The Office: The Seminar, 7.14

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 | 91 comments


The Office: The Seminar

W: Steve Hely, D: B.J. Novak

Summary (NBC): With Andy’s sales at his lowest ever, he gets desperate and holds a small business seminar with the help of some special guests. Michael and Holly turn the event into an improv challenge. Meanwhile, Erin enlists some of her co-workers in her scrabble battle with Gabe. Guest cameo: Ricky Gervais.

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The Seminar trivia


In a poll conducted January 27-31, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.05/10

The Office The Seminar quotes

Michael: I’m working on an English character. It’s called Reginald Pooftah.

Michael: People don’t understand that it has nothing to do with making fun of a different nationality.

David Brent: Comedy is a place where the mind goes to tickle itself. That’s what she said!

Michael: The character, Mikanos, is just a little added flavor. Mikanos is loosely based on another character I do, Spiros. Who is more about the ladies.

Andy: Thank you so much, Tuna Turner.

Andy: I get super flexible when I’m nervous.

Andy: If the seminar was a meal, you’d be the amuse bouche.

Seminar guy: My company will act as an intermedium for like, .2 cents off every transaction.

Dwight: You promised us whales, these are worms!

Andy: They’re baby whales, which is even cuter!

Michael: Too much information? That’s what I thought. But you know what? Here I am using it.

Erin: Is “jlp” a word? Like “I jlp you!”

Erin: So far I’ve seen “The Shining,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Ring”… not really my thing. Although I do like the early parts of the movies where they have a perfect family and everything.

Oscar: You could have hit “mood.” Would have played a triple word.
Erin: Like “the cow mood yesterday.”

Pam: You know It doesn’t just have to be cow stuff, right?

Kevin: I’m no Jim. The only way that I’m Jim is in the movie version, when Jim sees what his future would be like if he never met Pam.

Ryan: I don’t like committing to things just like that.

Andy: My name’s Andy Bernard, but you can call me the Nard Dog.

Kevin: There are some people who have charm, and some people who don’t. Guess which type I am. Charm type.

Kevin: What I want you to do is dream the biggest that you can, and then, double it!

Kelly: Who am I? I’m Kelly Kapoor. The Business Bitch.

Kelly: It is important to brand yourself. So I have a couple of things in the works. The Business Bitch, The Diet Bitch, The Shopping Bitch, The Etiquette Bitch.

Professor Scott Powell: Hey, Kelly Kapoor. What a delicious surprise.

Andy: That brilliant little bitch.

Oscar: Put the “Q” there, sweetie.

Pam: You could have just told us what you were thinking.
Oscar: There’s no theater in that.
Pam: There’s no yelling in that, either.

Holly: What do you do in your spare time?
Michael: Practice Olympics!

Michael: She will have a greekacino.

Michael: I can’t believe it! She can talk!
Holly: No more brain damage!

Creed: Two eyes, two ears, a chin, a mouth, ten fingers, two nipples, a butt, two kneecaps, a penis. I’ve just described to you the Loch Ness Monster. And the reward for its capture? All the riches in Scotland. So I have one question: why are you here?

Gabe: I picked out our movie. It’s called “Suspiria.”

Erin: When I win, we’re going to watch “Wall-E,” where all the boundaries of color are pushed.

Darryl: They’re a bunch of jackals. They left you in the lurch. And if they want to jump in, it means you’re almost there. You did this. Bring it home.

Oscar: I will have apoplexy if you lose.

Erin: I played “ape.”

Michael: I like you. I’m going to give you my secret gyro recipe.

Jim: My mom thinks you’re too dumb to hang out with.

Andy: The rest of you are dead to me. You made the stupidest decisions of your life.

Tom Witochkin: Where’s your jet pack, Zuckerberg?

Andy: I guess when you looked in me, you forgot about my balls. They’re on the outside. Don’t know how you missed them.

Michael: Come to me, Necropolis. Put your lips on my lips.

Erin: There’s a ‘Shrek 2’?!


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  1. 91. Michael  

    I LOVE this episode.. I thought that Andy was great in it.. he was so terrified then his reactions to how horrible the replacements for his seminar was funny..

    The Michael Scott/David Brent cold open was epic.. Easily the best cold open if you knew who David Brent was..

    I’m shocked how low this rated..

  2. 90. Mike  

    This episode was decent, but Creed’s speech about the Loch Ness monster was easily one of his best moments! I was hysterical laughing at that point, I might as well have been rolling around on the floor!

  3. 89. jph05548  

    The episode felt scattered, the cold open felt like more of a publicity stunt than an offering of any substance, and another guest writer (that trend really I feel hurts the show with a complete disregard for characterization or season-long plot flow that blessed the first through third seasons, and to the better degree season 4 and PARTS of 5)…. if this show is to ever get back on track, it”ll be because other project don’t sap the energy from its core ensemble. I remember the good days when these guys seemed to treat this show with utter love and care- it got them noticed! Now, it seems like the clock’s just ticking and guest writers are keeping episodes airing. Season 7 is a marked improvement on 6, but we’re way not in Emmy-ville anymore. Hopefully the remainder of the season proves the best is yet to come and Steve exits in style.

  4. 88. ChristmasGoose  

    While the cold open was really good, better than I expected, the rest of the episode was ‘meh.’ Not horrible, just not so good.

    Looking forward to next week!

  5. 87. A  

    Pam and Jim are married now….that’s why their relationship is boring.

  6. 86. eastcoast_girl  

    Just OK. The writing for Jim has gotten awful. It was a subplot that did not make any sense, let alone be funny. A grudge for 30 years? Why has Jim become such a wimp who is bullied, like with Dwight and the snowball and for this episode? Ugghh. Again, Michael and Holly were a snooze, with their lame improv. The JAM dynamic has vanished. The only bright spot was Kevin. And the cold open with David Brent, of course. I would love to see him take over the branch with his British humor—I know it’s just a pipe dream.

  7. 85. fireguy  

    The connection between Jim and Pam seems to have disappeared lately. Where’s their banter and what used to be an always visible understanding and adoration. Perhaps it’s simply cause they have barely any interaction at all anymore. It makes me sad.

  8. 84. Dirk  

    The episode had its funny moments, but I agree that Jim Halpert as a character has continually been made to look weaker and more emasculated. Jim used to be the cool, confident guy and now being confronted by a kid he called “dumb” years earlier basically pushed him into the fetal position. It also seemed odd that Jim and the guy even remembered each other. I doubt I would recognize a friend I had when I was 10 twenty years later. Although I suppose present day Jim and the picture do look a lot alike.

    [from tanster: thanks!]

  9. 83. kb  

    Jim has dissipated as a character. He and Pam act like strangers. They used to play off each other in such subtle, funny ways! Michael’s antics could get old, but the relationships in this show didn’t have to. I’m assuming John K. is busy with bigger, better things.

  10. 82. Beet Farmer  

    This episode was ‘meh’. This is the LAST season with the all-mighty- God Steve Carell for crying out loud!!! There is no time for ‘meh’. Bring it writers. Bring it on. And bring it fast. The clock is ticking. . .

  11. 81. Zach  

    The episode wasn’t the greatest. It was high, but not the best.
    The cold open, ONE OF THE BEST OF THE SEASON! I kept smiling and laughing at it throughout! It was so AMAZING!
    Creed’s Loch Ness line was THE BEST! So funny and best of the episode! His and Erin’s “There’s a Shrek 2?!” were the greatest!
    I thought the Pam/Oscar/Erin/Gabe Scrabble game was ok. Andy’s seminar was…not the best. But Kevin was SOO FUNNY in this episode! I think he was the highlight of the whole episode! I was surprised Angela didn’t have any facetime. She is a delight to have. Maybe she did about her Boyfriend, but I don’t remember. Jim seemed rushed. He must be filming a movie or something else. But his line about “My mommy says you’re too stupid to hang with” was so great!
    All in all 7.5/10

  12. 80. BrokenBrain  

    On second viewing, I liked this episode much more than first viewing. Loved the MS/DB interaction, thought the Sales seminar was terrific (although enough with the vomiting). I thought Jim’s plot was sitcommy (just apologize after 20 years!) and seemed like a ploy so he could be out of the office and film a movie.

  13. 79. Dawn  

    Whatever direction they’re taking Jim in these latest episodes needs to be reversed stat. Unless it’s all building up to something, i don’t like it. I keep waiting for a great Jim wisecrack, joke, one-liner, prank, smirk, anything but it never comes.

  14. 78. Regenimus  

    A decent episode in my opinion. But I must say I disagree with all the pathetic Jim comments. I think that Jim is still Jim but he was simply bested by the particular awkwardness of this situation.

  15. 77. SeanM  

    Thought the cold open was especially hilarious!! Love to see Creed getting some more air time as well!

  16. 76. Sean  

    I think Jim’s a little stressed out. He’s not the Jim of five years ago. He’s married, owns a house and has a child. It must be tiring on him, and his natural defenses must be breaking down a bit. I know mine would.

  17. 75. Megan  

    Dear writers: please bring back old Jim! Who is this pathetic guy that vaguely appears in every episode? Not the Jim I fell in love with.

  18. 74. Jules  

    Tanster, when Michael said “I am Ping” I smiled, too. :)

    The whole scene of Michael running into David Brent was just enough to be an awesome cold open, but not over do it.

  19. 73. HarshingTheOfficeMellow  

    @#60 – I also found Jim’s football commentary hilarious, i don’t even know why. It caught me off guard and had me laughing. Gotta agree with others about Jim though. What’s going on there writers? Jim used to be able to get on Dwight’s last nerve, push him right to the end while knowing just what to say to turn any situation around in his favor. And was always there to make Pam smile. Lack of camera expressions aside, now he hides from Dwight and old 3rd grade enemies?

  20. 72. emma  

    @ 16. Alex I knew I had seen that guy somewhere. His name is Christopher N. Smith. He played Tim, the father of the baby Liz Lemon wanted to adopt in an episode of 30 Rock.

    Great Michael moment as a manager getting Andy to close.

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