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Reindeer Games
Season 1, Episode 4
Production Information
Air DateDecember 1, 2014
December 21, 2016 (UK)
Written byMark De Angelis
Directed byJ.J. Johnson
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Reindeer Games is the 4th episode of Odd Squad. This episode is a half hour and split up into two parts.


In this Christmas-themed episode, Olive and Otto help Santa track down his missing reindeer. Also, Oscar helps Ms. O get off Santa’s naughty list.

Learning Goal

  • Finding Patterns
  • Making Predictions

Olive's Random Slide

This...is my ninth favorite color.

Plot (contains spoilers)

Part One

Odd Squad Headquarters is decked out for Christmas! Otto reminds Olive that it's Christmas Eve and they should relax, but Olive insists that they have "important business" to take care of. Otto asks what's more important than Christmas and suggests that they should be at home preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus when Olive directs his attention to the lab. There stands the big guy himself. Otto happily greets him, but inquires as to what he's doing here. Santa explains that while his elves are usually quite capable at toy-making, every so often he gets a particularly odd request and has to get help from the Squad. A messy Oscar shows up wheeling a spaghetti bike, complete with meatball horn. Santa remarks that he's not sure whether to ride or eat it. Otto asks how the bike fits into Santa's bag, and Santa answers and demonstrates that he uses a Shrinkinator (a gift from Oscar). Olive tells Otto to grab a bag, and adds that someone has to help Santa haul his toys back to the North Pole. As the threesome pick up a bag each, Otto remarks that he loves his job.

As Olive, Otto, and Santa leave Headquarters, the latter is stopped by Ms. O, who reminds him that he can just leave her Christmas gift in her office as she is working late. Santa tells her that there's a little problem, and when she requests details, he explains that she is on the Naughty List. Ms. O can hardly believe her ears and asks how she was naughty. Santa answers that she has a tendency to raise her voice, and Ms. O shouts that it isn't true. Oscar steps up, explaining that he heard the raised voice. Ms. O discreetly tells him to shut his mouth and Santa to check his paperwork. Santa shows Ms. O that her naughty acts, 60, outnumber her nice ones, 53, and adds that that's the reason she won't be getting any presents, much to Ms. O's dismay. Oscar says it's only Christmas Eve, and Ms. O can do a few nice things to raise the other side of the score. Santa approves the idea, and when Otto calls from the tube lobby, heads off. Ms. O commands Oscar to assist her in being nice, hastily adding a "please" and "thank you".

At the tube lobby, O'Shea sends Olive, Otto, and Santa off to the North Pole. They arrive in the North Pole reindeer stables. Otto is clearly excited to be there, and gets even more so when an elf named Lloyd appears. Santa asks Lloyd to put the Shrinkinator in his office, but drops it as he gives it to him. It lands on the floor without event, and Santa is relieved that it didn't go off. Suddenly, the Shrinkinator activates and shrinks all nine of Santa's reindeer. Olive assures Santa that the reindeer can be regrown and pulls out a gadget with which to do so when every reindeer takes to the air and flies out the window. Santa laments that without his reindeer, he can't deliver presents and Christmas will be ruined. He continues that his reindeer, due to their speed, could be anywhere in the world. Olive reminds him that Odd Squad has agents all over the world (except in Moldova, due to lack of oddness).

At Headquarters, Oscar is decorating Ms. O's office when Ms. O walks in, dry of ideas for being nice. She kicks over a pile of empty juice boxes in her frustration, and Oscar tells her that didn't help her cause. Ms. O argues that she has to do something to flip the greater than/less than symbol, which she confuses since she can't even think straight. Oscar shares his analogy of an alligator eating the bigger number and starts to demonstrate when Ms.O orders him never to do that again. Oscar readily agrees. Ms. O flops onto her couch and declares that she needs a juice box. Oscar gets an idea and calls Olaf into the office. He tells him that Ms. O wants to share a juice box, but Ms. O adds that she doesn't have any. Oscar brings up the juice bar, and Olaf goes to town. Oscar tells Ms. O that it wasn't so hard, and she adds that being nice is easy as she rips apart a pillow. Using a tablet, Oscar notes that Ms. O has now done 54 nice things, then asks for a juice. Ms. O starts to deny his request before sliding into a "yes", adding that she would also like one.

At the North Pole, Olive tells Santa that some calls have been made to other Odd Squad offices, and reindeer sightings have been abundant, as she makes some final notes on a chalkboard. She adds that Otto ate Santa's candy-cane phone. Otto, indeed, has half the phone sticking out of his mouth. He hastily apologizes, and Olive continues that the reindeer have been traveling in pairs, except for Rudolph. She concludes that studying where the reindeer have been may help them in predicting where they will go, and asks Santa if he has a world map they can use. Santa asks if Mrs. Claus like boughs of holly (the answer is yes) and rolls one out for them. Olive says to put a grid on it, and Otto uses a gadget to do so. When Lloyd inquires what the lines are for, Olive explains that the coordinate system of the grid will assist them in plotting where the reindeer have been seen. Otto reads off the board that Dasher and Dancer were first spotted at coordinate 5H on the map. Olive finds the coordinate and gives a "Ding!" She explains that she likes that word for finding coordinates. They move on to the next coordinate, 5F.

In the tube lobby, O'Shea thanks Ms. O for trying his homemade Christmas cake, and adds that it means so much to him. the cake looks disgusting, and Ms. O starts to say she can't, but Oscar silently reminds her of what's at stake and she hurriedly makes her statement, "I can't wait to try it!" Ms. O eats a single spoonful of cake and almost gags, but tells O'Shea it's really good. O'Shea explains that he used six different kinds of worm. Ms. O drops her spoon and dashes off, calling for a bucket, but Oscar calls after her that she's doing well. He then tries some of the cake and inquires if earthworm was used. When O'Shea asks how he knew, Oscar informs him of his presence at the Great Worm War.

At the North Pole, all the coordinates for Dasher and Dancer are plotted. Olive points out that the pair seems to be moving in a square pattern. Otto concludes that the missing coordinate of the final square is 11H - France. Olive immediately gets on the phone with Agent Ouellette in France. Ouellette reports that she has not seen Dasher and Dancer, and Olive responds to her in fluent French. Ouellette notices the reindeer flying around the Eiffel Tower and goes silent. When she picks up again, she has caught the runaway reindeer in her uniform's beret. Olive instructs her to use a Regrow-inator on them and send them back through the tubes. As the group celebrates, Santa reminds everyone that seven more reindeer are still on the loose and says not to crack open the eggnog just yet. Otto runs in wearing a party hat and holding a carton of eggnog, then offers to put it back in the fridge. As Olive notes the awkwardness of the situation, Part One draws to a close.

Part Two

Olive and Otto have found only two out of the nine disappeared reindeer and are working on looking for the remaining seven. They find out that Prancer and Vixen were spotted at coordinates 18K, 20K and 19I. Santa is unable to see a pattern. Lloyd tells the facts about Prancer and Vixen. The agents realize that they're flying in a triangle pattern. They find out that Prancer and Vixen flew through coordinates 17G and 19G and are headed for 18E, which is Vietnam. Olive calls an agent from Vietnam and speaks to him in Vietnamese and tells him to send the reindeer through the tubes and they'll regrow them on their side. The reindeer come back to the North Pole. Now they have to look for Comet and Cupid.

Back in headquarters, Oscar tells Ms. O that she has 55 nice deeds as opposed to her 60 naughty deeds, making the number of naughty deeds still greater than the number of nice deeds. Oscar finds Octavia and Ms. O says that Octavia is one of her best agents. Oscar tells Ms. O to tell her that. Ms. O yells at Octavia. Octavia gets scared, thinking she is fired, and decides to go pack her things. Ms. O tells Octavia that she is not fired, but she wanted to tell her that she is great. Octavia loves the compliment and she hugs Ms. O and Oscar and they hug her too. This brings Ms. O to 56 nice deeds.

Back in the North Pole, the agents and Santa have restored all but one reindeer which is Rudolph. They show all the spots that Rudolph has passed, but Santa still doesn't see a pattern. Otto asks who Rudolph is. Santa and Lloyd mention the facts of Rudolph, which is basically the lyrics of the song "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer". This indicates they don't know Rudolph well. Just then, Otto points out that just because Rudolph isn't flying in a shape pattern doesn't mean there isn't a pattern. Otto shows them that every time Rudolph flies, he goes a total of four squares, either up, down, left, or right. The last coordinate Rudolph was spotted was in coordinate 16I, which is Russia. Olive points out that if Otto's theory is correct, Rudolph's next stop will be either in Sri Lanka or Sweden. However, Lloyd finds Rudolph at the North Pole. The agents, Santa, and Lloyd go out to get him. Santa gives Olive her present early to catch Rudolph. She successfully catches Rudolph with her baseball glove. The agents celebrate, but Santa stops their celebration suddenly, because they're almost out of time, and if Santa is lucky, he can get about half of his Christmas presents delivered by Christmas morning. Santa thanks Olive and Otto for helping him, but suggests that they take the tubes back to the headquarters. Olive and Otto then point out that the tubes go all around the world and they can deliver the other half of the presents by the tubes.

Back at headquarters, Ms. O has sent everyone home early, has cleaned headquarters up, and has given herself a pedicure. This brings her to 60 nice deeds, which is the same number of naughty deeds. She only needs one more nice deed to have more nice than naughty. Otto calls Ms. O and tells her that Santa needs help delivering his presents. Ms. O hangs up goes with Oscar head to the Tube Room and tells Santa to send any presents down the tubes that he can't deliver himself. Santa does it. Oscar reminds Ms. O about her nice list. Ms. O says that she is focusing more on Christmas.

Back in the North Pole, Otto and Olive deliver the last of the kids' presents. However, there are more houses to deliver presents. Santa offers Olive and Otto to ride in his sleigh tonight. They accept. Santa gives the agents Santa costumes and they get on his sleigh. In headquarters, Oscar reads out the names of the houses of where the presents go and the number of presents of each house. Ms. O sends those presents at those houses. Ms. O asks for a juice box. Oscar reminds Ms. O that Olaf drank them all, but gives her water. Ms. O says this is going to be a long night. They reach the Perryman house and Otto delivers the presents there. Oscar tells Ms. O that the last ten presents belong to the Leggett family. Everyone successfully gets their presents. They head back to the North Pole, where Otto is permitted to eat whatever he couldn't eat yesterday. Olive tries to take her beard off but is unable to because it's a real beard.

Back at headquarters, Ms. O says good job to the people at the North Pole for doing their work. Lloyd tells her that they couldn't have done it without her help and he tells her to look under her desk. Ms. O says she had one more nice thing left. Lloyd says if saving Christmas doesn't count as something nice, then what else would. Lloyd decides to hang up because Otto is eating half of his workshop. Ms. O says that she'll see him next year. Oscar comes to congratulate Ms. O and she thanks him. Oscar tells Ms. O that she doesn't have to be nice anymore and they wish each other a Merry Christmas. Ms. O gets what she wanted, which is an eggnog-flavored juice box. She starts drinking it but finds out it tastes abysmal, and drinks it and it's even worse, and she is unable to control herself and stop, and she starts fainting as she says "This is the best Christmas ever." and finally faints in her chair.


  • While Ms. O sends Christmas presents through the tubes, Oscar reads out the names of the families receiving gifts so that she knows where to send them. Two of the names that he reads are the Davis family and the Kyer family- the real last names of the actors in the scene (Millie Davis (Ms. O) and Sean Michael Kyer (Oscar)), respectively.
  • This is the first full half-hour episode (i.e., it's not split up into two different episodes).
  • The name of the episode is a reference from a 2000 film of the same name.
  • This episode reveals that there are Odd Squad agents everywhere in the world except Moldova because there is no oddness there.