The Office


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/24/05
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  • Episode Description
  • A documentary crew arrives at the offices of Dunder Mifflin to observe the employees and learn about modern management. Manager Michael Scott tries to paint a happy picture, while sales rep Jim fights with his nemesis Dwight and flirts with receptionist Pam.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Steve Carell

    Michael Scott

  • Rainn Wilson

    Dwight Schrute

  • Jenna Fischer

    Pam Beesly

  • B.J. Novak

    Ryan Howard

  • John Krasinski

    Jim Halpert

  • Fan Reviews (32)
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    By tvshowreviews, Aug 08, 2014

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Michael: People say I am the best boss. They go "God, we've never worked in a place like this before. You're hilarious. And you get the best out of us." Um.. (picks up his "World's Best Boss" mug and shows it to the camera) .. I think that says it all. (pauses) I found it at Spencer Gifts.

    • Dwight: Downsizing? I have no problem with that. I have been recommending downsizing since I first got here. I even brought it up in my interview. I say, bring it on.

    • (Worried about downsizing) Angela: I think it's going to be me... It'll probably be me.. Kevin: Yeah, it'll be you.

    • Michael: Howard? Like Moe Howard, three stooges. Watch this, this is Moe, nyuck, nyuck, nyuck, nyuck, meeeeee! (laughs) Ah, right here, three stooges. High five.(holds his hand up for a high five, Ryan obliges) Oh Pam, it's a guy thing, Pam. I'm sort of a student of comedy. Watch this, here we go (grabs Pam's nameplate and places it below his nose) (starts marching shouting nonsense German, laughs) I'm Hitler! Adolph Hitler. (continues impression)

    • Jim: My name is Jim Halpert. And I am a sales rep. Which is a very important job, um without me dozens, literally dozens, of small businesses would go paperless. They'd have to write on their hands, or bedsheets, or who knows? You know, total chaos. Total chaos. I mean or they could get their paper from somewhere else, Staples maybe. I don't know.

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    Notes (12)

    • Although never actually mentioned in the show, the scenes where the characters talk to the documentary people, are called "Talking Heads".

    • The German episode title is "Alltäglicher Wahnsinn", meaning "Daily Insanity". The French title is "La Rumeur", meaning "The Rumor". The Italian title is "Un capo esemplare", meaning "An Exemplary Boss". The Spanish title is "CapĂ­tulo 1", meaning "Chapter 1".

    • Music: "Little Drummer Boy", performed by Rainn Wilson

    • Some of the video used in the show's opening (specifically the exterior shot of the building) was taken by John Krasinski and his friends in their Jeep. John had just gotten the part and was coming out for shooting.

    • The character of Ryan Howard was named after Ricky Howard, the temp from the first season of the British version of The Office.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Michael asks Ryan if he's, "ever seen Punk'd", a play on B.J. Novak beginning his career as a cast member of that show.

    • When Angela tells Kevin that she is afraid she'll be fired Kevin speaks in a different voice than the later episodes. This is the normal voice of actor Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin.

    • In the closed captioning for this episode, Pam's last name is spelled Beasley.

    • The work computers are all different than in the rest of the series, they have much fatter flat panel monitors and are running on Windows 98, which in later episodes they are running on XP

    • The two women in blue sweaters at the staff meeting scene were actual accountants that worked on the production.

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    Allusions (6)

    • When Michael first introduces Pam to the camera crew, he shouts, "Pam, Pam, Pam!" while knocking on her reception desk. This is a reference to The Flintstones character Bamm-Bamm, who would say their name the way that Michael says Pam's name.

    • Michael tells a manager, "You are a gentleman and a scholar." This line comes from the novel Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger. In it, the main character, Holden Caulfield says to one of his roommates, "You're a real prince. You are a gentlemen and a scholar, kid."

    • Michael mimics running in slow-motion and comments, "I'm the The Six Million Dollar Man." The Six Million Dollar Man was a TV show that aired in the 1970s, and revolved around a man who was nearly killed after a new government plane malfunctions and crashes. To save him he is rebuilt using bionic parts. Him running at super speeds was shown by using slow-motion.

    • Michael says, "Hey, I'm Moe," who was a character from The Three Stooges shorts, which centered around three good-hearted fools who had a knack for screwing up even the simplest task.

    • Michael tells Pam, "You've been X-ed." This catchphrase comes from The WB's The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, in which the star of the show would pull pranks on the public and celebrities. Once the joke had run its course, the star would deliver the show's tag line, "You've been X-ed."

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