In a Retail Wonderland... is the 35th episode of the series and the 8th episode of the second season. It aired on December 22, 2005, in Canada on Teletoon and on August 6, 2009, in the United States on Cartoon Network.
Jude is hanging out by the fountain with a rabbit when Jen comes by, uptight because of Christmas shoppers and Coach Halder, whose very name is now enough to send her into a fit. Jonesy then shows up with good news: because he did a great job decorating the tree, he's now on gift-wrapping detail. His friends are surprised that he decorated the tree until they notice that it's tilting slightly, at which point it becomes all too apparent that Jonesy was involved.
Later, the entire group is gathered around the table when Nikki makes an announcement: apparently, her parents want to take her to Acapulco for Christmas vacation. While her friends think that this is nice on their part, Nikki doesn't feel the same way, because it means she'll be spending her vacation time with her parents. Caitlin's phone then rings, and she answers with the response "Gift Girl." When her friends ask what the meaning of this response is, Caitlin tells them that she's set up a business where she shops for guys who don't know what to get their significant others. She then shuts down the Big Squeeze in order to go shop; when Jen questions how Caitlin can do this, Caitlin responds that she doesn't have a boss like Coach Halder breathing down her neck. At the very mention of her boss' name, Jen screams, and the group parts in order to get to work–except for Jude, who calls his girlfriend for help with getting Jen to chill out.
At Underground Video, Wayne is in a bad mood because somebody replaced his remote's titanium batteries with alkaline ones. When he finds out that Jude was the culprit, he threatens Jude with job termination unless he recategorizes the foreign-language documentaries. Wyatt then arrives, and Wayne complains about him being late. To try and make it up to his boss, Wyatt volunteers to set up a holiday movies display but is told by Wayne that the store doesn't have one because he hates Christmas movies.
Wayne doesn't cheer up when receiving Jude's present for him (a DVD holder for his belt) either. In fact, all mentions of Christmas seem to put him into a bad mood, from selling a holiday movie to being invited to a pre-Christmas party by Wyatt. When Wyatt tries mulling spices in order to get Wayne in the mood, though, Wayne finally decides to get into the Christmas spirit–by keeping the store open on Christmas and making his employees work that day. Naturally, Wyatt is incensed by this proposition, but he can do nothing about it: he will be working on Christmas.
Later that day, though, Wayne falls asleep and is visited by three spirits. The first one, who looks remarkably like Jen, shows him a vision of himself as a child, where he got so engrossed in movies that he wouldn't even get up to use the bathroom just in case he missed something. She then reminds him that he didn't want to grow up into the person he is, and leaves. The next spirit looks like Wyatt dressed as Santa Claus, who further reminds Wayne that he's become a jerk who hates Christmas before leaving. The final spirit to arrive is a ghost from the future who turns everything red–not because he's trying to be ominous, but because in the future people will live on Mars. Wayne is underwhelmed by this lesson until the ghost follows it up with the moral that Wayne must become a better person before it's too late.
After this dream concludes, Wayne awakes and finds out that it's still Christmas Eve. Realizing that there's still time to repent, he pays Stanley to buy him a huge bag of chips, which he then gives to the table of friends by the Big Squeeze. The entire group finds his actions odd, but accept his gift; after all, creepy Christmas Wayne is still nicer than regular Wayne.
Later, after the stores shut down, the teens (except for Nikki) are all in the mall when Jude reveals he made an ornament for the mall's giant tree: a mandala representing friendship. He puts it up, but it's at that point that the tree's instability becomes too much, and it topples over. Jonesy recognizes that he's responsible because he was supposed to secure the tree; however, Wyatt consoles him by pointing out that nobody was under the tree. Groans of pain are then heard, and the group realizes that there's going to be trouble for them over this.
Sub-Plot One: Jen's Holiday Stress
After Jude calls Starr, Starr invites Jen over to practice some yoga. There, Jen does yoga and find that it relaxes her, even when Coach Halder's name is mentioned. She then proceeds to do yoga poses whenever the stress of the season starts to get to her, and as a result is able to relax somewhat and not lose her mind.
Sub-Plot Two: Nikki's Vacation
Nikki is reluctant to go on vacation with her parents, especially when they show up at her place of work. However, because Chrissy hates her, Chrissy is all too willing to give Nikki days off to spend with her parents in Mexico. Nikki then goes to Caitlin for help, but finds that Caitlin is too despondent after breaking up with Connor; however, when Caitlin sees Connor dressed in a goofy costume, she quickly gets over him and decides to help Nikki out. Caitlin's solution is to have Nikki go on the trip with her parents, because Nikki will only have a rotten time and disappoint her parents if she stays at home over Christmas. Nikki agrees, and gets a spray tan in order to get ready for Acapulco. She unfortunately only tans one side of her body; however, because she has to go, she leaves the mall half-tanned and with plans to lie on the tanned side of her body while on the beach.
Sub-Plot Three: Gift Girl
Caitlin is having a good time shopping at the mall, but her over-the-phone business is constantly interrupted by a particular caller: her boyfriend Connor. While she would like to talk to and spend time with him, she's just too busy. Eventually, this busyness gets to be too much for Connor, and he breaks up with her. This leaves Caitlin brokenhearted and unable to shop until she sees him at his job, which forces him to wear an ugly costume. Upon seeing him, she concludes that he's not worth the unhappiness of a bunch of clueless guys and their girlfriends, and she gets back to work on making people happy, starting with Nikki.
Sub-Plot Four: Wrapping Gifts
Jonesy is working at the gift-wrapping table when Ron stops by and inquires as to what he's doing. When Ron finds out that the money is decent and that there are tips, he becomes more interested, and when Caitlin plops down a huge stack of gifts with the demand that they be wrapped in twenty minutes, he quickly sits down and starts wrapping. When Jonesy asks him why, he explains that security work doesn't pay well and he still has presents to buy, so he's going to take this job alongside Jonesy. The two then spend the rest of the day wrapping gifts, with Ron proving himself an expert at the art. They also begin to bond, as Ron brings over some baked goods that he made.
Jude:(petting the rabbit in his lap) So, little bunny dude, you ever heard the one where the turtle is faster than the rabbit?
Jude: Hey Jen, how's it going? Jen: Christmas shoppers are evil!
Jonesy: Aren't you working today? Jen: Don't remind me. Jonesy: Cause if you're late, Coach... (seeing the look on her face) Halder... Jen: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Caitlin: That's the great thing about working here! I don't have someone breathing down my neck all day like you do. Like that annoying...Coach...Halder... Jen: GAH! HE'S DRIVING! ME! CRAZY!
Wayne: Getting a colonoscopy is a yearly ritual for many people too, but that doesn't mean I want a colonoscopy display in my store.
Jonesy: Where did you get those bells? Ron: That's classified. It takes a man to know how to use them.
Jude: You look like Santa just puked in your stocking.
Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come: You must learn to be a nicer person before it's too late! Wayne: What do you mean by that, you mean like, before like before I'm dead? Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come: Dude. You don't have to get all heavy on me. I gotta slide.
Goof: Caitlin is shocked that Connor would wear antlers as part of his job. In the next Christmas special, though, she's seen happily costuming herself with said headwear.
Of course, it's possible that Caitlin's objection was to the entire garish outfit, and the antlers were just an element of it that disgusted her.
Goof: In the store, Jen says she needs a minute in Dragon pose. However, the pose she does is what Starr earlier referred to as the "Praying Mantis."
Goof: After Nikki accidentally tans only the right side of her body, Caitlin instructs her to lie "right-side-up" when in Acapulco to get the remaining half of her body tanned. It's Nikki's LEFT side that needs the tan, not her right side.
Jonesy's job: Setting up the tree and, later, gift-wrapping detail Reason for firing: Christmas ended.
This is the first time that bunnies are seen in the show.
This is the second time in the series where there's a scene outside the mall (in this case, the out-flight plane to Acapulco).
Nikki has said consistently and often that she wishes to travel around the world. However, she doesn't want to go to Acapulco with her parents, even though this would be a travel experience. Of course, what she might object to is spending time with her parents, rather than the traveling or Acapulco itself.
Nikki suggested that instead of going to Acapulco she should stay with Jen. Jen ends up suggesting the same thing herself as an alternative to Nikki moving in "Bye Bye Nikki? Part 1."
This is the first Christmas special in which Mrs. Wong appears, and the only one where her husband appears. Mrs. Wong would appear again in "How the Rent-A-Cop Stole Christmas" at a gift-wrapping table.