Starring: Candace Cameron Bure and Warren Christie
Summary: During Christmas, a happy publicist must work together with a cynical vice president and his team to help a charity in need.
Hat Tips to the Wizard of Oz
- In place of Dorothy Gale, our lead is Darcy Gale, and her pet pooch is Bobo instead of Toto. Naturally, she’s from Kansas.
- Darcy volunteers her PR skills to help with a charity, the Emerald Education Trust, a play on the Wizard’s Emerald City.
- Glenn Goodman and his team represent all the main characters from Oz. Dr. Bridget Tinsley, who seems cold and without a heart initially, is our Tin Man (or woman, in this case!); Riley Lyons, the dancer who is afraid to perform, finds his courage, just like the Cowardly Lion; Jackie Crowe is a very well-organized, hard worker with great ideas–the “brains” of the operation–and she’s our modern Scarecrow; Winona, the Chief Financial Officer, initially appears as the Wicked Witch, and she refers to her assistants as flying monkeys, but her iciness “melts” by the end; Darcy’s brothers, Huck and Zeke, are references to Hunk and Zeke who were farm hands for Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. Glenn is really the great and powerful William Austin, or the man behind the curtain, like the Wizard.
- When Winona urges Glenn/William to pursue Darcy, who has returned to Kansas, Winona shoos him away, saying, “Go! Fly! Fly!” just like the Wicked Witch did with her minions.
- Darcy wasn’t raised by her “Auntie Em,” but her stepmother, Emma, is like a real mom to her.
- When Glenn and Darcy go through the outdoor maze, she says she hopes there are no lions or tigers, and Glenn reassures her there are only bears.
- Darcy and her support team lock arms to walk down a short yellow pathway.
- One of Glenn’s assistants refers to him as a “horse of a different color.”
- The most obvious reference are the red shoes Glenn gifts Darcy before her dance number with Riley.
- When Darcy returns to Kansas from her time in Connecticut, she reacts with “There’s no place like home.”
Warren Christie is Back
Another six years passes before Christie returns to Hallmark for 2020’s If I Only Had Christmas. We need to see this handsome guy more than every six years! At age 45, he’s still as handsome and debonair as ever.
If Christie is one of your favorite Hallmark hunks, you might be disappointed to know he’s already spoken for. Christie has been married to actress Sonya Salomaa since 2007.