU MEAN? -I FINISHED IT LATE LAST NIGHT. -FINISHED WHAT? -COME ON, MOM, I’LL SHOW YOU. -OKAY. WE’RE AT THE FAMILY REUNION. -YEAH, MOM, I REMEMBER. -YOU DO? -OF COURSE. DO YOU REMEMBER EVERYTHING? UH, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU ABOUT YOUR SHOT? ELBOWS IN, BACK SPIN, WRIST. -SWISH. -SWISH. AND WHAT DO WE DO ON WEDNESDAYS? -PASTA NIGHT! -YEAH. OH, COME ON, MOM. Carole: WHEN DID ALL THIS HAPPEN? Maggie: DAD WAS UP ALL NIGHT FINISHING UP. -YOUR DAD DID THIS? -WE HELPED. YEAH, IT’S NOT LIKE WE SAT AROUND. HE WOULDN’T LET US. WE DID THIS. MOM, ARE YOU OKAY? I COULDN’T BE BETTER. I COULDN’T BE BETTER. I THINK YOU NEED SOME COFFEE. MARCUS, HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU PULL THIS OFF? I’M ASKING MYSELF THE SAME THING, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO ADMIT, WE CAN STILL MAKE MAGIC TOGETHER, CAN’T WE? IT’S LIKE I SAID THE DAY WE MET. “IF WE CAN BUILD HOUSES TOGETHER, WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE WE CAN BUILD TOGETHER?” YOU REMEMBER. I’M JUST GLAD YOU DO. IT REALLY IS WONDERFUL. HONESTLY, I DIDN’T KNOW IF WE’D BE ABLE TO PULL IT OFF, GETTING OFF WORK, MOVING ALL THE FURNITURE, CLEANING UP EVERYTHING FOR THE PARTY. WORK? MY NEW GIG, SULLIVAN’S GOLF COURSE, REMEMBER? BABY, THAT’S WONDERFUL. CONGRATULATIONS. THAT’S SUCH GREAT NEWS. SPEAKING OF BUSY, WE GOT TO FINISH GETTING READY FOR THE PARTY. Maggie: LOOK WHO’S EARLY? HO, HO, HO. MERRY CHRISTMAS. MERRY CHRISTMAS! WE GOT A LOT TO COOK. WE GOT A LOT TO DO. IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE. TRAVIS, HONEY, YOU WERE BEAUTIFUL LAST NIGHT, AN ABSOLUTE ANGEL. THANK YOU. ARLENE, I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO TAKE IT EASY. OH, I DON’T NEED MY LEG TO COOK OR BAKE, HONEY. COME ON, EVERYBODY, TURN ME AROUND, TO THE KITCHEN. LET’S GO. -LET’S DO IT. IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU. I HOPE YOU CAME UP WITH SOMETHING? HUH? UGH. NO, IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE. HAVE YOU HEARD FROM THE BOARD? OH, NO. WE STILL DON’T HAVE FUNDING FOR THE NEW DEVELOPMENT. YES, AND THEY’RE GOING TO PULL THE PLUG IF WE DON’T HAVE SOME TYPE OF COMMITMENT BY THE END OF THE DAY, AND WE’RE GOING TO GET SHUT DOWN. RIGHT, RIGHT. YOU KNOW, I HAVEN’T HAD MY COFFEE YET, SO I’M STILL KIND OF OUT OF IT. YOU AND I, WE NEED TO GET TO THE STORE, GET THE FOOD, THE DECORATIONS. WE SHOULD HAVE THOSE SNOW BALLS AGAIN. THEY WERE SO GOOD. -YOU REMEMBER? OF COURSE I DO. IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU. OKAY, LET’S GO. WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE SOMETHING OUT. OKAY, OKAY. LET ME CHANGE. LET ME GET CHANGED. I TRIED SOME OTHER CONTACTS LAST NIGHT. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, IT’S JUST NOT A GOOD TIME FOR THEM. THE COMMUNITY REALLY NEEDS THIS. I WISH I COULD FIGURE SOMETHING OUT. I KNOW. SHOOT, I FORGOT THE CANDY CANES. OKAY, I’LL GO GET IN LINE. THANKS. EXCUSE ME, DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE CANDY… IRIS! I DIDN’T THINK I WAS GOING TO SEE YOU AGAIN. OH, YOU’LL BE SEEING ME AGAIN, BUT IT WON’T BE FOR A WHILE THOUGH. LAST ONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING. OH, I JUST SHOWED YOU THAT YOU’RE ALREADY ON THE RIGHT PATH, THAT’S ALL. IT FEELS GOOD. SO EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT NOW? NOT EXACTLY. IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING WITH YOU, ISN’T IT? I KNOW. IT’S FINE. LOOKS LIKE I MAY BE OUT OF WORK. I’M SURE THAT YOU WILL THINK OF SOMETHING NOW THAT YOU’RE BACK IN YOUR OWN SHOES. YOU KNOW WHAT? I FOUND THAT WHEN YOU NEED A LITTLE HELP, HELPING SOMEBODY ELSE MAKES THINGS A LITTLE LESS WORRISOME. HEY, IRIS, YOU WANT TO HAND ME THAT HAT? WITH PLEASURE. AND CAROLE, THANKS FOR MY JACKET. [ GASPS ] IRIS. CAROLE? KIM. I’M GLAD I CAUGHT YOU. I’M ON MY WAY TO THE AIRPORT. LONDON? LUCKY GUESS. I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING BEFORE YOU LEFT TO FIX WHAT WAS BROKEN. WELL, THANK YOU. THAT’S VERY KIND, AND I’M SORRY AGAIN THINGS DIDN’T WORK OUT. MERRY CHRISTMAS. HM? AHH, AHH [ CELLPHONE RINGING ] Carole: HELLO? CAROLE, I OPENED YOUR GIFT. OH, DID YOU LIKE IT? IT BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES. IT ALSO REMINDED ME OF SOMETHING I NEED TO DO. LISTEN, I’VE GIVEN IT SOME THOUGHT, AND I THINK I CAN CONVINCE THE BOARD TO INVEST 2.5 MILLION. NOW I KNOW IT’S NOT THE ENTIRE AMOUNT YOU NEED, BUT IT’S ALL I CAN DO. I CAN COMMIT THAT. NOW LOOK, IF OTHER SOURCES COME THROUGH, MY OFFER STANDS. TOUCH BASE FIRST OF THE YEAR? YES. THANK YOU, KIM. MERRY CHRISTMAS. THANK YOU, CAROLE. MERRY CHRISTMAS. HEY, ANY LUCK? NO. I’M SORRY, SWEETHEART. HEY, WE’RE GOING TO BE OKAY. I KNOW. OH, MY GOD, IT’S DAMON ROBINSON. THAT’S DONOVAN. HEY, EVERYBODY. MERRY CHRISTMAS. WELCOME. LITTLE BROTHER. YOU LOOK GREAT. HOW ARE THINGS AT THE CENTER? YOUR BARS WERE A HIT. [ LAUGHS ] REMEMBER DAMON ROBINSON? OF COURSE I REMEMBER YOU, PRINCETON GRAD. I KNOW TIFF REMEMBERS YOU, TOO. HI, TIFFANY. I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND ME BRINGING HIM ALONG. HE HAS SOME NEWS I THINK YOU’LL LIKE TO HEAR. OF COURSE NOT, MY BROTHER TOLD ME ABOUT YOUR ALGORITHM. CONGRATULATIONS, THAT’S AMAZING. -THANK YOU. -MORE NEWS? YOUR BROTHER WAS SPEAKING TO ME ABOUT SPRING INTERNS AND BROUGHT UP WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO WITH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, WHICH I THINK IS GREAT. I WOULD LIKE TO INVEST. -YOU DO? HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO MOVE FORWARD? UM, 10… WELL, $7.5 MILLION. 7.5? OKAY. OKAY? OKAY? ON ONE CONDITION. ALL DONOVAN COULD TALK ABOUT ON HIS WAY OVER HERE IS MAMA’S MAGIC MOJO BARS. [ LAUGHTER ] IF YOU COULD TAKE ME TO THOSE. RIGHT THIS WAY. THANK YOU, LITTLE BROTHER. -HEY, WHAT’S FAMILY FOR? -HERE’S TO FAMILY. -FAMILY. -EVERYBODY. UP ON THE HOUSETOP REINDEER PAUSE OUT JUMPS GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS DOWN THROUGH THE CHIMNEY WITH LOTS OF TOYS [ APPLAUSE ] OOH, GOOD TIMES ARE STARTING TODAY SO LET’S CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY THESE MEMORIES NEVER WILL FADE AWAY THEY’LL ALWAYS STAY WITH ME DECORATIONS ON THE TREE AND CAROLING FAMILIAR MELODIES GATHERING A HARMONY OF JOY SHARING SANTA’S SLEIGH OF TOYS THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST CHRISTMAS IN OUR HISTORY EVERYONE FROM YOUNG TO OLD WILL SING WISHING YOU A MERRY, MERRY, MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS MERRY, MERRY, MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY SING SO ALL THE WORLD WILL KNOW CHRISTMAS BRINGS US HOME

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