The Office: Lecture Circuit, Pt. 1, 5.16

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The Office Lecture Circuit

Writer: Mindy Kaling, Director: Ken Kwapis

Summary (NBC): Michael goes on a speaking tour of the other branches to explain Scranton’s success, accompanied by Pam. Dwight and Jim — now the heads of the party planning committee — forget a birthday, with severe consequences. Andy falls for someone he should not. First of two parts.

The Office Lecture Circuit Part 1 extras

From Jenna Fischer’s MySpace blog, dated February 3, 2009:

Ken [Kwapis]… directed the episode that is airing this week – “Lecture Circuit”. It is my favorite of the year! The folks at corporate send Michael on a business trip to the various branches of Dunder-Mifflin where he is to perform sales training seminars. Pam goes along as his assistant. They go to Karen’s branch and Pam and Karen see one another for the first time since Jim and Karen broke up. Ahhhh! So awesome! The episode was so great that was turned into a two-parter!

This is the episode of the birthday sign in the conference room: IT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY.

The Office Lecture Circuit Part 1 rating

In a poll conducted Feb. 5-9, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.64/10

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The Office Lecture Circuit Part 1 quotes

Michael: I was looking online about sebaceous cysts. I have not been squeezing it. Could I stick it with a pin?

Michael: And we’re off! Like a herd of turtles.

Michael: I am telling them my secret recipe for success. My eleven business herbs and spices. In a sales batter.

Michael: Pam is my hot roadie.

Michael: Don’t say “bucks.” It’s not lady-like.

Michael: Maybe you could tie it around your waist, or lose the shirt underneath or something.

Kelly: I think sometimes people are really mean to the hot, popular girl.

Michael: I need silence or Sam Kinison to prepare.

Pam: I’ll just play a song in my head.

Pam: I even hate thinking that Al-Qaeda hates me. I think if they got to know me, they wouldn’t hate me.

Andy: What we have here is the ultimate smackdown between the Nard Dog and crippling despair, loneliness, and depression. I intend to win.

Kelly: Screw you guys. You’re dead to me.

Dwight: What kind of cake do you want, imbecile?

Michael: Is that Jim’s?

Michael: I’m trying to figure out the last time that you and Jim had sex.

Dwight: It’s not like she discovered a cure for cancer.

Dwight: Fortunately, my feelings regenerate at twice the speed of a normal man’s.

Michael: You bought it! And now you can’t return it. Or can you? No you can’t.

Michael: Karen, do you need to go pump?

Michael: Would a liar bring mini Mounds bars?

Michael: I learned the Pledge of Allegiance by setting it to the tune of Old MacDonald.

Michael: Shirty. Mole. Lazy Eye. Mexico. Baldy. Sugar Boobs. Black Woman.

Michael: She is pregnant. She is knocked up. “K,” Karen.

Stanley: Give me two clients for her.

Michael: Prepare yourself, for the Utica Chain Store Massacre!

Michael: So is there a guy or a person or a sperm machine that did this to you?

Michael: No, it’s really dorky. You were right the first time.

Michael: Old hatreds dissolve into new friendships. It’s a really wonderful moment.

Andy: Whenever I walk into a room, she totally looks up.

Creed: This is how I got Squeaky Fromme.

Creed: Have I ever steered you wrong, Jim?

Andy: We lost the account.

Dwight: Mose doesn’t know how to use a phone, so joke’s on you.

Pam: Perfect boobs. Of course I remember Holly.

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  1. Ok, I thought the beginning started out solid, great cold open. However, I didn’t really find the material at Scranton all that funny, especially the stuff with Andy. Michael and Pam were great… but I just felt like this episode was lacking (much like “The Surplus”).

    *Here’s to next week!

  2. Great episode. A good follow-up to Stress Relief. All of the cast seemed human in this episode, whereas the past few episodes have made it seem like the characters are exaggerations of the original character. And Andy’s heartbreak was finally addressed.

    I loved the idea of having Dwight be part of the party planning committee. Hilarious.

    Pam and Michael’s little moment was nice too. Pam actually seemed like Pam in this episode. It’s good to see Karen as a likable person too. If that is the last time we see Rashida, at least she went out on a good note.

  3. Meh. I haven’t been as down on Season 5 as a lot of other people but this one didn’t do it as much for me. I did love the “It is your birthday” sign and Creed giving Jim a 3 dollar bill but the other storylines weren’t that funny. It would have been a lot funnier if the girl Andy fell for was Stanley’s daughter. Also, did any of the accountants have a line? I hope part 2 is better.

  4. OMG! That was the BEST episode. Too many awesome points to list here. I can’t wait to rewatch! And re-rewatch.

  5. I thought it was an ok episode. It had funny parts,(“Mole, Lazy Eye, Mexico, Baldy, Sugar Boobs, Black Lady”) It was nice to see Karen again, but I was disappointed to not see the new credits again…

  6. I think it was one of the funniest episodes of the season. Absolutely loved the Pam and Michael interaction. Can’t wait for next week.

  7. Just when I think this show can’t make me laugh anymore (well, I don’t really think that) a cold open like this happens and I can’t stop laughing!

    Michael annoying the staff over the phone’s PA system was instant-classic Michael! Loved it!

  8. This was such a cute and funny episode. I really like Michael and Pam out working together (even if she is carrying all the bags). I can’t wait for next week to see if he gets “closure”.

  9. I was so excited to hear my own county mentioned in tonight’s episode. BERKS COUNTY ROCKS!! Thanks writers for making my night!!

  10. Tonight’s episode was a great follow up to Stress Relief. Dwight and Jim as heads of the party planning committee was awesome. Any time those two team up you know it’s going to be funny. Creed was hilarious tonight. The 3 dollar bill was priceless. I never thought that Pam felt she had done something wrong with regards to Karen. At least now she and Karen have closure and whatever guilt she may have felt is gone.

    I can’t wait to see next week’s episode. It will be Michael’s turn to try and get some closure.

  11. Kelly’s juvy was in Berks County!
    I’m so pumped because that’s where I live.
    Also, the actor who plays Daryl mentioned Reading at one of the conventions.
    Thank you, The Office.

  12. Loved it. This episode had the most laugh out loud moments of the season!! Every story line was funny and the time was split well among them.

    Jim and Dwight as the new heads of the party planning committee? Genius. For me, their talking head was an instant classic. Have they ever had one together before?

  13. I liked this one. Open was pretty good. Michael naming the people in the meeting was the highlight and then coming up w/ that guys name being “Mark.” Creed calling Andy “Jim” and the Nard-dog already on the prowl. Dwight’s idea of a birthday party was great and both he and Jim on the party planning committee, ha! I loved that Michael wanted to bring back the candy bit from Business School and the chainsaw thing, wow, ha. I’m sure we’ll see a return of Holly next week. So we wait…

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