After Mary and Joseph fail to find an inn for the night in Bethlehem, the soon-to-be-parents-of-Jesus turn to online booking sites for help.
Yes, it's a strange premise. But somehow it works as the set up for a few cute gags -- and for some biting commentary about the travel industry.
Since 2013, the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) has hosted The Checkout, a consumer-affairs show that puts a satirical twist on business practices. The first episode of Series Four turned its ribald eye to online booking sites.
In its more serious moments, the reporter/advocate/satirists highlight data from the Australian consumer watchdog's report on the online travel sector, such as a statistic that Expedia's commission rate has grown from 9% to 15% since 2010.
The show also includes quotes from the main booking sites, including Expedia, defending themselves by saying that comparison sites help to hold down rates for consumers.
Probably the most persuasive part of the clip is the idea that the debate over third-party distribution has been going on for 2,000 years. At times, it really does seem like that.
Here's a condensed six-minute clip: