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THE OFFICE Recap: “Branch Wars”

November 1, 2007 by  

The Office: Branch Wars

I have the case of the giggles tonight. Overall I can’t say that tonight’s episode of The Office was my favorite, but I can’t stop giggling thinking back on some of the funnier moments. I don’t know what’s come over me but it’s been over an hour a since the show ended and I’m still laughing.

Before we get on to the recap and my favorite moments, I want to take a minute and say something that I never thought I would ever say – not here on this blog, not to my friends, not even in the quiet of my own home. Ladies and Gentleman – I miss Karen Filippelli. I’m not sure if perhaps someone slipped something in my drink or what, but the episode ended with me wanting more of Rashida and Karen. Give me a few precious JAM scenes and I’m sure I’ll be over it soon. But yeah, I’m just being honest.

Ok, now that I got that off my chest, let’s talk about what went down tonight.

As was mention, tonight was the return of Karen. After getting her ass dumped by a fountain in New York, Karen left Scranton and is now the Regional Manager of the Utica branch. Way to step it up, Filipelli. In her new management role, Karen is trying to lure Stanley away from Scranton with a promise of a big old raise. Michael is devastated to lose the ‘hilarious black guy’ and decides to enlist Dwight and an unknowing Jim to prank the Utica branch to get back at Karen. As you can imagine things don’t go well and the prank ends up with broken office equipment and Jim getting his ass handed to him by Karen in the most awkward of encounters. Good times.

Back in Scranton, Toby, Pam and Oscar have started the ‘Finer Things Club’ which is an exclusive club at which the members talk about literature, art and fine food. They’re all kinds of snotty about it and won’t let others join. Clearly these three were not the popular kids in high school and they are trying to get their revenge. I wasn’t a fan of the ‘Finer Things Club’ – it was unlike Pam to be so mean. Come on Pam, you’re better than that. And we are supposed to believe that the girl that was engaged to Roy Anderson for ten years now eats finger sandwiches and wears berets. I know you’re Fancy New Beesly and all but this is pushing it. The only good thing about the club was when they Halpert in…but I’m pretty sure he attended his first and last meeting.

At the end of the day, Stanley opted to stay in Scranton – something he was planning on doing all along. He was just hoping that Michael would counter his offer with more money. He didn’t. Crosswords live on!!!!

Host the Dundies…

I know that this episode won’t go down as a favorite for some, but for some reason it just hit home with me. Michael and Jim’s walkie talkie exchange in the car was one the of funniest things I’ve heard in some time. I can’t stop watching that scene.

Michael: “Take her to a motel, make love to her”
Jim: “No. I’m not doing that.”
Michael: “Just say that you want to get back together.”
Jim: “No! I’m not doing that.”
Michael: It doesn’t have to mean anything, just do it for Stanely. Come on Jim, just climb on top of her and think about Stanley.”

Michael: “Jim, if this is it for me promise me something…host the Dundies”

Ok, on to some of my other favorite moments from the ep…(in no particular order)

  • First off, I was WAY wrong about the Karen and Jim interaction. I thought for sure that things would be awkward between the two of them but then they would share a moment where they both realized that they were better off in their new lives. Yeah, not so much. Karen is still bitter and angry and she got all kinds of fired up at the mention of Pam’s name. Awkward. So much for closure there. Nope.
  • Michael creating the “Ferries Bueller” dummy so people will think he’s sleeping at his desk rather than being gone…like somehow that’s better.
  • Angry!Jim – The mixed look of fear, anger and nausea on Jim’s face when he realized he was being kidnapped and forced to go to Utica. I don’t think we’ve ever seen Halpert that angry before…and I liked it. I really liked it.
  • And speaking of Halpert, is this the first we have heard of his family. We know that there is a Larissa Halpert (who could be his mother, his sister, or his super secret ex-wife [update: Kent Zbornak supposedly confirmed Larissa was his Jim’s sister]), but tonight we learned that Jim has a brother (perhaps his name is Jonathan and he looks like Scott Foley…just a thought) and we also learned that Jim is an Uncle. More of Jim’s family please.
  • The best prank ever involves uniforms from the warehouse, silly string, gasoline and chunks of rubber to make stink bombs (or real) bombs.
  • Jim wearing Madge’s warehouse uniform. Where are you, Madge? (over on “Pushing Daisies”)
  • Continuity shout out – Pam’s teapot from Jim made an appearance at the ‘Finer Things Club’
  • Jim in the ‘Finer Things Club’ talking about “Angela’s Ashes”. Not sure what I loved more, Jim doing the Irish accent or Toby calling him out on not reading the book. So busted Halpert. You may be the finest thing in that office but clearly you aren’t cut out for the ‘finer things’ (5000 Stanley nickels to the first person that can snag me a picture of John Krasinski in that Irish Flat Cap CARLY…thanks!!)

John Krasinski, Irish Cap

Favorite Quotes…

Karen: “I am Regional Manager of the Dunder Mifflin Utica Branch. Turns out it’s a pretty easy gig when your boss isn’t an idiot and your boyfriend’s not in love with somebody else.”

Michael: [On Stanley’s leaving] “I don’t know how George bush did it when Colin Powell left.”

Oscar: “Besides having sex with men, I’d say that the ‘Finer Things Club’ is the gayest thing about me.”

Dwight: “I think I cut my penis on the lid.” (so wrong)

Dwight: “The eyes are the groin of the head.”

Ok, I’m done. Your turn to talk THE OFFICE. Love it, hate it…spill it!!


62 Responses to “THE OFFICE Recap: “Branch Wars””

  1. THE OFFICE Recap: “Branch Wars” — All This Nonsense on November 1st, 2007 11:23 pm

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  2. Matt R on November 1st, 2007 11:32 pm

    I liked most of it. The Finer Things Club did seem a bit odd and frankly out of character for all three of them (Pam, Oscar, Toby). But it was sweet when Pam tried to cheer up Jim by letting him in. And of course Andy’s reaction was fun.

    And I have to very much agree with you GMMR, the Michael/Jim radio conversation was so funny I almost suffocated from laughing. “Just climb on top of her and think of Stanley!” Is now the text on my screen saver.

    I think I am starting to like what they are doing with Jim this season. Instead of so much drama about Jim and Pam relationship, we seem to be getting some sublte drama about how now that Jim’s love life is somewhat stable he is starting to realize the rest of this life may need some changes.

  3. HealthcareHottie on November 1st, 2007 11:43 pm

    So I missed 1/2 this episode and will have to watch it 1st thing tomorrow morning when it becomes available online. The parts that I did see were hysterical, including the walkie-talkie conversation.

    Kath – I’m pretty sure you mean that Karen got her ass dumped by a fountain in NY, not her dumped ass by a fountain in NY (since I don’t feel qualified to comment on the entire episode I’ll just check your grammer instead, giddy girl).

    I have to say that my thought process when I heard about this episode was pretty much the same as yours. I was thinking there would be a meaningful conversation between Jim & Karen and some closure for both of them. Boy was I wrong. Karen was a battle ax and Jim kind of whimped out during their conversation. I can think of a million other things that he could have said aside from what he actually did say which would have made him come off seeming more dignified and mature, he totally blew it though. Something tells me this isn’t going to be there last encounter. I hope they both get the chance to redeem themselves.

    I have no comment on the finer things subplot since I really didn’t get that at all.

  4. Emily on November 2nd, 2007 12:00 am

    There were some incredibly laugh-out-loud funny moments tonight (GMMR, you enumerated them so well I won’t repeat you!), but I felt there was also a lot of exposition too, without it being labored and obvious until I got some distance from the episode. And as you and Matt R pointed out, it was mostly about Jim. His position as resident cool guy in the office was seriously tested tonight. I think the writers have always hinted about his character that he comes across as that charming guy who is funny but who probably needs to take things a little more seriously sometimes. And obviously not everyone in the office thinks he’s that great. Since when does Oscar dislike him? And did he really sit in the car in that uniform and mustache when Michael and Dwight couldn’t see him anymore? He was a little sad and I wanted to just give him a hug!

    My only complaint about tonight’s episode is that there wasn’t enough Andy. And where was Angela?

  5. Melody on November 2nd, 2007 12:07 am

    Some friends of mine who got an impromptu tour of the set by Kent Zbornak (I know, it sounds crazy, but I’ve known one of them for years and she’s always seemed very honest, soo….) actually asked about Larissa Halpert. KZborn said that it was Jim’s sister. So, now we know he has a brother (who has a new baby! aww!) and a sister!

    There was just not enough Karen in this episode for me. I suppose I had built it up in my head as Karen’s Triumphant Return, and that’s not quite what we got. I was kind of sad. I miss Karen (and Rashida), too. 🙁

  6. E. on November 2nd, 2007 12:08 am

    I’ve never posted here before, but after tonight’s episode I had to come by and say that this was BY FAR one of my favorites! I don’t think I’ve laughed this hard in a long time.

    And Jim’s face when he found out he was being kidnapped?? PRICELESS!

    By the way, love this site! First place I come Thursday nights!

  7. Jen on November 2nd, 2007 12:09 am

    I think Oscar had the best line of the night. I just about did a spit take after he said that!

  8. CrazyGringa on November 2nd, 2007 12:20 am

    I loved this episode and it made me laugh a lot! You mentioned my favorite parts.

    Speaking of Halperts family, we so called that last night or the other night when we were talking in the OT chatroom. Score for us!

    Also, if you get a screencap of Jim in that flatcap, please o please post it because I want it too!

  9. Give Me My Remote on November 2nd, 2007 12:26 am

    E – WELCOME, and thanks for your kind words.

    Melody – Thanks for the update on the enigma that is/was Larissa Halpert.

  10. Psappy on November 2nd, 2007 12:28 am

    JKras owned the episode. Hands down. I think this may even be his emmy submission. Are they even having the emmy’s this year with the strike and all?

    Anyway, I just want to say how much I LOVED that Pam sympathized with Jim and tried to make him feel better. She was the epitomy of a caring girlfriend and I thought to myself…At LAST! The writers have kept them solid and I can’t thank them enough for that.

    As for Jim/Karen’s exchange. It was brilliant to see Jim squirm, something we didn’t see in their silent exchange in The Job, but what bothered me was that Fillipeli still cared. She still felt hurt, betrayed, and angry when all I wanted to see was her moving on. Jim didn’t come out a winner in the conversation but Karen didn’t either. But hell, that’s reality, right?

    I really hated the FTC. Pam, the girl who was so upset no one came to her Art Show is now excluding people? What gives? That whole idea was nauseating. If it wasn’t for the roll credits scene in the end I would have said phooey to the whole plot.

    As for Dwight. He’s baaaack! Yipee.

  11. Andrea on November 2nd, 2007 12:40 am

    I actually didn’t like this ep so much. Too much slapstick going on for me to enjoy. But something that fascinates me so much about this show is how, despite some pretty zany things going on, the relationships can be so realistic.

    In particular, the exchange between Jim and Karen was painful and awkward and tense and I could see it really happening to two people who’ve just broken apart. Nevermind the fake mustaches and whatnot, Jim sitting there with pretty much nothing to say except the wrong thing while Karen grew more and more angry is *exactly* what happens to so many people. Er…maybe that’s just my own experiences. 😉

    I did like to see Jim being taken to task at pretty much every turn in this episode. Sure we all love him, but he can’t always rely on being the “cool” one in the bunch.

    Oh, and Toby’s snazzy bow tie? Fabulous!

  12. Paige on November 2nd, 2007 12:50 am

    I totally agree with you on the Jim moment. He’s always so cool and collected that it was hilarious to see him in a moment of panic for a change.

  13. Give Me My Remote on November 2nd, 2007 1:11 am

    Yeah, I really like that we get to see that Jim isn’t always as awesome as he may think he is.

    When Pam made the comment about someone not wanting him to join the FTC because of his jokes, I thought for a moment that it might be her.

  14. CrazyGringa on November 2nd, 2007 1:22 am

    So I guess, the strike starts tomorrow. I am going to miss my show :o(

  15. Fancynewbrookly on November 2nd, 2007 1:23 am

    OMG, I haven’t seen the episode yet, but Jim that Beret, OMG HAWWWT! *end fangirl moment*

    Sorry, that’s about all i can contribute at the moment. It’s interesting to see how this ep (as all the other S4 ones) has really polarised the audience. Everyone here seems happy enough, but Office Tally is split!

    I hate being Australian and having to wait!

  16. Dianne on November 2nd, 2007 2:19 am

    When Andy told Stanley that he was like an Uncle to him, an Uncle Remus, I just about wet my pants!!!!!
    Flat out HYSTERICAL!
    And then when Dwight threw Jim’s phone out of the car, and Jim got so mad, I actually was mad for him. Really made you feel for Jim and how OUT OF CONTROL the whole situation was!

  17. BrokenBrain on November 2nd, 2007 5:59 am

    Loved the episode – thought it was hilarious. GMMR, I think you miss Kearen for the same reason Jenna mentioned on the commentary of “The Job” – more tension between Jim/Pam/Karen. The Jim/Karen stuff was great. We are definitely seeing a depth to Jim we have not seen in previous seasons. I think Toby was the one who did not want Jim in the Club. Jim would not suspect him and it gives Toby a chance to be with Pam without Jim.

  18. kate on November 2nd, 2007 6:48 am

    i thought the finer things club was pretty lame, too. i can get annoyed with pam sometimes for being so … strange. i mean c’mon, karen would never mess with that!

    i could definitely feel the heat last night during karen and jim’s interaction, and i do miss karen and her sassy self. i didn’t like jim and karen together, but karen and jim apart and bitter/PETRIFIED is awesome. i loved how frightened he was of her. (rightly so.) sweet.

  19. Holly on November 2nd, 2007 7:53 am

    I thought it was really out of sinc with the show. Most of it was not funny to me at all. But now that I read the comments, I was never a fan of slapstick comedy (Ben Stiller) so if this resembles that, then thats why I don’t like it. Totally not funny. And the whole Karen thing just shows her character is a one trick pony. There was nothing special about their reunion. I was dissapointed.

  20. jenn on November 2nd, 2007 7:57 am

    I liked the Jim/Karen interaction. He was FINALLY honest with her about his feelings, Pam, etc. Too bad he couldn’t have been when they were together. She’s probably entitled to give him some crap about how he treated her. But, hopefully that’s put to rest now. Give her a nice Utica boy toy!

    So many laugh out loud moments in this episode! And JK’s best performance since Drug Testing. I, for one, am grateful that the characters and show are evolving. It would be boring if it was the same every week, if there was no growth of the characters. Just my two little cents.

  21. Vicki on November 2nd, 2007 8:20 am

    Loved this episode – classic Office!! But how has no one mentioned the line at the very end when Stanley asked if Michael is some sort of secret genius??? That cracked me up!!

  22. threec on November 2nd, 2007 9:21 am

    It occured to me that whenever you get Jim, Michael and Dwight in a car together (The Injury), chaos ensues.

    And while Jim didn’t handle the break-up well and Karen is entitled to be hurt, she obviously still hadn’t comprehended the depth of the Jim/Pam relationship. Telling Jim that if he wanted to see her, he could have just called, as if this whole prank was his desperate, immature way of getting in touch with her. Get over yourself, Filipelli.

  23. RJS on November 2nd, 2007 9:21 am

    At the end, who does Pam say told her everything about what happened in Utica? I thought she said “Rolando” and then I thought, Who is that? And maybe it was Michael or Dwight’s uniform name, but I checked and it wasn’t. Or maybe my brain just completely fizzled out on this one.

  24. Spencer on November 2nd, 2007 9:21 am

    Jim’s Irish accent made me swoon!
    I really did enjoy this episode. I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard as I did last night, all season! I definately will not put this down as my favourite episode, but I really did enjoy it.
    My main complaint however is the directing. I know it was Joss and all, but there were some moments when the camera just felt all over the place (In the car there was a camera on Jim, Dwight, Michael and all three of them). It just felt a little off.
    I’m still undecided on the Finer Things Club. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I don’t know.
    But Jim in this episode! Brilliant! I love that we’re getting to see more of the character, and I really hope that it continues!

  25. FrauFinch on November 2nd, 2007 9:37 am

    RJS–Rolando was the secretary of the Utica branch (“Dunder Mifflin, this is Rolando…”), and I thought that was a nice touch…having been an administrative assistant myself, you always get to know the others in your equivalent positions in different departments and different branches.

    I thought overall a great episode, but I would have loved to see more Andy Bernard. The Finer Things Club was MADE for Andy Bernard’s posturing, Ivy-league attitude, and I would have liked to see more of his “application” process. There’s a deleted scene up on that would have been great in the episode.

  26. Cathy on November 2nd, 2007 9:41 am

    RJS: I think “Rolando” or “Reynaldo” or something like that was the name of the receptionist in Utica.

  27. Merrie on November 2nd, 2007 9:46 am

    I, too, was ‘eh’ with this episode. So many things were funny. A lot were over the top. The Finer Things Club was so out of place. I did, however, love Andy’s talking head about the FTC. That’s his goal. The party-planning committee is his standby. Kevin’s band is his safety. 🙂

  28. Ashley on November 2nd, 2007 10:03 am

    I loved this episode and I actually likes The Finer Things Club. Pam is trying new things like last season, so I thought it fit her. And I didn’t see it as those three trying to exclude people. I think they knew everyone else wouldn’t take it seriously like they did (Jim proved that). I felt bad since Andy wanted to be in it, but he would have never sat around talking about books and themes and meanings. He just wanted to be cool.

    And as far as all of the over the top antics going on, I feel like that is what makes The Office great. They take normal things about being in the office and relationships and mix it with over the top storylines. Remember when Dwight got a concussion and then his personality changed? Totally unrealistic, but one of the best episodes (in my opinion). Last night they had the awkward reunion of Jim and Karen (totally believeable) mixed in with disguises and a prank resulting in a broken copier. I feel like when they balance the storylines like that, they come up with the funniest episodes.

  29. jDub on November 2nd, 2007 10:44 am

    I really enjoyed Jim’s interaction with the camera-person in this episode. He’s so freaked out when he’s in the car hiding and Karen is about to spot him and he keeps telling the camera to get down – truly great stuff. And in the background Michael is telling him to climb on top of Karen and think of Stanley, which was when I paused the show to laugh so hard I cried. I was horrified for Jim that he was kidnapped, but it was a good chance to see the tables turned on him. Usually, he is manipulating the others with his pranks – wonder if he’ll think a bit more next time, now that he knows how it feels to be humiliated.

    I was also not a fan of the Finer Things Club (although I do love EM Forster). Way too pretentious, but a nice showcase of Toby’s still-desperate longing for Pam. The deleted scene was great, especially Angela’s disdain for the weight-loss support group. Love her.

  30. Mary on November 2nd, 2007 10:58 am

    I agree with Ashley. I liked seeing Pam show that she does have another side. Didn’t she major in English Lit in college or something like that? I think it is good that she has something that is just her’s.

    Karen……..kind of a bitch. Wow, bitter much? She already knew that Jim still had feelings for Pam (the Return) and I don’t care how much you talk, you are probably not going to turn off being in love with someone for 2 and half years, especially if there is any hope.

    Overall, I thought it was very funny.

  31. courtney on November 2nd, 2007 11:02 am

    I thought for sure there would be a scene in which Toby reveals he’s only in the FTC to be close to Pam. I love the secret Toby crush.

    I have to wonder … what was Karen expecting from Jim when she asked him to stay behind? She knows he and Pam are dating. I think she just wanted to let Jim have it, and maybe now that she’s said what she thinks, she can get over it.

    I hope she comes back in future episodes, if only for the closure.

  32. HealthcareHottie on November 2nd, 2007 11:09 am

    Ashley – I see your point but it’s one thing to evolve and try new things and another thing to turn into an elitist snob. It just doesn’t fit Pam’s character. On Oscar, however, it’s completely believable. I think that Toby was probably in it to get close to Pam, but he is kind of the cerebral type so he probably does enjoy the things they do. The thing I thought was most weird about it is that Toby & Pam never really seemed to have any kind of connection before and all of a sudden this pops up. If they had shown something like this last season, I think his crush on her would have more creedance.

  33. DarthMom on November 2nd, 2007 11:28 am

    Did not like this ep and that is the first time I felt this way! I thought it was too “wacky-sitcom” and not very funny. The sub plot seemed totally out of character for all three (well, not for Toby who I assume was just there for Pam). And Dwight with the malatov cocktails? He’s gone from eccentric to unibomber? That’s a bit much even for Dwight. I think the whole situation to get Jim to Utica was too contrived and out of keeping with the “realism” of the show.

  34. Joanna on November 2nd, 2007 12:00 pm

    Loved this episode! I thought the mix of silliness and character development was perfect. We got to see that Stanley really does have a soft spot for Scranton, and of course Andy’s need to join anything exclusive. We all love that it’s Jim’s turn for a little introspection, much like Pam last season. I hope they continue to let JKras grow in the role…sort of like, he’s got Pam, now what?
    As always, thanks GMMR for all you do 🙂

  35. Nancy on November 2nd, 2007 12:32 pm

    My two cents: I really enjoyed this episode. So many great quotes. Not thrilled with FTC but saw it as part of Pam’s evolution as Fancy New Beesly. Insofar as the Karen/Jim interaction, it always strikes me that Jim is very conscious about not wanting to reveal too much on a personal level to the cameras. He’s fine with joking, pranks and mugging for the camera, but I think it makes him uncomfortable when they pick up too much that he doesn’t want them to see. While Jim does have his awkwardness in expressing himself, I think the conversation may have been different if it wasn’t played in front of a cameraman. Make sense? I don’t think he wanted them there for this “reunion” with his ex.

  36. Jennie on November 2nd, 2007 12:33 pm

    Am I one of the only people that thought the Finer Things Club was hilarious? I think it’s adorable that they wear hats and eat themed food. I also think it’s hilarious that it wasn’t Angela’s doing (when I read the preview I was sure it was somehting she made up). More power to Pam for having an outlet for those kinds of things.

    I also really loved Karen and Jim’s meeting. Not because it was pleasant to watch, but because it reminds me so much of my first meetings with my ex. The bitter sarcasm, the awkward looks, the underlying hostility. It was so real, and yea, I think Jim deserved it, and yea, I think Karen deserved what she got for staying with him in the first place (but that’s a different topic for a different time). The scene was amazing! I have never seen such a wide range of Jim in one episode.

    I did miss Kelly, but I miss her in every episode she doesn’t have a big role in. Other than that, there were certainly lots of images that made me giggle (ex. Dwight and the soda can)

    Solid episode all around

  37. sheila on November 2nd, 2007 12:39 pm

    I liked the episode a lot. There were a few lol moments, but my biggest gripe is about how the writers are treating Karen’s character and the dialogue she’s given. When in the office with Jim, she had basically nothing to say – no comebacks filled with anger or bitterness that’d been building up for months. It was pretty unrealistic/unbelievable and so unlike Karen.

    They did the same thing in last season’s finale with Jim and Karen in the car ride to NY. I know it was prob meant to underscore the lack of chemistry btwn them, but c’mon. I don’t really see Jim as being that into a girl – enough to date her that long and have her move from CT to PA – when there’s actually nothing of interest in their conversation and it’s lame at best.

  38. Dan on November 2nd, 2007 12:51 pm

    I love this episode. I just wanted to comment that I actually liked the FTC. I thought it was hilarious how they wouldn’t let Andy in. Plus, I could actually see Pam joining something like that now that she is trying to become more independant and go on with this new phase in her life.

  39. Carli on November 2nd, 2007 3:02 pm

    My favorite line in awhile: “Come on Jim, just climb on top of her and think about Stanley.” I watched that over and over again and laughed so hard, I was crying!

    Loved the Jim/Karen scene. It was so awkward, but great. During it, my fiance turned to me and said, “How good is his acting?” He thought JKras did an awesome job with that scene.

  40. Rayne on November 2nd, 2007 3:35 pm

    I think there was the perfect amount of Karen in this episode.

  41. threec on November 2nd, 2007 3:51 pm

    I almost forgot. The “disguises” last night really made me laugh particularly because when Steve Carell was in college he had a very similar mustache. I wish I had a scanner or a modicum of technical know-how so I could share the yearbook photo.

  42. Lindsay on November 2nd, 2007 5:05 pm

    I thought this episode was good, but not great. I think there were some good funny moments (just seeing Jim, Michael and Dwight in warehouse garb was enough). It’s funny that they mentioned that Jim had a brother because I always imagined he did and I always imagined the brother as Dane Cook. A girl can dream:)

  43. JennyL on November 2nd, 2007 7:32 pm

    Totally loved it. I was giddy excited about the episode – and it exceeded my expectations. I too wish Karen could be back – but maybe just every once in a while, like a David Wallace or something! So many funny moments! Wanted – sassy black man, big butt, bigger heart. HAHA Funny though – jam (pun not intended!) packed with funny stuff, but no Darryl, Kelly or Angela! Great episode from Mindy…LOVED IT!!! 🙂

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  45. Laura on November 2nd, 2007 10:31 pm

    This is such a minor point, but one that’s been bugging me . . . people on various message boards have been mentioning the FTC teapot as being the one from Jim to Pam, but wasn’t Jim’s teapot teal-colored, and this one blue and white? (Sorry, I know there are better issues to comment on) 🙂

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  47. Give Me My Remote on November 3rd, 2007 8:22 am

    Laura – The teapot was def teal and the same one Jim gave Pam. IF you saw a blue and white one at some point, maybe there was more than one scene with a teapot, but the Xmas one was most definitely there.

  48. Laura on November 3rd, 2007 8:50 am

    Now that I’ve watched it again, I saw the teapot. I can’t believe I missed it the first time! (I think after meeting Ed Helms and developing a little crush on him, I was too busy watching “Andy” that I somehow missed it the first time). Good grief!

  49. mara on November 3rd, 2007 9:28 am

    I thought this episode was hilarious. One of the best this season. Okay, my absolute favorite scene is when Dwight was peeing in the empty can. That was great. I just sat there staring at the TV saying “is he peeing?” and sure enough he was.

    I agree. The weird feeling has come over me too but I wish there was more Karen in the episode. I loved when she said “oh yeah, deffinately beat the traffic” and poor Jim.

    This was a bad episode for Jim. I mean, you kind of feel bad for the guy.

    1. Dragged to Utica againist his will.
    2. Faced Karen
    3. Got bused by Toby of not reading the book.

    Question: What did Pam lip to Toby and Oscar when they found out Jim didn’t read the book? It was the last line of the night. Please and thank you (:

  50. Give Me My Remote on November 3rd, 2007 9:32 am

    Pam mouthed “I’m sorry”

  51. Shannon on November 4th, 2007 4:57 pm

    Karen is awesome so long as she isn’t going after Halpert, so say I.

  52. TV Blog Weekly Roundup… » Give Me My Remote on November 4th, 2007 5:43 pm

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  53. the TV addict » Blog Archive » Introducing the TV Blog Coalition on November 5th, 2007 9:06 am

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  54. Amy on November 5th, 2007 3:02 pm

    Hands down the most superb episode of The Office’s history! (Yes, I think it even trumps “It’s a date”)

    I laughed til I cried. I changed my underwear 5 times from laughter. (Can’t wait to get my water bill….)

    The deleted scenes, especially clip 2, had me rolling too.

    Anyone who thinks this episode wasn’t good must be on crack.

  55. Mikey Likes TV » The Week in TV Blog Links on November 5th, 2007 4:10 pm

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