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THE OFFICE Thursday on Give Me My Remote

November 15, 2007 by  

The Office on Strike

Tonight’s the night. The last new episode of THE OFFICE until…well, who knows? With the WGA strike not yet settled we don’t know when the writers will be able to once again tell the tales of Pam, Jim, Michael, Dwight, Angela, Oscar, Kevin, Meredith, Creed, Stanley, Phyllis, Andy, Toby, Kelly, Jan, Darryl and yes, even Ryan. My favorite show on TV is going dark at 9:30pm tonight and I’m just sad.I guess we might as well enjoy it while we can, right? So let’s get into our weekly installment of The Office Thursday on Give Me My Remote, shall we?

Tonight on The Office…
The Office, The Deposition‘The Deposition’ | 9pm on NBC
Michael finds himself between a rock and a hard place when Jan sues Dunder Mifflin and Michael is deposed as a witness. Meanwhile, Kelly trash-talks Pam after Darryl beats Jim at ping-pong. (Promo pictures)

LIVE Office Chat Tonight…
This will be the last Thursday the Buddy TV crew will be watching the show together for a while. If you feel like enjoying tonight’s episode along with other Office fans, we would love to have you join us tonight at 8:30pm EST. Hope to see you guys there tonight. Set a reminder now! ( GMMR’s/THE OFFICE TVj sessions @ Buddy TV)

Paper Salesmen are Hot…
Rainn WilsonDwight & Jim are steaming up the newsstands this month. Well maybe not Dwight and Jim but certainly Rainn Wilson and John Krasinski. Rainn was named one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive and he was featured in a behind-the-scenes video you can check out HERE. I haven’t seen the full mag yet so I don’t know if John was included but he may be as he was featured in a video called 100 Sexy Men in 1 Minute. John has been included in the list for the past two years now and was featured as one of the top 15 sexiest men in 2006 by the magazine.

John Krasinski, Men’s HealthEven if Krasinski doesn’t make the cut (which would be all kinds of wrong) you can still see him as the cover boy for this month’s issue of Men’s Health Magazine. The article inside (yes, I actually read the article) John talks about how sports have been a part of his fitness routine his whole life. The pics feature John wearing vintage uniforms from baseball, basketball, and even a shot of him in his uniform from his upcoming movie, Leatherheads (opening in April). Check out the interior shots here. And here’s a glimpse at the two covers.

John Krasinski, Men’s Health, Newsstand Cover John Krasinski, Men’s Health, Subscription Cover

I Knew I Loved THE OFFICE When…
Diversity DayMost OFFICE fans remember just the episode when they knew this show was destined to be a favorite. I actually have two. The first is “Diversity Day” (written by B.J. Novak) – I had watched the pilot the week before and thought it was awful (I was one of those U.K. version fans that wanted to hate the U.S. version). I had no intention of watching the 2nd episode but the next week when I flipped on my TV it was there. A few minutes in I was laughing my ass off, and until this day I still think ‘Diversity Days’ is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my whole life. Brilliant. So with that episode I was hooked. But I realized my true, deep, undying love for the show during ‘Email Surveillance’ (written by Jennifer Celotta). I remember watching the karaoke scene with Jim and Michael and something just clicked and I realized that The Office was my favorite show on all of TV. And the rest is history. Was there an episode of THE OFFICE that got you hooked? Share your story, and take the time to let us know who wrote the script!

The Office Props Auction…
nbclogo100×100.jpg Want to own a little piece of Dunder Mifflin? is hosting a charity auction to benefit the United Way which will features props from The Office including Michael Scott’s Timex watch (I thought he was a proud owner of a Seyko) and Michael’s Hawaiian shirt worn in ‘The Convention’. (I can’t remember him wearing a Hawaiian shirt in that episode). Anyway, the auction site isn’t live yet, but keep checking back to (but remember, don’t watch any episodes online while you are over there).

The Office Video of the Week…
As a completely selfish TV fan I think one of the cruelest things about this strike is that just when we finally got to see Jim & Pam happy we are once again left feeling numb. Here’s a little JAM video for you all to enjoy

Dunder Mifflin on Strike…
The Office on StrikeSadly there is no NEW news to report since last week with regards to the strike negotiations. But I think it’s worthwhile to repost the information from last week about how you get involved and show your support for THE OFFICE writers.

  • Be Informed: Take the time to learn about the strike so you can help educate others. Read up on the issues at sites such as and is doing an impressive job at keeping track of all the strike news related to the show. Updates are daily so check back often.
  • Put pen to paper: Is THE OFFICE your favorite show? Have you ever just wanted to take a moment and really thank the writers, actors, crew and everyone who makes the show what it is? Well NOW is your chance. The best possible way to express your gratitude to all involved with The Office is to take a few minutes out of your day and write a letter in support of the show and the strike. Tell the networks just how much The Office and all quality scripted shows means to you as a viewer. Be passionate and be informed – you won’t be ignored – the moguls need you…us!

Jeff Zucker
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Universal Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal Studios, CA 91608

NBC Studios
3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523

  • Stop watching The Office online at At the heart of the strike is the fact that the writers (and actors, directors, crew, etc) don’t make a single cent from any of the viewings of THE OFFICE and OFFICE-related content on In fact, NBC considers full length airings of the show as well as all the other online content “promotional” material for the show. Except of course the network makes money off the ads shown in these “promos” and don’t feel it’s necessary to share any of this revenue with the people that actually create the content. Stop letting the network websites makes money off of you unless they are going to share with the people behind the show.


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30 Responses to “THE OFFICE Thursday on Give Me My Remote”

  1. Lisa (aka lmr722) on November 15th, 2007 2:16 pm

    I will not make the chat tonight as I’m flying home from a biz trip. To all the gang, I will miss you and it is particularly sad to miss the last one for who knows how long. I’ll be thinking of you.

  2. Kismet on November 15th, 2007 2:21 pm

    I can honestly say that the pilot hooked me. I had never seen the British version so I was going in completely blind. In fact, I just saw the British pilot for the first time last week and was so amused that it was almost exactly the same. No wonder so many people downed it in the beginning!

    I think that Hot Girl was the episode that really made me realize how much the show had sucked me in. The whole scene where Jim and Pam are watching Dwight hit on Katie and Jim used that high voice…Hot Girl remains to this day one of my favorite episodes. I had no idea until just now Mindy wrote it (just looked it up on Officetally)!!!

  3. CrazyGringa on November 15th, 2007 2:34 pm

    I knew I loved The Office when I watched Diversity Day written by BJ Novak. I had gotten a video iPod for Christmas in 2005. Since the first season of The Office was only six episodes, it was the cheapest season of any tv show in iTunes and I had heard good things about the show so I bought it. I was watching the episode while running on the treadmill at the gym. Big, big mistake! Within minutes of the show I was laughing my ass off and I almost fell of the treadmill because I was laughing so hard. I had to stop what I was doing and sit down to regain my composure. Needless to say, I ran home and made the hubby (then fiance) sit and watch this episode and all the other episodes.

    Ah, how I am going to miss thee Office Thursdays!

    Question: Why are there two completely different covers for Men’s Health. It looks like they even have different content on the covers. The different EW covers all had the same words on the cover.

  4. Annemarie on November 15th, 2007 2:43 pm

    I remember watching Booze Cruise in summer repeats, getting hooked on the Jim/Pam story and becoming increasingly obsessed with this show when it came back in new episodes. I agree that the strike is hitting at the worst possible momet: as soon as we’re FINALLY seeing some PB&J happiness, we’re left wondering what will happen next…

  5. Kristin on November 15th, 2007 2:43 pm

    i discovered The Office on a late night itunes binge about two years ago this august. I was bored in the summer with nothing to do, so i downloaded Casino Night written by Steve Carell. I remember the exact joke that i realized that i loved these characters and that i needed to find every episode possible of this show. That joke was the talking head with Jim and dwight about how dwight has an accute ability to read people while playing poker, and then he tells the camera Jim’s “tell”, then they cut to a talking head where jim tells the camera ” It’s the weirdest thing, everytime i cough, he folds. ” It’s not even that funny of a joke, i just knew that i would love this show forever! I understood the history behind Jim and Dwight, and the love between Jim and Pam (to this day, i still cannot watch both JAM scenes at the end of the episode without my stomach doing flips) and all the relationships of the people in the office. I worked my backwards from this episode and ended up downloading/ buying dvds of all of the episodes of all of the seasons. I am for sure a dunderhead. This show has easily become the highlight of my week , and it’s killing me that no new episodes are being created and that the writers are not being compensated for their AMAZING work. It’s just killing me , and i wish that everyone could come to an amicable solution… and fast! GO WGA!! WE LOVE YOU!!

  6. Kerry on November 15th, 2007 2:51 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the show since day one but I knew the show had my heart after watching “Diversity Day.”

  7. Melody on November 15th, 2007 3:13 pm

    I remember sitting on the floor of my dorm room and watching the pilot. After it, I remember thinking to myself, “That was…funny. That was actually funny!”

    Because of many real-life events, I wasn’t able to watch the show regularly until the second half of the second season. It was “Drug Testing,” also written by the amazing Jennifer Celotta, that turned me into a raving lunatic, though. I watched it and thought to myself, “I need to watch that as many times as humanly possible.” That weekend, I found out a friend I was staying with had taped it, and it was like I had won the lottery. I made her go get her tape so that we could watch it immediately.

    It’s been a downward spiral of love ever since.

  8. Paige on November 15th, 2007 3:17 pm

    I’m no expert but I think a helpful step to ending the strike could be something that any general supporter could do. The people advertising the internet media are continuing to fund studio tyranny. If we boycott the advertisers (or at least call them out on aiding the networks), they would ideally pull their ads for fear of bad press. It’s just a theory… but a withdrawal caused by support of the WGA might just show these guys who they’re dealing with.

  9. Annewa on November 15th, 2007 4:02 pm

    I didn’t start watching the Office until Steve Carell won the Golden Globe in the middle of season 2. I loved the humor in his speech so much I decided to try the show. The episode was Boys and Girls. I watched it twice in a row and then the next day twice again. By the time the next Thursday came around I had spent a lot of money at iTunes and had caught up on the entire season. I became obsessed. It was written by BJ Novak. Just talking about it makes me want to get out my S2 DVDs!

  10. Tanja on November 15th, 2007 4:14 pm

    Rainn has a full page to himself and he looks very good.
    John sadly only has a small pic in the Sexy at Every Age section… but he was included so that is a plus.

  11. Debby on November 15th, 2007 4:42 pm

    The one that really hooked me was “The Injury” (written by the fabulous Mindy Kaling) – when Michael was explaining how he burned his foot on the George Foreman grill, I just knew I loved this show. I still laugh out loud every single time I watch that one. Jim popping the bubble wrap, Ryan running all over town, the scene in the car with Jim, Michael and Dwight and the squirt bottle – comic gold.

    Sigh…. I’m so sad thinking about how long it will be til we have new episodes… wiping away the tears.

  12. Whitney on November 15th, 2007 4:51 pm

    The episode that made me hooked on the show was “The Alliance” in season 1. Jim and Dwight outside discussing how the rest of the office is in secret alliances as well was awesome, but the best scene in the entire episode is definitely Dwight inside the box listening to Pam on the phone. Brilliant.

    In regards to the strike, while I’m disappointed that this is the last episode for a while, I support the writers 100% in the strike. Television shows are like novels with 22 chapters per book and a new sequel every year. That’s why I love television; every show is like a book that I read weekly. Authors are compensated when their stories are told in formats other than print (i.e. film, merchandise, etc.), so the same should hold true for the writers of television shows when their work is shown via new forms of media.

  13. Clare on November 15th, 2007 5:39 pm

    ….sniff ….sniff …. Hold Me!! Can’t believe this could be it… 🙁 Well I’ll keep my fingers crossed that all is well on the writing front soon. I was hooked by The Fire, it was the first episode I saw and, well, awesome!! Enjoy tonight my friends!!

  14. natasha on November 15th, 2007 6:03 pm

    I remember stumbling upon a piece of Diversity Day while flipping channels, and realizing this was a funny show upon Dwight’s “Aw man, am I a woman?” But I still didn’t start watching the show regularly after that. What actually hooked me was called The Story of Jim and Pam, yet another gift from the world of YouTube. So to whomever compiled those videos, know that you made at least one convert. And I thank you.

    p.s. I’m pretty sure Michael wears a Hawaiian shirt as he sits in his room waiting for his party to start in the Convention. I could be wrong.

  15. tara on November 15th, 2007 6:26 pm

    I got a ton of itunes gift cards at christmas during season 2. I’d never watched the show and it was the top downloaded series, so i figured
    ‘hey, i have all this itunes money,i’ll buy the office’. The second season 1 was over, I went and bought all the eps from season 2. Since then i’ve been hooked, and haven’t I have missed a Tuesday, and now Thursday show since then!

    P.S. On a side note, its ironic that i’m one of those people who fell in love with the show thanks to itunes. And now the writers are on strike because of media rights on the internet.

  16. Mexicanity on November 15th, 2007 6:33 pm

    I owe my love of everybody and everything Office to CrazyGringa. Without her I probably would have never watched the first two seasons in its entirety. I had seen parts of episodes here and there, but as die hard Office fans know, it’s better to watch it from the beginning in order to get all the jokes, hidden meanings and to really understand everybody’s relationship within the office, anyways she let me borrow her dvd’s and I was hooked instantly. Needless to say, my life hasn’t been the same since!!!!

  17. mg714 on November 15th, 2007 6:36 pm

    Christmas Party (from season 2) written by Michael “Mose” Schur is the episode that made me into an obsessed Office fan. I didn’t really watch season 1 – in fact I saw part of one episode that first season and just didn’t find it interesting (I have no idea what I was thinking back then). I did start watching season 2 with The Dundies and really liked it and kept watching. BJ was writing the TV Guide blog back then and it was interesting to read behind the scenes stuff about those early season 2 episodes. However, it wasn’t until Christmas Party that I was pushed over the edge into becoming an Office fanatic. I don’t know what took me so long but I just loved the interaction among the cast in that episode and it has one of my favorite lines from Michael – “Happy Birthday Jesus, sorry your party’s so lame.” After that I immediately got season 1 and loved it. I wish I had realized the genius of The Office from the beginning but I’m glad that I at least finally got it and have happily never turned back.

  18. Melissa on November 15th, 2007 6:56 pm

    I had never been interested in The Office because within days of seeing the British pilot, I saw the American pilot and it was almost the exact same show. So, I initially thought it wasn’t creative and had no interest. Then, before Season 3 started they were showing promos and tidbits of Jim and Pam’s story, and I literally became obsessed just by the promos. They had a 3 minute video of Jim/Pam’s story on Comcast On Demand and I think I watched a billion times before going to buy/rent Seasons 1 and 2 and now I heart Jim Halpert.
    My husband subscribes to Men’s Health. Yesss…. must intercept magazine before hubby.

  19. stiffa on November 15th, 2007 7:20 pm

    I watched the pilot when it first aired, and I didn’t get it. I saw Basketball on a plane, and I still didn’t get it. I watched it a few times during the year, but I wasn’t ever really paying attention.

    Then I saw Drug Testing, and I was hooked. The moment: Dwight interviewing Kelly and shouting “this isn’t Kelly Kapour story hour!” I almost died. I downloaded every episode that weekend (instead of studying for a GIGANTIC test) and made everyone I knew watch it with me as I packed up my apartment.

    Thanks Jennifer Coletta for getting me hooked on the best show on television!


  20. stiffa on November 15th, 2007 7:22 pm

    I watched the pilot when it first aired, and I didn’t get it. I saw Basketball on a plane, and I still didn’t get it. I watched it a few times during the year, but I wasn’t ever really paying attention.

    Then I saw Drug Testing, and I was hooked. The moment: Dwight interviewing Kelly and shouting “this isn’t Kelly Kapour story hour!” I almost died. I downloaded every episode that weekend (instead of studying for a GIGANTIC test) and made everyone I knew watch it with me as I packed up my apartment.

    Thanks Jennifer Celotta for getting me hooked on the best show on television!

  21. CrazyGringa on November 15th, 2007 7:36 pm

    Aww, Mexicanity…I

  22. CrazyGringa on November 15th, 2007 7:52 pm

    Whoa, what happened to the rest of my comment? What I had written was:

    Aww, Mexicanity… I heart You. I let her borrow my brand new, UNOPENED season two dvd’s and she watched them in one weekend. Now that’s dedication. I am so happy because for the past year, I’ve had my bff to obsess and talk Office with!

  23. DorkyDancer on November 15th, 2007 7:55 pm

    I started watching The Office the summer before season 3 started. One of the first episodes I watch was “The Injury.” I think I had missed the beginning of it, but I was hooked on this show.

  24. Emily on November 15th, 2007 8:04 pm

    Email Surveillance, still hands down my favorite episode. I love it all kinds of ways.

  25. emily on November 15th, 2007 8:48 pm

    my best friend had been telling me that i had to watch the office, and i kept saying no because we have very different tastes in tv shows and movies, and i figured nbc would have done to the office what it had done to coupling, one of my other favorite british shows. but i sat down to watch ‘the fight’ and within 10 seconds, when jim had hidden dwight’s desk in the bathroom, i was hooked. i bought the first season on dvd the next day, and the rest is history. oh, i hope the strike is over soon!

  26. Andrea on November 15th, 2007 10:27 pm

    I saw only one ep of season 1 when it first aired, “Healthcare,” and wasn’t overly impressed. During the summer of ’05 I developed a strange fascination with Steve Carell (I don’t really remember why now…) and I put him on my Tivo’s wishlist. It brought up “The Office” and I thought, “whatever,” but since he was on it I watched. Luckily there just happened to be a 4-episode marathon of season 1 airing and I really got to see what a great show it was. I set up the season pass for season 2 and loved it but not until “The Client” did I realize this show is freaking awesome. Agent Michael Scarn, Samuel L. Chang, Famous Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, a Michael-Jan kiss, and DWIGT!?! Fantastic!

  27. janet on November 15th, 2007 10:53 pm

    It had me at The Pilot…hook, line and sinker.

  28. Kate on November 16th, 2007 5:14 pm

    I loved it from the beginning, but Basketball is the episode that made me want to never miss this show. the line: “Stanley, of course” and then the later scene where Stanley dribbles like we did in elementary school gym class makes me laugh everytime.

  29. boots586 on November 17th, 2007 8:15 pm

    Is there any other TV show where the fans have favorite writers? Or any other show where the fans know who the writers are? More reasons why The Office is so dawesome.

    Oh, and Basketball. The look that Pam gives Jim when she licks her lips as he runs by.

  30. Corntea on November 18th, 2007 11:10 am

    Okay, so my husband and I liked The Office a lot right from the beginning, but we don’t watch a lot of tv, so it wasn’t really appointment tv for a while. Our affection built slowly with a mutual love of Dwight, and my adoration of Jim and Pam. But I do remember two lines from two different episodes that turned this show into a part of our weekly routine. These were the lines that we would tell people and crack up in order to explain why they should be watching: the first is from Sexual Harassment, written by B.J. Novak —
    “Phyllis (laughing as Michael is hugging and kissing her): Michael, c’mon, you don’t have to worry, I’m not gonna …
    Michael: I’m not, I’m not worried!
    Phyllis: … report you to HR.
    Michael: You know what, the only thing I am worried about … is gettin’ a boner.”

    Oh my God! I fell off the couch! I never thought that was what he was going to say! Whoa, still makes me crack up. The second one is from the very next episode (thanks to this game, I just realized this!), Office Olympics, written by Michael Schur —
    “Dwight: … He’s like Mozart and I’m like … Mozart’s friend. No, I’m like Butch Cassidy and Michael is like … Mozart. You try to hurt Mozart, you’re gonna get a bullet in your head courtesy of Butch Cassidy.”

    Oh Dwight.

    Can I just also add that I know the date I became obsessed with GMMR? Due to my extreme obsession with Jim and Pam, after Casino Night, I did something I never thought I’d do and I started looking up stuff on the internet about a tv show. I spent that whole summer reading past entries about the show, and getting addicted to GMMR and Officetally. By the time Fall came around, I was checking the site every day. I still remember the next April Fools Day joke that you were closing the site and really, I had a momentary panic attack. As obsessed with The Office as I am, I don’t know what I’d do without GMMR.