The Office

Season 3 Episode 10

A Benihana Christmas (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 2006 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Michael first enters the office, asking Pam where the gifts go, Pam's screen changes twice during the dialogue.

    • Though the characters act like it's right in town, the nearest Benihana to Scranton, PA is 48.9 miles away in Pennsauken, NJ.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions