The Office: Secret Santa, 6.13

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Writer : Mindy Kaling, Director: Randall Einhorn

Summary (NBC): Michael is outraged when Jim allows Phyllis to be Santa at the office Christmas party. Jim and Dwight try to get everyone into the holiday spirit despite the uncertainty with Dunder Mifflin. Meanwhile, Oscar has a secret crush.

The Office Secret Santa extras

  • Watch the Secret Santa producer’s cut with additional footage!
  • Photos | Promos | Clips
  • From an April 2011 interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Office writer/producer Mindy Kaling chooses Secret Santa as her favorite Michael Scott episode: “My favorite moment is a scene in ‘Secret Santa’ (season 6), where Kevin sits on Michael’s lap. Michael has been angry and hurt all day that Phyllis got to be Santa, so against everyone’s wishes, he dresses up as a competitive Santa. Forget that Kevin, a grown man, is earnestly telling Santa all the toys he wants — it’s Steve’s reaction. When Kevin unburdens himself on Michael’s lap, Steve’s voice changed to this distressed, guttural mumble, showing the instantaneous agony he was in. This was literally a laugh out loud moment, because you can see me laughing in the background, completely breaking character.”

The Office Secret Santa rating

In a poll conducted December 10-14, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.567/10

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The Office Secret Santa quotes

Dwight: My diabolical plot is on hold for Christmas. My heart just melts with the sound of children singing.

Dwight: I’m just tired. The days are short. I don’t know. Maybe I’m depressed.

Dwight: We are unveiling an artificial tree. That will never die. Like the spirit of Christmas.

Stanley: We’re supposed to applaud you for taking a giant diaper off a fake tree?

Dwight: This was a successful unveiling! Go back to work!

Erin: My cat killed a turtle dove. The French hens have started pulling out my hair to make a nest.

Andy: Is it my fault that the first eight days there’s basically thirty birds?

Phyllis: I believe I have the right temperament and the figure to do the job well.

Phyllis: It’s been a long journey … but … I’m Santa Claus!

Creed: What if you’ve been really, really bad? More “evil” than strictly “wrong”?

Dwight: I had the exact same idea for catching Osama Bin Laden.

Dwight: He would assemble it to find himself … in jail!

Pam: Is it funny? I thought it was more interesting … than funny.

Pam: Oscar and the warehouse guy. Go Oscar! Go gay warehouse guy!

Michael: It’s insane! A woman Santa? Where does it stop?

Michael: I have a bunch of letters cut out of magazines in my desk. You can use those.

Michael: It’s a good thing Russia doesn’t exist anymore.

Michael: Why pay more to sit next to old Tranny Claus over there when you can on my lap?

Michael: Sit down on my lap and there will be no doubt! No, it’s not, like penis-wise.

Michael: I am so sorry that Phyllis hates you. And hates your body.

Kevin: Nobody’s ever let me sit on their lap before.

Michael: Okay, you know what you get? You get a thousand helium balloons attached to you so Santa doesn’t have to go through this again.
Kevin: Awesome.

Phyllis: Don’t make me get Bob involved.

Jim: You can’t yell out “I need this, I need this” as you pin down an employee on your lap.

Michael: With two Santas in the room, things get ruthless.

Kevin: Michael, I had you. I just want to try Phyllis.

Stanley: Well, unless the missing piece is a gun, you don’t have a gun.

Michael: It’s not like I’m asking people to buy me diamonds and broach pendants.

Michael: When you need my help because I am ruining everything, don’t look at me.

Pam: Oscar’s pâté is great. I could eat it all day, every day. How come the good ones are never straight, right?

Pam: Yes, they’re the only two gay guys I know. But they should be together.

Dwight: We don’t have a North Pole branch. Idiot.

Michael: It’s space garbage. Dwight’s going to be able to build himself a friend.

Michael: You’re going to h-e-l-l, double hockey sticks.

Michael: That’s fantastic. You can make another dress that goes past your feet.

Michael: His last name is Christ. He has the power of flight. He can heal leopards.

Michael: Phyllis, a woman, has uslurped my role as Santa.

Michael: Earlier today, this office needed a Santa. And then it needed a second Santa. And then it needed a Jesus. And now, it needs a Michael. And that’s one suit Phyllis cannot fit into.

Michael: That was a different guy. That was Jesus. Jesus sort of ruined the party. Hurt, petulant Jesus.

Michael: It’s fun to stay at the …
Dwight: Where. Holiday Inn.

Michael: You know what. Christmas isn’t about Santa or Jesus. It’s about the workplace.

Michael: And Stanley … you’re our mailman.

Michael: It’s hard for me to imagine a scenario where Meredith Palmer keeps her job but David Wallace does not.

Michael: I use my little girl voice. Bada bing, bada boom.

Meredith: How about us? It’s Meredith. By the way, your wife is a very lucky woman.

Dwight: I can use this for so many nuts! Macadamias, brazil nuts, pecans, almonds, clams, snails.

Michael: I would like an Xbox and a TV that’s compatible with an Xbox. And I’m sorry.

Michael: Oh god. Get a room, Santas.

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  1. Excellent episode, however I will say R.I.P David Wallace, I really like his character. I assume the takeover will quietly happen over the winter break, and plenty of new drama for the second half of the season. Happy holidays everyone!

  2. 10!!!

    It started slow, but then exploded into a firework of laughs. I had high expectations for this episode because I felt disappointment with too many episodes this season. It was fantastic clear through with just the right mix of charm, laughs, and drama.

    So many memorable moments! Kevin sitting on Michael’s lap, “uslurped,” Michael as Jesus, Kelly’s “New Moon” poster — fantastic!

    And was that not the cutest ending ever?

    A big thank you to the cast and crew of The Office!

  3. Loved it. As always. Great episode. Phyllis was great in it, too. I love it when she gets some spotlight.


    Michael as bitter Jesus was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Also, nice save by Andy.

  5. Great Christmas ep! Thankfully, not the downer last year’s was, although I’m sad to think we’ve seen the last of David Wallace. Plenty of laughs in this one (if not quite enough Jam), and so many great little moments. I can’t wait to rewatch, as I’m sure I missed plenty of subtleties.

  6. Good episode. I love Michael as Jesus. But no David Wallace? Hmmm… Also, does that mean no more Charles Minor?

  7. One word: AWESOME!!! Honestly, that was the best of the season next to Niagara and Murder in my opinion. Loved it and can’t wait to watch it again! Soo many hilarious visuals, great lines, and… just everything about it was AWESOME!!

    Happy Holidays everybody!! :)

  8. Second best Christmas episode after “Christmas Party.” Just great. It felt festive and was very, very funny. All the characters got a chance to shine and it was excellent. David Wallace being fired was interesting. I know we haven’t heard the last of him and insolvency for that matter.

    Phyllis literally crying over being Santa was one of the best parts of the episode, and there were too many of them to write here.

    Much better than “Moroccan Christmas,” which I liked.

  9. Great development in the Dunder Mifflin goes bankrupt plotline. We may not have seen the last of David Wallace.

  10. I propose that we start a Save CFO David Wallace campaign on Twitter!! Andy Buckley is too awesome to lose!


  11. Jim giving Kelly the Edward poster was hilarious! I also loved Oscar’s part in this. I hope we see more of Matt!

  12. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Enjoyable from start to finish.

    Having said that, would it kill the writers to write some Jim and Pam scenes. Those promo shots had me believing the two of them would actually interact like in years past. I’m confused by the writing of those two this year.

    This will definitely get many a re-watch.

  13. LOVED this episode. Any idea on the buyer? Perhaps Jan married a really rich older guy and convinced him to buy Dunder Mifflin as payback? Or Bob Vance bought the company? :)

  14. This is my favorite episode of the whole season. It was hilarious AND had a plot! Absolutely loved Andy’s secret santa gifts. I can’t wait for the two of them to get together! And Oscar!!

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