The Office: Search Committee, 7.25-7.26

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 | 227 comments


The Office: Search Committee

W: Paul Lieberstein, D: 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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The Office Search Committee trivia


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

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. 227. Whitmom  

    After a crazy month w/ 2 graduations & what seemed like an assembly or ceremony or party or tournament at every turn, I finally took the time to watch the season finale. This is why I love The Office: it makes me laugh!! There are a million points to analyze & debate, true, as always. But, it was so funny…I loved it. And, I’m w/ Oscar, bizarre as it sounds, I can’t WAIT to see Angela’s wedding!!

  2. 226. Mose wannabe  

    I don’t understand why so many of you are surprised that we didn’t get to find out who the manager was going to be in this episode. There has been a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of EVERY season:

    S01E06 Hot Girl – Is Jim giving up on ever dating Pam by asking out the Purse Girl?

    S02E22 Casino Night – THE KISS!! Will Pam call off the wedding and start dating Jim?

    S03E23 The Job – A) Are Jim and Pam finally together? B) How will Michael handle it with Ryan as his boss?

    S04E14 Goodbye Toby – A) Will Michael find happiness with Holly? B) Are Dwight and Angela back together?

    S05E26 Company Picnic – Is Pam really pregnant? (Kind of obvious, but they never came out and said it.)

    S06E26 Whistleblower – Will Jo bring Holly back to Scranton?

    When you think about it, this is one of the better cliffhangers from this great show, because the predictions and debate will be spread out, due to all the possible manager candidates. Let the guessing game begin!

  3. 225. SpacePhoenix  

    I thought this episode was great! I have very little to complain about. I’ll start with what I disliked first, since there’s much less in that list.

    What I didn’t like was:
    -Catherine Tate. I didn’t know who she was before this episode but she was very unfunny and couldn’t wait for her to get off screen.
    -No interview for Jim Carrey. I get that they wanted to make his appearance a “surprise” but it would’ve only been a surprise for those who had no clue about him being on the show, which is probably less than 5% of who saw it.
    -Not knowing who the new boss will be til the next season

    What I loved:
    -Creed as manager
    -Dwight interviewing himself
    -“Jacques Souvenior”
    -Every single interview was hilarious (except Catherine Tate), but like most I was most impressed with James Spader’s performance
    -“FInger Lakes Guy” Jim Carrey!!!
    -Gabe trying to sabotage Andy

    Overall a very great episode…9/10!

  4. 224. David58  

    An enjoyable episode, but not one of my favorites. Too bad they couldn’t give us any more information on who the next manager will be. I’m looking forward to next season.

  5. 223. SM  

    Funniest episode all season! A shame though that it took all those celebs to bring back the old “classic office” humor.

  6. 222. soup snake  

    [200-word limit]

  7. 221. Kate  

    I’m hoping the new manager will be Jim. He was running the office this episode. I wish there had been a comment from Pam about it, how could they not talk about it considering Jo asked him last episode. I hope they use Jim and Pam to bring more heart back to the show next season, I don’t want them to break up but they’ve been married for a few years and have a child, there’s material there for relatable storylines. And I miss Pam being occasionally shy and awkward, her character is not very dimensional lately.

    I don’t think any of the guest stars will be boss, mostly because they’re names are too fictional – Robert California? Except Will Arnett’s was Fred Henry – two first names like Michael Scott! But Will Arnett is in a new sitcom with Christina Applegate.

  8. 220. Angie  

    @#217 – I could definitely be wrong, but i think i saw somewhere that she may be sticking around as Kelly. She just won’t be writing for the show anymore, or far less, anyway. I know she has said she’d love to continue to play Kelly.

  9. 219. Anonymous Office Fan  

    That would be horrible if Kelly left. That would be way too much cast change for a show to handle. But, as for the episode, I thought that it was pretty good. Some of the cameos such as Jim Carrey’s were completely unnecessary, and others such as James Spader’s and Catherine Tate’s were amazing. I am hoping for either Spader or Tate as the new manager.

  10. 218. Mose wannabe  

    @#217 MaybeNextTimeUWillEstimateMe – Kelly did not get promoted to Gabe’s job. She only replaced him on the Search Committee. As he was leaving, Gabe said that he will still be the liaison between corporate and the Scranton branch. They may try to do some sub-plotting with him in Florida, the way they did with Jim in Stamford in season 3.

    Also, they set up an out for Kelly before season’s end with the American Idol audition. If Mindy doesn’t sign a new contract, Kelly will be in LA next year, pursuing her music career.

  11. 217. MaybeNextTimeUWillEstimateMe  

    I thought I remember reading on here that this was going to be Kelly’s last season, too, because she was going to be doing another project for NBC. Did I remember that wrong or did something happen and she is going to be sticking around? It seemed like that were totally setting her up to quit over the past couple of episodes but then all of a sudden she was promoted to Gabe’s position.

  12. 216. MrsHalpert  

    I liked it for the most part…unlike most people here, I HATED Spader’s performance! I hope Gervais comes on…bringing in David Brent is perfectly logical! He has experience in the paper business, for one thing, which no one else had. I did enjoy Will Arnett’s performance. I’m not sure who they will choose, but I’ll only watch next season if it’s Gervais or if Jim takes over. I just don’t see the show being a success outside of those two possibilities.

  13. 215. Cece JAM  

    Deleted scenes?

  14. 214. Daniel  

    @210: I think we’re watching different shows. You are most certainly allowed to have your opinion, but I disagree with just about everything you mentioned that was wrong with show currently. I, too, was disappointed in the ending of the season, but I think the ensemble is shining, regardless of Michael’s absence.

  15. 213. Dawn  

    I don’t care for Darryl at all in his new position upstairs. He’s not funny. I liked him so much better when he was down in the warehouse. What does he even do exactly? Out of everyone, he’s the last person i’d want as manager because how would that not be boring?

    @Westin How is Jim dull? He’s smart and level headed, but still pranks Dwight if the opportunity rises. If they keep bringing back his charming, charismatic side and drop the goofball incompetence(we know he’s not perfect), he can fully return who he is. And if he and Pam were actually given screen time together, the chemistry is still there.

    I do like Darryl, just not in the office. I like them all. Like Nardpups said, i’m a fan for life.

  16. 212. Sam  

    @195 It is not like Gabe was that funny. At least an individual can look at Jordan without being creeped out.

  17. 211. Car Windows  

    I agree with johnj that it was much funnier the second time around. I was hoping they would tell us the new manager like in the season 3 finale but they’ll just reveal it next week. Gabe’s and Andy’s conversation about the Sun was hilarious and Gabe’s outburst is probably one of my favorite moments in the Office. In the end I think Gabe will end up as the new manager. He’s coming back and I don’t know where else he would fit in.

  18. 210. Westin  

    “Search Committee”: The worst Finale of The Office.
    Not funny, and a rollercoaster going nowhere.
    Only James Spader’s two minutes interacting with the cast kept me interested.
    I wasted an hour waiting for the new manager-and I got suckered by NBC!
    Never again!

    Pam’s not her usual self.
    TOO MUCH Kevin-I do NOT find the incoherent ramblings of an obviously mentally challenged, obese person, funny.
    Darryl knows he’s incompetent-and know’s why he’s been promoted.
    Michael is gone and the void is cavernous.
    Jim is certifiably dull. His romantic connection with Pam is OVER.
    Dwight is increasingly borderline sociopathic and unfunny.
    Andy is clueless and not a leader.
    Angela now’s dating a gay man-how so not original or funny.
    The girls-Jordan, Erin, Kelley-are BORING & unfunny.

    Bottom line: Spader or bust!

  19. 209. Validity Committee  

    This was a great finale and i loved it. Sure it didn’t have any huge moments like The Job or Company Picnic, but as an ensemble piece relying mostly on laughs, it was excellent. Everybody was on fire. I laughed my butt off.

    And whoever said Jim owned this episode. Yeah, he rather did. He can really pull people together like nobody else there, i always think back to Office Olympics. He can manage and motivate. Whether the rest of them will allow him to manage them, is a different story.

  20. 208. Dylia  

    (For the record, Merv Bronte is Ray Romano’s character.)

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