The Office: Lecture Circuit, Pt. 2, 5.17

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The Office Lecture Circuit

Writer: Mindy Kaling, Director: Ken Kwapis

Summary (NBC): Michael and Pam continue their tour of the branches with Michael taking a lesson from their visit to Utica. Dwight and Jim struggle to fulfill their new party planning duties with a grumpy staff. Second of two parts.

The Office Lecture Circuit Part 2 rating

In a poll conducted Feb. 12-16, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.14/10

The Office Lecture Circuit Part 2 quotes

Kevin: I didn’t eat lunch. I didn’t eat all my lunch.

Angela: This company still doesn’t recognize cat maternity.

Meredith: I had my second kid just for the vacation.

Dwight: Juvie … nile. Detention center.

Dwight: If she’s old enough to get married, she’s old enough to follow the law.

Kelly: Like Thelma and Louise, but with, like, a boat.

Jim: How do you hate it? It’s a cake.

Jim: Birthday.
Dwight: Frosting.
Kelly: Those aren’t themes. There’s always a theme.
Phyllis: There’s always a theme.

Kevin: That one ugly cat is humping Princess Lady!

Meredith: Yeah, I know fixed; that ain’t fixed.

Michael: Good morning, Viet … Nashua!

Pam: Sales is like a box of chocolates. You never know which vendor you’re gonna get.

Kevin: I was looking at pictures of food on my computer.

Oscar: The psychological issues that go behind licking a cat are not things I want to go into. Also I’m pretty sure she coughed up a hairball.

Michael: I stole a sleeve of her sweater.

Pam: What? I’m not in love with her.

Jim: I’m not writing “horse hunt.”

Jim: So far, our ideal party consists of beer, fights to the death, cupcakes, blood pudding, blood, touch football, mating, charades, and yes, horse hunting.

Jim: Okay, stop. Forever stop that story. That’s disgusting, and it doesn’t count.

Dwight: You know what’s even cooler than triceratops? Every other dinosaur that ever existed.

Kelly: You don’t hear a theme. You see it. Why is there a chiclet on my cake?

Creed: Bonnie Hunt is on.

Dwight: We’re going to be eating cake at our desks. Let’s go.

Kelly: I’m too excited to sleep.

Michael: We should go apologize to Roy or something.

Michael: Too fat. Big fat fatty.

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  1. The Michael storyline continued to be great. It also provided one of the most awkward moments I’ve ever seen, but in a good way. The Kelly storyline was okay, but I feel like the office itself isn’t as fun when Michael isn’t around. The Angela subplot, I’m not sure why they added, since it wasn’t in part 1. Just seemed unnecessary when they already had two plots set in motion.

    Did Holly’s “letter” remind anyone else of Jim’s letter in season 2? The one that never actually got delivered… but I think Pam sees some of herself in this situation and is trying to make it better. This could bite her back, though…

  2. I really wish the stylists would pay better attention to Pam’s hair. I like that they’ve started curling it, but it is so flat from the top of her head to her ears and then it gets curly. They should at least put it up or something!
    Also, does the length of Jim’s hair seem to be changing throughout the season or is that just me?

  3. Holly! I loved you! I can’t believe she could do that…I don’t want to believe she did that.

    But I have to say, I love the parallels between Pam comforting Michael and Jim comforting Dwight in the stairwell. It provided a great Jam moment of sorts even when they weren’t together.

  4. re: Pam’s hair

    I’ve actually heard them go into great detail about Pam’s hairstyles- trying to make “looks” for her that someone could do all by themselves, quick and easy, no frills. Her hair styles have always been… simple. On purpose. If it looked “great” then it wouldn’t look real- it’d look like 3 stylists did it.

    Anyway, great episode- the Michael/AJ exchange was PAINFULLY awkward.

  5. Everyone on the show was awesome tonight. I was laughing from beginning to end. Pam was hilarious in this episode. She had some of the best lines. At some point when Angela was licking her cat, I was at some point expecting her to kiss her cat. I, like Oscar, am trying to get the image out of my head. I’m still not sure if I like part 1 or 2 more, but I am sure that both are in my top five this season; at least for now.

  6. SeriouslyPamsHair: My hair is naturally curly just like Pam’s, and it naturally does just that…it’s flatter on top and then it gets curly. So it’s actually probably accurate to how Pam’s hair would be without her over-styling it!

    Also, this episode was so great! The Holly story-line was slightly painful at times, but I’m so glad they kept it open-ended for when Amy Ryan comes back (because we know it’s gonna happen!) Do we think that Pam made up the contents of the letter to make Michael feel better, or did it actually say Holly still had feelings for him?

  7. I really liked this episode! Maybe not as much as part 1, but still great! I have to read that letter, hopefully Holly makes another appearance before the end of season 5!

    Loved the Kelly plot, it was perfect. Keep the keys to your boat safe, Darryl!

  8. Excellent episode. I love Pam/Michael. I’m glad she’s at least the one soul in the office who helps him through these things. Angela licking the cat? That was awkwardness, that completely threw me for a loop! And they need to pay a little more attention to the car scenes….outdoors…..Michael, overcoat, winter time in Scranton. I saw some passing palm trees, haha. I’m from Pennsylvania, we have none here! hahaha. Awesome episode though.

  9. This episode was better than the first part, although where was Andy? I loved Pam trying to do Michael’s presentation. One question: did Pam actually read Holly’s letter or did she just give Michael good news to give him the same closure she had with Karen?

  10. So great, we get to watch Michael be strung along from afar ad infinitum, unbeknownst to the stringer, who may or may not actually still care about him in the least at this point in time. Wonderful. Ugggghhhhh.

    Sorry, I hate that Michael is in romantic limbo subject to the availability of Amy Ryan. She’s great, but not worth this endless and tiresome stall in lovelornland. Move Michael forward, please! He’s my favorite character, and I’m sick of him shmoopily spinning his wheels over this hit and run. No fun whatsoever.

  11. LOVED it!! I felt so bad for Michael, but still couldn’t help but laugh at him (like when he was crawling out of the Nashua conference room) And the whole Dwight/Jim party planning!! What an amazing 3 episodes in a row :]
    After watching tonite’s episode..this is just me 100% speculating, but wouldn’t it be AWESOME if Holly came back for the season finale!? I mean I just want Holly to come back period, but it would be a good and possibly even cliff-hangerish way to end the season.

  12. Poor Michael… Pamela Gump was HILARIOUS! Jenna must do more accents/impressions! I like how Michael sat in the back seat, a la ‘Diwali.’ Pam had a positive mindset with the whole thing because of huge over-time pay and closure with Karen, she is really sympathetic towards Michael, she even encouraged him to skip the other lecture and get closure with Holly… But he’s still sitting in the back ;) Something about that had me snickering throughout parts 1 & 2. And after all the build-up of sympathy, by the end, it was still the same ole Michael, and we were left with the exasperation of Deadpan Pam ;)
    Good to have some new Pam classics:
    “I have a chain saw. Roooo…”
    “What? I’m not in love with her.”

    Pam totally read the letter to Michael. She loves gossip.

  13. That was a really good episode! I say again, Ken Kwapis is a fantastic director and Mindy is just too cute!!! I LOVED hearing Pam’s side of the Jim/Karen relationship!

  14. Jenna if you are reading this, submit Lecture Circuit parts I and II to Emmy voters. You will get what should have been yours two years ago.