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That Holiday Spirit
Season 5, Episode 2
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Air date December 20, 2021
Written by Aubrey Villalobos Karr
Directed by Kenny Leon
Viewers 0.31 million


Episode Guide
Let's Start Over Again
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Merry Christmas!
Rita as she plots with Beto.

That Holiday Spirit is the second episode of the fifth season, and eighty-eighth episode overall of the drama television series, Dynasty on The CW. It aired on December 20, 2021 immediately following Let's Start Over Again, serving as part two of the season premiere.


A VERY CARRINGTON CHRISTMAS - Carrington Manor is decorated to the hilt as only the Carringtons can but all is not well at the Manor. Kirby, Liam, Sam, and Culhane all deal with the recent events in very different ways. Blake and Cristal come to an agreement regarding his political future. Dominique proceeds with her plans and turns to Jeff for some much-needed assistance. Meanwhile, Alexis remains in jail and only Amanda seems to show any support.[1]

Plot Summary




Guest Starring


  • Tiffany Morgan as Dr. Stover
  • Alex Dauphin as Darlene
  • Stephen Jared as Richard
  • Gail Everett-Smith as Dottie
  • Jennifer Vance as Dr. Waldenberg
  • Lee Wesley as Dr. Park
  • Nasir Rahim as Old Man
  • John Winscher as Marco

Notes and Spoilers

  • On November 2, 2021, Rafael de la Fuente leaked the name of the episode to be as "That Holiday Spirit".
  • On the same day, Michael Michele revealed the name of the writer and director to be Aubrey Villalobos Karr and Kenny Leon respectively.
  • This is the third Christmas episode of the show following Rotten Things and Crazy Lady.
  • This episode's title, along with its synopsis, directors, and writer were officially revealed on December 2, 2021, via a press relea
  • Daniella Alonso is credited twice in this episode.
    • First, as usual, as the lead cast member in the opening sequence. And, a second time, as a guest star in the closing credits for her role as Rita.
  • Steven Carrington is mentioned throughout this episode. Nicollette Sheridan's version of Alexis Carrington is also brought up twice.


  • The title of this episode is a reference to the Season 5 episode of the same name of the original dynasty series.
  • Let's Start Over Again and That Holiday Spirit air back-to-back on December 20, 2021. This is the second time this has happened in the show's history, and also the third time in the network's history to-date.
    • The CW is advertising the night as a "Full Event Holiday For Dynasty".
  • That Holiday Spirit is the third episode of the series not featuring a Previously On Dynasty Segment after I Hardly Recognized You and The Aftermath.
  • Fallon and Liam having a son and a daughter in the dream sequence might be a reference to the original Dynasty in which Fallon and Jeff had a son L.B and a daughter Lauren.
  • Alexis calls Dominique a crazy lady. This is a reference to a Season 2 episode of the same name.
  • On a Instagram live, Michael Michele revealed that the line in which Alexis compared Dominique to a Muppet was improvised by Elaine Hendrix.


Blake (to Liam): Well, I don't know who Alexis' plastic surgeon is these days, but I got to hand it to the guy. She doesn't look anything like the woman I married.

Dominique (to Alexis): I see they don't let you wash your hair extensions in here.

Alexis: There's a crazy lady here and she's threatening my life.
'Dominique: After a good night's sleep on my 2,000 thread count sheets, I'll awake refreshed and ready to celebrate the holidays with my family. And if you ever do get out of here, you better not cross me again or I'll make you pay for it. Oh, I almost forgot. Since you won't be receiving any Christmas gifts, except a healthy help of gruel, I brought you something. It's a calendar. To mark off your days behind bars.

Fallon: And I don't recall you being there. So thank you for that.
Adam: Oh, I came to visit you every night. I just didn't talk.
Fallon: Of course you did.

Beto: We haven't had a meal together but I have a feeling I'm gonna have to remind you to close your mouth when you chew.
Rita: Now, now, don't talk to your sister like that. Merry Christmas!