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The Office: A Benihana Christmas (Part 1)

Carol dumps Michael, and Andy tries to cheer him up with a trip to a Benihana restaurant, where they drink sake and hit on the waitresses. Meanwhile, back at the office, Karen challenges Angela by forming a second party committee, and planning a second Christmas party with Pam's help.

Episode Info


Episode number: 3x10
Production Number: 310
Airdate: Thursday December 14th, 2006
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm
Special Runtime: 60 Minutes



Guest Stars
Brittany IshibashiBrittany Ishibashi
As Cindy
Recurring
Craig RobinsonCraig Robinson
As Darryl Philbin
Recurring
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Recurring
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As Andy Bernard
Recurring
Nancy WallsNancy Walls
As Carol Stills
Recurring
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen Filippelli
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Annie SertichAnnie Sertich
As Catherine
Recurring
Chatree YodvisitsakChatree Yodvisitsak
As Benihana Chef
Recurring
Kathrien AhnKathrien Ahn
As Amy
Recurring
Kulap VilaysackKulap Vilaysack
As Nikki
Recurring
Stephen SauxStephen Saux
As Fletcher
Recurring
Tom W. ChickTom W. Chick
As Gill
Recurring
Ursula BurtonUrsula Burton
As Hannah Smoterich-Barr
Recurring
Main Cast
Steve CarellSteve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn WilsonRainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna FischerJenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
B.J. NovakB.J. Novak
As Ryan Howard
Episode Notes
This was a special one-hour episode.

When Creed is singing karaoke near the end of the episode, he is singing a song called "Spinning & Reeling," a song that the real-life Creed Bratton wrote and released.

Skeptical about allowing his "Your Body is a Wonderland" to be used in the episode, John Mayer agreed when B.J. Novak explained the scene in which it would be used. He asked for one thing in return... a custom Dundie award, which he was given.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
James BluntGoodbye My Lover 


Episode Quotes
Kelly: Hey! A margarita-karaoke-Christmas party! That sounds like fun.
Angela: No. That is not a party. There is only one party and it's hosted by the party planning committee, and it starts at three o'clock.
Kevin: Then why are there two flyers?
Karen: Oh, I understand that this is confusing for everyone, let me explain. There's a party that starts at three...
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.

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 was the only ho for you. And that she was better than all the other hos in the world. And then... suddenly she's not your ho no mo'.

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 is a bold guy. Is bold the right word?

Karen: Does anyone ever stand up to Angela?
Pam: I think one of her cats did once. She came in with scratches all over her face.

Kevin: I hear Angela’s party will have double-fudge brownies... (pauses) It will also have Angela.



Episode Goofs
In reality, the closest Benihana to Scranton is nearly 50 miles away in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Creed was already at the office when Dwight brought in the dead goose, yet we see him come into work again and take a toy from the box WHILE Dwight is seated at his desk. This is obviously a continuity error that slipped through the cracks.

Pam's screen changes when Michael first enters and asks Pam where the toy drive box is.



Cultural References
Dwight: And circle gets the square.
Jim: Nice!

This is a reference to The New Hollywood Squares, and the line that host John Davidson would say frequently.

Audio: the staff sings Karaoke

Kevin sings the Alanis Morissette hit, "You Oughta Know," Michael and Andy sing "Your Body is a Wonderland" by John Mayer, Kelly sings Pat Benetar's "We Belong Together," Dwight sings "Lady" by Styx, and Creed sings "Spinnin' N Reelin'" which was actually written by Creed Bratton and The Grass Roots.

Michael: (holding up tickets and singing) I got... two tickets to paradise!

Michael sings "Two Tickets To Paradise" by Eddie Money.

Michael: Are you going to tell me that Stevie Wonder doesn’t love his wife just because he’s not sure what she looks like?

Michael is referring to Stevie Wonder, the famous (and blind) singer/songwriter.

Michael: Domo arigato, Mr. Scott-o

Michael spoofs the lyrics from the 1983 Styx song, "Mr. Roboto."



Episode References
Audio: Angela sings karaoke

The karaoke song Angela sings, "Little Drummer Boy" is the same song Dwight hums in the Pilot episode while he is prepping his desk.



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