The Office: Andy’s Ancestry, 9.03

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The Office: Andy's Ancestry

Writers: Jonathan Green, Gabe Miller
Director: David Rogers

Summary (NBC): Andy learns he is related to Michelle Obama — Darryl has a hard time in his new role as assistant regional manager when Andy flaunts his bloodlines. Dwight teaches Erin the Dothraki language to impress her boyfriend’s educated family. Nellie tries to convince Pam that Jim is having an affair, and Jim reveals his secret in the warehouse.

The Office Andy’s Ancestry: Asian Jim

The Office Andy’s Ancestry extras

  • Promos
  • Photos
  • In a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Rainn Wilson answers the question, “What your favorite funny scene/joke/line that never made it to the final cut of the show” with “i did a shirtless talking head monologue in Dothraki for the last episode and it was hysterical. Didn’t make the cut. No idea why.”

The Office Andy’s Ancestry rating

In a poll conducted October 4-8, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.71/10

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The Office Andy’s Ancestry quotes

Dwight: You’re not Jim. Jim’s not Asian.

Asian Jim: Hats off to you for not seeing race.

Darryl: Life hacking, baby.

Darryl: Whoa. That person has really gotten him or herself into quite a predicament.

Dwight: French. It’s a great language. If you’re a chain-smoking acrobat.

Erin: They all speak more than one language. Usually when I’m there.

Dwight: Dothraki is the native tongue of the nomadic war-mongering horse lords of Essos, as featured in the superb Home Box Office series, Game of Thrones. And it has a lot of nudity. Which I fast forward through to get to the chopped off heads.

Nellie: I just don’t want to burden you with my massive stress freak outs.

Nellie: I’ve had no time to do that, thanks to “Demandy.”

Andy: Nellie! Get your wrinkly old balls in here.

Jim: I have a thing. A thing of soup. Which I’ve been wanting to try.

Nellie: Here is a printout of your genealogy from

Nellie: You are a distant blood relative of Michelle Obama. Loves gardening, wants to wipe out fat children.

Andy: This is a big day for both of us.

Erin: She’s going to be like, “what’s your stance on politics?” Or, “what is the best war to do?”

Clark: Just clap through it, man.

Andy: Right now I need Canned Tuna, okay?

Darryl: Tracee Ellis Ross. Daughter of the First Lady of Motown, Diana Ross.

Andy: Darryl said, “cool, man.” He called me a cool man.

Stanley: Well somebody owned somebody. And I don’t think anybody would buy an Andy.

Nellie: You know how Andy has been really salting my onions lately.

Pam: Nellie’s pretty fearless. And I think she might be maybe even almost sort of fun.

Andy: I cannot keep track of these B.S. holidays.

Andy: Ooh, spreadsheets, yum yum.

Andy: Right on, brother. Word dat.

Dwight: Does anyone here have fermented mare’s milk?

Pam: Angela insisted that all the animals be fully clothed.

Erin: If it makes you feel any better, the Dothraki word for slave master, azzafrok, is a term of respect.

Erin: I’m learning to speak Dothraki! Color you impressed?

Dwight: People laughed at Klingon at first, and now you can major in it.

Pam: He looks really Nixony when he wakes up.

Pam: Because he just loves me too much.
Nellie: You’re a cocky little thing, aren’t you, Pam?

Andy: Kevin is related to both John Wayne Gacy and John Wayne Bobbitt.
Kevin: And John Wayne?

Dwight: Oh. I was joking about that whole Bund thing.

Andy: And Meredith is a blood relative of Lizzie Borden.
Meredith: Cool!
Angela: Stop it, you’re frightening me!

Darryl: It seems like the better the title I have, the stupider my job gets.

Darryl: It’s not real until your wife is on board.

Nellie: I’m going to find you someone better. And rich. And Filipino. But we’ll break that to her later.

Pam: I still can’t believe he didn’t tell me.

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  1. Okay, here’s my guess. I’m thinking that in Roy’s Wedding Jim and Pam share secrets they’ve previously kept from each other, but Pam becomes aware that Jim is still keeping something from her. In this episode she’s still fretting about it and Nellie automatically thinks affair. I’m wondering if “Jim reveals his secret in the warehouse” means to Pam, or just to us. I can’t imagine Jim’s secret being anything really bad – it might even be some surprise for Pam – but it may lead to some maddening misunderstanding. If he does reveal his secret to Pam in this episode, it’ll obviously set up a new story arc for the season. I really hope that Pam storming out of their talking head in that promo is pre secret reveal, not post! On a lighter note – LOL at Dwight teaching Erin Dothraki!

  2. @ Jesse That seems like a sound theory. As soon as I read this description I thought that Jim’s secret was some big surprise for Pam. There is absolutely no way Jim is having an affair, he had his chance last season when he was 1000 miles away from Pam and he didn’t even budge.

    Maybe the secret is a terrace?

  3. Go Darryl – assistant regional manager – yeah!! I hope Jim’s secret is that he’s indulging in his dream and starting a bike shop. I hope. I hope.

  4. I could never see jim cheating on pam, or vice versa, they both worked way too hard for their relationship and have two kids, if it turns out that jim is having an affair, as a massive fan I would be insulted, but I guess the JAM drama is kind of thrilling/exciting! Bring on season 9!!

  5. Erin’s meeting The Bernard’s…Does this mean the return of Andy’s harsh mother and father? And Darryl as Assistant Regional Manager, I wonder how Dwight is dealing with this. Jim having an affair, yeah okay…

  6. This episode description is too good for so many reasons. Andy related to the First Lady? And that Dwight knows Dothraki made my day. I can’t wait.

  7. Jim cheating on Pam?! That’s ridiculous! I’m pretty sure he would never do that to his own wife, the woman he always loved. I would have to watch the first episodes of this season to prove it. And it’s also unbelievable Andy may be related to the First Lady. I’m gonna have to see this to believe it.

  8. Because it says “Erin’s boyfriend” I’m going to assume that she and Andy are no longer together for whatever reason. That would be dumb if they’re not together anymore after they just got back together.

  9. Why does this description make me think that Erin and Andy aren’t dating? That would really annoy me considering all the time they spent finally getting them back together last year.

  10. There needs to be some tension in the Jim/Pam relationship. The show has painted them as the perfect couple, and the characters have suffered under poor writing and plots for the past two seasons as a result. As a long time Office watcher, I find myself getting a bit annoyed by the lack of tension.

    That’s what made season three so great – the constant tension between them. Jim dated Karen in an obvious attempt to make Pam feel bad, and to show her how he felt while she was with Roy. Or at least, that’s my interpretation.

  11. If Erin were still with Andy, it would’ve said “to impress Andy’s educated family”. Hm. Weird. Darryl as ARM sounds awesome too.

  12. Is it weird that we have 3 episode synopses now, and not one of them mentions Dwight and Angela and the Senator and Oscar?

  13. It’s fully possible that Jim has some bad secret. It’s obviously not an affair or something, but I think if Jim did something bad it would be an interesting story arc for the season. Something like “talked to Roy about Pam at the wedding” or like “doing a bit of insider trading at the company to pay for both kids” or like “still talking to some old girlfriend that Pam doesn’t like”. I don’t think it necessarily has to be a good surprise.

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