The Christmas Bow (2020) Movie Script

Have a holly, jolly
It's the best time
of the year
I don't know
if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly, jolly
And when you walk down
the street
Say hello
to friends you know
And everyone you meet
Ho ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly
And in case you didn't hear
Oh, by golly,
have a holly, jolly Christmas
This year
You going to play now?
Oh, hi, Patrick.
I didn't see you
at choir yesterday.
- My mom moved me to piano.
- How come?
Mr. Humphrey says
that my voice could peel paint.
Then yeah, I'd go with piano.
There are so many people here.
I'm really nervous.
You're so good.
Why would you be nervous?
I'm playing in front
of all these people.
What if I mess up?
Just keep swinging.
It's what my dad always says.
No matter what curveballs
come at you,
you have to just keep swinging.
But that's a baseball reference.
Sure, but it still works.
Come on, Kate!
We're ready!
Good luck.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I'd like to present our last
performer for this evening,
and my granddaughter,
Kate Malone!
Grandpa Joe? So I promised
I'd call you after the audition.
They won't make offers
until Monday,
but I felt like I was
totally in the zone.
I think it was
my best audition yet.
That's my girl!
I knew all that hard work
would pay off.
I can't believe it.
My Katie in the Rocky Mountain
Oh, Grandma would be so proud.
Okay, I haven't gotten it yet.
But you will.
I know it.
I'm gonna go online right now
and buy front row seats
for their Christmas concert.
Opening night!
Oh, I love you, Grandpa.
Thank you for the confidence.
I will. I'll call you.
Oh, thanks.
I appreciate it.
Okay, I love you too.
All right.
- Oh!
- Sorry.
- Are you okay?
Oh, I'm sorry.
My case got caught in the door.
As you can see here,
when the door closed
on your hand,
you dislocated the proximal
interphalangeal joints here
and fractured ring and pinky
fingers here and here.
I know it sounds really bad,
but you're going to be fine.
- Will I be able to play again?
- Not for another six weeks.
It'll take that long
for the fractures to heal.
But after some targeted
physical therapy,
you should recover fully.
I haven't gone six days
without playing the violin.
What am I gonna do
for six weeks?
Well, not much until
that splint comes off.
But in the meantime,
just enjoy the holidays.
You realize that the holidays
and the violin
go hand in hand for me.
Let's just focus
on this one hand for now.
Oh, and tell Barb and Phil
hello for me.
Oh, I'll give them your best.
Thank you.
See you in six weeks.
Deck the halls
with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la
La la la la
You must be excited to finally
get your splint taken off.
Yeah, I can't wait.
Six weeks without playing,
it's just crazy.
You'll be back to your old self
in no time.
What is it?
Tonight's opening night of
the Philharmonic Christmas show.
I would have been playing.
I know, sweetie,
but there's always next year.
Besides, I'm sure there are
plenty of other orchestras
that would be lucky
to snap you up.
Thanks, Mom.
You know, it's been so wonderful
having you here
these past few weeks.
I'm sure sorry about the reason,
but it's been so nice having you
back in the store.
I don't know what I'm gonna do
when you go back to Denver.
You'll be fine without me.
You are the best store manager
this family has ever seen.
Just don't tell Dad.
Do you think we have
enough trees, Dad?
Oh, don't worry.
I got more out the car.
- Hey, what about this one?
- This one?
That's okay
if you like crooked branches.
- You're a crooked branch.
- You're a crooked branch.
No, no, no, no, no, please.
Come on, no snowballs.
Whoa! Look at this one!
Buddy, you are way too short
to decorate this tree.
Okay, all right.
I'm gonna go pay for it.
You get it on top of the car.
You serious?
- I feel like it's a little...
- It's a little crooked.
It is, right?
A little to the right?
Oh, you guys, it's wonderful.
They didn't have
any taller ones?
- Unfortunately...
- I picked it.
It was the best one.
It's perfect.
Thanks, Auntie Tess.
- How's that?
- Mm-hmm.
- Does that look good?
- Yeah.
All right. Decorate it?
- Yes.
- Hey, Mom, did you eat?
- Oh, don't fuss.
- I know. I...
Making sure you're okay.
Did you, uh...
Did you do your exercises today?
If you consider
mixing the frosting
for the Christmas cookies,
then yes.
That tree is really a beauty.
Mom's here!
Thanks for your help with Gavin.
You know Anne couldn't do this
without you.
Well, I also happen to enjoy it.
Besides, that's what you do
for family, right?
Maybe it's time you consider
having one of your own.
My own what, Christmas tree?
Why is everyone
throwing things at me today?
Oh, hey, Gavin,
did you forget something?
Left arm.
Thank you so much
for helping out.
Oh, yeah, sure.
We had fun.
How's everything
at the restaurant?
Super busy with
Christmas bookings.
It's a testament
to your fantastic food.
- And delicious desserts.
- Mm-hmm.
How about you? Have you heard
back from Hands and Hearts yet?
No. Still waiting to hear.
I'm getting nervous now.
- I applied months ago.
- Do you really have to go?
Why can't you just stay
and be a doctor here?
- Gavin...
- That's okay.
He's just worried he's gonna
miss his favorite cousin is all.
We could still video chat
all the time,
and I would still come home
and visit on holidays, okay?
That's what I'm talking about.
Well, they'd be crazy
not to hire you.
I hope you're right.
- Let's go, kiddo.
- Bye, guys!
- Bye!
- Bye.
See ya, Tess!
How does it feel?
That's normal.
Can you spread your fingers
for me?
Make a fist.
Point up.
Point down.
Point to the geographic
north pole.
Just kidding.
Even a magnetic compass
couldn't do that.
Festive fun fact.
Easy does it.
The splints are off,
but you're just at
the beginning of your recovery.
It's just... I know
I asked you this last time,
but do you think
I'll be able to play
at the same level
as before my injury?
It's hard to say now,
but we'll know more in time.
- Physical therapy will be key.
- Okay.
Luckily for you,
we have an amazing DPright here at the clinic.
If anyone can get you
back to 100%, he will.
Okay. Well, I'm anxious
to get started.
How about...
tomorrow, 10:30?
Um, that's perfect.
I like your socks, by the way.
People love 'em.
They help keep me in the spirit.
They're very festive.
Got this tie too.
Gingerbread latte for Kate.
Thank you.
Are you sleeping?
I've never seen anyone sleep
standing up before,
but I learned in school
it's called "narco sleepy."
I think you mean "narcolepsy."
I don't think so.
No. Okay, well, I was just
listening to the music.
Do you always listen to music
with your eyes closed?
Not always,
but sometimes I think
it helps me hear
the music better.
You should try it.
- I hear piano.
- Mm-hmm.
- And violin.
- Yeah.
MAN: Ah-choo!
And someone just sneezed
over there.
So you have good ears.
I'm Gavin.
What's your name?
Kate Malone,
the violin virtuoso!
Patrick Walsh,
the tone-deaf choirboy.
So Kate Malone is of
the famous Malone Music Store
here in Boulder.
They used to throw
the most epic Christmas parties.
Two candy cane hot chocolates
with sprinkles
and double extra whipped cream
for Gavin.
- Yes!
- Double extra whipped cream?
It's the way the kid likes it.
It's been what, like...
Too many years, too many years.
How's music treating you?
- It's good, yeah, busy.
- Yeah?
I mean, it sounds like
you're really in demand.
- Does it?
- You're traveling with
these big touring shows
all over the country.
Now, you're world-famous
here in Boulder.
You realize that, right?
It's true.
I didn't even recognize you
without the violin case.
Ah, I gave it the day off.
So what brings you
back to Boulder?
I, uh...
I mean, it's the holidays. Yeah.
I'm just visiting.
- Nice.
- What about you?
- Just... Yeah, same.
- Yeah?
That's perfect.
- Your grandfather?
- Grandpa Joe
just moved to Florida
after Grandma passed.
He's having a blast.
He loves it there.
Double extra cream with
sprinkles, just how you like it.
Just like you love it.
You mean how you like it.
- What?
- What?
I should go.
It's great to see you.
It was great to see you, yeah.
It was good to meet you.
Bye, Kate.
- Bye.
- See ya.
Way to go, wingman.
What's a wingman?
You ready to wake up?
You know, these molds
come in different shapes?
No, no, no, no.
There are no other shapes
for me.
Hey, Mom. Hey, Dad.
Hey, sweetie.
I'm free.
Oh, that's wonderful!
And just in time
to help us decorate
these beautiful
shortbread trees.
How about I just eat them?
None shall resist the call of
the Christmas tree shortbread.
Mmm. I know it sounds crazy,
but somehow the tree-shaped ones
just taste better
than all the other shapes.
Victory is mine!
So how'd it go with Dr. Burk?
It was good, I guess.
I'm still having some pain,
but I start physical therapy
He said it's important I start
using my hand and fingers
to try to regain my flexibility.
Well, then I have
just the thing.
- More bows?
I think you've
got this covered, Dad.
Don't you think a few more
well-placed bows
would really, you know,
tie it all together?
Ho ho ho!
Grandpa Joe!
Hey, kiddo!
We weren't expecting you
for another couple of weeks.
Would you believe I got tired
of all that Florida sun?
What? No!
Smells like shortbread in here.
Guilty as charged.
They're not all tree-shaped,
are they?
- Oh...
- They are.
How are you?
You look great.
I can't complain.
After all, you're looking
at the Martin County
doubles pickleball
senior silver medalist.
Oh, congrats. That's two years
in a row, isn't it?
You know, if it weren't
for Monty's lame serve,
we'd have won gold.
Well, next year.
So, uh, what do you think?
Could use more red bows,
if you can fit 'em.
That is exactly
what I was thinking.
Pardon me. Just give me
one more moment.
What, you're
my physical therapist?
- Wait. I...
- I thought you...
I thought you were
just visiting, yeah.
- So...
- I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I am.
- No, no, no.
I didn't want to get into it
at the coffee shop.
I injured my hand
like six weeks ago in Denver,
and I've just been staying
with my parents while I recover.
- I see.
- Yeah.
But I had no idea
you moved back to Boulder
and you started a practice,
and... you had a son.
Oh, no, no, no,
I don't have a son.
Gavin is Anne's son,
do you remember?
Your cousin Anne, right.
- Exactly.
- Okay.
- Yeah.
- Yeah, and the move?
Oh, yeah, I'm sorry.
I didn't want to get into it
either at the coffee shop.
I moved back here last year
after my father died.
I wanted to be closer to my mom.
That's sweet.
How's she doing?
She's good, she's good.
She is dealing with
a neuromuscular disease called
"Charcot-Marie-Tooth" or CMT.
CMT. I've never heard of it.
It's the most common disease
nobody's ever heard of, yeah.
But it has been progressing
these last few years,
so she uses a wheelchair now.
- I'm sorry.
- No, it's good, it's good.
She's a fighter.
Yeah, nothing keeps her down.
There is no cure still,
but we're doing some new
physical therapy,
and I have braces that hopefully
should get her walking soon.
Her favorite time of the year
is Christmas,
so I know she's gonna wanna
be strolling the market
I remember, I remember.
Actually, I think
this is her handiwork, right?
Oh, yeah. I'm telling you,
she hasn't missed a beat.
They're lovely.
Um, so did you give up
your practice in Philadelphia?
More like took a pause.
Yeah, ten years in Philly,
a divorce.
Suddenly not sure
where life's gonna take me.
I hear you.
Dr. Burk has been great,
giving me spot here
in the clinic,
letting me have some time
to figure it out.
I'm gonna stop talking
about myself.
Let's take a look at
this grisly hand of yours.
- It's not grisly.
- I'll be the judge of that.
Oh, my! You gotta...
You gotta prepare me for that!
- That was...
Um, these are the two fingers
in trouble, yeah?
Do you have any pain?
Uh, only when I do
certain things.
Maybe don't do
those certain things.
Sorry. A little PT humor.
Just relax.
Yeah. That hurts, yeah?
Okay? All right.
Have you tried playing
since the splint came off?
Last night, just barely.
Let me guess. It hurt?
- It hurt.
- Yeah.
It's okay. That's normal.
Okay. All right.
I'm really scared
that I won't be able to play
at the same level as before.
You're gonna be
better than ever.
PATRICK: I want you to practice
these three times a day,
and then I'll see you
on Thursday.
Okay. Thank you.
Of course, reach out
if you have any questions.
Is that Kate Malone?
Tess! It's so good to see you!
How are you?
What brings you here?
I hurt my hand in Denver
six weeks ago,
and Patrick is
my physical therapist.
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
- Seriously?
- That she hurt her hand,
not that you're treating her.
I know.
Wait, he's treating you too,
He is, and he is
quite the taskmaster.
But he is the best.
Yeah, this is what
everyone says.
Okay, enough stalling.
Come on in.
We have some intense
core work to do today.
See what I mean?
- It's so nice to see you.
- You too.
Why don't you come
for dinner sometime?
I would love to catch up.
That sounds lovely.
How about tonight?
- Tonight?
- Tonight?
- I'm sure she's busy.
- Sounds great.
- Yeah.
- Right.
- I will...
- Righto. Later
- For some dinner.
- Okay.
- Bye.
- See ya.
That is so beautiful.
You are so good at this.
Thanks. It just takes me a
little longer than most people,
but you can't rush perfection.
This is true. And I love
the smell of fresh cedar.
It smells just like Christmas.
And wreath-making is...
That's the perfect sort of
activity for your hand,
so I'm feeling real good
about this.
Dinner will be your reward.
Pushy, isn't he?
He's the pushiest.
I would be helping you
right now,
but my world-famous
secret meatloaf recipe's
not gonna make itself.
The secret is lots of ketchup.
- Mom, I can't believe...
So what's it like being
a professional musician?
It must be exciting.
I've been playing violin
my whole life.
I can't even imagine
doing anything else.
I saw you in the show,
South Pacific,
a couple of years ago.
- You were in the orchestra pit.
- Really?
Well, I didn't actually see you,
but I saw your name
on the playbill.
Hmm. Yeah, the last few years,
I've been working some
touring shows to make ends meet.
Life on the road
must be a challenge.
Sometimes, but I love
playing so much,
it totally makes up for it.
- And you are so good.
- Thank you.
I remember how you always
used to talk about
how much you love
the Philharmonic.
Yeah, I still do.
Patrick's father used to love
going to their holiday
Christmas concert every year.
We all did, didn't we, hon?
Christmas highlight.
My Grandpa took me
to my first one when I was...
just about five years old.
Just being there
in that gorgeous hall
all dressed up with my Grandpa
and beautiful music
and all the decorations,
this was so magical.
And I've been wanting to play
on that stage ever since.
I say you heal that hand of
yours and get right back on it.
That sounds great.
So when we're done here tonight,
do you think I can take home
one of these beautiful wreaths?
- Nope.
I think that can be arranged.
Of course!
Thank you.
- Hi. Can I help you?
- Hi, yes.
My daughter will be starting
music classes at school.
Let me guess.
You need a recorder.
Yes, sir.
I can help you over here.
The pink one is
really, really pretty.
It's the best color
in the whole store.
- Can I try it?
- Mm-hmm.
Mom, I played it!
You sure did.
We also carry earplugs.
I'll take a box.
They're on the wall
by the piano.
I'll ring you up over here
whenever you're ready.
- I got it.
Merry Christmas.
Patrick! What a surprise!
How are you, Philip?
Hey, stranger.
Barb, it's great
to see you again.
You look great.
Doesn't he look great?
Hey, Kate.
What brings you guys in?
Oh, we were heading
to the Christmas Market,
and little man here wanted to
look at musical instruments,
so I thought I'd him bring by.
You said you wanted to see Kate.
What? No, that's not
what I said.
No, I said we'd probably see her
because she was...
This is her store.
I did want to look
at the instruments.
Can you play
all of these instruments?
Uh, I'm a little rusty
on the French horn.
But you're
a violin virtuoso, right?
She learned to play violin
right here in the store.
Can I try?
Here, check this out.
Now, first you need a bow.
You know, a lot of people
don't know this,
but the bow is actually just as
important as the violin itself.
My Grandpa always used to tell
me that the right bow is the key
to waking up your violin
and unlocking the music.
Here, try.
Here, you hold it like this.
Put your fingers... There you go.
Okay, go for it.

Hey! Fast learner.
He's so good.
Can you teach me?
Oh, I, uh...
Gav, you know, so...
But she's a virtuoso.
I know.
Well, not at teaching,
but I know someone who is.
I might have to convince him to
come out of retirement though.
Tell him I'll try really hard.
Okay, I'll tell him.
That's very nice of you, Kate.
Thanks so much.
Learning a Christmas song
is at the top of my list.
Your list? What list?
This one.
"Gavin's great big
holiday fun list."
Have you checked it twice?
I checked it
like a million times.
A million times.
Looks like the Christmas Market
is a close second.
That's where we're going next.
We're gonna give my mom
a Christmas present.
You should come.
You don't... No, it's...
I could use a little break.
Sounds fun.
- Yeah?
- Yeah.
How's that for being a wingman?
That was good.
That was real good.
I'm so happy
that Santa's on his way
Been waiting all year long
for Christmas Day
- Look at the elves! Can I?
- Yes! Go, go, go!
When I look up to the sky
Knowing I might see him
on his sleigh
You two are peas in a pod.
I like spending time with him.
So his father passed away
two years ago,
and then I moved back home
after my dad passed,
and we just kind of bonded.
It's very nice
that you love each other.
I'm sure Anne
appreciates it too.
How is she, by the way?
Oh, she's great. She's head chef
at Maestro's now.
That's amazing.
I know, right?
I'm so proud of her.
I guess when life throws you
curveballs, right?
You gotta keep swinging.
You remember that?
Of course.
I'll never forget it.
Look at the giant nutcracker!
- It's huge!
- It's bigger than you.
- Mom will love it.
- Yeah, she will.
- I'm gonna go pay for it.
- Go! Go for it.
But he's got the right idea.
We are at the Boulder
Christmas Market.
- We should be shopping.
- We should be shopping.
Okay, let's do it.
What do you need?
Um, okay for starters,
I did draw Dr. Burk
for our office secret Santa.
Okay, so what does he like?
I don't know.
I don't know.
Maybe like a decoration
for the office or something.
I got this, I got this.
- What?
- Mm-hmm.
Are you serious?
He'll love them. Trust me.
Whatever you say.
Whatever you say.
- No.
- Uh-huh. More is more.
- Yes, yes, yes, yes.
- Okay, sure.
I trust you,
if you feel strongly about this.
All right, who wants to join us
and sing along?
- Oh, you should do it.
- No.
You have such a beautiful voice.
Why, thank you, but no.
Come on!
Show some Christmas spirit.
Be good for your hands.
- Don't.
- I won't.
- If you don't want to, I won't.
- No.
- I won't do it.
- Anyone?
Right here! She'll do it.
I'm sorry. I had to.
You're committed now.
You're a terrible person.
Yeah, Kate!
GUITARIST: How about
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"?
KATE: Sure.
- Ready?
- Yeah.
It came upon
a midnight clear
That glorious song of old
From angels bending
near the Earth
To touch their
hearts of gold
Peace on the Earth
Goodwill to men
From Heaven's
all gracious King
The world
in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing
I love hearing you play.
Not right now.
What are you talking about?
Remember how you used to tell me
that a violin that isn't played
goes to sleep
and needs to be woken up?
Yeah, well, this one's like
a groggy teenager right now.
Sounds to me like that one's
been up already
and had its morning coffee.
Well, I owe it all to you.
Ah, maybe a little bit.
Grandpa, can I ask you
What is it?
Would you ever consider
giving lessons again?
Oh, I don't think so.
I'm retired.
But it's for someone special.
I... don't do it anymore, Kate.
I know that it's hard for you,
but I'm miss seeing you
in the store.
We all do.
Don't you miss our
Christmas parties, Grandpa?
Of course.
We always had such a blast.
But ever since Grandma passed,
it's just not the same.
- She was the life of the party.
And I'd give anything
to hear her sing again.
Especially when
you played for her.
Well, if you can't find the time
for a lesson, I understand,
but at least come by the store
more often.
I'll think about it.
Now, how about little
"Ave Maria?"
I'll try.
"We are pleased to inform you"
that you are among the final
applicants for the position.
"We appreciate your patience
as we make our final decision."
What do you think, sweetheart?
You're looking good
on your feet there.
That better not be decaf.
No. I learned my lesson
last time.
Okay, show me some
knee extensions.
So how are things with Kate?
With Kate?
What do you mean?
Come on. This is me
you're talking to.
It's nice.
It's nice seeing her again,
But no, I'm not
getting ahead of myself.
Okay, now the left leg.
What does that mean?
It means the one
that's not the right foot.
She works on the road.
Music is her life.
I need to figure out
what I want.
And what do you want?
Right now I want
a caramel apple strudel.
Ooh, good choice.
Save some for me.
Oh, no, no, no.
I want to see some marching.
Just me.
Oh, Grandpa.
Been awhile since
I've given a lesson.
Need to prepare.
And look what I found
rummaging around back there.
This is my old violin.
Now, don't get
all sentimental on me.
Can't take tears
this early in the morning.
Grandpa, I remember the day
you gave this to me.
It was the best Christmas ever.
This thing is dead asleep.
Maybe there's a kid out there
who could wake it up for us.
Very good.
Gently with the bow.
That's it.
GRANDPA JOE: Index finger here.
You got it.
It almost sounds like
"Jingle Bells."
All right, Mr. Gavin,
that's enough for today.
I think you've got plenty
to work on for next time.
Thanks for the lesson,
Grandpa Joe.
My pleasure.
You're a natural.
Okay, come on, young Mozart.
The North Pole Express
waits for no one.
North Pole Express?
It's on my list.
Top five, in fact.
- Okay.
- Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.
Does anybody want
to come with us?
Kate? Grandpa Joe?
You go. I'll hold down the fort
till your folks get back.
Yeah? You sure?
You kinda have to go.
I have to go?
You're on the Christmas list.
I added you.
Well, if I'm on the list...
Hey, looks like
you're on the list.
Okay, we better
get going already.
Bye, Grandpa.
Thanks so much.
- Goodbye, Grandpa Joe.
- Have fun.
This may have been
on Gavin's list,
but I may have planted the seed.
This was my favorite thing
to do as a kid.
It's adorable. I can't believe I
never rode the train growing up.
- You were busy practicing
- Yeah.
There are perks to being
an underachiever like me.
Okay, Dr. Walsh.
My dad and I,
we probably rode this...
We just rode it
over and over again.
Probably a thousand times
we rode this thing.
I'm not joking. It's fun
passing on the tradition.
Yeah. He's gonna love it.
- I'm really excited to see it.
- Here it comes!
Wish you a Merry Christmas
and have a Happy New Year
Gavin, where should we sit?
Definitely the caboose.
To you and your kin
Glad tidings at Christmas
PATRICK: Thank you
for getting Grandpa
to give him a lesson today.
- I appreciate it.
- Of course.
I think he enjoyed it
even more than Gavin did.
He visits from Florida
all the time,
but today was the first day
he was actually at the store
since Grandma passed
three years ago.
Is that why you guys stopped
doing the Christmas party?
It's hard for him
being there without her,
especially at Christmas.
Yeah. I'm so glad that you
convinced him to teach again.
Yeah, me too.
I can't tell you
how happy it made me
to see him there today.
It's like he never left.
He is so proud of you.
If you do audition
for the Philharmonic,
I bet you he would
move back from Florida
just to watch
your entire season.
Actually, I've been afraid
to tell you.
A while back, I mustered up
the courage to audition.
You did?
- Yeah.
- What happened?
It was amazing.
I don't think I've ever
played that well.
And then I hurt my hand
the same day.
Oh, man.
That must have been
It was. I mean, especially
when they offered me the job,
and I had to tell them
I couldn't take it.
I'm sorry, Kate.
Thank you.
It took me so many years
to gain confidence to audition,
and I just kinda feel like
I lost my chance.
Even if I do heal, I may never
play like that again.
I bet you'll keep trying.
The Kate Malone I knew
would never give up.
Hey, Patrick, we're almost
at Candy Cane Crossing.
Can I get a few more?
You're finished already, bud?
I'm nine years old.
Candy is my life.
I got you, bud.
You get a peppermint for me
while you're at it?
- Yeah.
- Okay, thanks.
That was awesome.
It was awesome.
Your cousin is
pretty awesome too.
Well, technically, he's my first
cousin once removed, but yeah.
I'm gonna really miss him
when he leaves.
What? Where is he leaving to?
He's gonna be
a traveling doctor.
But I'm still gonna try and
visit him all around the world.
All right.
Hark, the herald
angel hair pasta is served.
Your father's favorite.
Mine too.
- Here. Gotcha.
- Thanks.
I can't believe
this is going to be
our second Christmas
without him.
I sure miss him.
Me too.
Speaking of your father,
have you heard back from
Hands and Hearts Abroad?
I just got an email from them,
Really? What'd it say?
Well, I'm one of
their final candidates.
That's incredible!
They haven't made
their decision yet.
They could call me tomorrow
and tell me I'm the one,
or it could be a no.
Patrick, it's a yes.
I don't know. It's been so long
since I applied.
I don't even know if it's
what I want to do anymore.
I hope this doesn't have
anything to do with me.
Why would you say that?
Because I don't want you
to worry about me.
I'll be fine if you go.
I've been fine on my own
for a while now.
You need to follow
your own path.
I know, and I will.
Sometimes I feel like
I'm holding you back.
Life is short.
I know. That's why I want
to be here with you.
You're my mom.
Ah. I miss you.
Merry Christmas Eve, Grandma.
We love you.
We love you, Mom.
Katie, why don't you
play for her?
She'd love that.
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles
will be out of sight
Have yourself
a merry little Christmas
Make the yuletide gay
From now on,
our troubles will be far away
Here we are
as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends
who are dear to us
Gather near to us
Once more
Through the years
We all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star
Upon the highest bough
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas
This year, we have
to coordinate with Uncle Stan
and do two big turkeys.
I'm not gonna run out of turkey
this year.
Well, then I guess we can always
just, you know, make a pizza.
Are you out of your mind?
We can't do pizza on Christmas.
You can if it's shaped
like a tree.
We're not doing pizza.
We could do a potluck.
What do you think, Dad?
Should we make it a potluck?
Earth to Grandpa.
Well, I was thinking...
Go on.
I think Grandma's trying
to tell us something.
What do you say...
we bring back the Malone
Music Store Christmas party?
- Are you serious?
- Yes!
Under one condition.
- What?
- You have to play for us.
Grandma wouldn't have it
any other way.
It's the truth.
It's a tradition.
I don't know if I'll be ready.
It depends on
how my hand is doing.
I'm sure it'll dance
like a sugar plum fairy.
You think about it.
You know I want to have
the Christmas party, Grandpa.
I just, I don't know
how I'll be.
I promise I'll give it my best.
- Yes!
- Yes.
And create an email Evite.
Right, from the store
mailing list.
Yes. Maybe one of your students
could spread the word
on Tweeter.
You know, I thought we might
also do a Christmas grab bag.
I love that! I'll put that on
your organization list, honey.
What do we think of this
for the community boards?
- It's terrific!
- That's so good.
And trees, honey.
We need more trees.
We have eight trees
in the store.
Exactly. We need to expand.
Out front, out back.
You know, people expect it.
Better get some more
red bows too.
All right, I gotta run.
I love you.
I have a PT appointment
with Patrick.
Okay, bye.
PT appointment?
With Patrick?
Good. Your flexibility
seems much improved.
- I feel stronger.
- How's your playing?
It's not 100% yet,
but at least I don't sound like
nails on a chalkboard anymore.
Actually, I brought
my violin today.
I thought, well,
maybe if you could see me play,
that might be helpful?
That's a great idea.
Any requests?
Um, I've always loved
"Have Yourself a Merry
Little Christmas."
It's a good choice.
Did you notice anything?
Wha... Yes. It was...
You were playing... Your hands
were moving beautifully.
You're, uh...
You really progressed.
Thanks. I'm still
having some pain.
It's like a dull ache in here,
and then my hand gets tired
like before I'm even
halfway through the song.
Okay. It's totally natural
to feel that pain there.
Your strength, your endurance
will improve, for sure.
That's just a matter of time.
Okay. Well, I don't have
much time.
Grandpa wants to have the music
store Christmas party this year.
- Really?
- Yeah.
- That's great. When is it?
- December 23rd.
It's like eight days away,
and he really wants me to play.
Is that possible?
Medically, yes. I mean,
your fractures are healed,
your ligaments are healthy.
You're not gonna re-injure
yourself just from playing.
Um, can you play?
Honestly, in situations
like this,
it's just a matter of
you listening to your body.
Okay. Yeah, I know.
It's just Grandpa
really wants me to do this,
and I don't want
to disappoint him.
- I can't imagine you...
- I know.
It's just a small show,
but the thought of not playing
my best on any stage
is just kind of terrifying.
- Does that sound ridiculous?
- It does.
- Come on!
- No, all kidding aside,
I understand how important
this is to you,
and there's
a one-word cure for it.
Yeah, you're right
about the chocolate.
- I'm a doctor.
- I'm cured!
- Yeah, I know.
There's nine other flavors
to try, by the way.
I remember coming here with you
and your dad when we were kids.
Yeah, my mom would
enter the competition
with her trademark
chili pepper chocolate.
That's right.
It was two kinds of hot.
That was before we started
traveling as a family.
With Hands and Hearts, right?
Oh, that's good, yeah.
Gosh. He was with them
for 15 years.
Wow. And now you're
following in his footsteps.
How did you know that?
Yeah. He squealed
on the train yesterday.
Yeah. I, um...
Why didn't you say anything?
I don't have the job yet.
Okay, but I mean,
I'm sure you're a shoo-in.
Your dad had such a great
reputation with them.
- Apparently, I'm in the mix.
- Okay.
I just haven't heard
the final word.
Oh, it's strange. I...
Getting this job has been
a lifelong dream of mine, and...
the closer I get to it
becoming a reality,
I just don't know
if I want it anymore.
I'm worried about
leaving my mom.
She's been making
some really great progress
with the physical therapy.
I'm worried if I leave,
she might lose motivation.
And on top of that,
I've really started to enjoy
working here in my own backyard
with people I grew up with.
People like you.
But then again, if I do get it,
following in my father's
honoring his legacy,
I think he would have
really liked that.
What would you like?
I'd like to dance.
You're actually
a pretty good dancer.
For someone who has no musical
talent or rhythm whatsoever?
Yeah. No!
Those are your words.
Those are not my words.
Well, I have
a really great partner.
What do you think you'll decide?
If they offer me the job?
When they offer you the job.
What will I decide?
I was kinda hoping you would
help me out with that.
Help? How would I...
You've always known exactly
what you wanted
and exactly how to get it.
What's your secret?
What I do is I...
I close my eyes and just
clear out the clutter and...
think about the one thing
I want more than anything else.
And I just reach for it.
BARBARA: And at least
a dozen poinsettias.
I called Cheryl, but she only
has three white ones left,
but they might be
getting in some more,
so I put a hold on those.
Honey, what about
the tables for the food?
Thelma at the bridge club said
she'd lend us her card tables.
But she just called and said
now she needs them
for a tournament.
Oh, dear.
I'll try the church.
Pastor Harris has bingo tables.
Good idea.
Hey, how's
the decorations going?
Well, you're looking at 'em.
Okay, then.
Let's get to work.
Let your father get that,
- You have to mind your hand.
- I'm fine.
Anyone wanna have a go at this?
Oh, no.
Ooh, the caterer's calling back.
I have to take this.
Oh, someone's been practicing.
There. All right, try it again.
- Hear that?
- Hear what?
That's the sound of hard work
paying off.
We really appreciate
the lessons,
especially from
such a distinguished teacher.
My pleasure.
He's a great student.
Okay, sweetie, let's go.
- I can't even.
- What is it?
Another caterer turned us down.
They said
there's not enough time.
I've asked everyone in town.
Everyone's busy.
It's not like I can just
wave my hand,
and miraculously,
a caterer will appear.
Thank you so much, Joe.
Hi, Anne.
Are you sure?
I know how busy
Maestro's must be
around the holidays.
For the Malone family
Christmas party?
I'll make it work.
And I have a bunch of
festive theme dishes.
There's chicken cordon
bleu Christmas.
Santa baby back ribs.
And I'll be ham for Christmas.
Oh, those sound wonderful.
I'll call you from
the restaurant tomorrow,
and we can sort out the details.
Thank you so much.
You don't know how much
this means to us.
It's my pleasure.
Well, if you will excuse me,
I am going to try unraveling
the lights of Christmas past.
Ooh, scary.
Kate, are you going
to Auntie Tess's tonight
for a gingerbread house
decorating contest?
Am I on the list again?
No, but Patrick hopes
you'll come.
I think he likes you.
ANNE: Gavin!
What? He totally does.
Uh, how can I turn down
a gingerbread contest?
Okay, Cupid, let's go.
See you later.
ANNE: We're out of peppermints!
There's a candy cane,
if you want.
No, can't do the candy cane.
I don't know what
I'm gonna do with this yet.
Oh, the marshmallows
are so squishy.
This is totally embarrassing,
but I've actually never made
a gingerbread house before,
and it's so much fun.
You've never done this before?
Yours looks amazing.
What's your secret?
I use red M&M's
for the Christmas lights
around the windows.
And that lollipop tree? Genius.
He did get that idea from me.
Did not!
Come on. Every year,
I do the lollipop trees.
What are those supposed to be?
- What, this?
- Yes.
- It's a reindeer.
- A reindeer?
- Anne, please.
- Uh...
It's a reindeer, right?
It's obvious.
I can see that.
It looks more like
a lumpy elephant.
- Whoa.
- You're a lumpy elephant.
- Hey, don't eat my roof!
That's a delicious roof.
It's really good.
Okay, kiddo,
I think we better wrap up.
We gotta get going.
But we still have
to pick a winner.
I think it's pretty obvious.
- Whoa.
- Whoa!
That's amazing.
How did you do that?
Well, I do have
a few years on you
in the gingerbread
decorating game.
She does.
Okay, cuz, let's get you
packed up here.
- My favorite.
- Isn't it great?
Yes. Those two and then
like the little clock.
It's so cute.
She did a great job.
You like Kate, right?
What? Um...
Yeah, sure.
Of course I like her.
I like her too,
but I think you like her.
What are you getting her
for Christmas?
- I don't know.
- Well, it better be good
'cause she's pretty great.
Got it.
Don't mess this up.
Come on, Gav.
Here you go.
Get out of here.
Glad you came today.
Yeah, me too.
Your family is the sweetest.
So I've been thinking about...
Me too.
Yeah, it was...
That was... nice.
It was nice.
- Yeah.
- I thought so.
It sounds like there's a but.
No, no.
- No buts.
- Okay.
I just don't wanna...
get in the way of your life.
Me neither.
No, I, uh...
Yeah, I don't wanna...
Just because you're probably
gonna be going back out on tour.
Yeah, I think... I mean...
Yeah, I guess that's the plan
if I, you know,
if I get back to where I was.
You're the hardest-working
person I've ever met.
You're gonna get back out there.
And when you do,
I'll be right there.
Front row.
Well, if you're not
halfway across the globe.
I guess we'll see.
Yeah, we'll see.
Yes, this is Patrick.
Oh, yes, it's very nice
to meet you Dr. Jensen.
Right, okay.
I'm excited to look it over.
Okay, that is...
That is great news.
Yeah, okay, yeah.
Okay, thanks.
Have a good day. Bye-bye.
What was that all about?
- Mom!
- Oh, don't make a fuss.
I just came over for a piece
of that eggnog cheesecake.
Look at you,
back on your feet again.
- I'm so proud of you.
- Well, you know,
I have the best
physical therapist in Colorado.
Okay. Let's get you
some cheesecake.
So that was Dr. Jensen
from Hands and Hearts.
I got the job.
I told you so!
What's the matter?
Aren't you excited?
This is great news.
It's great.
I'm just...
I don't know.
- This isn't about me, is it?
- No, it's not.
Because I know you worry
about me.
I know you don't wanna
leave me in the dust.
Are you kidding me? The way
you're moving around now?
It's gonna be
the other way around.
I don't want you to miss
an opportunity because of me.
You have a gift.
Patrick, you need to share
that gift with the world.
I know. I mean,
this was Dad's dream.
And for the longest time,
I thought it was my dream too.
But what...
So what about this world here?
What if... What if there's
people who need me here?
What if I need people here?
This is about Kate.
It's about Kate.
Look, I don't even know
what I want anymore.
This Christmas has been...
a little unexpected.
Have you told her how you feel?
Honestly, I don't
see the point because...
Look, as soon as her hand's
totally healed,
she's gonna get scooped up
by some big orchestra,
or she's gonna go
back out on tour, so...
Patrick, you just need
to tell her how you feel.
I don't want to hold her back.
I know that feeling.
I wonder what Dad
would think of this.
He would just want you
to be happy, just like I do.
I'm sorry. It's Kate.
She's having some weird pain
in her hand.
Sorry. I'm gonna have to go
meet her at the clinic.
- I hope she's okay.
- I'm sure it's okay.
I just gotta go check on her.
Okay, love you.
Bye. Be careful.
- I will. Thank you.
- Let me know.
Yeah, it's...
I mean, how bad is it?
We may have to amputate.
- I'm sorry.
I'm not trying to make light
of what you're going through.
The pain you're experiencing
is totally normal.
This is... This is natural?
I mean, it felt like I pulled
something. I don't know.
You experienced something
we call "phantom pain."
It's very common
after a traumatic injury.
Phantom pain?
Like, like it's not real?
It feels real.
Your nerves think it's real.
So does your brain.
It's tricky, yeah.
The good news is there's
nothing physically wrong.
No, it's just all in my head.
The party's in two days.
What if this happens again?
What if this happens
during the performance?
It could. I mean, there's really
no way to predict it.
Some studies say
it's related to stress,
so what I would recommend
is just...
Just stay positive.
Keep working on your exercises
and just trust your ability.
And hey...
lots of chocolate, of course.
Thank you.
Thanks for seeing me.
I know you're really busy.
Well, this is my job,
so of course I'm gonna be here.
I'm glad you called though.
I mean, I'm not glad you called
because of this,
but I am glad
that you're here right now
because I need
to tell you something.
What is it?
I got offered the job.
That's... That's great.
That's amazing.
I would start
after the new year.
The first assignment would be
in the South Sudan.
Well, I'm...
I'm really happy for you.
Well, I haven't given them
my final answer.
Well, why not?
I mean, it's your dream right?
- Right.
- Right, so?
But I...
Congratulations, Patrick.
- Thank you.
- Yeah.
I should really...
I should really get going.
- Wait, Kate, I...
- I gotta like do my exercises,
try to keep ahead
of this thing and...
Can we talk about this?
I just don't wanna...
Can it wait
until after the party?
Sure, yeah.
- Thanks.
- Of course.
TESS: Here.
- Thank you.
- It's lovely.
- It's so pretty here.
- I like it a lot.
Me too.
Of course I'd find you here.
- Oh, boy.
- Mom...
I've got to squeeze a month's
worth of Christmas shopping
into a few days,
and it is not for
the faint of heart.
True. There's nothing faint
about your heart.
So how's Kate feeling?
She's doing well.
She had a little scare there,
but she's gonna be fine.
And how'd it go
with your little talk?
I told her about the job offer,
and she was really happy for me.
- She's really excited.
- Mm-hmm.
And did you tell her
how you feel?
I tried.
Try harder.
Look, I know you're torn
between staying here
and taking this job.
You have a lot to figure out,
but none of it
is gonna make any sense
until you know
what's in your heart.
Tell her how you feel.
And if you can't tell her,
maybe you can show her.
I gotta go.
Good, because you are cramping
my Christmas shopping.
- Love you. Bye
- Bye.
Hmm, candles.
I couldn't even finish the song.
Ahh! Maybe so, but still,
it was brave.
This injury just really
turned things upside-down.
I mean, not just my career
or my chance to play
for the Philharmonic.
I mean, it's...
I don't know.
It's more than that.
I'm just really confused,
Hey, what is it?
You know,
when I think of my childhood,
every memory is tied to music.
It's tied to the violin.
It's such a huge part of me,
and I love it.
But lately I just,
I've been thinking
maybe music isn't everything.
And that just has me feeling...
I know the feeling, sweetie.
Started the day
I met your grandmother.
It's such a foreign feeling.
Maybe it has something to do
with a certain fellow?
Yeah, maybe, I don't know.
Have you talked to him
about this?
I can't.
I can't talk to him.
I don't want to be selfish.
How's that selfish?
Patrick gives everything he has
to everyone he helps.
And all the while, he's been
searching for his own dream.
Now he finally has it.
I don't want to stand
in the way of that.
I can't stand
in the way of that.
Besides, I'll probably just
go back to touring,
if I ever get my hand
working again and...
It's like I've been so committed
to my music for so long
that I've been...
Neglecting your heart.
Sounds like it's waking up
and playing its own music.
I'm out of practice, Grandpa.
I'm... I'm really
out of practice.
You got this.
Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant
So tender and mild
Dr. Burk and Evelyn,
it's great to see you.
We wouldn't miss it.
And your gift for the grab bag
can go under the tree.
Which tree?
Big one by the window.
The food is a hit.
- Thank you again, Anne.
- Are you kidding?
It is my honor to contribute
to a Boulder tradition.
Patrick, Tess.
- Hey, Dr. Burk.
- Dr. Burk!
Thank you for the festive gifts.
You're welcome. I had a little
help picking them out though.
I hear you may be following
in your father's footsteps soon.
Word gets around fast.
It's been a pleasure
working with you.
I want you to know that you will
always have a home here.
Merry Christmas.
- Thank you. Merry Christmas.
- Merry Christmas.
Up next, we have a special treat
from a young man
who, believe it or not,
just picked up the violin
a few weeks ago.
Give it up for Gavin Adams.
Thank you.
And I'd like to say thank you
to my great teacher,
Grandpa Joe.
Ho ho ho!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Here's a Christmas gift for you.
Merry Christmas.
And I've got something here
for Kate!
Kate Malone!
Thank you, Grandpa.
All right, all you kids,
get up here!
I'll be right back.
I'm gonna go find Kate.
Merry Christmas.
I heard someone say
that the right bow is the key
to waking up your violin
and unlocking the music.
It's perfect.
How... How did you...
I may have had a little help
from Santa Claus.
I'm not a musician.
I've never had the talent
that you have.
But I do know passion.
And I know that...
there's always been something
special about you.
Before you say anything,
I have to tell you something.
I-I need you to know
how much you mean to me,
even from when
we were little kids.
And I've loved spending time
with you this Christmas.
And honestly,
I couldn't have gotten through
the last few weeks without you.
Oh, no, I mean...
Dude, she totally likes you!
Don't you have
a present to open?
He's right.
I do like you... a lot.
And the last thing I wanna do is
get in the way of your dreams.
I know you're leaving. I just...
I just had to tell you.
You know, Kate,
my dreams are not overseas.
They're right here...
with you.
Yeah. Kate...
you've helped me realize
that I love what I do
right here in Boulder.
That helping people is my dream.
And it doesn't matter
where I am,
just as long as I'm with you.
Come on, Kate! We're ready!
Grandpa calls. Oh!
I always get so nervous
for these things.
Talk about dj vu.
Let's see if I can
put this thing to good use.
How'd it go?
Let's just say you picked
the perfect bow.