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1''How Murray Saved Christmas'' is a 2014 ChristmasSpecial that aired on NBC written by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' producer Mike Reiss, starring Jerry Stiller as Murray Weiner, Sean Hayes as Edison Elf, Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, Creator/JasonAlexander as Dr. Holiday, John Ratzenberger as Officer Bender, Creator/DennisHaysbert as the Baby New Year and the Narrator, with Nick Jameson, Creator/TomKenny, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, Creator/TressMacNeille, and Creator/BillyWest to round out the cast.˛˛The story takes place in a town called Stinky Cigars which is home to many of the world's holidays both famous and obscure. Among the residents is Murray, a grumpy fellow who owns the local diner. On Christmas Eve, as most of these stories tend to take place, one of the elves named Edison accidentally knocks out Santa with his invention just as he's about to take off for his yearly round. When none of the town's residents prove capable of filling in for Santa, Murray is picked to fill in the red coat. Naturally Murray is reluctant but is eventually coax into it. Though can he overcome his grumpiness and find the holiday sp...oh who're we kidding. Of course he will, the fun of course is how he'll get it back.˛˛----˛!!''How Murray Saved Christmas'' has the following tropes:˛˛* AdaptationalVillainy: Santa Claus comes across as a slave-driving BadBoss before his concussion. ˛* AmbiguouslyJewish: Murray Weiner (voiced by Jerry Stiller, who has Polish-Jewish heritage in real life), when he mentions "Oh, forget it-- Oy vey!" in the "Gay on Christmas Day" song.˛* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Murray persuades Edison to give toys to the bad boys and girls:˛-->'''Narrator''': They brought toys to the naughty, a very long list.\˛Some ice skates for Kate, who poured glue on Mom's chair,\˛Put tacks in Dad's slacks, and belched the Lord's Prayer.˛* AsianStoreowner: The clerk at the convenience store, who has eight arms.˛-->'''Santa:''' What are you?\˛'''Clerk:''' I'm Vishnu.\˛'''Santa:''' Vishnu?\˛'''Clerk:''' [[{{Henway}} I Vishnu wouldn't shoot me.]]˛* BadBoss: Santa, much to the elves' unhappiness. One of them comments that he heard Santa was a nice guy off the clock.˛* ChekhovsGun: The boxing glove Jack in the Box.˛* ChristmasSpecial˛* ConcussionsGetYouHigh: Getting hit on the head makes Santa act all loopy and think he's Queen Hannah of Bananaland. [[spoiler:Same with Officer Bender.]]˛* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: Santa is forced to do this when he comes to and finds his sleigh missing.˛* CrazyConsumption: The April Fool orders a compact disc on rye. Also, Santa is seen eating a thermometer after going crazy from a TapOnTheHead.˛* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Murray regains his spirit of Christmas and what's more even reunites with Mrs. Liberty.]]˛* FreudianExcuse: The reason Murray's so grumpy [[spoiler: is due to his holiday, Milkman Day, fading into obscurity leaving him without a purpose in life. What's more he chased away his wife, Ms. Liberty.]] ˛* ExtendoBoxingGlove: Edison thought putting a boxing glove on a Jack-in-the-box was a good idea. It wasn't.˛* GoodNewsBadNews: Subverted when Edison Elf asks Dr. Holiday after Santa gets knocked out by the boxing glove-in-a-box and before Dr. Holiday breaks out into song about Santa's condition:˛-->'''Edison''': Uh, how's it look, Doc?\˛'''Dr. Holiday''': Would you like to hear the bad news first?\˛'''Edison''': I'd rather hear the good news.\˛'''Dr. Holiday''': Oh, I didn't say there's ''good'' news.˛** Nevertheless, some of the elves who had to endure a grumpy Santa might have found that his being bed-ridden brought some momentary relief to their holiday spirits...˛* GrumpyOldMan: Murray, more or less; he gets less grumpy as he delivers toys to all the children.˛* HaveAGayOldTime: {{Lampshaded}} by Murray's musical number when he has finished delivering toys to the good and bad kids:˛-->'''Murray''' [''glumly'']: My life was empty and at an end, I could make a sandwich, but I couldn't make a friend,\˛But thanks to this guy, I'm filled with glee, His best invention was a whole new me. [''the song changes to a happy mood'']\˛'''Murray''': Now I'm happy and gay,\˛'''Edison''': When?\˛'''Murray''': On Christmas day, Yes, I'm ever so gay,\˛'''Edison''': When?\˛'''Murray''': On Christmas day; I'm incredibly gay, gay as the month of May, Gay, gay, gay, gay, I'm so gay!\˛[[{{Beat}} [''The crowd looks at Murray with astonishment''] ]]\˛'''Murray''' [''nervously resumes'']: I don't mean in that way, that way is okay, [[DontExplainTheJoke What I'm trying to say-- Oh forget it, oy vey!]]˛* HiddenElfVillage: Stinky Cigars. It's implied that the NonIndicativeName is meant to keep nosy {{Muggles}} away.˛* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas: When Santa comes to and sees the sleigh gone, he thinks it's stolen and calls the police.˛* ItsPronouncedTroPay: Murray's last name is pronounced "''why'' -ner" with a long "I" sound, instead of "''wee'' -ner" with a long "E".˛* {{Jerkass}}: Santa is surprisingly pretty callous in this verison. He berates his elves, can't remember their names, charges them for cocoa, heck even calls kids "brats" at one point. The only reason he isn't more of a BadSanta is because he at least still wants to do the job and even attempted to do it when he briefly recovers long past the point where it was too late to do any good.˛* LivingShadow: The Groundhog's shadow mocks him behind his back.˛* MeaningfulName: Edison strives to be [[UsefulNotes/ThomasEdison a great inventor]].˛* TheMusical: A few songs here and there.˛* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler:Baby New Year.]]˛* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Creator/MauriceLaMarche uses his Woody Allen impression when voicing the Groundhog.˛* NobodyHereButUsBirds: Attempted when Murray wakes one of the house's residents.˛-->'''MAN''': What was that noise?˛-->'''MURRY''': Mice?˛-->'''MAN''': Oh. Wait who said that?˛-->'''MURRY''': Cat?˛-->'''MAN''': Oh. Bettyfred, get my gun!˛* PhonyDegree: Doc Holiday got his diploma from Bogota, Colombia.˛* RhymesOnADime: Most of the story is told in rhyme. Lampshaded when Murray and Edison are stopped by Officer Bender, who complains that doing everything in rhyme makes filling out paperwork twice as hard.˛* RunningGag: "Please" "No!" Please?" "No!" "Please?" "NO!" ˛* ShoutOut:˛** Lincoln, Washington and Uncle Sam fight like Film/TheThreeStooges.˛** When Murray encounters a little boy, it plays out like [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch's encounter with Cindy Lou Who]].˛** Among the names Murray calls the reindeer are [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Cosmo and Kramer]], [[Series/TheHoneymooners Kramden and Norton and Alice and Trixie]].˛** During the elves part in the final number, they recreate the dance scene from ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''.˛** When Dr. Holiday checks up on Santa, he does his a musical song reminiscent of Film/MaryPoppins' "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious":˛-->'''Dr. Holiday''': In layman's terms, Santa Claus is suffering from...\˛[''Dr. Holiday starts singing and dancing''] Superficial fractures of his little baby toeses, His ears moved south, and now his mouth is pushed up where his nose is,\˛I'm prescribing aspirin in super-megadoses, for superficial fractures of his little baby toeses...\˛He's got inflammation and abrasions, bruises and contusions,\˛Spinal fusion, great confusion, marked by weird delusions...˛** Dr. Holiday adds another verse when he visits Murray and gives him a psychiatric diagnosis:˛-->'''Dr. Holiday''': Murray's got... antisocial, claustrophoic, paranoid neurosis,\˛Narcissistic, germaphobic, borderline psychosis,\˛He is in the [[Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords Guinness Book]] for longest diagnosis,\˛Antisocial, claustrophoic, paranoid neurosis! ˛* SubbingForSanta: Naturally, Murray is picked to do so. Edison bases this on how masterful Murray is at getting everyone their orders.˛* ThatCameOutWrong: During Murray's number in the finale he mentions that he's "gay" as in happy/carefree. Of course the town interprets the other meaning and Murray himself quickly realizes and corrects this mistake.˛* UnfazedEveryman: Murray at first appears to be the only normal person in a town of holiday mascots. [[spoiler:It's revealed that he ''used'' to be a mascot, until his holiday (National Milkman Day) was canceled.]]˛* VisualPun: The Easter Bunny gives his girlfriend an 18-carrot ring.˛* VocalDissonance: The Easter Bunny, who has a very deep voice (by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson), as does [[spoiler: Baby New Year, the narrator, voiced by Dennis Haysbert]].˛* AWildRapperAppears: The Easter Bunny does this during the town anthem number.˛* XDaysSince: The sign at Santa's workshop gets reset after Santa's accident.


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