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The Office Nepotism

Writer: Danny Chun, Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Summary (NBC): Michael refuses to fire the new office assistant after everyone complains about his bad attitude. Andy plays it cool after Erin shows interest in another man. Meanwhile, Pam tries to impress Jim by pulling an office prank of her own. (The Office Season 7 premiere)

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The Office Nepotism rating

In a poll conducted September 23-27, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.79/10

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The Office Nepotism quotes

Kelly: You make it so hard to love you sometimes.

Angela: I said I didn’t want to be on the Internet!

Michael: I suppose summer had to end sometime. It’s sad, though, because I had a great summer. I got West Nile virus, lost a ton of weight. Then I went back to the lake. I stepped on a piece of glass in the parking lot, which hurt. That got infected, even though I peed on it. Saw “Inception.” Or at least I dreamt I did.

Andy: Broccoli Rob, obviously, will be there.
Erin: Yes, of course.

Andy: We call him Blorville because he looks like a black Orville Redenbacher.

Gabe: I started dating Erin this summer. It has been, in a word, exquisite.

Erin: Gabe is awesome. He has accomplished so much career-wise and height-wise. Thank god he’s my boss because I would not have said yes to a first date if I didn’t have to, but… it’s been great.

Andy: Am I angry that Gabe stole my girlfriend over the summer? No. I’ve been through anger management, okay? So right now, I am sitting on a nice beach at Cape Cod, gazing out across the whitecaps. Oh look, it’s a humpback whale. How pretty. He’s eating Gabe.

Dwight: From now on, if you’re hot, sit on an ice pack.
Kevin: Well, what if you’re cold?
Dwight: Like you’d ever be cold, Kevin. Stop asking me hypothetical questions, okay? I’m too busy.
Jim: Hey Dwight, I don’t know if you heard, but we’re supposed to be drinking out of weird backpacks instead of cups like regular people. Oh, you did hear.
Dwight: Jim, you have one job to do and you do it forgettably. Those of us who are busy require hands-free hydration.

Dwight: Dwight Schrute. Star salesman. Beet farmer. Bed and breakfast proprietor. Aspiring freelance bodyguard. Add to that list, owner of this building. Then burn the list.

Kelly: This summer, I did the minority executive training program at Yale. You guys, I’m like really smart now, you don’t even know. You could ask me, “Kelly, what’s the biggest company in the world?” And I’d be like, “blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah,” giving you the exact right answer.

Luke: Coffee Monkey’s arrived.

Darryl: My summer, I blew out my knee playing softball. Ended up watching CNN most of the time. I don’t know how we’re going to get out of Afghanistan. I hate the new assistant. He’s only been here for a week. I hate him.

Andy: I’m the Nard Dog, okay? Nard Man is my father.

Luke: My name is Luke Cooper. I love cinema. My favorite movies are Citizen Kane and The Boondock Saints.

Dwight: The bigger the keychain, the more powerful the man.

Jim: What happened to me this summer? Dwight bought the building, so actually, this has been the busiest summer of my life.

Jim: So unprofessional, Mrs. Halpert.

Luke: What’s up, Venus?

Meredith: Turn off the Chumbawamba and scram, twerp.

Michael: And another thing I did this summer: I hired my nephew.

Michael: Having Luke here is a pretty big deal for me, because his mother, who also happens to be my half-sister, kind of cut me off from that side of the family 15 years ago… 14. The last time I saw Luke was the opening day of ‘Ace Ventura II’ and that was ’95, so yes, 15 years on the dot. Anyway, I lost him in a forest.

Darryl: Don’t, don’t bother Luke. Got it.

Oscar: Michael, that’s nepotism. Luke is getting special treatment because he’s your nephew.
Michael: Yes, exactly. That is a very nice way of putting it, Oscar. Mixing family and business is a beautiful thing.

Michael: Do you think they should have had open auditions for the band Hanson? What if no one named Hanson showed up? That wouldn’t even make sense. Or what if they just hired the littlest kid and a 50-year old guy who was a murderer? Really safe.
Jim: Oh man, so many points being made.

Creed: I couldn’t care less about nepotism. But, I’m loving the debate. Great minds battling it out. And I’ve got a front row seat.

Michael: God, when he needed help on Earth, who did he hire? Jesus Christ, his son.

Michael: Why does God get to do something that I don’t?

Kelly: I would just like to say something off of what Darryl said about the level playing field. That is actually a zoning issue.

Oscar: My favorite part of an ice cream party. The bagel chips!

Andy: Clutch cream run, bro.

Pam: I feel horrible for blowing Jim’s prank. I don’t know if you can tell, but he’s mildly upset. And Dwight hasn’t been messed with in awhile, so he’s become a monster. I need to make this right.

Angela: I came down here to feed the feral cats like I usually do and I found something unsavory in the back of your nephew’s car.

Michael: All right, those might be his. He might own an Ebay store.

Michael: This is like The Blair Witch Hunt Project.

Erin: Oh my gosh, those are the pants you wanted to return to Talbots.

Jo: Lower yourself, Gabe. I don’t want to be having a conversation with your crotch.

Jo: I got a nephew too. But he don’t work for me. You know why? Cause he’s a screw-up. He can swim in my pool, but he can’t come in my house.
Michael: This office is my pool. And my house is my house. And I just want my nephew to work in my pool.
Jo: If you keep him, Michael, I’m going to hold you accountable for him. You’re on the hook for this kid, you got that? Cover his ass like tighty whities.
Michael: I will cover his ass like moss on a Mississippi tree stump.
Jo: Was how I put it not clear enough? I mean, you had to go and make up your own saying? Deal with it, boys.

Michael: Luke and I have been working side-by-side as master and commander. Me as master, he as commander. Occasionally, he’ll need a little push, and I will do that, and he’ll slow down, and then I’ll push him again. That’s the thing with kids, you have to keep pushing. You have to push them until they push you back. And then you push some more. It’s all about give and take, but mostly it’s about pushing each other.

Kevin: Let me take a look at the circus board.

Pam: Dwight is about to get so Pammed!

Dwight: Hey! The elevator is disobeying us!

Dwight: Use your talons! Pry them open!

Dwight: I got 56 ounces of fluid in my bladder! And we have to establish a pee corner!

Stanley: Texas justice.

Creed: He’s been trashing us relentlessly on Twitter. Yeah it’s funny stuff, but mean.

Creed: Everywhere I look it’s Betty White this and Betty White that. Finally a kid who’s not talking about Betty White. Of course I follow him.

[from tanster: here is luke’s twitter page, confirmed by NBC.]

Pam: They don’t call me the Bart Simpson of Scranton for nothing.

Pam: Scared of getting cut in half. Also, there’s pee on the floor.

Michael: Would have been nice to work with my family. It would have been nice if Luke had been able to stay here, but he couldn’t. These things seldom work out. I don’t know how Ringling Brothers do it. Night after night, town after town, all across America. You would think they’d be sick of each other by now. But clearly, they make it work. And my hat’s off to them.

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  1. Was a great episode besides some corny Jam dialogue, and the middle part dragged a bit, but the end made up for it! I loled! 9/10 :)

  2. That cold open was so much fun! It was good to see everyone back in the office, and pranks are back. It has been a long summer of reruns.

  3. What a wonderful start to season 7! It’s amazing to me that after so many years this show can still produce such memorable laugh-out-loud moments! Everything about the episode felt very natural and flowed so easily. Bring on the rest of the season! Oh, I almost forgot to say “The Office Giveaway”.

  4. It was really funny. Dwight was definitely the highlight for me this episode. Everything he said and did made me laugh! The Office Giveaway

  5. Episode was good, though I agree with the corny JAM dialogue, ugh. I have a question though, did The Office Giveaway any clue as to the reason behind that awesome cold open!?

  6. Loved the show! I thought it had a nice even flow to it. Anytime Jim and Pam can one up Dwight it’s a winner in my eyes.

  7. Even my dad (who can’t stand The Office)laughed when Jim started to put extra keys on Dwight’s key ring. It reminded my of the nickels in the phone prank. I thought it was a great twist to have Pam’s laughter spoil the prank. It was bittersweet knowing that this is the beginning of the end for Steve. Unfortunately, I missed the cold open. Know what would make me feel better? The Office Giveaway!

  8. I have to say, this was probably one of my favorite episodes of the show. They never left the office, everything was believable, and the pacing and photography was so natural. And plus, it was freaking hilarious. Loved it!

  9. Glad they didn’t rush the whole Michael-Holly storyline in the first episode. Really funny start to the 7th season.

  10. I LOVE that Creed is on Twitter! I guess he has upgraded from that Word document disguised as his web page. Also was Michael’s nephew (I already forgot his name) playing Farmville on Meredith’s computer? I swore he said something about strawberries being ripe. The Office Giveaway rocks!

  11. I couldn’t help but think it’d be pretty awesome if Michael chose to be terminated, then he could spend the rest of the season goofing off and bugging them as a non-employee before Carell leaves.

  12. I was crying from laughter and happiness. The Office is back in a whole new way, and I LOVE IT. It’s almost a different dynamic than what they started out with in Season 1, but it works for the better – they can’t just keep trying to be like “the good old days”. I think they were purposely going for that, too, with the new title sequence. So onto the episode itself: I was peeing myself laughing at just the idea of Luke…”My favorite movies are Citizen Kane and The Boondock Saints”…so spot on. And Dwight has his old swagger back! I’m SO happy right now, and I’m still laughing! AWESOME episode, and what looks like will be an AWESOME season! I can’t believe I ever doubted the genius of our amazing writers.

  13. How has no one mentioned the spanking scene?! Oh my gosh! I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard at The Office!

  14. I loved so much about this episode; Lib Dub, Kelly’s Business Suits, Jam interaction, Pam’s hair, Gabe, etc. I’m glad I didn’t watch any of the sneak peaks beforehand. I loved it so much that I want to win this episode in The Office Giveaway.

  15. I loved it! It’s got that feel from earlier seasons. Maybe I’m shallow, but I think it’s because Pam’s hair is long again. Oh, and Jim pranking Dwight again! Loved it! The Office Giveaway!

  16. Great start to season 7! Love how everyone stayed in character for the cold open. I also thought Michael was extra Michael in this episode. Comments like “I got west nile..’, ‘Blair Witch Hunt..’ and ‘It’s national ice cream afternoon.’ So funny. I loved the story with Jim, Pam, and Dwight too (‘I have 56 ounces of fluids in me and we need to establish a pee corner’). I also look forward to Michael’s counseling sessions with Toby. That should hilarious stuff. “The Office Giveaway!”

  17. Now there’s The Office writing I remember! This episode delivered more laughs than almost any other from last season, and the conference room scene in particular was golden. My excitement for this season has multiplied exponentially after tonight. Winning The Office Giveaway would probably lead to an almost illegal state of Office euphoria.

  18. Am I missing what was so bad about the Jim/Pam dialogue? I thought it was great. It reminded me of their season 2 banter! All in all, good, strong episode. I like how all the cast was involved. Creed’s Betty White comments had me laughing. Corporate Kelly was fun, Erin’s comment about how she only went on that first date with Gabe because he was her boss, and of course Michael doing magic in the beginning… 9/10!

  19. The Office is back! The cold open made me feel like I was back at a very cozy place. I totally forgot that Dwight had bought the building and already, he’s making it into a Schrute-Dominated establishment. I laughed my butt off after Michael gave Luke that spanking. I’m gonna miss that little bugger…

  20. The only thing better than this episode would be the Office Giveaway! I loved the new credits! It’s about time!

  21. THE OFFICE IS BACK! I loved, loved, loved the JAM scenes. I even liked the cold open. I really need to rewatch it before I make any snap judgements, but WHOHOO! Office Giveaway

  22. This was an awesome opener! The dialogue was funny and realistic, everyone was involved, and most of all, it flowed really well, which I thought was something that lacked last season. Overall, a good 9/10

  23. Okay – maybe I’m a bad guy here, but this just isn’t the show I originally fell in love with. It was like a cartoon. Little or no connection with reality.
    Cheap laughs.
    Urinating in the elevator.
    Another YouTube inspired dance number.
    “What did you do over the summer?” Hey, writers. Most people go to work. Kelly went to Yale.

  24. Kelly was awesome! “Blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah.” Loved it. And I loved the new visuals for the opening credits — that Jam kiss is one of my all-time favorites. Oh, and The Office Giveaway rocks!

  25. I loved that episode, but I hate this new Gabe/Erin thing. I can’t stand those two seperately, so together it’s even worse for me! I hope that’s not a big storyline this season.

    The cold open was great…and the spanking scene had me loling!

  26. Best opening of any premiere since Meredith got hit by a car LOL!!! Loved the spanking, the keys, the snacks order messed up (NOTHING MORE ANNOYING THAN THAT). And KELLY! Kelly was dynamite. Is she being groomed for something??? I hope so!

  27. What a great episode! Just like The Office Giveaway. I loved the ending, but would have liked to see the elevator storyline be made a little longer.

  28. Not a bad episode, but it was a little overhyped. Still looking forward to the rest of the season, though. Jim’s reaction to the pee on the floor was hilarious. And hooray for “The Office Givaway!”

  29. I definitely enjoyed this episode more than any last season. Gabe is always so awkward! Yeah, I love The Office Giveaway!!

  30. I don’t think I’m ever going to warm up to having Gabe and Erin around, especially as a couple, they couldn’t be any more boring.

    On the bright side, Dwight was awesome tonight, and it’s nice to see Pam and Jim back to doing what they do best! I think I’ve finally gotten the bad taste of manager Jim out of my mouth, here’s hoping they keep him that way.

    The conference room scenes were excellent, and I loved Kelly trying to play the part of business woman. I hope they do more with her, she had some of the best lines tonight.

    So many great character moments this episode. Danny Chun does it again!

  31. The best part of the cold open (ok, parts) were Kelly and Ryan getting distracted and fighting over WUPHF, Angela refusing to be on the internet, and Michael showing off his 3 tricks from Magic Camp.

  32. Cold open was fantastic, but Gabe and Erin should not be together. Oh, and the Office Tally giveaway is awesome!

  33. Great episode! Loved the timing, everything just flowed so well! Oh and how fun to start the season with “The Office Giveaway” on Office Tally.

    Someone above commented about how Michael was asking “What did you do over the summer?”, thinking that it was odd he’d ask that. I do believe he was posing the question to the documentary crew, who presumably were off for the summer. At least, that’s how I took it.

  34. What a great episode! A great way to kick off a good season! I fell in love with the new opening and I loved how everyone was shown! The Creed lines were great and I’m glad he was shown more. 3 talking heads in one episode (Or 2. I’m not sure)! It was nice to include, more often, the co-stars. They were great! Michael spanking his nephew: I about died laughing! And I also like the fact that this episode led into the plot of the next! The Pam and Dwight scene was great because even though the two characters don’t interact with one another; Just them, it’s great they make the most of their time! An amazing episode and the only thing better than this episode is the Office Giveaway!

    You’ve Just Been Pam’med!

  35. You guys are completely cracking me up actually using “The Office Giveaway” in a sentence!

    Maybe I should do this every week and require a different weird word or phrase each time. ;)

  36. The lip dub was fantastic! So nice of you to have The Office Giveaway! I am really wanting to get a season pass, but getting the first episode would be a nice start.

  37. Very good start to the season! I thought the cold open was a little much but still really funny. Really looking forward to this season, I just hope it doesnt’t get too cartoonish. Oh and Creed on twitter is great, i’m already following him haha

  38. The episode had a nice and funny vibe to it that reminded me of earlier seasons. I winced. I laughed. I had a tear in my eye. It also seemed like the cast was playing to the documentary camera more than they have in recent seasons. Loved it! I adored Jim dancing like Charlie Brown at the end of the cold open. And Pam calling herself the “Bart Simpson of Scranton” toward the end was awesome. Creed and his jealousy over the Betty White-hype was a nice touch, as well. How many other pop-culture references can I fit into this comment for The Office Giveaway? It’s really incal-cl-clable. All I know is that it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Michael Scott. That’s what she said!

  39. I have to say it was a lot better than I was expecting. The pacing wasn’t too fast. The conference room scene had that classic earlier Office feeling – something I so rarely got from Season 6. I did think it spiraled a bit out of control towards the end – the elevator and spanking were a bit over the top. (Would Pam realisticly trust Kevin to rig the elevator?) But at least those scenes were still funny. Anyway, I’m much more hopeful for this season than I have been. NOW DON’T DROP THE BALL, GUYS!!!

  40. What a great start to the season! Had the feel of Season 3 to it. The show seems to be getting back to the dryness of Season 1-3. Bringing back Dwight/Jim pranks and new storylines such as Kelly with the Minority program and the love triangle of Gabe/Erin/Andy is going to make this season a huge hit. Also, can’t top ‘The Office Giveaway’ on opening night :)

  41. Loved, loved, loved the episode!

    My biggest crack up tonight was Kelly – she was amazing! Wonder if this is the new Kelly for this season? If so, it should be a doozy!

  42. Is it a coincidence that both The Office and the new show after it, Outsourced, both began with a guy getting off an elevator listening to an iPod?

    My whole living room exploded in laughter when the office staff took turns spanking each other!

  43. Really liked the episode. Thought it was worthy of season 2, until the spanking stuff, which seemed a little too unrealistic. Still a good sign of things to come.

  44. This episode was so funny. Great way to start off the season. The only thing better than that episode in The Office Giveaway!!!

  45. The Office Giveaway another great season opener to us. Seriously, at first I was so-so on it but the with Michael spanking his nephew and the whole office recreating it…I dont think I’ve laughed harder at any particular moment in the whole show’s history! And what a great ending, with Michael having to go to counseling with Toby. What a great start to the season!

  46. I was soo excited for the lip dub and it didn’t disappoint! I wanted it to be longer. (twss!) In fact, I really need to win The Office Giveaway so that I can watch it 200 times. I also loved Corporate Kelly and the return of the Jim/Pam pranks. Can’t wait for next week as I’m convinced that Michael and Toby are both going to end up in tears and hugs during therapy :)

  47. I love that they brought back the idea of Michael having a brother (who had been mentioned a few times in Seasons 1-2) but I feel there were a few parts that felt short of what they were trying to achieve. For example, Pam has done MANY pranks in the past but they made it seem like it’s something she never does in this episode. I did like how this episode leads into the next one, however.

  48. Oh…that Pam, giving away Jim’s prank with that giggle! And, Corporate Kelly! Love the new opening credits with great past season favorites, almost as much as I would love to win the The Office Giveaway

  49. I LOVED THIS EPISODE! I haven’t laughed that hard at an episode in a long time. I loved every single thing about it. The new opening credits were jarring but I think I could get used to them over time. Loved everything though. Michael spanking his nephew? HILARIOUS! Jim calling Pam Mrs. Halpert? So adorable. I loved everything Kelly and Creed said. I loved Dwight’s hydration pack. It felt like season 2, minus the cold open, it just had that calmer paced feeling. I LOVED THIS EPISODE!!

  50. Liked the new credits and that they remembered that the reason we liked Jim and Pam was their sense of humor. The cold open, however, was something I never thought I’d see on The Office. There is no power on Earth that can convince me that Jim, Dwight or Oscar would participate in a Lip Dub. The Niagara Youtube parody was one thing. This was not something Dunder Mifflin Scranton would do. Hopefully this doesn’t take me out of contention for “The Office Giveaway”.

  51. I would like to win The Office Giveaway because something called the FCC decided to switch from analog to digital, and the fates had it that by 9PM, I would not be watching the episode, with “No Signal” grazing my eyes.

  52. Great start to what I know will be a fantastic season! Plenty of things to talk about, but I’ll just mention the cold open (I’ve been listening to that song for weeks to prepare!), Kathy Bates, and Creed vs. Betty White as some excellent moments! What a great setup for next week’s episode and the many other storylines, as well.

    I’m so glad I got through the wait for new Office episodes is over! It was hard…really hard. That’s what she said. She also said she’d like to win The Office Giveaway…but I’m just the messenger.

  53. Good and bad episode. First off, LOVED the new credits. I really hope those will be the new standard. Getting bored of the Season 1 Opening. But onto the episode, I think it was a pretty well written episode, but it was no Weight Loss. Dwight and Pam were the highlights to me!

    Oh, how would I live without “The Office Giveaway.” It’s such an awesome thing, right?

  54. Hilar! Loved everything about it… it was cute how impressed Jim was with Pam… and the spanking- ha! Every Michael scene from this point on will be bitter sweet. Maybe the Office Giveaway will lessen the pain ;)

  55. I loved tonight’s episode. ‘Twas a very original Office-esque plot and already, it killed Season 6 (and part of 5). If the rest of the season is like this, I could bet it will be the best season to date.

    Oh, have I mentioned that I love giveaways? Like, for example, The Office Giveaway?

  56. I thought they played the lip dub thing fairly well in terms of character:

    -Jim didn’t participate much, sitting through most of the song, using the sign so he didn’t have to do an especially cheesy “turn around in the chair and start singing!” entrance, he casually threw the streamers, and we know from, say, Office Olympics or Cafe Disco that Pam is the key to getting him into goofing off with everyone. If you notice, he only ever sings to or dances with Pam. Oh, love.

    -Dwight definitely did not participate in an expected way. But I could see him being talked into it and then basically crashing it the way he did by thinking his approach was awesome.

    -Oscar I’m on the fence about. I can see how people would think he’d be above it, but it just never hit me in the episode.

    None of the three had a special stunt like Michael, Kelly, or Kevin did, which seems appropriate. They each just participated in their own way, kind of in the background (except Dwight once he got too enthusiastic, which was a very Dwight thing).

  57. I am very excited for this season and hope episodes like this keep coming! I also hope I win “The Office Giveaway”

  58. I really liked the episode. I think they did a terrific job with the cold open, and they had the camera guy talking?? i LOVED that! New opening credits??? I wonder if they’re permanent… I was kind of freaking out about them while watching. I loved how they opened by talking about the summer, it really helped you get into things, and it was absolutely hilarious too. Kelly was phenomenal. Pam and Jim were adorable!!! And Dwight was as hilarious as he’s ever been. The new pranks definitely made this episode. Gabe and Erin doesn’t seem to make much sense, but I guess they’ll elaborate on that soon enough. Michael was great this episode, absolutely perfect! I’m really excited for next week’s episode, Toby and Michael together are always brilliant!!!!

    Oh, and the best beginning of season 7 present is The Office Giveaway!!

  59. I wonder if Luke was planning to do an office giveaway with all the stuff in his car to raise money for a film project, or perhaps just props…Awesome episode, classic!

  60. I guess I’m alone on this one, but this episode just didn’t do it for me. Michael seems to have devolved as a character and the spanking part was just uncomfortable (not in a good way) and uncharacteristic of him. I hope the next episode is much better.

  61. I kind of loved seeing the cold open, even though I’ve watched it twenty times online. I also love The Office Giveaway. :)

  62. The cold open was so awesome! This was a fantastic episode!

    Hip Hip Hooray for The Office Giveaway!

  63. The cold open just got me so pumped for The Office Giveaway. I think this is going to be a great year!

  64. One big abso-fruitly LOVED IT. everything from elevator peeing to AH-dorable pam and jim! and the cold open – brilliant. possibly one of my favorite ones ever. what an exciting start to what promises to be a GREAT season!

    also, Fact: the Office Giveaway is my favorite part of tonight.

  65. I would lose my mind if, out of nowhere, the key gag pays off in the Christmas episode. Don’t mention it again, but show Dwight’s pants fall in the tag. That would be pure brilliance.

    Also pure brilliance: The Office Giveaway.

  66. Ah, the episode was GRAND! I am shocked Erin and Gabe are together. I don’t like Gabe that much, he sort of creeps me out! However, I am so happy Pam got to do her own ‘PAMED’ :)


  67. Such a great season premiere, especially with the Hanson reference! Also great, The Office Giveaway.

  68. Loved it! Had the feel of a classic Office episode. Only thing I wasn’t impressed with was the Gabe/Erin thing. But winning “The Office Giveaway” would make up for that!

  69. Loved the cold open! They managed to pack so much in two minutes. I absolutely loved Michael doing his magic tricks. He looked like a crazed magician! And Andy! He totally brought it. So much fun to watch—and if I win The Office Giveaway, I could watch it again and again, thus fulfilling my OCD when it comes to this show.

    I thought this episode was (I have to say it) much better than the majority of last season. Everyone just seemed “on”, the surprise of Erin/Gabe, Pam’s reasons for not wanting to get out of the elevator, and Michael spanking his nephew! Great stuff!

  70. Great start to the season! Can’t waiting for counseling next week! I love the fact that Dwight could do a “The Office Giveaway” now since he could literal give away the office (not that he would).

  71. I honestly think that was one of the worst cold openings ever. I didn’t laugh at all. The rest of the episode was just OK. I agree with the people that think Michael spanking Luke was way over the top. The best part was when Jim went and saw Pam trapped with Dwight. Anyways, “The Office Giveaway” definitely makes up for the lows of this episode.

  72. every time Michael made the ‘dove’ appear I laughed EVEN HARDER than the time before. it was so fantastic.

    also i wish i was half as cute as jenna fischer.

  73. Very awesome episode! I think we are back to what made the first seasons so great. Michael acting like Michael and everyone else acting,well,like everyone else. So many good quotes aswell. Oh and what is this office give a ‘scrolls up’ way oh yes I see. Very good! :D

  74. Could JAM be any sweeter or spreadable? What an entertaining time with the gang. I too loved ‘Corporate Kelly’; ‘involved’ Stanley (“you’re falling behind”); more Creed (and his Betty White reference); and yes, even the “pee corner”! I bought it hook, line and lip dub and ate it all up, which is why I must now rely on “The Office Giveaway” for my next meal :D.

  75. I can’t believe after 120 episodes they’ve changed the opening! That was awesome. As was the entire cold open, great way to start this season.

    I also don’t know if The Office Giveaway is a great idea or the greatest idea!

  76. Soooooo fine! Only problem, every episode is marching that much closer to Steve’s last episode. But I think that’s why this one was so good–the writers know that this is it and they are so focused. I think this will be a great season.

    And yay Pam’s hair! I thought her “new” look (several seasons back) was actually very clever–the look of someone who was trying to be stylish but wasn’t too sophisticated. That is, it really wasn’t great. Now, let Jenna’s beautiful hair shine!

    The cold open was awesome!

  77. I worked in my dad’s office this summer, and I can say for a fact I wish things were as eventful as they were here. I’d love to win The Office Giveaway!

  78. I haven’t read all the comments yet, but does anyone else think that Gabe entering the scene as Erin’s new boyfriend smack a little of that bizarro Jam scenario that people were talking about when Season 6 first started getting Andy and Erin together? I thought of it especially when Andy was at the reception’s desk talking to Erin, and Gabe comes in and kisses Erin… it reminded me so much of the way Roy would look at Andy when he’d come in to talk to Pam. Except in this case, every person in the “love triangle” is incredibly awkward and hilarious. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that might be where they’re going with it… maybe I’m just too hopeful. :-)

  79. I had so much fun watching tonight’s episode! I’m hoping for an Andy breakdown at some point in the season (fingers crossed). It’s so good to have the show back!

  80. I’m going to need “counsling” after watching this episode. I laughed so hard I think I “burned my retina” and had to “establish a pee corner” on my recliner. Loved it and “The Office Giveaway” will only help me enjoy it more!

  81. I loved this episode! The cold open was hilarious and was a great way to kick off this season! The Office Giveaway Contest is also the perfect way to begin the festivities!

  82. The Office is back and what a great way to start season 7. Cold open was awesome, The interaction between Jim, Pam and Dwight was priceless and more of Creed, well, that’s what makes this show the funniest on comedy on TV. Best of all “The Office Giveaway”

  83. I enjoyed the episode. I don´t care for Erin and Gabe or Erin and Andy for that matter, but other than that it had pretty good lines and I actually thought the spanking was funny. Over the top sure but c´mon, it´s the same Michael that got dressed up as an inmate, put his finger through his fly, and organized a bachelor party during lunch hour.

  84. This was an awesome, solid episode… Poor Andy! Loved Pam’s prank on Dwight… pee corner, indeed. She sure paid for that one.

  85. This is going to be a great year, tonight only proved it further for me. I don’t care if some things have changed, it’s unavoidable. Loved the Jim/Pam, still adorable as ever. And her first prank without Jim made me smile. The key ring was hilarious and the best part. Jim’s pranks are pure brilliance, AMAzing! I liked the new credits, something to make this special season stand out even more. Fantastic kick off!

    I agree, Dwight’s pants need to fall down in the Christmas episode. I would be in hysterics for hours.

  86. Love that Creed is on Twitter and sick of all those young whippersnappers tweeting about Betty White. They should be tweeting about the Office Giveaway!

  87. I could watch a whole episode of just Jim, Dwight, Pam and nonstop pranks. Throw in a little Creed here and there, i’m sold!

  88. What a terrific welcome back to the Office! Great episode. The lip dub was amazing! Everyone dances like the Charlie Brown / Peanuts characters–so dang cute. I died laughing when everyone took turns re-enacting the spanking–in fact I’m still laughing at that! The only thing that made me sad was that Jim was caught adding keys to the ring–Dwight’s pants falling down would have been wonderful, but I guess Jim can’t win them all. And thanks for the chance to win The Office Giveaway too!

    (Now just get the “no, no, no, no, no, no” song out of my head!)

  89. The Office Giveaway,

    Great way to start of the year. Jim and Pam felt like season 2 JAM. Kelly believing that she’s gotten smarter and trying to show-off was awesome. Dwight and Pam stuck in the elevator was funny, and Michael spanking Luke and making him cry was the best. You could actually see the others laughing when he walked back into the conference room. I wonder if Pam is going to take over luke’s job, but it’s too beneath her.

  90. Brilliant beginning to the office giveaway, I have a great feeling that this season will be awesome i cant wait!!!!

  91. my jaw literally dropped when gabe kissed erin. i did NOT see that coming!

    i loved the entire jim/pam storyline… they’re best buds again, with the bonus of being married. loved how impressed he was with her.

  92. Brilliant episode!!! I wasn’t as excited about the show coming back as I usually am…but after that?? So pumped for the rest of the season!! Such great stuff!

    And YES, I love “The Office Giveaway”!!

  93. Oh, and I love “The Office Giveaway”. This makes me very very happy. I loved when Pam tried to buy Jim a snack, saying that food usually worked when he was upset.

  94. Jim planning ahead to Christmas for Dwight’s pants to fall down? How great is that? They seriously need to do this. Jim finding Pam in the elevator and his reaction was perfect. Everything i love about them was here tonight. So much was reminiscent of old episodes, especially the Jim/Pam interaction.

  95. This episode was so great! I loved everything about it and gave it a 10! Hopefully, “The Office Giveaway” will be a 10, too!

    Did anyone else catch how John totally broke character after Michael spanked his nephew?

    Here’s to a wonderful rest of the season!

  96. Loved Jim finding Pam in the elevator, the key ring, Pam’s laugh, pee corner and subsequent pee on the floor, lots of “classic Jim faces” and Kelly’s “that’s a zoning issue” line.

  97. Great cold open…only to be terribly disappointed. The Erin/Gabe storyline makes no sense, especially with Erin giving Andy the opening she did last year.

    They’re trying too hard…from the pranks to Dwight in the elevator. I hope this season evens out, otherwise gonna be a long final season.

  98. Thank you for the office giveaway. I really enjoyed this episode, particularly the set up of the Gabe and Erin relationship, and Andy’s angst ridden reaction to it. Before the series ends, Andy and Erin must reunite!

  99. I adored the cold open, and I loved that they seem to be trying to bring back the fun side of Jim and Pam’s relationship. As FlonkertonChamp said, it’s so nice to see them being best friends again, in addition to being a happy couple and new parents. Looking forward to seeing more of them as the season progresses.

    And on a completely shallow note–I’m loving how they’re dressing Pam and styling her hair. A little old school Pam mixed with Fancy New Beesly (Halpert). I think they finally got it just right!

    Thanks so much for the offer for the Office Giveaway! Very nice :-)

  100. I actually like the Gabe character. I mean, I don’t “like” him, but I think he is a good addition to the cast.

    I think the ladies of the office are beautiful when they get dressed up for red carpet events, but I’m not sure they should be looking like they just had their hair and makeup done for the Emmy’s for a normal day of work. Even my boyfriend commented on Pam’s makeup. I appreciate watching a show with normal-looking people in it, even if they have to try to make the actresses look worse than they do in real life!

  101. Awesome start to the season! Great one liners and the Pam and Dwight elevator scene was priceless. I’m excited to see more Jim/Pam/Dwight pranks and the usual craziness of Michael Scott for his final season! Also, did I mention that I love the Office Giveaway?!

  102. I loved Nepotism! The Jim-Pam-Dwight parts were the best, I think, just like they were back in the day. I love the elevator part, and when Jim came to rescue Pam, so sweet. And the new opening credits were great, I’m glad they’re finally including more of the stars, but it would be even better if they could fit all of them in, everyone deserves it! And thanks for offering ‘The Office Giveaway!’

  103. Great episode! The cold open was awesome. They’re getting back to what really made the show great. I’m still laughing remembering things from the episode! I hope I win “The Office Giveaway” because this episode is definitely a classic! :)

  104. Meh. Although Kelly had some good lines. It’s cute seeing her trying, if failing, to look smart and serious. (I wonder if they’re going to use that to explain her being different in the first two seasons.) Gabe is okay, but he’s kind of dull. I don’t quite see what the writers and some fans see with him.

  105. Great cold open even though it had nothing to do with the episode. Gabe and Erin *gasp* wow did not see that one coming! All in all a good and funny premiere.

  106. well I think in Pam’s case, she’s wearing makeup because she wants to look her best for Jim and they’re married, otherwise I think everyone else is fine without makeup

  107. The cold open was awesome. Really loved the entire episode. And “The Office Giveaway” at Officetally to boot!

  108. Give it up for Danny Chun for writing another awesome episode! What a great start to a new season! So much to love – the cold open, the new opening credits (oh, how I missed hearing that beautiful theme song!), Jim’s failed prank on Dwight, Andy explaining the difference between Nard Dog & Nard Man, Luke shining the laser on Andy’s eye, the Hanson reference, the “Inception” reference, Dwight’s little water backpack, Kathy Bates, the Don’t Don’t Bother Luke, Michael spanking Luke… ok, I liked everything about this episode! And the ending was a great set-up for next week’s episode. Just awesome. Unless…I get picked as a winner for The Office Giveaway. Then that’d be awesome blossom. Hey-o!!

  109. Gabe tries so hard to fit in. Loved the Jim and Pam scenes and enjoy Daryll being around more. Started following Creed on Twitter.

    Thanks for The Office Giveaway!

  110. I loved this episode. It has a special kind of energy that lets you know that they want to send Steve Carell off in style. I am really looking forward to the rest of this season.

    The only thing that could make it better would be sitting on a nice beach at Cape Cod, gazing out across the whitecaps with this episode as a result of The Office Giveaway. Oh look! It’s a humpback whale. So pretty…he’s eating Gabe.

  111. Looooooooved the cold open of “The Office. Giveaway” was watching the clip ahead of time, still love it though. I actually enjoyed this episode. And way to go to the hair department!!! Loved Pam and Kelly’s hair.

  112. The Emperor has no clothes :(

    The Office has let Modern Family pass it by. Very disappointed with this episode. The opening smacked of the Drew Carey Show. Perhaps it was the hype level that just made expectations so high but there were maybe 2 laugh out loud moments. I’m worried that the show is going on reputation only and that we’ll get to the point where the water cooler banter will be “Hey, did you watch The Office last night? Yeah it wasn’t all that funny. But it’s The Office – Of course it was funny.”

  113. To start with, the idea of The Office giveaway is pretty much fantastic!

    The episode was awesome! There were so many great lines, and I like that they are mixing things up with Andy, Erin, and Gabe. Andy’s talking head after that reveal was too funny. I also liked the Jim/Pam/Dwight storyline. Oh, and Kelly! The zoning issue line had me laughing, and Michael spanking his nephew was so out of nowhere I was rolling. Great way to begin the new season!

  114. I thought the cold open was funny, a little over the top, but in a welcome sort of way. Loved Michaels 9 year old magic.

    I felt cheated when Pam blew Jim’s prank…what a great one to show the end product of at Christmas!

    The ending with the spanking was way creepy, but it’s not the first time that the Office has made me squirm.

    Very interested to watch the Michael/Toby counseling sesssions..mwahhahhh!

    Boy, I sure wish I win the Office Giveaway……

  115. Just wanted to comment without entering the contest :) I really loved the premiere! So many wonderful moments. From the cold open, through Dwight being “Pammed”, and finally to Michael’s indecision between termination and counseling with Toby, this was just a half hour of pure awesome comic goodness. It seems so much was happening and I can’t believe they managed to squeeze it all in (TWSS). Looking forward to next week already!

  116. I loved the whole episode. It really felt like a throw-back to earlier seasons. I wish we had seen the beginning of the Erin/Gabe dating because I was looking forward to how undoubtedly awkward Gabe would have been in trying to ask her out. The kiss made for a nice suprise, though. I’ve really grown to like Gabe, which I wasn’t sure I would. Anyway, great season premiere, and I hope I win The Office Giveaway!

  117. Am I the only one who caught the sequence where Erin is asking Michael if he wants to return the pants he purchased from Talbots? Reminds me of season 3.

    Darryl: Are you wearing lady clothes?
    Michael Scott: What?
    Darryl: Are you wearing lady clothes? Those look like lady pants.
    Michael Scott: No. This is a power suit.
    Darryl: That there’s a woman’s suit.

  118. I wasn’t thrilled with it at first…but then the more I thought about it the more I laughed. Lots of it did feel like ‘the good ole’ days’! Kathy Bates is priceless in her interaction with Michael. The Office Giveaway is a cool idea, too!

  119. I love that you are doing an Office Giveaway to coincide with an episode in which Michael was back to full form. The single best moment was his ‘Inception’ joke. He clearly stlll thinks he is funnier than he is and for the better, some things never change.

  120. Everyone keeps saying how great the cold open was. Quit calling it that and for the love of God, tell me what the name of the song from the opening scene is!

  121. This episode was great!! I loved the cold open. It was different from the fire one, but still probably just as good in it’s own way. I loved the way they timed Michael in it for Steve Carells farewell season. The whole rest of the episode was fantastic, too. If I win The Office Giveaway I could watch it again and again. :) can’t wait until the counseling episodes!

  122. I really didn’t think it was possible for Jenna to look any more cuter, but the new opening credits definitely proved me wrong!

  123. The cold opening was so great. Loved Creed’s guitar playing and Kelly in her power suit. Fave moment from the opening was Dwight biting the head off that teddy bear. This season is “gonna be mental.” I hope I win “The Office Giveaway” so I can rewatch the season premiere over and over. I love Michael Scott.

  124. I don’t know why, but this episode just made me feel good. It had classic Office moments, but incorporated the newer, silly antics very well. I’m impressed by how much I love married Pam and Jim. Love Gabe. Tearing up at the thought of losing Michael. Yay for “The Office Giveaway”!

  125. This was definitely a good start to the season, I think each character got to shine a little. I especially loved the tag with Toby!
    The Office Giveaway

  126. Oh no, now I’m not sure if I used The Office Giveaway in a complete sentence. I was just so over the moon about last night’s episode that finding a way to fit The Office Giveaway into a coherent thought completely slipped my mind…:-)

  127. I loved the opening of the episode last night! I hope it stays like that from now on. I really did enjoy the episode. My favorite part was when Jim and Pam were talking while she was stuck in the elevator with Dwight. I love that you do awesome Office Giveaways!

  128. Loved it. The name of the song played during the lip dub is “Nobody But Me” by the Human Beinz. Great song and a fantastic episode altogether. It would be pretty cool to win The Office Giveaway.

  129. The Office Giveaway will help to remind me to always establish a pee corner when stuck on an elevator.

  130. This is the return to The Office that we’ve been waiting for. I woke my roommate up by laughing at Michael’s “Don’t Don’t Bother” presentation. I would love to win the giveaway. In fact, it would make my heart soar to the eagle’s nest.

  131. Including the office giveaway this was one of the best premiers to date pulling the actor from zeke and Luther and sleep over was brilliant and he was easily hated by everyone and throw in a classic song a great creed line and of course some classic albiet unsanitary pranks and you have a kick off to a fantastic season also hats off to gabe who was actually funny

  132. I guess I’m the only one who thought this premiere was just horrible. This episode, to me at least, was bland, boring, unfunny, and just plain weird (with regards to Michael’s nephew). My only favorite part, the cold open. Couldn’t they at least acknowledge where they left off at last season? Meh, here’s hoping it gets better.

  133. In case you do a Q & A with the writers, I have a question:
    The cold open for this episode was unlike anything that The Office has done before. How did the idea for this cold open come about?

  134. Awesome episode and this Office Giveaway is a great perk! Michael is starting with a bang and so is the rest of the cast who all had memorable quotes. I hope Andy and Gabe duke it out…or a whale and Gabe.

  135. The Office Giveaway would be awesome to win! And as for the season premiere, I think it was an overall great opener. Several plot lines (or new things that happened) were layed down, such as Kelly’s “transformation”, the whole Gabe-Erin-Andy thing, Dwight owns the building now (which gives Jim more opportunities to pull pranks) and so on. Great stuff!

  136. Not the funniest episode of The Office, or the best, but a solid opener that introduced several interesting things. Looking forward to seeing how this season unfolds! The Office Giveaway!!

  137. Loved this episode! I wasn’t that enthusiastic after last season but I was SOLD after the cold opener! I probably watched it 10 times last night. The rest of the episode was very solid.

    Also, Pam/Jenna looked fantastic last night…love her “new” old hair!

  138. Last night’s episode was unreal, so good! I had high expectations with Danny Chun’s writing as Murder was the funniest episode in a long time. I hope the Pam pranks get better soon. I would love to win The Office Giveaway, since I’m posting this comment from my iPhone!

  139. I loved the cold opening. I always love to see the Scranton branch dancing and being musical. Maybe they should hit Broadway? The Office Musical would be even more popular than the Office Giveaway!

  140. The season premiere was much funnier than I expected, and the fact that Luke was Michael’s nephew was a fun surprise, too. Also, Jim and Pam’s pranking efforts are still excellent, despite having a baby, a house and a mortgage. I wasn’t a huge fan of the brand new opening credits, however. It’s going to take a while getting used to new ones if they are here to stay.
    Hoping to win The Office Giveaway!

  141. Great way to open this season. I absolutely love the way that Michael was spanking his nephews butt. That was hilarious! The way that he got upset and ran out of the office was terrific. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for this season. I hope that I win The Office Giveaway! I am a huge fan!

  142. I loved the opening…I would also love to, at some point, see some of the other attempts.

    The one thing I wondered about in this episode, though, is when Dwight throws the dummy keys back at Jim, saying “Ha. Ha. Not. Funny. Jim,” when they were filming that, did John K. get injured by flying keys? Some of those bounces looked like they could have hurt!

    Also, I don’t have any Office eps on my iPhone (scandal!), so of course I would like to be chosen for the Office Giveaway.

  143. For WouldntYouLikeToKnow #137: The name of the song in the cold open is “Nobody But Me” by the Human Beinz.

  144. “It got infected even though I peed on it.” (Michael talking about the cut on his foot that he got from a piece of glass) – AWESOME!

  145. Looks like I am in the minority here.

    Amazing cold open…..but subpar first episode.
    Some funny one liners, but did not sustain itself.

    On the other hand…I saw “Dinner Party” in reruns…probably the funniest Office episode ever.

  146. Hated the cold open. Awkward and odd–as was the dancing scene that ruined Niagara for me. The rest of the show was fair. Why did the actors look so pale in the diary room scenes? I’m so bummed that Steve’s last season premiere is over and think I’ll stop watching after this season–unless Holly takes his place. Wish they would get rid of Gabe and dump any relationship story lines involving Erin and Andy. Ugh. How craptacular this show has become.

  147. Cool episode. Missed it last night because Dish Network is uber-flawed. Even in the funny parts, though, I couldn’t shake that “this is the end” feeling because of Steve’s imminent departure. I have a feeling I’ll have that feeling in my tummy all season long.

  148. Thought this episode was cute and clever! I loved the Pam/Dwight storyline – so great! And I like Gabe and Erin together. And I hope I win The Office Giveaway!

  149. This season is looking awesome after that premiere. Welcome back, Office! Missed you!
    The Office Giveaway

  150. I loved the new episode. I believe that the start was a little bland with not that great of a plot. I could also tell that the camera work was not that great. But its the first episode, and i hope to win The Office Giveaway.

  151. Ok, the cold open was a good stand alone, but not as good as the wedding aisle dance last season. The spanking part was unexpected and hilarious…. something I kinda missed last season – the unexpected moments that catch you off guard. Also, remember when you’d watch The Office in the early seasons, and every time you’d re-watch it, you’d find something funny you missed before? Not so anymore IMO.

  152. Loved the episode! I loved Jim’s prank and wish he could have followed through with it! First episode looked promising overall. The Office Giveaway

  153. Don’t usually comment. But felt like I would this time. Overall I felt like the writers are trying to return back to Season 2-3 roots but not quite there yet. The cold opening was a bit over the top. It seems a little lazy to keep stealing jokes from youtube. Other than that beginning everything else was solid not spectacular. A step in the right direction. Next week could be mental!

  154. The Season 7 opener was fun. I guess I’m in the minority liking geeky Erin and dorky Gabe together. I guess the whole whistle-blower plot from last season is over. Ryan’s idea to sneak into a possibly viral video is actually a pretty good idea. Not as good as the Office Giveaway, but still good.

  155. Does anyone know why Michael was drinking from a half-gallon of Apple Cider that he was apparently keeping in the trunk of his car? Is that some kind of recovery treatment for West Nile Virus that I don’t know about?

    [from tanster: i noticed that too!]

  156. Great season opening ep, and will only get better from here.
    LOVED the opening, showed the actors talents even more.
    Now lets win that Office Giveaway!!!

    ShruteClone out

  157. This episode isn’t a great episode, but it had some great lines and great scenes. I was surprised to see Erin and Gabe together and I have high hopes about this coming season!

  158. Fun…..upbeat….funny……pranky….and (pushing it) spanky! Loved it! And, oh yeah, The Office Giveaway……..

  159. #178

    I interpreted the apple cider as Michael’s way of starting the Autumn. He has weird rituals like observing Groundhog Day privately, so he probably keeps apple cider in his car and when he sees a tree with the leaves changing he drinks in the new season. I assume he had that particular look on his face because he wasn’t ready for the Summer to be over.

  160. The premiere this time around was great! I think it’s actually one of the best season premieres they have had so far… although, I liked Season 5’s “Weight Loss.” What makes this premiere so special, in my opinion, was that every character had a spotlight this time around, and the drama wasn’t overdone either. Nevertheless, things were still shook-en up. It really did seem like they reverted back to early Season roots, just a little bit.

    Office Giveaway

  161. I loved Nepotism! The humor I loved from the earlier seasons is back, and the lip sync was great! I’m so excited for the rest of season 7, and wouldn’t mind winning the The Office Giveaway either!

  162. I definitely loved the cold opening. I found myself watching it a million times when the clip was up. I really enjoyed the episode though. Not overly funny, but I was cracking up here and there. I feel horrible for Andy though! I was dying though, when Michael found out Toby was his counselor. Steve’s face was priceless. Oh yeah, I just wanted to say I’m new here & this is my first time watching the season, and it just had to be Steve’s last one! But I love this site; it’s amazing!

    And I’m just saying, I would do a lip dub if I win The Office Giveaway.

  163. Well, definitely not the best, but it wasn’t the worst either. I loved the cold open, it was probably my favorite part. I think the elevator scene would’ve been longer. I still don’t know what to think about Gabe or Erin… we’ll see I suppose. Can’t wait for more pranks! Jim and Pam should be able to come up with some pretty great ones. I thought that the reenactments of Michael spanking Luke was kind of weird though. Other than that, it was a pretty good episode. I can’t wait for Michael to start his therapy sessions with Toby. That should be pretty awesome. And I won The Office Giveaway. Or at least I dreamt I did.

  164. Quick question: After watching this episode for a 2nd time, I noticed in the opening credits that Jen Celotta, Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg were missing. Are they no longer on the show?

  165. I’m glad they tried something daring and new instead of the typical funny cold open. It was very entertaining, to say the least! Of course, Michael, Andy, Pam, Jim, and Dwight were hilarious as always. This episode made me think about how different the show would be without Michael and it’s really sad to think about. Hopefully, his final season will be his best. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Also, I hope I win The Office Giveaway!

  166. I loved the cold open! I also liked the Pam prank on Dwight. I always love the conference room scenes. I hate the Erin and Gabe relationship. Are there no other people in Scranton. I just do not like the Gabe character.I didn’t really enjoy the nephew assistant story either. Character driven story lines are so much better. Michael is a great character and he’s his own story. Go back to the character driven story lines and let things slowly develop.The Office Giveaway!

  167. I thought this episode was a great start to the new season! I loved the cold opening so much. I am so excited for the rest of the season and The Office Giveaway!

  168. Loved the episode! The cold open was hilarious. Love Jim back to himself and Pam’s prank; the conference room and conversations with Jo. I hate Erin and Gabe dating and Luke’s existence. What a great start! I hope I win The Office Giveaway!

  169. After a stressful few weeks, last night’s Office hit all the right spots! What a funny episode with a great cold open, a great Dwight prank-or pranks if Jim’s wasn’t ruined by Pam and some great Kelly lines! All around great way to start season 7! Another great way would be to win The Office Giveaway, but that’s not necessary. Also, ending the ep with a bit of a cliffhanger? Nice!

  170. Did anyone else notice that Kelly doesn’t have shoes on in the cold open (which was awesome)? Wonder why they did that.

  171. An upbeat, energetic episode to start the season, and Michael’s camp magic had me roaring in the cold open. Hope CorporateKelly sticks around. So excited to see the counseling. Oh, and I’m bummed I missed the Office Giveaway. Maybe next year.

  172. Some people are mad that Luke was there and Erin and Gabe were dating but they do that on purpose to make the show better. It makes Andy jealous and we all know that he is really funny when he is jealous. Luke made Michael funnier also.

  173. Loved the Lip Dub. I had no idea this was a huge Internet fad. Got me started watching some on You Tube. The I Gotta Feeling Lip Dub made by the students in Montreal is amazing. Seriously amazing. Loved that the Office led me to seeing that.

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