It’s the last Christmas party for The Office. There have been some memorable holiday-themed episodes over the years, and it looks as though “Dwight Christmas” will join that list.

Check below for the full review…

The Players:

  • Director: Charles McDougal
  • Writers: Robert Padnick
  • Cast: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Clark Duke, Jake Lacy, B.J. Novak

Episode Title: “Dwight Christmas”

The annual holiday party takes a bizarre traditional twist, courtesy of Dwight.

The Good:

  • Die Hard Love: The ‘Erin/Pete are headed for love in a few more episodes’ storyline was made even better with a strong sub-plot. The Die Hard as metaphor that Andy is a d-bag moment for Erin was nice, and of course sad because she was crying. They make a cute couple. Go to hell, Andy.
  • Dwight: His storyline was funny and memorable for two big reasons: 1) To Pam: “You have never been cooler.” 2) His visible sadness at Jim’s departure/visible happiness at Jim’s return.
  • Philly Jim: Very touching moment between Pam and Jim when he leaves for Philly. This was only trumped by his unexpected return to give his wife a big kiss. Might not see a lot of Jim for the next few weeks, so it was nice to see the character have a solid outing in the last Christmas episode. “Yes! That…that….that…that!”
  • Meredith: She was on fire! The way in which she bent over wanting Dwight to whip her — wow… like she’d been there a thousand times. “We’re out there sweating our balls off everyday….busting our balls!”
  • Stanley: He wants a tropical Christmas, and oh yeah:”i like Philly….dirty town.” So good.
  • Drunk Darryl: That was a hell of a good fall onto the buffet table.
  • Andy: Still MIA (thank God), but even his blow-off text message to Erin made him annoying from a far.
  • Kiss Me, Toby: The confident manner in which he whipped off his glasses before kissing Nellie was insanely good. The entire scene was wildly unexpected. And awesome.
  • Best Moment: Well…. Hard to pick against Toby kissing Nellie. But also Jim’s return hit just the right holiday note.
  • Best Line: Stanley: “See ya next Christmas.” In context of the scene with Toby it was very funny.
  • Best Line II: Kevin: “I love this hog mamma!”

The Bad:

  • Toby: Up until the insanely kick-ass moment when he kissed Nellie, his boring rehash of his jury duty experience was only mildly enjoyable.

Overall:

Not only the best episode of the season thus far, but a worthy addition to the list of memorable Christmas episodes from The Office. The pacing hit all the right notes, and the comedy never let up. The script for “Dwight Christmas” deserves kudos for packing the night with lots of great one-liners, and scenes that were both funny and sweet. The show has not received many 9s in the past two seasons, maybe none, but this installment gets it done – and deserves it.

 

Rating: 9/10

The Office airs on NBC at 9pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?