The Office: Company Picnic, 5.28

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 | 429 comments


The Office Company Picnic

W: Jen Celotta, Paul Lieberstein, D: Ken Kwapis

Summary (NBC): It’s the annual Dunder Mifflin company picnic and Michael and Holly are reunited, and Michael has some big plans for her. Meanwhile, the office competes in the picnic’s volleyball tournament.

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Favorite quotes

Dwight: How that horse became a doctor, I don’t know.

Michael: What’s so funny?
Pam: You had to be there.
Michael: Oh yay! Geography joke.

Pam: You don’t grab these for balance.

Dwight: You think the EPA would ever allow that much DEET?

Michael: You can go to hell. I’m kidding!

Michael: “Holly, you and I are soup snakes.”

Charles: Must be nice to get a rest from all your rest.

Michael: What is up with you two, Holly?

Michael: I’m designing a chair. It’s part of your pants. You sit down, you’re supported.

Michael: All right, fatty, I will do it.

Dude with shades: These are expensive Ray-Bans, jackass.

Dwight: You’re better than this! I am better than this.

Dwight: What hand do you use to answer the phone?

Michael: Is that cool?
Holly: Crystal cool.

Meredith: Yeah, man in!

Rolph: I don’t hear cheaters, tramps, or women who break my friend’s heart.

Michael: Could we get a DeLorean …

Holly: We haven’t found our great idea yet.
Michael: No. We’re circling it.

Rolph: They’re going to wipe their asses with your serves. Piss all over your faces!

Toby: This reminds me of the HR convention last fall.

Holly: Are you ready to play Slum Dunder Mifflinaire?

Stanley: I usually don’t enjoy the theater, but this is delightful.

Michael: Well, he’s just thinking about his own gifts.

Dwight: People need volleyball now more than ever.

Dwight: If we don’t play, then the other team wins.

Charles: Look who just woke up!

Angela: Now it’s 7-6. Or is that too much accounting for you?

Rolph: What does one fiance plus one lover equal? Answer: one whore.

Erin: Booyah!

Michael: We have a lot of good material for next year’s sketch.

Michael: I think we’re one of those couples with a long story.

Michael: You guys should hit the road before I close down another branch.

Dwight: How many people need to get hurt before we learn a valuable lesson? 1? 2? 3? 4? No, no, hear me out.

Jim: Hey Dwight. Send in the subs.


In a poll conducted May 14-18, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.36/10


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  1. 429. Bond, Santa Bond.  

    Looks like Michael’s “chair- pants” idea has finally realized!


  2. 428. Jaclyn  

    Premarital sex? Really? Is this 1890? YEAH for Jam! I’m pretty sure we were all aware that Jim and Pam have sex, like most twenty or thirty-something couples do when they’re in a committed, loving relationship and this IS the 21st century and not Victorian England. It was a clever, happy twist for the writers and as usual John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer were able to knock this out of the park without us even having to hear their dialogue.

  3. 427. EstherOkure  

    Just watched this episode last week, i must say, I was excited when I saw Tanster.
    It was the best way to end the season, I loved the Michael/Holly little Picnic, but the game show was a little awkward.
    I just loved the whole episode, especially the way it ended, left me asking for more.
    I would like the baby to be a girl.

    [from tanster: awww thanks!]

  4. 426. Mark Zajac  

    I wonder if season 6 of “The Office” will open like the Christmas special from the UK version, in which the first shot of Dawn Tinsley showed her with a baby in her arms — surprise! The baby was then revealed to be her nephew, rather than her own child.

    Perhaps this is too obvious. Plus, the summer is a little short for Pam to reach full term. Still, it would not be the first homage to an episode of the UK version.

    [:-)] Mark

  5. 425. gomer  

    can’t wait for the next season. the season finale left me wanting more info!! insane!!

  6. 424. Emilykrasinski  

    Who Cares???? ITS A JAM BABY!!!!!!!!

  7. 423. FlonkertonChamp  

    ok, this is so random, but i think i have the whole “pam pregnancy” thing figured out. a lot of you have been saying that she should have been on the pill, blah blah. well…

    for the pill to be effective, you have to take it at the same time every day. even being just a few hours off can make a difference. during the weeks that pam was at the michael scott paper company, she had to wake up really early to make deliveries… this threw off her pill schedule. she probably got pregnant during that time. the timeline makes sense.

  8. 422. Carlos  

    Great Episode. The Volleyball Game was incredibly funny. And the deleted scene with Meredith was simple and hilarious.

    Slumdunder Mifflinaire was also really funny and awkward.

    I’ve never been a fan of Jim and Pam, and even though I’m unsure about the new plotline of the show, they are the heart of the show.

  9. 421. FlonkertonChamp  

    @423… according to wikipedia, that was the scrubs set! good eye!

  10. 420. c  

    It might just be me..but that hospital set seemed really similar. Maybe a lot just look alike but I swear it was just like the one from Scrubs.

  11. 419. Lexi  

    About the whole miscarriage thing and it being too “dark” and The Office being too “lighthearted,” keep in mind, The Office is supposed to be a document of the lives in an office. It’s their LIVES. Sometimes life isn’t always so…lighthearted. Anything could happen.But I hope the baby is OK!

  12. 418. FlonkertonChamp  

    And just for fun, here’s every thought that went through Jim’s head during that 30(?) second scene. Or at least what I think, anyway.

    Oh, that’s interesting… Wait, what? …She’s pregnant? You’re pregnant? Oh my God I’m going to be a dad… Holy crap, I’m going to be a dad, this is awesome! Oh my God, I love you! Holy crap, I’m going to be a dad… this is crazy… Okay, go call Dwight. Oh hey camera crew, nothing to see here. “Hey, Dwight… send in the subs.” OH MY GOD I’M GOING TO BE A DAD!!!! I love her! [huggy hugs]

  13. 417. FlonkertonChamp  

    ok, to the best of my lip-reading ability (i’m deaf in 1 ear, so i have to lip-read sometimes) and my knowledge of x-ray procedure (i’m very accident-prone…), here’s my translation of the “silent hospital room” scene. keep in mind that the doctor’s back was to the camera, so his line is pretty much made up.

    Doctor: We do a pregnancy test on every woman having x-rays, and hers was positive. She’s pregnant.
    Pam: I didn’t…!
    Jim: Oh my God… [hug] Oh my God! [hug, kiss, giggle]
    Pam: Um, do you want to go back to the game?
    Jim: No way!
    Pam: Okay, go call Dwight back!
    Jim: Okay!

  14. 416. frea  

    TANSTER!! little late, I know, but I just saw Company Picnic and SCREAMED when I saw you. How exciting!! :D

  15. 415. Samuel L Chang  

    So I just thought of this. Remember back in Weight Loss when Michael gives Jim a condom to avoid a surprise pregnancy like Jan’s? Well, come the season finale, Pam has a surprise pregnancy. You guys think the writers did that on purpose?

  16. 414. wampum  

    If Steve Carell does not get his well deserved Emmy this year I am going to write a protest letter to the academy. I thought this season featured his best acting as Michael Scott. Though it was hard at first, I am satisfied how the whole Michael/Holly thing is playing out. The reason he didn’t tell her that he loves her when he had the chance is because he loves her. He sees that she is in what looks to be a good relationship and he does not want to ruin it, and that alone makes me wish that they will get together, maybe at the end of the series like Tim and Dawn.

  17. 413. Benjamin  

    Thanks to this site, I now know the name of the “Conan staffer” who was on the show, Brian Stack. Now that’s interesting because I’m a huge fan of Conan O’Brien, and all these years, I’ve always just figured that guy was one of his brothers…

  18. 412. mike  

    I don’t feel like reading through all the comments. But what is everyone talking about in regards to “Tanster.” I’ve seen every episode, but I seem to be forgetting who this person was and why it was such a big deal they were seen in the background. Can someone fill me in?

    [from tanster: hmmm. i have no idea. :) ]

  19. 411. richard-c  

    I am aware this can be probably an episode meant to connect to the next season and I didn’t expect to be all laughs, but also showing a little hint of what can come next season so you keep waiting for the candy to come after summer (our fall/almost winter here in Argentina)

    I liked the episode, and some of the things that I loved was the renewed hope for love in Andy, who I see as one of the most gifted characters and how Dwight also seemed to start forgiving Angela in a way, very very deep within himself.

    About the story of Michael and Holly I hope writers make the choice of letting them end up together, or suggest they definitely go back in the last season.

    Jim and Pam, or course it seemed a bit too fast for the pregnancy to happen, but hey that’s how a lot of couples have babies, not everyone plans that according to their financial situation.

    I still love the show, for having a big story arc and little things that happen every chapter so you can laugh without knowing the whole story.

  20. 410. Eric  

    It’s ridiculous that Michael would be dumb enough to tell the Buffalo branch they are being closed. Any boss would know not to do something like that at a picnic. Any boss.

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