The Best Christmas Ever
Season 1, Episode 1
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Air date

December 13th 2005

Written by
  • Dino Stamatopoulos
Directed by
  • Scott Adsit
Episode Guide
God's Image

Season Guide

After Reverend Putty teaches Orel that Jesus will one day return to the earth, he believes that his younger brother, Shapey, is the second coming of Christ. Orel's parents plan for their divorce, and Christmas looks set to be an unhappy one.


On Christmas Eve, Orel learns of the Second Coming of Jesus, and that he may already be on this Earth, though not as nice as before.

After overhearing his parents discussing his younger, terribly spoiled brother Shapey's unplanned birth, Orel believes Shapey to be the reborn Jesus; in truth, his mother was impregnated with Shapey in an extramarital affair, and she plans to divorce her husband.

On Christmas morning, Orel does everything he can to make Shapey happy. In the process, Shapey ends up destroying a manger scene and Orel joins him. This is called to his mother's attention, and she tells him about the divorce.

That night, Orel sees his father drowning his sorrows at the local pub. Orel remarks that this may not have been the best Christmas ever, but also that there are two minutes left until both Christmas is over and the episode ends, and that he has complete faith that God will fix everything. He piously stares up at the heavens waiting for divine intervention which, it is implied, never comes.


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  • The episode aired first when it was supposed to air at the end of the season. It aired out of order because the show premiered in December. The episode—which featured the culmination of numerous story arcs developed throughout the first season, and ended with a cliffhanger—confused viewers and prompted some questions on Adult Swim's message boards as to whether or not the episode was a one-off practical joke.
  • Clay and Bloberta's beds are separated by "The Lust Guard 6000". In "Turn The Other Cheek", this would be changed to "The Lust Guard 6001".
  • This is the first episode for Orel to not get discipined.
  • Church display sign gag - 'Yes kids, we lied about Santa, but Jesus is for real.'

Episode Tie-InsEdit

  • Honor - Starts where this episode ends and is also set during Christmas.
  • God's Image - Continues the theme of Bloberta and Clay getting a divorce, but, in the end, stay together just for appearance.