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The Office: Christmas Special (1)

The first of a two part Christmas special, in which we catch up with those from The Office documentary from two years or so prior: the office, as it is now, seems devoid of fun; David Brendt is a mobile salesman; and Dawn is enjoying life with Lee in America.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x7
Airdate: Friday December 26th, 2003

Guest Stars
Elizabeth BerringtonElizabeth Berrington
As Anne
Emma Louise MantonEmma Louise Manton
As Office Employee #3
Martha Howe-DouglasMartha Howe-Douglas
As Office Employee #2
Steve BrodySteve Brody
As Peter
Howard BrownHoward Brown
As Himself
Paul  FergusonPaul Ferguson
As Himself
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Buster PoindexterHot Hot Hot 
Phats and SmallTurn Around 

Episode Quotes
Gareth: I did learn a lot from David. I learned from his mistakes. Okay. We were very different people. Um, he used humour where I use discipline. And I learned that nobody respected him. And in a war situation if you want your platoon to go over the top with you to certain death, it's no good saying to them, "please come with me lads, I'll tell you a joke." You know, it's a direct order: "Come-with-me" and they'll go "Yes, he's got good leadership skills, let's all go with him to our certain death." And if-- Also if you're laughing in the jungle, you're gonna give away your position to the enemy.

Tim: Actually when that bi went out on Telly I was watching it with my family and I was mortified obviously, and my Grandmother said "I'm not surprised she chose the other fellow, I wouldn't kick him out of bed." (laughs, turns to the camera) So, Lee, um, if you're watching and you ever get bored of being with someone with their own teeth, nana is up for it.

David: Ask me no questions - I'll tell no lies.

Interviewer: So, you're not looking for a relationship?
David: I'm not shopping for a relationship. I'm browsing, looking around. If I see a bargain, I've got the money. So... it's very much a--. That's a metaphor! I'd never pay for it.

Episode Goofs
The MC at the night club says Sarah Whatmore is Popstars reject. However, she was from Pop Idol.

Cultural References
David: Absolutely Flabulous.

This is a fun pun on the hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

David: You see what these white middleclass fuddy-duddies going "Oh we gotta five the new equivalent." They're looking not to the Cranberries. No. Dr. Dre. Yeah? Ice Tea. They're the equivalent of a Wordsworth.

The Cranberries are an Irish rock and roll band from formed by Noel and Mike Hogan, Fergal Lawler and Dolores O'Riordan as the lead singer. "Linger," "Zombie" and "Ode to My Family" are some of their several hit singles.
Dr. Dre is a gangsta rapper and pioneer of today's hip-hop culture. Original member of the hip hop Niggaz With Attitude, he is recognized for launching the careers of Snoop Doggy Dogg and Eminem.

Ice T is another American rapper, who is known for taking political stand on his songs.

David: Yeah, I have girlfriends. On and off. They come and go. And out shake it all about.

The last lines are taken from the "Hokey Cokey" song:

You put your left arm in, your left arm out
In out, in out, you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That's what it's all about (...)

Agent: (about his look-alikes) I got Kirk Douglas.

Kirk Douglas is an American actor was a well known American actor in his time. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and the French Legion of Honor in 1985 and was nominated for a Academy Award for his work in Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life.

David: Michael Douglas.

Michael Douglas is the son of Kirk Douglas, and also a very respected actor himself, who won one Academy Awards for the leading role in Wall Street (1988).

Agent: Actually I'm thinking of getting a Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Welsh actress who starred in movies such as The Mask of Zorro (1998), Entrapment (1999), The Haunting (1999), Traffic (2000) and Chicago, which was worth a Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2003. She married Michael Douglas in November, 18th 2000.

Host #1: Sarah Whatmore is in da house! One of the Popstars rejects!

Popstars is a reality television program broadcast on from 2000 till 2002 in which the winner(s) would be given the chance of recording a single and/or album. The whole process - including the promotion of the records made by the artists - was part of the show. However, Sarah Whatmore was in Pop Idol, which is a British television talent contest which aim is to find the best new young singer or 'pop idol' in the UK. The format of this show was adapted by dozens of other countries.

David: Living la vida loca.

Livin' La Vida Loca is probably the biggest hit song of the pop music singer Ricky Martin.

Gareth: "Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir?"

This is taken from Patti LaBelle's hit song "Lady Marmelade."

Anne: We went to Euro Disney in, um...
Tim: In Paris.

Euro Disney, now known as Disneyland Resort Paris, is a theme park run by Euro Disney SCA. I has five major sections: its version of the Disneyland theme park, the Walt Disney Studios Park, its version of the Disney Village, the Disney Hotels area and Golf Disneyland.

Anne: Andrew's mom bought us a Kama Sutra.

The Kama Sutra is the widely known work on the art and practice of love in the Sanskrit literature.

David: (about Gareth) Pinocchio man.

Pinocchio is a character created by Carlo Collodi in his homonymous tale published in 1880. Made out of wood and given life by magic, Pinocchio wished to become a real boy more than anything else. David called Gareth "Pinocchio man" because every time that Pinocchio lied, his nose would grow bigger.

Host #2: From Big Brother – there is "Bubble"!!!

Paul "Bubble" Ferguson was a contestant of the reality show Big Brother in 2001 and was evicted after 36 days.

Host #2: You've seen him on the Television, he's the star of Halifax adverts. Give it up – yeah – it's Howard Brown!!!

Howard Brown is famous for his advertisements made on Halifax Building Society.

David: You go to a little town in Wales you turn up in Lampeter with Richard Blackwood on you arm...

Richard Blackwood is a British standup comic who hosts the The Richard Blackwood Show.

Bubble: I'm a Chelsea boy.

Chelsea Football Club is a Premier League football and was founded in 1905.

Bubble: I will be a Westaham fan, love, 'cause after tonight, you'll be forever blowing 'BUBBLE'!

This is a funny twist on The West Ham United FC's anthem titled "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles."

David: "Shagadelic, baby." "Groovie." "Oh, yeah".

David was impersonating and dressed like Austin Powers, a British spy created and played by Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and in its sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Kim: Everyone thinks the character I most resemble is Pussy Galore.

Pussy Galore was a character played by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger.

Episode References
"New Girl"

David: They filmed hours of material and most of it is a good bloke doing a good job of work and the one time I accidentally headbutt an interviewee makes it in the program.

David is referring to the time he accidentally headbutted Karen Roper while trying to impress her with his football skills.

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