The Office: Product Recall, 3.21

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The Office Product Recall

Writers: Justin Spitzer & Brent Forrester
Director: Randall Einhorn

Summary (NBC): The office is in crisis mode after a large shipment of Dunder Mifflin paper is accidentally sent out with an obscene watermark.

The Office Product Recall: Jim impersonates Dwight

The Office Product Recall extras

The Office Product Recall quotes

Jim: Question: What kind of bear is best?
Dwight: That’s a ridiculous question …
Jim: False. Black bear.
Dwight: That’s debatable. There are basically two schools of thought …
Jim: Fact: Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Dwight: Identify theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year.

Stanley: I am upset. Don’t I sound upset?

Michael: We have a crisis. Apparently a disgruntled employee at the paper mill decided that it would be funny to put an obscene watermark on our 24-pound cream letter stock. 500 boxes has gone out with the image of a beloved cartoon duck performing unspeakable acts upon a certain cartoon mouse that a lot of people like. I’ve never been a fan.

Michael: Cry-Man Squaw, F and C, double time.
Dwight: Cry-Man Squaw?
Michael: Crisis Management Squad.
Ryan: F and C, double time?
Michael: Front and center, twice as fast as you would normally go.

Michael: I really think you screwed the pooch on this one, Creed.

Creed: Every week, I’m supposed to take four hours and do a quality spot-check at the paper mill. And of course the one year I blow it off, this happens.

Michael: We have a lot of angry customers out there. This puts us at Threat Level Midnight.

Kelly: This day is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S, this day is bananas, B-A-N-A …

Angela: I don’t have a headache. I’m just preparing.

Michael: No, sweet cheeks. We need somebody who’s actually made a sale.

Andy (cockney accent): William Doolittle at your service. AKA, Will Do.
Jim: Yeah, I’m definitely going to go alone.
Michael: No, no, I need two men on this. That’s what she said. No time! But she did. NO TIME!

Michael: Dwight, I want you to be in charge of the press conference.
Dwight: Yes! You’re entering The No-Spin Zone.

Michael: Here’s the thing. When a company screws up, best thing to do is to call a press conference. Alert the media, and then you control the story. Wait for them to find out, and the story controls you. That’s what happened to O.J.

Jim: Oh, did the press ask for a story?
Michael: Here is your headline: “Scranton Area Paper Company, Dunder Mifflin, Apologizes To Valued Client. Some Companies Still Know How Business Is Done.”

Creed: Who wasn’t there last week? Debbie Brown. And which day was that? Wednesday the eleventh. Perfect.

Creed: The only difference between me and a homeless man is this job. I will do whatever it takes to survive. Like I did … when I was a homeless man.

Kelly: Look, I know the reason that you guys became accountants is ’cause you’re not good at interacting with people. But guess what? From now on, you guys are no longer losers. So gives yourselves a round of applause.
Oscar: I wonder how many phone calls you’re missing while you’re teaching us to answer calls.
Kelly: I know, right? Probably a lot.
Angela: Can you just tell us what we need to do so we can go?
Kelly: Okay, Angela. I love your enthusiasm! All you need to know how to do is pick up the phone and say, “Customer Service, this is Kelly,” except don’t say Kelly. Say your own name. Or if you’re bored, you can just make up a name. Like one time, I said I was Bridget Jones, (British accent) and I talked like this for the whole conversation.
Kevin: Oooh, can I be … (awkward accent) Australian, mate?
Kelly: Absolutely!
Kevin: ‘ello … mate.
Kelly: I like ice cream. I need a boyfriend.
Kevin: I like ice cream, too, mate. Alli-ga-tors, and dingo babies.

Andy: Check out this sunshine, man. Global warming, right?

Jim: I was thinking more like a CD … or a CD?

Jim: Lord, beer me strength.

Andy: Sometimes it’s just about the music of a conversation.

Andy: Why is my girlfriend here?

Dwight: First rule in roadside beet sales: the most attractive beets on top. The ones that make you pull the car over and go, “wow, I need this beet right now.” Those are the money beets.

Dwight: You’ve been granted level 3 security clearance. Don’t get too excited, that’s out of 20.

Andy: I had no idea.
Jim: Well … that’s not going to hold up in court.
Andy: We didn’t do anything illegal. Except knock over a mailbox with her friends.

Angela: Excuse me? Well I don’t see how that’s our fault. And I’ve already told you the official position of Dunder Mifflin is apologetic. So I don’t know what you want from me.

Kelly: … you have so many good qualities, that the one you might want to work on is … apologizing?

Michael: Mrs. Allen is our most important client. Because every client is our most important client. Even though she’s a pretty unimportant client, really.

Andy: Who was that guy she was talking to? At her locker?
Jim: Not important. Because you’re not dating her. Because it’s a felony.

Andy: One of your students is a bitch.
Jim: Andy is having a real rough day today.
Andy: I want to take out an ad in your yearbook. Full page, two words.
Jim: “Good luck.”
Jim: That’s not what I had in mind.

Angela: It was an unfortunate error. We’re fixing it.

Angela: I think he had Tourette’s or something.

Dwight: May I point out that the sex appeared to be consensual; both animals were smiling.

Dwight: I grew up on a farm. I have seen animals having sex in every position imaginable. Goat on chicken. Chicken on goat. Couple of chickens doing a goat, couple of pigs watching. Whoever drew this got it exactly right.

Mrs. Allen: I’m calling the Better Business Bureau!
Michael: Yeah, well, I’m calling the Ungrateful Bee-yotch Hotline!

Pam: It’s just the Scranton Times.
Michael: No, then Newsweek picks it up. And then CNN does a story about it. And then YouTube gets a hold of it.

Pam: Michael likes me to run the camera when he makes his apology videos. He says he needs a woman’s touch.

Michael: Hello, I am Michael Scott, regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, Scranton. By now, you are probably sick of hearing about Dunder Miffliin and our embarrassing watermark boner.

Kevin: Yeah, well at least I didn’t suck at customer relations.

Kevin: Ooh. Yes. Facial.

Angela: You two are apes.

Angela: I’m sorry. That you’re both morons.

Michael: If I could leave you with one thought, remember, it wasn’t me. They are trying to make me an escape goat. If I am fired, I swear to god, that every single piece of copier paper in this town is going to have the F-word on it. The F-word. You have one day.
Pam: One day for what?
Michael: That’s — they always give an ultimatum.

Pam: That was your best apology video ever.

Creed: Why do bad things always happen to the good people? It’s tragic. Just tragic.

Dwight: Pam.
Pam: Hey Dwight. You look really nice today.
Dwight (scoffing): I look like an idiot. Hey, Karen.
Karen: Hey, Dwight. Lookin’ sharp!
Dwight: Yeah, that’s ’cause I’m your boyfriend, Jim Halpert. Hey, Karen, wanna get together later and have sexual intercourse ’cause you’re my girlfriend?
Jim: Do you?
Karen: No.
Jim: Okay.
Karen: I’m good. Thanks.
Jim: Look at that.
Dwight: I’m Jim Halpert.
Jim: Spot on.
Dwight: Bleah bleah, a little comment.

Written on the second cue card of the second take of Michael’s apology video:
I need this job. My mortgage
is hundreds of dollars a month.
With this job I can barely
cover that. I have a company
car, but I still have to pay for
the gas. Gas prices are high
and I have no savings whatsoever.
And it wasn’t even me.
It’s so not fair that they
want me to resign.

(Thanks, Wesley!)

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  1. Eh. Great “that’s what she said moment,” but anxiously awaited 30 Rock the rest of the time.

  2. That Dwight being Jim thing was probably one of the funniest ‘Office’ moments ever!!

  3. ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. Andy’s girlfriend.. Michael’s apology video.. Creed conning the office.. Kevin’s australian accent.. and of course Dwight trying to get back at Jim and asking Karen to have sexual intercourse with him.. hahahah.

  4. hahhaha..didn’t expect dwight to do that! he looked so much more human! i wish he did a better job on the “jim” looks tho :) (loved the andy story line-hilarious!)

  5. I was just about to say that episode was kind of a disappointment… until the very last moment. Dwight as Jim: funniest moment this season!

  6. It was an OK episode.

    Best parts were the cold opening and the close. Those impersonations were hilarious

  7. OMG…that last scene where Dwight imitated Jim was tooo funny! I did NOT see that coming!

  8. Hahaha! Dwight…as Jim…was funny.
    Also Jim and Andy singing the song from the Lion King.

  9. Wow! Loved this episode!

    Dwight as Jim was priceless! “Hey Karen, you wanna have sexual intercourse cause you’re my girlfriend”???

    And, the song they sang in the car was The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. I thought nobody would remember a 40 year old song, but The Office always exceeds my expectations.

    Awesome episode!

  10. Ok… that episode seemed like it was 10 minutes long. Seriously! C’mon NBC!!

    But Dwight at the end cracked me up… I’m Jim Haplert. HA HA HA!! And when he tried to do the face – I almost peed my pants laughing.

  11. I cant complain about this episode. I like how for the past couple of weeks they have had as little “JAM” as possible, because I am sure that the last few will be packed with it

  12. overall, oka episode. loved the dwight jim stuff and andy jim stuff. everything else was okay. and is it just me or is pam warming up to karen??

  13. I am Jim Halpert. I am going to have *BLANK* with my girlfriend Karen. (Look in to camera) Stupid comment. Hehe, funniest part. And yeah, totally not long enough.

  14. I loved this episode! I didn’t catch a whole lot of character/plotline development though…

  15. so, the ole’ dwight/jim switcheroo saved the pisode for me…besides that it was mediorce at best….

    ok, so michael threatening to put the “F-word” on every single sheet of paper was funny too

  16. Okay that ending with Dwight doing Jim was one of the funniest things ever in this series and ten times funnier than the cold open of Jim doing Dwight.

    Overall pretty solid episode. Thankfully angst free.

    Angela was in top form.

  17. Seriously a FANTASTIC episode. Loved the secondary characters face time

    Creed in prime form. Perfectly creepy

    Kevin and Kelly’s accents, Kelly and Angela, Kevin and Oscar’s “Ooh Facial” high five

    Jim and Andy’s 3rd duet! And it was a sweet moment, I thought. Which seems weird, but Andy seemed to really need the pick-me-up. Jim is awesome

    Pam continues to be my favorite. Love her!

    Dwight and Michael working together.

    Just a great, great episode. One of the best of the season, up there with The Return and Traveling Salesmen.

  18. Great episode!! I loved it. Not too much of the dramatic stuff, I think it’s one of my favorites this season. :)

  19. Not the best episode yet, but the cold open/tag made up for almost all of the hiatuses and reruns. Dwim (Dwight as Jim) was fabulous. Rainn should get an Emmy for those 60 seconds alone.

  20. And, the song they sang in the car was The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. I thought nobody would remember a 40 year old song, but The Office always exceeds my expectations.

    I think a lot of people remember that song, seeings how it is one of the most famous songs from a movie of all time. Ever heard of the Lion King?

  21. I loved it when Jim started singing to cheer Andy up. And the beginning and end are definitely the best.

  22. A few more things! Loved Threat Level Midnight coming back, loved the “TWSS” moment, love the new catchphrase of “Beer Me” and the cold open/ending was hands down the greatest office moment ever.

    Okay I think I’m done for now :)

    Just loved the episode!

  23. Comment #1-“IT WASN’T LONG ENOUGH…AT ALL…*whines”

    That’s what she said! haha

    aweemaweh aweemaweh aweemaweh aweemaweh….haha priceless. I thought andy was going to have an anger relapse right after he talked to his “girlfriend”

  24. This was pretty funny…not the best but pretty funny.
    – The Dwight/Jim impersonations were hilarious! I didn’t expect Dwight’s Jim inpersination at the end…it was so funny! Camera glancing, pretty-boy hair, and everything!
    – Creed = Great in every way.
    – Kelly’s blabbering
    – Andy: “Why is my girlfriend here?” and also Jim: “You’re not dating her, because that’s a felony.”
    – Jim and Andy singing
    And yay for the Washington Post mention! Go Washington!!!

  25. Oh and guys, be happy- we have 3 more weeks of new episodes, and the next 2 are supersized and the finale is an hour long! So we have a lot to look forward to ;)

  26. Haha…loved this episode! One of the best I’ve seen all season.

    After Jim’s switcheroo on Dwight…my frist laugh out loud moment was probably Michael’s quick attempt to fit “TWSS” into the conversation. Then, it was Jim’s “Lord, beer me some strength.”

    And of course….”Karen, do you want to have sexual intercourse with me because I’m your boyfriend?” THen his look into the camera..mumbles..”Stupid Comment.”

    haha…loved it all. It was way too short!

  27. Well, I am going against the grain….that didn’t impress me at all. I loved the Jim/Dwight switches at the end and beginning…but other than that, a pretty dull episode for me.

    My husband, who is not a rabid fan like me, but it best, “It felt like it was missing something.”

  28. Creed, Creed, Creed. That was crazy. Dwight trying to prank Jim back was really great. I really was hoping for more Andy/girlfriend interaction like the promo pics showed. Oh well. The new direction he’s taking is good to see. And zero JAM works just fine for awhile. Returns the focus to the Office.

  29. I thought they had almost wasted a golden opportunity with the cold open (it just wasn’t as funny as it should have been), but they redeemed themselves and more with the tag. I love you Dwight.

  30. I knew Creed was going to take the money. But throwing the card away had me very literally laughing out loud.
    And the customer from ohio. Represent! we had a tornado warning right when the press conference started. I thought the sound effect was part of the show for a second.

  31. Zero JAM seems to be the norm these days….at least zero happy JAM. What I wouldn’t give for a “Drug Testing” ….sigh.

  32. What did Michael say to/about Ryan when they were having the meeting to handle the watermark? I can’t remember but it was hilarious.

  33. funny.

    “we did not do anything illegal. except smash a mailbox with her friends.” -andy.

    at least that’s the gist of what he said. i laughed at that (among other things).

  34. I think this episode was just okay overall…though there were some classic moments, namely the Jim/Dwight switch…have to say that might be my favorite Jim prank to date. And Dwight at the end made it that much better. But I don’t know, something about the last few episodes have been lacking something. There have been a lot of funny moments, but not as much substance as I’m used to in an Office ep. Hopefully these last few episodes will make up for it.

  35. Was it just me, or was the look of the show different this episode? The shots in the school, especially; some of them felt very…non-documentary? Especially the ones above person-height.

  36. Great episode. Favorite part was Michael’s “ultimatum”

    Creed and Michael might see some fall-out for their actions

  37. Solid episode. I’m glad they didn’t address JAM. It showed that the show can still be good without the love drama. If you want to watch a show that gives time to relationship drama EVERY episode, I suggest you turn to Grey’s Anatomy.

  38. This was a great episode. I loved Jim as Dwight and Dwight as Jim! I give the ep 10/10, easily a classic.

    I did want to comment on the lack of JAM story lines. From some of the spoilers and summaries of upcomming episodes, it seems as if we are in for a JAM fest in the upcomming weeks. I’ve seen a few comments that some are disappointed with the lack of JAM. I was too, at first, until I reflected back upon the spoilers and summaries. Maybe, for us JAM fans, this is a well needed break from JAM. You know, kind of like the calm before the storm.

  39. Well, mom taught me…if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all, so I’m not going to say a lot about this episode.

    I thought Dwight’s talking head (couple of pigs watching, lol) was darn funny.

  40. This episode had a lot of funny moments, but a lot of it felt forced and a little empty. The “important client” Michael tried to apologize to, the apology video, Angela’s inability to do customer service. It just felt like something was a little off, but I’ll reserve my official judgement until iTunes puts it up and I watch it a few more times.

    It probably had a lot to do with the episode only being 30 minutes and going by too quickly.

    Also, I don’t know if I missed this storyline part but did Andy mention why he has a Prius now instead of his “X-Earth” (aka Xterra)?

  41. Your Mother:

    Michael (to Ryan): Sorry, Sweetcheeks, but we need someone who’s actually made a sale.

    lol Ohh Michael. =)

  42. good god! i don’t know why people didn’t like this episode! I thought it was one of the best of the season! pretty much every scene was classic.

  43. I agree with those who say this was an ok episode. It’s missing something alright. JAM! What are they doing to us?!?! I am very reluctant to buy season 3 when it comes out because I don’t think I can sit through more painful episodes with Jim and Karen.
    I mean, how can they lead us on with Casino Night and the flashbacks from Gay Witch Hunt, and then make us suffer with this Jim/Karen crap?! Jenna says on her Myspace page to not miss Beach Games, so I’m hoping/praying she’s eluding to some JAM. Otherwise, it will be another disappointing week for me.

  44. I’m kind of surprised that they didn’t throw in a Jim/Pam bone when Dwight was playing Jim and said “he was going to have ‘sexual intercourse’ with Karen tonight”, but since this episode was Office relationship-lite, I guess such a quick camera shot would have been out of place.

  45. that episode was bananas…B-A-N-A-N-A-S!! the beginning and the end were the best parts. the middle seemed forced and patched together.

  46. Please, please stop writing about how much you missed JAM in the episode. They are NOT the main focus of the show. The story is about an office and each personal relationship cannot be addressed every episode. I don’t hear you guys complaining about the absence of Dwight/Angela, Ryan/Kelly and or Michael/Jan. I usually believe that “Office” fans are the smartest of the bunch, so you guys should understand more than anyone Jim/Pam are not featured all the time.

  47. I loved the beginning and I loved the end. Jim and Dwight are amazing.

    I thought this episode was really short.

    Thank God for Creed, he had a lot of screen time.

    I heart Andy.

  48. I laughed a lot. I was so happy to see the accountants by themselves, and Kelly being bubbly, and Creed having such a huge part in the episode. and yeah, Dwight drying to prank Jim was the last thing I was expecting and I couldn’t have been happier.

  49. Hey you guys, who wrote tonight’s episode?

    Justin Spitzer & Brent Forrester

  50. To those that say that the episode was bad because there was no JAM, stop whining. The show is the office – not the JAM drama half hour.

    I am just kinda tired of seeing these comments complaining how there isn’t enough JAM. Stop. I just want to discuss the episode and if JAM seems to be the best part then whoopedeedoo. Otherwise, get on with it.

    rant done.

  51. Who was the actor who played the reporter for the press conference in this episode? What other show has he been on – he looks so familiar.

  52. Did anyone else think Andy dating a highschool girl was weird and creepy and just strange.

  53. Where is the new Pam? There was this big declaration of change in Cocktails and even Jenna said we can look forward to Pam being more outgoing and frank but three episodes on it’s just not happening yet.

    79: I think even Andy thought it was strange. He didn’t know and the actress playing her looked mid 20s.

  54. Did anyone else catch the “Threat-Level Midnight” callback???

    So great. I don’t care what anyone says, this show is still the greatest thing on TV.

  55. One of The Best Episodes of the season. It actually felt a lot like a season two episode to me.

    The cold open and the tag destroyed me. (In the good way.)

    Finally, Kevin + Kelly = OTP. For realsies.

  56. Reasons why this episode was so good:

    1) “This day is bananas: b-a-n-a-n-a-s, this day is bananas: b-a-n-a-n-a-s!”

    2) “Threat Level: Midnight” reference

    3) The DBH…you know, the Disgruntled Beeyotch Hotline

    4) “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

  57. pam says she films the video b/c michael wants a woman’s touch. cut to dwight, comb in hand, spraying and spraying and spraying. loved it.

    love the accounting threesome

    memo to writers, if you’re out there: at some point I want to see Fancy New Beesly’s apartment, and i want her to take more risks with her art

  58. Who was the actor who played the reporter for the press conference in this episode? What other show has he been on – he looks so familiar.

    Anthony Russell – his IMDb page

  59. I loved Jim’s “Do you?” to Karen. Oh Jim… lol

    Plus I’m so thankful to the writers for sparing up from JAM in the last few episodes. It’s been so nice and refreshing to actually enjoy the funny again without having to have it dragged down by all of that mundane and forced junk. More Jim and Dwight, more Kelly and Angela, more Oscar and Kevin, more ANYTHING ELSE but Jim and Pam drama.

  60. As far as people complaining about the absence of JAM, I’m more of a Jim/Karen fan, but I see their point. We don’t have a chance to see anybody being really hopeful (or even happy — hee, except Kelly), so the bleak humor in the show feels a little more prominent, and the sweetness is a little softer (TWSS). I’m not sure it’s bad, but it is different.

    I think that’s tied up in why Season 2 was so much fun to watch — instead of falling back on the sitcom formula of bringing everything back to normal at the end of every episode, the writers made expansive emotional changes from episode to episode, and even within the episodes themselves.

    Granted, large-scale *events* have transpired this season, but the show has been striking the same emotional tableau for the whole second half of the season. That’s a radical departure S2, which spanned euphoria to devastation several times between Booze Cruise and Casino Night.

  61. I didn’t think this episode was that funny.

    In some ways it seems like they just keep hitting us over the head with how all the characters are. Which I guess is the point of the show, really, but this episode didn’t make it funny; it just felt repetitive to me.

    I dont know, I guess I feel like I’ve seen Andy sing a millions times, Michael long for attention, Angela be a bitch, etc etc…

  62. Who was the actor who played the reporter for the press conference in this episode? What other show has he been on – he looks so familiar.

    Anthony Russell – his IMDb page

    Thank you! That was driving me crazy.

  63. I loved the “you tube” reference by Michael. Kelly was hysterical. The episodes go by too fast. They just aren’t long enough. (that’s what she said)

  64. God (feels weird to type that)…I felt that way lately too, especially last week’s episode (the whole betting subplot in particular). It’s like the characters have become stuffed animals that say predictable lines on cue. On the other hand, I still really liked this episode because they just did it SO well, while at the same time surprising us: like Dwight-as-Jim, and Jim-comforting-Andy.

    Oh, and for all you Jammmers? I’m sorry, but it’s JAM that’s been making the show kinda sag lately. So I’m really glad they gave us a break from the soap opera this week.

  65. Oh, did any else enjoy Dwight’s “small talk” with Jim in the car? “People usually laugh about 10% of the time…”

  66. Solid episode, very funny throughout. Loved the opening and closing, Kelly and Kevin’s accents, the that’s what she said comment, and more. A little disappointed that there was no Jam, but it didn’t keep me from fully enjoying the episode.

    I will say that the episode felt like it was 5 minutes long, though.

  67. Brent Forrester seems to finally have found Michael Scott’s voice. (He also wrote The Merger which, aside from being too gut-wrenching, had that horrendous conference room scene, and Business School, whose actual business school scenes I cannot re-watch.)

    This episode was funny from second one until the very last frame. So wonderful to see solid comedy with no drama. I love the drama, mind you, but this episode was pure joy.

  68. I think that this episode is a perfect example of why all of The Office episodes need to be supersized. There seemed to be a lot of loose ends that weren’t tied up. There were definitely a lot of laugh out loud moments, but it just seemed kind of messy. However, I shouldn’t complain, I’m grateful for every new episode there is.

    On another note, I don’t think the next few episodes will be JAM heavy. I predict they will take a break, and then start fresh with JAM in Season 4, kind of like in “the dundies.”

  69. Even though I said that the past few episodes haven’t had as much substance as I’m used to, I don’t attribute that to the lack of JAM. I think the writers have been very smart to avoid it in the past few episodes, because mid-season, we were overloaded with drama. And now they’re trying to let that settle and get back to the core of the show. And I think they’re perfectly capable of doing that, but I don’t know, the writing in the past few episodes hasn’t been as strong as it was in the first two seasons.

  70. I just rewatched the episode again…can’t say I liked it anymore than the first time…but I did notice something I missed the first round that made me laugh out loud.

    Dwight using the big plant to hide Phyllis…poor Phyllis, I guess she’s not a “money beet”

  71. No ones mentioned Dwights comments about watching the farm animals having sex. That was hilarious. “I’ve seen it all. A chicken with a goat. A goat with a chicken. Two chickens and a goat. Two goats and a chicken with two pigs watching.”

  72. I MISS JAM! Heehee, just had to say to annoy everybody. No seriously, this was one of the best episodes ever. We need more character crosses (that’s what she said).

  73. I did also like Michael’s “sweet cheeks” comment, but I wish they panned over to Sweet Cheeks to see him roll his eyes.

  74. I thought it was good, and I didn’t miss the JAM. I’m tired of the love triangle, and it was good to get back to the funny. I loved Dwight at the end and I loved the unusual interaction between workers.

  75. I really enjoyed this episode; every scene had at least one great moment.

    Who played Mrs Barbara Allen, the client who wouldn’t accept Michael’s apology?

  76. I agree with the people about JAM. The show is not a soap opera..if you want that shouldn’t you be watching Grey’s?

    I do want to see what happens, because it will be something that will probably blow up because it’s been ignored (from the characters point of view)…but I’m glad it was just about the witty jokes..and I want to see more of the rest of the cast.

    JAM will come..but I don’t want it to become a crutch for the show.

  77. This was one of the best episodes of the year…really had the season 2 vibe going on. If you have it DVRed go look at the very last queue card…good stuff =)

  78. “I agree with the people about JAM. The show is not a soap opera..if you want that shouldn’t you be watching Grey’s?”

    92: The Jam fans don’t want a soap opera. It was by separating Jim and Pam and introducing Karen that the show was made more soapy.

  79. I loved the cold open and the whole thing had some great moments – I liked Michael’s telling Mrs. Anderson where to go – and I was fine with them taking a JAM break. But it just felt depressing – the stuff with Angela was not that great and the apology video was forever and with the Dwight impression at the end – it was like a ‘Jim worship’ episode. Once again – who are the cool people in the office? Jim, etc… The only intelligent ones? The young, hot people! Good thing the office has them, it would never function.

    And in this episode we learn that Andy does not have enough brain power to figure out that his girlfriend -that he knocks down mail boxes with – is in highschool. I hope someone helps him get dressed in the morning.

    Okay, I’m done. Bring on the opposing opinions :)

  80. I’ve been weaned of Jam. My new favorite office couple is Oscar and Kevin. They were a riot teasing Angela.

  81. omg! I loved this episode. I just re-watched it and there are tons of things that I didn’t catch the first time…

    I loved Creed’s line – “I’m supposed to take 4 hours every week to do a quality assurance check at the paper mill. It figures that the one year I blow it off, this happens.” Too funny!! Seriously, how does he still have a job?

    Other favorite parts…when Michael called Ryan “sweet cheeks” and when Kelly kept talking in a British accent….and of course, when Dwight/Jim switched.

    It was one of the best of the season for me :)

    Did anyone else think that when Jim followed up with “Yeah, do you?” to Dwight’s intercourse question to Karen, that he was actually asking for himself…and not as a joke? Hmmm…made me wonder…

  82. I thought this was one of the funniest episodes of the season so far. My favorite scenes:

    7. Jim & Andy’s visit to Dunmore High and Andy finding out his part-time yogurt chef girlfriend is still in high school
    6. Kevin: “Yeah, well, at least I didn’t suck at customer relations. Ooh, yes! Facial!”
    5. The ultimatum at the end of Michael’s apology video
    4. The press conference with “most important client” Barbara Allen – especially Dwight’s part & talking head in the middle
    3. Dwight’s press conference preparations:
    Dwight: “Okay, Karen, Ryan, Pam. Center stage. Pam, run a comb through your hair.
    (Voice over, while Dwight moves the tree to hide Phyllis)
    First rule in roadside beet sales: Put the most attractive beets on top. The ones that make you pull the car over and go, (Talking head)
    ‘Wow, I need this beet right now.’ Those are the money beets.”
    Dwight: “Okay, here are your credentials. You’ve been granted level 3 security clearance. Don’t get too excited. That’s out of 20.”
    2. Accounting’s crash course in providing excellent customer service from Kelly
    1. Jim’s impression of Dwight and Dwight’s retort

  83. I’m a little tired so I haven’t been through all the comments so I apologize if I get repetitive…
    This episode was one of my favorites from this season.

    The opening with Jim being Dwight was brilliant and hilarious, surpassed only by the Dwight doing a “spot-on” impression of Jim at the end, especially the whole “Karen do you want to have sexual intercourse later…” part. Perfect ending to the episode, one of my all time favorite moments, period.

    I was so amused by the whole situation that I didn’t notice or really mind the complete absence of JAM, this was such a good episode without it that while I still hope to see it in the future I could live without it tonight. As many people have mentioned, this isn’t a soap opera and we shouldn’t need JAM all the time to enjoy an episode and if you are, you’re not getting the whole thing anyway.

    Creed is such a creepy jerk, and I love him for it. When I saw him throwing the card out and keeping the money I couldn’t help but think that’s something House would do, and that made me smile.

    The whole Andy “dating” a HS student and more so Jim’s little comments about the situation had me rolling.

    I love how Michael’s apology video quickly devolved from apologetic to argumentative and downright combative.

    I thought Pam had some funny, understated lines that made me laugh tonight like in the conference room getting on Michael’s abbreviations and how she handled filming his video.

    As usual, I’m left thinking how this show needs to be longer every week.
    Sorry for the excessive length (that’s what she said)

  84. Loved this ep! Gotta say…my fave line in the whole show was: “Lord, beer me some strength.”

    Did anyone else love Kevin and Oscar’s phantom shake and high fives? They were nearly a foot apart and still did it phantom style. Ha.

    Also loved Jim/Dwight. Someone pointed out that the numbers Jim added up(7+4=11) was used again by Angela. If she was refering to an expense report from Jim for that amount, I think just lost it! Ha. Also, someone at TWoP pointed out that when she googled the numbers, a bible verse popped up. “The end of all things is near.” Could this be a foreshadow? HMM????

    Gotta love this episode. I liked how Dwight got the plant, put it infront of Phyllis, told Pam to ‘run a comb through’ her hair, and totally shut the door on the reporter when he was giving his drink order. Oh, and Dwight being Jim was the highlight. “hlakjlkjasldkj little comment here.”

    Good stuff. Thanks to Tanster for putting up all this Product Recall stuff, reminders, and even getting the new pics up! ALL US FANS THANK YOU TANSTER!!!

  85. I do think something is amiss between Jim and Karen. When Andy was asking about her, he didn’t say much and tried to change the subject. And I do think Jim’s “Do you?” to Karen at the end was half-serious; he wasn’t just asking for Dwight. And she didn’t seem to thrilled about the idea of sex. So that relationship definitely seems like it’s on its way out to me, which was expected anyway. But there are the clues.

  86. This episode was great. One of the best of the season so far. JAM stuff will come in time, calm down people.

  87. During Michael’s apology video, did he say “our embarassing watermark boner”? If so, isn’t that the word that caused the whole “Parental Disgretion” statement before a previously-aired episode – maybe Sexual Harassment – according to DVD commentary? In any event, funny stuff!

  88. Yeah, the Jim as Dwight and Dwight as Jim parts were classic (and the tag was amazing, I’ve watched the cold open plenty before the episode even aired, so the tag was a nice touch), but my favorite line of the night, not just the wording but the delivery, had to be Dwight describing how to sell beets, and the end line “Those are the money beets”… yeah, I pretty much fell off my couch at that point

  89. Excellent showing I must say. But I will caution some of those that think the whole Product Recall thing is over….do any of you think maybe….just maybe….there might be some consequences in the future for Michael Scott? I don’t see this as being the end of this storyline.

  90. I thought this was a very nice episode. I have read that this was the last episode that was filmed, so naturally it didn’t have any plotlines that continued the major arcs of the show, but I thought it was solid as a standalone installment.

    There was a previous comment stating that those who see the show mostly for Jam aren’t *getting* the show, which I thought was a bit unfair. As Rachel in #102 said, different people take different things from the show. I love “The Office” both for its exaggerated moments of humor and for its caustic, subtle wit. But it was the sweetness of the Jim/Pam romance that got me hooked. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that there wasn’t more Jim/Pam this week, but I enjoyed the episode nevertheless. It’s not wrong for a fan to have expectations and hopes for a show he/she loves, especially for such a major plotline.

  91. It’s not the Jim and Pam I’m missing, per say, it’s my emotional investment. Michael brings true poignancy occasionally, but Jim and Pam were the real emotional link the audience. I find myself not rewatching the episodes anymore, not really thinking about them after they end. It’s just another funny sitcom these days and that’s absolutely fine, but it used to be more than that. Pun NOT intended.

    And please don’t mark me off as another sappy “JAM” shipper. I’m not.

  92. Bravo for returning to some actual office situations. I really like that kind of stuff. Not as laugh-out-loud as some episodes, but the intro and the stinger at the end made up for it in spades.

  93. I loved this episode. We got to see a lot of different characters. It was so freakin’ hilarious. Andy dating a teenager! I cracked up when Michael said, “I need two men on this. That’s what she said. No time! But she did! No time!” I thought Jim as Dwight was hilarious, but Dwight as Jim was even better! LMAO!

  94. oh quickly… case you missed it….on one of Michael’s cue cards it read….

    I need this job. My mortgage
    is hundreds of dollars a month.
    With this job I can barely
    cover that. I have a company
    car, but I still have to pay for
    the gas. Gas prices are high
    and I have no savings whatsoever.
    And it wasn’t even me.
    It’s so not fair that they
    want me to resign.

    Priceless people…priceless.

  95. “Why don’t you call the Ungrateful Beeyotch Hotline??!!!”

    OK that is my new favorite quote! That has got to make the list.

  96. really good episode. loved Jim as Dwight and vice versa!!!! prob one of my fav. parts of the season! :)

    LOL at Andy singing and his GF! haha

  97. Loved this ep, but Michael’s video was dumb. Except for Dwight wielding the Aqua Net, that whole scene was lame-ish. As for the lack of JAM, wasn’t it kind of a JAM reference when Dwight-as-Jim stopped at Pam’s desk when he walked in?

    Loved Jim’s singing in the car and Angela sucking at customer service.

  98. it was good solid episode — lately they seem a bit disjointed – because they obviously leave a ton on cutting room floor.. NBC seriously needs to think about making this an hour show — (or super sized every week?)

    as someone pointed out — this isn’t over — there was a reporter there and it looks like he is writing a story– pammy said this thing will ‘probably blow over in a week’ which means it won’t

    I am predicting that article comes out and causes Duffer Miflin notority which at first is bad but then translates into their branch have huge sale’s leap which in turn causes corporate to offer job to one of sales people.

  99. I definitly think this episode marked the beginning of something huge for the entire office. If you’ve ever researched the original UK version, you’ll see MANY similarities in the actual plot. This happened to their Michael right before their show ended. I know that’s not the case here.. but (Gareth?) their Dwight takes over after (Michael’s redundancy)and runs the office with military precision.. (Pam) feels left out of (Jim’s) affections b/c of his office romance.. There’s a big theme day in their office and (Pam) decides to sell kisses – (Jim) buys, they kiss, feelings reimerge, he breaks up with (Karen) and (Pam) goes back to her fiance. Things are SO close in exact plot that I wonder if that’s the direction they’re going with the season….

  100. PS – little sidetracked… BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON!!!!!! Had it all.. the Office is back. I could watch this stuff for years…and years…and years…and years.

  101. omgDwitzkindamyfriend-
    i loooove that kiss b/w tim and dawn at her “kissingbooth”. it always kinda reminded me of jim and pams dundies kiss though.

  102. I didn’t have too much hopes for this episode (the synopsis didn’t really grab me), but man, it was DAWSOME. I’m still a full on JAM-shipper, but I’m glad for the break their giving us on that angle. I DEFINITELY love Creed in this one.. Angela is excellent as usual. Loved Kelly covering the mouthpiece of her “handphone”. Loved Andy… SOO much. Loved Jim singing just to cheer Andy up (Seriously, doesn’t matter how idiotic he thinks someone is, he can’t stand to see anyone sad. who wouldn’t love him?). And the very end? I was convulsing on the floor with laughter. Best lines by far (very loosely paraphrased):

    Dwight: I’m Jim Halpert. Hey Karen, wanna have sexual relations with me, since I’m your boyfriend and all?

    Karen: [disgusted look] No.

    If only she were turning down the real Jim…

  103. I loved the pace of this episode. Hilarious from start to finish, and we got to see the best of every character. I thought Dwight was awesome tonight thru the whole thing (beets, goats, the plant, the Jimpersonation). The writers continue to show their brilliance by leaving JAM alone after the Roy drama, while subtly tearing down Karen/Jim and restoring the core of the show. No one would have bought it if Jim and Pam got together so soon anyways. They are setup perfectly for 3 amazing final episodes… I can’t wait. Nothing on TV comes close to this great show.

    I loved Michael’s Happy Gilmore size check for 25 reams of paper, and Dwight saying it was non-transferable.

  104. Anyone notice that Jim’s “Dwight” outfit (glasses and all) cost $4 + $7 = $11, and then later Angela asked Kevin what 4 + 7 equals on the account statement? Did Jim pay for his get-up on the company’s tab?

  105. hahahaha how did he Not know she was in high-school?
    that was awesome.
    i also think pam is very nice to help michael.
    he just “needs a woman’s touch” to he video. =P

  106. The Biggest Laugh Outloud episode of Season 3, for me at least. The opening and closing scenes were priceless…

    Anyone else find it strange that Jan didn’t make an appearance? You’d think a crisis this big would warrant a visit from the boss.

    Unfortunately no Meredith yet again…

  107. Also, I thought it strange that the camera didn’t pan to Pam after Jim’s look to the camera at Michael’s Threat Level Midnight reference. It seems that’s something they would have done.

  108. This is the first episode this season that I think I’ve actually LOVED, not just thought was pretty great.

    Kelly continues to be rock awesome, and at least now we know how Creed has kept his job all this time…being shady!

    I thought Jim as Dwight was great….Dwight as Jim had me laughing so hard I couldn’t breath! “…little comment”

  109. Loved this episode – I’m actually turning into a Kelly fan (can’t believe it!). Favourite line:
    Those are the money beets. I’m giggling even as I type it. No clue why.

    P.S. I loved Michael’s apology video/manifesto.

  110. Bring on the next three super-sized/hour long episodes! Since they have laid all the groundwork this season, now it’s time for all the dominoes to fall. I hope these final episodes of the season are the best ever, because their are so many ways these storylines can go with ALL the characters, not JUST Jim/Pam/Michael/Dwight.

    After reading all the quotes I feel this episode is a lot better than my initial impressions were upon the first viewing, so lets hope iTunes gets the episode up soon.

    Bears. Beets. Battlestar Gallactica.

  111. I’m re-watching and Creed is just priceless

    “Every week, I’m supposed to take 4 hours and do a spot check at the quality paper mill. And of course the one YEAR I blow it off, this happens”


    I love the little stuff like that.

    Kelly and Pam especially looked SO pretty in this episode.

  112. just finished reading everyone’s comments. i’ll have to admit, this message board really boosts my viewing experience… anyways, didn’t see this anywhere, but did anyone catch the look dwight gave the camera when creed was using the “dentist appointment” excuse? priceless.

  113. Someone mentioned the pace of the episode and that was actually my first thought from the beginning of the episode. It was much quicker than Safety training and I think that helps.

    I LOVED this episode! Jim doing Dwight was great, but Dwight doing Jim (TWSS) was absolutely HILARIOUS!!! He kept making some face that he thought Jim makes but did a TERRIBLE job at it. Oh man. I laughed for about five minutes after the show ended. And Andy dating a high school student? OMG…too funny. They even managed to make me feel bad for Andy.

    I love this show.

  114. Even though I laughed the whole way through (and I’m still laughing this morning), I can’t say this was my favorite episode. It seemed to be missing something, and I’m not talking about Jam because I didn’t expect much on that front for a while. There was no Jan/corporate, no wherehouse staff, no office romance of any sort, the scene of Jim and Andy attempting to explain the watermark at the high school centered entirely on Andy’s girlfriend issues, and in general nothing tied this episode to what has come before it except small remarks here and there (Threat Level Midnight, etc). In short, to me this episode felt pretty one-dimensional…they laid out the problem right after the opening credits and then pretty much everything revolved around that. If the watermark issue re-surfaces as some people here think it might, then perhaps I’ll feel better about this episode as a set-up to other things…

  115. this episode was amazing. i loved all of angela’s facial expressions as she had to endure everything kelly said. can’t wait for the next episode.

  116. Great episode. Reminded me of a Season 2 episode in that it started off with a conference room meeting, and that it was fast paced. The only part I found to be sub-par was the “In the Jungle, Lion Sleeps Tonight” bit with Jim and Andy. Other than that, it was great.

  117. 149- Good catch.

    Did anyone else notice Pam’s new sweater??? It’s red! You know she only wears colors on special occasions.

    I agree with everyone who thinks that the show needs to be supersized because it is kind of awkward with all of the editing they are doing.

  118. Did anyone else catch the 2nd board that Michael was reading from in the apology? Go back and pause it… it is right after the first board falls. It is not what he is reading but instead a long sob story as to why he needs to keep his job. Hilarious!

  119. Although I did like the episode very much…the whole Dwight line at the end to Karen about having “sexual relations” (or whatever) just pissed me off!! I don’t want to be reminded that Jim and Karen are having sex! Bring on some JAM please.

  120. Ok, I just read all 164 comments and not a single person (I think) mentioned the fact that someone asked Jim how the apartment search was going. I interpreted this as Jim and Karen are looking for a new apartment together. Did I imagine this exchange? I’m at work and can’t rewatch until tonight.

    If I’m right, I guess Jim has convinced himself it’s time to move forward.

  121. I know this is probably the silliest question ever to ask die hard fans, but what does Threat Level Midnight reference?

  122. Escape Goat:

    Possible theories. Take your pick

    She feels guilty that she secretly wants Karen’s man

    She’s lonely for a friend now that she does have Jim as a main buddy in the office

    They actually get along well — remember Benihana Christmas?

    But I’m curious — did you see them specifically being buddy buddy in Product Recall? What did I miss?

  123. I just feel like she went out of her way to chime in with Karen in the conference room and she has done that several times in the past few episodes (I can’t think of other specifics right now).

  124. Escape Goat-

    You’re right, I’ve noticed it too. She did it in Safety Training when Karen guessed one more jelly bean than Jim for the bet.

    Kevin and Jim- “Come on, that’s lame.”
    Pam- “It’s called ‘being smart.'”
    Karen- “Thank you.”

    I think Pam is going out of her way to be nice to Karen, probably because she doesn’t want anyone to suspect she still likes Jim. Until the season finale, anyway, when Karen gets sent to corporate and Pam decides to fight for Jim (who Karen may be trying to convince to go to New York with her.)

  125. Amy — #169

    I think Andy just asked him how is apartment was, i.e. do you like where you’re living since you moved back to Scranton?

    I don’t think he said “search”, but I could be wrong…

  126. Threat Level Midnight is a reference to Season 2 when Pam discovered Michael’s play and the whole gang read the screenplay. Remember the characters Agent Michael Scarn, Dwigt, Samuel L. Chang, and Catherine Zeta Jones?

    So funny!!

  127. Wow, no Jam at all. That’s a nice change — shows the show has enough going for it to get them together and move on.

    Loved Kevin’s Australian customer service lines:
    “‘ello, MATE.”
    “I like ice cream too, MATE.”
    “Alliga-TORS. DINGO Babies.”

    Kelly was fantastic in this episode.

    Also, got to give it to Andy — he is a good singer. Wish he did requests.

  128. The “boner” reference could have been to a not-so-long ago internet meme, where it was discovered that, for a brief period in the 1950s, “boner” was used as a slang term for “mistake.” This came after people discovered the Joker using this phrase in some Batman comic books.

    Gotta love the Jim/Dwight moments here… Priceless.

  129. Amy- 169

    Did Andy say “apartment search” or just “apartment”. Forgive me for being the only person to not have DVR/TiVo. From what I remember, he was just making small talk.

    Anyone? Anyone?

  130. I feel like this episode was an experiment in giving loads of screen time and lines to the non-major (non-Michael, Dwight, Jim, Pam) characters: Andy, Creed, Angela, Kelly, Kevin, Oscar. It all worked for me except Creed – he went from funny-creepy to mean-creepy, like when Andy got Dwight fired, except less funny (no “dawesome” songs).

    My prediction for Jim and Karen is that they will NOT be breaking up at the end of the season, but will just go long-distance. This seems exactly like the “mature” (and passionless) thing that Karen would push and Jim would agree to, in the name of continuing to move on from Pam/be a grown-up. Then we will have Jim and Pam unfettered in the office again, and that would give the writers some good fodder for next season (can they be friends again, once Karen’s not watching? who will draw the line?)

  131. 170 Paige:

    “Boner” was used in that sense much longer than just the 1950’s. A famous botched play in the 1908 World Series has forever been known as “Merkle’s Boner”. Only in the ’60s-’70s did it start being phased out because people concentrated more on that other meaning, heh. So kind of like the word “gay”, which was also referenced in its older context this season.

  132. I totally agree with those who say that something was missing from this episode. Of course, my knee-jerk reaction is to say that it’s because it had zero jam, but then I remember that Valentine’s Day and Traveling Salesmen are in my top 5 favorites of all time, and both contain little to no jam. So, it’s not that.

    After much thought, I’ve decided it’s because I feel like I only saw half the episode – it felt like it was all set-up and no resolution.

  133. It would have been nice to have a little Pam/Jim look when he said Threat Level Midnight. Mainly because I don’t think he ever knew they read it and he thought he was being clever.

    But also because that would have been an awesome JAM moment without being too over the top

  134. Based on fast nationals courtesy of Marc Berman from Mediaweek, last night’s episode of “The Office” scored 7.48 million viewers with a 3.9/11 ratings in the all-important adult 18-49 demo. Lead-in “My Name is Earl” scored 7.56 million viewers and a 3.2/10 in the 18-49 demo. This means “The Office” improved in the critical 18-49 demo over its lead-in by 22% (impressive!). Lead-out “30 Rock” had 4.82 million viewers and a 2.4/6 in adults 18-49.

    The 3.9 ratings points of “The Office” was also the highest amongst all NBC shows for the night, and second highest in the 8-9 pm timeslot, behind only “Survivor” on CBS, which had a 4.5/13. On a night where all the major network shows had new episodes (yes, May Sweeps is well and truly upon us, folks), this is a very impressive performance by “The Office” on a competitive Thursday! Threat Level Midnight…redacted?

  135. UNSHUN.

    Bales you’re my HERO.
    great to see goodnews and i loved the episode, i didnt laugh out loud all the time, but there were a lot of great moments and.. uhh.. DWIGHT PRANKING JIM!??!? HILARIOUS. totally bested Jim’s prank on Dwight.
    ahhhh loved it.



  136. Oh gash…. this was too funny. I keep rewatching the tag! Did anyone feel as though that was more Rainn than it was Dwight?

    Still soo hilarious.

  137. Did anybody else notice the whole 7+4=11 thing? It came up twice. Wonder if the writers had some inside joke.

  138. I’ve been thinking about Michael’s “ungrateful bee-yotch hotline” comment a bit this morning. I thought this was hilarious at the time, but does it seem a little out of character for him??? He tries to be so careful with clients, and even if he doesn’t always get things quite right I don’t remember him ever being out-and-out malicious. That said, I suppose you might see what he said as a sign of how angry he was at the moment, but, I don’t know, there is still something bothersome about the whole thing for me.

  139. Has anyone noticed how in the past 2 episodes the all the relationships of Jim/Karen, Jim/Pam, Michael/Jan, and Dwight/Angela have been not been on camera at all (aside from the ending last night with Jim/Karen being next to each other when Dwight did his jimpersonation). Karen is in like a minute worth of screentime in each and Jan is in none of them.

    Wouldn’t Jan (Corporate) have had some involvement in the recall of the paper? I thought that was a logical part of the story that was missing from the episode last night.

  140. Also on the cue cards:

    I have literally apologized an infinite number of times over this and still there are calls for me to resign, calls from an annoying woman and possibly over the media.

  141. Dwight trying to mimic Jim’s facial expressions absolutely killed me. Can’t remember when I laughed that hard.

    it was nice to see Dwight trying to punk Jim for a change

  142. Same here, 199! I have been singing that little chant ALL DAY LONG and it’s driving me…

    BANANAS! B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Ahh!!

  143. Not much to say that hasn’t been said already, but this episode really brought the funny. It reminded me of The Injury and Business School in that it was utterly JAMless but I didn’t feel like the episode was missing something. Good stuff.

    Cannot wait to see the outtakes from Rainn’s Jimpersonation. Because you just know Johnny didn’t make it through in one take.

  144. written in part by Justin Spintzer, who also penned the great “back from vacation episode” with the Pam/Dwight moment which is still me favorite moment of Season 3 to date.

    Excellent work Justin!!!!

    There is an over-abundance of kick-ass writers on this show. No way Daniels is going to be able to keep everyone around for too much longer.

  145. I agree that the close was more Rainn than Dwight, which is why it was awesome. You could just tell that 0.001 seconds after the shot ended Rainn was about to break.

    You could also see JohnK start losing it a bit in the Lion Sleeps Tonight bit.

    I also thought Rainn probably lost it right after the “3 chickens with 2 pigs watching” comment.

    Can’t wait for the DVD!!!!

  146. i totally saw bits of Rainn in there too Dana! especially when he did the “some little comment” part. can’t wait to see the bloopers!!

  147. I really liked this episode – even though there was a lack of JAM, I thought it was really funny and helped bring in a lot of the supporting characters in the episode – though, were was Meredith?

    I totally loved the Andy/Jim stuff and it seemed to be totally in character that Andy didn’t realize his gf was in high school! He definitely still has that teenager/frat boy mentality, which is hilarious. I’m so glad that Ed Helms is part of the regular cast! And of course I loved the singing, especially at the end with Jim… though I do hope that don’t turn to Andy’s singing that too often.

    As for Creed, I do like him usually, but I think it was a bit too much that he not only got that person at the paper mill fired but he also took up a fake collection for her! (Though, that was pretty funny too!)

  148. 192- I was thinking the same thing. It seemed like Rainn was doing his “Jim” impression. Kind of like something that would be on the blooper reel. But made me laugh harder than anything else that happened in the episode!

  149. Was Toby around at all???

    You’d think that he’d be needed during Threat Level Midnight. :)

  150. First time commenter here (LONG TIME officetally obsessee!) I get what everyone’s been saying about this ep. feeling “unfinished” or lacking (and so short!) but I don’t mind it. I think the fact that there are a few loose ends adds to the feel of the show being like real life. This isn’t a typical show, and so everything is not wrapped up perfectly in 22 minutes – like real life! Just had to put my two cents in. As far as I’m concerned, this show can do wrong and I just can’t complain!!! We all know it’s the best thing on television! I do wish Season 4 would be all Super Sized, though. Wouldn’t that be the best?!

  151. Finally, it’s on itunes. I just watched it while on my break. I couldn’t stop laughing. I loved how Creed was trying to cover his ass. I wasn’t big on Andy coming back at first. But now I think he’s a great character to add to the mix.

  152. I think Pam being nice to Karen seems forced and obvious. I get the feeling the writers are doing this to set up Karen being outwardly rude to her (like Pam accidentally forgets to give her a message and Karen vents all her Jim frustration on her) and Jim would say “What a second…Pam’s always nice to you. What’s your problem?”

  153. Amy , Post #169 – I thought Andy said “How’s the apartment?” & I couldn’t figure out why he was asking about it. Did he say “apartment _search_?” After asking about Karen? Yikes.
    When Jim and Karen finally break up, I hope there will be fireworks.

  154. I have loved all the episodes so far. I am of course a JAM fanatic, but I also understand that this show is an ensemble comedy that just happens to have a cute little romance woven in. Because I keep this in perspective, it makes it easier for me to love every episode despite wether or not there is any interaction.

    I really liked this episode because it was just typical Office good stuff. I loved Pam’s reaction to the video camera (do you know what this is? (Michael) Yes. (Pam) I love how even when Jim is annoyed out of him mind with someone, in the end he is always such a good guy and trys to cheer up (the Lion Sleeps Tonight.) Hasn’t he done that countless other times for Michael and Dwight? These characters are so loveable. I am getting sad the season is almost over — when does Season 3 come out of DVD? Please tell me we don’t have to wait until Fall.

  155. 208 | mg714: “Where was Meredith?”

    In Kate Flannery’s blog, she explains that Dwight sent Meredith home early, presumably because she wasn’t pretty enough money beet.

  156. I thought this episode was awesome.

    Except where is Jan in this?? Corporate would hear of this by now. Also, wheres Toby??

    P.s. Michael looked very sexy in this episode, Steve Carell is getting very buff.

  157. I love the fact that Dwight doesn’t even notice that Jim is impersonating him until a few seconds after he says “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica” because he’s so caught up in the bear discussion. The webisodes totally spoiled me on the antics of the Accountants, so I’m glad we got to see a little more of them in this episode. Oh, I also loved Dwight trying to smooth over the press conference situation by saying that the sex appeared to be consensual because both of the cartoon animals were smiling. All in all, a great episode!

  158. who was the actress who played Mrs. Allen(the unhappy customer)? She looked so familiar.

  159. something i noticed in this episode that has seemed to be missing this season—dwight talking heads about farm life. dwight talking heads in general. he is great talking heads.

  160. Michael’s cue cards!!!!

    Cue Card 1

    Hello, I am Michael Scott, Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin, Scranton. By now you’re probably sick of hearing about Dunder Mifflin and our embarrassing watermark boner.

    Cue Card 2

    I have literally apologized an infinite number of times over this, and still there are calls for me to resign, calls from an annoying woman and possibly even the media alike. Well, let me tell you something. Something from the heart. I will not resign. I am not

    Cue Card 3

    leaving this office. It will take a SWAT team to remove me from this office, and maybe not even then. There is no way I will resign. It wouldn’t be fair. Not to the good workers I work with. Not to my clients. And especially not to me. Let’s not forget who this resigning business is really all about.

    Cue Card 4

    I need this job. My mortgage is hundreds of dollars a month. With this job I can barely cover that. I have a company car, but I still have to pay for the gas. Gas prices are high and I have no savings whatsoever. And it wasn’t even me. It’s so not fair that they want me to resign.

  161. i loved the whole Jim as Dwight and Dwight/Rainn as Jim thing, Andy’s high-school girlfriend storyline & that wonderful duet by Jim & Andy lol!

    but is it just me, or was Creed totally not endearing/likable in this episode? i know in one of the first season’s commentaries, the writers said that when they need non-sequitors, they’ll bring him into the story. and so far it’s worked because to me his randomness is just hilarious. this week however, i felt he was too mean. i know he was trying to save his own ass (as he has done before with Devon), but the money collection thing seemed like he was going too far. so now Creed is the only character i dislike. i felt that way about Andy too but he’s slowly redeeming himself. come on Creed, do something good!

  162. Question:

    When posters are speculating on what they think might happen in upcoming episodes . . . why do some people think that’s spoilerish?

    To me, spoilers are actual pictures or video or script bits that get released before an episode airs.

    Just curious.

  163. Finally! Andy was shown to be human. With one line he became human. “I had no idea!” The way that line was delivered, it was like all that Andy Cornell bravado disappeared and he became a regular guy. I like him so much more now and hope his mellowing continues.

  164. I just noticed that when Angela asks Kevin what 7+4 is, it’s the same addition problem that Jim calculates on his watch in the cold opening.

    Not important at all, just something I caught.

  165. I watched the episode with closed captioning last night, and Andy asks Jim, “How’s the apartment hanging?”

    No need to be worried :)

  166. Yeah its actually a tie-in to the number mystery on Lost. In the season finale of The Office, Locke escapes from the others and finds himself in Scranton, PA.
    Everyone mistakes him for Creed and decides wacky ole’ Creed is just up to his nutty tricks again dressing up like some sort of homeless guy so Dwight escorts him back to his desk at Dunder Mifflin. Locke notices Dwight’s watch-calculator and immediately gets the impulse to punch in numbers and press equals to save the world.. BUT DOES HE?


  167. Funneist episode of the season, hands down no debate. It’s “The Injury” of season three. I almost died laughing 50 times when I saw the episode and again when I saw the cue card qoute. I love how much hair spray Dwight was putting on Michael, HALARIOUS!!

  168. Loved this episode. I love Dwight. Sooooo funny. I would love an hr Office as well.

  169. I am having trouble with my comment. What I said was I didn’t have much to say about this show except I am starting to like Andy!!! See if this works

  170. I loved this episode but there’s something about Jim.

    I know his hair hasn’t been the same for a while – but the hair is a metaphor.

    It’s just sitting on top of his head. It used to be tousled and a bit more….insouciant.

    Jim the character (or is it John, the actor) has been rather dull lately, with the exception of the Dwight impersonation, which was crackling with wit and life.
    In the high school for example, his delivery was pointedly flat, as it has been in previous episodes.

    He’s lost some spark, definitely, and I’m wondering if it’s a result of a diet lacking in Grape Soda (Pam) and soggy and drippy with Bottled Water (Karen) — or is John the actor so busy with other simultaneous projects that he’s drained of energy?

  171. yeah, it’s a pretty crappy wig that jim has on. but i think the wig looked a lot better in this episode. they must’ve got him a new one. i love him though.

  172. I don’t know how deeply we should be reading into the wig issue, but Jim definitely needs some grape soda.

  173. This ep was not that funny. Great premise but not enough laughs. That’s happened more than a few times this season, which has been a bit disappointing.

    A few funny things with Creed, Jim and Andy singing in the jungle was good, but the only parts that made me really laugh was the ungrateful beotch hotline part with Michael, and Dwight being Jim.

    Andy came off as creepy, seriously. This type of borderline creepy humor worked better on the Brit Office, but for some reason they have never been able to make pull it off on this office. It always just ends up being creepy.

    Michael seemed out of character as well.

    Basically I didn’t like this ep very much. One of the worst this season IMHO.

  174. People keep expecting old Jim, but this Jim is not the same. He’s a little more bitter, more cynical, a little less easier to like. I think as long as the JAM situation remains as is we have to deal with this version of Jim.

  175. I just wanted to put up here (for poor ol’ Andy’s sake) that the legal age of consent in PA is 16, though he could possibly be charged with corrupting a minor.

    So looks like he’s in the clear. But seriously, I was pretty much worried about him being arrested the whole time.

  176. This was one of the best episodes in a really long time. The last few weeks haven’t really made me laugh, but this episode I had to watch twice because I kept cracking up and missing half the dialogue. The lack of JAM is sad, but I can be patient. :)

  177. everytime i see that face of Dwight/Rainn on this page, i can’t help but laugh. This show is what keeps me alive through the week!

  178. in case anyone thought ‘mrs. allen’ looked familiar…she’s on a Lending Tree commercial that plays about a hundred times a day. it’s the one where she says she’s going with Lending Tree even though she works at another bank.

  179. I just wanted to say Im very glad this website is up and running. My friends and I from Maryland are HUGE fans of the show. We are planning a weekend to go up to scranton and see some of the places from the show. Theres a guy in our office who grew up in Scranton and he says theres not much to do so I guess there will be plenty of drinking!

  180. Not much to do in Scranton except eat at a local bar. And Chilis is about 45 minutes from Scranton, not 5 minutes like Michael says in “The Client” last season. LOL I love this website too. This show rocks!! Jim as Dwight and then Dwight as Jim was totally awesome!!! Best cold-opener and closer of season 3 hands down!!!

  181. Oh my god, I watch my old epis on itunes when I get bored and I have to say, I lost it every time Kevin says “alligators…dingo babies” with his “Aussie” accent. Something about that is too funny.

  182. oh my gosh when Jim dressed up like dwight I literally laughed myself to tears, I absolutely LOVE John Krasinski!

  183. This was driving me crazy too – the actress playing Mrs. Allen (the disgruntled customer) is Lisa Darr. I finally remembered where I’d seen her before – she played Mrs. McPherson on “Popular”.

  184. Haha, okay. I just rewatched this on the DVD, and OH MY GOD, that deleted scene with Jim and Andy’s girlfriend’s friend is the most hilarious thing ever.

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