The Office: The Manager and the Salesman, 6.16

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 | 111 comments


W: Mindy Kaling, D: Marc Webb

Summary (NBC): The office is eager to welcome Sabre CEO Jo Bennett to Scranton, and are dazzled by her Southern ways. But when Jo finds out there are two branch managers, she says either Michael or Jim must go back to being a salesman. Meanwhile, Andy’s Valentine’s Day plan backfires. Guest stars: Kathy Bates, Zach Woods.

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The Office The Manager and the Salesman quotes

Michael: Hello, Vancouver, this is Michael Scott calling from the United States of America.

Dwight: Could it be under ‘affirmation’? — ’cause you have thousands of those.

Michael: I have always heard that British Columbia is a very nice place, but I am not getting that from this conversation.

Michael: She bought us sight unseen, like a mail order bride.

Michael: I mean, are we ugly? Are we smart? Are we cool? Are we too cool? Do we speak English?

Jo: I kept the Mrs. just to piss off the new wife.

Jo: They love a good crotch!

Dwight: I am treating you the same as a man, for whom I would also not stand. Unless it was the president. Or Judge Judy.

Jo: Who’s this tall drink of sun tea?

Andy: Got some valentine’s cards for my co-workers and my bro-workers.

Meredith: I have this thing about men cutting or threatening to cut my throat. Don’t try to cut my throat.

Michael: I don’t know how things work in Florida, which, from your description sounds like a colorful, lawless swamp.

Jo: Now this is knucklehead talk.

Jo: You can’t give me gravy and tell me it’s jelly ’cause gravy ain’t sweet!

Michael: Where I’m from, there’s two kinds of folk. Those who ain’t, and those who are knee-high on a grasshopper. Which type ain’t you ain’t?

Jo: I’m a breast cancer survivor, close personal friends with Nancy Pelosi, and Truman Capote and I slept with three of the same guys.

Andy: It’s Roger Federer for Men.

Jo: Chop chop, little onion.

Michael: I can’t even go near a cigarette now without thinking of a penis. And vice versa.

Jim: With all due respect to this job, I think I’m definitely in it for the money. And quite honestly, the women.

Michael: Oh that is my favorite ocean! I love it!

Michael: Manuel who?

Michael: You can take the man out of the salesman, but you can’t take the sales out of salesman.

Michael: Have fun signing my commission checks, boss.

Dwight: Bobcat, this is Dragon.

Dwight: I wish I had a lair.

Ryan: Did you see Saw?
Dwight: Of course I see-saw. Mose and I see-saw all the time.

Michael: Who should I call with my magic sales fingers?

Dwight: Why don’t you just let me handle the Tolkien references, okay, dumb jock?

Erin: A spinning brain is a working brain.

Kelly: I know, obsessed with me much?

Erin: That girl can sing and dance and gets all of her clothes at the mall.

Dwight: He’s molesting people via the Internet.

Michael: I am going to Google sulfur maps.

Dwight: Michael, it’s Phyllis.
Michael: No, this is geological.

Andy: It’s not ’cause of the smell, I’m just expecting a nosebleed.

Kelly: I didn’t see you. And you were there all along.

Meredith: Believe me, if I got that card, we’d be in the bathroom doing it right now.

Michael: It’s just a farty dirt patch.

Michael: I wish we had one of those amnesia flashlights from ‘Men In Black.’

Jo: You two are grown-ass men.

Jo: Finish walking my dogs for me. And don’t ride them. A lot of people try to ride them.

Andy: Yours in professionalism, Nard Dog.

Kelly: Do you realize how hard that makes me like you, Andy?

Dwight: New record … low.

Ryan: Jim dug his own grave. But maybe we provided … the shovel.

Dwight: It is beet vodka, and it is delicious.
Ryan: I’m not interested in anything I have to make myself!


In a poll conducted February 11-15, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.568/10


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  1. 111. To the  

    This is late and someone has probably noticed this, but there are two continuity errors in this episode. The first is after Michael ruffles Jim’s hair, and then suddenly it goes back into place. The second is in the scene where Dwight and Ryan talk to the IT guy and a red soda can appears from nowhere halfway through the scene

  2. 110. Kathy  

    I was just re-watching this episode, and the part where Dwight says, “We don’t really announce our sales anymore. It’s not 1992″ was totally a reference to Glengarry Glen Ross! At least I’d like to think it is. Office writers, you guys are genius :-)

  3. 109. Proposed  

    So glad to see old Jim back!! Heck, glad to see the old office back.

  4. 108. Jake  

    Best episode in a long time. By far, the best episode of the year. The last 10 minutes were just so great. The return of old Jim, but also Ryan and Dwight arguing about what to drink was great too. Mindy Kaling is the best!

  5. 107. eastcoast_girl  

    Seemed like old times…in the best possible way. The characters are back where they belong. Of course, the tie prank was the best part!

  6. 106. whoooo's hungry?  

    Amazing. The last 10-15 seconds were the icing on the cake, with Jim transforming back into prankster salesman right before our eyes. Just awesome :) Kathy Bates and her Great Danes had me rolling. “Don’t try to ride em…some people try to ride em.”

    Ahhhhhhh. March 4 will have my heart soaring with the eagle’s nest :)

  7. 105. Little Tuna  

    Finally watched the episode, and LOVED IT! This brought me back to our good ol’ Office from seasons 1-3. I was so excited to see Jim back in his old sales position, and the thing with the tie just made my day.
    I loved when Meredith got that papercut. I was busting up over that.
    Great episode, Kathy Bates is phenomenal, as usual. The Office is back!

  8. 104. Janae  

    I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how they pulled off Jim’s transition back to sales (then again, I probably should have had faith all along that they could do it). It seemed natural and not contrived, which was great. And I agree that it’s SO nice having the Jim/Dwight dynamic back. This was a great lead-up to the delivery episode.

    This might be my favorite episode since “Money” from season 4.

  9. 103. mr.dude  

    Anyone smelling an Emmy for Kathy Bates come awards season?

    Favorite moments
    -Old Jim coming back, especially the tie prank at the end
    -Jo calling Michael and Jim “grown-ass men”
    -Andy scenting his card with Roger Federer cologne

    There was some classic Michael in this one too. Some of his subtleties and expressions when he was out in sales were cracking me up, especially with the Phyllis smell problem.

    You can always count on Mindy for a good ep. Now we just need Andy and Erin to get together…

  10. 102. Greg  

    Wow! This was my favorite episode since season three.
    Great job Mindy and everyone else involved!

    The Kathy Bates character was funny and, more importantly, present in just the right amount. All the other characters had some funny moments, and most important Michael was NOT over the top.

    Please, please, please keep up this trend!!!

  11. 101. Shane  

    Mindy writes the best episodes ever! I absolutely loved this episode! Great Michael moments! Classic Jim! Pam in her element! A funny story for Dwight! And Andy at his absolute best. Loved it…just great!

    God bless

  12. 100. Jeff  

    Anyone catch who the new IT guy was? Season 4 job fair the guy Pam went to at the end of the episode. Told her to check out New York for school.

  13. 99. Koos  

    Ahhh Mindy did such a great job with this one! I loved every scene. I agree that she always writes well for Ryan. When did Ed Helms become listed in the opening credits? Terrific! Did the IT guy look a lot like the Job Fair guy, or was it my imagination?

  14. 98. tuna tuna tuna  

    this episode was hilarious, i was cracking up the entire time. the dogs’ obsession with andy’s crotch just killed me. i also really like the way they amped up erin and andy this episode. they are like bizarro jim and pam and it is fantastic! erin is too delightful. i have been really enjoying the risks the writers have taken and how they have shifted around the dynamics the past few seasons keeping the characters and their relations fresh. i echo the sentiment that i am a bit ashamed that so many people seem to resist any changes in the show. i love how they take us on a journey and then bring us back to the place we know and love. great, great writing. oh and ryan killed me this episode, mindy always writes well for ryan.

  15. 97. Molly  

    LOVED IT! We’re back!!! This episode was fantastic!

    My Mom owns a Curves and coincidentally we watched this together last night, so we totally LOL’d at the Curves joke!

    And I loved Jo saying, “Finish walking my dogs for me. But don’t ride them, everyone tries to ride them.”

    I was laughing this entire episode… Good job, Mindy!

  16. 96. Dunderhead12step  

    Was that a nod to the movie “Amelia” (thus a shout-out to Hilary Swank) when we saw Jo Bennett in her “pilot” scene?

  17. 95. Matt  

    This was a solidly funny episode, and for the second week now, there’s a distinct return to the old style. I’m not sure what the writers want people to think about Erin and Andy’s courtship though; it almost seems like a parody of Jim and Pam as opposed to a real relationship, but I still find their interactions funny. Best line of the night had to be the Curves sale.

  18. 94. Jhony  

    So with every one back to their respective positions, does this mean they will take down Jim’s office or will they leave it up for something else?

  19. 93. ashleve  

    Loved the entire episode. Still makes me warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. Awesome. I still slightly miss David Wallace :)

  20. 92. what's the dealio?  

    Terrific episode! Kelly reading her Valentines Day card aloud–hysterical! Jo is a wonderful character. Hope she can stick around, I want to see her more! Andy with Kleenex up his nose is still making me laugh!

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