The Office: The Banker, 6.14

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | 171 comments


W: Jason Kessler, D: Jeffrey Blitz

Summary (NBC): When a potential buyer comes to Dunder Mifflin, Michael, Dwight, Andy and Pam pull out all the stops in hopes of impressing him with their high profile contacts. Michael reminisces about all the great times they have had in the office. Clip show.

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Favorite quotes

Michael: The principles that I’m applying to the office are the same ones that have made Lady Gaga a star. Or any number of drag queens.

Michael: Computron is just one of the many modern devices that I have incorporated into the office.

Andy: Great news, Michael! We’re now the official paper supplier of the NFL.

Pam: Hola! Bonjour! Ni hao!

Pam: For the record, not on board with fake Stanley. Although I get it.

Eric: I’m a glorified fact checker. Actually, I am a fact checker.

Michael: I left a copy of Best American Mystery Stories 1999 in Toby’s favorite stall, so yes, I think I bought us some time.

Dwight: He has more character in a single flake of his dandruff than you have on that entire snowbank on your shoulder.

Dwight: Ignore him. He’s the local lunatic.

Toby: Happy’s a funny word.

Toby: I don’t want to lie. And I don’t want to tell the truth.

Michael: H.R. stuff? H.R. Pufnstuff.

Michael: No, this company does not waste time or resources ever.

Michael: This is a building where friends become lovers and lovers become sexually interactive.

Computron: Computron experiencing emotion.

Computron: Computron wanted to live.


In a poll conducted January 21-25, Tallyheads rated this episode: 4.48/10


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  1. 171. James  

    This was the straw that broke The Office’s back in my opinion, as I look back on it. It was sputtering up to this point but after this…very few laughs up to the Season 9 finale

    BTW, a clip show on a Mockumentary? HOW?!?!?

  2. 170. treybomb  

    only part i enjoyed was the JAM montage and the rest of it was just meh haha

  3. 169. Brandon  

    If Officetally had a dislike button… well, you know the rest.

  4. 168. ChristmasGoose  


    The episode is 2×02, “Sexual Harassment.” Very funny episode.

  5. 167. floppyhair  

    I don’t hate NBC or the writers for this episode, like some do. I agree that for many casual fans this was a nice little looksy on what they missed. The only thing that made me really not like it was the fact that it felt almost like a series finale.
    I only just “found” the Office in November. I have seen every episode now, but I did watch in backwards order (seriously. I watched it all spaced out and disorganizedly) I would hate if this show ended just as it began for me.

  6. 166. Jasmine  

    What episode is the clip with the blow-up doll from? One of the first clips.

  7. 165. Jimothy  

    I was just reading through the comments, and I think #159 said it best: as a huge fan of this show, I know those clips so well. That’s probably where the disappointment comes from. I’m sure that that’s what every show wants, a fan base that knows it so well that it’s disappointed in a clip show. I can’t blame the show for that.

  8. 164. Jimothy  

    I kind of liked seeing some of the show’s funniest moments. I didn’t know ahead of time that this was a clip show, so I was disappointed. However, it’s certainly not going to keep me from watching.

  9. 163. Mike  

    I’d have to say I’m part of the hardcore group as opposed to the casual fan but EVERYBODY needs to understand something… and truthfully I never thought I would say something like this but you have to remember, while the show is a comedy… a sitcom if you will… IT’S A LOVE STORY. Yeah, I would have rather seen a new episode instead of a clip show too but the JAM sequence was perfect. Anybody who’s watched this show from the beginning knows this. Jim and Pam ARE THE SHOW. I think it’s beautiful the way they’ve written it all out. It’s a cleverly written love story guys, period. From a show to show basis you might say it’s not but if you look at the entire series, it is without a doubt a very believable modern day love story.

  10. 162. MrsHalpert  

    I totally enjoyed the trip down memory lane, but it kind of felt like something a show that was wrapping up its run would do. That thought kinda made me sad.

  11. 161. Carrie  

    Can anyone please tell me the name of the song that played during the pam and jim clips??

    [from tanster: see the “tidbits” section at the top of this page.]

  12. 160. Carol  

    I don’t get why people were so strongly opposed to this episode. I loved it. It reminded me why I love this show so much and always will. <3

  13. 159. FlonkertonChamp  

    ok tallyheads… you know on the right side of the screen, underneath where it says “follow officetally”? those are the upcoming episodes. for WEEKS, it had The Banker up there, and in parentheses it said CLIP SHOW. it was also mentioned that it would be a clip show several times on the site. we were given plenty of warning. yes, it kind of felt like a youtube fan video (especially the JAM sequence). it also came off as a bit lazy… but nevertheless, they TOLD US that it would be a clip show.

    so quit freaking out! there WAS some new stuff, and frankly, it’s better than nothing. i enjoyed watching it… i did multi-task on my computer instead of focusing on the episode like i normally do, but it was still fun to see stuff from past episodes. i liked that they included deleted scenes (especially the “that’s what she said!” beach scene.)

  14. 158. Trendy  

    I was pretty disappointed with all the clips. As a fan, I knew these all too well. I’m ready for a new day in the office. I did enjoy seeing Michael on the Segway and fake Stanley.

  15. 157. Jimmy  

    Jason: Michael brought in a younger, more “attractive” Stanley to impress the banker.

  16. 156. Andrea  

    I was disappointed when I realized they were just going to show clips. I was pretty much down on it the whole time I was watching. Then Michael’s talking head at the end brought it all together. I think it was a nice way to say that this is a significant moment for all of these people in this office. Things are changing!
    But, seriously, where was Jim?!

  17. 155. Jason  

    I didn’t get it… is there a joke behind “fake stanley”?

  18. 154. OfficeJoy  

    The one thing that struck me while watching the episode is how the office has almost the same people working there since the beginning. In most offices, people come and go a lot more than that…now granted, you guys will bring up all the characters that have left – Jan, Todd Packer, Roy – and we’ve gained Andy and Erin – and there was the whole addition and subtraction of the other branch – but when you look at the Scranton branch, really, not too much turnover…just an interesting thought I had… Even Ryan, has been there since the beginnning…

  19. 153. Andy  

    I hated the thought of an Office a clip show, but the fact that the show’s greatest deleted scene (“You’re not real, man”) finally got air time made it totally worth it.

  20. 152. Jason  

    #1 – We knew a clip show was coming. I think it might have been more of a disappointment to people here who are hardcore fans, but for a casual fan, they might have a different opinion. I’m more in the hardcore group, but still thought it was good. I was laughing a lot and that’s all I really care about.

    #2 – I was surprised by how many clips involving there were with Meredith. It seems like she’s not featured a lot, but she was featured in a lot of the clips.

    #3 – What is going to happen to Toby? Technically, he’s a part of corporate, but with corporate gone, does he become a part of corporate with the new company? Could he be replaced? I got that feeling from watching what he said.

    #4 – Why wasn’t the scene with the car going into the lake grouped with the “waste of resources” scene? That seems like the ultimate waste.

    #5 – Why not a clip show now? There’s a lot of transition going on, with the sale of the company, the pending birth, etc. It’s a good time to have a look back.

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