The Office (UK)

Episode 7

Christmas Special (1)

2
Aired Unknown Dec 26, 2003 on BBC Two
9.3
out of 10
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It's been three years since the BBC documentary crew first turned up at the office. Back for one last visit, they find Gareth Keenan now in charge and as the staff of Wernham Hogg know all too well, he runs the office with a military precision. Since we last saw David Brent he has become a sales rep for a cleaning products company, released his own pop single and has acquired a showbiz agent to look after his celebrity appearances. He visits his old place of work regularly, despite him successfully suing Wernham Hogg for unfair dismissal. The big news as far as Tim is concerned is the imminent arrival of Dawn. The documentary crew has kindly offered to fly Dawn and boyfriend Lee from Florida back to Slough for the office Christmas party - an event that may well have a wet T-shirt competition if Keith has anything to do with it.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Can you imagine if the show would have ended after its second season finale? Talk about depressing. This episode leaves our characters at easily their lowest points.

    9.5
    Thank God for those Christmas specials.



    Can you imagine if the show would have ended after its second season finale? Talk about depressing. This episode leaves our characters at easily their lowest points. David Brent has been fired, Dawn is leaving for America, Tim is heartbroken, Gareth…well, Gareth is still an idiot. The fact that a comedic series was able to be this dramatic is astounding.



    Unlike its American counterpart, THE OFFICE was never afraid of basking in the moments of awkward discomfort. However, "Interview" goes beyond that. It's no longer just uncomfortable, it's downright tragic. We cared so much for these characters and moments of this episode were plain unbearable. It's the type of episode that leaves you begging for another season, just so our characters are given some joy. Luckily, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant did give us more. They returned with two Christmas specials and one of the greatest conclusions in television history. But for one dark moment, things were looking very, very bad for THE OFFICE. I get depressed just thinking about it.moreless
  • The Office returns not with humour this time, it is more like a documentary to see how every person's lives (who is/was working in the office) are plain awful...

    9.4
    Yay! The documentary crew from BBC returns to shoot another episode! As Stephen Merchant said in the documentary (not "The Office", it was more like "Making Of The Christmas Specials), by leaving everybody's lives in a cliffhanger or just ruining their lives (Dawn went to the U.S., Tim stayed at worked and he was rejected by Dawn and David was fired), they knew that they had to shoot another episode to wrap it all up.



    Well, things have stayed pretty much the same since the last episode but David is selling cleaning stuff now. He has released a single (which is more than funny, it is just spectacular!) He still misses his old job and that is why he stops by to look around. Gareth is the new boss now, and he feels uncomfortable that David is here.



    He is also entertaining people and blind-dating... It is painful to watch David getting hit by bottles, cursed by people and, at last, thrown beer at him. It is still funny, though. You feel sorry for Brent, but you can't stop laughing.



    Dawn is still with Lee (and for a moment, everybody believed that they had a baby) but she is happy to receive and offer from BBC to go back to Slough. She feels a bit awkward, bu Lee quickly accepts it.



    Tim is still the same, he is doing pranks to Gareth, but his life is as bad as the others. His new colleague is boring, he can't forget about Dawn and he is stuck in the Slough branch...



    The only person who seems to be very happy is Gareth. He is the new boss, a position where he moved temporarily, then it became permanent, but he is still Gareth.



    The first episode of the specials is not a funny one where everybody makes a joke. It is a sad episode, but still funny from the situations that we see. The last part (where David is "Austin Powers") is heart-breaking. It is hard to bear to see that these people turned out to be much worse than they had expected.



    Overall, this was a fantastic episode, fun to watch, and all we can do is hope that their lives will be better in the next episode...moreless
  • Side-splitting special

    9.8
    The "documentary crew" do a sort of "where are they now" follow up, thaking place three years after the series was released and surprisingly Dawn and Lee are still engaged (that makes six years), Gareth is still boss, Tim still has the same position and David is searching desperately for a worthwhile entertainment job.



    Some interesting developments include Gareth starting to resent David as he turns up unannounced and disrupts the environment at work and Tim is now pulling pranks on his boss (though it's the same person as before - Gareth's always an easy target for locking in his office).



    Overall, bringing back the cast for this special was a fantastic idea and this sets up all of the issues that will become very funny in the second part.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Interviewer: When was the last time you had an actual girlfriend?"
      David: I don't look on it as when. I look on it as who, and why.

    • Brent: You always get the odd person who doesn't appreciate what you're doing, shouts silly things.
      Interviewer: What sort of things?
      Brent: You beardy twat. Pug-nosed gimp. Lard Boy, and I go Yeah what have you ever done on telly? nothing, so don't.....Absolutely flabulous!

    • Tim: (talking about Dawn's return) Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing her again, of course. She's my friend, and she's a good friend, and no, I don't know exactly how I'll feel. I'll feel like a friend feels, whatever that is, you know, but as I said, I'm not going to ask her again! Come on! (pauses, grins) I might ask her again. No, I won't, I won't. She would have to do the asking.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music at the disco David is throwing stuff out into the crowd: "Turn Around" by Phats and Small.

    • David mentions head-butting an interviewee (in "New Girl").

    • Music at the Christmas party: "The Look of Love" by ABC, "Last Christmas" by Wham, "You're a Superstar" by Love Inc., "Sing it Back" by Moloko, "Merry Christmas Everyone" by Slade, "2 Become 1" by Spice Girls, "Back for Good" by Take That, "Mary's Boy Child" by Boney M, "Be With You" by Atomic Kitten, "Only You" by Yazoo.

  • ALLUSIONS (19)

    • Kim: Everyone thinks the character I most resemble is Pussy Galore.
      Pussy Galore was a character played by Honor Blackman in Goldfinger.

    • 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.

    • Bubble: I hope you're a West Ham 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."

    • Bubble: I'm a Chelsea boy.
      Chelsea Football Club is a Premier League football and was founded in 1905.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • David: (to 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. It 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.

    • Gareth: "Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir?"
      This is taken from Patti LaBelle's hit song "Lady Marmelade."

    • David: Living la vida loca.
      Livin' La Vida Loca is probably the biggest hit song of the pop music singer Ricky Martin.

    • Host #1: Sarah Whatmore is in da house! One of the Popstars rejects!
      Popstars is a reality television program broadcast 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.

    • 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.

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

    • Agent: (about his look-alikes) I got Kirk Douglas.
      Kirk Douglas, father of Michael Douglas, 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: 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 (...)

    • 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 word's worth.
      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:Absolutely Flabulous.
      This is a fun pun on the hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

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