The Office: New Boss, 5.20

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The Office New Boss Charles Miner Idris Elba

Writers: Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky
Director: Paul Feig

Summary (NBC): Michael has big plans for his 15th anniversary party at Dunder Mifflin, but is in for a shock when the new, no-nonsense Vice President (guest star Idris Elba) has some ideas of his own. Meanwhile, Jim’s prank on Dwight has some unexpected results.

The Office New Boss rating

In a poll conducted March 19-23, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.32/10

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The Office New Boss quotes

Dwight: A string quartet playing classy-cal music.

Michael: I need something classy like the opening of a car dealership.

Dwight: Mr. Peanut is not classy. He is a regular peanut.

Jim: Declasse.
Michael: French! Classy.

Michael: Miner? I hardly know her.

Michael: As you can see, I turned the bagels from Os into Cs. For Charles.

Michael: The former was my lover, and the latter, my best friend. So who knows?

Kelly: My god. He’s like a black George Clooney.

Michael: This little hellraiser is Angela. She has slept with a bunch of different guys in the office.

Charles: Thank you for the C-shaped bagels.

Michael: Truth be told, I think I thrive under a lack of accountability.

Michael: African Americans have such a rich history of unusual names.

Michael: Jan would mostly come by when she was super horny.

Michael: Tell him to call me ASAP as possible.

Dwight: My name is Michael Scotch.

Charles: Who is this?
Michael: I was never given a name.

Michael: I think it’s a little hypercritical.

Kelly: Should I seduce him?
Angela: No. No one wants to see that.

Pam: He just skipped the Ace Ventura talking butt thing. He never skips it. This is bad.

Pam: It’s cupcakes and strippers all the way down.

Charles: What is a two-way petting zoo?
Jim: You pet the animals, they pet you back.

Michael: Do you even know how paper is made?

Charles: Do you want to keep this made-up position? It’s important to you?

Michael: I feel like I’ve been sort of boned.

Michael: And I’ve never gone hang gliding.

Jim: And for my next trick, I will make my career disappear.

Kelly: I am going to get him to buy me a prime rib tonight.

Angela: He does not need to go dumpster diving for companionship.

Michael: You have no idea how high I can fly.

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  1. Wow. What an episode. I’m kind of confused though because, Michael seemed like he quit, but the synopsis for next week’s episode looks like he’s still there?

  2. The Office has a hell of a team! I don’t know how they packed such an amazing episode in only 22 minutes! I can’t wait for next week! JamFan, I’m curious too, especially since we know Shoe La La isn’t completely ready yet :)

  3. He’s obviously going to come back eventually. Great episode though.

    Jim was quite classy.

  4. Yikes! That one was a nail biter. Funniest part for me was Angela’s talking head with her mascara running. LOL, too funny.

  5. It was good…I guess…not very funny, on the whole, but it was very obviously an important episode in terms of plot. I liked the tux bit…though it did make me just more desperate to see any other signs of a future wedding.

    The ending was random…and cliffhanger-y…why did he quit, exactly?

  6. Like last week, this was an episode in which Michael was just too clueless for me.

    Since when is Assistant Regional Manager a made up position? Jan offered it to Jim at Stamford, and also at Scranton, it’s not something Michael made up. I thought that was a bit contrived in order to make Jim look bad to the new boss.

  7. why would wallace let new boss come in and change everything in scranton, he just had mike on the lecture circuit cause their numbers are so good…

  8. #12, I think the reason that he quit was because even though David was going to give him a party, that didn’t win him over. I think that shows that Michael is not an idiot, and he knows exactly what he wants.

  9. Great episode, except the writers HAVE to stop making Angela into a completely non-believable cat-licking tramp. Other than that, a strong performance from the rest of the cast. Idris Elba looks like he’s a keeper and Michael and Kelly were especially great. As for the ending, very reminiscent of the end of Traveling Salesmen where Dwight quits.

  10. I’m confused, hurt, and disappointed. Did Michael really just quit. All through this episode I struggled to laugh. I love the Office, but this one didn’t do it for me. I don’t know what it was. I hate to be too judgmental, because the usual Office/awkwardness was back, it just didn’t feel right.

    I miss the 9-to-5 satire, not this “the economy is getting worse and let’s see how uncomfortable we can make our viewers.”

  11. One thing is for sure, they can’t get rid of Michael because he really is a whole lot of the show. He probably did not quit, he’s just trying to get his way and he feels this is the best thing to do (IMHO he probably will say it was a joke). Great episode though. Similar feeling to the infamous Did I Stutter episode.

  12. I don’t want to wait a whole week to see what happens. I hate that about cliff hangers- the waiting. (Although I guess that’s the point of them, isn’t it?)

    officefreak- I was wondering that too. I came on here after it aired to check the synopsis for next week’s episode and you’re right, it sounds like he’s still working there. This week is going to be hard (twss ;))

    Classy Jim makes me look forward to a JAM wedding even more…

  13. Jeff Camp? WE TOTALLY HAVE THE SAME NAME!!!!! Besides that, great episode. I feel like the office is back to their awkward humor that i fell in love with in 2005. Great to have you Mr. Miner.

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