The Office: Prince Family Paper, 5.13

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Prince Family Paper

Writer: B.J. Novak, Director: Asaad Kelada

Summary (NBC): Michael and Dwight go undercover to spy on a paper company competitor. The rest of the office settles the question: is Hilary Swank hot?

The Office Prince Family Paper rating

In a poll conducted Jan. 22-26, Tallyheads rated this episode: 6.98/10

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The Office Prince Family Paper quotes

Jim: Looks like a red wire.

Jim: Oh, he’ll be fine. I made it up there.

Michael: Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Wallace?

Michael: Fax? Why don’t you just send it over on a dinosaur?

Dwight: Michael, please. Can I seduce her?

Dwight: You know how I feel about IHOP! Are you a socialist?

Michael: You will have pancakes and you’ll like it.

Michael: Clouds in the sky. That means it’s going to rain. Bad for business.

Dwight: Michael, get your clouds right.

Michael: All right. Here come the sharks.

Michael: Replace sharks with paper companies, and that is all you need to know about business.

Michael: Ooh, Vietnam. I hear it’s lovely.

Kevin: A painting can be beautiful, but I don’t want to bang a painting.

Michael: Laughter is my job. Tears are my game. Law is my profession.

Dwight: I’m your son now. You can visit him on holidays.

Kevin: It’s “is she hot?” Not “would you do her?” Respect the game.

Angela: Hot is a temperature, people.

Angela: Yes, she’s hot. She’s hot as heck. She’s a female Boris Becker.

Pam: We don’t even give him full Internet access.

Michael: Ah, coffee. That’s too much … nice.

Dwight: Goodbye, Prince Family! Should be called the Sucker Family …

Dwight: Have you ever seen a raccoon devour a squirrel?

Dwight: Save your heart for love and use your brain for business.

Dwight: If Frodo hadn’t destroyed the ring, then goodness itself might have died.

David: You are a titan of industry, pal.

Dwight: Guess whose stock just went up, golden boy?

Michael: I slightly destroyed a wonderful little family.

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  1. I loved this episode, Dwight’s views on IHOP, hilarious. I was kinda upset with the ending i felt bad for the family, but a really funny episode. I thought it was a little weird though that angela/andy/dwight were just going on with their lives like nothing had happened.

  2. Wow. I rarely–if ever–say anything bad about the office. Never have posted a negative comment here.

    That was the worst episode I think I’ve seen in the series. The Hillary Swank debate felt painfully sitcomy and unnatural.

    Michael and Dwight could have done so much with their trip and didn’t.

    Job Fair got my lowest rating ever before for an office episode…7/10.

    This one was a 4 or 4.5 in my book.

  3. Honestly??? I really hated this episode. There was no real point to it, and we’d seen everything before. The cold open was brilliant, and I liked the final clip, but apart from that…very few laughs. And it appeared to have no place in the over-arching story. And what’s up with the complete lack of JAM in any form???

  4. I am very disappointed in this episode. It was by far the worst of this season. It simply didn’t have the same feel to it that the better episodes have had in the past. Even Jim’s cold opening prank was mediocre. I am really hoping that next week’s episode will more than compensate.

  5. Well, I actually laughed at this one, so that’s a good change from the last few. I thought it was hilarious.

  6. I am having a roller coaster relationship with this show right now. Every other week I love an episode, then I hate an episode. This was just another overly depressing and a mundane storyline. A debate over Hilary Swank? seriously? I didn’t find ANYTHING funny about it. Does anybody remember when these plots had realism and relateability? These don’t feel like the same characters to me anymore. It’s just depressing.

  7. So wait…

    This was an episode that BJ wrote that didn’t prominently feature Ryan? Or feature him at all?


    (Fantastic episode. More ensemble action, please!)


  8. Cute episode… I actually really appreciated that the cars in the parking lots were covered in road salt stains. That’s the northeast and Scranton in the winter for you. Good detail, though hopefully it’s fake because it’ll rust the cars :)

  9. Not one of my favorites, that’s for sure. The tongue licking thing was what I laughed most at. Maybe I’ll like it better the second time around.

  10. I really really thought Michael would do the RIGHT thing (not give away the list of names)….oh well…this was a very cute episode! For the record, Hilary Swank is pretty (not hot..haha)

    *One of the best cold opens too!!!

  11. I loved this episode. As far as in-between “average day” episodes this season go, I’d say this is my favorite. (Nothing so far has topped the PB&J proposal for me where drama/plot is concerned, but I see that as one of a different kind of episodes with different goals. Apples and oranges.)

    #10 – I COMPLETELY AGREE. I still perk up at every Blackberry Storm commercial just to take in that amazing JKras voice. Oh, to have been Kevin in that scene… well, and to have Jim not be talking about Hilary Swank. I’m in the “not” camp on that one.

    #11 – I miss Office Olympics Jim, too, but I think it’s important to acknowledge Jim’s growth as a character. He’s grown up a lot over the last few years, and for a lot of good reasons. He’s turned into a man who is ready to do real work (almost at the corporate level) and buy houses and provide for his wife/family – all things Office Olympics Jim wasn’t ready to do. I think that ultimately, I like this Jim much better, especially because of his realism.

  12. I think this was the best since Frame Toby (which I know was met w/ mixed reviews but one of my favs this season). This episode just had an overall good feel. The Hilary Swank stuff was hilarious. And Michael and Dwight actually pulling off the scheme! I figured it would fail for sure. I was a little disappointed in Michael at the end though. I think it would have been better to me if he would have done the wrong thing and been adamant about it than know what the right thing was and still do the wrong thing. Anyway, good episode.

  13. Anybody know if Hilary Swank knew about this beforehand? It would be hilarious if she didn’t…

  14. I miss when Dwight was a total suckup to Michael. This episode was okay. Definitely not a favorite. There’s just something about The Office now that is so different. I just can’t put my finger on it.

  15. I thought this was one of the better episodes of this season. It went back to that original Office feel. And the ending with Michael saying that Hilary Swank is hot was perfect.

  16. Fun, but forgettable. It’s not one I’ll rewatch on Hulu tomorrow. Overall I liked it, it just wasn’t strong enough to make it worth watching again and again.

    I think we should have a Hillary Swank Poll Post. I’d be voting “Not Hot.”

  17. This had some great one liners and I kind of like that there wasn’t a ton of (any) plot. When the show is too plot-heavy, folks complain & vice versa when ain’t. Oh well- I’ll take any funny where I can get it in 2009!

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