The Office: Work Bus, 9.04

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The Office: Work Bus

Writer: Brent Forrester, Director: Bryan Cranston

Summary (NBC): The office hits the road — when Jim convinces Dwight that the building is unsafe; Dwight rents a bus and sets up the office inside. Nellie asks for Andy’s help in adopting a baby. Meanwhile, Jim tries to make Pam happy with some pie. Directed by ‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston.

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The Office Work Bus rating

In a poll conducted October 18-22, 2012, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.86/10

See all The Office Season 9 ratings.

The Office Work Bus quotes

Andy: Can’t take the fail? Get out of the fail video!

Andy: Well, that’s all, folks! Ski ya later everybody!

Toby: You think I have a machine for measuring bee hives?

Andy: I was just asking a question, Toby. How are you not murdered every hour?

Dwight: It’s a wire, people. I’m not buying it a fur coat.

Andy: A baby what? A human?

Dwight: Statistical correlations exist between EMF radiation and various health hazards but mainstream studies are inconclusive.

Meredith: You better fix this! I already ditched my uterus and I ain’t losing any more good parts.

Clark: No, dude, I’m not. I’m not the tutorial.

Clark: So Creed is that dude’s stepdad?
Darryl: Correct.

Meredith: I’m not growing a third arm!

Dwight: Well sorry, Lucky Jimbo, I can live very happily in a magnetic field. Most of my childhood heroes got their powers that way.

Dwight: No nobbies, no probbies.

Dwight: Roll into the future. With Work Bus.

Dwight: A work bus is how tomorrow gets things done.

Erin: I never managed to get in the end zone. Not lovable maybe.

Nellie: He hates me. Thinks I’m a monster. Should go back to Loch Ness.

Stanley: Boy, I will hammer spank your rear.

Pam: You know what they say. Change is as good as a rest.

Dwight: Now you’re locked in a prison bus and your woman drips with beverage.

Andy: All right! The fat people have spoken!

Jim: Next stop: Laverne’s Pies Tires Fixed Also.

Darryl: Stop.
Clark: Come back.
Darryl: Too late.
Clark: Mmm.

All: Shabooya roll call. Shabooya, ya, ya, shabooya roll call.
Pam: My name is Pam.
All: Yeah.
Pam: I like to paint.
All: Yeah.
Pam: You think you’re better?
All: Yeah.
Pam: Oh no, you ain’t.
All: Roll call. Shabooya, ya, ya, shabooya roll call. Shabooya, ya, ya, shabooya roll call.
Kevin: My name is Kevin.
All: Yeah.
Kevin: That is my name.
All: Yeah.
Kevin: They call me Kevin.
All: Yeah.
Kevin: ‘Cause that’s my name.
All: Roll call. Shabooya, ya, ya, shabooya roll call. Shabooya, ya, ya, shabooya roll call.

Creed: Playing a little hooky from work today.

Nellie: I wish I could just wave a magic wand and make you a parentless 5-year old again. I would snap you up!

All: Next stop pies! Next stop pies!

Angela: So wait. When pies are involved, you can suddenly do math in your head?

Jim: What do we want?
All: Pies!
Jim: When do we want it?
All: Pies!

Kevin: Well now I don’t even feel like pie! Wait… no, it’s back.

Dwight: My trouser hives are void of honey.

Dwight: I had congress with Angela and the child that she bore did not issue from my loins.

Dwight: I thought I would be a father, and instead I am a eunuch. Neutered by my own building.

Nellie (reading Andy’s endorsement): “She’s tough in business, but tender with people she cares about. She’ll make a wonderful mother to any child who can overlook weird accents.”

Kevin: I insult you, Oscar.

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  1. The other episodes sounded awesome and let us down. This sounds crappy and will probably be awesome. Pie? Really?

  2. Gah…The season was off to such a great start with the first episode. I hope it doesn’t start to tank in quality with pointless plots.

  3. The premises only give the background to the emotional aspect of the show. What’s behind Jim making Pam pie? What are they going through? And why is Dwight so concerned with safety all of the sudden?

    I wouldn’t worry about “stupid” premises. Yeah, in season eight that’s what the episodes tended to be all about, but when they’re just set-ups for confrontations — as they have been thus far in this season — it’s very, very different.

  4. My guess is Jim’s secret business comes out in 5.03 and that’s what’s behind the whole pie thing in 5.04

  5. On the one hand, I’m relieved that the earlier description, saying ERIN was asking for Andy’s help in adopting, was inaccurate. Nellie doing that A) fits with the brief window into her sad life in “Turf War” and B) will put Andy in an interesting situation, since he loves the idea of familly but understandably loathes Nellie.
    On the other, sigh, the Jim & Pam description makes me think that we’re going into the arc part where Pam learns Jim made the business partner decision on his own and is pissed at him about it. So, pie? Cherry or apple? Ugh.

  6. “Jim tries to make Pam happy with pie” reminds me of him bringing her hot chocolate when she found out her mother was dating Michael. When he doesn’t know how else to fix what’s wrong, he’ll make these ineffectual attempts to cheer her up, he wants so badly for her to be happy. Since it’s mentioned a specific plotline, I’m assuming that something more happens than he brings her pie, she tells him where to go. I think this episode might be an example of taking an underlying serious problem and doing something humorous with it for a while. Whatever happens I think the episode will probably end with Jim realising it’s going to take a hell of a lot more than pie to set things right.

  7. I like to view The Office’s premises as short stories or novels. Anything literary. Yeah, it’s about Michael misinterpreting Diversity Day or forcing Oscar to come out or going into counselling with Toby, for example, but there’s usually an emotional theme behind it.* We all know that this show is silly but it’s never been Seinfeld re: total nihilism.

    * (Save a small handful of episodes where I’m fairly certain the writers came in high, concussed or just plain forgot to arrive at work that day. Either way, I don’t think this is the case here.)

  8. This sounds like the worst premise I’ve heard in a long time. This season has proven to me that time spent on Nellie is wasted time. I want her to go away, but at least wish she’d become more of a secondary character like Phyllis – giver her some focus here and there, allow her to add commentary, but don’t focus this many episode plots on her.

    Bryan Cranston directing is cool but about 1/2 the Breaking Bad cool factor I want. Where’s the petition to get Aaron Paul into a guest role? Bryan Cranston is on 30 Rock this year. Giancarlo Esposito will be on Community. Parks and Rec is getting Jonathan Banks. Where’s NBC’s love for Jessie, [obligatory] bitch?

    Oh well, here’s hoping it’s a fantastic episode.

  9. Look, I don’t rant on the internet like this very often. And yes, seasons 1-3 of the show are almost undeniably the best, but:

    Some of you are being way too critical. Without being biased, read/think about some of the plots from seasons 1-5…Nothing groundbreaking or immediately attractive about them. I for one really, really enjoyed “Andy’s Ancestry”; and ‘Andy learns that he is related to Michelle Obama’ didn’t appeal to me in the slightest, but I still went into the episode ready to laugh. Just watch the episodes and stop analyzing every word in a 2-3 sentence description. Ok, I’m done now, lol.

    A true Office fan

  10. @ Richard: Yeah where is Aaron Paul!! Can we just have Pinkman back in The Office selling to Creed!! (also don’t forget Dean Norris on Whitney (he can so do better))

  11. I always find it amusing when people overanalyze a 2 sentence plot summary. Just watch the episode, then react.

  12. Hey, here’s an idea…

    How about we just WATCH THE EPISODE and THEN give our opinions about it!

    Now is that so difficult…?

  13. Hah, I guess Bryan Cranston likes to work in big moving vehicles. Would be kind of awesome if that bus looked liked the old meth-rv.

  14. Lol at all the Breaking Bad jokes, but aside from that, after reading the premise and watching the promo, this could go either way. I won’t have my hopes up for this one; my hopes haven’t been high since season 7. Doesn’t sound good to me.

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