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The Office: Search Committee

Writer: Paul Lieberstein, Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Summary (NBC): The search begins for a new manager — Jim heads a search committee that interviews candidates, including Andy and Darryl. Dwight tries to get back in the race. Guest stars: Will Arnett, Kathy Bates, Warren Buffett, Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, James Spader, Catherine Tate. Double episode.

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In a poll conducted May 19-23, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 6.93/10

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The Office Search Committee quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Creed: It’s a beautiful morning at Dunder Mifflin. Or as I like to call it, Great Bratton.

Creed: I love my kids. I love real estate. I love ceramics. I love my job. I love wrestling.

Creed: On this side of the room, Stanley, Phyllis, Jim, Ted, Elroy.

Creed: Bo…body. Bo…body.

Fred Henry: I’ll give you part three of part two. Not going to give you a whole part.

Fred Henry: Color code sent documents. TM.

Jim: Not everyone we meet will be good. But someone’s bound to be, right?

Jim: Did you know that Gabe’s last name was Lewis?

Andy: If you want something, you write it on a list, and then the housekeeper goes out and gets it. On Wednesdays and Fridays.

Andy: We’ll see what Rosa comes back with.

Phyllis: It was a big year for babies. Porky’s had come out.

Erin: I’m sure I was just another Porky’s baby. But why not find out?

Pam: Are you really going to apply for work at Scranton Breadworks?
Dwight: Bread is the paper of the food industry. You write your sandwich on it.

Buffett: When I make long distance calls, will they be monitored or is it on the honor system?

Kevin: The Botanical Gardens. Scranton’s Hidden Gem.

Robert California: There is no such thing as a product. Don’t ever think there is. There is only sex. Everything is sex.

Robert California: Do I look like someone who would waste my own time?

Robert California: Do you feel heard right now, Jim?

Robert California: The fallacy is that it is up to the steamroller.

Robert California: It is up to the object whether it will be flattened or not.

Jim: He creeps me out. But I think he might be a genius.

Darryl:: What other mammal, besides humans, drinks the milk of another mammal?

Romano: I don’t know if I want this job. If I get this job offer, then I know I’m going to take it. And if I take it, I know that I’m never going to quit. And then 25 years are going to go by and… I’m going to die here.

Robert California: I saw an episode on how they make paper on Sesame Street.

Dwight: Do you see my hat? No? That’s because I just threw it in the ring.

Romano: You had your jerk wads and your jerk offs, so… just between the wads and the offs, I had to get out of there.

Angela: It’s a little flashy. I mean, what am I, Naomi Judd?

Angela: “Oh hey, Pam, dude, whatever, wanna marry me?”

Angela: Everyone was crying. Even his aide.

Oscar: As a gay man, I’m horrified. As a friend of Angela’s, horrified. As a lover of elegant weddings, I’m a little excited. But overall? Horrified.

Gabe: How many windows are there in New York City?

Gabe: Shut up about the sun. Shut up about the sun!

Darryl:: I believe his name was… Clippy.

Pam: How is this on me?

Jim: Your department is just you, right?
Kelly: Yes, Jim, but I am not easy to manage.

Dwight: The hand that reaches from the grave to grip your throat is the strong hand you want on the wheel.
Jim: Okay. That’s vivid.

Ryan: How do I know that Robert is gay? He liked my Facebook photos at three o’clock in the morning.

Phyllis: If you want someone, if you really want them, go get them.

Nelly Bertrum: I’d take your job, but I’d reject the title.

Nelly Bertrum: Sockee is her name, okay?

Jim: I think at the end of day, I’m just going to pick a name out of the hat.

Ryan: Oh no, Stanley. You’ll live forever.

Meredith: You pick a crappy boss, you’re responsible for my crappy life.

Ryan: Take a day off from the whole Jim shtick. Try caring about something. You might like how it feels. James.

Kevin: If Angela can get a gay man to marry her, maybe I could get a lesbian to marry me.

Oscar: You have met a lesbian in real life, right?

Jo: Welcome to Scranton, Jo. Land of a thousand problems only you can fix.

Jo: These are costing me ten cents apiece, you jackass! I’m roaming!

Pam: Hello, this is… the client.

Jim: Hello, Mr. Souvenier. Mr. Jacques Souvenier?

Jo: What a nut job.

Jo: Give Dwight an interview. I like a little bit of crazy.

Kevin: Low blow, puppet.

Andy: I would go for someone who’s more… she’s great, though.

Angela: Niagara Falls? Pregnant? That was your dream? Pork medallions?

Dwight: If you’re not going to interview me, then I’ll do it.

Ryan: Let me guess who you want, Pam. Rachael Ray? The ladies of The View?

Ryan: Lead me… when I’m in the mood to be led.

Andy: Sometimes you hear people talking about failing upwards. I think I’m about to do that.

Nelly Bertrum: I think… I’m her best friend. She’s not my best friend.

Fred Henry: I will be the new boss of… Vance Refrigeration.

Carrey: People disappear in the Finger Lakes.

Dwight: I will run this branch or I will destroy this branch.

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  1. I am so excited for this like I was for “The Job” I wonder who will be interviewing these people since no Kathy Bates, I hope they hire a new VP or someone like that. NOT GABE!

  2. Don’t forget Jim Carrey is also guest starring in this episode! I’m most excited for him and Will Arnett!

  3. From last night’s preview, it looks like The Search Committee will include Gabe and Toby (who technically work for corporate), as well as Jim (which makes sense as he is a former co-manager). I was holding out for some more of the great Kathy Bates, I thought she was a great fit with the Dunder Mifflin crew, but it’s not looking good. I’m still hopeful, though!

  4. From the preview video, it looks like the search committee will consist of Gabe, Toby, and Jim.

  5. I know Ricky Gervais loves Will Arnett for some reason, I can’t stand Will Arnett though, he’s just annoying, I pray to God they don’t keep him or I don’t think I could watch the show anymore.

  6. I’m not happy at all about Jim Carrey. I like Jim Carrey a lot, but NOT for The Office. Wasn’t excited about Romano either, but I’ve come to accept it as happening. Spader, fine. Gervais, excited. He has a connection to the show and isn’t a super huge star. Arnett, excited. Again, not a huge star. Carrey is too much of a big name to be playing a regular guy, same as Will Ferrell. What happened to the days of NO big celebrity guest stars? Super Bowl episode did it best with Black, Alba, and Leachman.

  7. I’m thinking Jim Carrey will get it. His characters in his movies are absolutely hilarious and, even though Michael Scott will never be replaced, I think he could give us another great character at Dunder Mifflin. But here’s a thought. What if the new manager will be Kevin? How funny could that be?

  8. Remember when Jim and Pam viewed Andy’s pirated movie with Jack Black and Jessica Alba? The writers said they inserted those characters by that means because the show is docu and these stars wouldn’t actually visit the office. They developed a means for the actors to do so. However, since Ferrell arrived, along with this array of stars, they seem to have completely abandoned that mentality. Carrey as the new boss, while unlikely, is perfectly possible.

  9. Meredith – too drunk.

    Phyllis – Too boring.

    Gabe – Not likely, since he’s probably part of The Search Committee

    Toby – Michael would fly back from Colorado and shoot Jo Bennett if this happened.

    Creed – Honestly, next to Kevin, this would be the funniest possible replacement. But as funny as it would be, Creed isn’t a likely candidate…

    Andy – Michael gave him his top 10 clients, and he proved to be a pretty good salesman. Season 7 saw an increased role for Andy in the show, and it really fleshed out his character. I’d say he is a pretty likely candidate, but if the writers focus on the Andy/Erin/Gabe triange, then they would be cramming too much into one character.

    Darryl – Most likely candidate. His line in Costume Party (“Yeah. I do have big plans at this company), and Michael’s gift to him all lead to the likelihood of Darryl replacing Michael. He would also be a funny AND realistic choice.

  10. As long as they don’t try and have Jim, Dwight or Andy do it(twss), i’m open to anybody taking the position. Not that Jim couldn’t handle it, but any of those 3 becoming manager would change the dynamic between them in a way i don’t think i want. The Jim/Dwight relationship is key to the show and either of them becoming boss might ruin that. And Andy should never realistically get it. Dwight taking over on his own accord for an episode is fine, that’s funny.

  11. To Scott B.- One of the only things I dislike about the production of Office is the recent use of stars to guest. Mostly b/c Carrol Burnett asked to play Michael’s mom. But Greg Daniels didn’t want to use stars. He thought it would change the “feel” of the show. Now…stars, stars, stars. Too bad for Carrol Burnett. She would have been brilliant!

  12. For anyone who has watched Doctor Who, or seen any of Catherine Tate’s comedy, she’s the only person I could see taking over for Steve. Absolutely fantastic!

  13. In the teaser for The Search Committee, they didn’t mention Catherine Tate. I’m thinking that she’d be the one to replace Michael. A women boss would be awesome. I’d also love to see Dwight replace Michael. That would rock so hard.

  14. Does it need to be said that Jim Carrey has a cameo?

    Katherine Tate gets my vote.

  15. Hoping it’s James Spader or Will Arnett! I also think Darryl is the worst possible choice, he isn’t a very interesting character. They really need some fresh faces if they want to try and reinvent the series. It will just get boring if they promote from within, we already know all these characters. Sure they can feature more in season 8, but we know everything about them. We know how they react to certain situations. We need some fresh blood!

  16. I am really really disappointed we never got to meet Michael’s step-dad Jeff. I think Jeff was the most important character on the show, as his presence in Michael’s life obviously created the problems that plagued the office. I think the new boss should be Carrey though. He’s the only one out of all of them who can play comedy as tragedy, which is what this show is all about.

  17. Here are a couple of twists to consider, although I don’t think they will happen. Kelly Kapoor has been taking minority (executive?) training. Has it been for management? Could she actually be a potential Michael replacement? The other twist is bringing Michael back from Colorado. Suppose Holly’s dad starts doing better. Why wouldn’t they bring Michael and Holly back? Perhaps Steve Carell renewed his contract, but it was kept a secret. Would this be anti-climatic?

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