A Great North Christmas (2021) Movie Script

either your client admits
to plagiarizing
my client publicly
or we don't have a deal.
Why does it matter?
We're willing to pay every cent.
Why add insult to injury?
Appearances, Bob.
My client can't be seen
as some spoiled rich kid
saying, "Give me my toys back."
Something was stolen,
and the perpetrator,
your client, has to pay.
Fine, we'll put out
a statement later today.
Thanks, Bob.
You know, you've always
been my favorite.
Maybe we can grab
a drink sometime.
I look forward
to reading that statement.
How did your little
plagiarism case go?
You mean my very
big plagiarism case
for our very important client?
Went great. Thanks for asking.
VIP, huh?
I thought he was
a D-list screenwriter
with only two films to his name,
both only released in Canada.
Who even lives in Canada?
Who would want to?
I, for one, would not.
That doesn't diminish
her accomplishments.
Remind me, how many screenplays
have you written again?
- Zero, I don't need to.
- I represent actual talent.
Oh, yeah, you said that
on the course the other day.
Who was it that totally
annihilated you?
- Hey, I was having an off day.
- Oh, sure you were.
See you Monday!
Good job on the plagiarism
case, North.
Thank you, Mr. Maclntyre.
Which reminds me,
I've got some contracts
I need reviewed by the 26th.
Do you think
you can handle that?
Well, that would have me
working through Christmas.
- Is that gonna be a problem?
- No, sir, not at all.
Keep up the good work, North.
Canu, hi.
Oh, I'd love to.
I actually have a really
important meeting tonight.
Next time, okay?
Say hi to Alex for me.
Samantha, hi!
Are you still coming tonight?
Oh, of course,
I wouldn't miss it!
Good, it's very important
that you come.
- Okay.
- Well, I'll see you guys soon.
Hey, you can do this.
Hey, Duchess, hey, sweetie.
- You made it!
- I made it.
How are you?
Thank you so much
for fostering her for me.
Caroline, we'll always
be here for you.
Samantha, that was amazing.
You need to teach me
your culinary ways.
Does that mean that next time
you're cooking?
The extent of my cooking is
ordering Chinese food,
so I'm not sure
if you guys would be into that.
Ooh, you should date a chef.
That would be good for me.
So, Caroline, do you
have plans for Christmas?
- Mm-hmm, I do.
- I have plans, for sure.
So you're going to
read contracts again?
It's fine, honestly.
I'll just order in Morton's
and watch a holiday film.
Oh, so you're gonna
watch "Die Hard."
- It's a Christmas movie.
- No, it's not.
- Yes, it is.
- It absolutely is.
Anyway, you can't keep
letting your boss
railroad you like this.
I'm fine, honestly.
You guys, I want to be working.
If I'm gonna be the best,
I have to show them
that I can do everything.
You have to take
some time for yourself.
Speaking of taking some time
for yourself,
Jackie found this amazing
resort up north online.
- Like, way up north.
- Like, Canada, to be exact.
Prince George,
to be exactly exact.
Prince George?
Isn't that Harry
and Meghan's kid or something?
No, William and Kate's,
but not that Prince George,
this one.
What is this?
We sort of impulse bought
you a trip there
for Christmas.
- To Canada.
- Yeah.
The package has skiing,
- Dog sledding!
- Dog sledding.
Okay, and where did you guys
find this place?
We just think you need
a change of pace.
I think my pace is fine,
thank you,
and I can go skiing
at my usual spot in Mammoth,
which is a lot closer
than Canada.
We know how hard this time
of year can be for you,
and we just thought
maybe you can use a change
to help get you out
of your Christmas blues.
You've spent
the last four Christmases
since your parents died working.
We know how hard
this time of year is for you,
and we thought that maybe
you could use a change.
That's not entirely true.
I went to that industry thing
like, two years ago.
You guys remember.
For like an hour until
the moment somebody hit on you,
you bounced.
Take the trip.
I don't know.
I guess snowmobiling
sounds kind of fun.
So you'll go?
Yes, fine. I'll go.
Yay, because the tickets
are not refundable!
Okay, but on one condition.
If I don't like it,
I get to come home right away,
and you guys can't make me
feel bad about it, okay?
- Deal.
- Deal.
Canada, really?
First time in the mountains?
Oh, no, I get up to Mammoth
at least twice a year.
Ah, I was just gonna
say it seems
like you're a little
under dressed for the weather.
I think your heater
might be broken, so...
Thank you.
Hi. Caroline North, checking in.
What is Christmas Grotto?
Christmas Grotto is
all things Christmas.
Arts and crafts, wood carvings,
food vendors,
all made by locals
from the town.
There's even a Santa Claus.
- Great.
- What was that?
I said, great, sounds great.
Thank you.
Good boy, Champ.
Looks like someone
lost their phone.
Come on.
Let's go do our good deed
for the day.
Excuse me.
Hi, how can I help you?
I can help you, if you want.
Great, I found this phone
outside the hotel.
I think it might belong
to one of your guests.
Yes, okay, yeah,
I can take that, sure.
Here's my number.
Oh, sir,
that's awful sweet of you,
but I'm spoken for.
Oh, I just want to hear
that they get it back safe.
- Oh, of course.
- That's so nice of you.
Yeah, someone just checked in.
It's probably theirs.
They seemed a little upset.
How can you be upset
in a place like this?
That's what I thought.
- Bye.
- Bye.
Oh, you've got
to be kidding me.
Hello, hello! Excuse me!
- Hi.
- Hi, how can I help you?
- My phone, I lost it.
- Did I leave it here?
Yeah, you must have
dropped it outside.
Thank you so much.
Yeah, this really
cute guy found it.
Yeah, he left his number.
Wanted to hear
you got it back safely.
So nice, right?
No name?
Tall, handsome, mysterious.
Right, thanks.
Mom, we're home!
Did you have a good walk?
He nearly had a fit
when he saw Amy at Snow Bean.
Well, that's because Amy has
all the good treats.
Yes, she does.
Speaking of treats,
picked up a little something.
Oh, Jonathan,
you are too sweet to me,
but you know I don't need a
cinnamon roll!
Fine, I'll eat it.
I said I didn't need it.
Didn't say I don't want it.
Two sugar?
Two cream, I know.
You are just like your father.
Yeah, I miss him.
I do, too.
We all do.
This town just isn't
the same without him.
You were always
more concerned about others
than yourself.
That's why I love you.
Not to mention the whole
giving you life thing.
That too.
- Aw, man.
- What's wrong, sweetie?
I forgot to pick up a new hat,
since someone decided my old
one needed a few more holes.
Well, I'm sure Champ wouldn't
mind taking you back into town.
It's too late today,
maybe tomorrow.
Pursuant to clause B
of article A,
client is not responsible
for the sum of the parts
herein retained by the producer.
Full buyout upon completion
of work
with rights hereby surrendered
in perpetuity.
No, make a note,
remove perpetuity,
in perpetuity.
You need a run, Caroline.
One moment please!
Drop it, drop it.
- What's the emergency?
- Champ.
- Oh, sorry about that.
- Champ got a little impatient.
How can I help you two?
Well, I came by to get a hat,
since Champ here thought my old
one needed a few more holes.
Finally, I think you've had
that thing since high school.
You'd know.
You bought it for me
for Christmas.
Well, this one
will cost you 20 bucks.
I also noticed
some of your Christmas lights
have come loose.
Do you have a ladder?
I can get up there
and fix that for you.
Ah, that's very kind of you,
but I put all these decorations
up myself.
I think I can handle
a few lights.
Are you sure?
I mean, your fingers
are pretty banged up there.
- I don't mind.
- Don't worry about it, Jon.
It was years ago.
Elizabeth, I was dumb.
If you'll excuse me,
I have inventory to do.
Bye, Champ.
Whoa, Champ.
Hey, that was some fall.
Are you okay?
Yeah, that was embarrassing.
Oh, looks like you
might've sprained your wrist.
Come on, I'll take you
to the clinic.
- Oh, no, it's okay.
- It's not that bad.
I don't bite. Trust me.
Besides you're really not
dressed to be out in the cold.
Okay, thank you. Who's this?
- Hey, this is Champ.
- Hi, Champ.
You're a sweet boy.
- You like dogs?
- I do.
- How's it feeling?
- It's okay.
It's a little tender.
Yeah, you took
a pretty hard fall.
Yeah, not gonna run
in the snow anymore.
That's probably a good idea.
We're here.
Here. There you go.
That's a good boy. Stay.
So do you always go around
helping strangers?
Some kind of superhero
of the north?
Shh, no one can know
my secret identity.
You know, you really... you
don't have to stay with me.
- I'm fine on my own.
- I'm happy to help.
Champ would be disappointed
if I didn't.
He's a very sweet boy.
You know, actually, I have
a husky myself back home.
Well, she was
my parents' dog before, um
huskies are
just... they're the best.
- They really are.
- Where are you from?
Somewhere warm, I'd guess.
Yes, Los Angeles, LA,
Santa Monica, to be exact.
Not sure why I just told
a stranger that.
You know, my wrist
really isn't that bad.
I think I'm just going to head
back to the hotel, so...
How about I take you shopping?
Yeah, I only brought it up
because you don't seem very
prepared for the weather here.
Yeah, I honestly had no idea
it was going to be this cold.
It's the wind that gets you.
Come on.
- No, it's fine.
- You've done enough, honestly.
I'm just gonna go shopping
by myself later.
- It's not a problem.
- I need to go downtown anyway.
Need to exchange this hat.
my mom would not be too happy
if I left a damsel in distress.
Yeah, we're not
gonna call me that again.
All right.
This place is cute.
Oh, what about this?
This is nice, and also warm.
What's with all the puffy
unflattering options?
Do they have an athleisure
wear section or something?
You know, people up here
often find
staying warm and alive
a higher priority
than formfitting fashion,
but if you want,
I think there's some
long johns over there.
Let's go.
Ooh! This is more my style.
- Hey!
- Hi.
- Hi!
- Do you have this in a small?
Probably, but I think that
you should maybe go up one size
so you can fit
some layers under there?
I'll just try the small.
Hey, Champ's gotta
use the facilities.
Meet you outside. Let's go, boy.
Easy, boy, it's not real fur,
I think.
- No, definitely not.
- Don't worry, boy.
So what do you think?
- You'll be warm.
- Much warmer, thank you.
Thanks again for your help.
I honestly didn't
plan this trip.
That's pretty clear.
I mean, my friends bought it
for me for Christmas.
You've got some
pretty great friends.
Yeah, I do.
Why'd they choose here?
They probably wanted me
to get as far away
from them as possible.
Doubt that.
No, but they did want me
to get far away
from my life in LA.
- Why's that?
- Well, I work too much.
That's all?
Maybe a little bit
withdrawn lately,
embarrassingly single,
and most likely going to end up
a childless dog lady
for the rest of my life.
I don't know why I just
blurted that out.
I'm sorry.
People tend to do
that around me.
I guess I got
a trustworthy face.
I guess you do.
Well, on that note,
I have some toiletries to get,
so I should probably go.
What, you don't like
the apple spice scented soaps?
How did you know my hotel
had those soaps?
They all do
during the holidays.
I think it's nice.
It's the small things
that are important.
Raises the joy level
a few percent, you know.
Yeah, I guess I do.
Well, I'm so happy
I got to meet
such a handsome boy, yes.
Bye, you two.
- See you around.
- Thanks again.
Are you loving it?
No, that's not
quite the word I'd use.
You aren't packing, are you?
You've been there one day!
Give it a shot.
Don't worry, I'm just
putting away my dirty clothes.
You fold your dirty clothes?
Yes, it keeps them nice.
You guys must know I
well, I did meet a guy today.
Tell me more!
- Just relax.
- I was in the park, and I fell.
You fell for him? So romantic.
And in the snow, no less.
No, I fell fell.
Banged my wrist up.
He took care of me.
How'd you manage to do that?
I don't know,
I guess people don't
really run here that often.
- What does he look like?
- Is he handsome?
I bet he's so handsome.
- Yeah, he is.
- He's just not my type.
Smart, funny, probably rugged,
hopefully single?
Very small-town.
Well, you're in a small town.
You're there for a change.
Embrace it.
Well, tomorrow I plan
on embracing the heck
out of some
cross-country skiing.
Don't fall.
Make sure Mr. Handsome is
there to catch you if you do.
- Okay, I have to go.
- I have to get some sleep.
I have to get up extra early
to put on these extra layers
I need to wear here.
It's crazy.
Well, I'm serious
about this guy.
Put yourself out there.
Ask him out
if you see him again.
Okay, thanks, Mom.
I gotta go. Night, guys!
- Bye.
- Love you.
Ask him out.
Listen, I know you stopped
by Elizabeth's yesterday.
Who told you that?
She's the only one in town
who sells these hats
with the fuzzy balls on the top.
You don't even like these.
There are plenty
of other stores in town.
You and I both know
that's not true.
I just hadn't really
gotten the chance
to talk to her since I got back.
I thought maybe the holidays
would be a good time.
Maybe, lots of love
and joy in the air.
But if she's not
reaching out to you,
I think you ought to let it be.
Maybe. I gotta get to work.
What has gotten into you?
You never walk away from me
when I'm talking to you.
I don't know, Mom.
With Dad gone,
all of this seems so...
Different. Believe me, I know.
I'm not feeling the holidays
much myself but just because
your father isn't with us
doesn't mean he isn't with us.
He's all around,
just like the Christmas spirit
in this town.
You, of all people
should know that.
I know. Sorry I brought it up.
I didn't mean to bother you.
Bother me?
I'm not upset.
I love it when you talk
about him.
It's like he's standing
right beside you.
We need to keep the traditions
we have alive.
It's what keeps us close
to those we've lost.
You're right. You're right.
I suppose I have a lot
of work to do,
but I'll get there.
Thank you.
I'm your mom. That's my job.
Now, don't go spending
too much time in that workshop.
You'll go all strange and start
telling terrible jokes
like your father.
I don't think it was
the workshop that did that.
Keep an eye on him.
- Good boy.
- Come on, boy, hup.
Going to the workshop,
aren't you?
- You bet!
- I knew it.
You're just like your father!
- Hey, everyone.
- My name is Billy.
And I will be your
instructor today.
So how many of you
have been skiing before?
All right,
we got an eager one.
And what would you say
your skill level is?
- Oh, I'm very good.
- I ski at Mammoth all the time.
That's great.
So Nordic,
or cross-country skiing,
is nothing like downhill,
so if you're an expert, like...
Caroline North?
Caroline North, here,
you should forget
everything you know,
except how to stop
because that's important.
All right, let's say we hop on
those skis and try this thing.
What do you say?
Excuse me.
You didn't have
to single me out like that.
Sorry, the way your hand shot
up made it seem
like you wanted
to be singled out.
I don't want
to be single... singled out.
Okay, then how about you pop
on those skis
and go join the group.
All right, if everyone is
ready, then let's try this.
Just one pole
in front of the other.
You okay back there,
Caroline North?
- Oh, yep, I got it!
- Just coming!
On your right!
On your right!
This is not skiing.
Ooh, okay.
Okay, I can do this.
One foot in front of the other.
Ah, oh, my gosh,
oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh.
Ah, ah, okay.
- On your right!
- Whoa, ah!
Caroline North, I was just
about to come looking for you.
- Very funny.
- Come on, lighten up.
It is way too beautiful out
to be so grouchy.
- I'm not grouchy.
- What was that?
- I said you're right, it is.
- It's beautiful.
In the event in which
the client cannot provide
the services detailed
in this contract,
they will forfeit their rights
to compensation.
Mr. Maclntyre,
I was just about to call you.
A little birdie just told me
that you're on vacation
up in Canada.
Please tell me you didn't forget
about those important contracts.
As a matter of fact,
I was just reviewing them.
And? How we looking?
I'll have the updated drafts
in your inbox
first thing tomorrow morning.
Excellent, let's do lunch
when you get back.
Okay, sure.
Oh, and, North, I expect
a nice souvenir from Canada.
Of course, sir.
So unfortunate, Mr. McIntyre,
the airline must have
lost your gift.
Now, you got your gas
right here,
which you control
with your right-hand thumb.
So just squeeze the accelerator
to move forward.
You've got your brake
over here on your left.
Oh, remember to always keep
your feet inside the rail here.
- Okay, I think I got it.
- Thanks.
Whoa, slow down, there.
First time on a sled,
we always ride in tandem before
letting you ride on your own.
So I'll be driving
this first time out.
Hang on tight!
Darn that boy.
That was great. Thank you.
Haven't had a whole lot
of fun this trip, so...
Oh, well, maybe I could
take you out
for a mulled cider later.
Joanie's booth in the market
makes a great one.
You didn't happen to find
a phone, did you?
A phone?
- Never mind.
- Maybe another time.
Thanks again for the ride.
Hey, Elizabeth!
What do you want today?
Well, is there anything
I can do for you?
I want to ask you
the same question.
You don't speak to me
for a year.
You don't come into the store
the entire time,
and then you come into
the store twice in one day,
once with some woman
who's clearly from out of town,
and now you're running down
the street asking me
if there's anything
you can do for me.
I'll tell you
what you can do for me.
What? I'll do anything.
You can leave me alone.
Maybe if you'd come
to the store when you first
came to town,
things would be different,
but now it just feels like
you're trying
to calm your conscience,
and that's not for me.
That's for you.
Happy Holidays, Jonathan,
but I'm doing just fine
without you in my life.
Oh, these are great.
My friends will love these.
How much for two?
- Eight.
- Each?
- Total.
- Oh, here.
You can keep the change.
At least take one
for yourself.
What's your name?
- You don't have it.
- Thanks, though.
Thank you.
I remember icing cookies
like these with my mom.
- Aw.
- How much for a dozen?
- Five dollars.
- Here you go.
Did you want me to ice
a few for you?
I can warm up the frosting.
It won't take long.
That's okay,
I'll just enjoy these.
- Thank you.
- Thanks, though.
Wow, you got it exactly.
- Really?
- Yeah.
Go ahead and pick one.
Okay, great.
I'll take this one. Thank you.
No worries.
Thanks for visiting Santa.
Be good.
See you later.
Well, hello there!
Would you like to sit
on Santa's lap?
Can I ask what grade
are you in now?
Grade two?
Merry Christmas.
Make that two
with whipped cream.
- You buying?
- This one's on me.
Aren't you
two the cutest little team?
Do you take him everywhere?
Pretty much.
Oh, I was talking to Champ.
Oh, I miss Duchess.
She's been staying
with my friend
for the past couple months
because my loft
doesn't allow dogs, so...
- Why don't you move?
- I've been trying to.
I just have been
so overwhelmed with work,
I haven't had a chance.
Mm, I see.
Well, would you care
to go for a walk with us?
I'll let you hold the leash.
So is your trip
going any better?
Yeah, I guess a bit.
Christmas Grotto was
it was nice.
I just get the sense
that people know
I don't really belong here.
Well, they're just not used
to a big city gal
like yourself.
And how would they know
that I'm a big city gal?
Well, you wore those
to Christmas Grotto, for one.
- What?
- They're wintery, festive.
Okay, it's really the most
Christmas-y thing.
I'm willing to wear.
I'm not really a fan
of this holiday, to be honest.
Why not?
Well, I...
I lost both my parents
about four years ago
in a car accident.
It was around this time
of year, so...
Christmas just hasn't been
the same without them.
Every year my dad would cook
this big, beautiful turkey,
and every year he would burn it.
So we'd just always
end up ordering Chinese food,
and then we'd always
watch a classic movie,
and my mom would always
have to pick it,
and then we'd always
finish the night
by watching the carolers
on our street
every year.
Christmas just isn't
the same now
that they're gone, you know?
Caroline, I'm so sorry
to hear that.
Come here.
I want to show you something.
Let's go.
This tree is the spirit of our
town's Christmas festivities.
We all gather together here
and celebrate Christmas
as a community.
It's been a tradition
in this town
for more than a hundred years.
It's beautiful.
You're showing me this
Oh, I thought you might want
to start thinking
about new traditions.
Oh, I don't want
to make new traditions.
I don't think I'm ready
for that yet.
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to...
No, no, it's okay.
You know, I think I'd just like
to be alone right now,
so... I have a lot of contracts
to get done.
I should go.
You know, I used
to be a lot like you.
I used to push people away
and hide what I was feeling
inside my work.
It was fine for a while.
Now, I was an investment banker,
and I've seen all the types,
the eager mom and pop,
the second-life retiree,
the powerful businesswoman.
They were all looking for
something they didn't have,
It took my dad getting sick
for me to leave the city behind
and come home to help my mom
with the family business
while he was in treatment.
Look, Caroline, I don't know
what you're looking for.
What I do know is you're
looking in the wrong place.
Maybe being here is
an opportunity
to make new memories.
You actually know
nothing about me.
Just because you had some
epiphany about your own life
doesn't mean that you know
what's best for me.
You know, I didn't need
your help that day in the park,
and I don't need it now, so...
Caroline, wait, wait.
I just think
we have more similarities
than you realize, and I just...
We are nothing alike.
And I don't need some
small-town, small-minded boy
telling me to just forget
about my parents.
Whoa, small-minded?
I just need to get out
of this stupid town
and get back to LA.
You know, you're exactly
who I thought you were.
Silly to even think
of trying to help.
Let's go home. Wait here, boy.
Hey, you sure I can't help
with anything?
No thanks.
Listen, I know
you don't want to hear it,
and you probably don't
want me around,
but this isn't just about me.
I failed you.
I messed up.
You were right.
I should've come back sooner.
I should've told you
what was happening
and faced the music
a long time ago.
I just...
I felt guilty and ashamed
of what I'd done.
Liz, I am so sorry.
I honestly am.
I just... I want the chance
to make it right.
- What were you thinking?
- Go apologize.
It's over. It's gone.
I meant it when I said I didn't
need anything from you.
I'll pay you back.
You don't need to. I mean it.
God, I made a mistake.
I should never have
brought you in on that deal.
You almost lost your store.
This place is special to me.
You are special to me.
I lost track of that.
Losing my dad made me realize
I need to stop being
so self-centered
and think of others.
I lost of track of that
when I left.
Thank you for the apology,
You want to know
how you can make it up to me?
Find out who you want to be.
Then maybe the people around
you might follow in step.
- Maybe you're right.
- I'm your best friend.
I know I'm right.
Oh, here.
I got you a jar
of cranberry sauce from Beverly
at Christmas Grotto.
I know it's not finding myself,
but I know how much you love it.
- Thank you, Jonathan.
- I almost forgot to get some.
You owe me a lot more
than cranberry sauce, though.
- Merry Christmas, Liz.
- Merry Christmas, Jonathan.
- Say hi to Andrew for me.
- I will do so.
Of course.
Stop packing.
If I don't pack,
I can't leave.
It can't be that bad.
Well, it is.
Sweetie, I'm sorry
you're not having a good time.
We just wanted
to get you out of your rut.
I know. I know you guys did.
It's just
it's just not the same
without them.
I know, but they would want
you to live your life,
be happy, make new memories.
What about the guy
who found your phone?
Yeah, but I just... I want
to go home.
I'm sorry, guys.
I'll pay you back for this,
I promise.
I just don't want
to be here anymore.
Don't you still have
dogsledding left to do?
That sounds really fun.
You've always wanted to do that.
When are you going
to get another chance?
Yeah, I guess it does sound fun.
I could try one more thing,
I guess.
Oh, I gotta go.
Do the dogsledding.
You'll regret it if you don't.
I should go, too.
Jake's been alone with Hunter
for, like, an hour.
He's probably on the verge
of a breakdown.
Love you, bye.
Listen, if you're here to
apologize, it'll have to wait.
- What are you doing here?
- What are you doing here?
- I have a dogsledding lesson.
- I have a dogsledding lesson.
- Well, I mean yours can wait.
- You live here.
I'm sure you've been before.
- I'm the trainer.
- This is my parent's business.
Look, I'll refund you
if you don't want to do this.
I don't know.
I mean, it's my last day,
and might as well just,
you know, get through it.
Okay, we just have to wait
for one more student.
Oh, there's another student?
Excuse me, I'm here
for the dogsledding.
Great, why don't you
and Caroline here come
with me and meet the dogs?
Okay, just looking over
your intake forms,
and then
we should be good to go.
Ashley, it says you're
from Willow River, yeah?
That's a beautiful spot.
Small-town girl,
but not small-minded,
Am I right?
No, not at all.
Great, that should
about do it.
Let's get you ladies
hooked up to your teams.
This will be yours.
So here are your sleds.
These are good dogs.
They should be pretty easy
to control.
I feel like Santa.
Oh, Santa has reindeer.
The Grinch has dogs.
- Mush... oh!
- Whoa!
You okay? Are you hurt?
Nothing but my pride.
- Try again.
- This time, hold on tight.
And lean forward on your sled.
And then don't say mush
right out of the gate.
They tend to run faster
when you do that.
Try hike.
Oh, my gosh! This is so cool!
- Here we go.
- Okay.
- Let me help you.
- There you go, there.
Yeah, push down
on the snow brake to slow down!
Slow down! Turn!
Use the snow brake!
That's one way to stop.
Very funny.
And that's the way
I recommend.
- That's okay, Caroline.
- You'll get the hang of it.
- This way, huh!
- Hike!
Go, yeah!
- Here we go!
- All right, Ashely!
Yeah, you got this.
Wonderful, that's exactly it!
- Hike!
- Come on, boys, come on.
- You can do it, Caroline.
- Come on!
Faster, mush? No, hike!
This is so much fun!
It's so beautiful.
Oh my gosh.
Hike, faster, boy, faster.
This way!
Mush, mush! Gee!
Come on, boys, let's go. Gee!
Haw! This way!
Mush, mush!
Go left, go left, go left!
Okay, faster! Let's pass her.
Come on, guys, come on.
Hike, hike!
On your left!
Come on, boys, let's go. Whoa!
Well done, guys.
- Whoa, Alpha team!
- Whoa, whoa, whoa.
- Why did you stop me?
- Slow down.
Just... you're going too fast.
Just take it easy.
Yeah, I think maybe you need
a little tandem practice.
Let me take you
for a lap around the track.
No, I told you,
I don't need your help.
Please, stop being difficult.
I'm your instructor
and this time, I'm the boss.
- Oh, okay, boss.
- Let's see what you can do.
Can I hold you
a little tighter?
Is that okay?
- Yeah.
- Okay.
Okay, what are you
waiting for?
- Let's go.
- Hike, let's go, hut!
Slow to start,
and then you go fast.
Lean with me.
What was the word for left?
Don't worry. I've got you.
Oh, we'll slow down
a little here.
- Okay.
- Gee, haw!
Gee, haw!
- Fast.
- Just relax.
- Okay.
- Let them ease into it.
Well done, well done.
I thought you bailed.
Hey, want to show you
my favorite spot.
- It's just through those trees.
- Okay.
Whoa... ah!
- You said left!
- Did I?
My bad.
Even experts
make mistakes sometimes.
Hey, don't.
You're gonna spook the dogs!
Oh, okay.
- All right.
- No, no, no!
- Stop, stop, okay, stop.
- Okay, truce.
- Okay, truce.
- No, hey, you said truce.
Okay, how's this?
No, no, no, no, no,
no, no, no, no!
Okay, I promise, I'm done.
- Okay.
- Okay.
- Help me up.
- Okay.
Thank you so much.
I'll definitely be back
next year
to take the advanced class.
- I think I'm ready.
- You're a natural.
I'll see you again soon,
I think you, on the other hand,
could use a few
more beginner lessons.
This was a lot of fun.
Thank you.
I guess this is goodbye.
Goodbye, Caroline.
Have a safe trip home.
Bye, Champ.
Oh, I'll miss you.
- Mind if I sit here?
- Of course.
How's your stay going?
Are you allowed to
hang out in here?
Yeah, I mean,
it's a public space, so yeah.
- Even if you work here?
- Oh, yeah, I'm out of uniform.
That guy who found my phone,
did he seem nice?
Yeah, I mean,
he turned in your phone.
He could have just kept it,
you know?
I'd say that's nice.
I'm not so sure
I deserve a nice guy.
Why do you say that?
Stop, I know I was rude
to you earlier.
I'm really sorry about that.
I just... I don't
do the holidays well.
Well, here's to nice guys
and hoping your holidays
get brighter.
Cheers to that.
Next time you're in LA,
you call me.
I will set you up
with everything.
I will. Thank you so much.
Of course, I have so many
places I can take you.
I can't wait.
Well, if it
isn't Caroline North.
- Billy, hi.
- Hello.
So she tell you that she set
the record for the slowest time
on the beginner course
the other day?
Oh, don't worry about that.
I was terrible my first time,
but it was worth it.
I met this sweet guy.
- Oh, you two met here?
- Sure did.
I came up once for vacation,
had to come back for love.
And, hey, I'm sorry about the
other day at the Nordic Center.
I should not have
singled you out like that,
and I still hope
you had some fun.
- Oh, it's fine.
- I probably deserved it.
On that note, I am exhausted,
so you two enjoy
the rest of your night.
Merry Christmas, Caroline.
- May it bring you joy.
- Bye.
That's not my deal.
No, you weren't supposed
to text back.
- Hey, there.
- How are you liking your coat?
- I'm sorry, what?
- Oh, your coat.
You got it here the other day.
You were with Jonathan?
Oh, right.
Yeah, it's been great.
Thank you.
I... actually, I wanted
to mention to you that I...
There was nothing going on
between he and I.
I had no idea
that you guys were, you know...
Oh, Jonathan and I?
- Yeah.
- No, oh, no, no, no.
We're not a couple.
We're really great friends.
We've been friends for years,
ever since high school.
We had a bit of a falling out
over money, of all things.
He's not the best at investing,
let me just say.
But, yeah, no, nothing romantic.
Yeah, I'm a happily
married woman.
Okay. Sorry for the confusion.
I feel kind of silly now.
Don't worry about it.
If there's anything else
you need, please come by.
We're here,
and we've got everything.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, you're welcome.
Oh, maybe.
Is it this one, this one?
I like that one.
Yeah? I don't know.
I'm just... I'm not even sure
I want to meet this guy.
Why not?
To start, I don't
even know his name.
And I'm not just in
the meeting someone new mood.
- It's just one drink.
- You don't have to marry him.
Drinks with strangers is
what dating is, I think.
It's been so long.
Yeah, it's been a long time
for me, too.
Well, any guy would be
a fool not
to like you
while you're wearing that.
- Really?
- Think it's a little bit much?
Words I never thought
I'd hear you say.
No, I think I have
something else in mind.
- Oh, hey.
- I need your help.
Do you want to see
an extra small in something?
- Funny, no.
- I'm meeting someone tonight.
And I'm looking for something
different to wear.
Okay, so you don't want
to see my haute couture
collection then?
No, maybe later.
For now, I'm just looking for
something more down-to-Earth.
I'm just not feeling
the LA vibe tonight.
- Awesome.
- I think I have just the thing.
I knew you would.
- Hey, you scrub up nice.
- What's the occasion?
Off to meet someone
for a drink.
I won't be long.
Well, any woman would be
a fool not to fall for you.
One drink, and then you better
be home in time for dinner.
It's Christmas Eve after all.
Sure thing, Mom. Bye.
- Excuse me.
- I'm meeting someone here.
Has anyone come in waiting?
Hi, did you happen to find my...
As a matter of fact, I did.
You've gotta be kidding me.
One drink.
You did not.
Be honest. Did you have fun?
Dog sledding,
did you have fun?
If you call being
humiliated fun, then yes.
You know,
I read somewhere once,
"Humility is not thinking
less of yourself.
It's thinking of yourself less."
I think that was C. S. Lewis.
I read it on a cereal box.
You were getting
a little reckless out there.
Yeah, I know.
I admit I sometimes pretend to
be better at things than I am.
It's just being a woman
in my profession,
any profession really,
the cards are usually
stacked against us,
so I boast a lot up-front
and then worry
about the proof later.
Before my mom met my dad,
she opened a little shop
here in town,
which actually used to be
where we went the other day.
She had to fight so hard
to compete
against the other businesses,
but she didn't let
that stop her.
She also proved herself first
before she talked about
those accomplishments.
When she sold her business,
she used that money
to buy her first sled dogs.
That's how she met my dad.
So the dog sledding is
your mom's business?
Yeah, my dad was a trainer.
It was a perfect match:
The strong,
ambitious businesswoman
and the humble dog whisperer.
Who would've thunk it?
Well, my dad always used
to say,
you never leave
a situation unresolved.
I think my dad
taught me the same thing.
I wish you could have met him.
Me, too.
I'm really glad we did this.
Why don't we get out of here?
Join me for dinner at my mom's.
I'd hate for you to spend
Christmas Eve alone,
and she does the whole turkey,
fixings and everything,
and I think you two
would have a lot in common.
Oh, meet the parents.
Buy me dinner first.
Well, we'll have dinner,
at my mom's.
Okay, sure.
I should go upstairs and change.
No way.
You look incredible
exactly the way you are.
- Okay, sure.
- Okay.
You made it.
I was beginning to worry.
Come in, come in.
Turkey's just coming
out of the oven.
And who might this be?
- Mom, this is Caroline.
- Caroline, this is my mom.
- It's wonderful to meet you.
- I've heard so much about you.
Oh, he brags too much.
I love your sweater, by the way.
Oh, thank you.
Okay, so this
is nothing special,
just a family recipe passed
down for six generations,
so no pressure to love it
or anything.
It looks delicious. Thank you.
I honestly can't remember
the last time
I had a home-cooked
Christmas dinner.
- It looks great, Mom.
- Thank you, sweetie.
Now let's dig in.
We have manners here,
but we have to eat.
- Such a gentleman.
- That's all his father.
My hands were always covered
in grease and dirt,
and who knows
what those dogs track around.
So it was you who took care
of the dogs?
You bet, until Jonathan's
father got sick.
That's when my Jonny
came home to help out.
I'd have come home sooner,
but I had all that
work stuff, you know?
I know.
Caroline, it was so sad
when Jonny didn't want
to take over the business,
but we still supported his
dreams, no matter how unfit.
You bring a woman home
to your mom's house for dinner,
and she doesn't know
your history?
Goodness, half the town knows.
Mom, just not right now.
- Don't worry.
- I think maybe I know.
I ran into Elizabeth
at the store the other day,
and she mentioned
there was something
about you investing some money.
Yes, let's just say
I didn't exactly pick the right
career path for myself.
I was an investment banker
who happened to be horrible
at reading contracts.
I lost Elizabeth a lot of money.
I'll regret that
for the rest of my life.
Well, actually
it just so happens
that I'm actually really,
really good
at reading contracts.
I might not be of any help now,
but, I mean,
I could look into that
for you if you'd like.
I might just take you up
on that.
Thank you.
Oh, that's tasty.
Oh, please, Diane, let me.
I like her.
- Me too.
- Go get her.
I'll take Champ out.
There's my dad.
You look just like him.
He was a great man.
He is one of the main reasons
Christmas in this town
is so special.
Every year, he'd donate
one of his big wood carvings
to the park.
Oh, he made those carvings
in the park?
I took photos of those.
They're so beautiful.
So beautiful.
Do you keep up the tradition?
- Come with me.
- Okay.
Oh, my God. It's Champ.
This is amazing.
How did you do this?
My dad did most of the work,
sick and everything.
It was really important to him
to finish it before he died.
He got really close.
I finally finished it
a couple days ago,
the day we met, in fact.
I thought it would be a way
to honor the man
who made me who I am today.
Well, he did a great job.
Yeah, and the town is
going to love it.
I meant with you.
Jonny, Caroline, come quick.
I'm sorry. Excuse me.
Both: Merry Christmas Eve!
- Hey, guys.
- Merry Christmas Eve.
What's wrong?
Is your date with Mr. Found
My Phone going that badly?
No, it's actually
going really well.
It turns out it was
Jonathan the whole time.
- Of course it was.
- It's a Christmas miracle.
Our little Caroline
finally found love.
I don't know about that.
It's all a bit overwhelming,
to be honest.
Yeah, isn't it wonderful?
- Beautiful, isn't it?
- It's incredible.
- Is that him?
- Ooh, he does sound handsome.
Hey, guys, I should go.
Wait, show us his face.
Oh, my gosh. He is handsome.
Why, thank you, ma'am.
Okay, guys. I gotta go.
Merry Christmas. I love you.
Oh, bye, Duchess.
Sorry about that.
- Is everything okay?
- You ran off so fast.
- I'm sorry.
- It's just... it's all of this.
It's all so...
I felt the same way
when I first came home.
I had been in the city
for so long.
I sort of forgot how amazing
this place could be
in the holidays, and I just...
I didn't realize there was
one thing in my life
I was really missing.
What was that?
Oh, this very opinionated,
stubbornly obnoxious woman
who I don't want to spend
one more day without.
- I'm sorry, I didn't...
- No, don't be.
I just never thought
I'd feel happy again
around the holidays.
This is honestly the closest
I've felt to my parents
in years.
Instead of pushing
the thought of them away,
I can remember them and all
the happy times we shared.
Thank you for this,
for everything.
You know, maybe it is time
I start making new traditions.
Well, I think there's
no better time
to start than right now.
You know, I think I might
stay a little bit longer.
I'm really starting
to like this town.