The Office (UK)

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Unknown Aug 20, 2001 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Jennifer arrives to give the final decision. The Slough branch is to be merged with Swindon and some people will lose their jobs, and Dave has been offered Jennifer's job, which he accepts.

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  • The last episode of the season where David is offered the job of being the UK manager only if he agrees to incorporate his branch into Swindon. He agrees willingly and gains everybody's reaction...moreless

    The perfect way to end the season for "The Office". It had all the major characters taking a large part in the episode. Brent was promoted, Tim was leaving and his mind was still messed up about Dawn and Gareth was sad because of Brent's departure...

    The episode started with a fun reference to the first episode of the series. I don't know if it is the same guy, but David Brent was firing a forklift operator this time. Also the worker who was fired talked about the midget who was mentioned in the earlier episodes.

    Anyway, as the episode continued, a surprising that we didn't expect twist arrived, David was being promoted and he had to incorporate his branch to Swindon's. As we all expected after we saw the twist, he accepted the job. While all the staff were angry at him, he was smiling regardless of their reactions. The best part was the end, though. It was the part where everything came to a conclusion. Gareth was trying to pick up a girl by showing his "army moves", but unfortunately, he knocked her down. After the party started David came and said that he refused the job (he said that in a more rude way though). It was the "caring David Brent" that we knew that existed in him. The truth came after: He had a high blood pressure... "That" was the real David Brent...

    Tim was leaving, but later he stayed with the branch after he was promoted. There was a "small" argument between him and Lee, later we found out that it was a "joke", but Dawn seemed irritated. Tim mentioned his empty job space to Dawn, and that was the part where Dawn (supposedly) came to her senses a bit. The part where they show a bit of the office after the credits was the climax: Tim, beside a table, still working and bored...moreless
  • Spectacular Sixth Episode

    This is a great finale for season one as it concludes the downsizing problem once and for all, but not before having a few laughs first.

    David is the funniest he's ever been with scenes such as being obsessed with how many people voted for him (five to two) and telling everyone they were either fired or relocated and then gloating about his promotion a few seconds later.

    The end is terrific, David saying he turned down the promotion so that his employees could keep their jobs before being confronted later by someone saying the reason he didn't get a job was a medical problem, David assuring him that he cheated the medical test to get out of the job.

    Overall, this episode is incredibly funny and one all Office fans should watch.moreless
Neil Fitzmaurice

Neil Fitzmaurice


Guest Star

Dick Bradnum

Dick Bradnum


Guest Star

Ron Merchant

Ron Merchant


Guest Star

Yvonne D'Alpra

Yvonne D'Alpra

Joan Reynolds

Recurring Role

Sally Bretton

Sally Bretton


Recurring Role

Joel Beckett

Joel Beckett


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the beginning of the first episode, David was hiring someone to be a fork lift truck driver, and at the beginning of this episode, he is firing a fork lift truck driver.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Malcolm: There's no good news David, there's bad news and irrelevent news.
      David: Yeah that's not a phrase though "I've got some good news and irrelevent news".
      Malcolm: You could have told us about Neil and kept your promotion to yourself.
      David: Or told you the good news first...
      Malcolm: There is no good news David!
      David: Uh, I think a promotion is generally considered good news!

    • Forklift Driver: What do you have disability quotas to fill?
      David: Excuse me?
      Forklift Driver: Well tell me why is it that I'm getting fired when someone like Antwon stays?
      David: Antwon isn't disabled!
      Forklift Driver: He's a Midget!
      David: So? That's not disabled that's just short!

    • Forklift Driver: A dwarf is someone whose arms and legs are out of proportion to the rest of their body.
      David: Oh yeah with the little arms and legs.
      Forklift Driver: Right! Where as a midget is still a dwarf but their arms and legs are in proportion to the rest of their body.
      Gareth: Well then...what's an elf?

    • David: Well, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that Neil will be taking over both branches, and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon, if you wanna stay. I know, gutting. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted, so... every cloud. You're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?

    • Gareth: Yeah, I work hard, I earn my keep. But unfortunately, the history books are full of just people who toil and fight for worthy causes and the freedom of others.
      Tim: That's the most profound thing you've ever said, mate.
      Gareth: And you do all that, only for foreigners of women or the disableds to take advantage of it.
      Tim: Yeah. Could I withdraw my last comment?

    • David: This is Karen Roper, my new secretary. You can all use her - oh, as the actress said to the bishop.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music playing at the party: "Spirit in the Sky" by Doctor and the Medics, "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves, "Sexbomb" by Tom Jones feat Mousse, "Tragedy" by Steps, "The Only Way is Up" by Yazz, "S Club Party" by S Club 7, "I'm not in Love" by 10cc and "True" by Spandau Ballet.

    • The cleaner seen staring into the camera in the office and then later at the party is played by Ron Merchant, father to writer Stephen Merchant. He reprises this role in the final episode of season 2.


    • David: I'm not doing this for an Esther Rantzen Heart of Gold or, you know, if Esther's handing out awards, then do it for my charity work.
      Hearts of Gold was a TV show, on which Esther Rantzen would give little golden hearts to members of the public, who had done some charity work.

    • David: On a more positive note, the good news is I've been promoted, so... every cloud...
      The phrasal verb is "Every cloud has a silver lining," which means that every bad situation has a positive aspect.

    • David: Like this person. Kojak. Who loves ya, baby?
      Kojak was a US detective TV series which ran between 1973 and 1978. Telly Savalas played Lt Theo Kojak, a bald New York police who often said "Who loves ya, baby?".