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Ten Chairs is the seventeenth episode (57th overall) of the third season which was broadcast on November 24, 2004 on Nicktoons.

The Meaning of Life Lesson

"Sometimes we want something so bad, we practically write the script on how it should go even if we know better. There's no such thing as the perfect family or the perfect turkey or the perfect gravy. There are always lumps. But why do lumps have to be bad? Maybe instead of trying so hard to create the ideal holiday, we should embrace the not so perfect. Because sometimes it's the imperfections that make the holiday memories you really cherish."

-Ginger Foutley

Synopsis

Ginger decides to give the last open chair at the Thanksgiving table to her father, Jonas (which Lois doesn't know and which doesn't sit well with Carl). The Bishops, Dr. Dave and his mother are invited to the dinner while Macie is visiting her aunt. Carl and Hoodsey purchase a turkey so they can set it free, only ruining the party.

Appearances 

  • Ginger Foutley 
  • Carl Foutley 
  • Hoodsey Bishop 
  • Dodie Bishop
  • Lois Foutley 
  • Dave Bishop 
  • Macie Lightfoot (mentioned only) 
  • Mr. Talbit
  • Mrs. Dave
  • Dr. Dave
  • Joann Bishop 
  • Jonas Foutley 
  • Ben (Jonas' dog)

Quotes

Ginger: (speaking in her mind) Sometimes around the holidays, were compelled to do things that don't always make sense. We get caught up in the emotional trappings of the holiday and want everything to be like the holidays we see on TV. The kind with the happy kids and happy moms, happy dads. 

Lois: (referring to the eggnog) I wish I could say it was spiked. Jonas: Your not the only one.

Ginger: (speaking in her mind) Sometimes we want something so bad, we practically write the script on how it should go even if we know better. There's no such thing as the perfect family or the perfect turkey or the perfect gravy. There are always lumps. But why do lumps have to be bad? Maybe instead of trying so hard to create the ideal holiday, we should embrace the not so perfect. Because sometimes it's the imperfections that make the holiday memories you really cherish. (last lines of the episode)

Trivia

  • Macie is absent in this episode due to visiting her Aunt Muriel for Thanksgiving.
  • Courtney, Miranda and Darren do not appear in this episode.

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