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Summary Edit

Sean discovers the secret between Christian and Julia. A hospitalized Matt bonds with his rehabilitation counselor. Eden suspiciously makes peace with Julia. Kimber and Ram reveal their future plans.

Recap Edit

This episode opens with a choir of carolers who were jumped by a street gang when their red coats were taken as gang colors. In exchange for their surgeries, they offer to turn the office into Christmastown. Shortly after that we move to Duke Collins, a department store Santa who was shot in the face by a kid who never got what he was promised.

Sean, Christian and Julia have their Secret Santa ceremony disrupted by the news of Matt’s admission to the hospital for second degree burns. After treating the skin damage, the three greet Matt as he wakes up. After a long silence, Sean virtually disowns Matt and storms out of the room. Matt is later visited by Rachel Ben Natan, an Israeli survivor of a suicide bombing. With her face reconstructed, she urges Matt to take this opportunity not just to recover, but to reinvent himself.

Christian wants to be out in the open about his relationship with Julia, but she urges him to wait until after the holidays to break the news. Sean almost catches them together, but Christian plays it off, even when Sean calls Julia and the phone on the nightstand rings. Christian says he picked the wrong phone up in the confusion after receiving the cal about Matt. In the end, Sean picks up on the signals and puts two and two together to realize the truth. Christian tell Sean he’ll drop the relationship if Sean doesn’t approve, but Sean seems to at least be accepting through clenched teeth.

Returning to Olivia’s apartment, Julia is presented with a fruitcake generously baked for her by Eden. Of course, it’s laced with something, but nothing takes effect within the course of the episode.

And the Duke Collins story turns out to be a hoax, as his wife and son enter the office and his son apologizes for shooting him. Apparently, the surgery was a ploy to delay child support payments. The wife pulls out a gun of her own. Her shot is blocked, but the stray bullet hits one of the carolers.

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