The Office: Business Ethics, 5.03

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The Office Business Ethics

Writer: Ryan Koh, Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Summary (NBC): Following Ryan’s recent scandal at corporate, Holly holds a business ethics seminar. Jim makes Dwight comply with the company’s “time theft” policy.

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The Office Business Ethics rating

In a poll conducted Oct. 9-13, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.34/10

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The Office Business Ethics quotes

Dwight: She’s not a virgin, you know.

Creed: The tall guy got engaged.

Holly: Pencils down! Just kidding. Take your time.

Holly: It’s going to be IN-SANE!

Holly and Michael: Let’s get ethical, ethical …

Michael: Ultimately my strategy is to sort of merge this into a relationship without her even knowing.

Kevin: Oooh, check it out: Hired Guy.

Ryan: Okay, elephant in the room. Let’s talk about it.

Michael: Good speech, Ryan. You’re a good guy.

Michael: I think we can all totally agree that Holly is totally fantastic.

Kelly: I’ll just take up smoking. I’ll do it. I don’t care.

Michael: You need to be Robin Williams and M. Night Shyamalan. You need to be Robin Shyamalan.

Michael: Lauren, enough with the pencils.

Andy: Yeah, I took Intro to Philosophy twice. No big deal.

Dwight: You’ve been cuckolded by a stronger, smarter male.

Michael: When I discovered YouTube, I didn’t work for five days. I did nothing. I viewed ‘Cookie Monster sings Chocolate Rain’ about a thousand times.

Michael: I feel very very good. And catharctic.

Michael: You are a thief of joy.

Angela: I once reported Oscar to the INS.

Meredith: Have you ever had sirloin steak, honey?

Michael: “The Merenator,” sleepin’ with suppliers.

Meredith: There’s not a lot of fruit in those looms.

Michael: We’re trying to help you, you stupid bag.

Jim: Yawn. Four seconds.

Michael: Well, well, Holly-lujah.

Michael: Would you care to bang it out over lunch?

Michael: Yeah, it’s kind of business romantic.

Jim: You know, it’s weird. It’s practically a shot-for-shot remake.

Jim: Story’s kind of bland. It’s about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian, who needs to return the ring back to Mordor.

Jim: It’s exhausting being this vigilant. I’ll probably have to go home early today.

Michael: You have to tolerate a lot when you’re part of a family.

Jim: What were we doing for 19 minutes and 48 seconds, Dwight?

Holly: I was just hoping middle school was over.

Michael: You get me.

Michael: How do you tell somebody, that you care about deeply, “I told you so”?

Michael: Get in there right now, or I’m going to lose it!

Stanley: Amen, just keep the ribs coming.

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  1. I’m sorry, but I just did not like this episode! The only funny part was the reminiscent Dwight look at the camera. Other than that, it was just pretty bad. 1 out of 5 stars.

  2. Another great episode! As much as Michael and Holly are perfect for each other, the HR position is going to ruin any chance they have!

  3. I laughed through the entire show. The conference room scenes are the best! Season two office all the way. Only seven more days until next Thursday.

  4. Geez, certainly not “1 out of 5 stars”.

    This episode was solid and likable but not amazing (I’m probably just spoiled after Weight Loss). It felt a lot more old-school Office though, which I liked especially with the Jim/Dwight and Ryan/Michael dynamic. I missed Pam though!

  5. I think this was a great episode, I am so glad they are actually keeping it within the office and not running around in forests and driving cars in the lake. I have no idea why but I was expecting an hour long episode and was bitterly disappointed.

  6. It was nice to have a simple, relaxing episode. A great character showcase, good acting by Steve. I love Holly. She’s wonderful. Missed Pam, but we’ll see her soon.


    We’re in for a good season full of stuff, so it was nice to have a sort of breather week.

  7. Pretty good episode. I thought it was better than the season premiere, but nowhere near Goodbye Toby status. But the season’s just getting started! I think next week will be phenomenal! :)

  8. Not a big fan of this episode. Loved Jim timing Dwight. No Pam????? Come on her on the phone is not good enough for me.

  9. #3 Sammie,

    The first episode was an hour long, so it’s counted as two production codes.

    I missed the first few minutes due to a class, but I thought the episode was alright. Nothing special, but it was pretty funny. I especially loved when Jim was talking to Andy about Battlestar Galactica.

  10. I agree with Sara in Philly…there just wasn’t a lot of funny. Most of the parts that were supposed to be funny felt awkward. Really weak episode…makes me a little nervous.

  11. I thought this one was really funny!! I was actually rolling on the floor during Michael and Holly’s rendition of “let’s get physical.” I missed seeing Pam, though :(

    #3 – It’s 5.03 because the first episode was an hour and therefore counted as two episodes/half-hour installments

  12. This episode wasn’t bad, but I felt a lot of humor was missing. It seemed more like a set up episode for things further down the road.

  13. The whole Holly situation was unsettling, though, I must say. How can Michael throw her leftovers out? I love her!

  14. I think the episode was okay, but in comparison to last week it was a disappointment. If you’re a genuine fan of The Office, though, you’ve gotta love how Jim is going back to his old Dwight-pranking ways. Sadly, it seems like his relationship with Pam is taking away from that. I wish that they would incorporate both =\

  15. I was really disappointed in this episode. There were only a couple of parts I actually found to be funny; the rest was just horribly rushed, and there was hardly any plot development. One of the worst episodes I’ve seen so far.

  16. I think they dropped the ball with this episode. I don’t want to say the worst of the entire series but I can’t think of any other that was as unentertaining as this one…but I understand you can’t hit grandslams every week so of course I will be back to see what happens next week.

  17. I thought this was a good episode. I was glad to see a bit of a Meredith-centric episode. Also thought the Jim/Dwight stuff was awesome.

    Loved the call back to Performance Review when Dwight looked at the camera with a smirk.

    For a second, I thought Michael was going to start treating Holly like Toby, but I’m glad that in the end he pulled through for her.

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