The Office: A.A.R.M., 9.22-23

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The Office: A.A.R.M.

Writer: Brent Forrester, Director: David Rogers

Summary (NBC): As the office readies for the premiere of the documentary that night, Jim convinces Dwight, who is planning to propose to Esther (Nora Kirkpatrick), that he needs an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager, and holds tryouts to find the best candidate. Angela brings her baby to work after her daycare turns her away. Meanwhile, Andy attends auditions for “The Next Great A Cappella Sensation.” Guest stars: Aaron Rodgers, Clay Aiken, Mark McGrath, Santigold, Jessica St. Clair, Scot Robinson. One-hour long, starting 9/8c.

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The Office A.A.R.M. rating

In a poll conducted May 9-13, 2013, Tallyheads rated this episode: 9.42/10

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The Office A.A.R.M. quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Erin: The tea in Nepal is very hot.
Kevin: But the coffee in Peru is much hotter.

Dwight: It’s not the KGB, but it’s a start!

Dwight: I’d like to get harmful steam, but the prices are absurd!

Dwight: Break protocol! Break protocol!

Creed: I’m saving a fortune on dry cleaning!

Oscar: Ironic that now it’s Angela who’s living in the closet.

Oscar: Saddle shoes with denim. I will literally call child protective services.

Dwight: Don’t worry. They’ll get got.

Dwight: This is my grandmother’s ring. It was made from a bullet I took out of her left buttock. She was a moonshiner shot by Adolf Coors. This is my grandmother’s buttock bullet ring.

Andy: On this show, all three judges are mean.

Dwight: Together, we run a no-nonsense office.

Pam: I love Goofy Jim.

Jim: Your agenda-taking pleases him.

Angela: Apparently my station in life has descended to a depth even they won’t forgive.

Meredith: I’ve been on my best behavior for nine years. If it wasn’t for the cameras, I would have done some truly vulgar crap.

Oscar: When this thing started, I was still having sex with women. As was Kevin, I believe.

Creed: If my parents see this, I am toast.

Jim: I’m going to need you to look at your hierarchy mobile.

Jim: How would King Arthur choose the next knight of his Round Table?

Andy: I am nothing if not a total pitch bitch.

Andy: Pour some Sugar Ray on me!

Jim: Absolutely, we do.

Dwight: You’ll always have the upper hand when you have a good AARM. Trademark pending.

Jim: Sure, every participant will be getting a corn dog, but that’s for fueling only, no savoring.

Pete: What’s the opposite of a horse?

Andy: All you got to do is risk your life for this country and everyone goes gaga for you.

Andy: Is this a show about the resiliency of the human spirit, or is it a show about singing?

Andy: Wait til they get a good feel of me.

Erin: Are you kidding? You broke our hearts.

Dwight: Anyone who needs to speak to me, has got to go through me first.

Pam: I’m afraid I’m not enough for you.

Darryl: These dudes are definitely in a weird mood.

Meredith: Did we ever get loaded and listen to Zeppelin in my van?

Kevin: Tell Phillip that his stupid little baby wish came true.

Dwight: Smart baby. That’s the most flavorful bond.

Dwight: The way that boy looks at the Galactica is precisely the way I look at the Galactica! And he eats the same kind of paper I do.

Oscar: You don’t want to wake up the grumpy old walrus, do you?

Aaron Rodgers: Flag on the play.

Kevin: I’m giving you the silence treatment.

Kevin: What a chubbers.

Dwight: Genes so pure, you could lick them.

Jim: Not enough for me? You are everything.

Darryl: I’m gonna miss these guys.

Dwight: I will raise a hundred children with a hundred of your lovers if it means I can be with you!

Dwight: This expresses how loudly I love you!

Oscar: One thing we do know. Nothing will ever be the same.

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  1. Well, I guess we know what happens where RM of DM is concerned. Or do we? Does this mean Jim comes back to Scranton and DM for good, is now RM, gets Dwight to be his ARM and is now getting Dwight to hire an AARM? Or is Dwight named RM of DM and this is Jim being old Jim, prankster, good natured Jim? Hmmmmmm.

  2. Yeah, the summary is a little confusing. Is it Jim or Dwight that replaces Andy? I guess we’ll have to wait it out!

  3. I actually applaud them for making it tough to tell who takes the job. No reason to spoil the story. ….. Though it does reveal that Andy is essentially gone within the next two episodes.

  4. I’m guessing if Dwight previously had the best day of work ever, it means he’s Jim’s boss finally (although he was temporarily a couple years ago).

  5. I think Jim is the Regional Manager when Andy leaves, which means he returns to Scranton for good to be with his family. He then makes Dwight ARM and pranks him old school style!!

  6. Poor Angela :(
    But I’m a sucker for a cappella, so this should be a great episode! Also I’m kinda loving the title of this episode

  7. It’s amazing how Angela can cheat on Andy with Dwight, or cheating on The Senator with Dwight, and in one episode can make viewers sympathise with her in an episode like this. AND still be consistently funny in nine seasons. Angela Martin is such an under-rated character.

  8. The fact that Aaron Rodgers is in this episode leads me to believe that Jim is still at Athlead.

  9. @12 I hope so!
    I get that Jim hasn’t been very thoughtful towards Pam concerning this Athlead business but… does that mean he should carry on in a job that he doesn’t like? From the very beginning Jim has always said he wanted to get out of DM. And again in the first episode this season you could see that Pam was happy living the boring DM life but Jim wasn’t. It feels like they’ve been building Jim up for this change. I can’t see the season ending with an unhappy Jim preparing to work at DM for the rest of his life. I think Pam will come around!

  10. “…Dwight, who is planning to propose to Esther…”

    WHAT ?!?!

    Still hoping she’s just a distraction in the complicated web of Dwangela, but there are so few episodes left for a resolution. Monkey better do something fast.

  11. Let’s not forget that the producers/writers promised us that Jim’s giving up NYC for Pam will come into play at some point. I am guessing she’ll see flashback footage and realize how much he’s already given up for her and then she’ll move to Philly to make him happy.

  12. There are many options for the new RM
    1. Jim he comes back full time
    2. Dwight finally achieves his goal
    3. Andy stays instead of acting
    4. Darryl is promoted
    5. David Wallace becomes a Robert California
    and monitors the office
    6. No one
    7. Jim and Dwight since Jim is part time
    8. Michael Returns miracle
    9. Downsizing finally
    10. Pam is promoted from adminstrator to RM

  13. I think it is a pretty safe bet that Dwight will be RM. He has his best day at work ever, which would be him getting promoted. We have just had an episode where people said he would never achieve his goal, which points strongly at it. He also is thinking about proposing to Esther, and what better time to propose then right after you get a huge promotion at work and get your black belt (although I sincerely hope he leaves her for angela, and gets married in the finale) ?

    It’s Dwight.

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