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?
- Another possibility: to yank the maitre d'/boss figure's chain? (Would explain why he's the only one with gray hair besides age....)
- True. The manager corrects them and they don't seem to care too much.
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.
- If he didn't at the time, you can bet he wanted to after the turkey incident.
- I'm pretty sure this is obvious in the film. Almost clearly stated. This doesn't really qualify as a WMG.
- Obvious how? It certainly isn't directly or even indirectly stated in any fashion.
- This is more obvious in Shepherd's writings, where she gently lectures him that he needs to be more careful and "falling icicles" have been known to kill people.
Right after he gets his Christmas essay back, on which he got a C+, we have a voiceover of Adult Ralphie saying he was "surrounded by happier kids who were all going to get what they wanted for Christmas." He had, at that point, temporarily given up on ever getting the Red Ryder and suffered a Heroic BSoD (reversed when he decides to ask Santa for the gun). But for that moment, he'd been pushed too far, which explains why he responded to Farkus by beating the living crap out of him.
- I thought that was pretty obvious and not much of a WMG.
- Possibly, but it's one of those things you don't quite get until you're an adult.
- Maybe not. Sometimes the bullying is all you need.
This would explain why she was so willing to cover for Ralphie around his dad, and generally let him off the hook where she was concerned (she tells Dad she gave Ralphie a talking-to, but we don't see it). Also, having watched her son tear home from school as though being chased by the Mafia all this time, she had to have figured something out. She might've even thought Farkus got what was coming to him but, like Dad, couldn't say so because she of all people didn't want to be seen as condoning violence.
- Of course she knew. Moms know everything.
Not as much of a WMG as coming down on one side of the controversy, but watch her smirk as she's picking up the watering can. Also, as the Old Man attempts to fix the lamp, if you focus on her, you can see her giggling with her hand over her mouth in the background. She finally got disgusted with her husband's swearing, plus his plastic treasure, and just snapped. Further supported by the line, "That is...the ugliest lamp I have ever seen in my entire LLLLIIIFE," and the scene in "My Summer Story" where she touches off an attack with Ronald Coleman gravy boats.
- Maybe it's a nickname?
- ALL of the kids freaked out when they saw Santa. (Makes sense, the dude was creepy)
- Also as mentioned in the Headscratchers section: Kids are just plain weird and almost always go through a phase of fixation on one or two things.