The Office: Welcome Party, 8.20

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Writer: Steve Hely, Director: Ed Helms

Summary (NBC): the office plans a welcome party for Nellie — Robert makes the office throw a welcome party for Nellie, and the party planners try to sabotage it. Meanwhile, Andy and Erin practice how Andy will break up with Jessica. Guest stars: James Spader, Catherine Tate, Eleanor Siegler.

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The Office Welcome Party rating

In a poll conducted April 12-16, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 6.38/10

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The Office Welcome Party quotes

Manually transcribed by tanster :)

Jim: “Glad they didn’t mix up your tonsillectomy with a mustachectomy.”

Jim: Stanley doesn’t have a mustache.

Jim: The man’s worked here for 25 years. How can none of us picture his face?

Dwight: Neither of those looks like any person that has ever existed or been dreamt of in the history of human insanity.

Robert: “Good morning, Robert,” says no one, because the receptionist is in Florida.

Robert: Is this a video conference you’re having with Drake featuring Swizz Beatz?

Robert: I’ve never believed willpower was very important in a woman.

Nellie: No offense, but are there a lot of Irish people living around here?

Nellie: Ay caramba! The natives are getting restless!

Erin: I knew you as a lover, and I’ll remember you as a gentleman.

Dwight: Don’t listen to Jim. Have you ever seen him play Tetris? “Oh, I think I’ll just use this line horizontally.”

Dwight: Watch the great Schrutini work his magic.

Nellie: Nothing is more repellant than magicians.

Jim: Just haulin’ cube with Dwight.

Dwight: I wonder if king sized sheets are called presidential sized in England. I really should have a Tweeter account.

Jim: “Nellie, don’t open stupid. Love, Nellie.”

Nellie: I see you’ve discovered Benjamin. That’s what I call my box full of photos of Henry.

Dwight: If it would help you to forget, I could hit you in the brainstem with this candlestick.

Phyllis: We’re not stopping this train, so get off the tracks.

Andy: Do you want a gummy penis?

Darryl: Andy was Jellyroll, Mike was Dennis the Menace, Ryan was douchebag…
Ryan: That’s not a code name. That’s just an insult.
Oscar: Plus everyone would know who you meant.
Ryan: Yeah.

Creed: Everybody get comfy now. This first song’s over a half hour long.

Creed: Best gig ever. They ask me to play only originals. I said, have you heard my originals? They’re terrible. They said, even better. I said, I get it. It’s an ironic party for Nellie.

Andy: Super honesty time. I’m gay.

Andy: I had to imagine I was in a steam room with John Stamos.

All: We hate Pam! We hate Pam! We hate Pam! We hate Pam!

Erin: I feel really tired. Probably from seeing that turkey when we drove by the farm.

Magician: No hablo el cardo, seƱor?

Robert: Why is Jim treating the magician poorly?

Kevin: You think this is a great party? This cake has vegetables in it! Like a salad bar, Robert.

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  1. Well it looks like the Andy/Erin arc is going strong after Get The Girl…not really looking forward to it, but hopefully the writers have learned how to make these two interesting

  2. The way Andy & Erin crashed and burned in “Secretary’s Day” was one of the low points of an angry, brutal, mostly unfunny 6th season. I really hope that, whatever else happens, they write their reunion without any cake being thrown!

  3. @2 Ben, really? I thought Secretary Day was the best episode ever. It had so much anticipation, so much joy, so much anger, and so much fun!

    I seriously doubt a cake will be thrown again, LOL.

    What are they welcoming anyway in this episode?

  4. I don’t get this arc anyways. Erin and Andy were together for like 2 months. She leaves for Gabe. Now she’s obsessed with him like 2 years later. Jim and Pam in 2-3 were relatable. Erin is just a weirdo stalker.

  5. Whoa there… is Nellie the manager? And the Andy/Erin thing is a HUGE spoiler!

  6. @pete

    I thought the way they broke up had a big plot hole about it. Erin broke up with Andy because he didn’t tell her about Angela, but if you watch that episode again, you’ll see that no one bothers to mention that Angela had been cheating on him for months with Dwight, not even Andy.

  7. @ASFan, the fact that nobody mentions that Angela cheated on Andy is besides the point. Erin breaks up with Andy because she finds out he had been engaged to another woman in the office, a woman they both still work with, and he never bothered to tell her. Also, the whole point of the lunch with Michael was to highlight how insecure Erin was, and how she has huge trust issues. In her mind, Andy keeping something from her is the same as cheating.

  8. @ASFan,

    I have always wondered about that, too, because I thought that if Erin had known what Andy went through, she might have softened a bit. But, her issue was the fact that he was in a serious, committed relationship for a year and she didn’t know about it. Also, I believe she was pretty disturbed by the fact that he’d had sex with Angela (Erin was pretty innocent, after all).

  9. @ASFan, yes, the way they broke up had a big plot hole.

    @Pete, I think there will be a cake for the welcome party. But I am not sure whether Jessica will throw it.

  10. Their breakup was as contrived and ridiculous as the fact they haven’t managed to get back together for 2 years. The fact that they have written Erin to be so immature and dim makes Andy’s pursuit of her kind of creepy. The random relationships they’ve invented to keep them apart (Gabe and Jessica) feel tacked on and undeveloped and so are even less realistic than the Jim-Karen stuff of S3. All in all this “relationship” screams sitcom and not The Office.

  11. Jessie and darth scranton, excellent analysis! :-)

    Those are quite close to my views. Erin has definitely grown emotionally as a character. We will see how things unfold very soon.

    @4 Mose, Erin and Andy were together much longer. It was a love at first sight. They just did not know what to do about it. That is the fun part of the relationship.

  12. A welcome party for Nellie? Huh? It says she arrives to claim the manager position in “Get the Girl” doesn’t it? I truly hope that she doesn’t take center stage while Andy is pushed into purely Erin-centric stories. That would suck

  13. Well, I was cool with allowing C-Taters to play around in Tallahassee, but if this is implying she’s a regular in Scranton, it will be the final in a series of death nails the series has tried to use to get me to step away from it. Scrubs: Medical School…. meet the Office.

  14. I thought that Tate was hilarious in the Talahassee episode, but like Robert California, the writers may do well to keep her small and not let her overwhelm the show. The Strongest moments this season have involved the Jim/Dwight dynamic, the Jam cutesy stuff, Creed’s small, but Hilarious parts and Characters like Ryan, Andy, Darryl and Erin to have their moments. The show doesn’t need “star power” It was Steve Carell’s Talent, not his “star power” that made the show great when he was on it.

  15. @Roy’s Mugshot:

    Well, a creepy relationship isn’t unprecedented for Andy. Remember the episode where he and Jim went to a high school and discovered Andy had been unknowingly dating a high schooler?

  16. @emanon

    True, but I wasn’t expected to root for them to get together was I? Because that would be wrong.

  17. @Gunslinger – You are not alone.

    I disliked the “Nellie” character seconds after her appearance in Search Committee. The episodes featuring her this season have not helped. Just…blech. If it wasn’t for Dwight being in most of the scenes with her, I would’ve fast-forwarded. Praying that she does not become a ‘regular’ in Scranton. I can do fairly loveable annoying, like Erin, and funny dumb, like Kevin, and even crazy random Creed…but a wacko Nellie. No thanks.

    The Andy/Erin saga…it’s like the love story no one was wanting to be told. Let’s get it finished and get back to Dwight/Angela and their baby!

  18. @18 iheartDwight, I love Dwight too, but I am also a big fan of Erin/Andy. Frankly I do not want it done so soon. JAM got TWO 1-hour episodes for their wedding and first born. I want to see at least the same amount of coverage for Erin/Andy.

    Nellie does not bother me too much but I am starting to dislike Robert California, which is a shame because I am a big fan of James Spader.

  19. @pete, I don’t think Andy and Erin will ever get the same screen time as a couple as Jam. I don’t think the writers are as in love with them as they are with Jam – they’ve never gotten the same treatment. They’ve always been more of a comedy couple than a romantic one. I remember last year reading that one of the writers – I can’t remember who, but it might have been in a Q&A on this site – said that they’re not the same as Jam because Jim and Pam are soulmates, but it isn’t clear if a relationship between Andy and Erin would actually work. And even Ed Helms has said that the only thing they have in common is how weird they both are!

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