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It’s beginning to look a lot like an Office Christmas, which is always a good thing


The Office has had its high and low points, averaging out at about the best way to spend 22 minutes in front of your TV.

But flipping channels last night I stumbled upon 2005’s “The Christmas Party” episode on TBS. There was Kevin Malone spinning Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.” A more zen moment the show has seldom achieved. Nearly matching it was the scene in 2006’s “A Benihana Christmas,” in which Kev is singing karaoke to Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know.” That guy sweats more musical talent than Bono and Beethoven combined.

Last year’s writer’s strike left us without a Christmas episode, but 2008 won’t find coal and onions in our stockings. Nope, old Santa Daniels has scored us “Moroccan Christmas.”

Phyllis’s Moroccan-themed holiday party goes up in flames when Meredith’s hair catches on fire and Michael is forced to deal with the accident. Meanwhile, Dwight corners the market on the hottest toy of the Christmas season.

Check out a lengthy (and inherently spoilery) preview after the jump…

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  • Meredith’s hair catches fire? The woman has been run over, attacked by a bat and now conflagrated. When will OSHA intervene? When?
  • A Moroccan Christmas, huh? I hope it’s funny, because it seems random.
  • Dwight can flip an X-Terra for a tidy profit in record time, so why wouldn’t he know how to capitalize on the holiday toy craze?

OK, not to be negative, I should say that the show has a solid track record on holiday episodes. Also, the red sweater of two years ago provides all the credibility needed that this should be a good one. But what of Angela and Andy? Angela has had some rough Christmas parties: spotting Kelly and Dwight kiss, witnessing Michael undermine her efforts with his Yankee Swap and seeing Ryan steal all the party planning credit three years ago; and losing out to the upstart Committee to Plan Parties the last time around.

What now? Does her double-dealing come to light, costing her both her fiance and her illicit beet farmer affair? Or did the American Girl store close its Scranton location, leaving her to shop at Gap Kids in the Steamtown Mall?

I really don’t want that story line to be dragged out too much longer, but I fully expect it’ll last the season).

In other news, the 2009 Writers Guild Awards nominees were announced the other day, and The Office came away with nods, for best comedy series, best episodic comedy (for “Crime Aid”). Fellow Thursday night staple 30 Rock also took nods in those categories, actually scoring for three episodes (“Believe in the Stars”, “Cooter”, and “Succession”.)

Oh, and a lot of people watched “The Surplus” last week, according to NBC. I hate sifting through ratings and demographics, but you can see for yourself. It was a good week.

By the way, you can check out deleted scenes from that episode here, here and here.

Check out “Andy Bernard Presents a Tour of Schrute Farms…

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 3:56 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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