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"You wanna see what I got André for his secret Santa gift?"
Tori to Trina.

A Christmas Tori
Season 2, Episode 13
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First Aired December 3rd, 2011
Production Code 301
Writer(s) Dan Schneider
Warren Bell
Director(s) Steve Hoefer
Viewed By: 4.37 million
Episode Guide
"Terror on Cupcake Street"

A Christmas Tori is the first ever and only Victorious holiday special. The episode aired on December 3, 2011. It is the 13th episode of Season 2 and the 33rd episode overall to 4.4 million viewers.


It's Not Christmas Without You!

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"Happened to me in 8th Grade"

The episode starts in the classroom; the Hollywood Arts students are celebrating the holidays, and the school is decorated for the occasion. Robbie is dressed as Santa Claus, Cat is enthusiastic about everything and Jade is just grouchy, leading everyone to call her a "Christmas grunch". André and Tori enter, and André is freaking out because of a bad grade he got on a Christmas song he wrote for Anthony's class, his first ever D. Beck keeps falling asleep in class because a noisy cricket in his RV has been preventing him from getting any sleep. Before anyone can continue, Sinjin comes in to tell Sikowitz his Secret Santa assignment. Sikowitz is upset to find out that he will have to give a gift to Sinjin's sister, Courtney Van Cleef, who he thinks is a weirdo. He asks to trade with someone, however the gang says they didn't sign up because they shouldn't have to give gifts to "random people they don't care about." Sikowitz, believing that they need to get in the holiday spirit, tells them that they will all be required to participate. Everyone must get creative and special gifts for each other, and the one who gives the worst present will be forced to go door-to-door Christmas Yodeling with Sikowitz on Christmas Eve.

As Cat distributes her brother's Christmas beef around school, Jade complains to Sikowitz about being assigned as Tori's Secret Santa, and requests to switch with someone else to no avail. Beck meanwhile is reduced to constantly drinking many cups of coffee in order to keep himself awake. However, he musters enough energy to deliver Robbie's Secret Santa gift - he brings Robbie's old bully, Christy Vicaris, to school because Robbie has been talking about wanting to get even with her. However, Robbie is too distracted at how hot she looks and the two end up going on a coffee date. While attempting to convince Anthony to give him a better grade, André, as Beck's Secret Santa, catches him the cricket that has been keeping him up at night in his RV, but Beck gives it to Sikowitz, who gives it to Courtney.

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Tori is André's secret Santa, but has trouble coming with a good gift to give to him - her idea is a miniature ceramic guitar, but Trina warns her that this gift is useless to André. Tori ultimately decides against it after seeing Robbie's gift to Cat: a cotton candy cart and a man that follows her around for a week, which she loves and thanks him by giving him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.

Cat is Jade's Secret Santa and amazes her by buying her a new pair of scissors from The Scissoring, Jade's favorite movie. Tori witnesses this and proceeds to ask them for help on ideas for André's gift. While Jade is at first dismissive, she later shows up at Tori's house and reveals herself as Tori's Secret Santa. She reveals that her "gift" to Tori is an idea for a good gift for André, though forces her to beg her for it to make her feel good about herself. Ultimately at school, Tori, along with Cat and Jade, gathers Anthony and many of the students in the hall, where the three perform their own take on André's Christmas song (It's Not Christmas Without You) to try to show Anthony that it's worth a better grade. Eventually, André joins in and sings with them as well. Anthony concedes and gives André an A after hearing the song.

In the end, Sikowitz concedes that everyone gave wonderfully creative presents to each other, and that he was the one who gave the worst one, so he goes Christmas Yodeling with a group of strangers on Christmas Eve.



Trina gets a giant Christmas tree for the Vega house, which is so big that she has to climb it to get the star on. She asks Robbie for help decorating it, promising him pizza and a hug afterwards, even though she claims to Tori that they are not friends. It is subtly implied she is craving companionship for the holidays with Tori too focused on André's gift and both their parents out of town, and she and Robbie seem to enjoy each other's company with their mutual knowledge of Christmas decorations.


Cat's Christmas gift from Robbie

  • This is the first, and the only, episode of Victorious where they celebrate a holiday, unless you count April Fools Blank, which is considered non-canon.
  • This is the 5th time Tori's name has been used in the title of an episode.
  • The title of the episode is a reference to the 1983 Christmas movie "A Christmas Story."
  • This is the first episode written by Warren Bell and also the first episode to have more than one writer.
  • This is the second time that Tori, Jade, Cat and André perform together. First being All I Want Is Everything in Locked Up!. Although 'It's Not Christmas Without You' is the first and only song that was recorded which had Jade, Cat and André singing their own respective lines and verses.
  • In "It's Not Christmas Without You," Jade, Tori and Cat put their hands on each other's waists. This may or may not be a Mean Girls reference.
  • André has gotten all A's in music until this episode, where he gets a D from Anthony. However, with Anthony changing the grade to an A after hearing the song, André is able to retain his perfect record.
  • Tori said that she made the small guitar for André at Color Me Pot. Color Me Pot was mentioned before on Dan's other show, iCarly (in the episode iDon't Want to Fight). Color Me Pot is a parody of "Color Me Mine."
  • There is a clash of who gave the most expensive gift; it is thought to be between Robbie or Cat.
  • Trina saying "I don't need your negativity" is a reference to the Drake & Josh episode "Josh Runs into Oprah", when Eric said, "No one needs your negativity."
  • In iParty with Victorious, Beck says that nothing scares him, whereas in this episode, Sikowitz unknowingly makes Beck scared from being asleep, proving that some things do scare him, or at least startle him.
  • Trina gets a new hair color.
  • Tori's hair gets a little darker.
  • Jade's hair is now black/dark brown.
  • This episode was filmed the week of October 3–7, 2011.
  • This is the only season 2 episode where Jade has green highlights instead of the blue she wore for the other episodes, as this was produced during season 3. Her hair is also shorter than in earlier episodes.
  • Tori is wearing glasses in this episode again.
  • Ending tagline: Jade: "Beg me."
  • This is the first time it was notified Sinjin is not an only child. He has a sister named Courtney whose secret Santa was Sikowitz.
  • "Grunge" was first used by Rex for Trina in the episode Tori Tortures Teacher, and a variation of the word was used in this, "Grunch" which is a play on "Grinch," or possibly, even "Grouch," as both the Grinch and Oscar the Grouch are grouchy characters who hate Christmas.
  • From Dec. 3rd to Dec. 10th this episode was #1 on iTunes Kids.
  • The whiteboard behind Sikowitz at the beginning of the episode says "Cat and Jade's Christmas Carol Classic This Saturday at The Henry Smith Theater". View the picture here.
  • This is the last Christmas episode of Dan Schneider's shows until Christmas Danger (Henry Danger episode) in 2015.
  • André's locker is decorated with Christmas wrapping paper instead of a keyboard.
  • Mr. Busey could be a reference to actor Gary Busey.
  • Larry Stein and Mr. Busey can be seen Christmas Yodeling with Sikowitz in the last scene.
  • In the episode, the gang all give each other Christmas gifts for a secret-Santa program. The gifts they give each other are:
    • From Beck to Robbie: The chance to tell off his old bully and possibly date her.
    • From Robbie to Cat: A cotton candy machine & maker to follow her around for a week.
    • From Cat to Jade: Actual scissors from the movie 'The Scissoring'.
    • From Jade to Tori: An idea of what to get André for a secret-Santa gift.
    • From Tori to André: A performance of his Christmas song to his teacher, resulting in an "A."
    • From André to Beck: Capturing the cricket that's been keeping Beck awake all night.
    • From Sikowitz to Courtney Van Cleef: A used cricket (taken from Beck).
  • Trina and Sikowitz are the only ones with an unknown secret Santa. Sikowitz participated in Secret Santa by giving Courtney Van Cleef a present, but no one is shown to give him a present. It is unknown if Trina participated in Secret Santa, as it's unknown if Trina has Sikowitz as a teacher.
  • Jade's present to Tori is the only non-physical present and indirectly, it's a gift to André, since the performance changes his grade back to an A.
  • Beck "lost" his present from André.
  • This is the second time a song was given as a gift, the first being Tori singing You're The Reason to Trina in The Birthweek Song.
  • As of this episode, there's a new opening where it focuses on season 3 episodes.
  • This was the fastest episode of Victorious to air in Southeast Asia, airing twenty days after the U.S. premiere.
  • This episode aired again on Saturday, March 24 (the day April Fools' Blank aired, which is far out of the time of the holiday season) at 4:30 PM EST. However, it is usually only shown on TV in December because it is a Christmas episode.
  • This episode aired in Southeast Asia, even though there were nine Season 2 episodes left to air.
  • Jade says, "starting with the pretty girl" and looks at Tori. This indirectly implies that Cat is not pretty or Jade's way of showing her strong dislike for Tori again.
  • Though it is filmed as part of season 3, this episode is aired as part of season 2, making it the 13th episode for season 2.
  • In reality, taking any kind of weapon to school can lead to suspension, expulsion, or even arrest (as Trina and Tori's father is a police officer), as scissors can often be mistaken for weapons.
  • For Ariana Grande's credit in this episode, a shot from this episode and a shot from Blooptorious were shown. This is the only episode that used those two shots for Ariana Grande's credit.
  • In some countries and on Netflix, this episode is the season 3 premiere, due to its production code.


  • Jade said that the cricket has been keeping Beck awake for over a month. A month without sleep is extremely unhealthy and potentially fatal. Granted, he seems to be catching up on his lost sleep in class.
  • In the scene where Beck tells Robbie that he's his secret Santa, Robbie's locker is closed then opens again and is closed again. If he closed his locker and then opened it, it would have been heard.
  • In the French and Dutch versions, the scene of Jade growling at Tori during the line "Candy canes and mistletoe, Jack Frost nipping at your nose" doesn’t have Jade making any noise[1]
  • Cat has a tray with 6 beef sticks sticking up. André takes a stick and returns it to the tray with the stick on its side, so only 5 sticks are sticking up. The next shot shows 6 sticks sticking up. The shot after that shows 5 sticks sticking up.

Running Gags

  • Cat's brother's Christmas beef caused people to "be a mess."
  • Someone saying "Ho ho" with another person saying "Ho" in response.

Secret Santa

Secret Santa is program that Sikowitz organized in this episode. Every student is chosen to give other people a gift without them knowing. Secret Santa has started outside of Hollywood Arts. In this wiki, different users start their own Secret Santa program for other users.


Robbie: Ho, ho, and ho!
Cat: Hi, Hi, and HI!

Ho, ho, and ho!

Cat: I do love short pants.
Jade: Yeah. Guess what I love?
Cat: What?
Jade: Slapping perky red-heads.
Cat: Hahahaha... [Plays with her hair and is shocked and scared when she realizes Jade is referring to her]

Robbie: Ho ho ho! And... jingle bells. [André reaches for Robbie's chair]
Tori: No no, André, don't do it, don't- [He knocks the chair over and Robbie falls to the floor] Oh, you did it.
Jade: I bet that jingled his bells.

Beck: [after Jade yells next to him] Hey! Hey... [sighs] You woke me up.

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Sikowitz: [sarcastically] Oh, sorry Beck! Certainly wouldn't want to keep you awake during my class!
Beck: Thanks, you're the best. [goes back to sleep]

Sikowitz: Why Becky so sleepy?

Tori: You bought a tree?
Trina: Yarp.

Jade: Why do I have to-
Beck: [hyperly cutting her off] He said he's not gonna change it, so just deal with it, why don't you just deal with it, why don't you just deal with it?!
Sikowitz: [holding Beck] His heart is vibrating. How much coffee have you drunk?
Beck: A lot, like a lot, I don't know like maybe seven cups, a lot! Is there a problem?
Jade: He's drinking coffee to stay awake at school cause of the stupid cricket that's keeping him up every night.
Beck: [bouncy] LOTTA COFFEE!!
Jade: Look, I don't wanna be Tori's secret Santa.
Sikowitz: Too bad. [runs away]
Jade: Stop bouncing!
Beck: I can't help it!

Stop bouncing!

Tori: Hey Trina, Trina!
Trina: What?
Tori: You wanna see what I got André for his secret Santa gift?
Trina: No.
Tori: Look! It's a little ceramic guitar. I made it at Color-Me-Pot!
Trina: I thought Sikowitz said that your secret Santa gifts have to be really special and creative.
Tori: He did.
Trina: Well, that's ugly. And useless.
Tori: No, it's cute. And look; you can pretend to play it, like... [starts pretend-playing the guitar, and sings in a jazzy accent] Tori gave me this Christmas present, and it's a tiny guita-a-a-ar!
Trina: [Slowly backs away]
Tori: Why are you walking away?
Trina: [starts walking away] 'Cause I'm embarrassed for you.
Tori: [with jazzy accent] That was me-ea-an!

Robbie: [excited] You bought me a girl?!

Jade: [Opening the present Cat gave her] Oh my God, Cat you did not!
Cat: [squeals]
Beck: [confused] Scissors?
Jade: [snapping] They're special scissors!
Beck: [mutters] Okay.
Cat: They're from a real movie!
Jade: I can not believe you got me these!
Tori: What movie were they used in?
Jade: The Scissoring.
Tori: Wait, that one about the girl who comes back from the dead and uses a pair of scissors on her two best friends?
Beck: Yep.
Jade: [Twirling her scissors around her finger and looking at Tori] Starting with the pretty girl...

Tori: I'm André's secret Santa, and I have like no clue what to give him.
Cat: Just get him a present!
Beck: [mutters] Oh My God.

Jade: Two words.
Beck: I bet they won't be helpful.
Jade: Your problem.
Beck: I was right.

Tori: You're my Secret Santa?
Jade: Ho ho.
Tori: [Waves nervously] Ho...

André: How does a person go from an A to a D?
Jade: Happened to me in eighth grade.

Trina: How do you get it to flock?
Robbie: You just press that red button in the...
[Robbie is sprayed by flock from Trina]
Trina: Sorry!
Robbie: Can you please get me a flock rag?

[Reading her texts]
Tori: [gasps] Oh, yay!
Trina: Yay what? Yay me?

Everyone but Cat: It's not Christmas without you!

Cat: [Random Riffing]


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Video Gallery


ved Victorious Episodes
Season One
PilotThe Bird SceneStage FightingThe Birthweek SongJade Dumps BeckTori the ZombieRobarazziSurvival of the HottestWi-Fi in the SkyBeck's Big BreakThe Great Ping Pong ScamCat's New BoyfriendFreak the Freak OutRex DiesThe Diddly-BopsWok StarThe WoodA Film by Dale SquiresSleepover at Sikowitz's
Season Two
Beggin' on Your KneesBeck Falls for ToriIce Cream for Ke$haTori Gets StuckProm WreckerLocked Up!Helen Back AgainWho Did It to Trina?Tori Tortures TeacherJade Gets CrushedTerror on Cupcake StreetA Christmas ToriBlooptorious
Season Three
The Breakfast BunchThe Gorilla ClubThe Worst CoupleAndré's Horrible GirlCar, Rain & FireTori & Jade's Play DateApril Fools' BlankDriving Tori CrazyHow Trina Got InTori Goes PlatinumCrazy PonnieThe Blonde Squad
Season Four
Wanko's WarehouseThe Hambone KingOpposite DateThree Girls and a MooseCell BlockTori Fixes Beck and JadeOne Thousand Berry BallsRobbie Sells RexThe Bad RoommateBrain SqueezersThe Slap FightStar Spangled ToriVictori-Yes
Films and Specials
Freak the Freak OutiParty with VictoriousLocked Up!Tori Goes Platinum
  1. Official French upload