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December 2010, issue 59


"I'd like everybody's attention.  Christmas is cancelled."  --Michael Scott (Steve Carell), A Benihana Christmas. 

The Holidays Will Be Televised!

This month, we dig into some of our television holdings to find a few very special Christmas episodes from three great television series. 

Back for Christmas -- Alfred Hitchcock Presents

"Tonight's story has nothing whatsoever to do with shrunken heads."  But it has everything to do with murder.  From Hitchcock's dark and sardonic anthology series of the 1950's, this dark comedy was directed by the master himself from a short story by John Collier. You'll recognize John Williams from character parts in such films as To Catch a Thief, Sabrina, and Dial M for Murder.  And you may remember Isobel Elsom in roles from films like My Fair Lady, Monsieur Verdoux, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Christmas and the Hard Luck Kid -II -- Mary Tyler Moore, season 1

Yule-loving Twin Cities career gal Mary has to work in the newsroom on the holiday.  This is a sweet little episode with lots of good gags.  You'll never eat peanut butter and jelly on Christmas eve again.  Favorite lines: "I have the feeling I'm going to be visited by three ghosts tonight."  "I can't call the police until the murderer gets off the elevator!"  Christmas episode Easter Egg: listen for Alan Reed, the voice of Fred Flintstone, as Charlie from the transmitter.  

A Benihana Christmas -- The Office, season 3

From a series that always has great holiday episodes, this is one of the best, directed by Harold Ramis, no less, who also directed Caddyshack and Groundhog Day. Michael is not in the holiday mood after being dumped by his girlfriend for photoshopping his face onto her ex husband's face in an old family photo and using it for his Christmas card.  Andy, Dwight, and Jim take him to the local Benihana to cheer him up.  Meanwhile the office party planning committee splits into two rival factions with competing parties.  As always, this show is packed with comedy goodness and squirmy awkwardness, which somehow seems to fit the season pretty well, too.  "You must turn over to me all Christmas decorations and party paraphernalia immediately that will be returned to you on January 4th."

 Have a safe and happy and sitcommy holiday everybody!  We'll see you in the New Year! 

"So never fear; we shall see you again by Christmastime."  --from Herbert's forged letter from Hermione, from Back for Christmas.


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