In the Halloween episode of “The Office” earlier this season, Andy (Ed Helms) mentioned that he has a new girlfriend, causing a rough moment for him and Erin (Ellie Kemper).

To be honest, we weren’t sure at the time if Andy was telling the truth. Turns out he was — and we’ll get to meet the woman in question (played by Eleanor Seigler) in Thursday’s (Dec. 8) Christmas episode. Her name is Jessica, Andy informs us in the clip up above, and she’s an assistant cross country coach at Bryn Mawr College. (Which means they’re in something of a long-distance relationship; Bryn Mawr is about 115 miles from Scranton).

She also meets Erin in the clip, and it is, as you might expect, almost unspeakably awkward. Andy is no help whatsoever as he takes a thought from his talking-head segment out into the common area, but Erin mimicking her former scoliosis? Yikes.

“Christmas Wishes” will also feature Robert (James Spader) getting rather drunk at the office party, which promises to be … interesting. NBC’s description of the episode says Robert is “drowning his sorrows,” although what he’s sorrowful about isn’t mentioned. Maybe Mrs. California (Maura Tierney) tore him a new one after last week’s shenanigans?

We’ll find out when “The Office” airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC.

Posted by:Rick Porter