A pre-Christmas argument with Willie nearly gives Doug a heart attack; Buddy invites her school's janitor (J. Pat O'Malley) to her house, where he quickly endears himself to everyone but Kate.
Written by Joan Taylor; produced by Edward Zwick; directed by Richard Kinon.
J. Pat O'Malley: Harry Duffy.
Stephen Pearlman: Dr. Sidney Simon.
Devon Ericson: Rachel Peters.
Michael Currie: Larry Berk.
Michael David Shackelford: Timmy Maitland.
Donna Gelgur: nurse.
Doug: Is Annie old enough to bake cookies this year? Kate: She was, last year...
[Mr. Duffy opens the custodial closet and hands Buddy a few flower pots] Buddy: Poinsettias! Mr. Duffy: I couldn't leave them by themselves over the holidays -- they'll get lonely. Buddy: Oh. Where are we taking them? Mr. Duffy: First of all, to my truck. And then, to your house. Do you think your family would like them? Buddy: Well, sure. But what about your family? Mr. Duffy: My son and daughter live in Oregon. Buddy: Oh, and they don't allow plants on planes... Mr. Duffy: No; they don't allow people without tickets on planes.
Larry: What'd you get Kate? Doug: An antique locket. Carol? Larry: A humidifier. Doug: What? Larry: She's got sinus trouble. Doug: You're a real romantic, Larry. Larry: Try being romantic with a woman who blows her nose all night.