The halls are decked at Dunder Mifflin but Michael’s questionable Photoshop skills and two unredeemed tickets to paradise threaten to throw the holidays into jeopardy. The timely prescription of Nog-a-sakes works a little too well and not a waitress is safe from the aftermath. Dwight cooks his own goose, Phyllis learns the hard way that orange is the new green, and Pam and Karen become unexpected allies in a party planning war with Nutcracker Angela. Drunken karaoke for all, and to all a good night.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Michael Scott in the throes of depression has got to be Steve Carell at his finest, all comatose expressions and strangled syllables. Questions of why Carol is still in the picture (both literally and figuratively, I suppose) after the disastrous proposal are insignificant once she delivers a break-up that sends Michael off the deep end.

[Michael is brooding in his office over James Blunt’s “Goodbye My Lover” when Dwight comes in and starts shoving things in a box]
Michael : What are you doing?
Dwight : We are getting rid of of everything that reminds you of Carol.
Andy : Hey, what’s the haps?
[Dwight slams the door in Andy’s face]
Michael : Carol?
Dwight : No. Oh, look at this. Your old condo closing papers. Oh, it’s riddled with Carol’s name. I wish I could throw this in the box.
[The music stops. Michael clicks on his computer and it starts over]
Dwight : Why don’t you just buy the whole song?
Michael : [hoarse] I don’t have to buy it. I just want a taste of it. I just want– I just want a little taste of it.
Dwight : Oh, look at this. She saved you $2000 because they failed to report a mold problem. But wouldn’t that affect the final– how did she– Oh. Oh, I see what she did. That is good. Wow. That Carol is one smart cookie.
Michael : [singing along in falsetto] Goodbye, my lover. Goodbye, my friend.
[The music stops. Michael sniffles forlornly and clicks again]

And that delicate emotional state provides this kind of logic:

Michael : Bros before hos. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They have got your back after your ho rips your heart out for no good reason. And you were nothing but great to your ho, and you told her she that was the only ho for you, and that she was better than all the other hos in the world… and then… [tearing up] …then, suddenly she’s not your ho no mo’.

Dwight Being Dwight

[Dwight comes through the door and ceremoniously plops a dead goose on Pam’s desk]
Dwight : Merry Christmas!
Pam : Merry Christma– no! Why are you– why– why did you bring that here?!
Dwight : Don’t worry, she’s dead. Oh wait… [looks between the legs] He’s dead.
Pam : Dwight! What– uhh–
Dwight : I accidently ran over it! It’s a Christmas miracle!
Pam : Dwight, get it out of here.
Dwight : Relax, okay. And because this is Christmas, I am going to roast this goose with a wild rice dressing. Do we have any cayenne pepper in the kitchen?

Question. Which is more disturbing, that Dwight equates plowing a Trans Am over an innocent creature with the miraculous, or that there have been previous incidents against which this scenario pales?

Dwight : So can you watch this? I’m going to get my carving knife out of the trunk.
Toby : Aw, Dwight, we talked about this.
Dwight : No, Toby, this is different. He is already dead.
[Cut to interview]
Dwight : Once I brought in a duck to prepare for lunch, and people got upset. Apparently they got attached to the duck, and didn’t want to see it killed.

Apparently they do not appreciate the benefits of fresh poultry any more than they prize the delicacy of molten goose grease.

Oh, and I’d really hate to see what else is in that trunk.

The Many Faces of Jim

Witness the #1 reason it pays to be #2.

Dwight : Pam and Karen. I am ordering you to cease and desist all party planning immediately.
Pam : Uh, you can’t do that.
Dwight : As ranking #3 in this office, I am ordering you…
Andy : Uh, I’m #3.
Dwight : You’re #4.
Andy : Yeah, but I’m #3.
Dwight : Uh, no. You must turn over all to me Christmas decorations and party paraphernalia immediately, that will be returned to you on January 4th.
Jim : Okay, I think I can help here.
Dwight : Okay, good.
Jim : As ranking #2, I am starting a committee to determine the validity of the two committees, and I am the sole member. The committee will act on this now.
Dwight : Okay, this is stupid. They–
Jim : Can you please keep it down? I’m in session. [pauses, making a show of thinking it over] I’ve determined this committee is valid.
Dwight : What? No, no! Wait wait wait wait. [raises hand] Permission to join the validity committee.
Jim : Permission denied.
Dwight : Damn it!

Now that’s the kind of power that could go right to a guy’s head.

Confessions of a Receptionist

Pam gets more glimpses into the depths of Michael’s soul than one human being should be allowed to bear.

[Pam is at her desk and we hear Michael groaning]
Michael : Owww. Owww. It hurts.
Pam : I know.
Michael : It hurts my heart. It hurts my stomach.
[The camera pulls back to show Michael’s legs on the floor behind the desk]
Michael : It hurts my arms.
Pam : Okay, well, why are you laying like that?
Michael : [shifts] Thanks. How did you push away the bad thoughts?
Pam : Like what?
Michael : Like maybe the real reason they left… was because… there were things… they wanted you to do… in bed… that were…
Pam : What– um–
Michael : Foreign and scary.
Pam : I don’t– believe–
Michael : And not that you didn’t want to try them…
Pam : I– don’t– I–
Michael : Some wine might have helped. Do you know what I’m referring to?
Pam : I don’t need to know.

That’s not the kind of Christmas bonus Pam was hoping for.

Michael : Pam, would you like to go to Sandals, Jamaica with me?
Pam : No thank you.
Michael : It’s all– okay.

That’s not either.

The Jim/Pam Index

After Jim’s recent relapse into familiar territory, a little recovery of the senses– or loss, from some views– was to be expected. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the teapot incident of last Christmas, but once again, it’s a thoughtful present at the center of his interactions with Pam.

Pam : I need to give you your Christmas gift now, because… um, well I’ll just tell you.
Jim : What?
Pam : For the past few months, I’ve been sending Dwight letters from the CIA.
[She hands him a folder marked “Classified”]
Jim : Are you serious?
Pam : They’re considering him for a top secret mission. There’s his application. Oh, and this is where I made him list every secret he promised he’d never, ever tell.
Jim : “Last year my boss, Michael Scott, took a day off because he said he had pneumonia, but really he was leaving early to go to magic camp.” Wow.
Pam : So here’s the gift: you get to decide what his top secret mission is. Sorry I didn’t wrap it.
Jim : [hesitates] You know what… um… I really don’t think I should be doing this stuff anymore, though.
Pam : Oh…
Jim : No, just because of the promotion…
Pam : Oh, yeah.
Jim : Just feel a little bit like, uh…
Pam : No, I get it. Of course. Okay.

Coming from Jim, tormenter of Dwight, this is about as harsh as it gets. Though I doubt rejection was his conscious intention; rather, he’s still scrambling to find his footing.

Jim : I feel like there’s a chance for me to start over. And if I fall back into the same kind of things I used to do, then… what am I doing?

What is probably an unexpected turn of events for most– including Jim– is when Pam and Karen hit it off over their mutual rebellion from the party planning committee.

Jim : Yep, looks like the Scranton people and the Stamford people are finally coming together. And that’s what you want, right?

And that’s a face we’ve never seen from Jim before. He looks a little green.

It may be taking the high road, but I, for one, would much rather see Pam and Karen friends than typical jealous rivals played for sitcom laughs. It’s good to see Pam not only having fun with someone else in the office, but finding a female ally in the least likely place. What effect this will have on their tangled relationships remains to be seen, but at this point I don’t think it’s at all unbelievable that they would find some common ground.

It’s another, far more undefinable bond that gets to the crux of the matter. Only this time it’s not Michael inadvertently offering wisdom so much as it is Michael’s idiocy inadvertently offering an opportunity for Jim to speak some wisdom himself.

Michael : I guess I didn’t know her very well. I marked her arm.
Jim : You what?
Michael : I put a mark on her arm.
[They both burst into laughter]
Michael : So I could tell them apart. I don’t– I know, I know. I can’t believe I gave her my bike.
Jim : Yeah.
Michael : Why do I feel like crap?
Jim : You just had a rebound.
Michael : I had a rebound.
Jim : Yeah. Which, don’t get me wrong, can be a really fun distraction. But when it’s over, you’re left thinking about the girl you really like. The one who broke your heart.

In blind support and a “why don’t these kids just get together already!” mentality, it’s easy to forget what exactly is standing between them. And when Jim delivers that last line, it’s as clear and sobering as a punch to the stomach. If he’s conscious of the projection on himself, it could be part of what leads to his last minute reconsideration.

Jim : Night, Pam.
Pam : Night.
Jim : Oh, you know what? Sorry, I forgot to tell you. I intercepted a transmission earlier and it seems that the CIA’s gonna need Dwight down at their headquarters in Langley for training and an ice cream social with the other agents.
Pam : We should get him a bus ticket. To make his trip easier.
Jim : Oh, no, that would be very patriotic.
Pam : [types on the computer] It costs $75.
Jim : Hmm. Well, maybe the CIA could send a helicopter.

Happily-ever-after it’s not, but the team effort involved in having Dwight hurl his phone from the helicopter pad into the dark oblivion of aborted CIA dreams is enough of a step in the right direction for now. In the end, the JP Index staggers through A Benihana Christmas to break Even.

Supporting Nod

The entire supporting cast was absolutely stellar, thus invoking what seems to be a holiday tradition for the second year in a row. Angela! Kevin! Toby! Karen! Andy! Kelly! Stanley! Phyllis! Meredith! Creed! Roy! Darryl! Hannah! Carol! Oscar!

The Superstar

Michael flat churned out the classic moments tonight. Pam saved Christmas a few times over. For the sake of the super-sized holiday, I vote for a tie.

Transmissions from the Office

  • [Creed pockets a toy from the toy drive box]
    Jim : Oh, I think you’re supposed to put a toy in the box, Creed.
    Creed : And a happy holiday to you!

    Creed is the master of both blatant theft and illogical deflection.

  • Carol : What is this?
    Michael : That is my Christmas card. It’s a picture of you and me and your kids on a ski trip having a blast. “Ski-son’s Greetings!”
    Carol : See, no, we never went on a ski trip.
    Michael : I know–
    Carol : I went on a ski trip–
    Michael : Right–
    Carol : Two years ago with my kids and my ex-husband.
    Michael : Yes, but what you didn’t realize at the time was that I was with you, in a sense. I was in your heart.
    Carol : Michael…
    Michael : And next to your kids. What?
    Carol : This is so weird.
    Michael : I don’t understand.

    And he never will, because in his mind, it makes perfect sense.

  • Jim : It’s a bold move to Photoshop yourself into a picture with your girlfriend and her kids on a ski trip with their real father. But then again, Michael’s a bold guy. …Is bold the right word?

    Well, there are a few other adjectives for it.

  • Michael : I’d like everybody’s attention. Christmas is cancelled.
    Stanley : You can’t cancel a holiday.
    Michael : Keep it up, Stanley, and you will lose New Year’s.
    Stanley : What does that mean?
    Michael : Jim, take New Year’s away from Stanley.

    Now that’s the Christmas spirit.

  • Dwight : I’m sorry to interrupt. It appears we’re one bathrobe short.
    Michael : Take it from Toby.

    And there’s some more of it.

  • Karen : I understand that this can be confusing for everyone. Let me explain. There’s a party that starts at 3…
    Kevin : Right…
    Karen : And then there’s a way more fun party that starts at 2:45.
    Pam : Right, and if you’re interested in the way more fun party, all the info can be found here, on our more brightly colored flyer.

    What is that, fighting flyer with flyer? Ahh, sorry. What I meant to say is, seeing Pam tag-team with Karen is unexpectedly rewarding.

  • [Andy has convinced Michael to have lunch at Benihana’s]
    Michael : Well, I need my entourage. Jim, Dwight, Ryan. Come on, we’re going to Asian Hooters.
    Ryan : Oh man, I can’t.
    Michael : Why not?
    Ryan : I’m not feeling so well. I’ve got a ton of work to do here. MSG allergy, peanut allergy, I just ate there last night.
    [Michael feels his forehead]
    Michael : Okay. Feel better.
    Ryan : Thanks.
    Michael : Come on, Jim. Let’s go.
    Jim : Okay. [to Ryan] Wow, thanks for taking all of the excuses, dude.
    Ryan : Doctors appointment, car trouble, planter warts, granddad fought in World War II. Use your head, man. [holds up his phone] I keep mine in here. Look alive, Halpert. Welcome back.

    This is hands down one of Ryan’s best scenes this season, possibly ever.

  • Andy : So, she looks at me, right, and she goes, “I’m sorry, do I even know you?” After a year. A year of buying lattes from her. Do you believe that?
    Jim : Yes.
    Dwight : I can’t– uh– I can’t hear what you’re saying!
    Michael : Carol used to drink lattes.
    Dwight : What are you talking about?
    Michael : She would get this little foam mustache.
    Dwight : Carol had a mustache?
    Michael : And I used to say, “Hey, got latte?” and she’d say, “That’s not funny.”
    Dwight : What are you guys talking about?
    Michael : She totally got me. She understood that we didn’t have to laugh to enjoy each other.
    Dwight : Michael! Repeat what you said, louder…

    Which is better, Michael’s end of the conversation or Dwight’s long-distance interjections? It’s nebulous.

  • [Jim is relaying their conversation with the waitress down the table for Dwight]
    Jim : And she’s trying to describe how to correctly butcher a goose, but she’s having trouble coming up with it.
    Dwight : Okay. Cindy. Yo, Cindy! Cindy! Hold its neck back, insert the knife beneath the jaw, bring it all the way around. There’s gonna be a good amount of blood. Don’t let that bother you. Have a bucket there for the blood, and the innards, and the feathers.

    The woman next to Dwight is seriously considering putting one of those usuba knives to use on Dwight’s soul.

  • Angela : Meredith, if you don’t come to my party, you will be very, very sorry.
    Meredith : Is that a threat?
    Angela : No, it’s an invitation.

    The most threatening invitation ever.

  • Kevin : I hear Angela’s party will have double fudge brownies. But it will also have Angela. So… double fudge… Angela. Double fudge… Angela. Hmmmm.

    Poor Kevin.

  • Angela : Where’s Dwight?
    Cindy II : Is he the hot one or the giant baby?
    Michael : The giant baby.

    I gather Angela disagrees. And what with their united shenanigans and karaoke antics– not to mention some fairly glaring PDA– how Dwight and Angela’s relationship remains a secret to all but Pam is completely beyond me.

  • Kelly : [singing karaoke] Whatever we deny or embrace, for worse or for better… we belong… we belong together, Ryan…

    Is it possible to chug a frozen margarita? Ryan finds out.

  • Oscar : Too soon.

    Hello, Oscar! Or… not. Goodbye, Oscar.

Odds and Ends

  • The sheer awesomeness of this episode is further proof this show should clock in at an hour each week.
  • The doorway standoff between Angela, Pam and Karen is of magnificent proportions.
  • There must be a rip in the space/time continuum somewhere between Benihana’s and Dunder Mifflin because the waitresses accompanying Michael and Andy to the party are most definitely not the original objects of their affection.
  • Where art thou, Bob Vance?
  • Darryl! Darryl! Darryl!
  • The Hallmark moment of the night: Pam giving Toby the bathrobe.
  • Number of people Michael invites to Sandals, Jamaica: four. For those of you keeping score, that’s three no’s and one heck of a cliffhanger.
  • Jan?

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"...his girlfriend Carol"? I assumed that the poor thing would have moved to another state and changed her identity by now.

A special one-hour "Office" = Best. Christmas. Ever.

TC

1Posted by Tom C. on December 14, 2006

"A special one-hour "Office" = Best. Christmas. Ever."

Only if Andy plays Electric Banjo solos for his beloved Pam.

Andy+Pam=Pandy?

2Posted by Pat D. on December 14, 2006

ROTFLMAO....that ending with Dwight was great.

Otherwise, quite a depressing episode.

3Posted by Pat D. on December 14, 2006

So looking forward to the aftermath of the Jan and Michael vacation.

4Posted by Mandie on December 14, 2006

Argh! We missed the first half of the show! I assumed (and you know what they say about assuming) that The Office would run 8:30 -9:30 PM. When do they usually post the show online?

I did like seeing Michael's Christmas tie...again.

Poor Michael. Dumped by the waitress...because she has classes.

Ryan guzzling his drink while Kelly sings to him. Run while you can!

5Posted by Cindy on December 14, 2006

No worries Cindy! Benihana is going to be re-run next week...just check your times :)

6Posted by secondrink on December 14, 2006

She still took Michael's bike. Ouch.

7Posted by Cecilia on December 15, 2006

Thanks mucho, secondrink! My family and I were all pretty confused when the show started with my sweet, maddening, idiotic Michael hammered out of his skull, picking up a girl young enough to be his daughter at Benihana's. (I am a recent convert to The Office. Thanks to my son's dislocated thumb, we were watching "Drug Testing" in the ER waiting room on July 6th. Netflix got us up to speed with S1 DVD, then came the purchase of S2, then listening to the commentaries, finding Northern Attack on the web, etc. My son and I were "casting" people as Jim, Pam, etc. as they walked out of the corporate building where my hubby works. We found a lot of potential Kevins and Phyllises, but not a single Jim or Pam to speak of!

8Posted by Cindy on December 15, 2006

Was Creed singing a Grassroots song? I think he was. Let's get some more Creed time, The Office's most under used Character!!!!

9Posted by John on December 15, 2006

Is it just me or does it seem that Pam has gotten much funnier since Jim left? (And since he came back) I rather liked the much better party on the much brighter paper part. The whole episode was great.

10Posted by Myself on December 15, 2006

What video did Jim and Karen give each other? We had to tape the show and it wasn't clear enough to see!
(yeah, time to buy new tapes...!)

I would love to hear a voice over of Jim's thoughts when the Pam and Karen Alliance was formed. Any thoughts...?

Perhaps, "Um...ahh...AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!"

11Posted by Bond, 20 LB. Bond on December 15, 2006

They both gave each other copies of You, Me and Dupree. Dear sweet god, it hurts even just typing the title of that movie.

"You. You. You. You. You. You. You. You. You. OUGHTA KNOW!"

Ah the sweet Karaoke goodness.

12Posted by S.Kim on December 15, 2006

How do we know Michael's going with JAN?
i had an ever sadder thought, he could have been asking his mom.
GREAT episode though, about a hundred things to love with that ep, especially Creed.. and Angela V "Paren"

13Posted by Jay C on December 15, 2006

I thought the movie was Bridget Jones' Diary.

14Posted by Adriana on December 16, 2006

I think the new friendship between Karen and Pam deserves a nickname....

Karen + Pam = Kam

15Posted by scranton_represetn on December 16, 2006

I also thought the DVD they gave each other was Bridget Jones' Diary.

16Posted by Lori on December 16, 2006

Ok, so I have a question... everyone seems to think that Michael called Jan and she accepted the trip to Sandals (all inclusive!) - wouldn't this be a great way for the writers to introduce a lovely lady from Michael's past, some that just can't get enough of the Scranton party? That's what she said! Just a thought....

17Posted by Susannah on December 17, 2006

so like....what's the new recap schedule? what day is it posted?

18Posted by John D'arc on December 17, 2006

Is it me or did it seem that Michael & Andy brought back two entirely different waitresses besides their server at Benihana's & her friend? I watched it twice. I'm POSITIVE the girl Andy brings back is different but I was confused about Michael's woman. It's a totally different person, right???

19Posted by Gina on December 17, 2006

Why does it have to be a woman? I think it's going to be Todd Packer.

20Posted by Mike on December 17, 2006

Sorry, I meant who he was taking to Sandals

21Posted by Mike on December 17, 2006

As far as who Michael invited to sandals I figured it was either Jan (long shot), Todd Packer (getting closer), or his mom (sadly the most likely candidate).

And man Pam and Karen are so cute together. Jim do you see what I see? Potential for the greatest Christmas miracle of all?

22Posted by Nussy on December 17, 2006

John, that's up to Jamie at the moment. She's been able to get them to me by Monday the last few weeks.

23Posted by James on December 18, 2006

Hi guys! This is Jamie here, aka the guest recapper during James' hiatus.

John D'arc : I try to have the recaps written and sent to James by the following Sunday. He posts them as soon as he is able, and usually very quickly. If it's running late, it's likely my fault!

Also, thanks to James for this amazing opportunity and to you guys for the support and kind feedback you've given so far. These are extraordinarily huge shoes to fill and I'm just honored to have the attempt.

Happy holidays!

24Posted by Jamie on December 18, 2006

Absolutely, Jamie. I should be the one thanking you considering the wonderful job you're doing. Your take on the JPI has truly been a pleasure to read over the past few episodes. Take as much time as you need to put everything together.

25Posted by James on December 18, 2006

So did anyone notice that the original waitress (Cindy) was not one of the new "girlfriends" that came with Michael and Andy to the office party? Just proving the theory once again that all waitresses look alike...

I concur; I thought Michael asked his mom to Sandals! (Boy I hope I'm wrong and it's Jan who got the invite!)

26Posted by Annie Bathgate on December 18, 2006

Good call on Packer. I didn't think of that. That is my vote. Also, while watching the signal was scrambled for about 4 min before the phone invite. Did I see Pam and her ex hugging?

27Posted by HSTeach26 on December 18, 2006

Dammit, speaking of Packer, are we ever going to see him again????

28Posted by Pat D. on December 18, 2006

"So did anyone notice that the original waitress (Cindy) was not one of the new "girlfriends" that came with Michael and Andy to the office party?"

Check out the scene in the restaurant where the two original waitresses are giggling behind their hands at Michael et al. I think they're fixing to send the guys back to the party with a couple of completely different waitresses because they KNOW that Michael and Andy won't be able to tell them apart.

29Posted by I'm a drunk driver on December 18, 2006

GREAT recap Jamie!

"That’s not either." Cracks me up! And I completely agree about the J/P being even and not getting how the whole office doesn't know about Dwangela.

Happy Holidays!

30Posted by Jill on December 19, 2006

I don't think Michael invited his mom on the trip. The way he acts on the phone, etc. isn't the way someone would act if their mom was going w/ him. No, he acted much differently, as if he were inviting a special woman. My guess: Jan. There's no way that was his mom. And those same actions also apply to Todd Packer--he would have reacted differently if it was Packer that said yes. I have my money on Jan.

When Jim rejected Pam's gift, i was so mad. But he redeemed himself in the end, so all is well in the world...well, until they finally get together. I mean, really, no pranks, Jim? Yeah, right. I guess old habits die hard. That prank he pulled on Dwight in the restaurant was absolutely hilarious! We definitely need more Dwight pranks!

Anyway, great recap, Jamie! This episode was amazing!

31Posted by OfficeAddict on December 19, 2006

Was anyone else shocked and stunned when the boys showed up back at Dunder Mifflin with a couple waitresses in tow? Ask me a hundred times and I wouldn't have taken that bet.

And I agree about Michael's tone on the phone, sounds like he's talking to a woman. And while it would be very sweet to invite your mother to Jamaica, I'm really hoping its Jan. ...is sweet the right word?

32Posted by Black Pepper Snake on December 21, 2006

I dunno about sweet....betcha Michael's suitcase is filled with:

1. Three pairs of undies.
2. Many, many Trojans.

Poor Jan wont know what hit her.

33Posted by Pat D. on December 21, 2006

The movie Jim and Karen gave each other was clearly the Ryan Reynolds flick "Just Friends."

34Posted by Philip on December 24, 2006

Trust me, it's Jan that's going to sandals with mike...

35Posted by ken on December 28, 2006

My assumption was that Michael and Andy asked out the two good-looking waitresses and were rejected, so decided to try their luck instead with the decidedly more average-looking waitresses that they ended up with.

36Posted by Drew on December 29, 2006

I'm looking forward to some more Andy V Dwight action! I'd love to see Dwight take on Andy in his "dojo".

Jan was the first person who came to mind when Michael made the phone offer for sandals, but I think the whole Todd Packer thing might just work as well.

37Posted by Steve-O on January 1, 2007

Todd Packer can't have gone to Sandals with Michael; the contract states that Sandals is for couples only, and that a couple is defined as one male and one female.

38Posted by Drew on January 1, 2007

The waitress at Benihana's and her friend ARE different from the 2 girls that come to the party. When Andy sees them checking them out at the restaurant... I'm pretty sure they're checking out JIM, not Andy and Michael.

"Destroy phone..." I love it!!

39Posted by Becky on January 2, 2007

A few details and funny scenes that I enjoyed and haven't seen mentioned:

  1. When the guys bring the waitresses to the office, they (the girls) are wearing makeup. Lipstick, eye shadow, and blush are visible on both of them. In the very next scene after the commercial break (Michael giving his "girlfriend" the bike) and in all the later scenes, they have no apparent makeup. Evidently, they quickly determined that they didn't want to encourage their new "boyfriends" (!)
  2. The look on Ryan's face as Kelly hangs a candy cane from his nose (right before the parties start).
  1. After Michael, Andy, and the waitresses evacuate Angela's party for the breakroom and Dwight appears, I loved seeing Kevin flee right as Angela slams the door.
40Posted by Super-G on January 14, 2007

This has to be one of my top 10 favorite episodes, hillarious. And I thought the oven mit kicked ass.

41Posted by Nate on January 31, 2007

I just wanted to comment on some of the questions here, which are answered on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Benihana_Christmas)

They took home different waitresses as an inside "gag" on Asian American stereotypes, but it didn't have the desired result.

And the DVD is apparently Bridget Jones Diary 2.

42Posted by hulkweazel on February 6, 2007