The Office

Season 3 Episode 15

Ben Franklin

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 01, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Michael celebrates Phyllis' wedding shower by bringing two performers into the office: a stripper and a Ben Franklin impersonator. Meanwhile, Karen confronts Pam about her past history with Jim.

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  • A wedding shower and a bachelor party

    This was a wonderful episode that was sort of a two part episode. Phyllis is getting married to Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration and Michael decides to throw both of them parties before the wedding. Both parties were entertaining and fun. My only complaint and it's a small one was the choice of stripper. Yes Dwight choose the girl and yes it was on NBC but she could've been prettier. Don't get me wrong she was very pretty just not stripper pretty. It was funny how Michael quickly got away from the stripper when she danced up on him The even funnier moment happened when Michael called Jan to tell her what happened and he was happy that Jan was closer to firing him then dumping him. Other moments from the bachelor party include Michael using the same grill that he burned his foot on and him in hysterics when was in the sex shop. It was also funny when he texted Jim whether the stripper was hot.

    Phyllis had an entertaining bridal shower. It was funny that Jim had a choice in bringing Ben Franklin as the male stripper. It kind of remained me when Jim pulled a mini prank on Pam earlier in the season. That Ben Franklin was a sleazy guy made it funnier. It was really funny how much Angela was into Ben Franklin. It was a great scene between Pam and Karen. I liked that Karen didn't try to treat Pam badly or give her a weird look. I did enjoy that Karen and Pam kind of formed a team to make fun/hit on Ben Franklin. An awkward scene in the break room would later set up what would happen between them for the rest of the series. When Pam asked Ryan to set her up with one of his business school buddies was kind of a shoot at Jim.

    There were many good moments in this episode and did a good job of setting up the next one.moreless
  • 315

    I'm a bit ambivalent about this episode, did anything really happen? Sure we got Karen/Jim/Pam development but nothing else really happened. We've got bachelor and bachelorette parties running in the Office. A really unrealistic plot and the rest of the episode was dedicated to Michael wondering if he should tell Jan that a stripper danced on him.

    Like I said, I'm ambivalent about this epsiode, they were a lot of good things about this episode, a lot of funny remarks from many people in the Office such as Meredith yelling at Angela for not wanting the stripper or Dwight actually considering that the Ben Franklin impersonator is actually Ben Franklin.

    Jim & Karen work out their problems, and Pam looks like she's moving on or just trying to make Jim jealous, whichever is good. Good episode, some flaws, the plot was very thin.moreless
  • Pretty good episode!

    This episode was quite funny! I loved how Jim got Ben Franklin instead of a male stripper! Then Ben Franklin hits on Pam.... haha... Then Michael has the stripper give him a lap dace and then in the middle decides that he should bot be getting this lap dance. I also loved how they told the stripper to sit and answer the phone because they paid her for a certain amount of time. And when Mchael says that the stripper gave him better advice than Ben Franklin.... I just found that to be oo funny. "And she rymed!" Haha... This episode was very funny and everyone should watch it!moreless
  • The office prepares for the big wedding and everything goes wrong of course. But this time strippers are included.

    This episode is absolutely hilarious...of course. The men of the office get to have a bachelor party, which turns into an awkward strip show that goes no where and the women get a crappy Ben Franklin as their entertainment. which of course Angela loves. This episode in my opinion, is absolutely incredible. Much like all the other episodes, it is non stop laughter. Although, this episode lacks the pranks that I am used to in this show such as Jim throwing Andy's cell phone in the ceiling (the most hilarious prank in the show) but the guys getting Ben Franklin as the entertainment was pretty funny.moreless
  • One of the best episodes this season.

    This is exactly why I watch the office, this has become one of my favorito episodes, it is one of the funniest episodes of the series, in the funniest season of the office yet. I rarely laugh out load on a tv series, it is ussualy some smiles and some snickers, but this and every episode of this third season has made me and my wife laugh out load like no other tv series I remember. Ha ha ha, I still remember and laugh again. Let hope the writer keep doing the excellent work they have been doing so far.moreless
Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly

Gordon/'Ben Franklin'

Guest Star

Jackie Debatin

Jackie Debatin


Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

David Koechner

David Koechner

Todd Packer

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Michael's cell phone ringtone is still "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas. The closed caption mistakenly identifies Michael's cell phone ring as "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Michael: (stands up, throwing stripper from his lap) Turn off the music. This is wrong. This is wrong! This is wrong. I have a girlfriend. Uh-uh. And you are engaged. (points toward Bob) And I'm sure you have a boyfriend in prison or something, so let's just clear out, OK? Shame on you! Go back to work!

    • Elizabeth: Hey.
      Jim: Hi.
      Elizabeth: I'm Elizabeth, I'm the dancer that was requested.
      Dwight: Okay, I specifically ordered a stripper.
      Elizabeth: I'm the stripper.
      Dwight: Oh, okay, good. In the future, please identify yourself as such.

    • Jim: Have you ever seen a stripper before?
      Dwight: Yes. Jennifer Garner portrayed one on Alias. It was one of her many aliases.
      Jim: Yeah, me either.

    • Ryan: (about Michael in the adult store) He hasn't even said a word yet—just giggling.

    • Michael: So get your suits to the dry cleaners, and get your hair did. And Karen, you might want to invest in a dress or a skirt of some kind, if you don't already have one. This may be Phyllis' only wedding ever. It's my job to ensure that none of you look like ragamuffins.

    • Packer: Halpert! Tall, queer, handsome as ever. Hey everybody, it's me, Jim. Hello, hello. Todd Packer.
      Karen: Karen Fillipelli. Jim's girlfriend.
      Packer: Shut up! Shut it!
      Karen: That's rude.
      Packer: Either this chick is a dude, or Halpert got scared straight!

    • Michael: We are still going to be having two parties, but each is going to get a little extra dose of naugh-tay. (turns and slaps his behind)

    • Dwight: Ruddy cheeks, thick calves, no tats, no moles. No tats. No...tats. Of course I want--
      Jim: Stop. That's disgusting.
      Dwight: Leave me alone and get the male stripper.
      Jim: Fine.
      Dwight: I knew you would, Nancy.
      Jim: Sally.

    • Michael: Mr. Franklin, I would say you are probably one of the sexiest presidents ever.
      Gordon (Ben Franklin): Well, actually, I never was president.
      Michael: Yes, but Ben Franklin was.

    • Karen: Mr. Franklin, do you have a girlfriend?
      Ben Franklin: I have a lovely wife, Deborah.
      Pam: But don't you have girlfriends in Paris? Like, a lot of them?
      Ben Franklin: Ah, well, that is a gray area of my life.

    • Elizabeth: You want me to answer phones, with my clothes on?
      Dwight: We hired you for three hours work, and we're gonna get it.

    • Dwight: Who is the king of Austria?
      Ben Franklin: Joseph the Second.
      Dwight: Who is the king of Prussia?
      Ben Franklin: Friedrich Wilhelm the Third.
      Dwight: Who is the king of England?!
      Ben Franklin: Why, the tyrant King George, of course.

    • Michael: So you don't want to end our relationship?
      Jan: I'm closer to firing you.
      Michael: That is so sweet. You are the best cheated girlfriend in the world.

    • Michael: So you know who turned out to be kind of a creep? Ben Franklin. And Elizabeth the stripper? Gave me great advice. Which rhymed. Really makes you wonder how Ben Franklin can become president but someone like Elizabeth can't.

    • Dwight: Are you near-sighted or far-sighted?
      Gordon (Ben Franklin): Both. That's why I invented the bifocal.
      Dwight: AAAAAAHH!

    • Ryan: Is this the same grill you grilled your foot on?
      Michael: No... Yes. But I got all the foot off of it.

    • Dwight: I don't care what Jim says. That is not Ben Franklin. (pause) And I'm 99% sure.

    • Michael: To jump-start a car, first pop the hood, then you take these bad boys and clip them anywhere on the engine (clips jumper cables to the engine). Then you take these and clip them wherever (clips jumper cables to the engine of the Sebring) .
      (Dwight turns to the camera and shakes his head, "no")

    • Michael: What's up, spinstahs?
      Angela: Nothing, you know this is a luncheon shower, girls only.
      Michael: No problem. The guys are having a shindig of their own in the warehouse, from 2:30 to 3:15. It is the only time that Bob is available. Sort of a guy's night out. A G-N-O if you will, a g-no. Actually it's more of a guy's afternoon in, a G-A-I. A gai. (Karen gives Michael a quizzical look) Not, not, it's, uh, not gay, it's a, just a, it's a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. (Pam is looking at Michael and trying not to laugh) An hour-long shower with guys.

    • Pam: (Pam in confessional) Something is up with Jim and Karen. Not that I've been eavesdropping, it's not really any of my business, but I've gotten pretty good at reading the back of Jim's neck.

    • Roy: (warehouse confessional) I'm not really into strippers. And—you know what I find sexy, Pam's art. She's an artist and I appreciate that. It's very moving and…sexy. The art.

    • Michael: Stripper...could I ask you a question about women? Um, should I tell my girlfriend that you danced up on me?
      Stripper: Secret secrets are no fun. Secret secrets hurt someone.
      Michael: Wow. Thank you.

    • The Stripper: Oh, my God, I would get so fat if I worked here.
      Pam: Yeah? I lose my appetite all the time.

    • Ben Franklin: These things only serve to upset the women. They are the gentler sex.
      Michael: Well, Ben Franklin, you're really kind of a sleezebag.

    • Ben Franklin: You know, I invented electricity.
      Pam: I know.
      Ben Franklin: Well, I'm sensing a little electricity right here.
      Pam: Didn't Ben Franklin have syphilis?
      Ben Franklin: Yes, but I don't. My name is Gordon.
      Pam: Ohhh.

    • Pam: Ben Franklin?
      Ben Franklin: Hm?
      Pam: Do you wear boxers, briefs, or pantaloons?
      Ben Franklin: Well, you're very saucy!

    • Angela: Under no circumstances should a man strip off his clothes in this office.
      Meredith: SHUT UP, ANGELA!

    • Michael: Who wants some man meat?
      Dwight: I want some man meat!
      Jim: Michael, Dwight wants your man meat.
      Michael: Then my man meat he shall have!

    • Michael: Number Eight: Learn how to take off a woman's bra.
      (looks down at Pam)
      Pam: What?
      Micheal: We will demonstrate on Pam.

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