The Office: The Sting, 7.05

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The Office The Sting Danny Cordray

Writer: Mindy Kaling, Director: Randall Einhorn

Summary (NBC): When a competing sales associate steals a Dunder Mifflin client, Michael, Jim, and Dwight decide to set up a sting to find out his sales secrets. Andy decides to start a band after finding out a friend from college has a successful music career. Guest star: Timothy Olyphant.

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The Office The Sting rating

In a poll conducted October 21-25, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.52/10

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The Office The Sting quotes

Dwight: Can’t beat a horse. A horse is a bike that pedals itself.

Meredith: Lance’s ass was on that seat? All right!

Kelly: I’m on Sheryl Crow’s side on that whole thing, so I feel really weird right now.

Michael: I take spinning classes three times a month, I think I know how to ride a bike.

Dwight: Wait for me, it’s weird if I come in slightly after.

Dwight: Will you stop trying to put it in terms you think they’ll understand? It’s condescending.

Dwight: No, Mr. Jock Hipster.

Dwight: Go tell her we’re here. You’re good with receptionists.

Pam: That’s fizzling. I mean, someone has to start the fizzle.

Pam: You know I have a kid with you, right?

Dwight: That’s why I brought you to the Penis Museum, where tickets are a thousand dollars!

Andy: I can tell by the reflection in your glasses that you’re entering points into

Michael: I could swear that guy was a male model.

Dwight: I’ve been in showtime mode since breakfast.

Michael: It’s like if Michael Phelps came out of retirement, jumped in the pool, belly flopped, and drowned.

Stanley: Why do you always assume I have diabetes?

Phyllis: I could try to seduce him.

Dwight: What I’m about to show you is of the utmost secrecy.

Michael: Do you know what this is? This is a stinger.
Jim: The what?

Jim: Meredith Van Helsing?
Dwight: Van Helsing was a respected professor before he was a vampire killer.
Jim: Okay, but what is he more famous for?

Jim: You know this isn’t real TV, right?

Kevin: My voice is unique. Like Bob Dylan.

Dwight: People can’t keep their true natures hidden for long, and this guy is smoldering like a tire fire.

Meredith: What is that? Genetics? Creatine?

Michael: Pull it together, all right? Stop looking at him.

Ryan: I don’t think they usually skate to such bad songs.
Andy: Rude. And not helpful.
Creed: Well I really, really, really liked it.
Andy: Well that really bums me out.

Meredith: Feels more like a third date to me.

Meredith: What is with this desk keeping us so far apart?

Dwight: You’re an exec at Stark Industries, a corporation you inherited from your father.

Dwight: And remember, you’re not gay.

Meredith: Manuel, cleano el window.

Ryan: I run Google. Larry and Sergey brought me in.

Ryan: Will do. Won’t do.

Danny: Michael Scott!
Michael: I said stop.

Danny: You hired this homeless woman to impersonate an executive to spy on me.

Danny: Sure, you seem like a fun, professional guy.

Michael: Do you want your life to be better, or to be worse, or to stay the same?

Danny: I swear to God, I’m going to hit you. I didn’t mean that. I’m sorry.

Kelly: F*ck me.

Michael: This is not some sort of construction site, or all of Italy, where you can just go around treating people like meat.

Kelly: Josh Duhamel.
Angela: Yeah, I can see that!

Oscar: It’s hard to judge ourselves accurately, isn’t it?

Dwight: Where’s he going to park? There’s no more reserved parking spots.

Andy: Which me am I going to be today?

Andy: So we’re just like jamming as friends?

Dwight: She is one of the plain, hearty women of Scranton that make this city great. And so what if she doesn’t wear makeup.

Dwight: It’s after five, Jim. I’m not going to take this home.

Michael: The sale that mattered, I made. Boom.

Michael: Crap. I forgot about Packer.

Bullfrog in Love

Sun’s in her eyes, tongue full of flies,
Would you like to share my pad
Croak, croak, croak
Bullfrog in love

Croak, croak, croak
Bullfrog in love
And I gave her the croak
That meant I love you

I’ll be your croak monsieur
I’ll be your croak madame

Your mama mighta said that bullfrogs are dogs
But I’m here to tell you that I am a frog
Come and sit on my log, you little pollywog
I find you absolutely ribbiting!

Croak, croak, croak
Bullfrog in love
Croak, croak, croak
Bullfrog in love!

Croak, ribbit, scoopty splash!

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  1. Kind of a weird episode. It seemed a little disjointed-the whole “Sting” thing could have been handled better. It seemed as though three different episode plots were just cut and pasted into one episode.

    And hey, am I the only one who didn’t like that cold open? Michael came in riding a bike for Benihana Christmas-a bike which, as Jim pointed out, was his old, worn down bike. Clearly he knew how to ride for years before that episode. Did Michael, in the four year interim, forget everything about bike riding? Major continuity error.

  2. Pretty good episode. I enjoyed up till when Michael offered Dan(?) the job…it just seemed forced. But maybe it will make more sense upon repeated viewings.

    Loved the band segments, hope we see more songs from Andy, Darryl and Kevin’s band…and they need a name!

  3. My favorite episode of the season so far. I will never, ever get tired of Jim and Dwight working together, and I’m looking forward to see how things pan out with this new salesman. And omg, did Ryan actually get more than one line?

    Now if they could just replace storylines involving Andy singing and put something that’s actually interesting in its place, the show would be perfect.

  4. Loved when Dwight tried his “intimidation” with Danny.

    I voted 7/10.

    The episode had its ups and downs, but I liked Meredith in charge.

  5. This episode was by far the best episode so far in Season 7. But I do not think they did the episode that well at the end. Danny getting the job seems very weird since he seemed very, very upset when he was trying to leave. And he was actually happy to be in Dunder Mifflin. The writers did not do a very good job there.

    The Darryl, Kevin and Andy band seems cool, they sound great together.

  6. I loved this episode because the show appears to be gaining a little bit more depth in preparation for Steve Carell leaving and to allow the season to progress, maybe even showing that the show can go on for a few more seasons without Michael Scott. This new character has a history with Pam, which could have an affect on the whole Jim/Pam relationship, which adds another layer; and the guy is a smooth talker. So, who knows how his character will develop.

    I have been impressed how the writers of the show have continually showed a great attention to detail (and cleverness) with their writing. So, adding such a complex character really makes me feel positive about the direction of the show, makes me trust that the writers “got this” when it comes to progressing the show, and restores my hope of being able to continue to ogle John Krasinski every Thursday night.

  7. I also wanted to add that the writers of the show really seem to bring everything together well. They don’t take things show by show. They are truly weaving a story. So, even though the season started kind of slow. I think the beginning was more about laying the foundation for future shows?

  8. I felt Michael offering him that job was the most realistic part of the episode. It didn’t matter how angry Danny was at the moment. What Michael said to him was true. In the business world, top producers are offered positions with their rivals all the time. Funny episode but fake meeting sting operation with Meredith as boss?

  9. Hands down, best episode of the season. I love how The Office incorporates guest stars in an organic way, unlike every other sitcom (um, looking at you 30 Rock and Community). Timothy Olyphant falls right in the classy, drama actor category this show keeps using, that includes Idris Elba, Kathy Bates, and Amy Ryan.

    So much that was great:

    -the fake companies Jim, Ryan and Dwight wanted to use
    -Jim and Dwight preparing for the sale
    -“intimidating” Danny
    -Pam defending herself with Jim about her “relationship” with Danny
    -Andy making everyone listen, and their “polite” critiques

    And dammit to hell, Mindy Kaling’s episodes are just funnier than the other ones. They are so unusual and original, anyone else notice this? Maybe I’m just reading into things, I just caught “The Injury” again this weekend.

  10. Loved the sequence of Meredith playing “house” with Oscar and Ryan. I pretty much died laughing.

  11. Loved Kevin’s frog song! Actually, I loved the whole band storyline and the idea that all Andy really wants are some friends. Best line was Pam in the background mouthing the words “I wear make-up.”

  12. Just not a funny episode, nor did it do anything to advance the season’s arc (if there can be said to be one at this point). I thought this season started off with some renewed energy, culminating in Andy’s Play, but these last two have been total stinkers. Have the writers forgotten that DM/Sabre also sells printers now, not just paper?

    Television history is littered with great shows that went quickly downhill after the tension between the two love interests ended with marriage. I’m afraid The Office may be meeting that same fate. This episode recalled the Michael/Dwight/Jim prank in Branch Wars, but paled horribly in comparison, mostly I think because the Jim/Pam tension is over.

  13. Best episode of the season, by far. Nice to see John Krasinski given something to do other than making faces at the camera. And Meredith stole the show, for once.

  14. This one didn’t work for me. The main storyline with Danny seemed a little disjointed and I couldn’t figure out why he would want to work at Dunder Mifflin. Andy’s band was as annoying as I expected. There better be more to the Pam/Danny story because watching her suffer through S3 might have been easier to take if we’d known she was dating a male model.

  15. I am so happy Meredith had more lines and was the focus of an episode! I hope they do the same for Ryan (I love BJ). Overall great episode

  16. Once again, Meredith stole the show for me! I could not stop cracking up! And the band was great too! I have to say that Timothy Olyphant (other than Amy Ryan) has to be my favorite guest star!

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