The Return

Thursday18 January 200767 Comments
  • Season 3 : Episode 13
  • First aired on January 18, 2007
  • Written by Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg, and Michael Schur / Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Recap by Jamie Harris
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.

Oscar returns from his extended vacation (or, “gay-cation,” per Kevin) to an office unhinged. Dwight’s recent dismissal has left a vacuum of epic proportions, in which uptight accountants break down, plant life perishes, and not even a fly on the wall is safe from Andy’s fisted reign of terror. Michael reaches the end of his rope and takes a surprising stand, while Jim reaches another end and does his own part to spark a little unexpected twist.

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Traveling Salesmen

Thursday11 January 200745 Comments
  • Season 3 : Episode 12
  • First aired on January 11, 2007
  • Written by Michael Schur, Lee Eisenberg, and Gene Stupnitsky / Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Recap by Jamie Harris
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.

Hidden agendas abound as the Dunder Mifflin sales team sets out to proselytize the Electric City on the merits of all things paper. Andy bends Michael’s ear in an elaborate vendetta against his arch-nemesis while Phyllis just sees what needs to be done and does it. Dwight’s good deed gets punished and he finds his place in a long history of men brought to ruin for the sake of true love, but it’s Stanley that gets the last laugh and then some.

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Back from Vacation

Thursday4 January 200744 Comments

Michael returns from vacation brimming with a new zest for life and a tenuously guarded secret, and armed with enough incriminating evidence to guarantee the ruin of both before the day’s end. Meanwhile, the warehouse demands an inventory and Angela’s party planners are called upon to transform the proceedings into an impromptu luau, during which much more than just paper is taken stock. In the end a confession is made, a reprieve is granted, and Kevin snags a bargain on a fine piece of art.

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