The Office: Todd Packer, 7.18

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The Office: Todd Packer

Writer: Amelie Gillette, Director: Randall Einhorn

Summary (NBC): After many years and motel rooms, Dunder Mifflin traveling salesman Todd Packer is ready to leave the road behind and take a desk job in the office. However, it remains to be seen if Jim, Dwight, Holly, and the rest of the office are ready for Todd. Elsewhere, after his computer freezes for the millionth time, Andy battles office administrator Pam for a new computer. Guest stars: Amy Ryan, David Koechner.

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The Office Todd Packer rating

In a poll conducted February 24-28, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.21/10

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The Office Todd Packer quotes

Kevin: You’re eating eight year old tomatoes.

Dwight: I ignore your cries and do not let you in. You want to know why?
Jim: Because of the sign that says, “No pounding, no begging.”

Dwight: Kevin will be eaten. Pam will be taken slave. Jim will be made a warlord’s jester. Meredith will do okay.

Jim: 494 months.
Dwight: I could see that happening.
Jim: 495 months.

Packer: Truth is, I got a couple of love bumps on my ding dong.

Michael: It was the best of times, it was the awesomest of times.

Packer: I thought we were meeting Holly today, not Jennifer Aniston.

Michael: Yes! The Pack is back.

Michael: I would like to introduce you to a man who needs no introduction. Probably because most of you have done it with him. Just kidding. He wouldn’t be interested in any of you.

Packer: It’s great to be among friends. Until then, you suckers will do.

Kevin: Nice. We got burned.

Kevin: What don’t you understand about the word “approved”?

Kevin: I have very little patience for stupidity.

Pam: I don’t want to say the other one was old, but its IP number was 1.

Michael: We have been thinking about where Packer should sit, and we can’t just sit around waiting for Creed to die.

Carved under Dwight’s (and Packer’s) desk: Packer was here and so was your mom.

Dwight: Whose dirt box is this?
Holly: That’s our zen garden.
Dwight: What do you grow in here, bullcrap?

Andy: Hey you guys! The Yarmouth Regatta video is up.

Andy: This is a sick computer! Gwen Stefani has this computer!

Andy: If you donated my computer to Africa, it would become famous as the slowest computer in Africa.

Stanley: So something good happening to Stanley is crazy now.

Andy: What, are you gonna play Mahjong faster?

Packer: Three Muske-Queers!

Packer: Since when did you learn how to read?

Dwight: Kevin, in sumo culture, you’d be considered a promising up-and-comer.

Andy: Please make sure nobody is humping me.

Erin: I think the ants are waking up. They need to start farming soon.

Michael: So I’m less funny than not funny at all?

Erin: I think the ants are starting to eat each other!

Holly: Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Charlie Bit My Finger, Michael Scott. Then all the way down here, Todd Packer.

Packer: The only hot chocolate I’m into is Vivica A. Fox.

Jim: You know you can’t actually poison him.

Dwight: Does Edgar Allan Poe know about that one? So sinister!

Jim: Call Froggy 101, say that we’re the tour manager for Justin Bieber and we’re giving away free tickets. We give them a number to call for the tickets, and it’s his number.
Dwight: Who is Justice Beaver?
Jim: It’s a crime fighting beaver.

Andy: Pretty sneaky, sis.

Ryan: Hey cats, we got a jam session in mods 6, 9, and 12.

Dwight: Number three, “eat a frog.” Number four, “eat a dog.”

Andy: Allow all cookies. Why certainly. Pop-ups? Yes please. Bit torrent streaming from a Somalian music website? Yeah, why not.

Andy (in computer voice): Why are you doing this to me, Andy?
Andy: Because I hate your broke ass!

Michael: You’ve been an outdoor cat. And now you have to be an indoor cat. So you can’t be peein’ all over the walls.

Packer: Michael, can I open the kimono with you?

Packer: Kevin, I am so sorry. You are skinny and you’re a genius.

Michael: Angela loves pussy cats, Packer loves… I was going to say dogs!

Michael: Packer’s going to be here until the day he dies. Just like the rest of us.

Packer: I’m a huge alligator nerd. I can name you every genus, every subspecies. Also, I’m a huge boob nerd.

Andy: Thank you for my garbage computer.

Packer: I’m going to put the ass in Tallahassee.

Darryl: Maybe you can go back down there and see if you can find me some extra sick days.

Pam: I’m full-on corrupt.

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97 comments

  1. Oh my God. How did I not think about that? Todd Packer would be probably the most perfect pick ever. And that EW article said there was a possibility none of us were thinking of. Veryy interesting….

  2. I think Jim said it best: “What has two thumbs and hates Todd Packer? This guy!”

    I might just skip this episode.

  3. I loved Todd Packer in classic, emmy-worthy office (seasons 2 through kinda-sorta 4). The inappropriate travelling saleman who shows up now and again to a mix of delight and chagrin! Perfect…

    But…his character is like alcohol. A little bit here and there is fun, but have too much, and you’ll end up hung over. I hope this episode is hilarious but not a bridge to a permanent series role. That would be a mistake. They use him correctly now and they’ve already taken great characters and made them devoid of their original hilarity.

  4. What’s up ma nerds?

    Who is going to enjoy this episode of the Office?
    THIS GUY!

    Would love for Packer to take over for Michael

  5. I would keel over if Todd Packer took over– like, I don’t know if I could watch– but I’m bubbling with excitement over the funny that this episode could bring.

  6. To all the Packers haters… The point of Todd Packer is that he is an obnoxious character. Ricky Gervais has stated that in the original version, there were two people we shouldn’t like, Neil (who’s David Brent’s boss in series 2) and Chris “Finchy” Finch, the base for Todd Packer.
    “Finch is a bully, he’s one of those people who comes into a room and takes a piss out of someone else, and you laugh, but really you know it’s your turn next.”

    Finch was very prominent in the original version (he’s featured in half the episodes) and his character brought almost as many uncomfortable laughters as David Brent. But the humor of the character would never test well on an American network (especially if you have to bleep most of his lines) and unfortunately (?), Todd Packer is a watered down version that was much less importance to the situations and that didn’t even appear in an episode between 2007 and 2010. Can they redefine Packer and make him the new boss? I have no idea.
    Incidentally, the interview I quote comes from the Onion AV Club, which was the previous gig of episode writer Amelie Gillette.

  7. I hate Todd Packer and I’m always upset when I see David Koechner (Whammy!) in good movies. His comedy is so…fart-jokey. I almost don’t want to watch this episode.

  8. Finally!!!!! We have a real Packer episode here!!!!! And for the first time, we’re gonna have my real favorite characters, Pam and Andy, mano a mano!!!!!

  9. @ #10 Ramy: HAHA! What?! I don’t get that comparison (are you saying Todd Packer is ageless?), but I like it.

  10. He’s a recurring character who we don’t know too much about, and now in the final season (Well not really but pretty much), we get an episode devoted to him a la “Ab Aeterno”.

  11. I actually hope he stays for a few episodes, at least until Will Ferrell shows up – then all we’ll need is Paul Rudd and life will be perfect!

  12. ‎”Halpert! Tall, queer, handsome as ever. Hey everyone look I’m Jim!” Haha gotta love Packer.

  13. I always found everyone’s reactions to Packer much funnier than the actual character. Their chagrin at having him work with them is going to be good, but I’m not sure a whole episode dedicated to him will be my thing. As Angie (#12) said, small doses are best.

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