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  • Table read date: Unknown.
  • This was the last episode to air in 2022.
  • The title is a reference to the disambiguation The Night Before Christmas.
  • This episode features the record number of guest actors credited under 'also starring' on the end credits with 13 individuals listed. It also features the joint-highest overall number of cast members specific to the episode at 18 tied with "Glued, Where's My Bob?" which only had 12 guest actors due to Larry Murphy being credited in the starring cast. It is also the first episode since "Worms of In-Rear-ment" where Larry Murphy is not credited in the starring cast.
  • Acting debut of poet Saeed Jones, Jones is best known for his poetry collection Prelude to Bruise and his memoir How We Fight for Our Lives which won the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction in 2019.
  • Guest stars Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey were both cast members at the same time on the long-running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (although the characters they voice don't have any scenes together).
  • Unlike other even number-coded episodes in the CASA production season, John Dylan Keith scored this episode instead of Elegant Too. Additional music credits also appear for "Around the Tree" which was written by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith and performed by R&B singer H.E.R. (credited under her real name Gabriella Wilson), and additional music arrangements by Courtney Swain.
    • A full-length version of "Around the Tree" was nearly completed in time for a release around Christmas 2022 according to Loren Bouchard.[1]
    • H.E.R also voices the character Aliah in the episode.
  • Louise calls Tina, "Tina-ly Dickson," after the latter tried to convince her sibling to submit a genuine poem. This is a reference to the American poet, Emily Dickson.
  • Louise's poetry recital takes place at the same library from "Y Tu Ga-Ga Tambien."
  • The song performed by the sixth-graders is "Mishima / Closing" from the soundtrack to Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters composed by Philip Glass. Glass's Twitter account later acknowleged the fact in a tweet sent on December 19, 2022.[2]
  • When Doug asks Bob where he went, he asks if he went to a world where he didn't exist, got thrown out of a bar or jumped off a bridge. This is in reference to the classic 1946 Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life.
  • The border of Gene's ornament on the Christmas tree appearing in the final scene is blue instead of red, as it usually is. Louise's ornament is only brown.
  • Following the production logos on the original Fox premiere, a dedication to writer Kelvin Yu's mother, "IN MEMORY OF BETTY YU," appeared. According to Loren Bouchard, Betty died on December 9, 2022, two days before the episode premiered.[3]
  • This episode is now the highest rated of any in the show on IMDb, beating the previous record holders: "The Hauntening" and "Glued, Where's My Bob?" from Season 6.
  • On July 12, 2023, it was announced that this episode had been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, giving the show its twelfth consecutive nomination in that category. It later lost to The Simpsons.[4]
    • It is the second Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program lost to The Simpsons. The first is when "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now" received a nomination for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.


  • Bob's mouth is briefly invisible in his dialogue after Linda exclaims it's "the worst day of [her] life" in the beginning scene at the restaurant, showing the background behind him.
  • Bob appears in the audience in two separate moments. The first is right after the scene where he got in the taxi and the other is when he is making his way back to the school.
  • One of the people in the audience at the sixth grade performance is simultaneously at the poetry reading.


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0 The Demo
1 Human FleshCrawl SpaceSacred CowSexy Dance FightingHamburger Dinner TheaterSheesh! Cab, Bob?Bed & BreakfastArt CrawlSpaghetti Western and MeatballsBurger WarWeekend at Mort'sLobsterfestTorpedo
2 The BelchiesBob Day AfternoonSynchronized SwimmingBurgerbossFood Truckin'Dr. YapMoody FoodieBad TinaBeefsquatch
3 Ear-sy RiderFull BarsBob Fires the KidsMutiny on the WindbreakerAn Indecent Thanksgiving ProposalThe DeepeningTinarannosaurus WrecksThe Unbearable Like-Likeness of GeneGod Rest Ye Merry Gentle-MannequinsMother Daughter Laser RazorNude BeachBroadcast Wagstaff School NewsMy Fuzzy ValentineLindapendent WomanO.T. The Outside ToiletTopsyTwo for TinaIt Snakes a VillageFamily FracasThe Kids Run the RestaurantBoyz 4 NowCarpe MuseumThe Unnatural
4 A River Runs Through BobFort NightSeaplane!My Big Fat Greek BobTurkey in a CanPurple Rain-UnionBob and DeliverChristmas in the CarSlumber PartyPresto Tina-oEasy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercialThe Frond FilesMazel TinaUncle TeddyThe Kids Rob a TrainI Get Psy-chic Out of YouThe EquestranautsAmbergrisThe Kids Run AwayGene It OnWharf HorseWorld Wharf II: The Wharfening
5 Work Hard or Die Trying, GirlTina and the Real GhostFriends with Burger-fitsDawn of the PeckBest BurgerFather of the BobTina Tailor Soldier SpyMidday RunSpeakeasy RiderLate Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and LouiseCan't Buy Me MathThe Millie-churian CandidateThe Gayle TalesLi'l Hard DadAdventures in Chinchilla-sittingThe Runway ClubThe Itty Bitty Ditty CommitteeEat, Spray, LindaHousetrapHawk & ChickThe Oeder Games
6 Sliding BobsThe Land ShipThe HaunteningGayle Makin' Bob SledNice-CapadesThe Cook, the Steve, the Gayle, & Her LoverThe Gene & Courtney ShowSexy Dance HealingSacred CouchLice Things Are LiceHouse of 1000 BouncesStand by GeneWag the HogThe Hormone-iumsPro Tiki/Con TikiBye Bye Boo BooThe Horse Rider-erSecret Admiral-irerGlued, Where's My Bob?
7 Flu-ouiseSea Me NowTeen-a WitchThey Serve Horses, Don't They?Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?The Quirk-ducersThe Last Gingerbread House on the LeftEx MachTinaBob ActuallyThere's No Business Like Mr. Business BusinessA Few 'Gurt MenLike Gene for ChocolateThe Grand Mama-pest HotelAquaticismAin't Miss Debatin'Eggs for DaysZero Larp ThirtyThe Laser-inthThelma & Louise Except Thelma is LindaMom, Lies, and VideotapeParaders of the Lost FloatInto the Mild
8 BrunchsquatchThe Silence of the LouiseThe Wolf of Wharf StreetSit Me Baby One More TimeThanks-hoardingThe BleakeningV for Valentine-dettaY Tu Ga-Ga TambienThe Secret Ceramics Room of SecretsSleeping with the FrenemyThe Hurt SoccerCheer Up, Sleepy GeneThe Trouble with DoublesGo Tina on the MountainAre You There Bob? It's Me, BirthdayBoywatchAs I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of RampsMo Mommy Mo ProblemsMission Impos-slug-bleSomething Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You
9 Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for NowThe Taking of Funtime One Two ThreeTweentrepreneursNightmare on Ocean Avenue StreetLive and Let FlyBobby DriverI Bob Your PardonRoller? I Hardly Know Her!UFO No You Didn'tBetter Off SledLorenzo's Oil? No, Linda'sThe Helen HuntBed, Bob & BeyondEvery Which Way but GooseThe Fresh Princ-ipalRoamin' Bob-idayWhat About Blob?If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?Long Time Listener, First Time BobThe Gene MileP.T.A. It Ain't SoYes Without My Zeke
10 The Ring (But Not Scary)Boys Just Wanna Have FungusMotor, She BoatPig Trouble in Little TinaLegends of the MallThe Hawkening: Look Who's Hawking Now!Land of the LoftNow We're Not Cooking with GasAll That GeneHave Yourself a Maily Linda ChristmasDrumforgivenA Fish Called TinaThree Girls and a Little WharfyWag the SongYurty Rotten ScoundrelsFlat-Top o' the Morning to YaJust the TripTappy Tappy Tappy Tap Tap TapThe Handyman CanPoops!… I Didn't Do It AgainLocal She-roPrank You for Being a Friend
11 Dream a Little Bob of Bob Worms of In-Rear-mentCopa-Bob-banaHeartbreak Hotel-oweenFast Time Capsules at Wagstaff SchoolBob Belcher and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad KidsDiarrhea of a Poopy KidThe Terminalator II: Terminals of EndearmentMommy BoyYachty or NiceRomancing the BeefDie Card, or Card TryingAn Incon-Wheelie-ent TruthMr. Lonely FartsSheshank RedumptionY Tu Tina TambiénFingers-looseSome Kind of Fender BenderfulBridge Over Troubled RudySteal Magazine-oliasTell Me Dumb Thing GoodVampire Disco Death Dance
12 Manic Pixie Crap ShowCrystal MessThe PumpkineningDriving Big DummySeven-tween AgainBeach, PleaseLoft in BedslationStuck in the Kitchen with YouFOMO You Didn'tGene's Christmas BreakTouch of Eval(uations)Ferry on My Wayward Bob and LindaFrigate Me KnotVideo Killed the Gene-io StarAncient Misbehavin'Interview with a Pop-pop-pireThe Spider House RulesClear and Present GingerA-Sprout a BoySauce Side StorySome Like It Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade RunnerSome Like It Bot Part 2: Judge-bot Day
13 To Bob or Not to BobThe Reeky Lake ShowWhat About Job?Comet-y of ErrorsSo You Stink You Can DanceApple Gore-chard! (But Not Gory)Ready Player GenePutts-givingShow Mama from the GraveThe Plight Before ChristmasCheaty Cheaty Bang BangOh Row You Didn'tStop! Or My Mom Will Sleuth!These Boots Are Made for StalkingThe Show (and Tell) Must Go OnCrows Encounters of the Bird KindWhat a (April) Fool BelievesGift Card or Buy TryingCrab-solutely FabulousRadio No You Didn'tMother Author Laser PointerAmelia
14 Fight at the Not Okay Chore-ralThe Amazing RudyThe PickleoretteRunning Down a GeneBully-ieve It or NotEscape from Which Island?The (Raccoon) King and IWharf, Me Worry?Fraud of the Dead: Zombie-docu-pocalypseThe Nightmare 2 Days Before ChristmasMission Impossi-BobJade in the ShadeButt Sweat and Fears
Unknown season The Big StieblitzkiThe Right Tough StuffTo Catch a BeefThe Tina Table: The Tables Have Tina-edDon't Stop Be-cheesin'For Whom the Doll ToesThey Slug Horses, Don't They?Hope N' Mic NightBoogie DaysDog Christmas Day After AfternoonAdvice Things Are Ad-NiceMr. Fischoeder's OpusLike a Candle in the GymSnackfaceThe Place Beyond the PineconesThe Lost City of AtlanticInsomnibobWild Steal-ionsMr. Safebody
See also: Episode Guide