The Office

Season 3 Episode 23

Beach Games

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 10, 2007 on NBC
8.9
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Michael is being considered for a position in corporate, but also plans a day of Survivor-like competitions at an office outing to Lake Scranton. Pam is not asked to join in on any of the competitions and is forced to sit and watch Jim and Karen have fun.moreless

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  • Let's go to the beach

    8.5
    This was a fun episode to watch. Michael gets a call from corporate, David Wallace that he is being considered for a job there. His comment on the possible position was very funny thinking David has a sign like Jan. If you think it's weird that he is being considered for a position at corporate, you will find out in the next episode. Michael takes this possible new job as something automatic. He decides to take everyone minus Toby to the beach to decide his new replacement with games. I liked the song everyone was signing on the bus with the shot of Toby back at the office. I also enjoyed his reaction when he found out that Pam was bringing a two piece.

    The games and the scores Michael made for them made up were entertaining. I also liked how Michael "randomly" choose the team captains. He then listed their strengths and weaknesses. That was also good. Yet another good part was how hard he made Pam work. Creed was Creed. Enough said. The deleted scenes as usual were very good. You get to see why the producers deleted it and not just for time. You had to feel sorry for Pam when you see Jim and Karen flirting. Yet another part I enjoyed was Angela knocking over Andy into the water. Speaking of Andy, you get to see anger management was working when he was guiding Kelly. Two of the best moments are when Pam was telling everyone off especially to Jim and Dwight demanding to be named the new regional manager. There were so many good moments and this episode was a good set up for the next episode.moreless
  • The Dunder Mifflin group spends a fun day at the beach, and Pam reveals her true reasons for calling off her wedding.

    9.9
    “Beach Games” is one of my favorite episodes of “The Office”. It has the perfect balance of laughs and heart. This episode follows the Dunder Mifflin employees - minus Toby - as they take fun trip to the beach. “Beach Games” was filled with great, memorable one liners, my favorite being Michael Scott saying: “Well, if you don’t like it Stanley, you can go to the back of the bus. Stanley: Excuse me? Or, the front of the bus, or, drive the bus.” Steve Carell delivers that line impeccably. The group then competes in funny, Survivor-style challenges, such as a blindfolded spoon and egg race, a hot dog eating contest, and sumo wrestling. None of the contestants are really taking the competition seriously, though, much to the dismay of Michael. This episode does a particularly great job of showcasing all of the characters in this show. The best part, though, is definitely after Pam does the coal walk, and then decides to be more honest with everyone in the group, especially Jim. She asks the group why they did not come to her art show; she states that sometimes, she feels as if people act like she’s not even there. Many people watching this show can probably relate to that feeling, myself included. The main part of her wonderfully executed speech, played to perfection by the great Jenna Fischer, was telling Jim that she misses having fun with him, and that she called off her wedding with Roy because of him. She admits that there were plenty of reasons to call off her wedding, but none of them mattered until she met Jim. That line is one of the best of the season, if not the entire series. The viewers really get to see Pam develop as a character, become less of a quiet, meek receptionist, and more of an honest person. I, personally, like this new Pam: she will go after what she wants, which is, for the main part, Jim. This episode was also a great lead-in to the season finale. Overall, “Beach Games” was a solid and funny episode, featuring great acting by all of the cast members, with one of the best and most revealing Jam moments in the entire season.moreless
  • Beach Games

    6.0
    The Office was regarded by many as the best comedy on NBC for its first two years. I was not one of those people, but during its third season NBC also launched 30 Rock, which took over as the top-flight, critically-acclaimed comedy for the peacock.



    There were some funny parts here, but part of this high rating includes giving it retroactive power in relation to newer episodes. Look at Seasons 4-6 and then you will appreciate how good this episode is, at least in comparison to them.



    A few laughs here, but the Pam, Jim and Karen love triangle needs to end already.moreless
  • Humor was forced. The writing for this episode was suprisingly horrible. I enjoyed pretty much every other episode of the season, but this was the one exception. Writers seemed eager to rush through this episode to get to the finale.moreless

    4.0
    The funniest part involved the sumo wrestling scene, which had more to do with the sumo suits than the actors. All and all I just found it hard to laugh at any other parts in this episode. For example Michael Scott's "pros and cons" for Andy were not funny at all. Pam's little thing at the end was nice and awkward, which it should have been. Hopefully the finale will be memorable enough to give us a reason to watch next season.moreless
  • 323

    9.5
    Not one dull moment here in this Office episode. A lot of chance taking and surprises that leads us in to the season three finale. There was not a moment in this episode where I wasn't laughing, and The Office isn't usually great with emotional things, because it's a glorified comedy show but in this case it was. I have really enjoyed the love triangle between Pam, Jim & Karen, and this was great development in that triangle as Pam puts her heart out on the line in front of the whole office after taking the chance of walking across hot coals. A lot of funny moments, probably too many to mention but here are a few: Andy floating away in a sumo outfit, and Angela not helping him. Toby being left at the office while everyone goes to the beach, and Dwight falling on the hot coals.



    Absolutely hilarious episode of The Office with a whole lot of development, which will probably be remembered for years to come.moreless
Rashida Jones

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Karen Filippelli

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Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Andy Buckley

Andy Buckley

David Wallace

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  • QUOTES (22)

    • Michael: Hey, Pam, I have a very important job for you.
      Pam: I thought we were just having fun at the beach.
      Michael: We are. We are. But, I would like you to take notes. And I want you to find out about people's character. Not their hotness, per se, but their humor, and their charisma, and the indefinable quality that makes you all glad to follow me.

    • Kelly: Who's Bob Hope?
      Michael: God! He's-he's a comedian.
      Kelly: Oh, like Amanda Bynes.
      Michael: Who's Amanda Bynes?
      Kelly: She's from What A Girl Wants.
      Michael: Oh, I love that movie.

    • Michael: I knew that finding a successor would be difficult. I did not know that it would be impossible. Thus far the candidates have been wildly disappointing. Uh, Jim is not taking it seriously. Uh, Stanley is having a stroke. And Andy, where is he? Where the hell is Andy? Where is he, Pam? Do you know?

    • Michael: Ugh.. who's ahead in points?
      Pam: Well, I think they're even. At various times you gave Jim ten points, Dwight a gold star, and Stanley a thumbs up. And I don't really know how to compare those to...
      Michael: Check to see if there's a conversion chart.
      Pam: I really doubt it, Michael.
      Michael: Please just check.

    • Michael: What does a great manager need most of all? Courage.
      Stanley: How so? I mean, sure thing that sounds smart...I can't do this anymore. I'm going to sit in the bus.

    • Oscar: If either of these guys are put in charge of the office I will transfer to Albany. Gil can come if he wants. I'm kinda looking for a way out of that relationship anyway. I think I might try girls for a while. Angela thinks I can cross over. We'll see.

    • Michael: I want today to be a beautiful memory that the staff and I share after I have passed on to New York. And if Toby is a part of it... then it'll suck.

    • Michael: Dwight is an obvious candidate for my job. He has the best sales record in the office. He loves the work. He is, however, an idiot.

    • (Before the hot dog eating contest)
      Stanley: I would rather work for an upturned broom with a bucket for a head than work for somebody else in this office besides myself. Game on.

    • (After Jim sumo wrestles with Stanley, and loses horribly)
      Jim: Oh my God. I have never seen that look in a man's eyes... ever. I thought that I might die. On Beach Day!

    • Pam: Hey! I want to say something. I've been trying to be more honest lately, and I just need to say a few things. I did the coal walk. Just..I did it. Michael, you couldn't even do that. Maybe I should be your boss. Wow, I feel really good right now...Why didn't any of you come to my art show? I invited all of you..that really sucked. It's like sometimes some of you act like I don't even exist. Jim, I called off my wedding because of you. And now we're not even friends. And things are just, like, weird between us..and that sucks. And I miss you. You were my best friend before you went to Stamford. I really miss you. I shouldn't have been with Roy..and there were a lot of reasons to call off my wedding. But the truth is, I didn't care about any of those reasons until I met you. And now you're with someone else, and that's..fine.

    • Michael: (after Pam had made her speech) Pam that was amazing but I'm still looking for someone with a sales background.

    • Michael: Everybody, may I have you attention please? Today, we are not just spending a day at the beach.
      Stanley: Oh, sweet mother of God.
      Michael: If you don't like it, Stanley, you can go to the back of the bus.
      Stanley: Excuse me?
      Michael: Or the front of the bus. Or drive the bus. Just, we are all participating in mandatory fun activities. Funtivities! And there is a special secret prize for the winner!
      Dwight: Yes! Funtivities! I knew it wasn't just a trip to the beach.
      Michael: Okay, you know what? Your enthusiasm's turning people off.
      Dwight: I hope there will be management parables.

    • Pam: About 40 times a year Michael gets really sick but has no symptoms. Dwight is always gravely concerned.

    • (Michael is asking the candidates for his job to walk across hot coals)
      Michael: Jim, you're up.
      Jim: Nope.
      Michael: Ju- why not?
      Jim: Oh! 'cause I don't want my feet to get burned.
      Michael: You do not have what it takes to be a regional manager!
      Jim: That's harsh.

    • Dwight: Sabotage.
      Angela: What? What are you saying? Did you say "sandwich?"
      Dwight: No. I was saying that before. Not now. Now I am saying, "sabotage." The ancient Dutch art of screwing up your own team.
      Angela: I knew you were saying sabotage. I was giving you an example of it. I will misunderstand everything that Andy says until he goes insane.
      Dwight: If Michael organizes some kind of group hug, stand next to me.

    • Pam: There's nothing better than a beautiful day at the beach filled with sun, surf, and uh, diligent note-taking.

    • (Discussing his chosen team leaders)
      Michael: Andy Bernard. Pros: He's classy, he gets me, he went to Cornell, I trust him... Cons: I don't really trust him.

    • (Discussing his chosen team leaders)
      Michael: I'm also considering Stanley... because of all the good that black people have done for America.

    • (Discussing his chosen team leaders)
      Michael: Jim Halpert. Pros: Smart, cool, good-looking... remind you of anybody you know? Cons: Not a hard worker. I can spend all day on a project and he will finish the same project in a half-an-hour... so that should tell you something.

    • Michael: Oscar, you brought your Speedo, I assume.
      Oscar: I don't wear a Speedo, Michael.
      Michael: Well, you can't swim in leather pants.

    • (Michael in confessional)
      Michael: What happens to a company if somebody takes a boss away? I will answer your question with a question: it's like what happens to a chicken when you take its head away--it dies... unless you find a new head. I need to see which one of these people have the skills to be a chicken head.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Michael's call of "Watch out for snakes!" is a reference to the movie Eegah!, where an offscreen voice (which belonged to someone onscreen) calls out "Watch out for snakes!" as the characters walk out of shot.

    • Dwight names his team Gryffindor, which is one of the houses at Hogwarts, the boarding school in the Harry Potter books. Each of the houses are associated with some qualities, and Gryffindor is Harry Potter's house, associated with bravery. When Jim is asked for his team name he chooses Voldemort, the evil villain in the books.

    • Michael refers to the lake outing as, "One day, 14 strangers... who work together, but only one survivor," playing on the opening to Survivor.

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