|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|Season 1, Episode 20|
|Air date: December 14, 1996|
|IMDb • TV.com|
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Arnold's Christmas is the first ever half hour episode and holiday special of the Hey Arnold! TV series.
This episode is also referred to as A Hey Arnold! Christmas.
Arnold attempts to locate Mai Hyunh through government records, but is rebuffed by the city archivist, Mr. Bailey. Eventually he and Gerald work out a deal; they do all Mr. Bailey's Christmas shopping and he will give him the information. They nearly complete the list, but fall short in getting a pair of Nancy Spumoni snow boots. Without the critical item he refuse to give the boys the location of Mai.
Meanwhile, Helga searches the city frantically for a perfect present for Arnold, but is unsuccessful due to his fixation on to complete Mr. Bailey's shopping list. Learning of the final item she rebukes his quest and faith in Christmas. However, when given a pair of the popular snow boots by her mother, she is able to get Mr. Bailey to search the records though an impassioned speech on Arnold needing a Christmas miracle.
On Christmas Day Arnold is down trodden over not getting Mai and her father back together. Mr. Hyunh is understanding, but depressed. At that point the door bell rings and Phil answers it, only to find Mai Hyunh. Mai comes in and is reunited with Mr, Hyunh. Far out of sight Helga wishes Arnold a Merry Christmas.
- This is the first episode to make mention of a real life event such as the Vietnam War.
- Though it was a Christmas Special, it aired 11 days before Christmas Day.
- The character of Mr. Bailey may possibly be a reference to George Bailey - the protagonist played by actor James Stewart in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. Stewart was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in this film, now turned into a holiday favorite.
- Unlike most other Christmas specials, especially non-cartoon ones, nobody in this episode sings a Christmas carol. Although Big Bob and Miriam sing half of the chorus of "Jingle Bells" and there are a few instrumental jazz versions of carols; including "Jingle Bells" over the closing credits.
- Grandma plays "Yankee Doodle Boy" on the piano.
- According to Mr. Hyunh, candy is bad for his stomach.
- Martin Johanssen tells of how he was in the Vietnam War in the episode "Veterans Day".
- In 2010, Hometown Station AM placed this episode #8 in its Top 15 Christmas Specials.
- This is one of two episodes where Olga doesn't cry (the other being Helga on the Couch).
- Stock footage from "Snow" is used.
- How did Mr. Bailey know Arnold and Gerald were 9 years old?
- After Oskar was caught having written his name on all the slips, there is no scene showing that they have rewritten them.
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