A Very Country Christmas (2017) Movie Script

Can somebody please tell me
why Zane is not on stage?
(CELL PHONE RINGS) I want more
fireworks for the finale.
I want to light
this place lit up.
(BILLY) What's that? Yeah,
yeah, I'll be right there.
Yeah, I got to take this.
Honestly, there is
nothing to worry about.
Our boy is just building
up anticipation.
Suits can't even come out
of their luxury suite
to yell at me.
Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so
tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Hey you!
I need you to take these
to Zane's dressing room.
I can't do this anymore.
I'm dreaming of a
white Christmas
With every Christmas
card I write
May your days
be merry and...
So they just have a second
house they don't live in?
Like a spare tire?
Now you got it.
Then why are we messing
around with it?
We're not messing around
with it, we're staging it.
What's staging?
Well when people are getting
ready to sell their house
they hire someone like me
to make it beautiful so
more people want to buy it.
Could we live here?
It'd be better than
living with Nana Suze.
You don't like where we live?
I do but this place is awesome.
We could put Nana Suze's house
inside this house.
I'm sorry.
It was an accident.
It's my fault.
I put it up there.
I'm almost finished.
We can go and see if Nana Suze
has one like it at the gallery.
And that of course is one of
Zane Gunther's earlier hits.
Let's take a call.
Hello caller.
All I know is
I can't stop crying.
Can you please play Zane's
Can't Stop Crying for me?
Coming up here on Z---
I come out here for
peace and quiet.
Do I even need to ask if you
know why I pulled you over?
I was going a little
fast, I imagine.
Fast is putting it lightly, sir.
Snow like this and reckless
driving gets folks killed.
License and registration.
Sorry ma'am.
You are absolutely right.
Here you go.
Is there a problem officer?
You're Zane Gunther.
My whole life now.
Oh my god, Mr. Zane.
Or Mr. Gunther rather.
I am your hugest fan.
I saw you in Dallas in 08
and I am not ashamed to say
that you had me bawling
like a little baby
with that voice of yours.
Oh, that's very
kind of you to say.
Can I ask - what the heck
are you doing here?
Look, I just came out here
to think a little bit.
I was hoping to get out of
the public eye for a while.
So, ah, if we could just keep
this meeting between you and I
that would be great.
- A secret?
- Yeah.
Between me and Zane Gunther.
I don't know.
Of course!
Yes sir.
You have nothing to
worry about with me.
Umm...I just need you to sign
right here please.
Is...is this my ticket?
Forget about the ticket,
this is for me.
Maybe something personal?
If it's not too much to ask.
Love, Zane?
I don't know, it's your call.
Just a suggestion.
All right.
Well thank you sir
for making this the very
best day of my life.
It's the least I could do
for cutting me a break.
Well you have a good
day, and, uh, oh
This is just for me, I promise.
- Nice meeting you.
- Nice to meet you too.
- Oh and one more thing.
- What's that ma'am?
Slow down.
(CHARLIE) Very interesting
use of color and line.
Yeah, I think you're right.
It's the most beautiful piece
in the gallery right now.
Funny, I thought I
was speaking with
the most beautiful
thing in the gallery.
(LAUGHS) That line just
doesn't get old, Charlie.
I wish you could say
the same for me.
Yeah, me too.
Nana Suze.
Look what we did.
Oh, so.
It looks like you two
have been up to no good.
We had an accident
at a client's house.
Well fortunately it doesn't
look very expensive.
No, I was hoping I could replace
it with something in storage.
Yeah, I'm sure you can find
something in the basement.
I see sweet Charlie's here.
- Yeah.
- Again?
He is very sweet.
You're right.
But he just wants me for my art.
Can Quinn come home with you?
Okay, ladybug.
Try not to break anything
else today, okay?
So what do you say we
go do some painting?
- Yes!
- Yes.
Let's do it.
That looks pretty good,
if I do say so myself.
What looks pretty good?
Who are you?
What are you doing here?
I was just trying to
relax and take a shower.
Until I heard a strange woman
in here talking to a vase.
This is your house?
I'm Jeannette.
I'm your interior designer.
Oh, okay.
That makes more sense.
I'm Zane.
You do a great job.
Why were you talking to a vase?
I hope it wasn't
talking back to you.
No, ah, actually, I came
here to replace it.
You see, I was staging and
Quinn was on the couch.
That's my daughter.
And, oh, normally I don't
bring my daughter to stagings.
It's just my mom
was busy, and, uh
I really hope that vase
wasn't special to you.
It was my mom's.
My father gave it to
her as a wedding gift.
I'm kidding.
I'm kidding, okay.
I haven't seen that vase before.
I think it just came
with the house.
I'm sorry.
I couldn't help myself.
But honestly,
thank you for replacing.
You didn't need to do that.
Okay, I'm going to go
and I replaced it, so,
yeah, I'm going to go.
Hey look, it was just a joke.
You don't have to go.
Zane Gunther, country
music's reigning superstar,
disappears from a
sold out concert
without even singing
a single word.
That's right, Bradley.
To say that this is not
the year of Zane Gunther
would be an absolute
The year started off with
Zane losing his father
to a long fought
battle with cancer.
Then his supermodel
girlfriend Alexis
breaks off their engagement
revealing that she's
been having an affair
with director producer
Calvin Black.
And to top things off,
his latest album this summer had
some mixed reviews from critics.
Now although sales would
be considered good
for anyone else in the world,
the numbers were
some of the lowest
for this once
And now for more on this story
we take you to our expert
in Hollywood on
Celebrity Runaways...
I know, I know.
I'm late. I'm sorry.
No worries, it's a slow morning.
Besides the boss likes you.
You are my boss, Cindy.
And don't you forget it.
What were you watching?
More news about Zane Gunther
walking out on his concert.
That country music guy?
Zane Gunther isn't some
country music guy.
He's only the biggest thing....
Oh! Oh, Tom, I'm so sorry.
It's okay.
It's okay.
You look pretty today.
Yup, less than thirty seconds
and he's hit on you.
Can Jeannette have tonight
off to go out with me?
- She's off at four.
- That's great!
At four I have to
go pick up Quinn.
Then I gotta go straight
over to my other job.
And then I have a full
night of studying.
It's nothing personal Tom.
I just don't date.
All right.
I'm hearing you loud and clear.
I am not going to chalk
this one up as a loss.
I will see you later.
If that boy could
bottle his persistence,
he'd been a billionaire.
Hello Mary.
Any idea how the media got a
hold of your phone message?
No ma'am.
However, I do have a theory
while I was sleeping.
Why were you sleeping?
What do you mean?
Billy, do you know how
I got to where I am?
I was going to say a
deal with the devil.
I'm going to let that slide
because it made me smile.
I got here because I worked.
All the time.
No breaks.
No sleeping.
No life.
And that's why trash TV
never got a hold of my phone
and intercepted my messages.
That's why none of my talent
ever walked away from
a sold out stadium.
Are you starting to
notice a difference
between you and me Billy?
Yeah, I think I am.
So if it were me, I would
forget about everything else
and find the most profitable
star on our rooster.
And how do you
propose I do that?
He's obviously on some
lost artist woe-is-me
touchy-feely search.
So get back to your good ol'
boy roots and get looking.
I have a lot of other acts
that I need to pay
attention to so I can't...
I'm sorry.
Why are you still talking?
I could have sworn
I just told you
word for word what to do.
Oh, and since you
seem to have trouble
reading between the lines.
Bring back Zane
or don't come back.
My latte!
I didn't hear you come in.
She made you supper.
I see that.
So how did operation replace
the broken vase go?
Oh, I, ah, I got
caught red-handed.
Oh crap. Did you get
into a bunch of trouble?
Um, no.
Turns out the homeowner has a
pretty nice six-pack though.
Exactly what kind of trouble
did you get into young lady?
Nothing happened. It was just
a bright spot in my day.
When I was in Italy,
I dated this guy named Franco.
- It was before I met your dad.
- Uh, huh.
My point is, it would
not hurt for you
to get yourself back out there.
It's been a long time.
- I know you mean well.
- I do.
But I've got a lot on
my plate right now.
I just want you to be happy.
I am happy.
But I've got a lot
of studying to do.
Got it.
Don't stay up too late.
And you don't stay up too
late dreaming about Franko.
- Franco.
- Oh, okay.
His name is Franco.
Hey Marco, I'm heading
over to the house now.
I'm just running a bit late.
Hey Jeannette, that's
why I'm calling.
I have some bad news.
What's up?
I got a call from the
property manager
this morning.
The owner is cancelling
the staging service.
I'm sorry, I know what a
great job you were doing
And it would have been great
for your resume.
Is this about the vase?
What vase?
I replaced it.
He said it was fine.
I don't know what to
tell you, Jeannette.
I wish I had another
job for you right now,
especially since
it's Christmas.
That jerk.
Never mind.
I need that key
back right away.
(MONICA) And then there was
this one time when I was seven.
My mom signed me up for ballet
classes for the first time.
Ah huh.
I didn't spend half of that
class knocking people.
And myself too.
But then after the dance class
I overheard the dance teacher
talking to my mom saying
that I have two left feet.
Jolene, can you believe it?
I had three people tell me I
have two left feet in one week!
You don't say?
That's when my mom said
I should probably just
start singing instead.
Oh ah, sweetie.
You think you should be the
one handling that staple gun?
Why not, I mean I've
never used one before,
but I have fired a real gun.
Now, why on God's green earth?
Well Michael, my ex-boyfriend,
he used to take me to
his uncle's junk yard
to fire guns all the time.
This one time he...
Jolene, I am so sorry.
I don't know what happened...
You know what, I
got a great idea.
Why don't we take a lunch break.
And we'll just hang
this after we eat.
Yeah, okay.
I'm hungry.
(TO HERSELF) Thank the Lord
that one's cute as a button.
You know, if you've trying
to stay incognito,
you have got to stop wearing
that God-awful cologne.
I stopped wearing that
cologne years ago.
Well I can still smell it.
Zane Thomas Gunther.
What are you doing here?
Oh, it's good to see you.
I missed you.
I missed you too.
Man, you got half
the music industry
camped out at your folk's
old place in Florida.
You got the other half
steppin' in cow pies
at your big ranch in California.
And here you are in our
little bitty town.
I like it here.
Well, you always did.
You know we had to shut down
the music camp?
Yeah, I heard about that.
That's too bad.
You know I learned a
lot from you there.
You got me out of my shell.
Do you remember how shy I was?
I was terrified of the stage.
Well you had it in you then and
you still got it in you now.
It's just good to see you
in the real world.
Ah well.
I could use a dose of the
real world right about now.
I was sorry to hear
about your dad.
So what is it?
Girl break your heart?
Naw. She wasn't right for me.
Did you blow all your money
on that terrible cologne?
How many times do you think
I sang last year?
Mmmm, I don't know.
The insurance company tells me
I shouldn't sing my own shows.
I mean I gotta lip sync.
Man, things have
changed, haven't they?
They used to be happy
to make you sing
till you couldn't sing anymore.
I know.
It's not what I signed up for.
Do you think this is
what I signed up for?
You know, I miss those days.
Riding across the country
in a nice big bus.
People screaming your name
wanting your autograph.
We didn't do selfies.
Hell no.
But it wasn't all
it was cracked up to be either.
Nostalgia's just got a funny way
of putting a spin on it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm
grateful, okay, I am but...
To be honest, if I ain't
singing and writing,
I just can't do it anymore.
That's why I thought it
might be good for me
to come out here
and clear my head.
Does Billy know you're here?
I'll be fine.
It's good to see you.
Yeah you too.
Come here.
It belonged to my mother. No
it didn't, I was just kidding.
I'm so handsome.
Look at my abs.
You have got to be kidding me!
How many were there?
I don't know.
I didn't stop to find out.
I got out of there
as fast as I could.
What was Chris doing?
Who do you think filmed it?
(LAUGHING) He would.
Oh man, you married him.
Lord help me, I did.
- Where is he?
- Jeannette?
- Ah, there you are.
- Jeannette!
- Hi Jolene.
- Everything okay?
You know, if you were really
that upset about the vase
you could at least had the
decency to say it to my face.
I'm sorry it broke, I am.
But I did the best I could.
Wait, you two know each other?
(TOGETHER): We're friends.
And another thing.
You might be rich,
but some of us have to work
very hard for a living.
Some of us have people
who count on us.
So why don't you think
of that next time
you get someone fired for
breaking a stupid vase.
Zane, did you get
Jeannette fired?
How do you two know each other?
(TOGETHER): We're friends.
Look, I didn't call anyone.
Ah, wait.
You didn't?
No, I actually really liked
that vase you got me.
So...you didn't call my boss
and get me fired?
Okay, this is what you'd
call real awkward.
Look I, I took the
house off the market.
And I guess the
real estate agent
thought that it didn't
need to be staged anymore.
I...I'm really sorry.
I thought that you
were mad and...
You know what,
I'm just going to say sorry and
give you back your house keys.
Look, I'm honestly not this
horrible person you think I am.
He's really not,
and I've known him longer
than I'd care to admit.
Well at least you have
your clothes on this time.
Excuse me?
Look I... (LAUGHS)
She was at my house, I just
came out of the shower, okay?
I was wearing pants.
- And you were checking him out?
- No, no I wasn't!
- Oh, you weren't?
- Jolene!
- Do you want to check him out?
- No, stop that!
Jo, okay, Jolene, come on.
Honestly I feel terrible for
putting you out of work.
You know what?
I have an idea.
Why don't you come here
and help me put on this
Christmas concert?
Jolene, that's really sweet,
but I don't want charity.
Trust me, it is not charity.
I need all the help I can get.
And you're an interior designer,
You've got that artistic eye.
And anyone that will speak
to Zane Gunther like that
I want working for me.
Oh, wait.
Zane, Zane Gunther the musician.
Oh okay, umm. You know what?
I'll see you tomorrow. Bye.
Come back in the morning.
Hey mom.
Ah, no.
Nothing's wrong.
Actually, I just got fired.
Yeah. It's okay, though,
I got another job.
Uh huh.
Yeah, it's...
been a weird morning.
I'll tell you all about
it when I get home.
I gotta go. Okay, bye.
- Jeannette, hey.
- Hey.
I'm really sorry about that.
I jumped to conclusions,
and you didn't deserve it.
It's all good.
I, ah, cost you a job
and I was hoping to
make it up to you
by maybe taking you
out for dinner.
Like a...like a date?
Yeah, yeah, sure why not?
I mean unless you're married?
I'm not, umm,
but dating is not really
something I'm doing right now.
So...thanks anyway.
It's all good.
Like I said, I just feel
terrible about everything.
I, ah...just want
to make it right.
- You have a nice day.
- You too.
Good morning
Can I get you something
there, Mr. Fancy Suit.
Same old Marty.
How's that then?
It's me, Bill.
Do I know you?
It's Billy goat.
Little Billy goat?
- From music camp?
- Yeah.
You gotta be kidding me!
Oh, hey, hey, hey.
Come on.
Do the goat.
No, I don't do that anymore.
You know I never really
liked that at camp
when you made me do that.
Do the goat.
It took me a lot of time in
therapy to get over that.
- I don't do that anymore.
- Just do it!
(SIGH) It's nice to see
you've come so far since
working here at
your father's bar.
Yeah. So.
Whatever happened to you?
Guess you got a big city job?
Yeah, I...got an executive job.
I manage Zane.
And I just thought I'd stop by
to see if you might of seen him.
Zane Gunther?
You think Zane Gunther
might be here?
Well, here's not at
his home in Florida.
And he's not at his ranch
in California, so...
I know he's always
had this, ah...
Thing for this small town.
Well how about that.
Somebody with big city options
decides they like this
small town of ours.
- I'm sorry.
- Uh huh.
Hey, can I get a sandwich to go?
Good morning.
Well, aren't you a
sight for sore eyes.
Thanks, Jolene.
I was talking to the coffee.
Oh, Monica, sweetie. Why don't
you come out here for a minute?
Jolene, that staple gun just
keeps going off on its own.
I think it's broken.
Well, don't worry
about it right now.
This is my friend Jeannette.
Jeannette, Monica.
Monica meet Jeannette.
I think I've seen
you around before.
At the coffee shop, right?
Yeah, that's right.
I work there twice a week.
I don't think this
one needs caffeine.
I love coffee. I've only had
three cups this morning.
Ah, Monica.
Why don't you and I go see if
we can fix that staple gun?
- Okay.
- Okay, go ahead. I'll be right there.
Jolene, what is he doing here?
He wanted to help out.
- Good morning.
- Jolene!
- How are you?
- Good. How're you doing.
Good morning, Jeannette.
Jeannette was nice enough to
bring us coffee this morning.
Thank you!
Ah, Jolene...
Hi! Nice to meet you!
I'm Monica.
Nice to meet you.
You know, you kind of look like
that Zane Gunther
everybody's been looking for.
I get that sometimes.
Ha ha.
That's funny. (LAUGHS)
Jolene, I kind of made
a mess backstage.
It's okay.
Go ahead.
- I'll be there to help you clean it up.
- Okay.
Jeannette, there's the stage,
there's some set pieces
behind the curtain
and there's decorations
on the table, so...
Why don't you two see what
you can come up with and...
fill me in when I get back.
Well, I guess we're
working together.
Yeah, I guess so.
Look, I don't want
to step on your toes
so if there's anything I can
do to help, you let me know.
- Let's get to work.
- All right.
"Last Saturday Night"?
"Hometown Summer"?
Uh, uh.
"I Got Horsepower"?
Oh, yeah that one I know.
I was one of 12
writers on that one.
Not my finest work, but, uh...
it sure as heck
did sell records.
I'm really sorry.
You're super talented, I just...
I like my music more
on the quiet side.
There's nothing wrong with that.
Well it's been three
three days now
and you haven't asked me
any of the questions.
What are the questions?
Well, most people ask
me the same things.
Where do I buy my clothes?
What song earned me the most?
You haven't even asked
me for a picture.
I'd rather know about you than
what's going on around you.
What about you?
I know you have a...
an amazing daughter,
an amazing mother.
But, uh, tell me something
about you I don't know.
Well, you know I'm a single mom.
That I work as many jobs
as I have time for.
Next year I will be graduating
with a degree in
Interior Design.
That's incredible.
That I did not know.
I guess that explains
why my house
looks like a million bucks.
Thank you.
I really love music.
Just...not the type that's
on the radio. No offense.
None taken.
Now, I'm going to throw you
into the deep end here.
What's the song that
changed your life?
Changed my life?
No top five favorites
or anything?
Nah, it's boring.
When Quinn was a baby,
we moved in with my mom.
I was new in town, and
Jolene was my first friend.
Her kids were older than Quinn
so I went to her
for advice a lot.
And when Quinn was six months
old she got her first tooth.
She was up for three
days straight
and I was at the end of my rope.
And Jolene didn't have a cure
for a teething baby,
but she did send me a song.
And it said what I
needed to hear.
It gave me strength.
I haven't heard
that song in years.
The power of music.
"I know that you are scared
"But troubles fade
when they are shared
"We'll hold each other up
"Until we see the sunrise."
I recorded that song in
Jolene's barn 10 years ago.
I didn't think that
anyone had ever heard it.
That was you?
- I like that song.
- Well thank you.
- Mommy!
- Hey there ladybug.
Shouldn't you be in school?
No, it's Christmas break!
Ah, that's right.
Is this the Quinn I've
heard so much about?
Aren't you a cutie pie.
It's an absolute pleasure
to meet you. I'm Zane.
Is this the fellow
you were telling me
about the other night?
Oh, you told your mom about me?
You were right, he...
- Mom!
- Yeah.
This is Zane.
Zane, this is my mother Suzanne.
It's a pleasure to meet you.
The pleasure's all mine.
I have to go to the gallery
and meet a local artist
so I have to go.
I hope you two had fun.
- We always do, right?
- Yeah!
See you then.
- Ah, it's my buddy Quinn.
- Hi Jolene!
How are you?
You know what?
I saw you sing at your
Christmas concert
and you knocked my socks off.
Now, I need your mom to help
me for a little while longer.
So what would you like to do?
- Can we go to the park?
- In the snow?
Quinn, I brought crafts
and a coloring book
for you to do here.
Awwww, please.
Zane, what are you up to?
Well, I was kind of hoping
to go play in the park.
Did you happen to see a
swing set out there?
I think so.
Zane, you really don't have to.
Oh, don't worry about it.
He'd love to.
I would.
Please mom, please?
Let's do it.
So how come you don't
live in that big house?
Because I bought
it for my brother.
Then why isn't he here?
Well he figured he was better
suited for the big city.
Do you like your brother?
Very much so.
Let's see how high you can go!
Come on.
- Okay.
- You got to really pump the legs.
There it is.
That's it.
Oh, ho, ho.
A little big for that. (LAUGHS)
Are you rich?
Now what kind of
question is that?
What type of car do you drive?
Well I drive a little blue car
that my dad gave me
when I was a teenager.
I like blue.
- Do you?
- Yeah.
- All right you like this slide then?
- Yeah.
Well, let's do it again.
- Okay.
- All right!
Oh, turn right, turn right.
How come you're not married?
Well, I guess I never
found the right girl.
My mom's a girl.
Yeah, I'm aware of that.
She used to be married to my
daddy but, he passed away.
I'm really sorry to hear that.
He was a hero.
Well, aren't you're a lucky
girl to have a hero as a dad.
Do you have kids?
Never had the pleasure.
How come you don't have
a Christmas tree up?
That is a very good question.
You should put up
a Christmas tree.
You're absolutely right.
Do you know that Christmas
trees are my favorite.
Mine too.
You need the Christmas tree
so Santa has somewhere
to put your presents.
Exactly, that's
why you gotta get
the biggest Christmas
tree you can.
I don't get a lot of presents.
Oh, you know what?
I didn't get a lot of
Christmas presents
when I was your age either.
How come?
Well, I was just like you.
Well, not exactly like
you, I was a little boy.
So my dad worked really hard.
we just didn't have
a lot of money left for gifts.
What about Santa.
Well of course Santa
brought us stuff. Come on.
I don't ask Santa for
expensive presents anymore.
Last year, I asked him
for a game system but
I guess he couldn't make it.
Well, I imagine it
would be pretty tough
for those little elves
to make electronics.
He got me these gloves instead.
Pretty good, right?
Well, I think they are the
best gloves I've ever seen.
I'm just gonna,
put them on here.
My hands are a little cold.
Umm, I don't think
they'll fit you.
Fit just fine.
(ZANE): All right, you
got me, you got me!
Hey guys.
Ah, Jolene and I just finished.
Looks like you two
are having fun.
I'm Supergirl.
Zane's my sidekick.
Is that so?
And what's your name?
Ah, zebra girl two.
What else?
Thanks for watching her.
No problem.
You've got a great kid here.
Okay, we should go
home and make dinner.
Can Zane join us?
He's funny.
Oh, ladybug I'm, I'm sure Zane
has plans of his own.
Actually, umm...
I do have plans but I was hoping
maybe you two could join me?
You have plans and you
want us to come with you?
Yeah...can you meet me at the
Circle Theatre in an hour?
Mommy, can we please, mommy?
Ah don't worry, it's not a date.
It's a not-date.
Well, if it's a non-date,
then how can I say no.
See you in an hour.
Yes...yes I, I understand it.
I am, I am fully aware
of what's at stake.
We have found Zane and I have
my best man with him now.
Yes, and as soon as he lands we
are going to make it up to you.
All right then.
Can someone find Zane?
Ladies, after you.
So cool!
Where is everyone?
Well, I thought
it would be nicer
if we had the entire
place to ourselves.
- Just us?
- Uh huh.
I hate it when people
talk during the movies.
Can I pick the seats?
Wherever you want.
It's a bit much,
don't you think?
Nah, I know the owner.
He cut me a deal.
But I did tell him
you were dying
so if you see him maybe
cough a little bit.
I'm serious.
No joking, all right.
If you can limp we might
get some free popcorn.
Mom, look at this.
Pick one, please.
You got anymore tricks up
your sleeve, Mr. Smooth?
Whoah, hey.
I'm not doing anything.
This is a regular non-date.
Give me a reason to go
I don't wanna run away
with the lights turned low
Is there something we're
after I don't know
I learned in time
this life ain't mine
so give me a
reason to go
I don't wanna run away
with my heels in tow
Is there rain
on the stage...
Well, that was a nice night.
What do you say?
Thanks, Zane.
Well, is that it?
Are we all done for the night?
Did you want to go
get some coffee?
Well we could.
But, ah...
then we wouldn't get to play
this for the rest of the night.
What is that?
Hit it!
- Are you kidding me?
- Nope.
For the next two hours
you can play as much as you want
on your system.
- My system?
- Uh, huh, all yours.
Um, Zane.
Can I have a word?
Yeah, of course.
You get started, all right, and
I'll be back in a second.
Hey, I'm sorry,
I didn't know what kind of
game she wanted to play
so I just grabbed a few.
There's also a gift card
in there if she wants--
What is it that you want?
What do you mean?
First you flash your money
around buying up movie theatres.
And then you go and show off by
giving her something I can't.
Look, hold on. That, that
is not what this is about.
I thought we were
just going to go out.
- I was really clear I don't do this.
- Okay, now wait a minute.
I bought out the theatre
because unfortunately I can't
be seen in public right now.
Now, I'm sorry it
has to be that way
but my job makes it hard for me
to have a regular night out.
As far as that game
in there goes...
Look, I know all too well
what it's like to
wake up on Christmas
after asking Santa for
something you really want,
only to find a pair of gloves.
But I also know what it's
like to work your butt off.
Go without.
Even skip meals.
So you can scrape
together whatever you can
to make sure your
kids have the best
damn gloves possible so their
hands don't freeze off.
I said one date, or non-date.
I won't bother you again, but
I would like Quinn to keep
the system if that's okay?
All right.
Now, with your permission,
of course, umm,
I would really like to
play some more video games
with my new friend.
Come on, Zane. We've got
to get out of the maze.
I know, I don't know
how much help I'll be.
All right.
What do I do?
- Turn right.
- Turn right.
Why are you upset?
I told you I wasn't going
to pick up the split.
Hey, isn't that Jeannette?
Looks like your girl's
on a date, pal.
Tom, are you okay?
Tom, come on, let's
go back to my place.
We can fire up some games.
No thanks...I'm...I
need to head home.
Tom, come on.
Don't leave.
Another cafe mocha, Tom?
Thank you.
Morning Deputy.
Oh hey there Cindy.
How's today grabbin' ya?
More than the hubby,
that's for sure.
Unusually quiet there, Tom.
What's the matter with him?
You didn't hear?
Hear what?
Seems that Jeannette's got
herself a mystery man.
Didn't think I'd ever see that.
Not sure any of us did.
Well, speaking of mystery men
I've got a little
bit of one myself.
Hey now, this sounds juicy.
Actually, I'm not
supposed to say anything.
Oh come on.
Give me a clue.
Zane Gunther!
Not really a clue is it?
I pulled him over a while back.
Didn't even recognize
him at first.
Shut the door! You did not
pull over Zane Gunther.
I did too!
He's driving an old
blue Fast Back.
Told me to keep our little
thing a secret, so...
If you don't mind.
Are you really sitting here
telling me that you're
dating Zane Gunther?
Well I wouldn't exactly
say dating, but...
Now what do you say?
No way.
You're dating Zane Gunther.
Guess he's not a
Zane Gunther fan.
Looks like hard work.
Naw, it's not that bad.
Used to do it as a kid.
That's how we heated the house.
It was my job to chop the wood.
I wanted to say thank you.
For last night.
What you did was really nice and
I was too busy trying to find
something wrong with it.
It's just been Quinn
and I for so long
You know?
And if I'm being a
hundred percent honest
I hated seeing you give
her something I can't.
Yeah, well I should have
run that by you first.
No, it's okay.
She told me that you
guys talked about it.
It was a really thoughtful gift.
And I should never
get in the way
of someone who made my
little girl smile so
Thank you.
Well, I appreciate you
coming by to say that.
And I was hoping I could
make it up to you.
My treat.
I can't ask you to
spend any money on me.
No, don't worry about that.
I also know you need
to stay hidden so
What do you say?
I say yes.
All right.
- How do I look?
- Great.
All right.
Your chariot awaits.
All right.
Starting with a
little light B&E?
It's my mom's gallery.
Come on.
There should be Christmas
decorations in here somewhere.
You know, I was never
very good at decorating.
That's why you have me.
Yeah, that's right.
You were my decorator, until
I got you fired that is.
And when I graduate and become
a famous interior designer
you can hire me back.
All right.
I honestly don't
know how you do it.
You're working two jobs
taking night courses
raising an amazing daughter.
I think that's the other box.
Whoa, it's heavy.
I'm serious, though.
It's ah...
It's inspiring.
Ah, I think this is everything.
Next, we cut down one of those.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. We can't
just steal a Christmas tree.
This is your property.
Uh huh.
All right.
Well, let's go check it out.
So my dad figures if the
cat won't leave it alone
he'll just put it up high enough
that Mr. Snuggles
can't reach it.
Oh, I think I know
where this is going.
So it's three a.m. and
we hear a huge crash.
We come downstairs, the
tree is on the ground
everything's a mess and
there is Mr. Snuggles
in the corner with the
decoration in his mouth.
Well, we don't have to
worry about that mess.
There's no cats,
no dogs, just me.
So how long are you
going to hide out here?
Well, I hadn't really
thought about it.
I didn't realize how much I
missed the peace and quiet.
You like this little town?
Yeah, yeah.
Most people can't wait
to get out of here.
Well, I ah
have a bit of a
history here, though.
My parents used to
bring my brother and I here
for music summer camp.
This is where I fell
in love with music.
But, ah, back to your point.
Most people they want to
get out of a small town
because they're searching
for something, right.
And they think they can
find that in a bigger city.
And you?
Well, I've been to just about
every big city there is
and I can tell you
that finding happiness
isn't about how many
intersections there are.
And where do you find happiness?
Well, it's just about the
people you're with and
the experiences you have.
It's about moments.
Being happy's not just about
big days, with big wins.
It's about those little moments.
Like...a cup of coffee with your
newspaper on Sunday morning.
That's a good one.
Or, ah, standing in the forest
just closing your eyes,
listening to the wind
blow through the trees.
Or listening to an old record.
That's a good one.
Or, decorating a Christmas tree
with a new friend.
Yeah, we're friends.
I thought we were more
than just friends.
Hey sweetie.
Everything okay?
Hey Mary, I was just
about to call you.
Oh that's good because
I was worried I
was calling you
to fire you for
not finding Zane.
Where should I send
your gift basket?
Funny thing is, I haven't
found him just yet.
But I'm getting close.
How is that funny?
Well, I'm actually heading over
to a mutual friend's
house, so, ah
ask him for a little
bit more time.
Zane's next show is in
three days.
If he's not there,
neither are you.
I got it.
And just to be clear.
I mean you'll be fired.
Thank you for clearing that up.
More pressure, Olga, please.
Well, that is one good
looking Christmas tree.
Thanks for doing this.
You're welcome
Oh, also, ah, about earlier...
When we got decorations
at my mom's gallery?
No, after that.
Oh, when you opened
a bottle of wine?
Before that.
Oh, when you tried to kiss me?
Oh, you leaned in too.
Anyway, I'm sorry if I was
a little too forward.
No, that's fine.
I just...
don't date.
Quinn told me about her father.
When we said till
death do us part I
didn't think it
would be so soon.
The hardest part is having
to explain it to Quinn.
I can't imagine.
But, that's not
why I don't date.
I'm just...busy,
following my dreams.
What about you?
You got your dream
and walked away?
Well, being famous
was never my dream.
Just something that
sort of happened.
Seems like fame was
more of a dream
for everyone else around me.
What is your dream?
Tell you another time.
Ooooh, mysterious.
Well, I got to save something
for our next non-date.
You think there's going
to be another non-date?
Well, maybe.
What would we do?
Teach you how to play guitar.
Ah, actually, there's
one right there.
Have you ever played?
No, I have zero musical ability.
Well maybe you just haven't
had the right teacher.
All right.
Scootch over.
Let's see
I think we can start
with a G chord. So...
The G, you want to put your
middle finger right here.
And your index there.
Ring finger way down there.
And squeeze hard and strum it.
Hey, you made a new chord.
Ah, yeah, squeeze tight.
Right there, yeah.
Hey, and there's your first G.
I should be getting home.
I wanna tuck Quinn in.
I understand.
Come on, I'll walk
you to the door.
Free tomorrow?
Is it okay if I call you?
I'd like that.
All right.
Say good night to Quinn for me.
I'll do.
Hi Jolene.
Hey Billy.
I'm, ah, I'm looking for Zane.
I don't know what to tell you.
I haven't seen him.
Give me a break.
Listen, I just need
to talk to him.
I'd love to help you but
I haven't seen Zane
since last year.
I can give you his
number if you like.
I have his number, Jolene.
He just hasn't picked
up in a few days.
Did you ever think that if
you can't get a hold of him
that maybe he doesn't
want to talk to you?
I thought we used
to be friends too.
I'm sorry.
You want to know where
to find Zane Gunther?
Do you know where he is?
It'll cost you.
What are you doing here?
Why do you have all that money?
And I'm about to make a
whole lot more, too.
What are you talking about?
Hey, you wanna know
where Zane Gunther is?
Bug, stop.
What's it worth to you?
Well, well, well.
Took you long enough.
I don't know why I didn't
think of this place first.
Yeah, me too.
Do you still have your key?
I thought you sold it.
I was about to, but, ah
I just couldn't
pull the trigger.
Too many good memories
in this town.
Yeah well, in case
you don't recall
my times here weren't
as good as yours.
Well, you didn't have an older
brother looking out for you.
Older brother now?
That's good to know.
You weren't returning my calls,
so I thought you'd
walked away from me too.
I'm sorry, I'm just,
ah, needed some time.
I don't know why you don't
think I want the best for you.
I know you do.
I just...
Look, I figured if I
kept you out of it,
they couldn't blame you.
Yeah, well there's
no chance there.
Mary said if I don't bring you
back then I'm out of a job.
Oh man.
I don't know if I've
ever said this but
I don't really care
for her very much.
Yeah, well the truth is
I didn't come looking
for you to save a job.
I know.
I'm all right.
So your fans are
as rabid as ever.
She's not a fan.
Hey, whoa!
What's wrong?
I didn't say anything.
I think he saw something, or
said something to somebody.
Slow down.
Who saw something?
Oh no.
We have to go.
Stay back!
Just stay back!
Miss, how does it
feel to ruin music?
Everybody back up right now.
Zane, is she your girlfriend?
Everybody, we'll have
time to talk later.
Wait, wait. Look.
I need to get out
of here for a while
I'm hoping you and Quinn
might come with me.
Zane I can't just uproot
my and Quinn's life.
Look it would just be for a bit.
My brother's got a
condo in the city.
We can stay there until this
whole thing blows over.
I mean who knows, maybe you and
Quinn might like it there.
And what happens after that?
We can't just run
away from this.
Look being with you
has been the realest thing
I've felt in a long time.
Zane, I don't have the
luxury of just taking off.
My life is here.
I have responsibilities.
What happens if you
change your mind,
meet someone better?
Now, what kind of person
do you think I am?
That's just it.
I honestly don't know.
Can you stand here
and promise me that
if I uproot my daughter
we're all going to live
happily ever after?
No I can't.
I can't promise you anything.
But I'm standing
here in front of you
begging you to come with me.
And that's not nothing.
It's not.
If it were just me, I'd
already be packed.
But when it comes to what I want
and Quinn needs...
It's just what's best for her
every day of the week.
You asked me before
what my dream was.
It was never the
music or the fame.
All I wanted was a family.
That would have been enough.
I'm not giving up on us.
I know.
I am.
And the riddle for Where in
the world is Zane Gunther?
has been solved,
ladies and gentlemen.
Just as another starts.
Everyone wants to know
who is this Jeannette Williams
and what do I have to do
to switch places with her?
Right, I mean this simple
small town single mom
has been swept off her feet.
Now the question is,
is she an undercover princess?
What's an undercover princess?
And to top things off
his latest album this
summer has mixed reviews--
I'm sure there's
something better
you can do with your time.
You're not talking to me now?
Well I was looking for
someone to share candy with.
They said you made him leave.
I liked him.
He was nice to us.
Well Quinn, sometimes liking
someone isn't enough.
He was my friend.
And you ruined it.
I think you can spend the
rest of the day in your room.
Go away!
Oh, okay.
What's happening?
It's all right.
I've got this.
I have to go to work.
I sent Quinn to her room.
Ladybug, it's going
to be all right.
Do you want me to talk to her?
Honestly mom, do
whatever you want.
They're saying that
he's back on tour
and playing down in
the city tonight.
Yeah, he's probably got a few
new girlfriends already.
Well, I've gotta
get back to work.
Don't worry buddy,
I got this one.
You never pay.
Hey, there she is.
Zane's other woman.
Please, no more.
I got it bad enough
from the reporters.
Yeah, it looks like he
left you both behind.
Heck of a guy.
Well since I imagine you guys
are going to hear
about it soon enough.
Hear what?
It's just maybe...
I might of exaggerated a little
bit about being with Zane.
You don't say.
Well I for one am blown
away by this news.
So you weren't dating Zane?
Not in a typical sense, no.
You got me.
No dating. No nothing.
All right.
I got his autograph
and took a picture.
You happy?
Patty's a loser.
He was only dating Jeannette.
Have you guys seen the news?
They look like they
are so in love.
So in love.
I wonder what his
brother's like?
We wish you a
Merry Christmas
We wish you a
Merry Christmas
We wish you a
Merry Christmas
Okay, bring up the lights.
We wish you a
Merry Christmas
We wish you a
Merry Christmas
We wish you a
Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
That's going to
cue the twinkles.
You and your king
Good tidings for Christmas
and a Happy New Year
Come on guys.
The show's in a couple of hours.
What do I gotta do
to get my twinkles?
Okay guys.
Let's cut sound check.
Kelsey, save your voice honey.
It sounds beautiful.
Thank you Jolene.
And it is gorgeous in here.
Jeannette, can you
get up there please?
Don't tell me I've lost you too.
I couldn't take that today.
I'll get right on it.
Don't worry about it.
The lights will still be
messed up in five minutes.
How are you holding up?
Uh hmm.
Not good.
Even us tough girls get our
hearts broken sometimes.
I think I blew it.
You didn't blow it.
It's not an easy choice.
Anyone can make an easy choice.
Do you think I should
have gone with him?
You're a mom.
And a damn good one.
And you're always going to put
that sweet little girl's
needs above your own.
Would you have gone with him?
Oh, in a heartbeat.
But, you know, I'm
a terrible mom.
No you're not.
I cannot tell you
with any certainty
where my kids are right now.
I think they're with my husband
but I truly have no idea.
You're going to be okay.
Listen, this is going to
be a quick meet and greet.
Maybe a couple of hand
shakes with execs.
Honestly, I cannot
tell them apart
so don't look at
me for any names.
Then I was thinking
maybe we should, ah
run down to Mexico,
maybe rob a bank?
Kind of a bucket list
thing, you know?
Yeah, sure.
Zane, why don't we just stop
the car and turn around?
I mean, why are we doing this?
She said she gave up.
What did ELR tell you when
they wanted to sign you?
Come on, man, that was years
ago. I don't remember.
Yeah, well I do.
They said they'd only sign
you if you got rid of me.
You walked away.
Of course I did.
Well sometimes sticking
with the ones you love doesn't
mean she didn't want you.
(WHISPERING) Great job.
Thank you.
It's going great out there.
Okay, remember.
You're singing to celebrate
the birth of Jesus so let's
try not to screw it up.
Last one.
Told you I knew
what I was doing.
Yeah, you did.
You know what?
There is a little girl in
the front row out there
that looks like she'd love to
see the finale with her momma.
You're done for the night.
I can't go.
I'm working.
Oh, no, you're done.
That's an order.
- Go.
- Okay.
Deck the halls with
boughs of holly
Fa La la la
la la la la la
Tis the season
to be jolly
Fa la la la la la la
Don we now our
gay apparel
Fa la la la la la
la la la la la la
- Tom?
- Hi Jeannette.
So I saw you and Zane
Gunther on the news.
It's great.
I'm so happy for you.
He seems like a
pretty great guy.
You're a great guy too, Tom.
Trust me. You're going
to meet someone soon.
Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas.
Hey Tom.
I, umm, saved you a seat.
See the blazing
yule before us
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Strike the harp and
join the chorus
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Follow me in
merry measure
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Can I join you?
I'm sorry I yelled at you.
I'm sorry too, ladybug.
Fight forgotten?
Already gone.
Hey Charlie.
Hi Jeannette.
We were watching
you from the side.
You should of been
watching the show.
We were having a lot of fun
watching you organize
the singers.
Fast away the
old year passes
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Hail the new ye
lads and lasses
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Sing we joyous
all together
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Heedless of the
wind and weather
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Fa la la la
la la la la la
Oh, easy, easy.
That's enough of that.
Ah, it's Jolene!
Before we close
I just wanted to say
what an honor it's been
to put on this show
for you nice folks.
And we've had it pretty
crazy around here
the last few days, haven't we?
So tonight I wanted to do
something a little different.
You see, I can't go a
day around this town
without somebody asking me
if I'm going to sing
at the concert.
And every time
I say no way.
But tonight
I couldn't pass up the chance
to sing with an old friend.
Mom! Mom look!
It's Zane! It's Zane!
I know.
Hey everybody.
Ah, I know a lot of
you have probably
have been wondering
where I've been.
And I'd like to say that I was
on a spiritual journey
or something. (CHUCKLES)
But, ah...
The truth is I was running away.
It wasn't until I met a very
special someone that I realized
what I needed was
to be running back.
When I saw you standing in my
kitchen, talking to a vase
I didn't know who you were.
But I haven't been able to stop
thinking about you since.
Now I'm, I'm not
here to ask you to
come be a part of my world.
I'm just hoping you'll let me
be a part of yours.
I love you Jeannette.
Hello Mary.
So I heard you found Zane,
brought him to his show,
only to let him turn around
and play a Christmas concert
in that tiny town of nowhere.
That does seem to be true.
Well it is not often
that I say this but...
I've already sent
a media blitz
down there to cover it.
We're going with the
Cinderella story.
Big star makes little towny's
dream come true.
When you get back we can discuss
your office and your raise.
Well that sounds great.
But I don't think I'm
going to be available.
I've given it
some thought.
I think I'm going to start
my own music label.
What do you mean start
your own label?
You can't just do that Billy.
Bye Mary.
It was horrible knowing you.
Check please!
Okay guys.
This looks like the perfect time
for a Christmas song.
Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so
tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
Zane, will you come
and sing with me?
Let's here it for Zane everybody.
Silent night
Holy night
Son of God
Love's pure light
Radiant beams
from thy holy face
With the dawn of
redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Jesus Lord at thy birth
Jesus Lord at thy birth
(JOLENE) Merry
Christmas everybody!
(clapping and cheering)