The Office: Trivia, 8.11

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The Office: Trivia

Writer: Steve Hely, Director: B.J. Novak

Summary (NBC): Andy tries to find a way to meet his goal of doubling sales — when Oscar joins a trivia night contest, Andy decides to get the whole office involved. Meanwhile, Dwight visits Sabre headquarters to explore other job opportunities.

The Office Trivia extras

The Office Trivia rating

In a poll conducted January 12-16, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.28/10

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The Office Trivia quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster. :)

Jim’s sheet of paper: “We’re on the longest silent streak in office history! Nobody has said anything in… 14 min!”

Oscar: You really have to say “oh yeah” every time you eat a candy bar?

Andy: There is an infinity of things that you can do with paper!

Andy: Let’s get high on our own supply!

Dwight: Animals, machines, vast virtual armies. All of these things I’ve successfully managed. The only thing I haven’t managed is people.

Dwight: Like a Spanish conquistador, I have come to Florida to claim what is rightfully mine.

Dwight: I’m not here to be given anything. I’m here to take what is mine.

Dwight: Surrounded by shrubbery. Like a squirrel’s office.

Robert: I don’t know what’s worse, the trip or the destination.

Oscar: Tonight is Triviacalypse.

Darryl: You just made a good idea, a great idea.

Gabe: Not just bagels. All unwanted problems.

Gabe: I am the toilet of this office.

Dwight: God bless you. You are an American classic.

Gabe: C.E.O. to C.O.O. What a difference a letter makes.

Gabe: Hallway phone, Gabe Lewis speaking.

Andy: I’m willing to try anything. Not anything.

Andy: We need an A team, a backup team, and a just have fun team.

Creed: Let’s reverse engineer this. You’re a black singer. Where do you go somewhere where you’re a novelty? Alaska?

Erin: Dogs, canes, signs, manholes, stairs. Piano, darkness.

Kevin’s sign: What is SEE-attle

Jim: Shawn Marion.
Darryl: Yes. Shawn Marion.
Ryan: That doesn’t sound right. I want to say Ladamian Washington.
Jim: Wrong. For so many reasons.

Kelly: It’s Lamar Odom.

Dwight: You’re a perfectly fine toilet. I’m just an extraordinary piece of crap.

Trivia contest host: I’m sure you’re just checking your Grindr account.

Ryan: I can’t not touch it. I want to be with my phone.

Trivia team names
Queerenstein Bears
Joey Triviani
Impish Impresarios
Two Broke Dorks
Jason So-Goy-Kiss
Ladies Gaga
Aesop’s Foibles
Lawrence O-Trivier

Erin: I did my part, babe. I’m just the bell girl.

Robert: I could go to the gym three times a week, or I could wrestle Stu once a month.

Robert: Florida is America’s basement.

Trivia contest host: This 2001 masterpiece from Gilles Paquet-Brenner explores the intricate dynamics of a family in disarray.
Oscar (en fran├žais): It’s the film Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly).
Kevin: Les Jolies Choses (Pretty Things). Marion Cotillard exposes herself a number of times in that film.

Dwight: It’s a job interview, not a flea market.

Kevin: A fluke is owned of the most common fish in the sea. So if you go fishing for a fluke, chances are, you might just catch one.

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  1. Now, this episode sounds like a classic…we’ll finally get to see the Sabre Headquarters, and Dwight gets his own story. Good times!! :)

  2. Sounds like a good one! Hope the momentum is carried over from the Christmas episode, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Of course, I thought Lotto sounded like a good one too, so we’ll see.

  3. Didn’t we already have this same scenerio in The Incentive? I swear they doubled their sales that day in order for Andy to get the tattoo. I’m so ready for an episode to be listed without Andy being the center.

  4. Good to hear they’re finally showing Sabre Headquarters. I felt that the corporate setting was really lost for the last two seasons even with Robert coming in and out. I’m also interested to see what the writers are going to do with Dwight and the trivia contest sounds like it can yield some hilarious moments. Can’t wait!

  5. Asturn, I know many who thought “Lotto” sounded like it was going to be lame, but ended up loving it…other than the Christmas ep there seems to be no consensus this season.

  6. I hope this doesn’t mean Dwight is leaving the show too…

    He needs to be on when this show ends for good. Don’t pull a Steve Carell.

  7. I’ve noticed over the years that the U.S. series usually only swipes from the British version about once per season … could “Trivia” be this year’s swipe? There was a whole episode of the U.K. series about a trivia contest.

  8. Wow Anne! That’s so cool, and it does sound like a classic episode. When they film do they actually do it with one camera from 2 different angles at different times or are there 2? Just something I’ve always wondered.

  9. This episode is one of the best episodes of the season!
    Such a great ensemble episode and everyone is great!
    Upset Pam and Angela aren’t there, but it’s still a hilarious episode. Dwight and Gabe subplot is so funny!
    Loved the cold open too. Just thought it was a little ruined by Andy’s over-the-top charades.
    Still such a great episode! 9/10

  10. Definitely not the best episode. I’m SO tired of everyone being the opposite of themselves. Take Jim for example.. why did he leave is wife, who JUST had a baby, and CeCe who’s only two years old home while he went to a bar with his coworkers? Doesn’t sound like something season 1,2,3,4,5 Jim would’ve done. The cold open was the only part of the episode I actually enjoyed. :(

  11. Steve Carell was made a cameo as a member of the queerenstein bears. Only once he is shown for a brief second though. NO JOKE

  12. I thought it was a good episode. Loved Dwight twisting Gabe’s arm around and demanding he take him to robert. Thought the rest of the cast did a good job. Yes, no Pam sucks, but I’m guessing she’ll be back after the “pool party” episode.

  13. I think the minimal screen time of Robert California really helped. Felt like the cast was able to breathe a bit more and be like themselves.

  14. Just can’t let it go that Pam’s ignored again. Even if Jenna isn’t seen or heard (which I get and have no problem with) Jim should still acknowledge her existence. Driving off to Philly without even a thought to his wife and infant son and toddler daughter defies belief to me. Snip that fact out of my brain and it’s not a bad episode. But I just can’t accept the premise.

  15. I hated the lack of Pam, but Kevin was SO quality in this episode. “SEE-attle.”
    That’s all that needs to be said.

  16. I agree Robert, it’s pretty ridiculous that a major character like Pam has been so easily ignored. It’s so anti everything this show once was for me.

  17. I kind of felt sorry for Dwight but I’m glad he’s still got that ambition it really brings out the funny in him. Also good on the writers to finally explain why Robert and Gabe are always in Scranton. That aside I thought the trivia was really funny although it was kind of obvious that the Einsteins would win. Also, can anyone confirm that Steve Carell did a cameo this episode because that Queerestein Bear member looked liked him?

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