The Office

Season 3 Episode 10

A Benihana Christmas (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 2006 on NBC
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A Benihana Christmas (1)

Michael sends out an inappropriate Christmas card which lands him in hot water with his girlfriend, Carol. Tensions mount on the party planning committee between Angela, Pam, and Karen. The resulting tension leaves the office with two competing Christmas parties.

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  • At whom are we laughing here?

    I'm not a particularly sensitive person, and I can definitely take any kind of joke, but I just didn't get the whole Asian joke. Can someone explain it to me?

    I love The Office because of how irreverent it is, but this episode lacked the "We're actually laughing at Michael" conclusion that we usually see when there's some racist/sexist/ignorant joke, so I'm left wondering, who are we actually laughing at?

    First off, I hate Ryan's character. It was funny when he was just the temp that Michael "went gay" for, but he's turned into a douche now, and a lot of what he says isn't even that funny. Speaking of Ryan, ...What kind of Japanese cooking has peanuts in it??

    But I digress, I think the joke would have gone more smoothly if maybe we see the real Cindy and her friend clearly plotting to set Michael and Andy up with different girls. Or if "Cindy" at the end caught on to Michael's faux pas. It was just weird how she was into him and then all of a sudden decides to dump him. The marking scene was funny and I thought, "Oh no he dinn't!" But the fact he had to retell it to Jim ruined it. That's like someone explaining the joke after it's done.

    I'm not saying this was a racist episode, but I'm just wondering why the jokes this time weren't executed as well as they are usually.moreless
  • 310

    Both parts of this episode should really be together like most of the one hour specials on The Office because if anything was one of the best episodes of the series, it was part two, but that's just my two cents.

    Karen & Pam becoming friends was nice, ease off from the drama in this episode, and we've got a lot of hilarious moments from this episode such as Angela kicking Karen off the Party Planning Committee to Michael & Carol's very sad breakup.

    For some reason, I thought the girls stole the show here with the Planning Committee plot. For one reason or another, Michael being sad over his ex-girlfriend isn't really entertaining, the cold opening for this episode was absolutely hilarious and definitely one of the best.moreless
  • Christmas at The Office!

    This one hour long Christmas special for The Office was a great one. It sucked for Michael in the beginning, when Carol dumped him and didn't want to go with him on a vacation to Jamaica, after he sended a weird picture of him and her children. The two parties conflict was also funny and great, between Angela, and Karen & Pam. Phyllis should have just left Angela's party from the beginning, she shouldn't be so scared of Angela. It was fun seeing Michael getting confused between the two asian females and not knowing who is who, and having to marker on one of them, but in the end Michael gets dumped again. Can't wait for next week!moreless
  • "I accidentally ran over it. It's a Christmas miracle!"

    This episode was a classic. In this episode, Michael's girlfriend Carol breaks up with him and he spends the day moping, going to an "Asian Hooters" and showing off his new 'girlfriend.' Also, there are two rival parties.

    The funniest parts in this episode were when Michael listened to the 30 sec. sample of "Goodbye My Lover" but didn't buy it, Dwight explaining how to cut a chicken's head off, and the fake CIA mission.

    I'm not sure if I like it more than The Merger, but this one was still very good. The episodes just keep getting better!moreless
  • What a fantastic episode! Merry Christmas.

    May I say that that was the best episode of the Office that I have ever seen. It was hilarious throughout the whole hour, which is often difficult for sitcoms to do.

    This episode has had some of the best lines and moments, EVER! First of all, let me say, yay to Jam! We now know that Karen is mearly a rebound and that he still has feelings for Pam (the woman that broke his heart).

    And for the rest of this, I'm just gonna quote some of the classic lines.

    "I ran it over. Yay, a Chrismas Miracle"

    "let me get the carving knife from my trunk"

    "hey everybody, we're going to asian hooters"

    there were alot more, i just can't think of them all right now.

    What an Excelent episode!moreless
Brittany Ishibashi

Brittany Ishibashi


Guest Star

Stephen Saux

Stephen Saux

Man at Benihana

Guest Star

Kathrien Ahn

Kathrien Ahn


Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Nancy Walls

Nancy Walls

Carol Stills

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Michael: This is an old adage, but they say when you find true love, you know within the first 24 hours. With Carol, I knew within the first 24 minutes of the second day I met her.

    • Angela: Where's Dwight?
      Benihana Waitress: Is he the hot one or the giant baby?
      Michael: The giant baby.

    • Michael: Bros before hos. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They've 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 is not your ho no mo'.

    • (After Roy leaves the vending machines area)
      Karen: (to Pam) He's cute. You should date him.
      Pam: Oh... Yeah, maybe...

    • Angela: Phyllis, I need you to pick up green streamers at lunch.
      Phyllis: I thought you said green was whorish.
      Angela: No... orange is whorish.

    • Phyllis: I like goose; and it's already dead. Is it so crazy if we eat it?
      Creed: (nodding) That's crazy. It's crazy.

    • 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 really thinking about the girl you really like. The one that broke your heart.

    • Angela: Hey, excuse me! Waitress lady, hey! Where do you think you're going with that? (referring to the Michael's date taking a tchochke from Angela's party)
      Asian Waitress: (confused)I thought I could have it.
      Angela: No, you can't have it. I don't walk over to your house and steal your 'Hello Kitty' backpack.

    • Jim: Wow, so what do we have here?
      Dwight: What does it look like?
      Jim: Looks like a dead goose.
      Dwight: ...and circle gets the square.

    • Andy: So, she looks at me right. And she goes 'I'm sorry, do I know you?' After a year - a YEAR! - of buying lattes! Do you believe that?
      Jim: (very quickly) Yes.

    • Jim: As ranking number two, I am starting the 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 need t—
      Jim: Could you please keep it down? I'm in session.
      (Dwight shuts up while Jim pauses for a moment)
      Jim: I've determined that this committee is valid.
      Dwight: What? No, no no, wait, wa-wa-wa-wait! Permission to join the validity committee!
      Jim: (Takes a moment to think) Permission denied.
      Dwight: Damn it!

    • Dwight: Why don't you just buy the whole song?
      Michael: I don't want to buy it. I just want to taste it.

    • Dwight: Michael, sorry to interrupt. It appears we're one bathrobe short.
      Michael: Take it from Toby.
      Dwight: Copy.
      Toby: Hey Dwight, pretty nice robes th—
      (Dwight snatches giftbag from Toby and strides away)
      Toby: ...Whyyy?

    • Michael: Listen up everybody, I'd like to make an announcement. Christmas is cancelled.
      Stanley: You can't cancel a holiday.
      Michael: Give it up Stanley or you'll lose New Years.
      Stanley: What does that mean?
      Michael: (voice breaking) Jim, take New Years away from Stanley.
      (Jim makes face at camera and nods)

    • Michael: 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.
      Jim: Wow, thanks for taking all the excuses, dude.
      Ryan: Doctor appointment, car trouble, plantar warts, granddad fought in World War II. Use your head, man. I keep mine in here. Look alive, Halpert. Welcome back.

    • 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.

    • Jim: Oh, I think you're supposed to put a toy in the box, Creed.
      Creed: And a happy holiday to you too.

    • 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.

    • Dwight: Don't worry, she's dead (examines goose's rear) oh, wait... he's dead.

    • Michael: This is going to be the best Christmas ever. My girlfriend Carol is coming to our party tonight, and I have a little surprise for her. (singing) I've got two tickets to paradise, pack your bags we're leaving day after tomorrow. (talking) Um, taking her to Sandals, Jamaica, all inclusive. All inclusive, you know what that means…right? Yeah.

    • 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?

    • 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.
      Pam: We have vodka.
      Karen: Lots of it.

    • Kevin: I hear Angela's party will have double fudge brownies. It will also have Angela. So, double fudge, Angela. (raises left hand) Double fudge, (raises right hand) Angela. Hmm…

    • Karen: Are we taking this too far? You know what, I don't think we're taking this far enough. (looks at Pam) What?
      Pam: I got goose bumps.

    • Angela: I don't back down. My sister and I used to be best friends, and we haven't talked in 16 years over some disagreement I don't even remember, so…yeah, I'm pretty good.

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Phyllis comments that Angela said "green was whorish" this is referring to when they planned a birthday party for Meredith in Season 1's episode "The Alliance."

    • The French episode title is "Noël au bureau (1)", meaning "Office Christmas (1)". The Italian title is "Festa di Natale (1)", meaning "Christmas (1)". The Spanish title is "Navidades a la japonesa", meaning "Japanese Christmas".

    • This, along with part two, originally aired as an hour-long episode.

    • Music: "Spinning & Reeling", a song that the real-life Creed Bratton, himself a musician, wrote and released; "Deck the Hall" sung by Michael Scott