The Office: Couples Discount, 9.15

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 | 151 comments


The Office: Couples Discount

Writer: Allison Silverman, Director: Troy Miller

Summary (NBC): Erin is nervous for Andy’s return — the office pairs off into pretend couples to take advantage of a Valentine‚Äôs Day discount at a local mini-mall. Erin assures Pete she will break up with Andy when he returns, but he has good reason to doubt her. Jim and Pam share a meal with Brian, the documentary’s sound man.

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In a poll conducted February 7-11, 2013, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.35/10

The Office Couples Discount quotes

Pam: And poof, he disappears.

Erin: I really want to have fun today, because tomorrow is going to be a nightmare.

Erin: I’m breaking up with him. Bam, Andy! How ya like me now?

Dwight: I really like Andy these days. He’s pretend, and he does exactly as I tell him to. All that will change when Real Andy comes back tomorrow. Unless he comes back as Pretend Dwight. In which case, we’re in for an epic, confusing showdown.

Kevin: I guess it’s goodbye chunky lemon milk.

Meredith: Let’s get some booze and some cocaine and just blow it out. No consequences.

Phyllis: You could probably just bring whoever it is you use to kill your loneliness.

Stanley: I’ll pretend to be your husband. I’m already sick of you so it’ll seem realistic.

Angela: They have a nail salon there, where I get my feet detailed. They use a watch repair kit.

Kevin: I’ll be your foot buddy!

Nellie: Clark, you will be my fake boyfriend so I can get the discount.
Clark: That’s what I do.

Nail salon lady: Your boyfriend, he look like a pretty girl.

Nellie: Now that you are developing, we should go and get you a training bra.

Nellie: Turns out, I can’t even be in a pretend relationship.

Pam: My dad can’t hear a thing, you could boom his whole life for him.

Dwight: You’re back. And you’re disgusting.

Andy: I guess I can cancel my order from, because the loafers have arrived!

Erin: I am really, really bad at breakups. Technically, I’m still dating my first grade boyfriend.

Dwight: Hey Burning Man, if it’s not selling out too much, you might want to throw on a tie.

Erin: He only emailed me four times.

Andy: Coolio? Are. We. Coolio?

Dwight: Two seconds of the Turd Dog, and he loses the biggest sale this branch has ever seen.

Clark: Do you have any idea what I had to do to get that sale from Jan?

Kevin: He just waltzes back in here like he owns the chunky lemon milk!

Dwight: And instead of a wolf, I cried, genetically engineered monster wolf.

Meredith: Meredith Palmer ain’t never been called no narc. Floozy, yes. Alky, check. Einstein sarcastically, you bet. But never, no narc. Vomit Mop, sure. Floor Meat, that’s me. Flesh Hoover, aye.

Pete: Why does no one stop her?

Andy: Let’s get back to busting some paper rhymes.

Jim: Who knows less about his marriage than the sound guy?

Phyllis: We started selling balloons.

Clark: Kathy Ireland signed on as the official spokesbabe of Dunder Mifflin.

Andy: Go, Kathy! She’s like 50.

Erin: You retweeted me a lot, to be fair.

Andy: If you fake it, I won’t be able to tell the difference. So I’ll feel good.

Pam: I think that you should stay and I think we should fight.

Jim: Alright, put your dukes up, Beesly.

Erin: And just so you know, I was worried you were dead. You were gone for three months!

David: Hey, Andy. Still here. What was that about three months?


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  1. 151. DunMiff/sys  

    Jim’s behavior towards Pam in this episode and in the one before pisses me off more than Andy ever has.

  2. 150. lynn  

    @149. Last thought on this idea. In Season 9, Pam’s heavy makeup (check out Work Bus, the final scene) is like a mask – she’s covering up her true feelings. In Traveling Salesmen, Karen’s gaudy makeup was like a clown – Jim’s lies made her feel like a fool.

  3. 149. lynn  

    Brian tells Pam & Jim about his breakup with Alyssa that they “we were telling two different versions of the same story.”

    Did anyone else notice how pretty Pam looks when she sits down opposite Brian? How much thinner she appears as he watches her sit down, versus earlier in the show when she eats chocolates with Jim? Even how heavy Pam’s makeup has become lately. It’s unflattering and especially noticeable in scenes with Jim where she looks so tired. Is this deliberate to show how these two men are seeing Pam through very different eyes right now?

    Brian has a crush on Pam, and Jim is very much at odds with her. It reminds me of Season 3, Traveling Salesmen, when Karen wore that gaudy makeup to make a sale. It was the episode where she learned from Phyllis that Jim had had a crush on Pam. In the same episode, Jim lied to Karen and told her he was over his crush. Hasn’t Jim started treating Pam like he use to treat Karen? It’s hurtful.

  4. 148. Dundies  

    @130 I completely agree. This episode was a slam dunk. It saddens me that the characters rarely act like how they’ve been characterized through so many past seasons… (I can’t say up until now because it started changing even in parts of Season 7). I’ve lost all hope for Dwight though. He’s a completely different beast now-a-days.

  5. 147. lynn  

    I wasn’t sure if Pam let Jim think that she cried about Frank the warehouse guy. Does Jim really get that Brian comforted Pam after her phone call with him? That he was the cause of her crying, and Brian was the good guy in all that?

  6. 146. Jen  

    @143 Actually all of Andy’s actions this season have been more like Michael Scott than himself. I wonder if this was originally written with Steve Carell in mind. Maybe it was supposed to be Pete and Holly.

  7. 145. loserspoll  

    Re #105, this wouldn’t be the first time they bring in a character for a plot device and simply moved on from said character without any futher mention (see: Florida trip girl that hit on Jim who was so important thereafter that I can’t remember her name. Actually, it’s Kathy, but that’s besides the point….). I think the real reason the show isn’t QUITE what it once was is simple: at the start, the show’s talent were getting their prof. break b/c of THE OFFICE. They put their energy and creativity into it. Now, with guest writers galore, less cohesiveness all-around, and dividied professional interest, the talent has grown beyond the show. Plus, the loss of Michael Schur.

  8. 144. what's the dealio?  

    There was so much packed into Couples Discount – so many different stories going on, an awesome Meredith wig (not to mention a great rant about what she’s been called), and Andy’s disgusting beaded beard! I could watch a whole hour of Darryl and Oscar pretending to be a couple – I loved that short scene and thumbs up to Darryl. Loved Erin asking Pete if he wanted to play catch right after he’d had a talking head about the family dog’s last day. And I’m SO glad Pam asked, and Jim agreed to go sort out differences (fight). Like Brian said, when there’s nothing worth fighting for, it’s over. I think Jim and Pam will be just fine. I’m going to be so sad when this show is over – it’s such top quality viewing.

  9. 143. Sam  

    I’m not trying to make any real comparisons here, but when Andy was standing in the doorway to his office looking at Dwight, he kind of gave a similar look that Michael would have given. Just saying. But then Andy lost the White Pages account. Michael was always a bad boss, but also a really good salesman.

  10. 142. Alan  

    I actually like the Brian character. He seems like a good guy. I don’t think he set out to make things bad for Jim and Pam…they did that to themselves. I do think he fell for her and made a couple of inappropriate decisions when Jim and Pam started fighting but hey he is only human and I don’t get the impression that he is seriously trying to interrupt Pam’s marriage.

  11. 141. Joel  

    I am kinda getting sick of Jam fighting, I know that they want to show them having growing pains but I didn’t want the whole last season to be of them fighting. On that note it seems like Pam is also sick of this disconnect that is between them and won’t let it get any worse. I never liked Brian but now I hate him, he was clearly trying to cause tension between Jim and Pam. Thankfully it sort of backfired for him, Pam clearly does not reciprocate any of those stupid looks he keeps giving her.

  12. 140. Hannah  

    This might have just been me, but when Jim gives Pam his V Day present, as he starts to walk to get his coat, does anyone notice Pam look back at her desk? I thought she might have a present to give him and couldn’t decide if she wanted to or not.

    Any thoughts?

  13. 139. Matthew D  

    The last episodes without Andy were so much better and once he comes back the funny gets sucked right out of the episode. I hope Wallace demotes him back to salesman so I can like the character again. Dwight could head the office since he was basically doing it anyway with Andy gone and Jim in Philly most of the time. oh and I think Meredith’s wigs are just hilarious!!!!

  14. 138. ascribe  

    Wow. The character assassination of Andy is complete. One of my favorite characters and they’ve made it that even I can’t stand him anymore! He’s an unlikeable outsider who doesn’t even belong in the show. I’d rather they wrote Helms out than go through this. Turning these characters into an second rate rehash of JAMRoy – what was the point?

    Erin was really good. She’s quite mature now and handling things well. Ellie Kemper has put in some good performances lately, though her character is not as outright funny as she was a few seasons ago. I’m not sure the likeable yet slightly creepy Pete is a good match for Erin either. He lacks any real depth and is almost like a toyboy type. Erin might eventually outgrow him too.

    Even JAM are showing some real cracks. The Brian stuff is bleh.

    I’ve been hesitating to purchase the season 8 set, but I think seasons 8 and 9 will be the first I don’t bother with. I don’t think I could sit through all that again.

  15. 137. Limey  

    Hey, wasn’t someone supposed to get fired in episode 15? Has this now been shunted into the hour-long Moving On? I was very jet lagged when I watched Couples Discount – did I miss something?!?

  16. 136. Todd Smitts  

    @137 Ridiculousness? Hardly. This storyline seemed perfectly consistent to me, for the reasons I listed above (118) and I’ve been waiting months for that kiss!

  17. 135. DunderJAM  

    Personally, I was never a huge fan of Andy. He’s always been annoying and he’s always been capable of being mean like this (sure, it’s been funny). Come on, people. Last season everyone was complaining about how the writers were making him into a Michael clone, and now everyone’s complaining that he isn’t S8 Andy anymore.
    Jim and Pam were great, as was Erin, and Darryl sticking up for Oscar was awesome. Overall: was it the funniest episode? No. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t amazing. The Office is more than just a comedy.

  18. 134. Claudia  

    The Jim and Pam tension feels like it comes 2 seasons too late, but it’s so great to see them talk about THEM again. Even if they are fighting, I still find it much more interesting than the cardboard talking heads of the past 2 seasons. As always, John and Jenna keep it real. I don’t think I need to add anything to the ridiculousness that is the Andy-Erin-Pete storyline.

  19. 133. italian food  

    @134 I am pretty sure it is one of the sketches Pam does while she is in New York at Art school. She shows Jim in the break room when she returns.

  20. 132. Lin Beifunk  

    Actually, I think, above all, I’m sad Nellie is finally becoming likable (to me) and I’ll only get to see a few more half-hours of her.

    I wish she’d turned into an actual character rather than a plot device LAST season!

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