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Recap / The Office USS 3 E 10 A Benihana Christmas

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It's Christmas time. Dwight brings in a goose he ran over in the parking lot. Angela, Pam, and Karen don't see eye to eye about the Christmas party. Michael books tickets to Sandals Jamaica as a gift for Carol. When it goes over badly and they break up, Andy takes Michael, Dwight, and Jim to Benihana.

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  • Betty and Veronica: Downplayed. Pam decides to be nice to Karen. Carol and Jan are introduced as Book-Ends versions of this, at the beginning and end of the episode, as well.
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  • Break-Up Song: Michael listens to James Blunt's "Goodbye My Lover." Subverted when he doesn't want to pay for the whole song, and just listens to the chorus on repeat.
  • The Bus Came Back: Briefly. Oscar and Gil pop into the office at the end of the episode, before deciding it's "too soon" upon seeing Angela singing karaoke and leave without anyone noticing.
  • Call-Back: When Angela tells Phyllis to pick up green streamers. In a previous party planning meeting (in the first season), Angela said green was "whore-ish" and told Phyllis to get orange streamers. Now she tells Phyllis that orange is whore-ish.
    • Angela is shown performing "The Little Drummer Boy," which she previously stated was her favourite song.
  • Christmas Episode: Of course.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Ryan has a list of excuses not to go out with the others, which he keeps on his Blackberry.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Angela is a wet blanket, and she tries everything to get people to come to her party and not Pam and Karen's. She tries to make people believe there's a problem with their paycheques, but can't bring herself to do it.
  • Identical-Looking Asians:
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    • Played for Laughs, when Michael can't figure out which waitress is his date. He then marks her arm.
    • Out-of-universe, there appears to be an attempt to pull this on the audience, as the actresses who play the waitresses at Benihana are different than the ones that come to the party (Thanks to Retroactive Recognition, Brittany Ishibashi can be easily identified as present in early scenes, but gone in the following ones). According to Word of God, the joke was supposed to be that Michael and Andy were unable to pick up the "hotter" waitresses, and settled for the ones that appear later. It falls flat thanks to Hollywood Homely casting, and comes perilously close to Unfortunate Implications as a result.
  • On the Rebound: When Carol breaks up with Michael, he picks up a waitress at Benihana.
  • Party Scheduling Gambit: How Pam and Karen get people to come to their party instead of Angela's.
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  • Removed from the Picture: Michael took a picture of Carol's family and photoshopped himself over her ex-husband. And then sent it as a Christmas card.
    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?
  • The Un-Reveal: Dwight proceeds to get rid of everything with Carol's name, before coming to the closing papers for Michael's condo. He sees that Carol saved him $2,000 by failing to report a mold problem, and wonders how it didn't affect the deal. He's impressed when he sees how she managed it.
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