The Office: The List, 8.01

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The Office: The List

Writer: B.J. Novak, Director: B.J. Novak

Summary (NBC): The new regional manager of Dunder Mifflin is revealed and faces a crisis. The Dunder Mifflin staff accidentally discovers a list of their names in the notebook of the company’s mysterious new CEO, Robert California, triggering a frenzy of speculation.

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The Office The List rating

In a poll conducted September 22-26, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.48/10

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The Office The List quotes

Oscar: Basically you lie like a plank in weird places. That’s it. Sometimes you get run over. Welcome to the Internet.

Erin: Planking is one of those things where, hey, you either get it or you don’t. And I don’t. But I am so excited to be a part of it!

Jim: He talked her out of her own job, and I don’t really know how someone does that.

Andy: True, I may have been the second choice, but I was the first choice’s first choice.

Andy: I need a really strong number two. I want you to be my enforcer.

Pam: Right here. Little Michael Scott.
Jim: Nope. Told you I don’t like that joke.

Angela: Look, it’s Little Pregs and Big Pregs!

Stanley: It might be easier if you take a deep breath, lift from the knees, and shove it up your butt!

Stanley: It’s stupid, but it’s my thing now.

Dwight: Kids, don’t try planking. It’s dangerous. Especially with me around.

Pam: This dog, he just wants to protect his bone.

Erin: Robert California, let’s have a conversation!

Erin: Suddenly… I was awake.

Andy: Robert California, what does he think of me. Don’t know, super care.

Andy: Kind of a medium year for women’s soccer, no?

Jim: Dwight, can you throw me my phone?

Kevin: Warning! Warning! Warning!

Dwight: Who would eat who in an “Alive” situation?

Dwight: Pam, c’mon, don’t be such a right-sider.

Robert: Some people doodle at work when they let their mind run. They draw houses, penises. Funny how the houses are always colonials and the penises are always circumcised. Don’t you think?

Robert: I’m not an artist, so I draw words and lists.

Meredith: Maybe we’re supposed to do it with people in our group.

Dwight: And left side of the list… attack!”

Andy: Pizza! Party! Pizza! Party!

Robert: Jim, your daughter, Cecelia, what does she think of The Street?

Robert: Elmo. God save us, the Elmo Era.

Darryl: Apt. Apt analysis, Robert.

Kevin: The thing that I like about Elmo is the tickling.

Toby: Just picture me back there. I was never here.

Kelly: That’s just pizza. You need at least one other element for it to be a party.

Andy: Fans of classic pizza will be psyched.

Kevin (text message): Suck it, losers.

Ryan: Not to point out the glaringly obvious, but doesn’t the fact that I’m in this group make anyone feel just a little bit better?

Pam: Now I’m just a fat mom!

Andy: Come here, Pam. Chins up, okay?

Kevin: I just knew, my whole life, that everyone was wrong about me. My parents, my teachers, my friends, the doctors, everyone.

Andy: Not my job, not my prob, I’m going to the warehouse to polish my knob.

Robert: Let me tell you some things I find productive. Positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement. Honesty. Let me tell you some things I find unproductive. Constantly worrying about where you stand based on inscrutable social clues and then inevitably reframing it all in a reassuring way so that you can get to sleep at night. No, I do not believe in that at all.

Robert: Life is long. Opinions change. Winners, prove me right. Losers, prove me wrong.

Robert: I’m not going to change my list, Andy, and I don’t use ballpoint pens.

Erin: I like my new group. I liked my old group.

Pam: I’m going to frame it. I can always unframe it.

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  1. haha…
    the office will be split into two. and the two teams will be against each other because they think that Robert thinks that one team is better than the other.

    that would be soo funny

  2. Yes! They gave us the name! I’m so excited! Now it feels like T.V. season is almost here! Ha, they would put Jim and Pam on opposite sides of the list. I wonder where Dwight will be…

  3. The Office will find a two-page list on Robert’s desk with everyones’ names on it. They’ll think that there are two separate lists: the good workers and the bad, the funny and the dull, the smart and the stupid. In the end, it’ll just be a list for Robert to learn names or something. Predictable.

  4. I bet the list will be a mind-game from Robert, and totally arbitrary…!! I bet it’s a strange amalgamation of people like Meredith, Oscar, Jim, Creed, Stanley, Kevin, and Darryl…some great workers, and some mediocre, just to mess with their heads.

    I can’t wait for the premier!!

  5. What about new manager predictions, Tallyheads?

    OK, so the Search Committee chose Robert to be RM. We know that much. But he takes over as Sabre CEO. Then, using some sort of weird backward logic that only he understands, Robert promotes Andy to RM because the worst salesman understands better than anyone the difficulties of selling (or something like that).

    Then Jim will take it upon himself to mentor Andy for the foreseeable future, so the branch doesn’t implode and they all lose their jobs. Also, Dwight might try to compete with Jim to see who will be the power behind the throne. And this would kick the Jim and Dwight competition (and pranks!) into a whole new gear. How great would that be?

  6. I’m betting it’s Andy. His family is guest starring after all. And as far as the writers it makes sense. Ed Helms is now getting bigger in the film industry much like Steve Carell. After Steve, he is the next most marketable actor.

  7. Just because Ed Helms is now more popular doesn’t mean Andy should be manager. He’s not qualified at all. And i don’t watch the show for him. Of course, this isn’t the real world, and i too think Andy will be the manager.

  8. Max, I kind of think it isn’t Andy for the same reason. They’ve mentioned that whoever gets the position won’t have extra attention for the matter, so it wouldn’t seem likely that they would cast family of the new manager. The manager job will likely be the main storyline for that character. I’d imagine that Andy will have finally pursued Erin, and maybe there is the possibility of him wanting his parents to meet her…maybe.

  9. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if Andy became the boss. Although unqualified, he’s a goofball just like Michael and I think it’d work out. Can’t wait for the season to start and hopefully it’s a success!

  10. I think all these Andy-centered announcements are red herrings to make people think he is manager. I personally think Darryl will get the job. It was once said that Andy, Dwight, and Darryl were the in-house frontrunners but since then there has been more focus on Andy and Dwight (and even Jim and Kelly) as potential managers makes me think they will give it to Darryl. It would also fit with him being bummed out the warehouse quits (if that spoiler is true, I’m not really convinced) and Craig Robinson is also an emerging star like Steve Carell was when the series started in 2005.

  11. If you’re confused by my mention of more focus on Kelly as a potential manager, there was a promo I saw last week on NBC focusing on “Kelly Kapoor – Potential Office Manager”.

  12. OP is right, it will just be a list for him to learn all the names.

    Also, just because the manager won’t be the ‘lead’, doesn’t mean it will be a nothing role either.

  13. i wonder if they come here and read the comments to see what people are saying about their own show..haha anyways i just wanted to say that i’m a fan from Portugal! Yeah! That country! i don’t know a lot of office fans so thank you so much for creating this website because it allows me to communicate with other fans and catch up on what’s new on my favorite show! great job! :)

  14. Hasn’t anyone else noticed the cover of the Season Seven DVD? If they were going to begin to raise the profile of the next manager in any way, I think that person might have been snuck onto the cover image (in place of an actual billed star in BJ Novak, what’s more!), and that might be your clue!

    Since when has a member of the ensemble cast been featured so prominently on the cover artwork?

    And if you don’t know who I mean, take a look here:

  15. I too thought Darryl was the manager until seeing the Season 8 Sneak Peek where Robert California points towards Darryl’s office when asking Darryl (among others) to go to lunch with him. Unless this is part of him revealing who the new manager is, Darryl will still be in his current office and not the manager’s.

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