The Office (UK)

Season 2 Episode 1

Episode 1

2
Aired Unknown Sep 30, 2002 on BBC Two
8.9
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As a result of the Swindon merger, a group of new staff arrive at Slough branch and David wastes no time in familiarising them with his unique style of management. Meanwhile, Tim seems to be taking his promotion very seriously.

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  • A good (but long) start to the second season...

    8.5
    The Office is back! Not really, since I've been watching the episodes from the DVD, but after the special features, you like the feeling of starting a whole new season.



    Anyway, everything is the same in the Slough branch, except for one thing, they are bringing the Swindon staff too. So, Brent has to make a speech and make the new staff like him, which is kind of impossible. We meet Neil in this episode that we have heard of, and he is a humiliating and arrogant man, just like Brent but with more wits. There is an unseen rivalry between them, and we can see that when Brent shows the magazine that has his face on it and Neil reveals the truth by showing that the magazine is 18 months old.



    Brent tries some new tactics to be more friendly, such as the "racist" joke about blacks. That doesn't work off when two women tell the joke to Jennifer. After he finds the women, he starts to talk more like a racist, which is simply funny. Also, when he is trying to explain that he didn't imply that Neil was gay ("Just be safe...") was also great. Tim, by the way, is becoming more like David. We have seen that on the last episode of the first season where he talks like David and then talks more rational. David had also implied that Tim would be like him in the previous episodes. There may be a new love interest for Tim, Rachel. After giving up hop from Dawn, it might be a new relationship between them.



    Anyway, he criticizes Dawn for not working and he says that he is busy all the time. Luckily, he realizes his mistake and covers it up nicely. After David's second speech, about "melting the pot", he becomes the Tim that we all liked at first. He starts to dance with Dawn (only "friendly") but Lee sees them and pushes Tim against a wall...



    Nice start for the second season (with the "Mah Nà Mah Nà" and the episode, of course) , although it seemed like it was too long, it was nice to see new plots developing...moreless
  • So-so Seventh Episode

    8.1
    This is a very important episode as it merges the two branches Swindon and Slough and I don't think David was the kind of boss Swindon expected.



    David Brent's comedy at its worst in this very good installment of the office as he continuously makes terrible jokes to reel in the Swindon lot and immediately the new employees have the same reaction Slough have always had.



    Another area of David Brent was explored in this episode which was that he can't take it when someone makes a joke at him in a good nature and tries to deny the obviously fake statement anyway.



    Overall, the episode isn't as good as some classics but it is definitely worth watching.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Trudy: But why is it that only black people should be offended by racism?
      David: Good point... First sensible thing you've said all day.

    • David: Some of you seem to have got off on the wrong foot with me. You didn't like some of the jokes I told earlier. You've got to chill out yeah, trust me, this is what I do, all right? You will never work in a place like this again. This is brilliant-fact. And you will never have another boss like me. Someone who's basically a chilled out entertainer.

    • David: Big day today, Swindon mob are arriving. I've laid on a little do for them, part of the job. If you're asking me what vibe I'm gonna lay down, it's gonna be very much just a 'chill out, let's get to know each other' type of vibe.

    • David: My parents used to own a paper shop, until it blew away. (No one laughs) Right I've got some better ones than that.

    • (mobile rings, Gareth answers)
      Gareth: Gareth Keenan. Oggy! Oggy, Oggy, Oggy! Oink, Oink, Oink! Oggy, Oggy, Oggy! Oink, Oink, Oink! Oggy... Oggy... Oggy, Oggy, Oggy! Oink, Oink, Oink! Alright See you later. (Gareth hangs up)
      Tim: So do you still keep in touch with Oggy?

    • Tim: 'Team leader' doesn't mean anything, mate.
      Gareth: Excuse me, it means I'm leader of a team.
      Tim: No, it doesn't. It's a title someone's given you to get you to do things they don't want to do for free. Right? It's like making the div kid at school milk monitor. No one respects it.
      Gareth: Er, I think they do.
      Tim: No, they don't, Gareth.
      Gareth: Yes, they do, 'cause if people were rude to me, then I used to give them their milk last, so it was warm.

    • Neil: I'm a man of simple pleasures. I don't need lovely houses, beautiful girls and classy restaurants, so good job I moved to Slough!

    • David: You know what he was saying there about me being top of the pile of men - saying I'm gay. Well, I'm not gay. In fact, I can honestly say I've never come over a little queer! (everyone stares, no one laughs)

    • Jennifer: You're using the ethnic stereotype that all black men have large penises because you think that makes it funnier.
      David: It's not an insult though, is it? It's a compliment, if anything.
      Jennifer: So, what you're saying is that black people ought to be flattered that their only achievement in this world is oversized genitalia?
      David: I'm saying they shouldn't be ashamed of it!

    • David: I'm not used to public squeaking. I piss pronunciate a lot of my worms.

    • Tim: Did you see that film last night Gay Lords Say No?
      Gareth: No.

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The song "Mahna Mahna", sung at the start of the episode, was performed by a Muppet on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. Later in 1969 it was performed again my Muppets on Sesame Street and then again in 1976 by Muppets on the first recorded episode of The Muppet Show.
      The song by The Muppets became a Number 1 hit.

    • David: The compere would go, 'Lt Columbo' and I'd come out in a mac.
      Columbo is a shabby and apparently slow-witted fictional police detective played by Peter Falk since 1971.

    • David: Like in Scooby Doo, all those Scooby Snacks that's 'cause he's got the munchies.
      Scooby-Doo was the famous dog from the animated show Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? produced for television by Hanna-Barbera Productions in the 1970s. Every time Scooby did something good, he would be rewarded with a Scooby Snack.

    • David: You know? That's The Two Ronnies.
      The Two Ronnies was a British sketch show made up by Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. The duo was originally a threesome with John Cleese on the David Frost sketch show.

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