Echo has to compromise, many go to see the Christmas tree in Angels Square, and Kelly plans to get dirt on Aubrey...
Everyone gathers in Angels Square as Dorian presents the lighting of the Christmas tree. Blair scolds Jack, who's about to tell Sam there's no Santa. Clint runs into Vimal and warns him to be quite when Vimal brings up Brody being his daughter's baby's father and Rex being Clint's son. As Rex and Gigi head to Viki's, Rex stops and calls Clint the Grinch! Aubrey sees Clint and makes a comment about him hating her. Joey suggests Kelly soften Clint up for Aubrey. All three approach Clint, who makes a quick getaway. Kelly agrees. Clint hates 'her'. Joey tries to reassure Aubrey then gives Kelly a gift: goggles to prevent getting lemon in her eye again. Kelly gives Joey her clown ornament. She heard his broke. Aubrey laughs about Kelly's gift from Joey then shows her the bracelet Joey bought her.
In the kitchen at Llanfair, Charlie and Echo share some eggnog while Viki prepares dinner. Echo doesn't like the way Viki's handling the turkey and ends up knocking it on the floor. Viki takes a call from Dorian and says, "I'm seconds away from throttling that woman. Help me!" Dorian promises this is the season for miracles. Later, when Rex, Gigi and Shane arrive, Echo gushes, "Oh look, it's our family!" Viki prays for Dorian's Christmas miracle. Echo gets a call from Dorian, who offers her ten grand to help Dorian with a project. It'll only take an hour. When Echo announces she'll be right back, Charlie debates going with her, which leaves Viki's aghast. Echo finally insists that Charlie stay with the family. She promises she's not leaving to drink. On Echo's way out, Clint arrives. Echo warns that Clint gave up an incredible son and grandson.
John presents Natalie with his mother's engagement ring in the living room. He can't wait to be a family and slips the ring on Natalie's finger. She wants to tell everyone the news tonight. The family joins them and John announces his and Natalie's engagement. As Clint welcomes John to the family, Charlie kisses Viki, who beams to be rid of Echo. Charlie apologizes. He knows how hard this has been on Viki. When Joey and Aubrey arrive, Clint makes his displeasure known. Joey privately demands that Clint show Aubrey some respect. Clint appears nervous as Brody talks about his and Jessica's baby. As Brody reads "Twas The Night Before Christmas," Clint curtly wishes Aubrey a Merry Christmas.
James and Ford discuss Nate being in jail. James wants to forget Christmas this year and admits he's glad Eddie is dead. Ford suggests James go see Starr. Seeing it's her first Christmas without Cole, James doesn't feel he has the right to be with Starr. James gives Ford a gift: Ford's favorite shirt. The one James stole years ago. They decide to get out of their apartment and leave.
Over at the mansion, Starr tells Langston about her visit to see Cole and says, "Without Cole it just isn't Christmas." Starr and Langston exchange gifts then decide to get out of the house. Later, Blair warns Jack to quit ruining Christmas when he tells Sam that Santa is a myth. After Blair leaves the room, Jack starts guessing what's in all the presents. Sam spots Eli's box. Jack suggests they open it. It's their mom's from her psycho dead husband. They take the box and head outside.
When Echo arrives, Dorian takes her up to the rooftop. She wants Echo to take a photo of her in a Santa suit for next year's mayoral calendar. Dorian claims to have forgotten something and promises to be right back. Dorian leaves and locks Echo on the rooftop without a coat! Echo screams and shivers for Dorian to open the door. Echo puts on the Santa suit to stay warm and screams over the edge, "Hello!" Outside the mansion, just as Jack tries to pry open Eli's box, Sam points to the rooftop. It's Santa! They race up to the rooftop. "Santa?" Jack asks, just as Echo falls down the chimney! "See, I told you," Sam tells Jack. There is a Santa! They think Santa's stuck and race back downstairs.
Back in the living room, Dorian joins Blair and Kelly, who rants about Joey and Aubrey. Blair kisses Kelly's cheek and suggests she move on. Kelly admits Blair was right. Aubrey's hiding something. She calls Rex and asks him to dig up dirt on Aubrey. Dorian lights the fireplace. Blair thinks she hears someone yelling. "It sounds like an Echo," Kelly agrees. Dorian laughs and turns up the Christmas music. Jack and Sam race in. Blair screams at Jack when he throws water on the fire. He's trying to save Santa! Blair thought he didn't believe in Santa. Suddenly, Echo crashes down the chimney and glares at Dorian, covered in soot!
As Starr points out the star on the Christmas tree in Angels Square, James appears and says, "Merry Christmas, Twinkle." Starr's face lights up. Ford and Langston take Hope to look at more decorations while Starr tells James about her visit with Cole. James offers to give her space. Starr begs James not to go. She really needs him right now. James needs her too. Across the square, Langston apologizes to Ford for thinking he murdered Eddie. Later, they all sing a Christmas carol together.
Llanview spoilers for the next One Life to Live:
An encore of the October 22, 2010 episode will air.
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