The Office

Season 1 Episode 5

Basketball

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2005 on NBC
8.7
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The office staff play a basketball game against the warehouse workers in which Jim shows off to impress Pam and upstage her fiancé who is on the opposing team.

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  • Let's play some basketball

    7.5
    After 3 wonderful episodes, this was not as good. This was a good episode but had some flaws. Michael's treatment of Dwight was a little mean. Michael acted too much like a drama queen. He was still funny in this episode. His trash talk was funny as well as his view of his skills and everyone else. I also like that Pam cheered for both Jim and Roy. It was subtle her cheering louder for Jim. I like that. The exchange between Jim and Roy was entertaining to watch. There was a nice shot of Pam and Roy kissing with Jim on the left. The ending was good. The warehouse workers confronting Michael and Michael telling everyone in the office, they don't have to work on Saturday due to downsizing. While it's not good as the first 3 episodes, this was still funny.moreless
  • Overall superb episode of "The Office"

    9.0
    I thought that this was a superb episode of "The Office". It wasn't my favorite episode and not the funniest but it was overall superb. It was interesting the the office workers are having a basketball game against the warehouse workers. I don't think there is anyone memorable in this episode because I don't think I laughed that much but there were some pretty funny episodes. The basketball game scene was pretty funny. Dwight being excited about the basketball game throughout this episode was very funny. Whatever Dwight was wearing during the basketball game was pretty hilarious as well. I think it's just a thing to protect your face just in case the basketball hits you in the face. My score was just a little low because I thought some parts in the basketball game scene were pretty boring and I kind of didn't like the ending. Overall, a superb episode of "The Office". 9/10moreless
  • 105

    8.0
    Another great episode from The Office, not as good as the last two episodes but we got a whole lot of laughs from this episode. It's kind of hard to comprehend that the whole episode wased solely on one basketball game, but it was just so hilarious, and gave us some development.



    The first two seasons of The Office is when Pam was with Roy, and he was in this episode against Jim, this was when this show was at it's best. That triangle, and everyone wants Jim with Pam, and Roy is a jerk. I miss that dynamic which we got to see a whole lot of in this episode. The episode started out slow paced, but I realized that it really showed more of the supporting characters which this season hasn't done much, it's next season when the supporting characters became a big focus on this show. So a good use of the supporting characters, and it had a good amount of comedy and a pinch of drama with Jim, Pam and Roy.



    Great episode with great development.moreless
  • Basketball, office, comedy, crazy boss, heated competition!!

    9.5
    Well Michael Scott, and the employees have an annual basketball game to improve moral. Michael gets the game heated up even more with a bet for working on the weekend. Michael picks his team of Jim, Ryan, himself, Stanley, and Dwight. He says some stuff but quickly covers it up with other stuff to keep people happy.



    Jim and Pam start talking trash to each other. Everyone heads down to the warehouse during lunch and the game is on. Michael is terrible, Stanley is terrible, but Jim is good. He schools Roy three straight times and Roy gets a little carried away and tells Jim to chill out.



    The game is called quits after Michael says one of the warehouse guys flagrant fouled him. The game ends with the upstairs employees winning. Michael gets bullied into giving the warehouse guys the weekend off. Then he gives into the employees upstairs to give everyone the weekend off.moreless
  • Combines sport and laughs. Great combination.

    9.0
    The plot for this episode can basically be summed up in its title; a basketball game between the Dunder Mifflin warehouse staff against the office staff. The losing team has to work on the weekend. Also the Pam - adoring Jim attempts to upstage her burly fiancée on the court. This episode displays real originality and is one of the first ones to truly deviate from the original British version as Basketball is all - American. Although this episode relies more on slapstick humour thanks to the antics of Michael and Dwight; it's all hilarious regardless of one's view on taste. The game itself is actually pretty fun to watch and manages to look real and not scripted. Steve Carrell dominates as the manic Michael especially when showing that his obnoxiousness isn't restricted to the office. Rainn Wilson as Dwight also shines with his weirdness going to new extremes; he wears a plastic face mask in sport! John Krasinki and Jenna Ficsher have their moments as Jim and Pam with the "Will they or won't they?" tension really building up in this episode. The side actors who play Kevin, Stanley and Phyllis, etc are given more to do in this episode with Kevin proving to be great at Basketball despite his girth and Stanley who is awful despite his race. Overall i think they as well as the other side characters are underrated and underused. Basketball is an extremely solid episode with genuine humour, fun and just believability. I give it a 9 (to 5).moreless
Patrice ONeal

Patrice ONeal

Lonnie Collins

Guest Star

Matt DeCaro

Matt DeCaro

Jerry DiCanio

Guest Star

Karly Rothenberg

Karly Rothenberg

Madge Madsen

Recurring Role

David Denman

David Denman

Roy Anderson

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Darryl suggests the winner of the game gets treated to "dinner at Farley's", which is a real restaurant at 300 Adams Ave. in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

      Steve Carell quipped in the DVD commentary that if Farley's made a "Steve Carell Burger," he would personally fly to Scranton to "cut the ribbon." According to Scranton's "Office Reality Tour", Farley's does have a Michael Scott burger.

    • Jim's response to Michael's line to "try not to be too gay on the court" was genuine; the line was improvised by Steve Carell.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Michael: Alright, here's what I'm gonna do. The hand strikes and gives a flower. You are not going to play (Shaking his head) basketball. But, I need somebody to come in and take over the holiday and weekend work calendar.
      Dwight: I can handle that.
      Michael: Good, excellent, it'll be fun.
      Dwight: Yeah.
      Michael: Because corporate, ah... wants somebody to be here on Saturday. And, so we're gonna have to have a couple people come in on the weekend, and I know nobody is gonna want to do it, and everybody is gonna complain and bitch and I don't wanna have to deal with that.
      Dwight: And that's why you have an assistant regional manager.
      Michael: Yesss it is, assistant to the regional manager.
      Dwight: (Looking at the camera) Same thing.
      Michael: No, it's not, it's lower, so...
      Dwight: (Looking at the camera) It's close.
      (Michael looks at the camera in silence)

    • Michael: Pam, Pam, thank you m'am! Messages please! Thank you.
      Pam: New pants?
      Michael: Uh, yes thank you for noticing!
      Pam: Abercrombie & Fitch?
      Michael: Uh, they look that good? Wow, oh Pam (In Austin Powers voice) please behave! Mike Myers- genius! Um no, actually I got them at a fancier place...Target.

    • Michael: Do I have a nickname on the court? Um, well The Answer would be nice, but it's taken so..uhhhh probably The Question. The Answer dishes to The Question. The Question back to The Answer. Answer over to The Question. The Answer-swish, 3 points! The Question- swish swish, 6 points! Nothing but net! Question, who's the best player in the league? Answer, The Question! Or the dunk-mister.

    • Michael: When I am playing hoops... all of the stress and responsibility of my job here just melts away. It's gone; I'm in the zone. Who am I? Am I Michael Scott? I don't know. I might just be a basketball machine. What's Dunder Mifflin? I've never heard of it. Filing? Paperwork? Who cares. Possible downsizing?... Umm.. well, that's... that's probably gonna happen, actually.

    • Oscar: I can help out if you need me.
      Michael: I will use your talents come baseball season, my friend. Or if we box.

    • Jim: Pam gets a little down. Her toaster oven broke, which she got at her engagement shower, um for a wedding that still has yet to be set. That was three years ago.

    • Michael: (giving Ryan a tour of the warehouse) And here we have Mitta Rogers' Neighborhood! Come on over here. Hey, this is Ryan, he's temping upstairs and this is the foreman, "Mitta Rogers."
      Darryl: That's not my real name.
      Michael: No, it's Darryl. Darryl is "Mitta Rogers."
      Ryan: Darryl Rogers?
      Darryl: No, Philbin, then Regis, then Reege, then Roger, then "Mitta Rogers."

    • Michael: And I play basketball every weekend, so I thought, 'this might be kinda fun.' And so I start messing around and I'm sinking a few, you know; swish, swish, swish, nothing but net. And their jaws just dropped to the floor. African Americans! You know, it's really just a good friendly game, a reason for everybody to get together.

    • Michael: Okay, so let's put together a starting lineup, shall we? Stanley, of course.
      Stanley: I'm sorry?
      Michael: What do you play? Center?
      Stanley: Why 'of course'? What's that supposed to mean?
      Michael: I don't know... I don't remember saying that.

    • Pam: Maybe Angela would cheerlead.
      Michael: Oh, yeah right.
      Phyllis: I'll do it.
      Michael: Oh, yuck, that's worse than you playing.

    • Michael: (to Ryan) This is our warehouse, or as I like to call it, the whorehouse. But don't you call it that. I've earned the right.

    • Dwight: So, we need someone to work this Saturday and I think that that should be... Jim.
      Jim: God, this is so sad. This is the smallest amount of power I've ever seen go to someone's head.

    • Pam: My fiancé has plans for us this Saturday, so I really hope Dwight doesn't make me work. Maybe I should sleep with him. (Pauses) I'm kidding. Kidding. Totally kidding.

    • (trying to motivate the employees for the basketball game)
      Michael: I know, grumble, grumble. But you would follow me to the ends of the earth, grumbling all the way. Like that dwarf from Lord of the Rings.
      Dwight: Gimli.
      Michael: Nerd. That is why you're not on the team.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The German episode title is "Glück im Spiel", meaning "Luck in Play". The French title is "Le Match de basket", meaning "Basketball Game". The Italian title is "Giochi di potere", meaning "Power Games". The Spanish title is "Baloncesto", an exact translation.

    • Music: "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Ben Bernie, performed by Steve Carell.

    • According to her blog, this episode contains Jenna Fischer's favorite Pam line of all-time: "Please don't throw garbage at me." It was even her Myspace page quote for about two years.

    • David Denman's elbowing of John Krasinski in the lip was an accident. The blood on Jim's lip is real, and Krasinski missed a photo shoot the next day due to the swelling. Denman reportedly felt horrible.

    • Although only a few made the final cut, Brian Baumgartner actually made fourteen shots in a row during the filming of Kevin's scene on the court after the game.

    • This episode was inspired by a cut interview with Michael from the "Pilot" episode where he brags about playing basketball in the warehouse.

    • Phyllis offers to cheer for the team when Pam turns down the offer made to her. Phyllis Smith was a professional cheerleader for the then St. Louis Cardinals football team.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • At the beginning of the episode, Michael tells Pam, "Pam, Pam, thank you, Ma'am!" This is a play on the lyrics to the Dean Martin song "Wham! Bam! Thank you, Ma'am."

    • In a deleted scene, when asked why he's wearing a protective mask to play basketball, Dwight says "I almost broke my nose twelve times." This makes the allusion to Pistons guard Richard Hamilton. Hamilton's protective mask, that he has worn since he got three nose fractures in 2004, is well-known in the basketball world and has been commented on many times.

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