The Office: The Promotion, 6.03

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The Office

Writer: Jennifer Celotta, Director: Jennifer Celotta

Summary (NBC): David Wallace breaks the bad news that not everyone will get a raise this year. Dwight reaches his breaking point with Jim and looks to the rest of the office for allies. Pam would like cash instead of wedding gifts.

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The Office The Promotion rating

In a poll conducted October 1-5, Tallyheads rated this episode: 6.90/10

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The Office The Promotion quotes

Jim: Where’s the “please”? We’re not animals.

Jim: I’m just going to write “held back tears.”

Dwight: $18,000 and a chance at the title. OOH HAH!

Stanley: Can I also be a boss?

Oscar: Where would Catholicism be without the popes?

Michael: To be fair, Jimothy … that sounds weird. Are you okay with being called Jim?

Michael: I can be very surprising.

Pam: Why doesn’t Crate and Barrel let you register for a toaster full of cash?

Stanley: “If you don’t smell this, you’re fired.”

Michael: That is not the way I heard it.

Kelly: I love rivalries. Michael or Jim. Paris or Nicole. Heidi or LC.

Michael: This is Michael, Senior Co-Manager.

David: Michael, are you texting me?

Michael: All I can see is how big and gross the pores on your nose are.

Michael: You use your brain too much.

Michael: Sometimes the smartest people don’t think at all.

Michael: Con: you unzip your pants and you find that there’s a calculator down there.

Jim: This tiny sliver here is “Critical Thinking.” I made it bigger so that you could see it.

Kevin: In the memo line, I’m going to write “To love’s eternal glory.”

Pam: Oh look! “Mrs. Pam Halpert”!

Michael: Omigod are you going to make another pro and con list? I’m going to kill myself.

Michael: I can see it in your crusty little eyes that you are going to make everything perfect.

Michael: Why don’t you tell me what those are, Jim. Why don’t you enliven me.

Michael: Okay, Skippy, here we go.

Michael: This had better be terrible.

Oscar: It’s because Jim wants to give the raises to his friends and the people he sleeps with.

Kelly: What the hell? Why are you being such a jerk?

Kelly: How is that going to repair Ryan’s car?

Dwight: Her kid needs shoes, Jim!

Jim: Wow. I’m just going to rewind and back off a bit.

Michael: These are the people who will open their hearts to you. They all have heart-ons for you.

Phyllis: This isn’t a game you know, it’s our livelihood!

Dwight: People are starting to notice how terrible Jim is. It’s great.

Dwight: They determine our worth by putting beans on our faces.

Kevin: What does a bean mean?!

Jim: Michael’s my only friend left in the office. Except Pam. I think.

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  1. I’d like to remind people who think this episode was too “depressing” to go watch season 1 and 2, this was just realistic, so happy the writers are keeping the stories “office” related. And this story line just made sense, workers would be confused over two bosses and would be angry over getting screwed out of a raise. This was the best episode in a long while.

  2. I thought it was okay, definitely not my favorite. As for the wedding promo, did anyone else notice that Kevin has HAIR???

  3. Yes, Tanster, it is definitely new! With actual spoiler footage…!

    [from tanster: oh boy oh boy oh boy! can’t wait to see it!]

  4. Nope, the promo was new footage of Jim’s toast at their rehearsal. I bawled my freaking eyes out at Pam’s face at the end. Then went back and rewatched it and bawled again. I cannot WAIT.

  5. #8 It came from WB Jones Construction. :)

    Good episode not great. “What does a bean mean!?” LOL!

    The promo got me all emotional and excited.

  6. I didn’t like it very much. I mean, I know that Jim is being kind of a jerk, but it made me sad that they were all yelling at him and even Pam was a bit upset! :(

    On the flipside, the promo almost brought me to tears. October 8th, please come quickly!!!

  7. Good episode. I did find it weird seeing Jim not near Pam after so many years. A bit of a bumpy start for the team of Jim and Michael but I was glad to see them coming together in the end. Hopefully it gets easier for them when tough decisions come around.

  8. Worst episode ever! And what was up with Pam literally buying into Ryan’s scheme at the end?!? She gave him $50, and went behind Jim’s back to do it! This show was great when it was realistic. This entire episode had Jim as a zany, retarded jerk. Pam is apparently turning into Ryan’s second Kelly. But it’s ok because there was a wedding promo at the end? JAM needs to make a comeback. Their storylines revolve around romance and/or tension- no more fun, no more pranks.

  9. I don’t think this was the best episode (they’re saving that for next week) but I think it was realistic and necessary. It was more of a move-along-the-plot kind of episode. Although Jim’s new office kept throwing me off… I’m so used to the normal layout that it kept catching me off guard! What used to be there–filing cabinets?

  10. I felt like they had trouble getting laughs out of this storyline while still keeping it realistic. But in the end, I do prefer that they at least maintained their dignity instead of just making it stupid and wacky, even if I didn’t laugh as much as last week. I’d rather not laugh a lot than be saying to myself “this is so stupid”. There were still some laughs and the ending was really nice.

  11. So apparently I’m in the minority but I really liked this episode. It’s gonna be awhile before I get used to Jim’s new office though :P.

    Unfortunately, I missed the new promo :(. I went out to the kitchen to get a snack and I come back to see the end of Jim toasting Pam. Gah! I can’t believe I missed it. Hopefully it’ll be posted on the internet soon *crosses fingers*.

    [from tanster: posted now on officetally front page. :) ]

  12. I figure people won’t rate this show as high…not many huge laughs but a solid move along the plot episode introducing conflict that can be blown off later with bigger comedy. (like Michael Scott Paper Company storyline last year) Not a great individual episode compared to others, but solid and obviously next week is the key episode anyways in terms of the early season.

  13. While not the most hilarious, this episode holds up to the legacy of the British Office. Quality character writing. An episode like this distinguishes the Office from being something more than just another sitcom.

  14. This was a really good episode! It was depressing watching Jim be so bossy and mean to Michael, but that was kind of expected. Oscar really nailed the thoughts a lot of fans had last week about it not being realistic for there to be two managers-hence the negative tone of the episode. This episode is almost a book end to the conversation between Michael and Jim after Jim made everyone mad by having one universal birthday party. In that episode, Michael basically said he’s made all the mistakes as manager and hinted Jim would too. Tonight Jim made everyone unhappy again but Michael saved the day with the mug. Michael seemed relieved to share the burden with someone and now appreciates Jim is there to share the hard parts of the job. Hopefully Jim might now see why Michael does what he does sometimes and that Michael has some redeeming management skills. I think the depressing aspect of the show will now fade away.

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