The Office: Employee Transfer, 5.06

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The Office: Employee Transfer

Writer: Anthony Farrell, Director: Dave Rogers

Summary (NBC): Pam is embarrassed when she is the only person at corporate wearing a costume on Halloween. Holly and Michael take the long trip to Nashua after they get some shocking news from corporate.

The Office Employee Transfer rating

In a poll conducted Oct. 30-Nov 3, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.20/10

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The Office Employee Transfer quotes

Kelly: Who are you, Larry King?

Kelly: Oh, from the insurance commercials.

Creed: Let’s put a smile on that face.

Kevin: Damn it, Creed! I’ve been up since four.

Andy: Sweet ‘stume, dude.

Andy: We were looking for ‘kitten.’

Jim: Hey New York. Happy Halloween.

Pam: And I can’t even take off my hat … because then I’m Hitler.

Darryl: Do not. Touch. My radio.

Dwight: Thought I’d go casual today.

Andy: Take that sweatshirt off!

Dwight: If someone who barely outsells Phyllis can get in, I should be fine.

Dwight: I meant that as a compliment to you, Phyllis, as well as a slight to Andy.

Dwight: If it makes Andy angry, so be it.

Michael/Holly: Life is a highway … I want to ride it all night long.

Dwight: So … how do you think we’re going to do against Penn this year?

Dwight: Without its agricultural program, we probably wouldn’t have cabbage. At least not modern cabbage.

Andy: My blood runs Big Red.

Pam: They’re probably thinking, “That Pam Beesly, she’s the coolest sister-in-law on the planet. She’s the best!” The absolute best.

Jim’s brother: She basically has a hobby for a job.

Holly: You were sleeping? You were talking before.

Michael: Little breakfast place … with really good bacon.

Michael: Here we go. Fourth time’s the charm.

Michael: Are you crying? Allergies?

Michael: Did Darryl touch you?

Michael: I’ve dated almost four women. And you are so far above them, it is stupid.

Holly: Don’t make it harder than it has to be.
Michael: That’s what she said.

Michael: I am not gonna give up that easy. I’m going to make this way harder than it needs to be.

Andy: I seriously doubt that anyone from Cornell dated you.

Creed: It’s pronounced “Colonel.” It’s the highest rank in the military.

Andy: That’s a bobble Big Red Bear!

Michael: Maybe I’ll see an accident one weekend.

Holly: Years of just a few hours every weekend?

Darryl: Clever, Mike.

Michael: We’re like peanut butter and jelly.

Darryl: Please call me back. Please.

Michael: I’m not strong. I’ll go back to Jan, and I hate Jan!

Dwight: The Harmoniacs or the Do-Re-Migos?

Andy: When the hourglass strikes three, then in the room whence employees confer.

Andy: I would say he has none-percent chance.

Andy: Dane Cook, Jack Bauer, and Eli Whitney. You’re doing great.

Andy: Nobody wants that … to happen.

Andy: Applicant has a head shaped like a trapezoid.

Jim: “Pam cool. Welcome to the family.”

Pam: Hey, how ’bout at Thanksgiving, we prank Tom about being bald?

Michael: I’ll just ride back with you.

Darryl: Breakups hurt.

Darryl: Sometimes when I’m down like this, it helps to sing the blues.

Andy: Bernard Farms. Best beets in the state.

Andy: You’re supposed to cook these, aren’t you.

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248 comments

  1. Being a Cornell student makes this episode so much better! (And those a capella groups don’t exist, by the way).

  2. A lot going on in this episode (maybe too much). This is one that you kind of have to re-watch.

    Andy and Dwight were very funny, and so was the cold open but after that I don’t know. It just seemed all a mess and the Pam and Jim storyline in this ep really wasn’t all that great.

    I do think the writers did a good job in “ending” Holly and Michael’s relationship. It was sad, but it wasn’t over-done in a way that would make it a HUGE deal and that fans would be extremely upset about.

  3. Did anyone else wonder why Dwight wasn’t suspicious of Andy when he told Dwight that he (Andy) would conduct the interview?

  4. Loved the whole Dwight/Andy/Cornell feud. We haven’t seen a whole lot of interaction between those 2 so that was cool. The interview part with Dwight evaluating Andy as the interviewer had me laughing pretty good. Also Creed as Heath Ledger’s Joker was actually kinda scary!

  5. This episode was hilarious! There were too many funny moments to name, Dwight pulling the desk away from Andy, Michael, Holly & Darryl singing Life is a Highway, Michael randomly screaming. Oh man what an awesome episode.
    Michael and Holly broke my heart though! I’m going to miss Amy Ryan. Her and Michael were perfect for each other! She brought out such an endearing side of Michael.

  6. This was a good (yet sad) episode for plot development.

    I loved the crazy antics of the cold open, but I thought it would last longer.

  7. When Pam showed up on the restaurant did Jim kiss her on the cheek? Come on, if he hasn’t seen her in a while I would expect more. Not sure about these 2.

  8. “ridit-dit-didoo”

    Hahah, awesome handle. I love this episode. Did anyone notice how Jim’s brother (I forget the name) makes the same face that Jim does to the camera? Good stuff!

  9. I loved this episode for many reasons:

    1)Jim being defensive of Pam’s art dreams-adorable!!!
    2)Andy dressing up as a cat from ‘Cats’
    3)Andy’s line, “that’s a bobble Big Red Bear!”
    4)Pretty much all of the costumes, and the continuity with Angela wearing the same cat costume she did in season 2
    5)”Don’t make it harder than it has to be.” “Fine. That’s what she said.”
    6)”I seriously doubt that anyone from Cornell dated you.”

  10. I don’t get it why… why do shows get us so hooked like that. I really wanted to see something well to happen with Michael and Holly. It just blows now to see that she is probably gone. In reality Michael would have not let her leave no matter what. Finding someone with such a compatible personality… rare and once you find it never let it go.

    Oh well lose to win. I guess since we lose Holly we can now look for forward seeing Jim and Pam.

  11. This episode reminded me a lot of Product Recall. The Dwight-Andy interaction was a lot like Jim and Dwight in Product recall, especially the role reversal in the tag. Other parallels include Michael and Darryl on a road trip and the singing in the car.

  12. My only real problem with this episode is that it seemed like Dwight was totally out of character. I mean without Michael or Jim there, he was in charge of the office. He didn’t act that way at all, which is what you’d expect.

    This is the first ep of the season that I’m going to rate lower than an 8.

  13. Anytime we get a “TWSS” it is all worth it.

    I loved the ending where Angela gave Andy the look that said, “what a loser”. Dwight rocked this episode.

  14. Sorry. The Michael-Darryl road trip was The Negotiation. Still had a season 3 feel though.

  15. #12 Penn Stater
    Perhaps he is not a big fan of PDA? (He did kiss her twice at the office while others were there.) Or perhaps it was because his brothers were there. IMO there would be nothing wrong with a quick kiss. Just a couple of possibilities.

  16. A pretty good episode. My fave part was when Darryl and Michael were driving back and “singing” the blues. Michael just didn’t get it – but that part when he really tried to belt out the NA NA NA NA’s and his voice cracked was HYSTERICAL!

    Amy Ryan – we will miss you! When she started crying in the truck – WOW!

  17. I agree completely, shut it (#10). This episode had me laughing consistently while also delivering some tear-evoking moments with Holly and Michael.

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the season so far. Great job, writers!

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