Dec 18, 1996
Season 3 Episode 10
After telling everyone they can leave early for the holidays provided their work is done, Dave prepares for his own Christmas Eve trip to Wisconsin with Lisa. But when Catherine conveniently forgets to finish one last, laborious task, Dave agrees to help out so she can leave early. Meanwhile, when Bill needs a partner to record a commercial audition tape, Beth agrees to help. And when the job is offered provided she can work, too, Dave agrees to address the station's Christmas cards so Beth can have her shot at stardom. When the commercial's producer is more taken with Beth's performance than with Bill's, he suggests that she try another partner. Although Beth holds back hoping to make Bill look good, her efforts ultimately fail. And when Bill encourages her to try her best, Beth discovers that she's ruined her voice. Meanwhile, Dave agrees to clean the office refrigerator so Joe can leave early, too. So, as Jimmy turns to Matthew for gift ideas, Dave's generosity forces him to delay going home to surprise his mom and dad on Christmas Eve. In need of help so he and Lisa can leave on their trip, Dave turns to Matthew. After agreeing to pitch in, Matthew suddenly drops everything after Jimmy offers him a helicopter ride to his aunt's house for Christmas. With Lisa's help, Dave finishes all of the pre-holiday duties so they can be on their way. However, after another delay in their flight, they arrive at his parent's house to discover that the annual Christmas Eve dinner has been moved to Chicago. Finally, as Dave and Lisa head back to New York, Bill is called on to complete the commercial by reading Beth's part.