37. Lies My Mother Told Me
Original Air Date: March 7, 2005
Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Joely Richardson, Hayden Panettiere
Lesson Learned: Sometimes the best gifts are homemade.
This time, mom's secret isn't that she secretly loves chasing criminals, but that she actually is one of them. Single mama Laren (Joely Richardson) takes her daughter Haylei (Hayden Panettiere) on the run with her after attempting to pay for Christmas presents with a stolen credit card, getting caught and facing prison time.
From there, the two ride out the trip on false identities and sketchy forms of payment until they make it to Vegas...where the real trouble begins. (Note: This definitely strikes us as one of those instances in which a plain old "Merry Christmas" card really would've sufficed.)