The Office: The Boat, 9.06

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Writer: Dan Sterling, Director: John Krasinski

Summary (NBC): Andy is forced to step up when his family comes under hard times — Andy must man up when his dad blows all the family money. When Dwight is interviewed on local radio, Jim and the office torture him with bizarre call-ins. Meanwhile, Kevin discovers a secret about Oscar, and struggles to keep it, while Oscar’s fate hangs in the balance. Guest stars: Jack Coleman, Andrew Santino.

The Office The Boat extras

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  • The song Walter (Josh Groban) plays on his guitar at the end of the episode is More Than Words by Extreme. This song was also sung by Andy and his dad (Stephen Collins) in the Season 8 episode, Garden Party.

The Office The Boat rating

In a poll conducted November 8-12, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.10/10

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The Office The Boat quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Oscar: I hope that I can count on your sensitivity, maturity, and discretion.

Andy: I’m kind of crushing it in the damage control department, so that’s cool.

Dwight: Do you have any idea how easy it is to sell something when you’re famous?

Dwight: Uh, whatever you say, Brad Pitt. It’s that easy.

Dwight: Greta, the tittle tattle, prattled on about the little metal bottle. She spat a bit of spittle… Tricky Siskel spat a bit of wicked biscuit…

Erin: I bet you wouldn’t sell that Jiffy Lube for all the money in the world, would you, Darryl?
Darryl: I would, if I owned it and I went broke.

Erin: It’s a girlfriend’s job to know her man, and I know Andy. He’s seriously juvenile.

Andy: “You can’t be skipper until you’re a man.”

Dwight: Entirely is the perfect way to describe it, Iris.

Angela: Last night, he was so tired, he just wanted a little Mexican brought in.

Oscar: I’m in big trouble.

Kevin: Yeah, Oscar’s in big trouble.

Dwight: This is gotcha journalism, but you know what, they’re not going to gotch me.

Nellie: Did you just call Miss Mick a moron?

Kevin: Hey Oscar, what if I’m getting a promotion?

Toby: The Scranton Strangler, I always thought he might have been set up, but I felt pressure to convict. I put an innocent man on death row.

Erin: So this is how your family came to America.

Boat guy: I’m not a ghost, so I can’t walk through people.

Boat guy: I can smack you all day if you keep touching what you’re not supposed to touch.

Erin: Andy, you never had to sail the boat to be a man.

Andy: How much for that cool fisherman sweater?

Walt: I figured I’d get that first relapse out of the way.

Andy: Three weeks, open ocean, no booze. You need this. I need it. We need this.

Dwight: I’m going to need you to let the mailman go, okay?

Dwight: Overall, I’d say my first radio interview went pretty much the way I expected.

Andy: Erin, I gotta go! Them’s my chords!

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  1. Interesting that the summary doesn’t mention Josh Groban, though we already know he will be a part of this episode. I hope that means Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace will be in it, too; I thought they were great as the Bernards in last year’s Garden Party.

  2. So Kevin will find out about the Senator and Oscar… it’s gonna get interesting, can’t wait…

  3. Hmm this is very interesting… Could Dwight being on local radio be involved with his ‘Mad Man’ search in the previous week?

  4. I am calling this right now. Dwight is being interviewed because in the episode “Here comes treble” he catches the Scranton Strangler.

  5. @ScrantonStrangler666 – What do you mean ‘catch’ the Scranton Strangler? The SS has been convicted of murder and was put in death row.

  6. It’s possible that Erin won’t end up with either Andy or Pete. She’s the office receptionist, like Pam use to be, but with her own life journey. I don’t think that Erin has found her soul mate. Remember Pam’s talking head in “The Job,” Season 3? Pam said that she’d be okay if Jim got the New York job. That’s where I think Erin will end up. Alone, and still searching, but definitely okay.

  7. Am I the only one who’s noticed that Andy’s parents have been inconsistent? If you watch “Goodbye, Toby” you’ll notice that Andy introduces his parents before he proposes to Angela. However, they’re completely different parents than the ones featured in “Garden Party”.

  8. @Michael Klump – No, but it wouldn’t be the first time that this show has used different actors for immediate family members. Pam’s mom was one actress in “Sexual Harassment” before being recast with Linda Purl by season 6. Both that and this instance seems to be a situation where they were cast in small, barely speaking roles. When they needed to be expanded, the producers wanted “bigger names” or whatever.

    I’ve been wondering if maybe the Scranton Strangler is Mose. Michael Schur has already said that he doesn’t want to act on The Farm and wouldn’t mind if the pilot of that show was about Mose’s funeral. Obviously it’s a stretch, but if it’s not Gabe, I’m not sure there are a lot of credible suspects. Originally, I thought maybe it was the Senator but that wouldn’t fly with the subplot in this episode.

  9. Last thought on #10. In September, NBC bought a sitcom from Ellen DeGeneres which has as its lead character a successful and independent 32-year-old single woman. Emphasis on single and worried about it. I bet Ellie Kemper already has the role.

    For Rainn Wilson, The Farm is a backdoor pilot from The Office. NBC could have decided to develop Ellie’s character Erin in a way that makes her fan base really see her in the new role. In Season 9, The Office has become a place to transition some of the actors into their own TV shows.

  10. @11. Michael Klump

    That is correct. They are the same “characters”, simply different actors. Same as Pam’s mom in Season 2’s “Sexual Harassment”. She was replaced by a different actress later, shown primarily in the Season 6 arc, where Michael starts dating her.

  11. No, Klump, you’re not alone. They also changed Pam’s mom who showed up in season 2. I suppose it was cheaper for them to hire those actors for those small roles at the time, but when they later decided to expand their role on the show (as was with Pam’s mom), they had to find better (aka different) actors.

  12. @13 lynn, that would be exciting!

    I am a big fan of Ellie Kemper and I can totally see her in that role. (However, there are so many roles I just can’t see her in.)

  13. The actress who played Pam’s mother in ‘Sexual Harassment’ was doing a play and so wasn’t available during the time they were filming the story arc between Pam’s mom and Michael in Season 6. That’s why they had to recast her. Andy’s parents could well have been recast, because the original people were extras, not actors.

  14. First an episode called The Boat and then one called The Whale? Feel like there’s some connection here. Maybe Andy and his brother go on a sailing trip together or something.

  15. Now that Andy is gonna try to support his family in this episode, I hope everything is okay with them; and for the record, I consider him and Erin as good soulmates, like Pam and Jim. And, it’s gonna be so funny to see the office messing with Dwight on the radio. Speaking of parents, I’d really wish Pam’s dad appeared more on the show. We’ve already seen her mother long enough.

  16. @11 Indeed. Andy’s father is also introduced as Andrew Bernard Sr early on, but later on his name gets switched to Walter Bernard. In another episode Andy refers to having a step-mother, yet his parents are obviously not divorced. Andy also references a sister at one point, but she has never been mentioned since. Either the writers should try to be more consistent or I should be less of a geek. Or maybe both! :-P

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