In his front room,
Ebenezer Scrimp is counting out his shillings from a little box that
he keeps in the chimney. He hears some carols as he is putting the box
back. He rushes out of the door and chases the carol singers away, waving
his stick at them. He puts his box back in the flue when he returns.
hooks up her T-Plant to her transmission device. It sparks into life
and then goes dead. T-Bag is frustrated because she can't begin brainwashing
children until she gets the booster device. She then gets back to the
mater in hand and switches on the TV to see what Holly is up to. The
room fills with the sound of carols. T-Bag is disgusted and she switches
the TV off again. T-Shirt is annoyed that T-Bag didn't tell him that
it was Christmas, and then he sets about making arrangements to decorate
the T-Room. T-Bag is really annoyed with him and threatens to punish
him unless he shuts up about Christmas and starts helping her.
is waiting for his nephew impatiently. His nephew, Tom, comes in late
and his Uncle tells him off and asks what he has been up to. He tells
him that he was on his way home when this old lady slipped and fell
on the ice and hurt herself. He helped her up and carried her big, heavy
bag of shopping home for her. Apparently, she lived miles away. Ebenezer
asks him how much she paid him for this, and Tom says that he didn't
want to be paid. Ebenezer is absolutely stupefied, and tells him that
the woman made a real fool of him. He then demands to know how much
he earned. Tom made one penny all day because nobody wanted their chimneys
swept on Christmas Eve as they would be too busy putting up trees, etc.
then asks if they could have a tree, but the Uncle is mortified that
he should even suggest such a thing. He asks Tom what the point is in
buying a dead tree to look at, and then throwing it away once you have
finished looking at it. Ebenezer gives him a dead twig from the fireplace
and tells him to look at that instead because it is free. He leaves
the room, saying that there will be no Christmas in his house.
is a knock at the door,and Tom answers it. There, on the doorstep, is
a freezing cold Holly. Tom invites her in and sits her down. He rushes
off to get his uncle. Holly nods off in the chair.
in the T-Room, T-Shirt has decorated. He starts singing:
Jingle bells T-Bag smells
a right old pain.
Bag's a right old hag.
sing it once again...
T-Bag comes in having heard him. She is cross that it the T-Room has
been turned into Santa's grotto. T-Shirt then asks if she wants her
present. A greedy look flashes into T-Bag's eyes and she asks what it
is. T-Shirt hands over a fishing rod. T-Bag asks what on Earth she is
supposed to do with it. "Go fishing" is the answer. T-Bag
is not impressed. She tells T-Shirt to stop mucking around and help
her find Holly.
drags his uncle into the front room where Holly is sleeping. Ebenezer
demands to know who she is. Tom explains that he found her on the doorstep
and that she isn't well. "That's her problem. Get her out of here!"
snaps Ebenezer. Tom asks if he can at least make her a hot drink. Ebenezer
agrees so long as she can pay for it. Tom is disgusted and starts lecturing
him, not noticing that he is dipping his fingerless gloved hands into
Holly's bag. He takes all the crystals, then turns to Tom and suggests
that he goes to find what is in the larder so the girl doesn't starve
sees that he has the crystals, and tries to think up a plan to get them
off him. T-Shirt tells her that he has a foolproof plan and that it
is a real winner. T-Bag is reluctant to hear it, but eventually agrees.
in the front room, Ebenezer goes to put the crystals into the box in
the chimney, but there is a knock at the door. It is T-Bag and T-Shirt
dressed as carol singers. They launch into "We Wish you a Merry
Christmas" at a million beats to the bar. T-Bag then looks almost
desparate as she gives her speech - "A Merry Christmas to you,
sir. Please spare a thought for the poor and needy. Share your wealth
with those less fortunate than yourselves and give, Give, GIVE!".
slams the door in her face and a snowfall lands on them both.
comes into the room with a paper package. He asks Ebenezer if it is
anything that the girl can have, but Ebenezer snatches it back off him,
telling him that it is his treat that he bought himself for his tea.
He tells Tom that there are some old crusts lying around the place that
the girl can have.
is really cross with T-Shirt for having such a rubbish idea. T-Bag switches
the monitor back on and sees Ebenezer hiding the crystals in the box
in the chimney. T-Shirt comes up with the idea that they should try
to hook the box up the chimney with the fishing rod. T-Bag tells him
to shut up, and then gets a brilliant idea - all they have to do is
try to hook the box up the chimney with the fishing rod.
in Ebenezer's front room, Holly wakes up. She looks to see if the crystals
are in her bag, but they have gone. Tom comes in with the bread. He
offers it to Holly, but she slaps it out of his hands and demands to
know what he has done with the crystals. Tom tells her that he doesn't
know what has happened to them. He asks if they were valuable, and Holly
says that they are. Tom then realises that it must have been Ebenezer
who took them. They go off to find him.
and T-Shirt appear on the roof. T-Bag begins to lower the hook down
is back in his front room, gloating over what a profitable day it has
been. He takes his treat down from the mantlepiece where he left it
earlier. It is a smelly old fish skeleton. He puts it into a frying
pan in the fireplace and then goes off to find some matches.
he is away, a hook comes down the chimney and catches the fish. On the
roof, T-Bag gets all excited because she has caught something and she
starts reeling it in, enthusiastically. T-Shirt is amazed that she actually
managed to catch a fish. T-Bag tells him to get rid of it, and he drops
it down the chimney.
returns with some matches and is furious when he sees that his fish
has gone. He looks up the chimney to see if it has gone up there, and
it lands on him. He is really furious and decides that it must be Tom
playing tricks on him.
is annoyed that the plan didn't work out and starts formulating another
one. T-Shirt says that he has an idea, but T-Bag says that she doesn't
want to hear it. T-Shirt tells her that she could climb down the chimney
and grab the box. T-Bag like the idea after all, but tells T-Shirt that
it will be him climbing down the chimney. T-Shirt protests and asks
what he should do if somebody sees him. T-Bag disguises him as Father
Christmas and then tells him to go down the chimney.
is telling Tom off for stealing the fish. Holly then tells Ebenezer
off for stealing her crystals. An almight row breaks out. Ebenezer tells
them all to shut up and pushes them out in the snow.
reaches for the box, but then he falls and lands in the fireplace. Ebenezer
looks scared when he sees him and asks who he is. T-Shirt wishes him
a Merry Christmas and says that he is Santa Claus. Ebenezer asks where
his present is. T-Shirt magics up a present and it appears in Ebenezer's
hands. Ebenezer drops it and jumps back in surprise. T-Shirt says, "Not
good enough, eh?" and magics up a huge pile of presents taller
than Ebenezer himself. Ebenezer is amazed that it is all true and that
there really is a Santa Claus. He rushes to the door and calls Tom and
Holly back in saying that he was wrong and that it will be a wonderful
Christmas after all.
is staring down the chimney, wondering what is keeping T-Shirt. T-Shirt
is down in the fireplace, and decides that he is not going to climb
back up the chimney to get the box. He shoves a brush up it to see if
he can reach it.
shoves her head down the chimney to call for T-Shirt, and she gets a
mouthful of chimney brush and soot. She re-emerges from the chimney
with a completely black face. She yells for T-Shirt, who sees that her
face is black and tells her that he has an idea how she can get it off.
She seeths, and T-Shirt makes a hasty retreat back to the T-Room.
in the front room, the decorations are all up and the room looks warm
and festive, with a huge dinner on he table, etc. Some carol singers
outside the window start singing "Good King Wenceslas" and
Holly joins in. Ebenezer pokes his head out the door and tells the carollers
to keep it up. he throws a load of coins to them.
asks Holly if she wants to stay for dinner because they have loads,
but Holly says that she would love to, but she can't because she hasn't
found the crystal. Tom tells her not to be like that and proffers a
cracker for her to pull. She pulls it and the next crystal falls out
of it. Ebenezer tells her that she has no more excuse and that she has
to stay for dinner.
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