• Season 2 : Episode 14
  • First aired on January 26, 2006
  • Written by Paul Lieberstein / Directed by Victor Nelli, Jr.
  • Recap by James Fan
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.
  • Thanks to flotsette for providing a closed captioning transcript.

Business takes a turn for the weird when Michael finds a toxic package waiting for him at the office. In an effort to escape the stench, he commandeers Jim’s desk where he spends the rest of the day making false promises and inciting general mayhem. Meanwhile, Jim sets up shop at the back of the office and barely makes it through the day. Just when it seems like all hope is lost, inspiration arrives from a familiar source.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

The latest incident at the office puts all of Michael’s friendships to the test. It’s a good thing there weren’t many of them to begin with.

Michael : Last week, I would’ve given a kidney to anyone in this office. I would’ve reached right into my stomach and pulled it out for them. But now, no. I don’t have the relationship with these people that I thought I did. I hope they ask. So they can hear me say, uhhh… no. I only give my organs to my real friends. Go get yourself a monkey kidney.

I know of no better way to gauge the quality of a friend than by the evolutionary rank of the creature whose organs they are worthy of receiving.

Dwight Being Dwight

Dwight’s suspicion knows no bounds. It’s a wonder his relationship with Angela has survived for so long, though threats of divine retribution probably have something to do with it.

Michael : Here she comes.
[Cleaning lady walks out of the office]
Michael : All clean? Great.
[Michael and Dwight walk back into the office and then right back out]
Dwight : Still stinky.
Michael : That is worse.
Dwight : She probably scrubbed it into the fibers of the carpet. Total permeation.

Sinister doesn’t even begin to describe it. No man or woman is that evil.

The Many Faces of Jim

It has not been a kind month for Jim.

Jim : Pam’s on vacation, and she gets back tomorrow, so it’ll be nice to see her. It’ll be nice. And, uh, she set a date for the wedding with Roy. Uh, June. Summer. So, that’ll be nice. And that’s that.

And there we have nice being used three different ways.

Confessions of a Receptionist

There is an impenetrable bubble of indifference that extends around reception. Invisible to the naked eye, it does an exceptionally good job of keeping the Michael out.

Michael : Watch out, Pam. You’re next.
Pam : You’re gonna throw my things on the ground?
Michael : Maybe.

We’ve come a long way from the mock firing of the Pilot. My money’s on Pam if they ever come to blows.

The Jim/Pam Index

This episode manages to serve up a healthy dose of Jim and Pam without having them exchange more than a few sentences.

Never has it been more apparent than it was in The Carpet as to what’s really keeping Jim at his job. It turns out a day without Pam isn’t much of a day at all as we are treated to shots of Jim wandering aimlessly around the office. Take the episode in the break room, for instance: faced with the choice of listening to Pam and Roy happily getting along versus death-by-yabbering from Kelly, he instead chooses to retreat into the men’s room to enjoy his coffee.

The remainder of the episode is an exercise in how to cope with a meaningless existence. Hyperbole, perhaps? Maybe, but you wouldn’t know it from Jim’s demeanor. First, we get a shot of him approaching the snack room for his routine lunch with Pam and then turning away when he notices Roy at the table. A short while later, we catch a glimpse of him waving goodbye to Pam through the break room door. She doesn’t see him, and we get a sense that we’ve just seen the last straw. Our next shot is one of him acting out of desperation.

Jim : Hey, Brenda, this is, uh, Jim Halpert from the boat. And I got your number from the corporate directory. And, well, I was assuming that you probably gave it to them because you wanted me to ask you out, right? Um, so give me a call back. You can get my number from said directory, um, or just check your email… ’cause I just sent you one. Yikes. Uh, give me a call back… I hope. I’ll talk to you later. Bye.
Kelly : You just asked a girl out on the phone.
Jim : Yup.

Now, we’ve crossed into truly dire straits. Cold-calling business acquaintances for dates is a tactic best left for the Michael Scotts of the world. Jim does it anyway, though, as an entire nation of viewers throws their collective arms into the air. We would have had a riot on our hands had things been left at that; luckily, Pam extinguishes any threat of commotion with what may very well be the finest closer we’ve seen yet.

Jim : [Listens to voice mail messages]
Pam [On voice mail] : Hey, Jim. It’s Pam. I keep looking up to say something to you, and then Michael’s there, and it’s horrible. Anyway, I’m bored. Come back.
[Beep]
Pam : Hey, guess what. I moved my computer so I can’t see Michael’s head. It’s working. I think I can have a career as a very specific type of decorator.
[Beep]
Pam : Sudoku. Level: moderate. Time: 18 minutes. Suck on that, Halpert.
[Beep]
Pam : I’ll transfer you. Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam. Hold, please. Dunder Mifflin, this is–ok, sorry. Michael was standing at my desk and I needed to be busy or who knows what would’ve happened, so thank you.
[Beep]
Pam : Hey, what’s that word we made up for when you have a thing stuck in your shoe? Anyway, I have a thing stuck in my shoe.
[Beep]
Pam : Hey, I have a chance to sneak out of here early, and I’m not messing this up so I’ll see you tomorrow.
[Beep]
Pam : Calling from my cell phone. I don’t know if you guys figured out who did that to Michael’s carpet yet, but I have a theory that it involves an interdepartmental conspiracy–everybody in the office. We need to talk.

I’d call this sequence genius, but that would be selling it short. The more I watch it, the more I realize how lucky we are to have a show like this on the air. It gives me hope that despite the pressure to appeal to the lowest common denominator, there still exists a place for shows that are less concerned with immediate gratification and more concerned with simply getting it right. And this scene definitely gets it right.

Sooner or later, the writers of the show are going to give me a reason to slap one of these things with a clear, indisputable negative rating on the JPI. Not today, though. Despite all of the forlorn looks, The Carpet still manages an Even.

Supporting Nod

We’re finally seeing more of Ryan. If he keeps this up, I’ll have to give him his own section along with the rest of the starting five.

Jim : [Looks towards reception, occupied by Ryan while Pam is out on vacation]
Ryan : What?
[Cut to interview]
Ryan : Jim’s been looking at me kind of… a lot all week. I would be creeped out by it, but it’s nothing compared to the way Michael… looks at me.
[Cut back to the action where we see Michael staring at Ryan though the blinds in his office]

This scene is flat-out hilarious. I don’t know what I’d do if I ever caught someone looking at me like that.

The Superstar

Jim takes it for the second week in a row. The shot of him taking sanctuary in the men’s room pretty much sealed the deal.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Michael : Spamster.
    Pam : Um… Pam, plus Spam, plus–
    Michael : Hamster.
    Pam : Right.
    Michael : Welcome back. How was your vacation?
    Pam : It was great.
    Michael : Yeah? Did you get lucky?
    Pam : [Taken aback for a moment]
    Michael : Oop! Boink.

    Michael wakes up every morning thinking of what nonsensical phrase to call Pam next.

  • Pam : Roy and I just got back from the Poconos. I get ten vacation days a year, and I try to hold off taking them for as along as possible, and this year I got to… the third week in January.

    She must really love her job.

  • Creed : Hey, guys. Somebody making soup?

    That is foul beyond foul. Normally, I would shrug this off as a joke, but this is Creed.

  • Michael : I am a big Fear Factor fan. Um, I’m a big fan of anything Joe Rogan does, actually. So, this is sort of like my audition tape. Um…  [Clears throat]  I can’t stand it. I can’t stay in here another second.

    Any reference to NewsRadio is a welcome one.

  • Jim : What? I did not do that. That sounds disgusting.
    Ryan : [Giggling]  It wasn’t me. Um…it wasn’t me. It was not me.

    Things have gotten really bad if even Ryan can’t control himself.

  • Michael : Ed Truck was the manager before me. Horrible. He hated fun. It was like, oh, Ed Truck is walking toward us. Stop having fun. Start pretending to do work. What a jerk. He’s–you know what? I swore to myself, that if I ever got to walk around the room as manager, people would laugh when they saw me coming and would applaud as I walked away.

    First off, that fanny pack suits Michael well, almost as well as that glorious mullet of his. Second off, the headline in the newsletter (Michael Scott achieves top sales honors for Scranton for the third straight quarter) indicates that Michael may at one time have known what he was doing. And as for that promise he made to himself… I’d say he got half of it right, though not for the reasons he might have envisioned.

  • Kelly : I’m serious, my closet doors will not shut. I mean, it only takes so long to measure to make sure that clothes will hang up. ‘Cause aren’t all hangers, like, that big? So I don’t understand why the closet engineer didn’t think of that.

    Someone send that guy back to closet engineering school.

  • Kelly : Oh, my God, he is so cute. Would you talk to him for me and see if he likes me?
    Jim : Oh, no, I don’t think I can–
    Kelly : Oh, please, Jim. Please, please, Jim. Please, please, please? He’s so cute. I like him so much. And I would do it, but I’m too shy. Please, Jim? Please, please, please? Please, Jim, please? Please, please?

    The law of diminishing returns kicks in at around the third or fourth please.

  • Michael [Whispers] : Dwight.
    Dwight [Whispers] : Michael.
    Michael : Let’s set up accounting.
    Dwight : What?
    Michael : Old-fashioned raid. Sales on accounting. Follow my lead.
    [Michael and Dwight walk over to accounting]
    Michael : Hey, guys.
    Oscar : Hey, Michael.
    Michael : What’s up?
    Oscar : Hey, Dwight.
    [Dwight and Michael scream and laugh as they tear up everyones’ desks]

    One look at Dwight and Angela and it’s easy to tell who wears the pants in the relationship. Angela was this close to clobbering Dwight with the Bible I’m sure she keeps in her desk.

  • Oscar : What happened in Michael’s office was wrong. I understand it. It makes sense.  [Laughs]  But it’s–but it was still wrong.

    Incontrovertible proof that it is possible to be both right and wrong at the same time.

  • Michael : Why would somebody ruin a perfectly good carpet? I don’t know. Could be done out of hate. Could be done out of… love. It could be completely neutral.

    That is the most twisted interpretation of love that I have ever heard.

  • Michael : This was no act of God. A person did this. A person who works in this office. Maybe all of them.

    God wouldn’t touch that thing with a stick.

  • Michael : I am a victim of a hate crime. Stanley knows what I’m talking about.
    Stanley : That’s not what a hate crime is.
    Michael : Well, I hated it a lot, ok?

    At some point, it will dawn on Michael that Stanley probably lives a more domestically sheltered life than he does. Actually, no… no it won’t.

  • Jim : Let me ask you something. It’s actually… a little awkward. What do you think of Kelly?
    Ryan : I don’t know. Depends if you like a little junk in… Um, she’s really cool.
    Jim : Are you interested in her?
    Ryan : Yeah, totally.
    Jim : Really.
    Ryan : Did she say something?
    Jim : She said lots of things.
    Ryan : Do you know if she’s looking for a long-term thing or if she’d be cool just… hanging out?
    Jim : I have no idea.
    Ryan : Could you find out?
    Jim : [Pauses for a moment]  Yeah. Sure.

    It’s like throwing someone to a pack of wolves.

Odds and Ends

  • The scene of Michael locking Kevin in the office is funny in a mean sort of way. Any longer and he would have hurled himself through the window.
  • I half-expected Creed to punch Michael back after he took it in the shoulder.
  • What exactly is it that keeps Dwight at Michael’s side? I want to call it loyalty, but I feel like I’m doing the word a disservice by calling it that.
  • Watching Michael dance is like looking directly at the sun.

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This episode has potential to be really hilarious. Pam's blog said the carpet is soiled with something brown and smelly. Maybe the bathroom vandalizer (pam) is back at it again. It would be really funny if she turns out to be the one who soiled the carpet. Also, Pam's blog shares that Her and Roy actually have moments of getting along in this episode, this is going to be a hard one to watch if you're looking for the Jim/Pam index to go UP. With 22 more shows added for next year, It seems that this Jim and Pam thing will be stretched for a while. Can't wait for tonight's show. James, awesome work! I love this site.

1Posted by Todd Packer on January 26, 2006

My early thoughts on the episode:

  • That Dwight picked up a single pen from Angela's desk was just a great moment.
  • I feel really sad for Jim... he was so afraid of an office romance, and then after the whole blowup, there's a bunch of 'em. Dwight/Angela, Ryan/Kelly...possibly even the less-established Michael/Ryan, haha. I thought I couldn't possibly feel worse for him after his pathetic phone call, but then when he checks his messages and sees he misses what would have been such a great day...I dunno. At least that last part gives him some hope.
  • I'm starting to realize just how starved for friends Michael is with all the stuff Todd Packer does. It's quite extreme.
  • It seemed like Creed, Kelly, and Ryan had larger-than-normal parts and Dwight and Pam were surprisingly not as prominent. Though I think it was just on purpose for Kelly, and I think they're trying to establish Creed as a regular and Ryan as a guy that can carry b-plots.

    Either way, in no way could this episode have trumped The Secret as far as plot advancement or something like The Injury as far as pure amusement, so they went a different route and explored some areas that weren't as fleshed out. I think that's a pretty good choice.

    I can't wait to watch it again tomorrow off iTunes and pick up on some subtleties I missed. No matter how hard you try, you can't pick up on all of them the first time.

2Posted by Graham on January 26, 2006

The JPI looked be going DOWN until the ending.

loved michael's comment about fear factor and then he runs out of the office like little a girl only to see that the cameraman isn't even in the room with him.

3Posted by Patrick on January 26, 2006

I really can't handle how funny Creed was. The soup comment was classic Creed...if there can be classic Creed since he's always coming out of left field. James, I totally agree about this episode needing to take a different route after the last two fabulous (for very different reasons) episodes. I don't know about everyone else, but The Carpet seemed to jump around too much with Jim in the back and Michael in the bullpen.

4Posted by Kars on January 26, 2006

interesting episode...michael has such a tough time fitting in, its a bit hard to watch. You gotta feel for jim as he painfully watches pam and roy and then tries to fill the void with "brenda"...but then, at the end...A GLIMMER OF HOPE!!!

"whats that name we invented for when something is in your shoe?"

5Posted by matt from montana on January 26, 2006

I just can't believe how good this show is. Each episode is just as smart as the others yet they get funnier every week. Major kudos to the writers & actors. And this site is excellent, James! That said, I loved the scene when Jim was in the breakroom & he looked out at Pam and Roy out one door, and Kelly out the other door, and decided the men's room was the best place to be.
Also, Melora Hardin, who plays Jan Levinson (no longer Gould), was on Without A Trace tonight, too. Office folk everywhere:-)

6Posted by Candice on January 26, 2006

Wow, what a great episode. And it was great in ways that I didn't expect. Even when this show is in oddball mode, it still manages to come through in the heart department.

Graham, I got a kick a kick out of the pen scene between Dwight and Angela as well. You're right; this episode went in several different directions and still managed to come through in the end with solid results.

Patrick, I'm going to have an interesting time coming up with the JPI for this one. I wasn't expecting to have so much to work with after what happened last week. And by the way, I hope you don't mind, but I think I might have to borrow JPI out of your vocabulary; it's got a nice ring to it.

Oh yeah, Kars, Creed is definitely awesome.

matt, that ending was fantastic. There are some very smart people writing for this show and equally talented people shooting it.

I'm right with you, Candice: Jim having his coffee in the men's room ranks right up there with Michael's psycho-stare at Ryan.

7Posted by James on January 26, 2006

That was the BEST ENDING EVER!

8Posted by Jennie on January 26, 2006

Thank you, Office writers et.al. for throwing us (the viewers, and fans) a bone last night. Your ending (Jim listening to Pam's messages) gave me goose bumps. This show has it all. Congratulations on your show being renewed. Hearing the good news was better than Christmas morning.

9Posted by Jim on January 27, 2006

Awesome Office, as usual. Kelly is the cutest, she is officially a 13-year-old girl trapped in a paper company in PA. And Ryan's reaction with a reference to Junk in the [Trunk]... HA. I'm glad to see another side of Ryan (one with personality), a little more of Kelly, and I like to see Pam and Roy happy. Don't get me wrong I LOVE the JAM but it gives the show depth when we see that Roy and Pam (ram? poy?) stay together for a reason.

"That said, I loved the scene when Jim was in the breakroom & he looked out at Pam and Roy out one door, and Kelly out the other door, and decided the men’s room was the best place to be."

YES... one thousand times. That was a great shot- one that stuck with me.

Also, I am the worst morning person ever but I missed last night's episode. I woke up at 6 this morning so I would have time to watch my DVR-recorded Office before I went to work. sad? You be the judge--

10Posted by laura. on January 27, 2006

Ah! - if you put two dashes before typing, it crosses it out... lesson learned.

11Posted by laura. on January 27, 2006

Best part of this ep was Katey saying "You asked a girl out on the phone?", and Jim almost looks like he suddenly realized how sad that was. :)

12Posted by Pat D. on January 27, 2006

Whoops I meant Kelly not Katey.

13Posted by Pat D. on January 27, 2006

I thought it was a nice touch how they showed that even Dwight thought the "gift" was messed up. Michael is REALLY starved for friends.

14Posted by Brian on January 27, 2006

Yeah, Michael is such a great character. You feel sorry for him for like 10 seconds when his former boss is talking about how he needs to separate his employees from his friends and family, and you see Michael realize he considers his employees his friends and family. Also, when his boss reveals someone had done the same thing to him years ago, you know he and Todd Packer were the original culprits of "soilage".

I thought this episode was more like the ones from Season One, and I liked it.

15Posted by Sarah on January 27, 2006

The absolute best thing about this episode was the photo of Michael as a young salesman with long hair - the expression on his face was just nebulose!

16Posted by The Stooges Woman on January 27, 2006

Great ep. Loved "the look" Angela gave Dwight when the sales team came over to raid accounting. You know who wears the pants in THAT relationship!

Great Michael quote #1: "I'm a big Fear Factor fan. I'm a big fan of anything Joe Rogan does, actually."

Great Michael quote #2: "No, I only give my organs to my real friends. Go get yourself a monkey kidney." LOL

PS- did anyone notice Michael was wearing a fanny pack in that picture where he has the mullet? How hysterical!

17Posted by Kristi on January 27, 2006

As always, a great episode. I thought the classic "Jim look of the week" came when he saw Roy heading into Michael's office, realized that Roy was responsible for cleaning up the nasty carpet stain and turned to the camera with a look of fleeting amusement/satisfaction. Such a fantastic glimpse into the small poetic justices in life!

18Posted by Jules on January 27, 2006

laura., you're not the first that's been caught by that strikeout bug. I plan on fixing that issue sometime soon.

19Posted by James on January 27, 2006

Just wanted to say that if Brenda calls Jim back, I'm gonna throw down. And between the 27 seconds of silence, dumping katy, roy setting the date, and his confession to michael,when did jim have time to notice bren-duh?!

20Posted by KS on January 27, 2006

I really loved this episode, I really liked "The Injury" but that one was really more for pure amusement than anything tangible. This episode had a lot more depth. I'd have to say that the JPI went up, despite everything and Brenda, the messages were great. I'd say it was almost as good as the teapot.

My favorite part was Michael's psycho stare.

21Posted by jake on January 27, 2006

Where is the teapot?! I figured we would have seen some nicely timed hot tea being shuttled from the kitchen to Pam's desk by now. Of course, she might just be waiting for flu season to end so there's no chance of Dwight asking to borrow... er, violate it. Anyway, I hope it makes an appearance soon.

22Posted by Jamie on January 28, 2006

Also... if Michael is still as desperate to be like Jim as he was in The Secret, he came as close as he ever will with that look at the camera as Dwight incessantly dialed Rock 107. That was a Jim-look if I've ever seen one. Apparently proximity to Dwight's desk is the key.

And yes, the ending. Best. Ending. Ever. (so far.)

23Posted by Jamie on January 28, 2006

Who would have ever thought that there would be a place in the office that would be worse than the one next to Dwight. It's remarkable how annoying Kelly can be--poor, poor Jim.
I totally agree about the ending, Best ever thus far.

24Posted by sam on January 28, 2006

So there is one line of Kelly's where she says something like:

"Beyonce, pick the color, pick the person, hot dogs, basically anything that is awesome, snowcones...."

What on earth is she talking about?

25Posted by Jennie on January 28, 2006

To Jennie: I thought it was "pick the color, pick the person" too, but it's really "Pink the color, Pink the person." She was talking about things she found awesome, if I recall...

How about when Michael put the $83 by the door, and then hastily took it down just as Darryl and Roy were walking by?

26Posted by Brenzes on January 28, 2006

Ah...okay, that makes way more sense! Thanks Brenzes. :)

27Posted by Jennie on January 28, 2006

No problem, Jennie. :)

What was even more annoying about Dwight calling Rock 107 was that he kept physically hanging the phone up, rather than just pushing the button to hang it up. I would've lunged over the desk at him.

Was Pam's comment about "Something bad happened to Michael's carpet. Maybe that's all we need to know" her way of saying she thought Roy did it?

I loved the part where Michael tried to pin the crap as a hate crime against the cleaning lady: "I hate her." Also, where he said, "This was no act of God." Like God would take a dump on his carpet.

This show slays me!

28Posted by Brenzes on January 29, 2006

Woah woah woah WOAH!
BRENDA = THAT GIRL FROM BOOZE CRUISE THAT CAME FROM NEW YORK!!!
Right?
Wow. That'll be interesting.
And I hope Kelly and Ryan date, can you imagine how CRUSHED Michael would be?

Crushed over RYAN not Kelly, as perhaps many of you already know.
It's hilarious, in the first season DVD, they all joke in the commentary about the "hidden" love relationship of Ryan / Michael, and how they'll work it into the show.

It's even more hilarious, because.. they actually ARE working it into the show.

Now which other show would do that?
Ahh hugs The Office and all of us, the lovely fans

Comments?

29Posted by Jay K. Cagatay on January 29, 2006

Oh and Brenzes, just as DARRYL was walking by. He's like, a tiny bit racist, as Pam saw. Ohh Michael, only he can be racist in the good way.
Ala - Stanley and his knowledge of "hate crimes".

30Posted by Jay K. Cagatay on January 29, 2006

Michael, racist? No WAY! LOL. I really think it was a statement against both of them for being the "blue collar" types this time, though.

Do y'all really think Michael likes Ryan IN THAT WAY? I've always chalked it up to a man crush. I have a friend who has one on Jack Black, but he doesn't actually want to DO Jack Black. Ryan's like the equivalent of the smart, cool kid that Michael always wanted to be.

31Posted by Brenzes on January 29, 2006

I think the Michael/Ryan relationship is one where Michael wants Ryan to be his protege, but he carries it just a bit far. He wants Ryan to kiss ass and respect him, but Ryan can't respect him in ANY way because, well, it's Michael!

and I think one of these days, Michael has got to catch a beatdown for his political incorrectness. It's getting so damn flagrant.

Did anyone else get the feeling Dwight was the only one calling Rock 107? i don't know why, but for some reason, it seemed like if we heard the other end, it would be like they didn't really have a contest going on, so Dwight was just calling for nothing.

32Posted by Joe on January 29, 2006

I felt kinda sad for Jim having to sit next to Kelly as she talked to him like he was one of her girlfriends. I don't think Toby moved due to allergies, I believed it was because of Kelly!

33Posted by Amber on January 29, 2006

Re: Michael's crush on Ryan.

I think it definitely started out with Michael looking up to Ryan because he's the young, cool, ambitious guy, and Michael therefore wants Ryan to respect him as well 'cause he likes to think he's equally cool. (Which I believe is referred to as the "non-sexual crush," in Seinfeldian terms.)

But since "The Injury," where Michael wanted Ryan to come into the bathroom and help him, and now with the crazy psycho stare in "The Carpet," I think it's just become a purely funny running gag that the writers are having fun with, even if it can't be logically explained. (Which is fine by me -- I thought that shot of Michael staring was one of the most hilarious bits on the show all season!)

34Posted by bp on January 29, 2006

This episode was beyond awesome.
"Somebody making soup?" LAUGH MY FREAKING ASS OFF. I love Creed.
I loved the look Jim gave the camera when Kelly was begging him to talk to Ryan for her. "Please Jim? Please? Please? I like him sooo much but I'm too shy. Please Jim oh please Jim..." I felt his pain. This was a painful episode for our poor Jim altogether, the last scene excluded, of course :)
Major thumbs up to the Ryan/Kelly development. I've heard a rumor from a semi-reliable source that the two have been dating in real life for quite some time...that could be interesting.
I can't wait until the Valentines Day Episode. I'm sure one can expect an office party, drunk meredith, and some jam/roy tension.

35Posted by Erin on January 29, 2006

Some things I noticed on about the fourth watching:

  • Dwight's look after Michael finds out Todd Packer was the one responsible. I think he's finally realizing Michael isn't the best guy to look up to.
  • Meredith was still actually smiling at Michael at the beginning...I thought she would have hated him after the incident at the Christmas party.
  • The Michael/Pam dynamic seems a bit different this episode...Pam seems a bit disheartened with all the stuff Michael's doing. The most obvious parts of this are after the Accounting raid and when she's asking about their punishment. Maybe this was part of her Jim withdrawal?
  • The "quarterly numbers" behind Kelly's desk, as far as I can tell, indicate that Dwight is the best at sales. I know there was a sign in the first season that showed Jim ahead, but maybe that's part of the reason Dwight has that job. Weird, I'd be less likely to buy from him, you know? Same with Michael, but apparently he was good at his job, as it got him a promotion.
  • Speaking of the promotion, we know that the people that were in the office at the time of such event included Michael, Packer, Creed, some guy named Miles, and I assume other people. I could see Phyllis and Toby possibly being there at the time, and maybe Devon, but I don't know. Obviously there couldn't have been very good candidates for the job.
  • It was nice to see Creed have a redeeming personal quality with that attempt at a conversation with Michael. He's kinda been an absurd character until now.
36Posted by Graham on January 29, 2006

what excellent writers! there was a whole episode’s worth of character development packed into that one 2-second shot of the old photo of michael. and, how perfectly the story came full-circle, beginning with jim pining over pam, who had been gone a week and ending with pam missing jim all day long.

as for michael taking the money off the wall, i agree with brenzes’ take. it wasn’t racial (or, not entirely). michael didnt trust either of the warehouse guys. i think the look that pam gave the camera showed that’s how she took it.

i did think, though, that ryan was about to add a racial remark to his take on kelly. when jim asked if he was interested, i believe Ryan said Kelly was great (or something) and added “if you like...” then, he remembered that the camera was there. (though, its quite possible he was going to say something about cartoon voices.)

no one has mentioned that so i may have mis-heard it.

another thing i was suprised no one mentioned as yet was how dwight’s fauning over michael came squirting out with “michael’s going to wipe the floor with us!” to me this was a classic dwight moment. one of the best so far.

and one of the best episodes, i think.

37Posted by ferd farkel on January 29, 2006

re: post 37
oops. i guess i didn't hear ryan's comment correctly after all. i see from another site that he said "...if you like a little junk in the, umm..."

38Posted by ferd farkel on January 29, 2006

Re : Graham (Comment 36)

The “quarterly numbers” behind Kelly’s desk, as far as I can tell, indicate that Dwight is the best at sales. I know there was a sign in the first season that showed Jim ahead, but maybe that’s part of the reason Dwight has that job.

Probably has more to with Jim's motivation. Plus, Dwight did steal one of Jim's big sales in S1E2?

39Posted by h on January 30, 2006

James, as much as I'd like to thing that the Joe Rogan thing was a NewsRadio reference, since it's Michael, I think he's referring to The Man Show.

40Posted by Graham on January 30, 2006

Any reference to NewsRadio is a welcome one.

Ahh, NewsRadio, we miss you so.

Watching Michael dance is like looking directly at the sun.

My retinas are doomed. I love it when Michael dances. :) That line made me giggle.

"That's not what a hate crime is." My adoration for Stanley continues to grow. This man deserves more lines.

41Posted by otahyoni on January 30, 2006

This is just in general, but I love that, so far at least, the writers have stayed true to the characters ie: Jim hasn't gotten a great haircut, and Pam still wears the same stuff to work. I think Angela the beauty queen may be looking better, but that's about it...and let's just pretend Steve Carell got hair plugs to pull of the Jim look in "The Secret"

42Posted by Sarah on January 30, 2006

Yes, but the negative aspect of that is we dont get to see Pam with her hair down often.

Mikey likey. :)

43Posted by Pat D. on January 30, 2006

Yeah Ryan's remark was about Kelly's bootay, not her ethnicity.
Kelly's smokin. Ryan is one lucky dude.

44Posted by Aaron Brown on January 30, 2006

James, thanks for transcribing the messages. I listened to that suduko one several times, and I still thought she was saying "Pseudo Coup Bubble Moderate." Which didn't really make any sense.

Two questions for you guys:

One, wasn't there a hint that David Brent might be gay in the BBC version? I seem to remember a little bit of confusion, as with Michael/Ryan now.

Two, anyone want to guess what's going to happen with the wedding? If the show's going off the air for the season in March, and the wedding isn't until June... do you think the writers will blow it up early or compress the dates? Obviously Pam and Roy can't get married. Will they stay together and postpone the wedding or breakup? Think Pam will give Jim a glimpse of her true feelings this summer? Any guesses?

45Posted by Elly on January 31, 2006

Y'know, this show is extra awesome because it's loaded with stuff you might not notice the first time.

When Michael sold his 40 boxes of paper, he told them he'd deliver them personally in a Sebring. 40 boxes. In a Sebring. Himself. Unreal! No way would they fit. I'd have loved to watch him trying to do that one. That, and he put the sticky note on Phyllis's forehead!

I also loved when Michael was roaming around the office, looking for people to bug, he paused and gave Meredith a nervous smile. It was like, "I don't dare give her any attention, or she'll take her top off on me again!"

I think Dwight dancing like Michael is like looking into the sun during a solar eclipse. Or something.

46Posted by Brenzes on January 31, 2006

I also love how the writers totally satisfy loyal fans, like when Packer is on the phone and calling Michael "gay", you just want to know if Oscar is watching, then sure enough, we see one shot of him. That's just good writing. I hate other shows that feel like they must explain everything to the audience.

47Posted by Sarah on January 31, 2006

On my second viewing of the episode, I picked up on something Michael said to Pam almost under his breath. He said "I am Pam" ala Sean Penn in I Am Sam, then mumbled something about "Spicoli" (Sean Penn's character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.)

48Posted by Lori on January 31, 2006

Actually, Elly, you can thank flotsette and her closed captioning feed for that Sudoku bit. It makes transcribing a whole lot easier; otherwise, I'm pretty sure I would have been stumped with that one as well.

As for the Jim/Pam timeline, my guess is that they'll kick the show a couple months into the future. I can't imagine them not showing us the wedding by the season's end unless they end up breaking it off, a not so unlikely scenario given the history of this engagement. Then again, if there's one thing I've learned from watching this show, it's that the writers are tough nuts to crack. And not just from an unexpected plot development point-of-view; for all of its zaniness, the show still grounds itself in real life. That in of itself is not that extraordinary, but the fact that they're able to translate it into engaging television is.

Either way, all signs point to a resolution of the wedding situation by the end of season two, whether it happens or not.

Brenzes and Sarah, nice catches on Meredith and Oscar. I'll have to look for those the next time around.

49Posted by James on January 31, 2006

nooooooo there can't be a wedding! i'll cry.

50Posted by MOOGAH on January 31, 2006

James,

As difficult as it would be to endure, it's very feasible that we see a Roy/Pam wedding (I don’t think I could read the Jim/Pam index afterwards). It would be very real to see an unhappy marriage and possibly even deal with serious issues such as separation and divorce later on (I’m going to make the logical assumption that Pam/Roy don’t live happily ever after). I don’t really like the idea and based on my conversations with other office fans they don’t either, but it may very well happen. I can envision a Season 3 storyline where Jim moves on with his life while Pam deals with a failing marriage. That would definitely reverse the Jim/Pam roles as we gradually see her coming to the realization that she’s with the wrong guy. I actually think the writers could accomplish a similar goal (the reversal) by just having the wedding delayed. Provide Jim with a significant love interest and/or have him leave the office for another job. Thoughts?

51Posted by Blake on January 31, 2006

How dare you not have the screen cap of that picture of Michael with the mullet. I mean c'mon... his facial expression, along with the hair and fanny pack... LOL

52Posted by JP on January 31, 2006

#51

Add me to the list of people who would not want to see that. :)

My guess is that Roy at some point will get caught cheating/flirting heavily and Pam will pull out of the wedding. Of course, that would be rather cliched, but I think even so I'd rather see that then them go through with the wedding.

53Posted by Pat D. on February 1, 2006

Blake, I was also running that scenario through my head. It's definitely possible that the wedding will go through as planned. Course, and I know I'm stating the ovbious here, I don't expect that the Jim/Pam dynamic is going to just go away; Pam needs to have some kind of escape route in order for the show to maintain what I feel is a key part of its identity. The trick is in how to deal with the issue of marital strife without detracting from the show because at that point, the show threatens to become something it's not.

As I said earlier, though, these are talented people. If someone had pitched me this notion earlier of a genre-bending show, one that could be incredibly funny one moment and then incredibly not the next, I would have said not possible. And yet, here we are with a show that does just that every week. So, yeah, if there's anyone that can make it work, it's the people in charge of this show.

I think that we're going to witness some great television en route to this wedding. Regardless of whether it happens or not, I'm confident that Jim/Pam is here to stay.

54Posted by James on February 1, 2006

Did anyone notice at the beginning before Pam gets back that Jim looks all scuzzy?...Then Pam gets back the next day and he looks all refreshed in a suit and no facial hair. hmmm....

55Posted by Jessica on February 2, 2006

I think that the last episode of the season will probably be the wedding. However, I don't believe that they will resolve anything. In the great tradition of television, I would bet money that it will be a cliffhanger. Now, what that would involve, I have no idea; but I don't think that we will find out anything significant until season 3. I wish I wasn't right because I don't want to wait ALL summer in anticipation, but really, I bet you we will all be left dying of curiousity.

56Posted by Samantha on February 3, 2006