The Office: Pam’s Replacement, 8.07

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The Office: Pam's Replacement

Writer: Allison Silverman, Director: Matt Sohn

Summary (NBC): Pam trains a temp to take her place while she is on maternity leave — pregnant Pam recruits Dwight to prove that Jim finds the office’s pretty new temp (guest star Lindsey Broad) attractive. Meanwhile, Robert California shocks Andy, Darryl, and Kevin when he asks to join their band.

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The Office Pam’s Replacement rating

In a poll conducted November 10-14, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.72/10

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The Office Pam’s Replacement quotes

Erin: Your mother is dead. She’s dead. She was hit by a bus.

Dwight: Andy, I’m really sorry about your mother. My deepest condolences.

Pam: I make sounds much worse than this.

Pam: But yeah. I’m pregnant.

Andy: It’s like a porno — hey, did anyone order a pizza?

Gabe: That’s the best way to land a hot girlfriend. You get her hooked on blow.

Toby: You know who’s gorgeous? Helen Mirren.

Dwight: Helen Mirren was born Helen Mironoff. That’s right, you’re fake salivating over a Soviet-era Russian.

Val: Not bad, fellas. You’re better than you look!

Kevin: We’re called Kevin and the Zits.

Robert: Tambourine? You know I’m the CEO, right?

Kevin: Guys! Robert is going to be a Zit!

Pam: Objectively, do you find her attractive?

Jim: It’s true, but it doesn’t help anybody.

Pam: Even I want some fries with that shake.

Dwight: Her breasts are large, her waist is small, her reproductive health in ample evidence, and facial symmetry — come on.

Pam: I know it sounds nuts, but I think Dwight is the only who’s telling me the truth.

Dwight: Well now, obviously, you’re at an all-time low.

Pam: Yup, that’s the Dwight I need.

Dwight: Our only loyalty is to the truth.

Dwight: Rule 3: Don’t fall in love.

Kelly: You don’t want to end up like Elin Nordegren. Actually, what am I saying, you wish you had her life. No offense, Pam.

Kevin: Maybe we should warm up with some scales?

Robert: Midnight Rambler?

Jim: Oh, you know who might be good? Mike Tibbets.

Dwight: I don’t see what’s so ugly about him. He’s got the broad face of a brewer.

Pam: Jim picked someone just unattractive enough to shut me up without tipping it.
Dwight: Just ugly enough to have deniability.

Dwight: I say we start there.
Pam and Kelly: With the crotch?
Dwight: With the crotch.

Creed: How did I get this long triangle?

Dwight: Jim has no discernible sense of humor, Pam, you should know that.

Pam: Why is he making her laugh so much?

Dwight: I’m sorry, I fell down, Mr. Balance.

Dwight: Does your husband have very soft erections? Because if not, I just grabbed a very soft penis for nothing.

Cathy: Oh, that line from Zoolander? It was from a deleted scene so we were both right.
Jim: Told ya.

Andy: Did you know that Lisa toured with Chaka Khan?
Kevin: You serious? From Star Trek?

Andy: We go where the music takes us.
Val: I think the music left without you.

Dwight: Why don’t you check out the sympathy cards, old man?

Dwight: Is your name Jim Halpert?
Jim: Si.

Jim: In my defense, he was grabbing my crotch fairly aggressively at the time.

Dwight: It’s important to go every month and get your prostate checked.

Dwight: Doesn’t it worry you in the slightest that Jim is not his real name?

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  1. I hope this is not like if Jenna Fischer would leave the show, too, just like Steve Carell. The Office might be still working without Michael, but it wouldn’t work without Pam.

  2. No way George. Jenna Fischer is staying on the show as long as it lasts (as is John Krasinski). It’s her maternity leave I’m guessing.

  3. @2: I doubt it’s like that. She’s most likely being replaced, because she has had her baby by then.

  4. I agree with the baby’s birth. As she is not a sales person anymore, but the office administrator, someone will need to fill in. I have a feeling it is going to be someone from the outside, perhaps one of Pam’s friends.

  5. Most definitely a temporary replacement for the character and actress maternity leave. Jenna Fischer has said in numerous interviews that she wants to stay on as long as the show goes on. The episode title is interesting though. Why would they use the word “replacement”?

  6. I wonder if the “replacement” is Erin, just temporarily while Pam (Jenna) is on maternity leave.

  7. I’ve got it: Pam goes on maternity leave and her temporary replacement is good enough at her job that the office workers think she is replacing Pam. Seeing as the baby was conceived on Valentine’s Day, her maternity leave should begin in mid-November.

  8. Guys — we already know that the replacement is gonna be Lindsey Broad. She is gonna be the new temp that replaces her while she is on maternity leave.
    And I bet Pam will be worried that Jim thinks she is attractive.

    It will be good.

  9. Oh, this doesn’t sound good at ALL. Pam wants Dwight to prove that Jim finds a woman other than her attractive? That would be a terrible storyline since it would only exist to cause problems between Jim and Pam–initiated by Pam–and would end badly either way (whether Jim is a plastic saint, or Pam has her fears about him confirmed). Not looking forward to seeing how this plays out. I hope it’s not the cliche ridden train wreck that the description promises.

  10. Wait…what? We’ve seen so many times how much they trust and respect each other. This suggests that she either thinks he isn’t allowed to find other women attractive, or doesn’t trust him. This doesn’t sound like something the Pam I’ve been watching for years would do. I always love it when Dwight is on the case, but this sounds like contrived drama.

    The B-story, on the other hand, sounds awesome.

  11. Pam keeps taking all the hits. Paul Lieberstein has said that Jim would find it hard to go home after baby #2 is born. Okay. Then, Jim, on the winner’s list, gets to work closely with Pam’s pretty replacement. Two pregnancies in two years–Jim comes out unscathed; Pam is on the “Loser’s List.” Without doubt, Pam is the winner/keeper!

  12. The replacement was probably originally going to be Cody Horn’s character Jordan Garfield but she quit the show over the summer.

  13. I don’t think we have to worry about Pam being untrusting of Jim. Remember that she is pregnant and her self-esteem was pretty damn low in the season opener. She probably just feels threatened that there is another attractive girl in the office. Hopefully it will end with a good JAM moment.

  14. This sounds suspiciously like a plotline they might have been setting up with the character Jordan, who clearly had a bit of a crush on Jim (watch the deleted scenes from “Dwight K Schrute: Acting Manager”) before the character was dropped.

  15. Why would Pam even need a temp? They survived fine without an office administrator for many, many years before Pam decided to make the position up.

  16. @19 – I was thinking the same thing. I guess since Robert California is new, and since he wasn’t really around when they didn’t have an office administrator, he’s just used to having one. I don’t know.

    I’m kind of nervous about this episode, though. That B-plot sounds kind of odd. I feel like a big part of the whole dynamic of Jim and Pam’s relationship is that they have so much trust in each other. It seems like they’re just setting themselves up to have a nice Jim/Pam moment at the end. The writers have done pretty well this season though so I still have hope that this one’ll be good.

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