The Office: Paper Airplane, 9.20

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The Office: Paper Airplane

Writers: Halsted Sullivan and Warren Lieberstein, Director: Jesse Peretz

Summary (NBC): Dwight and Angela compete in an office-wide paper airplane contest with a cash prize. Local talent agent Carla Fern helps Andy with his first acting role in an industrial film. Jim and Pam try to use new skills they have learned in couples counseling. Guest star: Roseanne Barr.

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The Office Paper Airplane rating

In a poll conducted April 25-28, 2013, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.01/10

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The Office Paper Airplane quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Clark: Hope you got some sleep, because I am going to be hot in your nightmares tonight.

Dwight: Airstream Deluxe A4. The Cadillac of paper.

Pam: I didn’t see you! You should have yelled “crossing”!

Andy: Next thing you know, I’m in “Moneyballs 2.”

Andy: I need to find more colors. Let’s do it six more times.

Toby: You wanted to see the gooey eye.

Andy: I am so freaked out by things going into eyes.

Toby: It’s getting gooier, so we’ll just do it later!

Pam: I appreciate that you appreciate that.

Jim: We’re supposed to call everything we don’t want to do, opportunities.

Andy: Who’s Carla Fern? Well, she’s my agent, my drill sergeant, and one of my best friends.

Angela: I had a chance with Dwight, but I didn’t take it. And if I went back now, when I’m broke, and he just inherited a farm, I’d be one of those gold digging tramps you read about that try to bag a farmer.

Dwight: Let’s be honest, when it came to manured fields, Angela was, at best, indifferent.

Erin: Growing up in an orphanage, you have to fight other kids. For everything. Snacks. Pillows. Parents.

Erin: I once ripped greedy Susan’s pigtail right off her head. Just for a handful of Crispix.

Carla: I made them get you a chair. All my clients sit.

Movie crew member: We just need a picture of the top of your head in case we burn some of your hair off.

Nellie: We now have two creatures great and small, Kevin and Angela.

Kevin: This is flatter.

Angela: Was Dwight rooting for me? Hmm. I hadn’t noticed.

Kevin: I’m going to keep making planes until one of them flies. Like Wilbur and Orville Redenbacher.

Pam: To speak my truth, I switched to coffee in March. There’s a new espresso machine.

Pete: Erin! Erin! Relax.

Esther: I plucked the chickens extra fast, ’cause I knew I was seeing you tonight.

Dwight: I like a little feather in my nuggets.

Andy: I’m not comfortable doing my own stunts. I’ll get nude if you want me to, I’ll go full Lena Dunham.

Darryl: Hold up, I’m looking at my spit in the microscope.

Nellie: It’s time for a little T and A.

Esther: Is there a reason that we’re excited for that little woman?

Darryl: I believe… I want to go home.

Pam: Is that your truth, Jim? That’s really your truth?
Jim: Guess I will swallow my truth.
Clark: Are you guys high? Because if so, to speak my truth, I would appreciate the sacrifice of including me in some hits off your kind buds.

Pam: My heart just feels so… blocked up.

Carla: Kid can act!

Angela: Don’t you dare tank this.

Creed: Two grand, huh. I know a guy who can turn that into eight hundred dollars. Hint, it’s me.

Jim’s brother Tom: Love suffers long, and is kind. It is not proud. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. And now these three remain. Faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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  1. Wow, who woulda thought… I can tell you their problem. They don’t communicate! And when they do everything gets brushed off their shoulders. This outta be good. Can’t waittttt! :D

  2. Why uh oh? Counseling is good. It shows that they’re actively fighting for their relationship. Normal and healthy.

  3. I’m a little confused so maybe Tanster can clear up some of that.

    Stairmageddon is Episode 9.19. 9.20 is yet TBA for April 18th. Paper Airplane would be 9.21 for April 25. With 9.22-23 and 24-25 being hour long episodes, I’m guessing there will be an off week in there (looks like April 18th or May 2nd) are possibilities.


    April 11 – Stairmageddon
    April 18 – TBA (possible repeat)
    April 25 – Paper Airplane
    May 2 – TBA (possible repeat)
    May 9 – Episodes 9.22-23
    May 16 – Finale Parts 1 & 2

    Is that right? I’m a little unsure why they’re going to have one more off week in there. I’m hoping they scrap a Season 9 repeat and just show the pilot over again.

  4. couples counseling? ok… a good thing in real life, but this is a COMEDY! can we please relax with some of this crazy angst that’s been going on much too long? watching the promos together would jump start enough conversation between jim and pam and leave the rest of the show to make us laugh. we’ve only got a few more weeks…let’s start laughing again! and jim? he HAS to stop now before he sells his soul to the devil! disturbing character development. this last episode had me feeling like phyllis AFTER dwight doused her with water – which is VERY sad for me to say being such a huge jim fan.

  5. A while ago, Jenna tweeted a link to an article somebody did on the Jim/Pam storyline this season. Jenna said she thought it was really great, and I took that to mean she thought the writer had hit the nail on the head. The article was all about how their relationship had reached a point where it needed to mature – that they needed to learn to communicate better, that Jim needed to include his wife more and that Pam needed to confront her fear of change. The writer suggested that couples therapy might help them to address these things, and get past a problem they were seemingly incapable of dealing with by themselves. Jenna tweeted “Who agrees that we need some therapy?” and I saw this at the time as a hint that’s where the story was going. I also saw it as a hint that the therapy works!

  6. @Jessie: Nicely put.
    “Promos” juxtaposed documentary footage of Pam and Jim after a day of laughing at an awful screenplay (“The Client”) with Jim reading an equally awful screenplay, this time forced to pretend he likes it. I agree that Pam needs to confront her fear of change. Both Jim and Pam are sort of underemployed at DM, and they aren’t that crazy about their coworkers. But I don’t like what the Athlead culture is doing to Jim. He was immune to the boys’ club influence of DM, but he’s trying too hard to fit in with the Athlead jocks, and it’s not making him a nicer guy or a better family man.
    Pam and Jim are a lucky couple; they enjoy each other’s company all day (at least they used to). I’d like to see them make a big change, but end up working together on something they both care about.

  7. I think it’s:

    April 11 – Stairmageddon
    April 18 – Repeat
    April 25 – Paper Airplane
    May 2 – Episode 9.21
    May 9 – Episodes 9.22-23
    May 16 – Finale Parts 1 & 2

  8. I just don’t like how the writers have developed Pam’s character this season. Maybe the Pam of Seasons 1 and 2 would be afraid to move to Philly, but not the new Pam. She’s much stonger and more confident now. She moved to NYC (alone) to go to art school, why not Philly (with her family)? It’s only 2 hours away from Scranton and the life she knows. I know women who have moved across country for their husbands’ job, heck, I know someone who moved from Connecticut to Kuala Lumpur! And why would she want Jim to remain a loser paper salesman at a loser paper company in a loser town (unless he’s putting the family’s savings at risk at the new company, then that’s a different story) just so she can feel safe in what she knows?

  9. It’s been a long time since the show has caused me to have tears streaming down my face. Well done!

  10. That last moment was so great. I was literally screaming, “HUG HIM BACK!” at the TV. And then I cried and cried.

  11. Oh man. I’m bawling like a baby right now. The majority of the episode was one big meh. Excepting the Dwangela stuff, it was yet another waste of precious time on a lot of nothing. And then that ending. Like I said, I’m bawling like a baby. And I’m loving every second of it.

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