Christmas Special Part 2

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"Christmas Special Part 2"
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The Old Gang
Episode no. Special Part 2
Original airdate 27 December 2003 (BBC 2)
Written by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Directed by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
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Christmas Special Part 1 The End

The Office Christmas Specials are two 45-minute episodes of The Office which conclude the series. They were first shown in the United Kingdom on December 26th and 27th 2003.


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

David searches online for dates for the christmas party, with help from Gareth. The dates, however, are far from successful: on the first date David makes small talk about breasts (much to the woman’s disdain), the second date never happens due to her insulting the boss from “The Office” (she is unaware that it is in fact David calling), and the third date is with a woman David finds boring and unattractive; a fact he is not shy about sharing. The fourth and final date is more successful. Dawn returns with Lee and catches up with her old colleagues. Tim and Dawn get back into old habits by winding up Gareth, while David crosses the line with Neil by bringing his dog into the office; Neil offers him a stern warning. Dawn explains to Tim how her dreams of being an illustrator are over, resulting in a snide comment from Lee. David and Carol, albeit awkwardly at first, get to know each other and begin developing bonds. Lee pesters Dawn about leaving, but she is reluctant, using the impending secret Santa present giving as an excuse to stay. Lee is dismissive of this and gets ready to go. After retrieving her secret Santa gift they both leave. Dawn and Lee are in a taxi; Lee is asleep while Dawn looks tenderly upon her gift: an oil painting set from Tim, alongside the sketch of himself Dawn had done earlier in the day, adorned with the words "never give up”. David and Carol part ways at the end of the evening. The mood between them is good, and a second meeting is implied. When returning to the party, David is subject to a harsh joke about his date. He tells Chris Finch to “fuck off”, leaving him and Neil at a loss for words. Unexpectedly Dawn returns; she has left Lee and tenderly embraces Tim, much to Gareth’s dismay. David and the old office team pose for photographs as he finally triumphs at making them laugh.


  • David: And I just hook up with them, see how it goes. What’s the worst that could happen?
    Gareth: You could get one pregnant.
    David: I’m not gonna get one pregnant, am I?
  • Gareth: For those of you who care or liked her, Dawn Tinsley will be coming in this afternoon.
  • Anne: I don’t know what it is about me they like so much.
    Tim: I’m racking my brains.
  • Anne: What’s that?
    Tim: It’s a sketch of me, Dawn’s a bit of an artist.
    Anne: It’s not very accurate, your nose is much bigger than that.
  • David: I thought she’d be one of them sort of happy bubbly ones cause of her eating. She’s blah, nothing.
    Susan: Not talking about me are you?
    David: No. You couldn’t hear that anyway, could you?
  • Lee: (while Christmas shopping) Nah, I don’t buy into it, I mean, it’s a con isn’t it? What I usually say to her is, “Work out what she spent on me and then just take it out of my wallet.”
    Dawn: Thinking of wrapping it this year.
  • Keith: Well men get turned on by what they see but women get turned on by what they hear. I always make sure the woman hears the right thing.
    Tim: Yeah, so what do you do while you’re a wooing, do you sing to them or…?
    Keith: No I very tenderly explain to them that I can guarantee them at least one orgasm.
  • Tuffy: (to Anne) Do you think we care as much about your baby as you do? Just because you let some useless tosser blow his beans up your muff. Well done, merry fucking Christmas.
    (Anne runs off crying)
    Tim: Beans.
    Dawn: I don’t know what to say. Muff was the bit for me.
    Tim: Beans and muff.
  • David: In fact, for me to be attracted to a woman she has to be as intelligent or slightly less intelligent than me.
  • Neil: No dog with you today, David?
    Chris Finch: Oh did you not see her? She just left.
    David: Chris, why don’t you fuck off.

Cultural References

  • Horatio Nelson: a British flag officer famous for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars, most notably in the Battle of Trafalgar, a decisive British victory in the war, during which he lost his life. His actions during these wars and his heroic image as a one-armed, one-eyed patriot, ensured that before and after his death he was revered.
  • John McCarthy: a British journalist who was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad terrorists in Lebanon in April 1986, and held hostage for more than five years.
  • Frank Spencer: a character from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973–1978), a BBC situation comedy, He wore a trademark beret and trench coat, was married to (apparently normal) Betty (Michele Dotrice) and in later series they had a baby daughter, Jessica, which offered scope for even more slapstick humour.

Awards and Acclaim

  • Nominated for the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy
  • Nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • Nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special


  • The part of Gordon the Janitor is played by Ron Merchant, Steve's Father
  • The voice of David's second date is provided by Julia Davis, best known for the dark BBC3 comedy Nighty Night


External Links

BBC episode guide: "Christmas Special Episode 2"

Series 1 Episodes:
Downsize | Work Experience | The Quiz | Training | New Girl | Judgement
Series 2 Episodes:
Merger | Appraisals | Party | Motivation | Charity | Interview
Christmas: Part 1 | Part 2 | "The Office Values" and "Realising Potential"
Main Characters:
David Brent | Tim Canterbury | Gareth Keenan | Dawn Tinsley
Secondary Characters:
Anne | Keith Bishop | Donna | Chris Finch | Neil Godwin | Ricky Howard |
Lee | Malcolm | "Oggy" | Rachel | Karen Roper |
Jennifer Taylor-Clarke
Minor Characters:
Alex | Ben | Book of Native American Wisdom | Brenda | Carol | Fish Fingers | Stuart Foot |
Glynn | Gobbler | Jamie | Jeff | Jimmy the Perv | Joan | Oliver | Rowan | Sanj | Simon | Sheila |
Paul Shepherd | Tony | Trudy