The employees of the Chinese restaurant at the end were being deliberate in their Japanese Ranguage.They knew how to say the "L" sound, they just knew the Parkers had just had an unpleasant experience losing their turkey and were being silly to cheer them up. Why else would they immediately switch over to a Christmas song that obviously also used lots of "L"'s?
The film was made to promote Leg Lamps.It took a decade or two for the gambit to pay off.
The Old Man wants Ralphie to shoot the Bumpus Hounds.When Ralphie receives the BB gun for Christmas and goes outside to use it, his mother tells him not to shoot any animals, and his father puts in, "Except for the Bumpuses' dogs!" Yes, he may be joking, but he's the kind of person who would likely half-jokingly say something he means, and he is the one who got Ralphie the BB gun. He says it's because he had one as a kid and thinks Ralphie should have one, but there's the possibility that his ulterior motive was getting his son to shoot the dogs.
The Old Man knew about Ralphie beating up Scut Farkus all alongHe was secretly proud of his son for standing up for himself and taking down the much bigger school bully but didn't feel it was right to actually encourage violence and knew Mother wouldn't approve anyway.
The Old Man bought Ralphie the rifle to get back at MotherRalphie's Mother breaks his precious major award. The only way he can get back to her is to directly defy her orders and buy Ralphie the BB gun.
Miles Matheson of Revolution actually watched this film.In episode 7, Miles said to a kid pointing a weapon at him, "You're gonna poke your eye out, kid!" Now, that's not exactly the same line, but it's pretty close. Besides, Miles probably watched it once, and his memory got a little foggy there.
Ralphie's mother knew the whole time that he nearly shot his eye out.By that point, she had resigned herself to the fact that her son owned and loved the Red Ryder BB gun, and went along with his icicle story to spare his dignity.
The movie is less about Ralphie wanting a BB gun than it is about a desire to bond with his dad.Watch his reaction when Mom suggests he go help his father, and his reaction when that goes awry. The fact that Dad is the one who engineers the purchase of the Red Ryder (as implied by his "Santa Claus" excuse) only reinforces this.