The Office: WUPHF.COM, 7.09

The Office Wuphf

W: Aaron Shure, D: Danny Leiner

Summary (NBC): More than money is at stake as Michael helps charm people into investing in Ryan’s internet company. Dwight capitalizes on both the Thanksgiving holiday and his childhood memories by creating a hay festival in the parking lot, while Jim discovers that a new Dunder Mifflin policy prevents him from earning commission. Guest stars: Kathy Bates, Jack Coleman. Part of NBC’s Green Week November 14-21, 2010.

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The Office WUPHF.COM trivia

Rating

In a poll conducted November 18-22, 2010, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.66/10

The Office WUPHF.COM quotes

Dwight: Everyone, follow me to the shelter. We’ve got enough food for 14 days. After that, we have a difficult conversation.

Michael: Okay, moving backwards, our IT guys have been Glasses, Turban, Ear Hair, Fatty 3, Shorts, Fatty 2, Lozenge, and Fatso.

Kevin: Big Boobs?
Meredith: Drama Queen?
Angela: Nosy?

Dwight: Try “big boobs” with a “z.”

Ryan: When you send a Wuphf, it goes to your home phone, cell phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, and home screen. All at the same time.

Erin: I don’t want to be a lousy snitch.

Pam: Hey, I married Jim, I’ve done my part for the nice guy. Now I want a bedroom set.

Michael: Don’t you work here full time?

Dwight: This is good hay. Yeah. This is the good stuff. Mattress quality.

Dwight: Every fall, growing up, my Uncle Eldred used to build us a maze out of hay bales for us kids to play in. We called it Hay Place. Eldred called it Hay World.

Dwight: Welcome to Hay Place. A place for hay.

Dwight: The petting zoo closes at 2 and the goat roast is at 3!

Angela: I’m kind of in the mood for a roll in the hay.

Dwight: I’ve got half an hour during lunch in between the historical reenactment of the Dunmore farm slaughters and the onion boil.

Dwight: Those are show bales, not play bales!

Jim: If I can make mushed carrots seem better than a boob, I can pretty much sell anything.

Kevin: I’m pretty sure I timesed it right.

Jim: A commission cap takes away my incentive to sell.

Gabe: When you’re dealing with a large organization, sometimes you have to put up with policies you don’t like. I wish my gym didn’t allow full nudity in the locker room. Seeing these old guys walking around naked feels almost passive-aggressive. But I deal with it. ‘Cause it’s policy.

Gabe: Think about your commission cap as a naked old man in a gym locker room.

Kevin: You had me at sex.
Michael: Pervert.

Stanley: Yes, I have a dream. And it’s not some MLK dream for equality. I want to own a decommissioned lighthouse. And I want to live at the top. And nobody knows I live there. And there’s a button that I can press. And launch that lighthouse into space.

Phyllis: Oh god. Hold on to your wallets, ladies.

Ryan: It’s not a digital rape whistle. WUPHF is about fun! Fun, communication, connection.

Dwight: I always wanted to be Hay King. But the world shines on Mose.

Ryan: What’s up with all the hotties in the WUPHF shirts?

Ryan: The first lesson of Silicon Valley, actually, is that you only think about the user. The experience. You actually don’t think about the money. Ever.

Ryan: I help you with your things, and you help me with my things.

Angela: Instead of Hay Place, it should be Pay Place.

Angela: We can celebrate Thanksgiving-Me-Your-Money Day.

Michael: Can’t talk, saving the planet, saving the planet.
Pam: Oh, we don’t recycle.
Michael: We don’t? Well why have I been separating the trash into whites and colors?

Michael: You may be right. I may be crazy.
Pam: Don’t.

Meredith: Hey, back off. It’s Solitaire.

Creed: How far can you reach those lovely long arms of yours?

Creed: How long can you hold that pretty little breath of yours?

Ryan: I have nothing but ideas.

Ryan: I know I’ve tapped you so hard.
Michael: Yes, you have tapped this. Hard.

Dwight: I am your Hay King. All hail your Hay King!

Dwight: Did I truck 300 bales of hay to a parking lot to rectify some childhood disappointment? Yes.

Darryl: Consider it a WUPHF in person.

Darryl: It’s not that we don’t believe in the company. We don’t believe in you.

Michael: I do not agree to sell, which is to say, nay.

Darryl: What is wrong with you? What happened to you in high school?

Michael: I would rather go broke betting on my people than get rich all by myself on some island like a castaway. And there is no middle ground.

Michael: The world sends people your way. Ryan came to me through a temp agency. Andy was transferred here. No idea where Creed came from. The point is, you just have to play with the cards that you’re dealt. Jim, that guy is an ace. Dwight is my king up my sleeve. Phyllis is my old maid. Oscar is my queen. That’s easy. Give me a hard one. That’s what Oscar said. Toby is the instruction card you throw away. Pam’s a solid seven. And yeah, you know what? Ryan is probably, like a two. But sometimes twos can be wild. So watch out. I am obviously the joker.

Ryan: Decided to sell company. Thanks, bro. Hell of a ride.

72 thoughts on “The Office: WUPHF.COM, 7.09”

  1. 71 comments and no one has mentioned Erin’s “everyone was getting their driver’s license” line? So weird and so good.

  2. I hope to see Dwight swoon a bit for Angela in the future. They are perfect, but need to be together as equals. The baby contract made Angela appear as somewhat desperate. Now it will be Dwight’s turn to step it up and get his woman, who’s “evil like a hobbit” back!

  3. @56: I don’t think Jim was acting immature, I think he wasn’t sure what to do with himself when he had no incentive to work anymore. I worked in a sales position with no commissions and not only did making sales not help me, it created MORE work for me to handle. It’s an extremely dissatisfying position when there are no incentives to do work only to create additional work for yourself.

    @65/67: I don’t think Jim actually re-edited the book. I think he combed the book to make the call to Gabe sound authentic and then made him sit through the entire original book that truly wasn’t changed at all. At least that’s what I took from it, and that’s the funniest part in my mind – thinking of Gabe closing the back cover and wondering what Jo was talking about, since what she just read to him on the phone was exactly the same as what he was reading.

  4. Nice episode! a little more balanced than others, and back again are the good Jim pranks!

    @ 54. Ginger – just wait for the deleted scenes; i’m sure that whole Jo investing thing will turn up soon

  5. Does anyone else think that the guy Angela met is like a Bizarro Dwight? A more “regular guy” Dwight. His delivery was very similar to Dwight’s and wore the same earth tones (if I recall correctly) that Dwight typically wears, but seemed like a normal guy. Anyone else on board with this? I’m also glad and hopeful that the contract is done with.

  6. 65:

    Jim re-edited Jo’s book on tape and played it over the phone. He made Gabe sit there and listen to her entire book, thinking it was really Jo on the phone.

  7. Thought this episode was pretty good, but Michael’s talking head at the end was amazing. “Toby is the instruction card you throw away” and “No idea where Creed came from” made me burst out laughing. The cold open was also great.

  8. It was great to see an episode in which Michael isn’t completely childish and ruins everything. IMO, this season has really been unkind to him. For me, the best part about Michael’s character is the many outstanding and redeeming qualities he has. For example, he does actually care about his employees as much as himself (i.e being the only one who shows up for Pam’s art show and say something kind a few seasons back). Michael’s final talking head when he makes the office members as playing cards metaphor was priceless.

  9. I liked it, especially Michael’s speech at the end. Happy that the baby contract is over. Hopefully Angela’s not PG and will move on to a man who actually likes her. Also happy that the focus was off Erin/Andy/Gabe. The plug needs to be pulled on that storyline. It’s a pathetic rip-off of the Jim/Pam/Roy (and later Karen) office romance scenario. Anytime Dwight talks about his childhood it makes me laugh.

    Kudos to snarky Ryan and airhead Kelly for being funny this whole season! Don’t ever change them…

  10. Thought this was just ordinary. Jim and Dwight’s plots were really dull. And yes, the sex contract wasn’t very good, but this new guy for Angela looks even more boring. The writers are trying to recapture the JAM magic with Andy/Erin and Dwight/Angela, but it’s not inspiring at all. Especialy Dwangela – we’ve been there, done that (that’s what she said). The WUPHF plot was good enough, but you feel they’re scraping the barrel a bit. What’s next? An episode devoted to David Wallace’s ‘Suck It’?

    Good bits: Laughed out loud at Ryan handling Kelly, and Erin’s anger at Ryan. Pam’s heart to heart with Michael had that good ol’ Office depth and heart.

  11. Very nice episode. Calm and hilarious as always. Love Jim’s prank on Gabe. Erin is so cute in this episode.

  12. This episode was just so-so for me. There were of course some good zingers but overall it was not one of the best. I was wondering if Creed asking Jim to hold out his arms and hold his breath was in relation to Creed’s scuba diving. I’m looking forward to the Christmas episode, always a highlight every season.

  13. #56:

    I don’t know about that. Ryan’s ideas/time at Dunder Mifflin corporate were pretty much a disaster.

  14. Loved this episode.
    Pros: Some great moments. “What happened to you in high school?” “Toby is an instruction card that you throw away.” “No idea where Creed came from.” Cold open was great and very solid plot and sub-plot.
    Cons: The new Ryan is so much different than Temp Ryan/Business School Ryan that would have had some sort of an idea of what to do with his company and Jim seemed a little immature(did love the end prank though)

  15. Good epi, but I thought Michael was supposed to have tried to get Jo to invest.

    And after hearing Gabe’s rant, I was soooo hoping for Jim to be wearing just a tie, if you get the drift.

  16. Wow. Where has that been the last couple of episodes? Easily in my top 3 for the season. The best part? No more of that dumb Dwight-Angela contract. That was dragged out WAY too long and was just cartoonish. The cold open was one of the better ones in a while as well.

  17. I am so glad Angela put an end to the baby contract, she was being demeaned as a woman and I think this might make Dwight realise what he had before he lost it.

  18. I also thought the little subplot with Erin being so irritated about the color printer was hilarious. She gave an awesome angry look to the camera.

    [from tanster: i thought so, too! loved it. erin gives a great death stare.]

  19. Reading all the comments surprised me. Maybe I’m alone in my below average rating?? I just thought the whole Dwight Hay Day was a little random and sorta dumb. A big YAWN to Dwangela’s contract. Hope it’s gone for good. Ryan was his old on-crack self. Where did THAT come from?? It was a mish mash of events .. Creed being the only breath of fresh air. He seems to be getting more screen time and it’s about time. Now HE’s got an interesting story behind him that I’d like to know more about.

  20. Thank God that whole baby contract storyline is over with. I hope we never hear of it again. Terrible idea from the beginning and it made Angela into a completely unrecognizable character.

    The rest of the episode was in top form. I, too, was worried after the first few episodes of the season that this show had completely lost what made it so wonderful. Episodes like last night make me realize they still have it in them somewhere. Here’s hoping they bring it out more often.

  21. CKGfan: He can’t transfer them to Pam because she’s not in Sales anymore. She’s the Office Administrator.

    Loved this episode. From beginning to end – it was great. :)

  22. It seems Jack Coleman has gone from one paper company to another! Now if he became the new traveling salesman instead of Tim Olyphant, I think I’d approve more!

  23. This had to be one of the best episodes this season. It kind of was like one of the old episodes. Jim pranked someone, Dwight crowned himself as hayking, Pam talked to Michael about Wuphf.com. I loved it:)

  24. The password exchange in the cold open, especially the guesses after they remember Pam was really offended made me laugh a lot. Really a solid episode that managed to be funny while also moving the Michael story forward which has been a bit problematic this season. I’m guessing Jim and Pam have made enough money this year to both hit the commission cap and let Pam invest in WUPHF.com. You’d think after Ryan’s basketball scam from last year Pam would know better.

  25. I’m worried i’m going to burst out crying at school today because Angela ended the contract. It seriously just ruined my whole day and possibly weekend. Is this the end of Dwangela? And now we won’t be able to find out for two weeks, unless they don’t talk about it in the next episode, then it would be even longer. That’s what Oscar said. :'(

  26. I just spent the last two weeks watching the entire series (I had seen just two episodes since the show premiered five years ago), and this is the first one I actually saw when it aired. My loser status with this show has been verified, but that feels like such an accomplishment nonetheless! What a great episode to start this new trend with, too!

  27. I don’t know why, but I cannot stand Ryan! If someone like that was in my office, I would probably go nuts. On the brighter side, Kevin and Creed were insane in this episode, I was laughing out loud every time they said something!

  28. Remember the whole scenario after the takeover when Jim and Michael were fighting over who was going to be the manager? Now why did they both end up wanting to be a salesman? Was it because commission was capped, or was it that it was uncapped?

  29. Really funny episode. Loved Jim’s pranking Gabe. Did anyone else notice the picture on Pam’s desk of her, Jim and Cece dressed up in their Halloween outfits? How cute!

    Creeds interaction with anyone is great. Really enjoyed seeing Darryl manhandle Ryan.

  30. I found the ending really, really, really, funny, but otherwise, the episode wasn’t that amazing. It was above satisfactory, to say the least.

  31. “Toby is the instruction card you throw away”

    That is officially one of my all time favorite lines.
    And Michael’s final TH was perfection. Also one of the VERY best to date. It was hilarious, touching and sentimental. Bravo!

  32. Solid episode, through and through. Definitely one of my favorites of this season. I’ve always enjoyed the interaction between Michael and Ryan, so to see those two together (even if it resulted in a bit of a realization for Michael) was great. I admit I wasn’t all too sure about this episode going in, but overall I enjoyed it. Always glad to see less-serious Jim around the office; the end with Gabe was hilarious, I thought. Gabe is a fine alternative to simply pranking Dwight time and time again – although I suspect Jim better tread carefully, considering Gabe’s his “superior”. All in all, a great episode!

  33. WUPHF.com: Another “C” episode in an “C” season.

    “A” to Angela finding some adult, normal man to speak to. Boring sex contract void. Breath of fresh plot air!

    “A” to Ryan and his dreams of success. Zany, self-absorbed, narcissistic, dreamer, bumbling schemer-the All-American Dream. Michael’s worthy successor.

    “C” to Gabe. Average in every respect-no more, no less.

    “D” to anything Michael now does. Spinning wheels. Plot over & his character has become a caricature. Give him his gold watch & let’s move on.

    “F” to Dwight. Hay King nonsense-Borderline mental child abuser. Predictably amoral. Authoritative, misogynistic. Now more plot device than a person.

    “D” for anything Kevin does or says. Lost in maze-sad, not funny. Treated by co-workers as mentally challenged.

    “C” to Pam. Now relegated to either boring banter with Jim or motherly chats with Michael. Pam once had fire. Now she’s just a smoldering campsite. Ryan & Pam sparkle together-give them a major plot.

    “C” to Jim. Dull, slacker, prankster, going nowhere fast. No longer charming or romantic. Just a salesman who spends all day pranking a tape recording. Haven’t laughed at Jim in years!

    “B” to Andy NOT singing!

  34. chris, I agree- I couldn’t understand why Jim didn’t just attribute his commissions to Pam. And also, it’s often been established that Dwight’s sales are higher than Jim’s, so why haven’t we heard more about the commissions cap from Dwight? Has he had a dip in sales due to his preoccupation with running the building?

    This one point notwithstanding, I really enjoyed this episode. I think that I’m going to be wondering why Creed wanted Jim to hold his breath and stretch out his long arms almost as much as I wonder why Creed needed three chairs…

  35. Darryl: “What happened to you in high school?”

    Michael: “That’s what Oscar said.”

    And we got a Mose shout-out!

  36. Agree with jimbo slice: This episode marks a milestone in Michael’s character growth, which is happening because the episodes are leading up to his exit. :o(

    Lots of good things to enjoy in the episode: Erin growing a spine in the office as demonstrated by her commitment to her responsibilities in the office and her vocal resentment at how Ryan was using office equipment to do personal business; Jim turning the annoying Gabe into the object of his pranks; Ryan getting called out on his BS by Andy, Stanley, Darryl and Pam; and Dwight and Angela reaching a turning point in their relationship/contractual arrangement.

    Lots of great one liners and solid performances. Well done, Show!

  37. Aaron Shure! Aaron Shure! Way to go – what a great episode! I thoroughly enjoyed this. There’s something so tragic and funny and sweet and desperately bad about the Michael and Ryan combo. And loved Jim’s “Jo phone call” prank on Gabe – amazing!

  38. Although, in retrospect, I’m worried that Dwangela is ending for good. I know it’s been rocky and barely there for a long time now, but the idea that they’re both interested in other people is sad, because I’ve always supported them.

  39. This episode went by amazingly fast, and I really enjoyed it! I especially loved the characterizations; I felt they were more subdued than they have been in a few other episodes this season, and far more so than season six.

    I laughed out loud plenty of times, but most memorably at Dwight’s hay crown (which kind of reminded me of “Christmas Party” where the talking head expands to fit all of Dwight’s elf hat in the shot) and Michael’s line about not knowing where Creed came from.

  40. -Hay world!

    -Bigboobz

    -but the world shines on Mose

    -If I can make mush carrots seem better than a boob…

    -…and it can launch the lighthouse into the space!

    -Washington University of Public Health Fund.

    -Thanksgivingme-your-money-day

    xD

  41. Very solid episode. What I enjoyed most were the Pam and Michael interactions. They have such a funny, but yet tender relationship. I like how Pam knows him so well and can talk to him in a way that reaches him. I’m really going to miss their dynamic when Michael’s gone.

    Also, loved Jim’s prank on Gabe, top notch. And finally, way to go Angela on cancelling that contract, I was growing weary of that storyline.

  42. Fantastic from start to finish! I thought it had the most old-school type feel of any episode so far. There wasn’t one moment i didn’t enjoy. “That’s what Oscar said” and Jim’s TH about the carrots was amazing. So was his little yelp and the “gay bastard” tag. Really enjoyed Michael facing reality with the help of Pam. Michael/Ryan are so painful so watch yet always enjoyable. Dwight talking about the quality hay and show bales reminded me of the money beets.

    And the cold open was absolutely hilarious. Awesome!

  43. My hopes in this season have been restored after 2 down weeks.

    I agree with jimbo slice – it was a funny episode but more than that it was a very important episode.

    This episode set the stage for a lot of things to change and, most importantly for the Office at this stage, it set the scene for Jim to finally finish the management arc and return to prankster Jim, which has been sorely missing for some time now.

  44. Very enjoyable episode. And I loved Jim’s yelp of joy when he made another sale– so outside of his calm demeanor!

  45. This one ended up much better than I thought it would. I loved Jim’s give up without sales commission and nailing Gabe at the end. Angela ended the contract. The cold open with the server password was great. And tons of Pam. You can never go wrong with tons of Pam <3 <3

  46. The Office stayed in the office and guess what? I actually liked the episode! I don’t know why I can’t get into a lot of the episodes that don’t take place in the Scranton Industrial Park.

  47. eh.

    while i like pranking jim, i did not like immature jim. farting noises with his mouth? really jim? REALLY?!

    loved his talking head about “selling” carrots to cece, though.

    i’m liking the new guy for angela, too.

  48. Pretty freakin’ amazing episode!!!!! Absolutely awesome!!!!! I loved all the scenes in it. Jim being kinda shunned by everybody and finally pulling a prank on Gabe by the end of the episode, was funny. Dwight’s scenes with his hay world were great, too. So was Angela’s encounter with Jack Coleman’s character. And Kevin getting lost in the maze, was pretty damn funny too. The Michael/Ryan/Pam/Andy/Stanley/Darryl sequence was definitely spectacular. Wuphf!

  49. Wow, that was solid from start to finish. Probably the closest to “old school” Office we’ve seen this year. All hail the Hay King!

  50. It was a good episode! The episode was unrealistic with the hay stuff, but I thought it was funny. It was another solid episode. If the season can stay like this for the rest of the year with a few glimpses of genius, we have a season that is the best since Season 4.

  51. I thought this one was okay. The premise of Jim maxing out on his commissions seems funny enough, but if money is tight why wouldn’t he just make the sales and give Pam the credit (I assume she’s still in sales in addition to her role as office administrator).

    Since when did they quit recycling? What happened to Recyclops? Although Michael’s line about dividing into whites and colors was great.

    I like the new romantic interest for Angela.

    I’m glad Michael’s finally realized some things about Ryan. It took long enough. And I’m glad we found out the inspiration for WUPHF. That was clever. Michael pulled out a mini-Broke like performance with Ryan.

    My problem: Paul Lieberstein said the first half of the season would be a celebration of Michael Scott. But it seems like we’re treading water with Michael until Holly returns. He just keeps getting whacked over the head with realizations about people and his life. It’s getting a bit repetitive.

  52. Ryan and Michael are always so hard to watch because of the unrequited affection on Michael’s end. I’m just relieved it had a (sort of) happy ending. It wasn’t particularly funny, but I love watching their “relationship” so much it’s definitely been the best episode of the season for me, by far.

    Seeing slacker/prankster Jim and Kevin running around the maze didn’t hurt either.

  53. Great episode. The Dwight Hay King stuff was a little distarcting but the Michael/ Ryan was a pure joy to watch. It was great to see some of Michael’s hero worship issues with Ryan resolved.

  54. FIRST THOUGHTS:

    – Great episode! Loved it all!
    – Classical Dwight crowning himself King and the needle in a hay stack..
    – The cold open was funny..
    – Kevin gets lost.
    – Angela’s new romance?
    – Ryan’s business. Michael sort of getting over his man crush on Ryan.
    – Michael telling us what thinks about his co-workers.
    – And of course.. Jim’s goofing and prank on Gabe!

    Great episode all together

  55. Being Canadian, I’m always thrown off by the Thanksgiving theme days aired on nearly every channel more than a month after I’ve celebrated it. :P

    This episode looks like it’ll be a lot of fun! Just the word “wuphf” makes me laugh every time I see it.

  56. Jo being around for an episode focusing on Ryan’s shenanigans doesn’t bode well for him, especially if “more than money is at stake”.

    I hope I’m wrong :(

  57. @Ryan The Office is still Dunder Mifflin, it is just known as Dunder Mifflin Sabre. The company is still bought out.

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