This episode is not a great one to showcase the family aspect of the series. At Christmas, sure there are Scrooges, but to depict an estranged grandfather as a miser who dominates women sends the wrong message. Maggie has been seen as a strong and independent woman since the pilot, so seeing her cower under the presence of her ex-husband was sad. The greed of the children is a typical holiday television theme, but they don't really ever learn anything about how it's wrong, which was a missed opportunity in my opinion. Franklin may not be absent forever, but the comedy is certainly not bringing him back anytime soon! Let's hope that the new year will find this show returning to pleasant and family-friendly storylines!
In a second storyline, Gabby got a sound effects box from a class secret Santa, but it turns out to be from a guy who likes her. He had called the house for ideas, but James was only thinking of himself when he said to get her the box instead of a necklace. [why would anyone trust a sibling, LoL??]