When the turkey becomes dinner for the dogs, Ralphie's family must resort to Chinese duck for their Christmas feast. While the whole family is in a giggling fit over the fact that the entire duck is served, head and all, the Old Man is less amused. He tells the Chinese waiter, "Yes, it's a beautiful duck. Yes, it really is. It's, uh . . . but you see, it's smiling at me." And before he has time to finish explaining himself, the waiter has grabbed a cleaver and swiftly chopped the neck off.