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The Office Nepotism

Writer: Danny Chun, Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Summary (NBC): Michael refuses to fire the new office assistant after everyone complains about his bad attitude. Andy plays it cool after Erin shows interest in another man. Meanwhile, Pam tries to impress Jim by pulling an office prank of her own. (The Office Season 7 premiere)

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The Office Nepotism rating

In a poll conducted September 23-27, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.79/10

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The Office Nepotism quotes

Kelly: You make it so hard to love you sometimes.

Angela: I said I didn’t want to be on the Internet!

Michael: I suppose summer had to end sometime. It’s sad, though, because I had a great summer. I got West Nile virus, lost a ton of weight. Then I went back to the lake. I stepped on a piece of glass in the parking lot, which hurt. That got infected, even though I peed on it. Saw “Inception.” Or at least I dreamt I did.

Andy: Broccoli Rob, obviously, will be there.
Erin: Yes, of course.

Andy: We call him Blorville because he looks like a black Orville Redenbacher.

Gabe: I started dating Erin this summer. It has been, in a word, exquisite.

Erin: Gabe is awesome. He has accomplished so much career-wise and height-wise. Thank god he’s my boss because I would not have said yes to a first date if I didn’t have to, but… it’s been great.

Andy: Am I angry that Gabe stole my girlfriend over the summer? No. I’ve been through anger management, okay? So right now, I am sitting on a nice beach at Cape Cod, gazing out across the whitecaps. Oh look, it’s a humpback whale. How pretty. He’s eating Gabe.

Dwight: From now on, if you’re hot, sit on an ice pack.
Kevin: Well, what if you’re cold?
Dwight: Like you’d ever be cold, Kevin. Stop asking me hypothetical questions, okay? I’m too busy.
Jim: Hey Dwight, I don’t know if you heard, but we’re supposed to be drinking out of weird backpacks instead of cups like regular people. Oh, you did hear.
Dwight: Jim, you have one job to do and you do it forgettably. Those of us who are busy require hands-free hydration.

Dwight: Dwight Schrute. Star salesman. Beet farmer. Bed and breakfast proprietor. Aspiring freelance bodyguard. Add to that list, owner of this building. Then burn the list.

Kelly: This summer, I did the minority executive training program at Yale. You guys, I’m like really smart now, you don’t even know. You could ask me, “Kelly, what’s the biggest company in the world?” And I’d be like, “blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah,” giving you the exact right answer.

Luke: Coffee Monkey’s arrived.

Darryl: My summer, I blew out my knee playing softball. Ended up watching CNN most of the time. I don’t know how we’re going to get out of Afghanistan. I hate the new assistant. He’s only been here for a week. I hate him.

Andy: I’m the Nard Dog, okay? Nard Man is my father.

Luke: My name is Luke Cooper. I love cinema. My favorite movies are Citizen Kane and The Boondock Saints.

Dwight: The bigger the keychain, the more powerful the man.

Jim: What happened to me this summer? Dwight bought the building, so actually, this has been the busiest summer of my life.

Jim: So unprofessional, Mrs. Halpert.

Luke: What’s up, Venus?

Meredith: Turn off the Chumbawamba and scram, twerp.

Michael: And another thing I did this summer: I hired my nephew.

Michael: Having Luke here is a pretty big deal for me, because his mother, who also happens to be my half-sister, kind of cut me off from that side of the family 15 years ago… 14. The last time I saw Luke was the opening day of ‘Ace Ventura II’ and that was ’95, so yes, 15 years on the dot. Anyway, I lost him in a forest.

Darryl: Don’t, don’t bother Luke. Got it.

Oscar: Michael, that’s nepotism. Luke is getting special treatment because he’s your nephew.
Michael: Yes, exactly. That is a very nice way of putting it, Oscar. Mixing family and business is a beautiful thing.

Michael: Do you think they should have had open auditions for the band Hanson? What if no one named Hanson showed up? That wouldn’t even make sense. Or what if they just hired the littlest kid and a 50-year old guy who was a murderer? Really safe.
Jim: Oh man, so many points being made.

Creed: I couldn’t care less about nepotism. But, I’m loving the debate. Great minds battling it out. And I’ve got a front row seat.

Michael: God, when he needed help on Earth, who did he hire? Jesus Christ, his son.

Michael: Why does God get to do something that I don’t?

Kelly: I would just like to say something off of what Darryl said about the level playing field. That is actually a zoning issue.

Oscar: My favorite part of an ice cream party. The bagel chips!

Andy: Clutch cream run, bro.

Pam: I feel horrible for blowing Jim’s prank. I don’t know if you can tell, but he’s mildly upset. And Dwight hasn’t been messed with in awhile, so he’s become a monster. I need to make this right.

Angela: I came down here to feed the feral cats like I usually do and I found something unsavory in the back of your nephew’s car.

Michael: All right, those might be his. He might own an Ebay store.

Michael: This is like The Blair Witch Hunt Project.

Erin: Oh my gosh, those are the pants you wanted to return to Talbots.

Jo: Lower yourself, Gabe. I don’t want to be having a conversation with your crotch.

Jo: I got a nephew too. But he don’t work for me. You know why? Cause he’s a screw-up. He can swim in my pool, but he can’t come in my house.
Michael: This office is my pool. And my house is my house. And I just want my nephew to work in my pool.
Jo: If you keep him, Michael, I’m going to hold you accountable for him. You’re on the hook for this kid, you got that? Cover his ass like tighty whities.
Michael: I will cover his ass like moss on a Mississippi tree stump.
Jo: Was how I put it not clear enough? I mean, you had to go and make up your own saying? Deal with it, boys.

Michael: Luke and I have been working side-by-side as master and commander. Me as master, he as commander. Occasionally, he’ll need a little push, and I will do that, and he’ll slow down, and then I’ll push him again. That’s the thing with kids, you have to keep pushing. You have to push them until they push you back. And then you push some more. It’s all about give and take, but mostly it’s about pushing each other.

Kevin: Let me take a look at the circus board.

Pam: Dwight is about to get so Pammed!

Dwight: Hey! The elevator is disobeying us!

Dwight: Use your talons! Pry them open!

Dwight: I got 56 ounces of fluid in my bladder! And we have to establish a pee corner!

Stanley: Texas justice.

Creed: He’s been trashing us relentlessly on Twitter. Yeah it’s funny stuff, but mean.

Creed: Everywhere I look it’s Betty White this and Betty White that. Finally a kid who’s not talking about Betty White. Of course I follow him.

[from tanster: here is luke’s twitter page, confirmed by NBC.]

Pam: They don’t call me the Bart Simpson of Scranton for nothing.

Pam: Scared of getting cut in half. Also, there’s pee on the floor.

Michael: Would have been nice to work with my family. It would have been nice if Luke had been able to stay here, but he couldn’t. These things seldom work out. I don’t know how Ringling Brothers do it. Night after night, town after town, all across America. You would think they’d be sick of each other by now. But clearly, they make it work. And my hat’s off to them.

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  1. Was a great episode besides some corny Jam dialogue, and the middle part dragged a bit, but the end made up for it! I loled! 9/10 :)

  2. That cold open was so much fun! It was good to see everyone back in the office, and pranks are back. It has been a long summer of reruns.

  3. What a wonderful start to season 7! It’s amazing to me that after so many years this show can still produce such memorable laugh-out-loud moments! Everything about the episode felt very natural and flowed so easily. Bring on the rest of the season! Oh, I almost forgot to say “The Office Giveaway”.

  4. It was really funny. Dwight was definitely the highlight for me this episode. Everything he said and did made me laugh! The Office Giveaway

  5. Episode was good, though I agree with the corny JAM dialogue, ugh. I have a question though, did The Office Giveaway any clue as to the reason behind that awesome cold open!?

  6. Loved the show! I thought it had a nice even flow to it. Anytime Jim and Pam can one up Dwight it’s a winner in my eyes.

  7. Even my dad (who can’t stand The Office)laughed when Jim started to put extra keys on Dwight’s key ring. It reminded my of the nickels in the phone prank. I thought it was a great twist to have Pam’s laughter spoil the prank. It was bittersweet knowing that this is the beginning of the end for Steve. Unfortunately, I missed the cold open. Know what would make me feel better? The Office Giveaway!

  8. I have to say, this was probably one of my favorite episodes of the show. They never left the office, everything was believable, and the pacing and photography was so natural. And plus, it was freaking hilarious. Loved it!

  9. Glad they didn’t rush the whole Michael-Holly storyline in the first episode. Really funny start to the 7th season.

  10. I LOVE that Creed is on Twitter! I guess he has upgraded from that Word document disguised as his web page. Also was Michael’s nephew (I already forgot his name) playing Farmville on Meredith’s computer? I swore he said something about strawberries being ripe. The Office Giveaway rocks!

  11. I couldn’t help but think it’d be pretty awesome if Michael chose to be terminated, then he could spend the rest of the season goofing off and bugging them as a non-employee before Carell leaves.

  12. I was crying from laughter and happiness. The Office is back in a whole new way, and I LOVE IT. It’s almost a different dynamic than what they started out with in Season 1, but it works for the better – they can’t just keep trying to be like “the good old days”. I think they were purposely going for that, too, with the new title sequence. So onto the episode itself: I was peeing myself laughing at just the idea of Luke…”My favorite movies are Citizen Kane and The Boondock Saints”…so spot on. And Dwight has his old swagger back! I’m SO happy right now, and I’m still laughing! AWESOME episode, and what looks like will be an AWESOME season! I can’t believe I ever doubted the genius of our amazing writers.

  13. How has no one mentioned the spanking scene?! Oh my gosh! I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard at The Office!

  14. I loved so much about this episode; Lib Dub, Kelly’s Business Suits, Jam interaction, Pam’s hair, Gabe, etc. I’m glad I didn’t watch any of the sneak peaks beforehand. I loved it so much that I want to win this episode in The Office Giveaway.

  15. I loved it! It’s got that feel from earlier seasons. Maybe I’m shallow, but I think it’s because Pam’s hair is long again. Oh, and Jim pranking Dwight again! Loved it! The Office Giveaway!

  16. Great start to season 7! Love how everyone stayed in character for the cold open. I also thought Michael was extra Michael in this episode. Comments like “I got west nile..’, ‘Blair Witch Hunt..’ and ‘It’s national ice cream afternoon.’ So funny. I loved the story with Jim, Pam, and Dwight too (‘I have 56 ounces of fluids in me and we need to establish a pee corner’). I also look forward to Michael’s counseling sessions with Toby. That should hilarious stuff. “The Office Giveaway!”

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