The Office: Murder, 6.10

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 | 167 comments



W: Danny Chun, D: Greg Daniels

Summary (NBC): Michael’s world is rocked by troubling rumors about Dunder Mifflin. He forces the office into a day of strange diversions, upsetting Jim and leading others to wonder if Michael has gone insane. Meanwhile, Andy finds that his chief obstacle in courting Erin is his own awkwardness.

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Favorite quotes

Jim: As we all know, the one thing that thousand-year-old martial arts do all the time is change.

Dwight: You are all members of the yakuza, and you happen to be visiting the Lackawanna Trolley Museum. And you are attacked by triads. How can you hold them off until your clan arrives?

Dwight: You cannot go wrong with a throat punch.

Kevin: Last time you pulled my pants down and then you tried to choke me with my shoelace.

Jim: The most worthy opponent of you is you.

Dwight: We always have what is called the element of surprise.

Michael: You’ll have to be more specific, Dwight. I get like eight emails a day.

Erin: Your feelings journal? You told me to put it in the time capsule.

Dwight: You can all have jobs at Schrute Fams. As human scarecrows. It doesn’t pay much, and you can’t unionize.

Michael: I’ll catch you on the flippity-flip!

Michael: Just poopin’, you know how I be.

Michael: Crazy world, lotta smells.

Andy: It is time for the Nard Dog to take matters into his own paws.

Michael: Oh god, I can’t think! I need more Mullins.

Michael: Monkey see, monkey do. Monkey pee all over you.

Jim: All right! Let’s conference room it up!

Jim: I only slack off when things are good.

Dwight: He needs me. Seat-save infinity.

Michael: There’s been a murder! There’s been a murder … in Savannah.

Michael: “Battleship” got me through my parents’ divorce. “Operation” got me through my vasectomy.

Meredith: “Belles, Bourbon, and Bullets — A Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game.”

Michael: Tube City. You owe me one.

Michael: If you talk slowly in real life, your character could, say, have been kicked in the head by a horse.

Angela: “Voodoo Mama Juju — the witch doctor of the Savannah swamps.”

Michael: Delta Burke, I do declare.

Meredith: Nice accent. You sound like Forrest Gump.

Andy: What you really want is more of a Savannah accent, which is more like molasses, just sort of spillin’ out of your mouth.

Kevin: He lives on Sesame Street, dumbass.

Angela: It’s not my fault. I was exposed to Harry Potter.

Dwight: I know the killer to be Phyllis, aka Beatrix Bourbon, the person I most medium suspect.

Meredith: How ’bout a threesome?

Angela: Hey everyone. Kevin’s going to give us his take on the situation. Let’s listen up!

Dwight: A lot of the evidence seemed to be based on puns.

Pam: Which is worse, snapped or stuck?

Meredith: I’m the dead body and these are my brain chunks.
Dwight: Hey shut up, you’re dead.

Jim: Well, there is some bad news. There has been another murder.

Michael: Today is the hardest I have worked in a long, long time.

Jim: Really?
Pam: It wasn’t me. I’m not goin’ down for this!
Jim: Yeah, I want to go home.
Pam: Get the keys out of my purse, start the car.


In a poll conducted November 12-16, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.36/10


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  1. 167. Holly E  

    I also thought this episode was the best in a long time….I thought the reference to Shawn Mullins song “Lullaby” was hilarious – the type of song that Michael Scott would listen to – a song that was No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart in 1998 – talk about obscure. Also, I just love Erin and Andy….I am so over Pam and Jim who bore me to death (always have except back when she was with Roy).

  2. 166. Over 9000  

    I wanna play the game. And Andy, always making things so awkward. Overall good episode

  3. 165. Banana  

    That was such an amazing episode! I loved the cold open with dwight beating himself up. I could probably go on and on about how much I loved this episode, but these are my favorite lines.
    “just poopin’, you know how I be.”
    “crazy world, lotta smells!”.
    “I’m not comfortable with this.”
    “the person I most medium suspect.”
    The thing I loved about this episode was that the lines are like the ones I quote with my sister from season 2. I could keep watching them and saying them and they would still make me laugh. Great job, NBC! Keep it up.

  4. 164. ES  

    I loved the episode, but to any Spaced fans wasn’t the end shootout scene just like the one on Spaced, but with Michael, Andy, and Dwight instead of Mike, Tim, and Brian?

  5. 163. KevinS  

    #157 (@Collins) – I feel the same way about the “hilarious” line and delivery. Funny but familiar seems like a deliberate reference. It’s vaguely reminiscent of Bronson Pinchot’s character Serge in Beverly Hills Cop: “You want some espresso? I make it right in the back.”
    Doubt that’s the inspiration, but only the writer or Steve Carell really know for sure…

  6. 162. sammy  

    i looooved this episode, SO FUNNY!

  7. 161. Stapler  

    When I first saw Pam’s hands during the closing tag shootout, I couldn’t figure out what was on her hands. They almost looked like they had peeling skin or something, then I realized they were lace gloves.

  8. 160. Baby Tuna  

    I was laughing so hard when I saw Pam with the ‘guns’. Even though it was kinda out of character, we see that with all the characters at some point in the series. But she looked less pregnant…

  9. 159. Koos  

    Totally agree, jamsbaby (#154). Still, I loved this episode! The whole office getting in on a boxed murder mystery game is brilliant. Great lines!

  10. 158. Rhizome  

    I do declare this episode was a big hit! I have been loving the season so far, the writers are doing a fantastic job. The episode was filled with great one liners, and another classic Creed moment. He probably thought it had to do with the disappearance of Creed Bratton. I am so looking forward to next week’s episode. Michael, Dwight, Andy, and Oscar together in New York, that grouping is classic.

  11. 157. Lizabeth  

    I loved the episode! I laughed from the beginning to the end! Everyone did such a great job and it was nice to see glimpses of the old Pam. Plus, Ryan’s Woody Allen look was kind of cute this week!

    The idea to have Jim and Michael co-manage this season was fantastic. Jim has always been the voice of reason in the office and now he has the authority to do something about it. Still, he is the Jim we love and he tries to be sensitive to Michael’s odd needs when he needs to be.

  12. 156. Collins  

    Can you help me fellow Tallyheads? When Michael was on the phone looking for David Wallace and he did his “Wouldn’t that be hilarious” thing. Was he just trying to be funny because he was all nervous or was he actually making fun of someone in particular who talks like that. I laughed so hard when he did it and then I was like “I don’t think I get it”

  13. 155. Boogiecito  

    Best episode since last season’s Heavy Competition!
    Was in tears with Oscar and his accent.

  14. 154. Jimmy  

    Pam clearly showed support to Jim’s ideas in The Meeting, when he was about to meet with Wallace. Plus, she is MARRIED to the guy. I’d say she supports him.

  15. 153. jamsbaby  

    i find it sad how unrealistic this show is now. pam with the guns at the end? they have killed everything i liked about her character which was shy and cute. now she is either cranky (koi pond) or wild (the surplus and this episode) i feel like ever since she shortened her hair the show hasn’t been the same. i miss it

  16. 152. Officeite  

    152: That’s true. I can’t even think of one instance when she’s shown support for him as a manager.

  17. 151. pamkeds  

    I wish Pam had stayed with Jim during their serious conversation. She hasn’t been shown supporting him as a manager at all.

  18. 150. George  

    Michael, Dwight, Andy and Pam were amazing in the end of the episode. Poor Jim. It’s true that Andy & Erin will become the new Jim & Pam. Dwight & Angela still have time to work it all out.

  19. 149. Nate  

    Hmm… I wonder if the writers are getting ready to set a definitive end-date for the series. I think that would really give a shot in the arm to the show’s quality, perhaps restore it to what it was four years ago.

    Look at LOST–I won’t say that every episode has been gold since Cuse and Lindelof set 2010 as the series’ end, but there have been less crummy episodes, and a true sense of direction and purpose. I think The Office would benefit from a deadline!

    Maybe Dunder-Mifflin will close at the end of the season, and the next season will be the last, dealing with the aftermath (including the release of the long-awaited documentary).

  20. 148. thisisaname  

    I thought this episode was pretty good. Not as epic as everyone else seems to think it was, but good nonetheless. I really liked how Jim stepped up and was taking the bankruptcy situation seriously, and the tension-filled conversation with Pam was cool because we got to see them as a couple dealing with a tough situation. I noticed that Pam didn’t look pregnant and for a second I thought maybe I’d missed the episode where she had the kid; that was odd. And I loved when Oscar made the attempt at the southern accent!- So funny! and of course Creed was hilarious. Overall this episode wasn’t the best, but it was nice to see that it’s being realistic, I missed seeing that in the show.

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