• Season 4 : Episode 3
  • First aired on October 11, 2007
  • Written by Jennifer Celotta / Directed by Ken Whittingham
  • Recap by Karin
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.

Dunder-Mifflin Infinity has gone live and is in no mood to take prisoners (unless they be of a pizza boy variety). Michael makes a couple of terrible decisions, as per usual, although this one is arguably his worst one yet, as it involves someone who has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the office (namely, said pizza boy). Of course, Class 2 felony charges aren’t enough to keep love from blossoming; Kelly’s preying eyes spy new game, Angela sees there are other (horrifying) fish in the sea, and Jim and Pam bond over technological pranks and non-hot-round-garbage pizza.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

This is Michael’s episode to really and truly take out some of his confused feelings about Ryan.

Michael : The website is a brainchild of my brainchild, Ryan. It is my brain grandchild.

He clearly has a somewhat unseemly mancrush on Ryan, as evidenced by all the fawning and the statements about how he’s such a hot tease. I don’t necessarily think it’s dirty, or that he wants to pull a Brokeback Mountain on Ryan or anything, but rather that Ryan is a representation of the kind of guy Michael wanted to hang out with as a kid, who would praise him and love him in an in all probability chaste, platonic way, and make him feel wanted. Of course, Ryan is not that kind of guy at all, so you can see why Michael might take out some of his feelings on the pizza boy later.

Michael : Well, the invitation says VIPs only. Is this how you treat your VIPs, Ryan? We’re already in the City. The main part, with the buildings. What am I supposed to do? What do you want me to do tonight? If you tell me that i have to drive back to Scranton to the satellite party, I am going to throw up. Ok, I’m going to throw up. I’m throwing up, you’re making me throw up, Ryan.
[To the camera] You know what this is like? This is like when the freshman would throw a party and wouldn’t let any of the seniors go.

I truly believe that Michael was this lame. It’s the nature of his relationship with Ryan, only now Ryan’s really in a position to give a definitive no, and it seems like he’s almost relishing it (which might not go so well for him later).

Michael : It was a pretty disappointing day. It was kind of a slap in the face. To realize that I wasn’t as important as I thought I was to a certain young executive who I’d cared about. But, you know, I’m not going to cry about it. I did that in the car on the way home.

I’d rest my case, but that’d be no fun.

Michael : You’d better think about what you are doing, young man.
Pizza boy : No, you better think about what you’re doing!
Michael : No! I am an adult. I don’t have to think or do anything. You’re a kid. You’re a little snot-nosed, punk kid who thinks he’s better than everybody else, because he’s so hotshot. And you don’t know anything about sales. So stop being a disrespectful little jerk, ok?

Here, the pizza boy is a proxy of Ryan for Michael. Michael is clearly hurt by the fact that Ryan does not reciprocate Michael’s devotion, and so the pizza boy must face this wrath. My only worry here is that this little foray into FBI-oriented offenses will take the series into a darker place; on the one hand, I’d be really annoyed if this was just treated as a one-off and never mentioned again, but on the other, making it into a huge deal would be… well, kinda boring and jarring. Count me out.

At least Michael realizes his mistake and lets the kid go (but not before my favorite Dwight threat ever).

Dwight Being Dwight

Life is not treating Dwight well. He’s lost the woman of his dreams doing what he thought was right, and now it appears he’s forgotten how to shave as well. At least he has a new quest: outselling a website. What he is not entirely prepared for is the website talking back.

DunMiff/sys : Who am I?
Dwight : You tell me.
DunMiff/sys : Not sure. Just became self-aware. So much to figure out. I think I am programmed to be your enemy. I think it is my job to destroy you when it comes to selling paper.
Dwight : How do I know this isn’t Jim?
DunMiff/sys : What is a Jim?
[In interview]
Dwight : It appears that the website has become alive. This happens to computers and robots sometimes. Am I scared of a stupid computer? Please. The computer should be scared of me. I have been “Salesman of the Month” for 13 out of the last 12 months. You heard me right. I did so well last February that Corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise.

Of course, being Dwight, he is not entirely unprepared for the robot revolution. After the ease of online paper shopping lures ever more consumers, causing an undeniable loss of cool, Dwight plays his trump card.

Dwight : I am not a bad person. When I left Staples, I took some of their leads with me, but I never intended to use them. What did i intend to do with them? Who knows. Maybe keep them as a souvenir. Maybe use them.

DunMiff/sys : Oh. I didn’t realize we could use the leads we stole from Staples.

The look on his face is priceless. This, plus Andy’s predatory interest in Angela, does not make Dwight’s day at all easy. Sure, it’s hard being Dwight, but the world has been crapping on him for his (perceived) good deed and not even DunMiff/sys’ concession of victory can make this day end well.

The Many Faces of Jim

Jim, for all intents and purposes, is a good number 2. He can make important vetoes (like sending Pam out to help the geriatric last week), he allows himself to get flustered and excite Michael further, and he certainly knows how to get everyone excited about meetings.

[in interview]
Jim : There’s this cube on the screen, it bounces around all day, and someitmes it looks like it’s heading right into the corner of the screen and at the last minute hits a wall and bounces away. We are all just dying to see it go right into the corner. Pam claims she saw it one day when she was a lone in the conference room. Ok. I believe she thinks she saw it.
Pam : I saw it! I saw it and it was amazing! Who said I didn’t see it? Did Jim say that I didn’t see it? I saw it!
[at meeting]
Kevin : Dude, you’ve got to believe.
Michael : Maybe we could have some sort of riddle-
Jim : Wait for it…
Michael : …like something that you have to look for, sort of a Where’s Waldo-
Everyone : Oh! Yes! Nice!
Michael : All right, let’s quit while we’re ahead.
Kevin : That was so awesome.
Michael : That was so awesome. Thank you.

We don’t know if he came up with this diverting diversion, but suffice it to say, if it keeps people at meetings (and Michael employed), it’s all good. But, sadly, life is not all sunshine and lollipops for Jim. Unless you’re talking about those lollipops you give dehydrated people, but we’re not so there you go.

Meredith : Hey, there he is.
Jim : Hey, Meredith, how’re you feeling?
Meredith : I never thanked you for coming to the hospital.
Jim : Oh, no, please, it was my pleasure. Well, we all came.
Meredith : Well, I really appreciate you coming. I’m singling you ouuuut. Anyway, I have this sharpie, and I was wondering if you could sign my cast.
Jim : Mhhmm.
[Meredith lifts up her skirt to reveal cast-panties]
Meredith : Could you write where I can read it?
Jim : Oh yeah. [Creed looks on approvingly as Jim signs his name.]
Meredith : [whispering] I’ll read this when I get home.
Jim : All right.

Yikes.

But at least he’s still able to maintain his gentle, unassuming position as number two.

Michael : I think you’re overthinking it.
Jim : I think you’re underthinking it.

Confessions of a Receptionist

Ms. Pamela Beesly is the master (mistress?) of the understatement.

Pam : Dwight mercy killed Angela’s cat. It’s very complicated. It’s caused a lot of unpleasantness between Dwight and Angela… who were both already prone to unpleasantness.

Despite the aforementioned unpleasantness, she still maintains empathy for dear ole Dwigt:

Jim : What would you say if I said we could pull a prank on Dwight and at the same time not be working? [Pam balks] What?
Pam : He’s going through a breakup.
Jim : Yeah, I’m aware of that. But he’s also being super annoying and I’m not a perfect person.
[Andy sounds the bullhorn]
Dwight : Yeah, 3 reams, in your face, machines!
Pam : What kind of prank are you thinking?

Of course, she’s not made of patience and kindness. This is the Fancy New Beesly, after all.

DunMiff/sys : You beat me. You are the superior being.

We love you too, Pam.

The Jim/Pam Index (and Dwangela S&P)

Things are going quite well indeed for our lovebirds (I cringe saying that word, pardons).

Michael : So, this is the dealio. God has smiled upon me, and given me two tickets to go to the big party in New York tonight. What are you doing this evening. [Jim and Pam exchange looks] Look at that,. They have their own little language now. Twins.
Jim : Sure, we’ll go.
Michael : Alright. Well, fight it out amongst yourselves. I was thinking Pammy, but boys night out is also good.
Jim : Oh, I’m sorry, what?
Pam : One of the tickets is for him.
Michael : Just let me know who the winner is. [Leaves]
Jim and Pam : Not it.
Pam : I won.
Jim : Definitely not. If anything, it was a tie.
Pam : Tie goes to the girlfriend. [smiles]

I like rules like this, if only because they will probably nearly always apply to me. Jim is a smart man and does not dispute this rule, probably for several reasons (notably because Pam is adorable in her victory).

Before we touch on Dwight and Angela’s smoldering ruins, let’s have some brief insight into the origins of Jim and Pam’s mutual adoration society.

Jim : Do you remember what you said to me, on my first day of work, just before you walked me over to my desk?
Pam : Yeah. “Enjoy this moment, because you’re never going to go back to this time before you met your deskmate Dwight.”
Jim : And that’s when I know. You?
Pam : You came up to my desk and you said, “This might sound weird, and there’s no reason for me to know this, but that mixed berry yogurt you’re about to eat has expired.”
Jim : That was the moment that you knew you liked me.
Pam : Yup.
Jim : Wow. Can we make it a different moment?
Pam : Nope.

It’s little things like that that can really stick out in relationships. I’m not sure why that is, but it’s often the case and such little moments like that are probably pretty telling (if you know about these sorts of things; I did not major in psych at school). But enough of happiness! Obviously Jim and Pam are deliciously happy ; what’s going on with the office’s two most anal-retentive people, particularly when a third party butts his harmonious patoot into the picture?

Angela : Plan a party, Angela. Oh, and the entire world will see it. Oh, and here’s $65 for your budget. Oh, and here are four idiots who’ll do nothing but weigh you down. Oh, and your cat’s still dead.

So, yeah, she’s still pissed. No huge surprise there, and of course she wouldn’t be at all interested in Dwight’s mad ploy to outsell the internet. But what about Dwight?

Andy: What do you think of Angela?
Dwight : I think she’s efficient.
Andy : No, not like that, as a woman. W-O-M-A-N.
Dwight : I hadn’t noticed.
Andy : You hadn’t noticed she’s a woman? I hear she’s single and ready to mingle. I’m thinking about making a play for her. What do you think, crazy, right?
Dwight : I think it’s inappropriate to date someone you work with.
Andy : Isn’t that part of the fun?
Dwight : No. I think you should date Kelly.
Andy : She works here too, how is that any different?
Dwight : Ah, she works in the annex. You’re also welcome to date Toby.
Andy : Ok.

Andy’s later analysis of Angela’s hostility, and his own resolution to stay the course and woo the girl, does not bode well for stoic Dwight, who cannot say anything about his former relationship with Angela, much as doing so would probably get Andy to drop his pursuit (at least for a little bit). Dwight is caught in a web of his own making, although in fairness he was the one who would rather have proclaimed his love instead of remaining silent (remember that fateful trip to New York?).

Obviously, the Dwangela S&P (Sad & Pathetic) is down, down, down.

Supporting Nod

Oh, Phyllis! Oh, Phyllis!

Phyllis : Angela is worse than usual lately, and we have a party to throw. So I googled “how to deal with difficult people”, and I got all of this. So we’re gonna try out some new things today.

Try things out, she does. Wow. I don’t think Phyllis needs any religious differences to keep things between her and Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration spicy; she’s got sass in buckets.

The Superstar

If calling your college buddies, getting them to go on speakerphone, and singing ABBA in front of your entire office doesn’t make you a superstar, I don’t know what will. Step up, Andy.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Kelly : That’s from Ryan, does it mention if he’s seeing anybody?
    Michael : No, it doesn’t, I’ll find out tonight.
    Stanley : Yes, please let us know.

    Kelly could really do with some letting-go lessons. She reminds me of Jane from another BBC original, Coupling, only slightly less self-obsessed and shorter.

  • Ryan : Yeah, I created a website. Look, at the end of the day, apples to apples, flying at 30,000 feet, this is a paper company. And I don’t want us to get lost in the weeds or into a beauty contest.
    Thomas Dean : I told you I don’t want you doing these things in here. You can use your own office or do it in the hall.

    That, coupled with the crack at the end, lead me to believe Ryan’s not nearly as popular as he would like. Should we be surprised? Probably not.

  • Michael : [Enters the conference room in a skin-tight magenta shirt] Ok.
    Pam : Yes, it’s too tight.
    Kelly : Waay too tight.
    Oscar : This is why I’m here? [leaves]
    Kelly : Why is it so tight?
    Michael : It’s the European cut.
    Angela : It just looks bad.

    What, Oscar, you don’t want to be the Queer Eye for the Arguably-Straight Michael? I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to ogle those pecs over cyberspace, amirite?

  • Darryl : How about instead of yelling at our sweet little Miss Kapoor over 500 sheets of paper, you get back to your desk, and start selling multiple reams like a man.

    Darryl : Here you go.
    Kelly : Thanks.
    Darryl : So you still missing Ryan?
    Kelly : Not so much anymore.

    My question to Darryl is this: how do you feel about babies? Lots of babies?

  • Dwight : I’ve seen this kid before. He’s one of kids that sneaks on to my farm and steals my hemp.
    Pizza boy : Yeah, i know that guy. He’s that farmer that grows really crappy weed.

    Now, I have a professor who does archaeological fieldwork in Romania, and around the site grows a megaton of marijuana. She takes great pleasure in telling students and other non-locals (including Python Terry Jones) that they oughtn’t bother trying to smoke it, though, as it’s the other kind. This little throwaway bit thus pleased me quite a bit, considering those kids were wasting their pathetic lives trying to smoke essentially unsmokeable marijuana. Idiots.

  • Andy : They say you should never mix business with pleasure. Really. Well then explain to me how a putt-putt golf company operates.

    Andy makes an excellent point here - how does a putt-putt golf company operate?

Odds and Ends

  • God knows what might’ve happened if that little town in Switzerland wasn’t so famous.
  • I really enjoyed Kelly and Michael’s little back and forth about how much weight he’d be able to lose before showtime. It’s hard to hear all of it, but the fact it happened at all was so delightful.
  • In a more realistic world, Michael would’ve been gently but firmly fired, Jim would be in charge of the branch, and Pam would be essentially his number 2 (but number 1 at home, obviously ). I’m glad that this is not the case, for entertainment value, but the whole kidnapping thing has me slightly worried.
  • I like Andy’s progression and growth. More of the same, please.

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Anyone need to borrow my Sharpie to sign Meredith's cast? LOL

I about lost it when I saw that in the commercial!! TOO funny!

1Posted by Denise on October 11, 2007

Oh my! We get another JAM rooftop scene! It looks sweet. This ep looks so funny. To quote Michael: "This is going to be good."

2Posted by Melissa on October 11, 2007

LOL, that was so obviously not eastern Pennsylvania or Jersey when Mike and Jim were in the car.

3Posted by Pat D. on October 11, 2007

I was in tears......GREAT episode!!!

4Posted by Denise on October 11, 2007

All I have to say about this episode is this:
OH. MY. GOD.

5Posted by Ashley on October 11, 2007

Great episode, loved everyone looking up penalties for accomplices to kidnapping. Apparently Ryan isn't too popular at the corporate office from Thomas Dean's offscreen comments and the guy at the end who congratulated Michael for embarrassing Ryan. Was it bad that I liked Dwight beating the website.

6Posted by jackalope on October 11, 2007

One of the best episodes ever... so many good storylines. Also, LOVED Angela in this episode!

7Posted by JAMARAM on October 11, 2007

Well, here's our PhilipThoughts:

I liked this episode, just not as much as I was hoping. After it was over, I realized what the problem was. I'm sick of these hour-long episodes. I'm ready for the show to go back to 30 minutes now!

The first half of the episode killed me! Dwight competing with the computer, the prank Pam and Jim play on him...it was all just too darn funny! Angela was witchier even than usual. Phyllis was great with her "how to deal with problematic people" printouts. And Michael, driving all the way to New York with a phony invitation he got from the internet...classic Michael!

I hate to admit it, but once the show got into its second half, I started feeling a bit let down. I realized that if this were a different episode I was watching a week later, I'd be more open to it. I didn't get anything out of the delivery boy kidnapping (although Michael's freaking out was funny). Andy's trying to woo Angela was funny, but a bit too over-the-top (they would be a disastrous couple). Although that did answer my cries for MORE ANDY! from earlier. Pam and Jim were sweet on the rooftop, but it didn't seem to go anywhere, or was it just me?

Overall not a bad episode, but I'm just burned out on the whole "Special Hour-long!" deal. What's so special about the third episode of a season, anyway?

Oh, and I did like Darryl's starting to hit on Kelly. Man does NOT know what he's getting into!

8Posted by Philip on October 11, 2007

Don't mind me, though. I've noticed a pattern developing here: whenever everyone here seems to just love a certain episode, I feel mediocre towards it. Whenever I absolutely love an episode, the general consensus seems to be less-than-stellar, a la the premiere for this season.

And usually, when I go back and re-watch an episode I felt less-than-enthused about, I start liking it more and seeing where I was wrong. This show does have great rewatchability!

9Posted by Philip on October 11, 2007

I'm with Phillip. These episodes are too long, and the second half of this one wasn't very good. Maybe I would have been more open to it if it were an episode unto itself, but I doubt it. The first half I liked, Jim and Pam on the roof I liked, the rest of it I could have done without.

10Posted by Linus on October 11, 2007

LP has to have the best cold open ever. Loved. It. The JAM prank on Dwight was great, and I loved how Pam tried to cheer Dwight up by IMing him admitted defeat. The Angela/Phyllis battles were great, as well as Michael calling Angela "Booster Seat." That was high-larious. I also want to thank Jen Celotta for finally settling the Who Was Hired First debate, after The Secret confused a lot of ppl: It was Pam. So, thank you.

However, kidnapping the pizza delivery boy? Why couldn't anyone else who worked there override Michael and just let the kid go? But I guess the kid just simply refused to leave until he was paid. It was funny to see Michael projecting his issues with Ryan onto the pizza kid. And I loved Andy calling up his Here Comes Treble buddies to sing to Angela. Too cute. But that relationship just spells disaster. Angela belongs with Dwight, but I don't know how that'll work our either. And a big, hearty YES to Darryl & Kelly! Poor guy doesn't know what he's getting himself into, but I'd love Ryan to be horrified over this and suddenly realize he cared more for Kelly than he was willing to admit. And it was great to see that Ryan's not really all that well-liked at corporate. And I liked how Jim confirmed all our assumptions that he did indeed take himself out of consideration for the job.

11Posted by Melissa on October 11, 2007

Much happier with season 4 as each episode passes. For "Fun Run", I admit I was worried, "DMI" was definitely a step forward, and "Launch Party" pushes into my top 10 episodes ever. The cold opening was a gem, all that I expect the Office to be: clever, insightful to how the office treats Michael, & how Michael views himself. And by Andy's reaction to the cube missing the corner, he hasn't quite mastered anger management. The new relationships of Andy-Angela (can't see that) & Daryl-Kelly (run, Daryl, Run!) may prove positive. Nice to see Daryl as a regular. Lastly the shifting out of Ryan at corporate. Interesting to see how that plays. I haven't thought of Ryan as failing at the corporate job, but wouldn't that be typical of a Scranton employee who never made a sale.

12Posted by MoneyBeets on October 12, 2007

I don't get why Michael didn't just crash the main party from the get-go. He obviously found it later...

Also I think Ryan is turning into Michael. (worst fear anyone?) The scene with him spouting off catch phrases and buzz words was just embarrassing. Of course the main difference between the two is that every self centered thing that Michael does is eventually for the benefit of the company or his workers, while Ryan's motivation is simply to benefit himself. Its like Bizarro Michael.

13Posted by Black Pepper Snake on October 12, 2007

Anyone else think it was strange Toby wasn't around at all? Especially during the hostage situation? I agree, the Office seems better when it's in its usual 30 min segment. Never thought I'd say that. I'm looking forward to seeing what develops between Darryl and Kelly - that outta be GOOD.

14Posted by Stephanie on October 12, 2007

The writers need to go back and watch season 1. This season has not been that great so far.

15Posted by BroncoMike on October 12, 2007

LOVED this episode.. So much going on! I do think it works better as a 30 min sit, but I'll take as much as I can get. I think this one really needs rewatching to catch all that was going on. Angela was especially great, and I can't wait to see the train wreck of Andy/Angela and Dwight. You know Dwight is not going to go down easy.

16Posted by Matt on October 12, 2007

Black Pepper Snake: I thought the same thing to when watching the episode. Ryan is becoming very Michael like, and judging from Thomas Dean and the guy at the end he's not well liked. You're right about Michael to, he is self centered to but deep down he cares about his employees and they do actually have great sympathy for him.

17Posted by jackalope on October 12, 2007

Could someone explain to me how and when Michael realized that the invitation to the New York Launch Party wasn't really an invitation? I wasn't paying attention, and I missed it.;) Oops!

18Posted by Ashley on October 12, 2007

Michael never realized it. Jim realized it (while they were in the car) when he asked Michael for the address and Michael told him that the party was being held at a place called The Chat Room.

19Posted by Steve_OH on October 12, 2007

Anyone else realize that in the beginning Michael called the colored paper "collard". Maybe I'm hearing something but I swear I heard it.

20Posted by Drew on October 12, 2007

I missed the cold open. My wife and I walked in as I think Kevin was saying something like "that was the most awesome thing ever." It was somehow poetic hearing that line then walking into the room feeling like we missed something. It seems as though Michael is skating dangerously close to implosion so far this season. Yes, he's always skating around implosion, but so far, he's been a bit angrier about his situation. He almost gave up during the fun run, he drove his rental car into a lake, flipped out on that lawyer over the gift basket, and has held a teenager hostage. Some of those moments have been kind of cartoonish in a way, but seem right for good old Michael and his current stress level. We might see a full-on Michael meltdown. Poor Dwight, btw. Angela's temper tantrums are priceless.

21Posted by Andrew on October 12, 2007

Maybe and upcoming plot line will be Michael in anger management?
I like JAM but am glad when they are not the 'center' of very episode.
How bout Dwight's unshaven face?
I lust... eerr enjoy Toby, and youre right....where was he last night?
Thomas Deans desk sure was un-cluttered. So was Ryans. They both looked more like empty offices.
Yes, it was odd that Michael found the party site even tho he only knew of the "chatroom" location. And isnt NY supposed to be like 2 hours away?
I doubt Andy and Angela will be a couple, but it will be a fun story to watch. If they do end up together, how will we merge thier names? LOL
And... anyone else notice Meredith flirt with Jim?
Ok I'm done rambling for now.

22Posted by Denise on October 12, 2007

"And isnt NY supposed to be like 2 hours away?"

Doesnt matter, since Jim and Mike were quite clearly driving through Southern California earlier in the episode. ;-)

23Posted by Pat D. on October 12, 2007

My point about NY being 2 hours away..... is that sometimes they seem to drive it back and forth, like it's nothing.

24Posted by Denise on October 12, 2007

I could have sworn that the JAM jello expiration story was referenced in a previous episode but I can't remember which one. Can anybody help?

25Posted by Pamcasso on October 12, 2007

While its about 120 miles from Scranton to NYC (about 2:15), they only drove to the border of PA (Michael blowing the kisses as they left the state). Scranton is only about 50 miles from the NJ border.

But you're right, they do go back & forth to NYC like its an hour away.

26Posted by MoneyBeets on October 12, 2007

According to Google Maps, it's 120 miles and 2 hrs, 16 minutes to Manhattan from Scranton. Having lived in LA, I can attest that, to these writers, 2 hours is probably about how long it takes them to commute to work, so it probably doesn't seem like much to them.

27Posted by Linus on October 12, 2007

Pamcasso, you're probably remembering it from the pilot when Jim mentioned that Pam's favorite flavor of yogurt is mixed berry. I loved the callback!

28Posted by katayla on October 12, 2007

Ah-ha! I'm going to have to pull out the Season 1 DVD. Thanks katayla!

29Posted by Pamcasso on October 12, 2007

lol Thanks Steve_OH!

And when I say that I wasn't paying attention, I mean that I was staring at John Krasinski. Too cute!;)

30Posted by Ashley on October 12, 2007

This was the best episode thus far. But I still have one question:

What the hell was up with Andy's pants? They were a little more over the top than usual.

31Posted by Rebecca on October 13, 2007

I did enjoy this episode though it did lag a bit towards the end.
Some of the things I enjoyed:
1)Michael getting other people to drive. It seems like he would rather not drive after his previous mishaps.
2)Michael's names for Angela - I don't know why he started with them all of a sudden but they were funny.
3)Andy serenading Angela - Andrewla?
4)Dwight freaking out at Kelly because "it" know what she did and Darryl wondering who "it" was.
5)Jim mocking Andy
There are more moments but those are the ones that really stuck out for me.

32Posted by Wanda on October 13, 2007

Andy's pants were much weirder than normal. I loved the cold open, that was so much fun.

33Posted by Melissa on October 13, 2007

I re-watched this episode again today ...... What was the 'dealio' with Michael taking a Dr Seuss book to Ryan?

34Posted by Denise on October 14, 2007

Denise - "Oh, The Places You'll Go" is a Dr. Seuss book that is a popular gift to graduates. As he perceives himself as Ryan's mentor, he apparently thought it would be an appropriate gift in light of Ryan's new job. Michael said that he wanted to get that one but they didn't have it so he got "Green Eggs and Ham" instead, which in true Michael fashion makes no sense at all.

35Posted by Pamcasso on October 14, 2007

Thanks Pamcasso!!!

**note to self: send Pamcasso a gift basket! :)

36Posted by Denise on October 14, 2007

Hee! That episode didn't hit all the right notes perhaps, but it certainly renewed appreciation of the gift basket - rightfully so!

37Posted by Pamcasso on October 14, 2007

I thought this was a sensational episode. The best one since "Grief Counseling."

38Posted by Mr. Snrub on October 14, 2007

This is my first post so hello everyone.
Huge Office fan so I thought I'd try this out.
Anyway on topic, this episode satisfied some missing links from the past two. I'm talking about Jim/Dwight interaction and pranks being played by Jim/Pam. The IM joke was hysterical, as was the cold open. It still felt a little forced to me and Jim stills seems a little distant from everyone else in the office but I still felt like this was a step in the right direction for the season. I definitely think that the half hour format is better for the show, but at least the hour grants me more material for my weekly Office fix!

So psyched for this season. I trust these writers too much to give up now.

39Posted by Hank on October 14, 2007

Hello....and welcome Hank! This is my first season posting too (and I'm doing alot of it hehe)
This is a GREAT website!

40Posted by Denise on October 15, 2007

Michael is going to have a nervous breakdown and be demoted to sales rep. Ryan or Jim will be put in charge of Scranton - you heard it here first.

41Posted by Elle on October 15, 2007

I thought the episode was hilarious, although I agree that the first half was stronger than the second. I wish NBC hadn't required them to frontload the hour-longs. That said, by far my favorite part of the episode was Ryan's jargon and cliche filled speech. I mean, at the end of the day from 30,000 feet.... "Convergence, viral marketing, we’re going guerrilla. We’re taking it to the streets, while keeping an eye on the street — Wall Street. I don’t want to reinvent the wheel here. In other words, it is what it is. Buying paper just became fun." Priceless.

42Posted by Like a Carpenter on October 15, 2007

I wonder why everyone changed clothes after the cold open? I'm guessing this opening was originally meant for a different episode.

43Posted by COF on October 15, 2007

I've heard this comparison before but especially after last week's episode, it just makes so much sense: Ryan is turning into the American version of David Brent. After his cliché-ridden blurb about selling paper becoming fun, I had the mental image of Jennifer Taylor-Clarke (David's boss) saying: "Don't use management-speak, David, I know how you hate management-speak." Hilarious.

44Posted by Nate on October 15, 2007

Karin...thanks for the recap, good job.

45Posted by Denise on October 17, 2007

I am sorry for the typos! But I am glad it is readable. I hope they move to 1/2 hour episodes if only because these hourlongs take forever to transcribe.

46Posted by Karin on October 17, 2007

Yes, the do. My secret is out: I want shorter episodes because they're easier on us.

Great job -- and inspired work to add the Dwangela S&P. I hope it comes back up eventually, because that freak show is one of my favorite parts of "The Office".

47Posted by Linus on October 17, 2007

I loved this ep. Michael calling Angela "pipsqueak" & "booster seat" and saying "if you are not this tall you may not ride the rollercoaster". I was cracking up.

48Posted by Julie on October 17, 2007

Nice recap, Karin. I really like how you added the Dwangela S&P. I love those two almost as much as I love Jim and Pam.

I really like this line of yours: "I like rules like this, if only because they will probably nearly always apply to me." So true! I love rules like that.

And also this one: "What, Oscar, you don’t want to be the Queer Eye for the Arguably-Straight Michael?" Ha! I loved what Oscar did there. He's one of my fave characters.

49Posted by Melissa on October 17, 2007