The Office: The Search, 7.15

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The Office: The Search

Writer: Brent Forrester, Director: Michael Spiller

Summary (NBC): When Jim gets an emergency phone call from Helene, he is forced to leave Michael in the bathroom of a gas station. Meanwhile, Holly, Erin, and Dwight set out on a journey to find Michael. Back at the office, Pam’s artwork starts a captioning contest that seems to offend Gabe. Guest stars: Amy Ryan, Linda Purl.

The Office The Search extras

  • Photos
  • Video clips
  • The song playing in Jim’s car is Two Hours Traffic’s “Better Sorry Than Safe.”
  • Eugene Cordero played the gas station attendant.

The Office The Search rating

In a poll conducted February 3-7, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.81/10

See all The Office Season 7 ratings.

The Office The Search quotes

Ryan: I don’t think I should be married to you anymore.

Kelly: We got really wasted, and it just felt right.

Ryan: We are getting divorced, Andy! This is such a raw time!

Ryan: I don’t want to be married until everyone can be married.

Oscar: You know what, Ryan? I talked to the other gay guys, and we’re okay with it. We all agreed it’s fine for you to get married.

Michael: Why does the sun rise in the morning? Why do magnets stick together? Because everybody says so. Everybody.

Jim: You have a better chance if you think Bob Vance.

Erin: Her personality is like a 3, her sense of humor is a 2, her ears are like, a 7 and a 4. Add it all up and what do you get? 16. And he treats her like she’s a perfect 40. It’s nuts.

Michael: My feelings don’t matter to you. What matters to you is your precious speed limit.

Michael: Sex different after the baby, Jim?

Michael: What part of “I need to pee” do you not understand?

Michael: I’m upset, my bladder is full, there’s no telling what I might do. Right now. All over the inside of your precious little car.

Pam: I will put out an APB. Otherwise known as an “Ask Pam Beesly.”

Michael: You don’t have my numbers on speed dial!

Michael: I am going to take this opportunity to go walkabout.

Dwight: Problem solved, everyone! Space Orphan and Princess Nincompoop are off to rescue Michael.

Dwight: You drive. I got a car full of fox meat.

Pam: “I’m a suck-suck-suckety Sabre!”

Darryl: Not once have I used the real captions to Family Circus.

Andy: Oh, it is on like Genghis Khan wearing Sean John in Bhutan!

Erin: He answers to Michael, Michael G. Scott, Michael J. Fox, Mr. Fox, The Incredible Mr. Fox…

Holly: You don’t think he’d walk by that bakery just for the smell of it?

Dwight: Don’t get a swelled head. You’re no tracker.

Michael: You guys are so beautiful. You’re so colorful. I wish I could understand you! That’s a metaphor, I guess.

Michael: You are disgusting! You’ll never find love.

Dwight: Pam, I’m obviously going to get that stuff for you. So just shut up!

Kevin: Okay, it’s two giant dogs, with two giant palm trees, on a regular-sized island.

Darryl: Gabe, tell us your stupid rules so we can start the game.

Gabe: I like to use Sticky Quips as regular post-it notes when I’m in a fun mood. Not every day.

Gabe: Go get ’em. Start quipping!

Michael: Instead of throwing them all away later, why don’t you throw one away now into my mouth?

Erin: Orville Tootenbacher? That’s Michael’s millionaire character that farts popcorn!

Waiter: You have no money but you dined, and you dined so much!

Dwight: Uncanny. Put a pin in that.

Dwight: This way, this way, this way? I don’t know. Do you know?

Darryl: You crushed our spirits, Gabe.

Darryl: It takes a lot to destroy the creativity of a whole group of people.

Sticky Quip on Gabe’s back: “I’m a doosh”

Angela’s caption: “Is that a palm tree or did Gabe get skinnier? Either way, let’s pee on it.”

Angela: Please. It was easy once I decided I wanted the dog to piss on Gabe.

Dwight: Tap into your common mind and tell us what he would do next.

Dwight: I’m deep below the ocean’s surface in a submarine. A torpedo’s coming right at me. No, damn it, that’s just my own imagination. Maybe he’s bowling.

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  1. Never had a summary make me lol before. Seriously! Sounds so good. And YAY for more Pam artwork.

  2. Michael left at the gas station sounds funny. But I wonder if Jim is only in the opening scene, and then disappears from the ep like last week.

    I hope the Holly, Dwight and Erin search party has a point to it, and they just don’t wander around aimlessly the entire ep.

    Is the captioning contest Pam’s drawing of Dunder Miflin? Or something else? I’m really digging her new Office Administrator angle.

  3. Her drawing of the building might be kinda difficult to caption. I’m hoping it’s a new drawing. I agree she’s great as Office Administrator.

    And there better be lots of Jim.

  4. I hope Jim gives Michael a damn good explanation of why he left them alone somewhere, and what’s so urgent that Helene wanted from Jim. And looks like there’s more of the lowest salesdudes, Andy and Pam, in the office.

  5. My guess is that they’re at the gas station for whatever reason (either Michael begging in his manner to go to the bathroom or maybe just for gas) when Jim gets the call. He tries to get Michael and go, but Michael makes some ridiculous reason for why Jim has to wait, Jim doesn’t put up with it and just goes. Then, Michael spends the rest of the episode whining about being left there, acting like he is 100x more important than the second most important person in the world.

  6. It’s a promising synopsis. But I hope Michael isn’t left behind because he’s being an ass, and also that Helene’s phone call doesn’t put the show into an uncomfortable area of drama. As for Gabe, he’s getting less and less tolerable by the day, and at this point I’m really looking forward to Erin breaking up with him and getting back together with Andy.

  7. Have you noticed that there’s almost no Jim in the last two episodes? I guess he had a part in some movie and John asked the writers for more free time. I bet it’ll be the same this week and maybe the next one.

    Gabe is more and more written as an unsympathetic character to make Andy look fine in comparison. There was something about the early Andy-Erin hookup that felt a little forced and easy. Too bad they’re now wasting Gabe to fix the earlier mistake. Zach Woods and Gabe deserve better.

  8. I’m wishing for the opposite, Ben. I hope this situation with Cece causes a lot of drama. I don’t want her to die or anything drastic, but I love scared Jim/Pam.

  9. Relax, Cece Fans! I’m betting Jim and Pam forgot her teddy bear in the car when they dropped her off at grandma’s and she won’t nap without it.

  10. Just watched the new episode and I really liked it. I thought it was quite funny. Still not enough Jim for me but it was nice to see a little interaction between Jim and Pam (which has been so lacking lately). Thumbs up!

  11. “The Search” was like a perfect 40! *LOL* One of my favorites of the season and the series. Oh and I want a dog to piss on Gabe too.

  12. Someone make Holly go away. Please. The captions were the only funny part of the episode. Very disappointing.

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