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Uncle Barky's Countdown to Christmas -- Episode 9

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The Moonlighting Christmas episode, subtitled “ ’Twas the Episode Before Christmas,” originally aired on Dec. 17, 1985.

This sequence, which may have inspired the Marv and Harry poundings on Home Alone, finds Maddie Hayes (Cybil Shepherd) and David Addison (Bruce Willis) flinging Christmas toys at two hapless hit men. One of them is played by future Law & Order: SVU co-star Richard Belzer.

Willis enters the scene dressed as Santa Claus. Landing head first after descending through a chimney, he somehow got this brilliant double entendre past ABC’s censors: “That is the last time I jam myself into a tight hole with clothes on.”

Also enjoy his little Three Stooges-style parting shot. Moonlighting was ahead of its time and escorted the previously unknown Willis toward feature film stardom. But in some ways he never had it this good.