The Mistletoe Promise (2016) Script

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[singers]: ♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ And a Happy New Year

♪ Good tidings we bring to you and your kin ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ And a Happy New Year ♪ Ah, great.

♪ Deck the halls with boughs of holly ♪

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♪ 'Tis the season to be jolly ♪

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♪ Don we now our gay apparel

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♪ Troll the ancient Yuletide carol ♪

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♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ And a Happy New Year

♪ Oh, bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ Oh, bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ Oh, bring us some figgy pudding ♪ Earbuds!

Don't leave home without them!

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry-- ♪♪

[♪♪♪]

[Elise]: Zoey?

W-w-what is that?

[Zoey]: That is your ex-husband's girlfriend on a snowmobile.

Yes, I can, uh, I can see that... and why is it in my lobby?

It's called a promotion, Elise, and it's just the start of some very, very exciting new game plan.

And will I be privy to this game plan, Dan, considering the fact that I started this company?

Co-own company.

I created, founded, and built this company, Dan... before we were married.

Which we co-own now... even after the divorce.

Don't you think Drew looks fantastic on a snowmobile?

Ooh, Elise, you have a call in five minutes.

Thank you.

Dan... you do realize that snowmobiles are environmentally controversial?

Do you not care about this plan at all?

Well, I mean, we don't just sell travel packages to hippies, Elise.

You know, you should get yourself a snowmobile.

Christmas tree already?

Okay...

[phone ringing]

Oh, hey.

Decision on the Goldsheim case?

Better, I suspect.

He's waiting for you in the conference room.

Why?

I don't know. Give me that.

What does he want?

I don't know. Go. You're late.

Go!

Okay.

[pops cork]

[knocks lightly]

Who died?

Poor Nick. Always the defeatist.

A wife would fix that.

Oh, I'm happy with my girlfriend.

Sol, am I getting the sack?

With champagne?

Nick, you work hard around here, and we all know it.

Right. Family law.

You all have families and traditions to go home to.

I've told you, you're not the odd man out here.

So, what's with the champagne?

Champagne and candy canes!

You know we're all about the holidays around here.

Yeah, I know, hence my concern.

Nick, relax.

You're up for partner.

Congrats!

I've got to make a phone call.

I'll talk to you later, huh?

Sure!

Yes!

You're up for partner!

That obvious?

I've been here longer than you, cowboy.

I know what those candy canes mean.

[chuckles]

Just remember, they pick one partner per region per year.

Right, and always, "married with a family."

Always.

Hey, Ashley! Great news, huh?

And Nick?

Time to bring out that new girlfriend you were just telling me about to my tree-trimming party next Friday.

Okay?

Great!

I'll call her right now.

All right. See you there.

Okay!

But you don't have a girlfriend, Nicholas.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

And you just lied to a senior partner.

White lie, Ashley.

I can find a girlfriend.

What?

How hard can it be?

How hard can it be?

Oh...

Whoa there, bestie.

We could always throw darts at it.

Darts are great for arm flab.

I don't have arm flab.

Well, I do.

Did you put that there, Holly?

Honey, no.

This is what Dan does every Christmas since your breakup.

Please brace for it.

Yes, the most miserable time of year.

I used to really love Christmas.

[Zoey]: Holly!

Chocolates came for you. I snuck one.

Also, Dan wants to see you.

Wait, Zoe...

I thought you told him that I was on a call?

Except he's just checked my phone lines to make sure that was actually happening.

Oh, my God, this man!

[laughs tearfully]

I might not even make it to Christmas, and it's not even December yet.

[Holly]: Honey...

Just breathe and think of January.

Hey... you want to see this.

What?

See Bradford Connelly there?

I say, "What do you call him the other 364 days of the year?

He says, "I call him, 'C'mere, boy!'"

[laughing]

He just learned that he's up for partner.

[Nick]: He's got a candy cane, too.

[Ashley]: Yup... and wait for it...

Oh, please tell me she's just weirdly overweight.

Oh, honey! Oh, yes.

Nope, that is a pregnant woman.

[Bradford]: Oh, gingerbread men!

Oh, this cannot be happening.

Especially since you said you have a girlfriend that you don't actually have.

Manage your expectations.

That's all I'm saying.

Ahem.

Oh, Elise.

How was your extra-long lunch?

Delicious.

How is the fix on the email server coming?

Oh, it's definitely coming along.

So, in other words, it's... not fixed.

You realize that the majority of our business is done over email, and we really need to get this fixed, like, now.

Okay, Elise, I am handling it, thank you... and you know, while we're on the topic of business concerns, um...

I'm thinking that it's probably a good idea that we cut back on our charity travel packages.

What?

Yeah, I'm just trying to make dollars and cents here.

I'm pretty sure that Scrooge said the same thing before the ghosts showed up.

Yeah, well, it's good that Scrooge's business partner was a ghost.

You are talking about dispatching charity outreach programs for children, at Christmas.

Elise...

I know that you have a big heart, but we have to start thinking about the future... otherwise, all of our opportunities are just going to pass on by.

[Elise]: Oh, like... your girlfriend... on the snowmobile?

Exactly.

Well, I guess we'll talk about it tomorrow.

[sighs]

♪ Jingle Bells Jingle Bells ♪

♪ Jingle all the way

♪ Oh what fun it is to ride ♪ Honey! There you are!

[low] Just play along.

[normal voice] Daycare called.

Flu outbreak.

We have to pick up the kids pronto!

So...

Um...

Uh, thank you?

It feels like retail assault everywhere.

Except that was charity.

Feels epidemic this year.

I mean, they put up decorations at my gym... a month ago.

Do you know that Consumer Reports said that the new start date is Halloween?

Halloween!

That is hard to hear, especially as a Christmasphobe.

Is that a thing?

Christmas rarely goes well for me.

Hah! Well... we should start a club.

I don't know.

You seem, uh, pretty into it.

Oh, uh, no.

This is sort of my personal revolution.

I Christmas shop for myself.

Oh, wish I had thought of that.

Well... now you know!

Well, thanks for the tip.

I'm Nick.

Elise.

Elise and Nick... founding members.

Ah, yes... of the Christmasphobia Club.

Well, not like "phobia," "scared of."

More like just...

"wary of."

Yeah. Exactly.

Do you work around here?

I see you around quite a bit.

No, I just have a thing for the wonton soup.

Sounds delicious.

[cell phone rings]

Oh.

Ah. Work.

Never ends.

And I was looking forward to our first meeting of the Christmasphobia Club.

Maybe... tomorrow, you can introduce me to that hot and sour soup?

Wonton soup.

Right!

Even better.

See you tomorrow?

Sure!

Great.

All right, everyone, could you gather around, please?

Now, as most of you know, WKJN's Reindeer Report a week before Christmas is the city's most-televised moment of the year, beloved by parents and children alike, where Santa's sleigh ride is mapped out in glorious detail for all of us all over the state.

Well, I'd like to introduce you to the Special Reindeer Report Weather Girl for this year.

All part of our very special

"Give a Gift of Travel" Promotional, so... let's give a big congratulations to us and to our beloved Drew!

[unenthusiastic clapping]

[giggles]

[sighs happily]

Well?

You do realize that the Reindeer Report requires an extensive knowledge on national geography, correct?

And Drew can't even find the ladies room without using Google Maps.

Well, it's all in the teleprompter, ladies.

She was a professional car model, not a professional spokesperson.

The teleprompter can be taught, Elise.

Does WKJN have any idea that she has absolutely no professional on-air experience?

I've been taking a public speaking class.

Have some faith.

You must be eight reindeers shy of a sleigh ride, my friend.

The most watched local news program of the year?

And we will be ready.

[giggles]

I am just...

I'm so happy for you!

"Happy Wednesday, Zoey."

I'm not Zoey.

Ooh, I am!

You okay?

No, I'm not.

He won't sell to me. I won't sell to him.

We agree on nothing except for the fact that we both want this business.

He's not even consulting me anymore, Holly.

How do I even fight that?

It's not war, El.

This is dirty pool.

You need more than work now.

[sighs]

Please don't push me into dating right now.

Hon... you need something to look forward to again.

That scares me even more.

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[Nick]: I'm so sorry.

I didn't have your number, nor the ability to abandon a conference call going very South Pole on me.

Well, I wish that I could move to the South Pole for Christmas.

That bad?

Yeah, me, too.

Why you?

Ladies first.

Well, my ex-husband is my business partner.

Wow.

That is a mouthful.

And, uh... at every fiscal year, which for us happens at Christmas time, he torments me, trying to get me to sell him my travel agency, which I started.

I'm really sorry.

Your turn.

Well, I think I might be a Christmas jinx, which means I do stupid things at Christmas, not all of which are my fault.

Can you give me an example?

I can give you 20, including promising my boss that I would take my girlfriend, which I don't have, to the office Christmas party in a week.

Why would you do that?

I don't know.

Christmas just stresses me out.

Maybe there's, like, a hotline we could call?

What if we made an arrangement to socially navigate Christmas together?

Is this something stupid that you're doing?

Yeah, maybe, but you seem nice and... normal.

Thank you.

You don't seem normal at all.

But I'm very nice, and you have to admit, a business deal could be mutually beneficial.

It's better than a club. No politics.

No secret handshakes?

No... hideouts?

A company arrangement, a public offering even.

We could attend events together.

I could distract you from your ex-husband.

Allies against the Christmas madness?

Like Christmas associates?

Yeah.

A Yuletide-oriented duty.

Like mistletoe.

Yes, but no PDA, promise.

Okay, um... this is the craziest thing that I have ever heard.

[Elise]: If you could ask Santa for anything that you want, what would that be?

Roll the calendar forward to New Year's.

[laughs]

Look, I deserve to be made partner, and I don't see why my personal life should have any merit on that decision.

I'd ask Santa to consider me as I am.

What about you?

I would ask for my life back.

My dignity.

My business.

Not my ex-husband.

What if this arrangement could get us all those things?

Well, that would be a definitive Christmas miracle.

Feeling ambitious?

And incredibly professional.

Great.

I'll draw up a contract, and we can talk about it at lunch tomorrow.

Yes, but first, we're going to have to get a picture with Santa.

-Oh, come on, seriously? -Yes!

Call it a gentleman's handshake.

-Hi. -How are you?

Wow! Wow.

Secret Santa Bonanza. Put your hand in the hat.

I hope you're getting some work done, Zoey.

Always. Don't peek.

Oh.

I drew Drew.

Yikes! Put it back in.

I won't tell anyone.

No, Zoey.

Sometimes, you have to play your hand, even when the deck is stacked.

Maybe this will be your last low point of the year.

We have a three-alarm problem at the Smithsonian right now.

Four tour buses just showed up with no scheduled tours booked for them, and I booked them.

It's bad.

No more predictions from you, Zoey.

[Ashley]: That's your plan?

Yep. What could go wrong?

You don't know each other. At all.

You're going to try and pass her off as your long-term girlfriend to bosses in charge of your fate?

Really, Nick?

I need some guy friends. They would totally get it.

You definitely need to be more socialized, that's for sure!

Please don't call me a workaholic.

Not today.

You need to get to know this woman, Nicholas.

Is that a bad thing?

Depends.

She most likely has a heart, feelings...

It's a contract.

We agreed.

Yeah... 'cause that's how girls work.

So, you actually drew up a contract?

You really are a lawyer.

Just business.

It is.

"Contract" is stiff, though.

You're busting me on the doc title?

We're going to be here through dinner.

Well, I know my way around a contract.

Is that so?

Yes! How do you think that my ex-husband is still my business partner?

I learned the hard way.

Okay.

Mistletoe Brief?

What about...

"Promise?"

Mistletoe Promise.

I like it.

Me, too.

All right. Lunch every day?

Right, when it makes sense.

We're going to need to be familiar with each other if we're going to pull this thing off.

Okay... and what kind of evening activities are we talking about once a week?

I don't know. I like action films.

You know what?

There's a screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" this Wednesday... have you ever seen it?

Definitely not.

Well, you need to trust me, because it's actually fantastic.

So we're going to that.

All right, so...

"Best effort to demonstrate a caring relationship" means...?

Well, compassion, consideration, handholding when it makes sense.

Emotional hand-holding, or physical?

Depends on the situation.

If you're going to be my girlfriend in public, actual hand-holding would be appropriate.

Agreed, but we need to make it clear that we're not the PDA type of couple.

Right, okay, yeah, I will, uh... make a note of that.

Add it in.

Okay.

Okay, wait, whoa... what, travel?

Partners' meeting is in New York.

You will have your own room, First-class air travel.

It's the last weekend heading into Christmas Eve.

And the contract expires on Christmas Eve?

Yep. Figured we can handle the big day on our own.

Totally.

Whoa, will you explain these addendums to me?

The relationship should be shallow.

Deeply superficial.

Exactly.

And the second?

No drama.

Life's too short.

Done and done.

Great.

Well, I will make these changes, and email them over to you.

Elise! Elise!

You have to help me.

Drew is a disaster on the teleprompter.

Dan, you didn't run any of this promotional past me, so you handle it.

[spluttering] Listen to me! Elise!

This could put us on the map.

How is this about us... when you and Drew just keep playing for each other?

Oh.

Hah... Good for Zoey.

Zoe!

Yes! Ooh!

Huh?

Not for me. They're for Elise?

Who's Nick?

You little minx!

Or is it fox?

Uh...

I'm sure I don't know what you mean.

You have a secret beau and failed to tell me, or you've invented a man to drive Dan bonkers.

Oh, well, I assure you that I'm not that imaginative.

[text chimes]

I didn't think so either.

So who is he?

He is a guy that I met at... um... the mall.

Elise, no! We don't date retail after 30!

Holly! Don't be a snob.

Don't be a sucker.

Retail people are predatorial at Christmas.

He's a lawyer.

Oh, Holy Night! Say "yes"!

Say "yes" to what?

To everything at this point.

You have a boyfriend!

I do not have a boyfriend!

I have a... a romantic interest.

For now.

That movie was so good on a big screen.

Yeah, so smart and dark.

Makes you feel amazing.

I feel amazing!

[laughs]

I never thought I could like a Christmas movie.

It was just...

You can tell me.

Just keep it shallow.

Well, I've been accused, not lately, of being a workaholic, but I like helping people.

I like being good at my job, and I am, and I do help people.

Well, I, too, am accused of working too much, but I love my job, and I'm good at my job.

I don't know, I think that... you know, when a family or a couple comes back from a vacation, they're so grateful, and they're so content.

I can't imagine that they don't bring that back to other people in their lives.

Yeah, that's exactly it.

I make it easier for people to have a fresh start, people who need it.

I help them see that the light in the tunnel is not a train.

I'm like George Bailey in that film.

[laughs]

[clock tower bell rings]

Ah!

Another angel just got his wings!

[laughing]

Mm...

You know, you never told me what kind of law you practice.

Nah, let's just keep it shallow.

Uh, well, I'm going to find out at the tree-trimming party.

Well, I'm a divorce attorney.

You're kidding.

No, I...

I think it's important how people move through tough times.

That's where a good family lawyer comes in.

Yeah.

I never really got a chance to move on, but... now we're swimming into the deep end, so...

It's okay. You can tell me about it.

No.

This is a business agreement.

Maybe the contract was ill-conceived?

Well, it is dried in ink now.

Right.

And you wrote it.

True.

Okay, what's happening?

This was my life, and now, it's... yours.

Yeah, the, uh... the balloons are a little... they're weird.

Um, I'll tell him.

Oh, no, I'll tell him... if he ever calls.

So I can decide if he's... real.

If he's...

Really?

Well, you hear stories of lonely ladies.

Not saying they're you.

Oh...

This just came for you.

Oh, thank you.

Oh, come on!

Presents now?

Presents?

Love you, too, Zoey.

[Holly]: You're the talk of the office.

Yeah, when am I not?

But now you're the envied talk of the office... unless he's ugly.

Not that ugly is a setback.

Okay, let's just not be those people.

Yeah, let's definitely not.

Right?

He's not ugly.

[chimes ring]

An angel gets its wings.

It's an inside joke.

Inside jokes, too?

Good for you.

[chimes ring]

Okay...

Well, that went well.

More than answers things.

Okay.

[phone vibrates]

Hi!

You get the balloons?

Yes, and the chimes.

Uh, thank you.

The office is gossiping overtime.

The balloons are a bit...

Kiddie party?

Yeah.

Well, it was either that or a cake pop tree.

I could feed the whole office with a cake pop tree.

They'd love it.

Duly noted.

I'm all thumbs with these things.

You're doing fine.

Did you know that red roses are pricier for no particular reason?

They're just price-gouging romantics.

I mean, come on...

Okay, yeah, um... now you're all thumbs.

Right.

So what's up? Just saying hi?

I was just wondering, do you think that maybe you could, uh... pick me up for lunch at the office today?

Sure! Love to.

In fact, I need help picking up an ornament for the tree-trimming party.

Do you think that maybe you could come a bit early, also?

Will do.

Hi...

Welcome to World Bright Travel!!

You must be Zoey.

Yes!

Who wants to know?

I'm Nick.

I'm here for Elise.

No! Seriously?

Yes, I'm pretty sure about that.

Right this way. Elise!

Hi! How are you, hon?

Ready to go?

Starving.

Thank you.

Okay, don't turn around.

Are they all mobbing the windows?

Well, I love it when business works out.

I have never been in a Christmas store.

Ever?

Are we nearing a panic attack?

No. That would fall under "drama."

Okay.

Well, let's just break it up into sections.

Right?

Right.

Oh!

Uh, what about a sparkly nutcracker?

It would say that I'm disciplined, hardworking, sparkly, so I know how to have fun, right?

I just think you're over-thinking it, so just tell me a little bit more about your boss.

Okay, well...

Christmas is very important at the firm.

Strictly family law, and what I like about the firm is they're not interested in making money off of other people's suffering.

They're interested in... in helping people solve their problems legally.

Okay.

So we need something that says...

Peace on Earth, or even better is something that symbolizes that, right?

Exactly! Yes.

I mean...

right in front of our eyes.

Perfect.

It's beautiful.

Gentle. Gentle.

So Christmas really doesn't bother you?

Uh, it used to be my favorite time of year.

Why?

Uh...

I don't know.

Maybe because it's cold and gloomy out, and everybody needs a sense of good warmth and cheer.

It just sounds like good problem-solving to me.

Well, that's very business-sensible.

Guilty as charged.

Well, I'm in family law, so no guilt involved.

Hah! Well...

I started a charity component to my company a year before my ex-husband joined the company, and... it's incredible.

We provide field trips for underprivileged kids to historical and national landmarks, and you should see... oh, my gosh, the letters that come pouring in, it's amazing... and Dan... [laughs awkwardly] wants to kill the program because he said it's financially draining.

Why does he care?

Uh, did I mention that Dan has a thing for sports cars and a chronic flirtation with debt?

So what does he contribute to the business?

He does his part... recklessly.

He's in charge of marketing... a company that I started myself.

You know, but the truth is, is that we can afford to give, and I just don't think that the spirit of giving shouldn't be year-round.

You don't have a Scrooge bone in your body, do you?

No, I am 100% Tiny Tim.

I can't give up on these kids.

I, I...

I have to give back.

I get it.

What he doesn't get is that he needs me professionally.

I don't need him.

I don't need his girlfriend.

And I believe that they're leading us down a less-elegant path... and he refuses to sell me his half of the company, and I just...

I just... practically gave it to him because I was in love once.

I just...

Elise...

You know what?

That is deep enough for today... because we debut as a power couple this weekend, so... we need to focus up.

Right.

Focus up.

[♪♪♪]

-Hey! -Hey.

What's that?

Nothing.

Nervous?

I am now.

So I did some snooping, very stealth-like.

You're good in a sports coat, no tie.

All the ladies are wearing dresses.

Pants for women? Frowned upon.

Seriously?

Hey, I'm trying to help.

[sighs]

Later.

Yeah, later.

I don't understand how this is happening, guys!

I've checked the orders against the schedules against the tours at the Metropolitan.

I don't know how any of this is happening!

[phone vibrates]

[gasps] Ooh, "Saint Nick" is calling.

Saint Nick? That is so cute!

Hey, Zoey, give, please.

Hello?

Hi!

Hi, listen, this...

I have a very big roaring fire that I'm trying to put out right now.

We good for lunch?

I'm sorry.

Three school tour buses just, like, imploded on us, and I have to figure this thing out.

Oh... but we're still on for tonight, right?

Because it's been suggested that you wear... a dress.

I hope that's all right.

Yes, I am a woman. I definitely have some.

I've got to go.

Okay.

You just hung up on him.

You never just hang up on them.

Guys, he's fine.

We have a major problem we have to solve here.

We date.

We know.

You never want to remind them that you could be the first to hang up.

Okay, you know what? That is the silliest thing.

-Never. -Ever.

Back to work. Come on!

She just... hung up on me.

What if she bails on me tonight?

I think she's putting out fires, like she said.

Yeah, well, what if it burns all night?

I'm sure she's pretty competent.

I don't know, it's just...

I have a lot invested in this.

Careful.

You are starting to sound like a love interest.

It's a business contract, and I need a... specific result.

I didn't realize until this moment, but maybe that's how women look at love.

Like business?

Yeah, maybe.

You know, I really like this crestfallen cupid vulnerability on you.

Maybe you should wear the skirt?

Ha, ha, ha.

[Bradford]: So the apartment doesn't have a stick of furniture.

We're there with the pieces all over the floor and the instructions are in Swedish!

[laughing]

Took us all night, didn't it, honey?

Yeah.

[chuckling] Yeah.

We built that bedside table.

[Nick]: Hi.

Nick!

Hi.

Well, I knew you would show up one day with a date as striking as you.

Oh, ha ha! Thank you.

Sharon Hitesman.

Elise Donner.

We rehearse our entrances, but don't tell anybody.

[laughing]

Sol Hitesman, Elise. Welcome to our home.

Oh, thank you for having us.

I'm thinking drinks, introductions, and then a quick tour.

[Nick]: In that order, please!

Fantastic!

-Come on in. -Everyone, look who's arrived!

Hi!

Nice to see you, Nicholas.

Do you need any help?

Hello there!

Um... how about the candies?

Sure.

You have a gorgeous home.

Oh, we have a giant mancave, and I've done what I can.

Well, clearly, you've done a lot.

Oh, well... you know, Nick has done very well, too.

Where exactly has he been hiding you?

Well, that's on me.

I'm very private, and I work a lot, and Nick is incredibly patient.

He's a perfect guy.

Hi!

I'm just trying to find the powder room.

Well, actually, she is, though I'm beginning to doubt the ultrasound.

I swear, she's kicking my bladder harder than my son ever did.

Well, girls can be tomboys in the tummy.

Follow me.

Thank you.

[♪♪♪]

I love it when Sol keeps track of me at parties.

It's very sweet.

So, any thoughts on marriage and kids?

I know I'm being nosy.

Well... yes, definitely, when the time is right.

I love children.

I actually have a charity component to my travel business, and...

Whoa, you know what?

Save that story for dinner.

It will go over very well.

A girl can have her favorites, can't she?

It's beautiful.

Thank you.

What a wonderful job, everyone.

Are you just talking about the tree?

[laughing]

[Sol]: All right, now...

I won't lie.

We have had a stellar year here, and everyone in this room has played a huge part... including our loved ones.

Now, I believe that it's important to have someone to come home to at the end of the day, to remind us what really matters... spouses... children... family... and I believe that it gives us some basis and some context for the work that we do.

We understand that family is the cornerstone of community, and by encouraging that ideal, it shows up in our work and in our lives... because remember, there is nothing ever wrong with being good people.

Frankly, there's everything right with being that.

Exactly, Nick.

So then... to good people.

To good people.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

We're lying to good people.

Well, not lying, just... stretching their truth.

Why?

Because I had three truly terrible Christmases that defined my life, Elise, and...

I'm not a bad guy.

Three ghosts.

Like Scrooge.

Well, Scrooge is a business story.

Yes, it is.

My last truly terrible Christmas was at the last law firm I was working for.

I was also about to make partner, when I discovered that one of the senior partners was overlooking major conflicts of interest, which is criminal, by the way.

And?

And when I raised concerns...

I was fired and blackballed from every firm in town.

Not "good people."

I'm so sorry.

Sol Hitesman is the only person that took a chance on me.

And now we're lying to him.

[♪♪♪]

Why are we back at the food court?

To snap you out of that funk that you've been in since Sol's, and because I was craving the wonton soup.

Well, being at the food court makes my funk worse.

It's like returning to the scene of the crime.

Is it a crime to want to be a partner at your firm?

I'm an asset to them. I know this.

Yes, you are... and they know this, too, okay?

I am a divorced woman, but I do good works in the world.

You're a single guy, and you do, too, and sometimes, good people just fall into narrow perspectives.

So we need to broaden theirs?

Yes! We do.

Great.

So let's get a tree this year.

What? No!

You just walked me right into that.

Actually, you did it to me.

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ We wish you a Merry Christmas ♪

♪ And a Happy New Year

♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding ♪♪

[♪♪♪]

♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ Now bring us some figgy pudding ♪

♪ And bring it right now ♪

[humming]

Okay, what is figgy pudding?

I have no idea.

Ooh, I like the fat ones.

Uh... no.

Those will take forever to string.

But they're so cool! Come on, please?

Okay.

Okay.

All right, so, do you want to do selfies?

Social media? Christmas cards?

Oh, you are a genius.

Yep.

Okay.

Smile.

[Nick]: I am!

Happy Holidays!

[Nick grunts]

There we go.

Okay...

There we go.

-Open the door. -I don't have the keys.

-One last box. -Oh, good.

I'm going to warn you that this might be a little taxing for me.

Well, we've already broken one clause today.

We're not in public.

Might as well dip our toes into the deep end.

I'll make some coffee.

[♪♪♪]

'Kay...

This is fun.

Elise...

Do you want to tell me what happened?

My ex-husband, Dan... really loved to go to car shows... and then, on Christmas Eve, he gave me this charm bracelet, and it had all these little car parts, and then there was this dangling cursive name that said, "Drew."

He mixed up your presents.

On Christmas Eve.

Drew is a car show model, F.Y.I.

Yikes.

So how was that Christmas?

He spent it with Drew.

So...

four years ago, I... put this Christmas angel in a box, and I... um... I haven't opened it since.

This may sound really childish and stupid, but we have to win the snowman contest for my company this year.

I started that, too, and Dan and Drew win every single year.

I am officially on it.

We will win.

Look.

[Nick hums "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"]

You're in a good mood.

So don't bring me any bad news then.

Is that what I do?

Yes, sometimes.

Well, not today.

She was the hot topic of the office, your biz partner.

Yeah, she was amazing, wasn't she?

But now I have to win her her snowman building contest, and honestly, I don't know the first thing.

Two rules... it has to be original, and it has to be Christmas-themed.

Too bad, because a snowman in a Halloween costume would be hilarious.

Yeah, total winner. Except not.

Out. I'll help.

Yeah?

Okay...

Snowmen...

You weren't kidding about debt.

Right?

-Hey. -Hello.

Hey.

Thank you. You're the best.

[Nick]: It's not like it's a chore.

[Drew]: What are you doing? We're going to be late.

-Ready? -Yeah.

Hello, competitors!

Zoey, you're a competitor.

Holly made me emcee as well..

Oh.

And you've already been voted Mr. Snow Park of the evening.

Is that a good thing?

Winning's always a good thing.

You guys are so late!

Uh... we are exactly on time.

Not for Nick and me to catch up.

Oh!

Come on, Nick, I'll show you the hot chocolate table.

Holly? Holly!

[announcer]: Will all competitors please make their way to the main tent.

It's a compliment when women want to talk to your man.

Come on, I'll show you where we put you.

[Elise]: So, you survived Holly.

Yeah, she says she knows people, and I will never be found if I hurt you.

That's my girl.

Good evening, World Bright competitors, employees, and esteemed snow park patrons.

Tonight, our teams will have two hours to build a snowman scene.

They have to be holiday-themed, never have been done before, and the main characters must be a basic snowman.

Okay, competitors!

To your tents, please!

We are going to start in five... four... three... two... snowmen!

Chicest snow person.

[buzzer sounds]

Oh! Oh! Oh! Time! Time!

Everybody, stop, drop.

Put your hands up.

[Zoey gasps]

Oh! It's us!

[laughs] Oh, my gosh!

That's so cute! Oh...

Guys! That's us!

Aww...

[Zoey]: Results, please.

Thank you.

Okay! All right!

To the newcomers, we've got fourth place, everyone, right over here.

Give them a round of applause.

[applause]

Wow, guys.

Wow.

All right.

Third place is...

Holly and Zoey.

[gasps]

Oh, my gosh! That's us!

Oh, we won! We won! Oh!

[applause]

[Zoey]: Okay!

Second place goes to...

Drew and Dan!

[applause]

[Zoey]: That's really...

Snowmobiles! Well done.

Okay, and... the most exciting part of the night, the reason we are all here... first place goes to...

Nick and Elise!

[roaring applause]

[Zoey]: Yeah!

Yay! Look at that.

Oh, my God, is that not the best?

This is the best night ever.

Elise?

Hi, I'm Ashley, Nick's paralegal.

Oh, hi.

He's just finishing up a call, so I can show you in.

Yes, thank you.

Right this way.

Can I give you a hand with that basket that smells so good?

I can manage, thank you.

Um, have you worked here long?

I have.

I love my job, and Nick is my favorite-ever boss.

Elise!

Sol!

Well, my day just got a whole lot brighter.

Oh, you're too kind.

I tell you, we are absolutely insane for gingerbread men around here.

[Elise]: Oh, there are ginger women and ginger policemen...

Did I hear gingerbread talk?

Hello, Elise.

Hello, Bradford.

I have a soccer player here for you.

Oh... except I'm a hockey fan.

Oh, well, then they'd be in broken pieces at the bottom, knowing that sport.

[laughing]

Well-played.

You're welcome.

Are we losing our Christmasphobia natures?

I mean, I had that figgy pudding song stuck in my head all morning.

Well, I, for one, would love to love Christmas again.

Yeah, me too, but it's Christmas.

I'm braced.

Nick...

I know your most recent Christmas ghost.

Will you tell me your first?

My dad left my mom and me at Christmas.

I was six.

Maybe that set the pattern.

It's okay. We survived.

I love my mom.

I'm so sorry, Nick.

She remarried... a nice doctor who believed that young men should be educated at boarding schools.

So I saw my mom mostly at Christmas, and the better my grades were, the happier they were to see me... so I like working hard.

I'm not good with probing questions... and this is a business contract, right?

Right, yes, um... definitely.

Hey, did you get the scarf and mitts I sent over for the skating party later tonight?

Yes.

Nick, you're incredibly generous.

-Great. -[knocking]

So sorry to interrupt.

Oh, no, not at all.

The Peterson judgment just came in.

Oh! Oh. Great. Great!

Ah, that's going to crash our lunch.

I'm so sorry.

No, no, it's okay.

I will see you tonight.

I'll show you out.

It's okay. I know the way.

Bye.

I just screwed that all up. I am not good about my past.

Don't I know it!

What do I do?

I think she's just enjoying not feeling alone at Christmastime.

I think you might be, too.

I'm not alone.

I have you... and a ton of work.

Well, you were whistling this morning.

I whistle.

Christmas songs?

Christmas stresses me out.

The Peterson judgement.

Right.

[♪♪♪]

You're quiet tonight.

Am I?

Wow, you can skate.

I can hang.

Hey, come on, lovebirds.

Pick it up.

On our way!

All right.

Clock is punched, mister.

-Let's go. -Okay.

-Right. Ready? -Mm-hmm.

-Bradford lettered in hockey. -And you?

Ice dancing, semi-pro.

Ah.

How can you not take all this as Christmas jinx-y?

Because I am getting very chummy with her, and she likes to talk... and I used to coach figure skating.

You really are amazing.

Okay.

-Okay. Ready? -Uh-huh.

Now pick up your feet more.

Mm-hmm...

Now push out, push out with me.

You two look absolutely beautiful.

Thank you!

We've been waiting all week for this.

Whoa...

Whoa... hey.

We need to focus.

We need to stay focused on the goal, okay?

You will succeed.

At skating?

At all of this, Nick.

Thank you, Elise.

Whee!

Whoa...

Whoo!

Hey!

[Elise giggles]

You two have such charm together.

Ah, it's all her doing.

I blame him.

[Nick]: Well, got to hand it to Bradford...

It pays to have multiple skill sets.

And yet...

Yes?

Oh, well...

My business partner, Dan, hired a sales rep one year, and he went fishing through interviews to find incomparable softball skills.

How did that work out?

Well, Dan received all of the coveted softball trophies that he wanted, and our sales quotas virtually plummeted for the entire year.

Oh, ho!

[Nick]: That guy.

Personally, I know it's all fun, but I prefer, in business, business minds at the helm.

I like a guy that works overtime.

You two are amazing out there.

Like, born for each other.

Not bad, right?

Considering I'm his third wife.

Don't quote me on that.

You are so much fun, by the way.

Thank you!

You went above and beyond today.

Thank you.

I want to be as valuable to you as you've been to me.

We don't have the same goals, Nick.

I'm stuck with Dan and his childish work tortures, and...

I own my mistakes that led me to that...

and I kind of feel like I'm... starting to wake up to life again.

It's a good thing... but I don't expect Santa, or miracles, or angels getting their wings.

What would winning look like for you?

I don't know anymore, Nick...

but I'm glad I have a Christmas tree.

So thank you for that.

Good night.

Good night.

-Hi. -Oh, hi!

You're looking very sharp.

Oh, thank you.

Dan! Just the man I wanted to see.

Uh, you know, Drew and I, we're just heading out.

This'll just take a second.

Turns out we both have friends on the police force, and my buddy tells me that you had your buddy run my plates.

Anything specifically you were looking for?

No... I just...

Come on, honey, let's, um...

See, the thing is, my buddy is your buddy's boss, so... that didn't work out so well, but I'm just happy to know that your natural affection and protection for Elise still exists.

That's right.

We care a lot for Elise, and we're all under a lot of stress this season at work.

Right, the Reindeer Report.

Exciting!

Elise tells me you have a lot of memorizing to do?

Yeah, I'm just more comfortable when I know a subject than when I'm reading it out loud.

[Nick]: You know...

I have a lot of tricks from memorizing case facts.

I'd be happy to teach you.

Nick?

Hey, hon.

Yes! Definitely.

[Dan]: Uh, Drew, you know, we really should be going.

How about after lunch?

I have the whole afternoon off, actually.

Uh, Nick? Nick!

Just a second, honey.

So, after lunch, we'll get to work?

You know, I don't think...

It's perfect. Yes, please.

Great!

Great.

Hi!

Look.

Wonton soup.

Who are you, and what have you done with Nicholas?

I am starting to learn that you have a plan for me to get my partnership... yes?

Maybe.

Yes.

Well, I'm hatching a plan, too, and we need to be at the TV station for Drew's Reindeer Report.

Uh, absolutely not.

Ah, yes.

Also, I need to leave here with a copy of your business contract.

You already have a copy.

No, um... not the...

"Mistletoe Promise."

Your and Dan's actual contract.

Nick... please don't get my hopes up.

That's my line.

Wonton soup.

Mm...

-[Drew]: Report... -[Nick]: Report.

-[Drew]: Report... -[Nick]: Not re-port...

[Nick]: There is it. Great!

[Drew rehearsing, Nick coaching]

They've been in there a long time.

Yeah, well, I am guessing it's a pretty long job.

Really loose.

Really loose.

[Holly]: I'm proud of you, El.

You hung in there like a pro, and you caught a really great guy.

Well, we've only been dating for a little bit, so...

Don't do that.

Live in possibility now.

[Drew]: Thank you so much.

Yep.

All right.

It's going to be so good!

Yes, it is. So good.

Hey.

So, what do you think?

I think... dress sharp for the Reindeer Report.

Yeah, we will not be going to that.

It's your company, and I promised Drew, so... yes, we are.

You look great, as always.

Thank you.

I can't believe that we're actually going to this.

Trust me.

All right, well... there's your stage.

Okay...

All right, there's your mark.

Put your little toes right there.

Uh, why don't we watch from the green room?

I don't want to make her nervous.

You stay put, young lady.

Good evening, Santa watchers.

As promised tonight, our state's very own Drew Richards will walk us through Santa's planned sleigh routes this Christmas.

Our famed Reindeer Report brought to you by the folks at World Bright Travel Agency.

"Every day is a present when on a vacation."

Take it away, Drew.

I'm Drew!

Hi... everybody.

[whispering] Reindeer Report.

This is the Reindeer Report.

This is the Reindeer Report.

Okay.

-What? -You got this.

What?

You got this. Let's go.

Say something!

Hi, everyone! My apologies.

I'm Elise Donner from World Bright Travel Agency.

I'm so sorry, Drew, but we have a breaking news report from Santa!

Santa has decided to enter America through New York City this year, so he can go catch a glimpse of the beautiful Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

Soon, he will be zigzagging his way through the upper Midwest, then, soon under his sleigh will be the beautiful Grand Canyon as he slides on in to Los Angeles.

These are all landmarks of World Bright Travel's own History Children's Outreach Program, and they are apparently favorites of Mr. and Mrs. Claus', too.

All right, thanks very much, ladies.

We'll take a break. More coming up right after this.

[applause]

[laughs]

Good thing Elise has a public speaking background, right?

Honestly, it's bizarre he didn't show.

No, he's just at a meeting.

What? Who is, Dan?

What? Dan?

Oh, God, no.

Yes, Dan and Drew.

Just ridiculous to skip the Christmas lunch because you had to rescue his girlfriend together.

[mumbling] I know.

It really did work out for all of you.

Um, Holly, there is no such thing as "working out" with Dan, so just be prepared.

[laughing]

Hey, sorry I'm late, crew.

Almost got run over by a reindeer...

[laughing]

[titters falsely]

I'll tell you what.

Why don't we just leap right into Elise's Surprise Santa present for us all?

Absolutely!

Thank you, Elise, for building such a fun company to work at.

Ah, okay, that's... that's not exactly what I meant.

You know what?

Why don't we all check our emails?

Huh? Everyone! Check your emails!

[phones chime, vibrate]

What's the Mistletoe Promise?

He ransacked my emails.

Well, I mean, I found it on the server.

Randomly.

[Elise]: The server... that hasn't been working until now?

Elise...

Oh, my God...

Elise!

I am really, really sorry.

What happened?

Me.

I haven't happened, and I haven't been happening for years.

My life is frozen in a personal and professional stupor.

My life is strictly business.

It's strictly business and that's all it is, and even in that, I've let down my family and my friends and my company and myself.

You haven't let me down, Elise.

No, I haven't.

I always honor my contracts. I just...

forgot to do one with myself.

You don't have to go to New York, Elise.

I would totally understand.

No.

We're going to go to New York, and we're going to get you your partnership... because it will feel good to do something right, just one thing right for someone... but I'm sorry, I have to be alone.

I'm sorry.

Elise...


Hi. This is Holly. You know what to do.

[Nick]: All right, okay, here we are.

I can't believe I'm apologizing twice inside of 24 hours.

First, my car died, and then I couldn't find my charger, so...

[Ashley]: Make excuses in the car.

We may actually miss your flight.

Hi, Elise.

Hi.

Okay, there's a freeway entrance right here.

So just turn, turn, turn, turn!

Going that way this time in the morning?

Just strap in, buster.

You all right back there, Elise?

I'm fine, yes.

It's not bad heading that direction.

Do I have to get a pair of earbuds to drown you out, Nicholas?

We're here!

At this point, winning might be everything.

I know. Fingers crossed.

You're good.

You've got your lucky charm and secret Christmas weapon with you.

Okay.

[Nick]: All right. Here we are.

[Elise]: Okay.

Okay.

Wow.

Whoa.

Yeah.

Ladies first.

Champagne?

Yes.

All right.

Okay...

Thank you.

There you are.

Ah, music! All right.

Yes, yes.

There we go...

["We Wish You A Merry Christmas" instrumental playing]

[laughing]

We...

♪ Won't go until we've got some ♪

♪ We won't go until we've got some ♪

♪ We won't go until we've got some ♪

♪ So bring it right here

[laughing]

Perfect.

Um, I'm going to change.

Oh, yeah.

Wow.

I have... one final present.

Whatever happens...

This has been the best deal I've ever struck.

I have actually enjoyed Christmas.

I did, too.

[Elise exhales]

Nick...


Well, so my gift to you is a touch unusual.

Kylie is Bradford's third wife.

Wha...

Third as in three... which is not so family-iconic, is it?

I... I could kiss you.

Uh, no. [laughs awkwardly]

We only deploy that as a nuclear option, because we both know that you're the best man for this job, and that you have not leapt blindly into marriage.

Thank you.

Deal.

♪ That's Christmas to me

♪ Baby...

[Nick]: Yes, so, the room is beautiful.

Thank you.

Quite the turnout.

Yes, really.

Ah, Mr. Willison. You've returned.

Or did I ever leave?

[laughing]

Now, now, now, now, don't tell me.

Uh... Bradford and Kylie...

Nick... and Elise!

Oh! I'm impressed.

So, Nick...

Tell me your favorite Christmas memory.

Oh, uh...

Uh... well...

You know what?

Why don't you tell them the story about the woman that you saved from hating Christmas that year?

This is a really lovely story.

Oh, yes, Nick. You must!

I agree.

Okay, um...

Well, I was at the food court at a shopping mall, and this beautiful lady was being tortured by Christmas carolers.

[laughing]

So, I could tell that she was the kind of person that was not particularly fond of Christmas...

[laughing]

No, no, no, but I can't take credit for how this incredibly brave woman showed up for herself and her life.

We made a contract to buddy-breathe through Christmas.

Two Christmaphobes!

Yes, it was that simple, that silly, and... well, that profound.

And what happened to her?

Well, I hear she's doing great in all aspects of her life.

Even in love?

Yes... so I hear.

So... to love... to our families... and to Christmas.

To Christmas!

Cheers!

Merry Christmas, everyone.

I... actually have a surprise for you.

Come on!

No, come on.

[Elise]: Really?

Yes!

You make Christmas fun for me.

I think we both did that.

Making a pact, scaring off carolers...

Picking out ornaments, picking out a tree, stringing lights...

So many presents. Too many presents.

Oh, never enough!

I could build snowmen all year.

Fun like this.

Fun like us.

It's not just fun.

It's more than that.

It's my heart, and it's yours, too.

I know.

No, you don't.

I don't think that you really know.

We made it clear.

We had a contract.

Nothing too deep.

We made a promise, Elise, not a contract.

We made a promise.

Yes, and I intend to keep it as written, because that is what you wanted, and I am so ready to be that woman in the story that you told tonight, but we've had the best fake relationship ever.

All the ups and downs, without any of the risks.

Business is a risk.

No, love... love is a risk.

Business is something we do...

I'm really good at it.

Nick... you're so close, and you deserve to be partner, not because of some lie, or some rules that we have to bend or break, but because you deserve it.

So just trust me on this.

Do... you have a key?

I'm going to take a walk.

Good night.

Good night.

See, we didn't realize they speed the gondolas up when they're closing the ski park.

We thought we had plenty of time to finish.

[laughing]

You've never been married, Nick?

Well, um...

I was set to, but... my third Christmas ghost.

It was autumn... the worst time to get married, someone told me after the fact.

I was in my tuxedo, and I was the happiest I had ever been...

Far happier than my bride-to-be, as it turned out, who had her father drive her away from the church.

It was the loneliest Christmas of my life.

So I switched to divorce law, because I wanted to be the guy who could make it... easier, gentler for those people going through breakups.

Nick...

You're a good man.

Win this as yourself.

I met Elise three weeks ago.

I approached her with a contract to rescue me from losing out on partnership because...

I don't have a wife.

Nick...

See, I didn't come from easy beginnings, and I made a choice to better my life and my situation, and I think that makes me a valuable asset to this firm, sir... but all due respect...

I don't agree with the premise or the policy that families and marriage are the only way to promote goodness in the world.

Virtue and dignity... comes from all aspects of life.

Elise here is divorced, and she has... more grace, more empathy than I ever thought possible.

Nick, this really isn't...

No.

You're the woman from Nick's story last night.

In part, yes.

Um...

A lot of parts of my life are still unsettled... but I can tell you this... you will never find a man with a truer heart than Nick's.

He makes the world his concern, and I have seen it time and time again... but this is a business luncheon.

I really have no place here now.

Please excuse me.

[Nick]: So...

I'm sorry for wasting all your time.

Hey! Elise!

Wait!

Nick, what are you doing?

Just go back in and close the deal, okay?

No, no... the deal is here.

I broke the contract.

I got too deep and fell in love.

Both of you, please, would you come back to the table?

Mr. Willison insists.

Sharon, Sol, thank you for your kindness, but I really must catch a plane.

[chuckles]

Honestly, Drew... you did me a favor, girl.

[Holly]: Yes.

She did.

I've waited four years for you to realize that.

I am so sorry, Holly.

No, hon, I am.

Sometimes, the best friend is the one who hangs back and lets you figure things out for yourself.

I think I just needed to... to do something crazy.

Yes, you did... and we all thought it was brave and cool and... as Zoey puts it, "He's dreamy beyond words."

[laughing]

[sighs]

So... you ready to let Dan have this place?

I go where you go.

Just don't sign a non-compete clause, please.

Never.

Top of my buy-out demands... well, our buy-out demands.

There's something that I wanted to tell you in person.

Your Reindeer Report has been getting a lot of philanthropy calls.

What?

Do-gooders want to fund our History Kids Charity Outreach Program.

Are you serious?

Yes!

Oh, my God!

That is the best present ever!

Zoey's compiling a file right now.

We might have a lot to celebrate next year.

I can't believe it.

Come to my folks' tonight.

We're making duck.

Oh, sweetheart, you know I'd love to, but I have...

I have a lot of work to finish.

Plus, it's snowing out, and I think I might want to walk home in it.

After all, it's almost Christmas.

You're the best.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.


Three snow persons?

I'm so sorry, Nick.

No.

You showed up.

You went the distance of the contract like a pro.

Mr. Willison said it was the best run for partner he has seen in his long career.

You made partner?

We did.

Teamwork.

Just like you said.

This feels nice.

It does.

It's what I was scared of.

I think we both were.

[Elise]: Nick, I don't think that I'm ready for a parson, but I could... sure use some figgy pudding.

Well, he'll be back again next year, I hear... and this will do for now, I think.

So... should we extend our agreement in perpetuity, perhaps?

I can agree to that.

[laughs]

Mistletoe.

Promise.