The post-credits scene in one script for Christmas Vacation (via Script Slug) saw Margo and Todd peacefully lying in bed after the chaos they had experienced throughout the week. Todd ironically remarked, “Nothing else can happen. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, all is calm… If we don’t go to sleep, Santa Claus won’t come.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus would have closed out the movie with the final line, “You’re so cute,” followed by a long beat before the Griswolds’ life-size Santa Claus, reindeer, sleigh, and Christmas lights display comes crashing through the couple’s ceiling and into their bedroom. At this point, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation would have officially faded out and concluded on one last comedic beat.

In addition to making Todd and Margo the target of the joke another time, the cut post-credits scene would have explained what happened to the Griswolds’ exploded Santa decorations after Christmas Vacation’s ending. In the last sequence of the movie, a gas explosion causes the family’s outdoor decoration of Santa’s sleigh to be launched into the air and fly like a rocket across the sky, hilariously emulating what the real Santa, sleigh, and reindeer might look like that night. The 1989 comedy never reveals when the display lands or whether it simply burns into ashes, but Todd and Margo’s post-credits scene explains that it later returned and crash-landed right next door.”

DeWanda Wise in episode 3

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DeWanda Wise in episode 6

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DeWanda Wise in episode 9

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DeWanda Wise in episode 10

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Toni Martin in episode 3

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Gabrielle Creevy in episode 4

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Betty Gilpin in episode 6

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Shailene Woodley in episode 7

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Lola Kirke in episode 9

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Shailene Woodley’s excellent nude scene in episode 5 can be found here.

Betty Gilpin’s great nude scene in episode 2 (and a brief flash in episode 1) can be found here.