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Deck the Malls is the eleventh episode of the ninth season of Family Matters, which aired on CBS on December 19, 1997. It was directed by Gary Menteer and written by Stephen Langford.


During the Christmas season, the Winslows and Urkel get jobs at the mall. Steve becomes a gift-wrapper with Myra, Carl becomes a department store Santa Claus and Laura becomes an elf. Meanwhile, Richie finds out that his mom, Rachel, is unable to come home for the holiday. When one kid makes a selfless wish to help his father find a job, Carl as Santa, gives him a business card to give to his father to call.


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  • Robin Krieger as Customer with Price Tag
  • Jill Matson-Sachoff as Indecisive Woman (credited as Jill Matson)
  • Dee Jay Daniels as Brian
  • Sonya Eddy as Angry Woman
  • Gil Christner as Man #1
  • John Cervanka as Customer
  • Ruth Gottschall as Loud Mouthed Wife
  • Lindze Letherman as Allyson
  • Marlon Young as Willie Tannen


  • This marks the final appearance of Jo Marie Payton, Bryton James, Rosetta LeNoire, and Telma Hopkins.
  • The episode's title is a taken on the Christmas song "Deck the Halls".
  • Rosetta LeNoire was initially written into more episodes during the season's pre-production. However, due to her advanced age and her declining health caused by her diabetes, she was not well enough to endure the harsh schedule.
  • By this point in the season Michelle Thomas' illness had begun to take its toll on her. To accommodate her unfortunate situation, Jaleel White handled most of the physical comedy. When not speaking dialogue, she stood in the background, and was very noticeably in pain during some of those shots.


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Out with the OldThey Shoot Ducks, Don't They?Dumb Belle of the BallDrinking and JivingWho's Afraid of the Big Black Book?A Mind is a Terrible Thing to ReadStevil II: This Time, He's Not AloneTrading PlacesA Pain in HarassmentOriginal Gangsta DawgDeck the MallsGrill of My DreamsBreaking Up Is Hard to DoCrazy for You (Part 1)Crazier for You (Part 2)Whose Man Is It Anyway?PolkapaloozaThrow Urkel off the TrainDon't Make Me OverPop Goes the QuestionLost in Space (Part 1)Lost in Space (Part 2)