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  • - I wanna give Merle, a wonderful Christmas surprise.

  • May have been a little stressed, I won't lie.

  • We have a few hours to get this place ready.

  • (suspenseful upbeat music)

  • - Aww.

  • - [Aria] Did You like it?

  • - [Merle] Yes, I liked it,

  • are you kidding me I've been sobbing uncontrollably.

  • (funky upbeat music)

  • - Happy holidays, everyone I'm Aria.

  • And if you don't know me,

  • the one thing you should know

  • is that I do love the holidays.

  • I do love giving gifts

  • and this year I wanna give something really special

  • to my girlfriend, Merle.

  • Who, I've been dating now for a little over a year.

  • Honestly, Merle had a little bit

  • of a rough time as of late.

  • Obviously we're all going through the stresses

  • of the pandemic, but in her case in particular

  • she's had a bit of a,

  • not so fun time,

  • particularly with her apartment.

  • Long story short

  • Merle went back home

  • to spend some time with her mom

  • and the person that she'd left

  • in charge of her apartment

  • turned out to be a complete animal.

  • Who let in roach infestation fester.

  • Among other terrible things

  • including potentially animal abuse

  • but whatever.

  • Terrible stuff,

  • terrible guy,

  • terrible situation for Merle.

  • And hopefully I can make things a little bit better

  • by giving her a wonderful Christmas surprise.

  • Okay, so surprises.

  • What are we gonna do for Merle?

  • I think one of the first things that comes to mind for me

  • is I wanna give Merle

  • a perfect apartment Christmas makeover.

  • Because obviously with the roach infestation the apartment

  • it hasn't been the most fun place to live.

  • So I think brightening it up with some holiday decorations

  • that would be perfect and very holiday miracle.

  • I wanted to fuse the place with a holiday spirit.

  • So maybe I can

  • maybe hire a Santa Claus off of Craigslist.

  • Although I don't know if it's really COVID safe

  • for her to sit on Santa's knees.

  • Nor do I really

  • want her to be sitting on the knee of some strange old man.

  • Ooh, maybe we hire some carolers

  • for safer like a social distance caroling session.

  • Agh See, okay, it's coming.

  • It's coming.

  • We should have a meal that night.

  • Then we get one of Merle's favorite dishes.

  • Annoyingly I think one of Merle favorite dishes

  • is from a place in New York.

  • Maybe I can write them.

  • Maybe they could ship a dish over.

  • Ah, is it safe to ship food across the country?

  • It is right.

  • We'll find out.

  • All these surprises aside,

  • I think honestly something

  • that would be very heartwarming

  • and special as if Merle got like holiday messages

  • from people like from viewers.

  • So what I'm going to do

  • is I'm going to go

  • into my Instagram settings and hide Merle

  • from being able to see my stories

  • and then post an Instagram story,

  • asking for people to send in video messages

  • for Merle for the holidays.

  • And hopefully it will be pretty heartwarming.

  • Hey everyone.

  • So I'm planning a huge holiday surprise for Merle

  • and I'd love to have your help with it, If possible.

  • She can't see this story.

  • I hid her from it.

  • Basically, if you could send

  • in holiday video messages for Merle.

  • I'll compile them together,

  • edit it and show it to her.

  • And hopefully, she'll love it.

  • Basically all these surprises need to take place over

  • the course of one day.

  • However, parts of them do involve needing Merle out

  • of her apartment, which

  • a little tricky considering

  • you know, we're in a time where we're expected

  • to stay indoors.

  • So, I think what am gonna do is I'm gonna call one

  • of Merle's best friends, Rachel Gaewski.

  • Who is another producer at Buzzfeed as well.

  • And maybe know she can get Merle out of the house

  • for something vegan.

  • Rachel Gaewski.

  • She's single gentlemen.

  • Oh, Rachel, hi.

  • I need your help.

  • Pulling off a Christmas miracle.

  • A Christmas surprise for Merle.

  • - Oh my gosh.

  • Yes, and it involves you needing to get her out

  • of her apartment, next Monday, if possible.

  • I need her out of her apartment.

  • So if you could, I don't know,

  • just plan something.

  • What do you guys normally do?

  • Out of the department in these times?

  • - I could um...

  • I could call her

  • And I'll just be like,

  • "Hey, do you wanna work

  • from my apartment today?"

  • And we can put a little, "Love Islands"

  • on in the background.

  • - Oh, that's what will get her.

  • The "Love Island" is what is girl real needs.

  • - I've started watching "Love Island"

  • because of you guys.

  • - Ah, we love it.

  • It's a real treat of a show, Chris and Kim.

  • Okay, great.

  • So yeah.

  • Invite her over, do a little work session.

  • And then just at the end of the day

  • we'll just get her back to hers.

  • And the Christmas miracle will have been

  • will be ready for her.

  • - Ooh this is so romantic.

  • A it's a real treat, Rachel.

  • Do you wanna say anything

  • to the tinny gentlemen suitors out there

  • that may be watching?

  • - Oh, gentlemen suitors.

  • I'm looking for a suitor.

  • A Christmas miracle for Rachel Gaewski

  • ladies and Gentlemen.

  • - It would be a Christmas miracle

  • if I found a man on a dating app.

  • - The irons are in the fire right now,

  • I think let's get the ball rolling.

  • (sinister upbeat music)

  • You know what?

  • Since this probably is the best time of year

  • to try and make wishes and dreams come true.

  • I'm gonna reach out to one of Merle's favorite actresses.

  • if not her favorite actress, Sherilyn Fenn

  • who played Audrey

  • and her favorite show, "Twin Peaks"

  • to see if maybe she'll record Merle,

  • a holiday message as well.

  • It's a crazy long shot.

  • I don't even know how to reach out to her.

  • So I'm gonna try Twitter

  • and we'll see how that goes.

  • (suspenseful upbeat music)

  • Okay, So the day

  • of the big surprise is now here.

  • I'm a little stressed.

  • Merle is out of her apartment.

  • I believe Rachel texted me.

  • Rachel picked her up

  • and they're doing their work from home day.

  • Socially distance thing together.

  • And so I think that's going to give me

  • at least a few hours to do the transformation

  • of the main part of her apartment.

  • And then hopefully the other surprise is kind

  • of just like fall into place after that.

  • However, I'm very excited about all of the surprises

  • and the fact that my good buddy Jack is coming

  • to help document this whole thing.

  • I see a criminal over there.

  • I see...

  • Look at this festive, festive criminal.

  • - Air hug.

  • - [Aria] Thanks so much for coming for this man.

  • - Thanks for having me dude.

  • What are we up to here, man?

  • What are we doing?

  • Merle is out of her apartment right now.

  • And so basically we need to transform the entire place

  • into like a festive winter Wonderland

  • before she gets back just a few hours.

  • So that's a little stressful,

  • but I want it to look good.

  • I want it to look as over the top

  • and as Christmas-y as possible

  • luckily we do actually have a guy coming.

  • A guy called Dr. Christmas.

  • I don't think that's his legal name.

  • He's coming by with a crew to do like a,

  • a safe Christmas transformation.

  • It's like I said, they do it for a living.

  • So hopefully him and his crew

  • can make that transformation happen

  • in the short amount of time.

  • First things first let's just go into Merle's place.

  • Check it out,

  • and make sure everything is looking good.

  • That she's somehow not secretly still here or something.

  • - [Jack] What if she's still home?

  • - I don't know man.

  • Since Rachel said she's with her.

  • (keys jingling)

  • (buzzer beeping)

  • There we go.

  • (keys jingling)

  • Okay.

  • (keys jingling)

  • Merle.

  • She's not here.

  • The kitty is here though.

  • Hi Genevieve.

  • Oh, she's resting this up.

  • So this is her space.

  • Right now It's 11:30.

  • So Merle probably will be working with Rachel

  • at least hopefully till the end of the Workday.

  • Maybe sooner Dr. Pranga is coming shortly.

  • - [Jack] Doctor of what?

  • - Dr. Christmas.

  • He can do it in the afternoon, right?

  • - [Jack] Yeah, bro.

  • He's Dr.Christmas.

  • (suspenseful music)

  • - Do you want me walking into the scene

  • is that what you want?

  • - No you get in the car.

  • I'll come up to you.

  • Just kind of how we greeted each other earlier.

  • Hello, Dr. Bob.

  • - Aria.

  • - We're excited for this magical transformation

  • you've got planned.

  • I hear you've worked many, a porn set before.

  • (Dr.Christmas chuckling)

  • - Well, I haven't worked a porn set

  • I've decorated one.

  • (Dr.Christmas chuckling)

  • - [Bob] Hi everybody,

  • I'm Bob pranga.

  • I'm Dr. Christmas.

  • Basically, I bring Christmas to your front door.

  • - [Aria] Wow.

  • It's fantastic.

  • You can hide a body back here.

  • - How do you know we don't?

  • Today, We're going to be helping my buddy Aria out

  • in romancing a little bit more of his girlfriend Merle.

  • Apparently she doesn't know that Christmas

  • all of a sudden is going to be dumped in her living room.