Reindeer Games
Season 1, Episode 4
Production Information
Air DateDecember 1, 2014
Written byMark DeAngelis
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 


Plot (contains spoilers)

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 she won't be getting any presents, much to Ms. O's dismay. Oscar suggests that Ms. O 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 Regrowinator 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.

In Part Two,

Olive's Random Slide my ninth favorite color.


  • 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 and Sean Michael Kyer)


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