The Office: The Whale, 9.07

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | 74 comments


The Office: The Whale

Writer: Carrie Kemper, Director: Rodman Flender

Summary (NBC): Dwight faces his greatest professional handicap: selling to women — when Dwight must sell to a woman at the lucrative Scranton White Pages, Pam and the ladies teach him how to interact with female clients. Angela suspects the Senator is cheating on her; she and Oscar spy on him at his yoga class. Meanwhile, Andy skypes in from his boat, and Toby convinces several guys in the office to grow mustaches in honor of “Movember.” Guest stars: Jack Coleman, Melora Hardin.

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In a poll conducted November 15-19, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.41/10

The Office The Whale quotes

Andy: Worry about my eyes. They’re like two flaming meatballs in my skull.

Erin: No Woman No Cry.

Darryl: Andy, it’s Darryl. Take your drawers off your head.

Dwight: There is a reason we in the paper industry call this thing “The White Whale.” Look at all that sweet blubber.

Dwight: Will you run into the bathroom and tell him to eat it?

Phyllis: Pizza Friday could come back.

Creed: I miss Clinton.

Jim: First time I’ve ever been excited about work. So that feels… wrong.

Pete: Okay, calm down. It’s just me. Not Tom Selleck.

Clark: I hope you like being turned on all the time.

Toby: I have very fertile hair glands.

Toby: We have the dopest time back in the annex.

Toby: Smile if you love men’s prostates.

Angela: I think the senator is having an affair.

Pam: You got this, Schrute.

Dwight: I will tell her what her needs are and then fill them.

Nellie: Have you ever killed a woman? How many women have you killed? Please, sir, will you not kill me?

Colin: It’s sounding kind of spooky sexy over here, Halpert.

Colin: We’re trying to reach Jim Halpert, not Batman.

Dwight: Unfortunately, our external hairs don’t vibrate at all.

Erin: It’s just up and down. Just a regular nod, like a person.

Nellie: He looks like he’s laboring over a stool, having just eaten human flesh.

Meredith: Boo! Weird!

Pam: Ten years ago, I didn’t care if Dwight got married, or died a beet-farming bachelor. But having kids makes you so soft. I used to watch Pulp Fiction and laugh, now I’m like, “that poor gimp is somebody’s child!”

Dwight: Don’t lie about your shoulders!

Pam: Business women are just normal, nice, reasonable people.

Pam: He used to make dogs fight, or he actually fought dogs?
Dwight: A little of this, a little of that.

Angela: I’ve heard of this. Dog style.

Hank: This. Ends. Now!

Jan: Fine. I will show you one slideshow.

Erin: It makes it look like there’s an eyebrow in the middle of your face. Makes your mouth look like an eye socket. You look like a Cyclops whose eye fell out.

Jan: Don’t patronize me.
Pam: I’m so sorry. I hate this. You’re better.

Clark: Where’s the Quiznos?
Dwight: You’re the Quiznos.

Jan: And yes. Molly is crap.

Jan: Do you have a valid passport?

Dwight: You are my friend. And you are a woman. And women love gossip. It’s like air to you people.


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  1. 74. Melissa  

    A week later I’m still laughing at Erin yelling at Stanley in the bathroom eat it Stanley!!!

  2. 73. Tom  

    @Michael it was called the whale because of the Scranton White Pages, “The Whale” of the paper industry as described by Dwight. The analogy refers to the book being full of blubber, or tons of pages.

  3. 72. Jessie  

    67, @Michael, it’s a ‘Moby Dick’ reference. Female clients are Dwight’s “white whale”. Also, in business, really big customers are known as ‘whales’.

  4. 71. lynn  

    Is Jim still on the inside with David Wallace? Jim’s buddy Wallace just passed him over to give Dwight a one-of-a-kind (whale sized) sales opportunity. The Halperts could really use more money coming in about now.

  5. 70. Connie  

    Thanks to Dwight, I will never think of “Gina” like “Geena”…ewww! Outstanding episode!!! I knew that Jan was coming back after that hilarious promo on The Voice – this episode lived up to its potential with Jan (We’ve missed Astrid – another name issue!) It was a perfect episode for the final season — bringing Jan back for a showdown with David — and highlighting Dwight’s skills with women — funny roleplaying. But I really loved the story line with Oscar. He and Angela played it perfectly! We re-watched the segment with Jan and with Oscar a couple of times -great lines, perfect timing! Liked the “comedy suspense” with Pam realizing it was Jan and Angela realizing…..!!!!!!!

  6. 69. Moseley  

    Probably one of the best this season :)

  7. 68. BatmanJim  

    I don’t get what the big deal with Jim is that he couldn’t find one quiet place to go for his phone call. In “The Seminar” he was able to duck out of the office and go to his car to call a sports radio show. What happened to the confident always-has-a-plan Jim Halpert?

  8. 67. Michael  

    Why was this episode called “The Whale”?

  9. 66. lynn  

    My favorite scene was when Dwight told Pam “You are my friend. And, you are a woman.” I loved Pam’s warm reception to his words. Dwight’s not one to ever admit his feelings. It made him saying this to Pam truly special.

  10. 65. Pip  

    What an episode, last weeks was great, this was even better. Special mention to Oscar and Angela, they were fantastic.

  11. 64. Karen  

    Loved this one, but it was painful to watch Jim not be able to figure out how to find a quiet place for a phone call. I just don’t like him written to be a nervous incompetent guy when anything doesn’t go as planned.
    Dwight and Pam made up for any mishaps though. They are just magic for me.

  12. 63. Tuna Turner  

    Agreed Pink Dragon. Not sold on Pete yet. I am an Andy supporter, but I don’t like where his character is going this season. Still, not sold on Peterin.

  13. 62. Pink Dragon  

    I liked the episode, but I’m really not liking Plop/Pete. I’m not an Andy/Erin shipper, but he seems like he’s there to be a) Ryan, Jr., except significantly less funny, and b) a plot device to create tension in the Andy/Erin plotline…again. I thought we all hated that the last four times it happened? Why’s it so great now?

    I agree with whoever said on this website that Peterin is not going to occur, because I interpret Daniels’ “if Pam and Jim didn’t happen” comment as Erin walking off with Andy at the finale. Not all Jims can get their semi-cheating Pams. Sad ending for A&E, at least, but The Office isn’t meant to be wish-fulfillment.

  14. 61. what's the dealio?  

    I wonder if at some point Melora Hardin said she would appear on the show IF she could sing in the episode? She sang in the Baby Shower, in Threat Level Midnight, in this episode…can’t recall if she was in other episodes between that time. She has a lovely voice, it is just odd that there’s singing when she appears.

    The look Angela gave Oscar when it all added up was priceless! I loved everything about the Pam and Dwight interaction! The direction work to show us, at the same time Pam figures it out, that Jan was the client was excellent! I’d seen spoilers but my husband realized it at the same time as Pam and it was a great reveal! Pam was so great in this one – trying hard to be nice despite the circumstances sweet Pam we know and love.

  15. 60. Tuna Turner  

    another Toby quote I liked – trying to be social – “This is fun! You know? This is fun!” i lol’ed

  16. 59. pete  

    The Kemper sisters never fail to amaze me.

  17. 58. Pam  

    Many good parts, but my favorite line was Jan’s at the end to Clark: “Do you have a valid passport ?”

    Erin was back to her awkward self when she obeyed Dwight’s order to “run into the bathroom and tell Stanley to ‘eat it'”. Her vivid description of Pete’s mustache ? Umph, painful. No wonder he shaved it off ! And her lame reaction to Andy leaving her behind, “No woman no cry”. Oh Erin. I think (or at least hope) we’re going to see some intervening on Pam’s part to encourage her to be with the right guy.

    Really loved Phyllis’ strong presence in this one and that the writers are including more of the staff in big story lines like Angela and Oscar too.

  18. 57. Andy  

    I loved this episode! Best of the season!

  19. 56. Roy's Mugshot  

    Did Jim take a big batch of Kevin pills before the phone call?

  20. 55. PhillyJam  

    I want Mora Melora! I am selfishly hoping that Jan can be on more than one episode this season. She is the best ever, and so pretty too. However, Toby stole the show for me, I am sorry but the way he acted so genuinely excited that something that TOBY FLENDERSON created was being enjoyed and so popular with all the other guys in the office was hilarious. Toby has never been “involved” or part of anything cool with the rest of his co-workers. Great all the way through.

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