• Season 3 : Episode 21
  • First aired on May 3, 2007
  • Written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg / Directed by Tucker Gates
  • Recap by James Fan
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.

Sorry, folks, no recap from Jamie this week. You’ll have to settle for my miniature recap below. Visual aids are included, as always.

The Superstar

Angela. Being petite is no joke, and if you think it is, you’ve got one coming to you. Watch out for low blows.

Supporting Nod

Pam, who tricks Dwight into hunting himself. Slower fast ones have never been pulled.

Most Resourceful

Dwight. Extra points for repurposing the broom-stake. Negative points for using it against the bushes.

Most Likely to Meet Their Demise Shortly

Michael. Somebody get George before Jan kills him dead.

Least Likely to Wash Their Hands Afterwards

Creed. I wouldn’t shake that if I were you.

Alcoholic of the Year

Meredith, who’s still drunk from last night.

The Story in Pictures

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Anxious for some Jan in this episode....I want the house, the picket fence, the kids, the ketchup fights.

1Posted by Count Halpert on May 3, 2007

Hmmm, its starting to look more and more like Jam is not going to be the focal point of this season's cliffhanger. I mean, theres what, 2-3 episodes left, and they havent done anything really"upward-moving" for the JPI in a while.

Doesnt look like theres going to be much Jam interaction in this ep either from the summary to the left.

2Posted by Pat D. on May 3, 2007

Im kinda thinking that would be a good thing. I mean, im sure everyone was expecting something to happen there, but the past few episodes have been some of the best of the season with little to no Jim-Pam drama. Im wondering if the season finale will have anything to do with the call for Michael's resignation? I know its a long shot, but it could be interesting.

3Posted by Joe on May 3, 2007

What does Dwight do with his Polaroid?

4Posted by I'm saying a lot of things on May 3, 2007

Wow, that was a really strange episode. And it proved my theory partially wrong.

5Posted by Pat D. on May 3, 2007

that last wizare of oz talking head from michael was soo perfect. those writers are f-ing brilliant. pam some courage... angela a heart... kelly some brains... incredible.

6Posted by Doug on May 3, 2007

Wow. Not a great episodes, but the seeds are planted for some serious conflict in the coming weeks.

7Posted by R.J. on May 3, 2007

"This is what we know..."

XD

8Posted by Wraith on May 3, 2007

This was the dirtiest episode since "Sexual Harrassment"!

It was also one of the funniest, though.

"If that's flashing, then lock me up." Creed just gets better and better with each passing week.

9Posted by Philip on May 3, 2007

It was great seeing Michael's softer side, and some more great Creed moments.

Anybody notice Jim holding back laughter after Michael is talking to Toby in the beginning?

10Posted by sean on May 3, 2007

Wow, strange episode.

Jan seems super infuriated. Michael is as good as done, especially since his superior isn't going to bat for him anymore, and he doesn't know how or when to shut up.

11Posted by John on May 3, 2007

Well, obviously Michael isn't going to go anywhere, but Jan was upset. Let's hope her therapist can calm her down :-) She obviously has an interesting relationship with him.

But yeah, strange is what I'd call this episode. Great, though. I really enjoyed it!

-Anthony

12Posted by Anthony on May 3, 2007

I would say the Jim/Pam Index has to go up after this one. Did you see the look on Karen's face when Michael was talking about how Jan "just wasn't right" for him? And you could tell Jim got a little nostalgic for the old times when he saw the sketch Pam drew of the perpetrator/Dwight. Plus, Karen is getting more vocal with her frustration with Michael... I think she'd be ready and willing to get a promotion and go work at Corporate if she was offered the opportunity. Maybe Jan will quit and that will be the opening that nudges Karen out of the Scranton branch??

On another note, how is Dwight so oblivious??? I love him.

13Posted by Lan Jevinson on May 3, 2007

Wow...I had no idea Michael was so unhappy in his relationship with Jan. This break-up, though, does not bode well for the future. Does Jan have the power to fire Michael? Her personal anger, plus the obscene watermark incident, might spell doom. In regards to the Steamtown Mall confession scene, I actually sided with Karen this time (I'm sure the two opposing schools of thought illustrated by Karen and Pam will cause some debate). I guess I just see Pam as more hypocritical in this case than Karen. Karen says a relationship has to be worked on, Pam says people should just be right for each other...they're both speaking about themselves and not Michael at all. But at least Karen IS working on it, although seemingly failing, and Pam telling someone to get out of a dysfunctional relationship, after staying with Roy for god knows how many years...yeah, it comes off hypocritical. Anyway, I think Michael might be going the way of the dodo, and he will receive no help at all from Toby. That joke directed at Toby in the beginning and the immediate uncomfortable silence that followed...I actually stopped mid-guffaw. The look Toby gave Michael, I actually thought Toby was finally going to knock Michael on his butt.

14Posted by critterfur on May 4, 2007

Oh, as to Karen being more verbal in her frustration with Michael? She actually is tame compared to our old-school characters. Ryan, Roy, Angela, have all been equally vocal in their frustrations with Michael, and Pam, in the very first episode, called Michael an outright jerk to his face...and they're all still there. I did notice Jim trying to hold it together (actually I'm assuming that's all John Krasinski there...apparently he and Angela Kinsey are the worst gigglers in the group). One final thought....my god, Creed is weird. How does a person attain that level of weirdness and still function in society? Our introduction to Creed was that of a desperate man trying to save his job, by posing half-legitimate reasons to Michael, but since then...man. The guy is a klepto, has an attention span of about two seconds, and now he's a perv to boot. Nice.

15Posted by critterfur on May 4, 2007

I wonder what Ryan's fascination with women Jim dated is all about...does he have some sort of man-crush on Jim?

16Posted by N. Monkey on May 4, 2007

NBC bought the 800 number (1-800-984-3672) from the flyer that Dwight and Andy were hanging up everywhere. The recording is pretty funny.

17Posted by dekadetia on May 4, 2007

Hmm. Something about this episode just felt a little "off", to me. A little over the top, I think, with some of the characters (i.e. Pam's flashing comment.. did that seem incredibly out of character to anyone else?) I got that same feeling with Gay Witch Hunt, like it was a bit too unbelievable. That being said, still a hilarious episode. It is The Office, after all, heh. The Dwight poster cracked me up so badly (THIS MAN IS A PERVERT)!

Also, I have to disagree about Pam's advice being hypocritical. If anything, I'd say she's learned from the Roy experience and is trying to prevent Michael from making the same mistakes she did. Just my two cents!

18Posted by Miranda on May 4, 2007

I just tried to call that 800 # and it's busy! Obviously every Office fan in the universe is reading this page right now ... ;-)

19Posted by Stooges Woman :-) on May 4, 2007

Also, to N. Monkey: That would be an interesting man-crush love triangle for The Office, Michael-Ryan-Jim... we could call them.. Myim!

20Posted by Miranda on May 4, 2007

I guess I just don't want to be a Karen hater. Pam had plenty of chances to do right by herself and never did, and now she wants to help Michael? I don't know, Pam usually could care less whether Michael lives or dies...I think, however, she often finds some common ground with Michael and vicariously deals with her own issues through advising Michael. I understand that she knows where she's coming from now, having been through all the hoopla with Roy, but we shouldn't always side with her point of view simply because she's Pam. Pam and Jim sometimes seem like they believe they're the prom king and queen of Dunder-Mifflin, and everyone else is soo crazy but they all completely normal (in their own eyes). I like it when we see angry Jim, or stuttering, nervous Pam...these people are not perfect and should not be portrayed as such. So I don't think it's out of character for them, in a few episodes, to show their fallible, human side...if anything, it's completely honest of the writers to acknowledge that.

21Posted by critterfur on May 4, 2007

To add to that above statement, I like seeing other characters from the show acting "out of character". For instance, Dwight being kind and sympathetic to a sobbing Pam, Angela showing moments of soft compassion when she's around Dwight, and always the episodes where we see Michael can be understanding, motivated, etc. As funny as it is to see Dwight get pranked by Jim, it's even funnier to see Jim try to actually be kind of Dwight and not be trusted...it's the payoff. You establish the character, and then you decide, hmm, maybe today Pam is having a bad day, we don't know why, but she'll be a little off. Grumpier than usual, or twitchy (like she's been in a few episodes this season, to the complaints of some). I just think we as the audience should never be in such a safe zone with characters that we know how they'll respond to a given situation.

22Posted by critterfur on May 4, 2007

They packed alot into 43 minutes. I think I would have preferred a 30 minute show with some of the scenes moved to the deleted scenes file on NBC's website. The use of the p word was sophomoric and unsophisticated -- sorta reminds me of that lame SNL skit many years ago. It wasn't funny then, and it isn't funny now. Michael's initial reaction to Phyllis being flashed was incredible -- it definitely takes his compassion and understanding way too long to kick in. Meredith and her Aerostar should have a spin-off. Meredith is a female version of Creed. Dwight was over the top in this episode -- his character was much too annoying to be funny. Poor Ryan -- not only has he not made a sale but he disclosed to all of the guys that he asked Karen out and she rejected him. Jan has some serious sexual hang-ups, and apparently isn't above videotaping sex with Michael and even paying him for it. The women's lounge/bathroom is pretty nice. Where did Michael learn how to change a tire? What a better illustration of the difference in personalities between Karen and Pam -- Karen buys a sexy bra and panties set and Pam buys a terry-clothed robe that she is going to turn into hand towels. I want to see Angela dressed as Felicity, the American Girl. Finally, Michael sure seems to have more than a passing familiarity with the inventory at Victoria's Secret.

23Posted by Dunderhead on May 4, 2007

I loved this episode. I thought the writing was near genius.

I am a KAREN / JIM fan. I think Jim and Pam would function better as friends who find the same things funny...and that's not near enough to build a strong relationship on...but I do agree that you must have that (a good sense of humor) in a good realtionship but you must have other things to. Like the ability to balance each other out and that is how I see Karen and Jim.

In life, that is a couple that I would like to see them work things out, but on this show, I'm sure they (the writers) are going to do the mainstream obvious thing which is break them up and put him and Pam together and you know what...depending on how they write it...I will enjoy the ride!!!

Pam sucks! And she is soo not cuter than Karen. She's still bubblegummy to me. Yuck! Karen on the other hand is more of a 'real' person.

24Posted by Monday Morning. on May 4, 2007

"If Pam wants to show more cleavage, she should be able to. I encourage that."

25Posted by Black Pepper Snake on May 4, 2007

I recognize that not all the characters act in one specific way only, all the time. In fact, a huge reason I love the show is because they're so realistic and complex. I was just pointing out that that one comment in particular did not seem to fit into any side of Pam, even the "fallible, human side". It just seemed out of place and unusual. It wasn't a broad commentary on her or any of the characters in general. Anyway, it was just my opinion, it matters not!

I loved Dwight's memo to the women of the office...
"Who dresses like that?!" * camera swings to Angela *

26Posted by Miranda on May 4, 2007

What exactly did Pam say about flashing? Something about Roy beating people up who did that? See, I think that fits Pam. I think she, like many women, secretly like the big jocks because they kind of want to see violence done in their name :) That's going to sound horrible, but it's a little true...heck, it goes all the way back to the Illiad. I think Pam just sort of got lost in a thought in that scene, she was doing stream of consciousness I guess...she started off talking about Roy, then accidentally shunted sideways into talking about Jim, and a very personal and private subject (i.e. Jim's genitals) and then didn't know to stop talking, hence her comment, "I'm saying a lot of things". I like it. I guess it is out of character, in terms of the broader character arc she has gone through (in other words, maybe those words would have fit her better if she spoke them during season two). But that's the problem with any show which deals with romantic entanglement. The writers simply cannot win...if they get two characters together too soon, the relationship becomes boring (sometimes even grating). But if they draw the relationship out, there has to be a moment of mutual revelation that two characters love each other, a denial of some sort, damage done to the relationship, and the writers spend so much time convoluting and complicating the relationship that by the time they're done, it's really hard for the audience to be forgiving of certain characters...they tend to take sides. I guess I'm just apt (for the moment) to take Jim's side...that's all I'll say on the matter. Let me just say I totally understand where the Pam fans are coming from, I just don't want Pam to become the cliched good girl and Karen to be the evil manipulative witch.

27Posted by critterfur on May 4, 2007

I won't talk about that anymore, though, because it's maybe not specific to this episode. So, sorry, folks.

28Posted by critterfur on May 4, 2007

I think the entire point of this episode is that Pam wants to see Jim naked. LOL.

On a more serious note, i cant even think of who could possibly get the supporting nod this week. Therefore, I once again vote for Creed by default!

29Posted by Pat D. on May 4, 2007

"Especially if it had been Jim.... Whoo, I am... I am saying a lot of things."

just loved this episode I'm still waiting for my big Jam moment!

30Posted by Ellie on May 4, 2007

I don't think that Karen has been penned as the "evil manipulative witch" at all. At every turn, I think she does or says something pretty endearing. My fav was at the party when she tried to convince Jim that she had hooked up with every man on the planet. She's pretty much just as fun as Pam...and as sweet. I think it's a cool ploy by the writers to make us want JAM so much, but at the same time be ok with KIM.

31Posted by JazzAim on May 4, 2007

Yeah I always thought I would despise Karen, but she's turned out to be a lot of fun. Even though I'm a huge JAM fan I end up feeling really sorry for her, poor girl. She just needs to find someone that can give her 100% of his attention! I'd definitely be up for a Karen/Ryan hookup... haha. POSSIBLE SPOILER Too bad she's gone at the end of the season, boo.

32Posted by Miranda on May 5, 2007

Eep sorry! That's what I get for spending so much time on officetally...

33Posted by Miranda on May 5, 2007

I actually enjoyed this episode, although I do agree it was pretty over the top. I guess I just miss the Season 2 style of things, where the writers had found a pretty good balance between realistic situations and things that probably never would happen (Probably also because I enjoy the British version just as much, but probably for different reasons. The writers on that show specifically steered away from anything that was just a "gag".)

Personally, I'm not much of a Karen-Jim fan. I did like Karen in the beginning before she found about Jim and Pam kissing, but since then I don't think I've seen much of her fun, lovable side. Lately, she seems like she's flaunting her relationship in front of Pam WAY too much. I sometimes wonder if she knows the whole story between the two...I don't think she can, otherwise she's being a lot meaner than I thought she was. I felt sorry for Jim last season, but I feel much more sorry for Pam now. Pam is lucky to even talk to Jim nowadays without it being awkward. It's obvious he has feelings for her, but what is his angle with Karen? I've never really seen him connect with her, as a couple at least. Perhaps he is trying to make Pam jealous of him, like he was of her for so long. I guess neither of them were ever good at acting on their feelings.

Pretty satisfied with the episode overall though, but I hope that they tone it down in the future. I paticularly enjoyed Michael's horrible message to Jan, and the end when it takes Dwight a mirror, a fake mustache, and himself minus his glasses to figure out that the sketch was of him.
By the way, never been an Andy fan AT ALL, but if he has to stay, then I hope he starts to calm down and find his own footing. He's just way too much like Dwight right now, and very over the top.

34Posted by Andrew on May 5, 2007

By the way, I'm fourteen years old, so I don't really have any experience with relationships. So if I am completely off with my comments, that's probably why.

35Posted by Andrew on May 5, 2007

Dunderhead wrote;

"They packed alot into 43 minutes. I think I would have preferred a 30 minute show with some of the scenes moved to the deleted scenes file on NBC's website."

Where was there a 43 minute episode? I downloaded it on iTunes and it was 28 minutes long. Was a longer episode broadcast?

36Posted by I'm a drunk driver on May 6, 2007

Drunk driver, add ads.

Great ep.

37Posted by Grass Roots on May 6, 2007

"Where was there a 43 minute episode? I downloaded it on iTunes and it was 28 minutes long. Was a longer episode broadcast?"

Well, yeah, with commercials it was longer.... I believe a normal episode sans commercials is like 21 minutes or less. NBC had just 3 shows that 8-10 period: Extended Earl, Extended Office, Extended Scrubs.

38Posted by Pat D. on May 6, 2007

Anybody try the 1-800 number from the flyer Dwight was posting? I've only tried it twice and kept getting a busy signal.

39Posted by jay johnson on May 7, 2007

Or I could just read the earlier comments about the 1-800 #. Thanks all

40Posted by jay johnson on May 7, 2007

I "accidentally" found that poster on a website about a month ago, maybe, and had called the 800# then. It's a recording of Dwight asking for information about the sex predator, and at the end informing you of Dunder Mifflins wonderful paper products.

41Posted by Andrew on May 7, 2007

Really, I thought it was a great episode.

I love the little things Creed does to creep everyone else out. I don't think there are enough of them on the show.

As for the whole Pam vs. Karen thing, I am a Jam fan. I have nothing against Karen, i just see Jim and Pam as having this simple and happy relationship that makes you go awwwww, whereas Karen and Jim's relationship is so complicated and convoluted.

Angela isn't kidding about the having to wear children's clothing. My mother is the same way, and for a while I was. Of course, I've never tried wearing american girl clothing...

Well, that's it

42Posted by Kaity the awesome one on May 7, 2007

Recap nippets from James. Nice to read you, Mr. Fan. I was going to think up a good fan pun there but I figure you've heard them all by now.

43Posted by garbagethrower on May 7, 2007

nippets is a cute word but I meant snippets.

44Posted by garbagethrower on May 7, 2007

I don't think Pam said that about Roy beating someone up because she secretly likes having dudes be all strong about her (see the jock comment in no. 27). I think she said that because she's mad Phyllis got flashed, and feels like revenge would've been had had it been her that got flashed while she was still dating Roy. The bit about Jim was just her getting off on a tangent.

Was that last bit, where Dwight yelled "PAAAAM!" after seeing his reflection with the drawn-on mustache, a reference to old-skool movies? I feel like the delivery, along with that silly little mustache, is referencing something and I just can't remember or don't know what it is. Either way, it's one of my favorite moments of the episode (along with Andy's subtle realization re: the poster).

Speaking of Andy, he's coming along nicely, and I think he could turn into a pretty good dude and a sympathetic character, becoming more "normal" instead of closer to a Dwight level of ridiculousness. Andy, he doesn't know how to be a good guy and go with the flow. Dwight? He's seen how to do it, and doesn't care.

45Posted by Karin on May 8, 2007

Is he back to Andy, or is he still going by the kinder and gentler Drew? I agree that Andy/Drew's character is much more sympathetic and enjoyable. Some of my favorite scenes from Women's Appreciation were when Andy realized the sketch was Dwight and commented that the guy on the flier "was a real pervert", and later when he asked Dwight if he could put the fliers of the pervert all over his neighborhood. And then leave it to Jim to let Dwight off the hook before things really got out of hand.

46Posted by Dunderhead on May 8, 2007

This is really far-fetched and most definitely unrelated to anything that Rainn Wilson was thinking, but during that very last scene where Dwight is looking in the mirror, the face he is giving as he realizes that Pam had tricked him reminds me so much of Orsen Welles in Citizen Kane. That angry face and the way he yells "Pam!" reminds me so eerily of Charles Kane. I highly doubt this was intended, and I doubt anyone else thought that besides me.

I don't know. I just think about that every time I watch the scene.

47Posted by Andrew on May 9, 2007

That little mustache added the the "Kane" allusion as well.

48Posted by Andrew on May 9, 2007

I am willing to go with the PAAAAM moment being a nod to Citizen Kane.

OH! Dwight's thing about wanting to menstruate? His reasons? I fell in love with him all over again because of that.

49Posted by Karin on May 10, 2007