The Office

Season 3 Episode 7

Branch Closing

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2006 on NBC
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Jan delivers the bad news to Michael that the Scranton Branch is slated for closure. This leads Michael on a quest to keep up the staff's spirits. Meanwhile, everyone imagines what their lives will be like in the wake of the close.

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  • Another great episode

    I'm in full "binge viewing" mode on this show. It's on my Kindle and I just try watch when I'm on the go, but i now find myself watching an episode or 2 before I go to bed each night. I'm surprised how fast I'm burning through these.

    This was the episode I ended on last night. Not much to say. It"s hilarious! Looks like the new girl is coming to Scranton to put a little something between Pam & Jim. I just love this show!moreless



    One of the best opening segments of the series so far. The future Dwight faxes the present Dwight (from Jim) about the poisoned coffee. This is why Dwight is funnier in the actual office.



    He's not turned into a bad character or anything, and he's definitely a lot more likeable since the break up, but it's kind of hard to believe that the Roy of Series 1 who was a real douche bag, is now the Roy of Series 3 who is completely weak and mentally fragile. Also beards on tv characters mean bad-asses, not soft asses.



    Didn't accomplish any laughs at all really, only to put off Michael Scott not knowing he was still in a job. And as I said in the first best, Dwight is better in the office than out of it. The reaction to



    This needed to be done, as Josh was too good of a boss and seemed to nice of a guy to be played against Michael Scott. Him taking the Staples job made him look selfish and a turncoat and Jim summed it up perfectly when he said Michael Scott would never have done that. A really good plot twist.



    It's coming. You can see it coming. Pam. The Standford Woman. Jim. I was worried how they would drag the Pam / Jim story through series after series but they're coming up with different ways, making the watcher wait for the 'money shot'

    Enjoyed this episode. It's good when the series gets moving, which it hasn't felt like it has done over the last 2 episodes. The reactions to the news were varied and all pretty funny. Ryan and Stanley had strong episodes, but I still don't like Creed. Star of the show was Meredith. Definitely a backing character but at least she has a good character. Her search for her 'last day in work sexual partner' was a funny theme running through the showmoreless
  • A branch closes

    Back in season one, we learn that Dunder Mifflin was considering closing one of their branches and Scranton was one of them. Seeing Jan deliver the news to Michael and his reaction was priceless. It was funny how it was decided that Michael was not even considered one of the people that would be transferred. Everyone at the Scranton branch had different reactions with Kelly being the best. I also enjoyed seeing how Jim and Pam asked questions about the move, trying to mask what they really feel. When you find out that Scranton Branch is not closing, you see how hard Jim wrestles his decision. I did like what Jim said about Michael about Josh takes the new job at Staples. The only part I wish they would've have shown was David, the CFO coming to this house with Michael and Dwight at this house. The scenes with Dwight and Michael were pretty funny. Both the start and the endings of this episode were good. The pranks that Jim played on Dwight was one of the best yet. The end was good because it you excited for the next episode.moreless
  • 307

    In this extended episode of The Office, a lot of things happen and all the Jim & Pam fans were probably cheering by the end of this epsiode. To me, I didn't see that as the most important thing. They were a lot of other things or people that stole the show here.

    Meredith was the funniest addition to this episode in my opinion, the whole thing, with her trying to see if she made a deal to sleep with someone on the last day of work was absolutely hysterical, and the ending was golden. We've also got a lot of other funny moments from the supporting characters such as Kevin & Angela hugging, Creed selling all his things and everyone's reaction to the branch closing.

    At first, we think that Scranton is closing but by the end, it turns out Stamford is closing so now Jim is going back to Scranton, something that all the fans have been waiting for, what a way to get back on track. Can't wait for the next epsiode.moreless
  • "There is no Stanley tree."

    This is another prime example of what this show does so well. It develops its characters and tells stories that build on each other while still being funny. I love that each episode is not completely self-contained. Each week is not a reboot in which the character forget everything they have experienced.

    Once again Michael Scott shows how important his job and his employees are to him. Even at his silliest, Michael has the best of intentions. Dwight remains his loyal right hand. Even though both characters demonstrate integrity in this episode, they are still complete egomaniacal dufuses.

    Each character's response to the news that the branch was closing fit the history of the show. Stanley is thrilled and can't pack fast enough. Phyllis gets teary. Ryan is just relieved to be escaping Kelly's Vulcan death grip. Creed begins stealing like it will be his last chance.

    Jim and Pam are concerned about each other's future. I really like that Pam is excited about gaining forward momentum by going to art school.

    I don't know yet how I feel about Karen and Andy. I am not wild about them. They were sort of funny as an alternative universe Pam and Dwight, but I don't know that I want them in the Scranton office. We shall see.

    This episode has my favorite prank against Dwight.

    Futher instructions will follow.


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Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Charles Esten

Charles Esten

Josh Porter

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • On their way to New York to see the CFO you can see on the dashboard of the car they are headed south and it is currently 87°. This being late fall in the Northeast and them heading north to NY, you can tell that they are actually filming in Los Angeles heading south.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jan: Our CFO believes that Josh is going to play an important role in our company's future.
      Michael: Oh, really, what role is that? King of the stupid universe?

    • Michael: There she is—Jan Levinson.
      Jan: Michael.
      Michael: First thing in the morning. Love to start my morning with a hearty bowl of Jan.
      Jan: Michael.
      Michael: (singing) Just call me Levinson in the morning, baby...

    • Josh: I, um, will not be taking the job.
      Jan: Excuse me? Why not?
      Josh: As of today, I have accepted a senior management position at Staples.
      Jim: Say what you will about Michael Scott, but he would never do that.

    • Dwight: When you become close with someone you develop a kind of sixth sense. You can read their moods like a book. Right now, the title of Michael's book is "Something Weird is Going On"...colon... "What Did Jan Say?...The Michael Scott Story"... by Michael Scott with Dwight Schrute.

    • Karen: Who are you faxing so early in the morning?
      Jim: Oh, um... kinda hard to explain. (cuts to talking head) I don't have a ton of contact with the Scranton branch, but, before I left, I took a box of Dwight's stationery. So, from time to time, I send Dwight faxes. From himself. From the future. (cut to Dwight reading the fax Jim just sent) Dwight, at 8am today, somebody poisons the coffee. Do not drink the coffee. More instructions will follow. Cordially, Future Dwight.
      Dwight: NOOOOO! (after seeing Stanley leave the break room with a cup of coffee, runs and knocks it out of his hand) You'll thank me later.

    • Michael: What are we still doing here? It's over. Let's go home, get the car. Ohhh, this was such a stupid idea. This was so stupid. (crying) I'm such a stupid idiot. I let everybody down. Everybody hates me. I lost everybody's jobs. Nobody likes me anymore.

    • Jim: Hey, um…I think I am going to take that job, and Scranton, it's not that bad there. So if they offer you a job there. I think you should take it.
      Karen: Okay yeah, maybe I will.
      (Karen speaking to the camera)
      Karen: Yeah, I'm happy he said that. I mean, I don't think he's into me or anything. But I'm kind of into him. So…there you go.

    • Angela: I don't want to blame anyone in particular. I think everyone's to blame.

    • Michael: Listen up, everybody I have some news. We are screwed. Dunder Mifflin Scranton is being shut down.
      Toby: Michael, uh, we shouldn't be talking about this until all the decisions have been made.
      Michael: You knew about this all along, didn't you?
      Toby: Jan told me just a few minutes before she told you.
      Michael: (points at Toby) Traitor! You are a traitor.

    • Karen: Hey, uh, did you hear about your friends in Pennsylvania? Rumor has it that the Scranton branch is "gklch" (makes a cut throat gesture)
      Jim: Really? Wow, that's too bad.
      Andy: Um, Sorry. Scranton branch is closing? In your face.
      Jim: Well, I work here now.
      Andy: Mmmm!! sucka.

    • Michael: It is an outrage. That's all. It's—they're making a huge, huge mistake. Let's see Josh replace these people. Let's see Josh find another Stanley. You think Stanley's grow on trees? Well, they don't. There is no Stanley tree. You think the world is crawling with Phyllis's? Show me that farm, with Phyllis's and Kevin's sprouting up all over the place, ripe for the plucking. Show me that farm.

    • Michael: Am I a small number person or a severance package person?
      Jan: Well, we haven't made final decisions about personnel yet but you're a severance package person. (Michael shudders)
      Michael: Oh my God! (crying) Oh my God!

    • Jan: Michael.
      Michael: Yes?
      Jan: I'm here to tell you that we are closing the Scranton branch.
      Michael: I don't understand.
      Jan: The board voted last night to close your branch.
      Michael: On whom's authority?
      Jan: The board's.
      Michael: W-What?

    • Michael: Although, I can't say I'm a big fan of Bowling For Columbine. I was expecting it to be a bowling movie, like Kingpin.

    • Pam: Oh great, you're bringing Dwight?
      Michael: Yes, This might get ugly. I need backup.

    • Jim: I mean, I always knew the branch would shut down someday, I just figured it would be, Michael would sell the building, for some magic beans.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The French episode title is "Fermeture programmée", meaning "Planned Closing". The Italian title is "Licenziamenti", meaning "Layoffs". The Spanish title is "El Cierre de la sucursal", an exact translation.

    • Andy gets frustrated when Jim pretends not to remember that he graduated from Cornell, an Ivy League school. In real life, John Krasinski (Jim) graduated from Brown University, Mindy Kaling (Kelly) graduated from Dartmouth, and both Rashida Jones (Karen) and BJ Novak (Ryan) graduated from Harvard University -- all Ivy League schools. Ed Helms, who plays Andy, went to Oberlin College in Ohio (not an Ivy, but a top-ranked school nonetheless).

    • The episode was made available online through after airtime. Being a pivotal episode, a "producer's cut" was made to expand upon the allotted half-hour. This marks the first time they've released a full episode with additional footage before the DVD release.


    • Pam signs the company directory, "PS - What a long strange trip its been", a reference to a cliched yearbook quote taken from the lyrics of the song "Truckin'" by the Grateful Dead.

    • Michael's sing-song of, "Just call me Levinson of the morning, baby", plays off the song, "Angel of the Morning", written by Chip Taylor, and performed by several artists, but originally recorded by Merrilee Rush. The best-selling and highest-charting version in the U.S. is by Juice Newton in 1981.

    • Jim says, I always knew that the branch would shut down someday, I just figured it would be because Michael sold the building for some magic beans," referring to the fable Jack and the Beanstalk in which naive Jack sells the family's cow for some magic beans.

    • Kelly says, "If I get to stay and Ryan gets laid off, I will kill myself, like Romeo and Juliet, the Claire Danes one," referring to the 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, Romeo + Juliet. The movie takes place in modern times, but with an edited version of the original dialogue. It was targeted more towards young adults and teenagers.