The Office: Suit Warehouse, 9.11

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The Office: Suit Warehouse

Writer: Dan Greaney, Director: Matt Sohn

Summary (NBC): Dwight and Clark pose as father and son to make a sale — Clark returns from his sex jaunt with Jan and gifts the office with a new espresso maker, which everyone abuses. Dwight takes him to sell a father – son suit warehouse. Meanwhile, Darryl interviews at Jim’s company and Pam comes for a surprise visit.

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The Office Suit Warehouse rating

In a poll conducted January 17-21, 2013, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.60/10

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The Office Suit Warehouse quotes

Dwight: Jim and Dwight Schrupert. I was the dynamic, likable winner, that was doted upon by Mom. And Jim was the closeted foot fetishist, pretending to belong.

Dwight: Phyllis, my sister? More like my dead, great, great grandmother who died of stupidity.

Clark: Women reach their sexual peak at whatever age Jan was last week. I mean, it was like making love with a wild animal. But not like a cougar, like you might think. It was… like a swarm of bees. Bees that just find something wrong with every hotel room.

Meredith: Like my mom used to say, talk classy, act nasty.

Erin: I would feel super guilty if I broke anyone’s trust. About the pens.

Pam: I love the guy, but he’s basically Gumby with hair.

Clark: He calls me Clarky. ‘Cause he’s my dad.

Clark: My dad’s the best hunter there is. He’s like a serial killer. Of animals.

Kevin: Taste test? I’m in.

Oscar: YOLO!

All: We all drink them all!

Phyllis: Hey. Where’s my ring.
Creed: I’m sure it’ll turn up.

Darryl: You Zuckerberg’d this place out.

Dwight: What took you so long? Were you loitering out there like a hooligan smoking a doobie?

Darryl: If this company’s going down, I want to go down on it. With it. I want to go down with it.

Erin: I don’t want to be a busybody, but I don’t want to be a lazybones. Busybody, lazybones, busybody, lazybones.

Dwight: Adam’s apple like the prow of a ship. Thumbs like a low land gorilla.

Dwight: Please, kitty, may I have some more?

Dwight: He’s got cat turd collector written all over him.

Stanley: So this is what 2pm looks like around here.

Stanley: I usually take a siesta about now.

Pam: They’re the ones who put a fish tank next to a basketball hoop.

Kevin: It feels really hot in here. Is it hot in here? It feels really really hot in here.

Stone son: Does that suit come with a fire extinguisher?

Dwight: Next thing you know, you’ll be doing life on Riker’s Island.
Clark: That’s better than looking like the undertaker from Boring Island.

Darryl: Killed their fish, and they still hired me. That’s how you do that, baby!

Oscar: Kevin, move, I can’t pull up the rug if you’re standing on it with your rhinocerous feet.

Erin: You left me in charge of the pens, Pam. That’s what happened. The pens happened.
Pam: Are the pens here?

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45 comments

  1. Sounds like a good one. I’m really hoping the father-son stuff is a prelude to Phillip actually being Dwight’s son. Now that his spin-off is canceled they should resume what was obviously their original plan in season 8 and make the giant monster baby his son!!!

  2. I hope that Pam surprises Jim in his office, and by “surprise” I mean that I hope they “christen” it.

  3. Well, the episode for the following episode talks about Pete and Erin being “exposed”, so my prediction “Suit Warehouse” is this:

    Erin is avoiding Pete. Pete asks why and keeps pressing the matter until she admits she has feelings for him. They kiss.

    Let’s see if I’m right.

  4. Erin walking out of the Annex at the end – anyone else think there may have been something with Pete going on?

  5. An ok episode. The espresso plot was too over-the-top for me. I enjoyed the Jim-Pam-Darryl and Dwight-Clark stories though.

    Also did anyone else recognize the actor who played the son from the suit warehouse? He looks so familiar to me but I can’t remember where I’ve seen him.

  6. Some funny moments. Dwight’s interaction with Phyllis during the cold opening was vintage Dwight. I like where things are going, drama wise, with Jim and Pam. A lot of the espresso induced antics were pretty over the top. I guess thus far the entire season is supposed to have been what, 3 weeks to a month in toto? Wasn’t it said that Clark was with Jan for a week? He left with Jan several episodes ago. From the Spoiler page, it seems like next week things are going to start getting serious/the beginning of the wind down to the end. I hope so. While there have been some really neat moments and some intriguing hints at what may come, so far this final season been a bit of a let down. Specially considering what’s at stake here. I was hoping with the return of G Daniels, etc., it would get back to the realism of seasons 1-4. Thus far, excepting fits and starts and Jim and Pam, that hasn’t been the case, alas. I know it’s all about PB&J, but must every character become/remain a caricature? We saw enough of that the last 2 seasons.

  7. Pretty Good Episode…I sadly look forward to the start of the end…My FAVORITE TV SHOW is coming down the final stretch….

  8. The espresso product placement might have bothered me if I wasn’t already watching a nine year commercial for paper products.

  9. I’m pretty sure I liked this episode more than any since “Goodbye Michael.” So yeah, I’d say it was good.

  10. Pretty good episode – pretty funny! But, how long do we have to wait to find out if Angela left her husband? Is the Senator still with Oscar? Did I miss something – have these questions been answered definitively?

  11. I loved this. I love how all the side characters are being brought out more. So good. If they can keep this up, the last episode should be awesome!

  12. Loved it! One of my favorite moments was definitely the Dwight-Phyllis interaction in the cold open- hilarious. Anxious to see what will happen with the Jam drama!

  13. Great episode! I actually laughed more than I have for a long time. Loved Dwight and Clark’s story; enjoyed the caffeine jitters and tearing up the carpet and then leaving it! I’m looking forward to Jim and Pam’s new story line — how will they manage not being together 24/7? I think they’ll do fine — but it’ll be interesting to see how they do it.

  14. @Keith

    Who can forget realistic episodes like the one where Meredith got hit by Michael, the bat in the office, the pizza delivery hostage, or Michael the Survival Man? All happened in the first 4 seasons.

  15. great one!!!! loved the caffeine jitters! i missed some nellie, though. Pam is such a great character that i feel terrible when she’s not ok, she’s anxious about moving and jim is not there for her… :((( next episode the tension will grow.

  16. Has Toby’s absence been explained? I don’t think he’s been in the past few episodes.
    Also, since Pam and Jim are so close, why is she so reluctant to discuss her misgivings about his new job with him?
    That doesn’t make sense. She keeps giving the camera these meaningful looks but I’m waiting for her to actually say something to her husband.

  17. An uneven episode. The espresso story was ridiculous in a bad way. Did enjoy the Jim and Pam storyline, but overall it felt weak. Hope things pick up next week.

  18. Great balance of the funny and dramatic. Certainly building up to a fine ending for the series.

    With the revised opening credit sequence, aside from dealing with the absence of Andy, I wonder if this is really underscoring the notion that the documentary is really all about Jim & Pam and less about the office?

  19. I like this episode. I always like when they talk about business, sales & stuff. Although the espresso story is a little bit chaotic. I want to see more from Erin & Andy in coming episodes.

  20. I think it’s obvious why Pam isn’t saying things to her husband. She sees how much happier he is at Athlead and she remembers how unhappy he was at Dunder Mifflin.

  21. TV writers start using slapstick when they don’t have any more good ideas. The Office has been 80% slapstick for about 3 years now. Darryl shooting the ball into the fish tank wasn’t uncomfortable; it was just predictable.

  22. Maybe I’m wrong on this, but seems like Pam’s mopiness is less about Jim’s job than the fact her old world order at Dunder Mifflin is falling away …

  23. A bit too slapsticky for my tastes. Was that espresso cut with Walter White’s special blue meth?

  24. @Andy: True enough. After all, it is a comedy. But during seasons 1-4 there was better balance between the drama and the comedy. Moreover, the more far-fetched stuff (like what you mention) were added in like a chef adds finishing salts onto a fine meal. They weren’t the main course. As well, for example, Kevin and Meredith were not always, at every moment, a caricature of the original character.

    @Smells Like Tide: Great point!

  25. Such good observations from others so far:

    @ thx4077 (Erin walking from the annex at the end)

    @ jjsally (True, where’s Toby ?)

    @ MuckMallard (Jim and Pam being the focus of the opening credits to imply the main basis for the documentary)

    I also thought the espresso storyline was too much. Erin’s panic attacks at how she should handle the pen delivery ? Really ? At her head shot interview, she was so irritatingly ditzy and high on caffeine, I almost turned it off (Hmm-keep it on or turn it off ? On, off, on, off)

    Does anyone else think the blue booklets that Darryl handed out at his interview were “Somehow, I Manage”, that Michael gave him before he left ?

    Roared when Oscar told Kevin to move his rhinoceros feet !

    Darryl singing in the car at the end with a discouraged Pam reminded me of when he was trying to cheer up Michael after moving Holly to NH.

  26. Gee, I liked the overcaffeination/pens/flavors. Maybe I need to start drinking coffee to get grumpier? I thought it was a riot, and I thought the episode was really nicely paced. Darryl’s interview, basketball shot, dead fish in the tank, right up there.

  27. There was a great focus in this episode on the salesmen of Dunder Mifflin. These guys go to great lengths to make a sale, and really enjoy it. It’s about persuasion, or a great con. Since that’s what they do for a living, and this is “The Office,” it was nice to have that focus on their jobs.

    The Athlead office says “we are successful,” but they don’t have the capital to pay Jim. To get new clients, the business has to look established and successful. It’s a great con for new clients.

    Jim charms a nervous client the same way that he’s been selling Philadelphia to Pam – he presents a false timeline, and supplies her with a mental image of the business that she’s comfortable with. What’s a bit hard about seeing this is that he’s using those skills on Pam.

  28. @lynn, I agree with your post completely, but I also think that Jim has always used those skills on Pam, in a benign way. He charmed her away from Roy in the first place, and since they’ve been together, he never likes to see her upset or angry, and will try to charm her, cheer her up and, on occasions, lie to her, rather than deal with her emotions head on. For example, he was perfectly willing to keep the fact that Michael had been sleeping with her mother from her in ‘The Lover’ and we saw this season how he kept the fact that he had accepted a new job from her. Much as I love Jim, there is something a bit cowardly about him, and it is time he grew up and started communicating with his wife in a more honest and straightforward way. As for Pam not telling him how she feels, I see her this season as trying so hard to be supportive and positive to Jim, despite the fact that she’s worried, stressed and alone.

  29. This was a satisfying episode, but not one of the season’s best. The sub-plot at the office was somewhat flat and had too much slapstick.

    I liked Dwight and Clark’s sub-plot with the father-and-son salesmen. The Jim and Darryl story-line was pretty good as well. However, I totally agreed with Pam on the whole aquarium thing. Why would it be right next to the hoop? I also thought that might have been a homage to a “Modern Family” episode where one of Jay’s pictures accidentally falls into an aquarium.

  30. @Mustard Shirt– the actor that played the son looked super familiar to me, too. It was driving me crazy, so I tracked him down. His name is Will Greenberg. I looked him up on IMDB, and he was in Cloverfield and a number of other things.

  31. This was one of the best post-michael episodes. I thought all three plotlines (dwight and clark selling, Darryl’s interview, and the office going crazy over caffeine and/or pens) were great. In response to some other people on here, I don’t think the basketball in the fish tank was a desperation move at all. I think it was a funny, unexpected way to end what had turned into a strong interview for Darryl. The pens plotline fit Erin’s naïve personality perfectly, and the office on extreme caffeine was pretty funny even if it was exaggerated (like the scene where Kevin Angela and Oscar are sweating up a storm). It was sometimes hard to tell the suit shop owner’s reaction to Dwight and Clark’s shenanigans, I wish we had heard more from him and his son. Overall a great episode though.

  32. @Jessie I don’t know why, but your comment made me think of Season 2 – Michael’s Birthday. Jim teaching Pam to skate.

    Paraphrasing:
    Jim: Do you think you can let go now?
    Pam: No.

    Later, Pam managed to glide along by herself.

  33. Maybe I’m a nitpicker, but… Dwight produces a mini-Dwight suit for ‘Dwight Jr.’ out of thin air – we never see it again. Cartoon. The office staff drinks coffee, go nuts, and (get ready for the big laugh) they SWEAT! What great comedy writing! Erin has to receive a delivery of a box of pens: this is hilarious because she apparently is almost as mentally handicapped as Kevin.
    Footage from the days when Dwight and Jim used to put on costumes and go on sales-calls. You know – before the Documentary. Documentary???? If the show started out this way, I wouldn’t be watching. I watch out of my sense of closure, but it hurts.

  34. Does anyone watch Wedding Band? Melora Hardin (Jan) is on that show as well, and this past week (aired before The Office) she had too many frequent flier miles and had to buy like 12 espresso machines and toasters and things to use them up. She bought the exact same espresso machine that Jan sent to The Office. Do the two shows share a writer? Is that an inside joke for us? Or just a bizarre coincidence?

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