The Office

Season 5 Episode 25

Broke

4
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 23, 2009 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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The Michael Scott Paper Company's low prices continue to bleed business from Dunder Mifflin, but are so low the company can't attain profitability.

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  • The end of the company

    8.5
    When Michael left Dunder Mifflin to start his company he thought (or in his case didn't think it all the way through) his new company would be successful right away. While he along with Pam were able to make some headway and steal some clients from Dunder Mifflin,the stragety prooved to be the end of the company. I liked that this storyline ended when it did.

    Before this happens, David Wallace in makes an offer to buy the company. I think how Michael handled the neogations were done beautifully and shows how much he has grown. If this happened even two years ago somehow he or someone else (but probably him) would spoil the beans. I also enjoyed how when Jim told the people at Michael Scott Paper Company that David was considering buying out the company, that he ignored (on purpose) how the company struggled. Of course he did this mostly for Pam. Speaking of Jim, Charles realizes that he is not screwup he thought Jim was. He also realizes how Dwight really is. It was very funny that Dwight thought getting revenge on the Michael Scott Paper Company was by getting bees. Another part I liked was how he got Pam as a salesperson.

    I also loved how Michael did the same thing to Charles that Charles did to him when he left. It was also good to see how much of a suckup Charles was to David.

    Overall there were very good moments to this episodes with no major complaints.moreless
  • 523

    9.0
    A very great resolution to the Michael Scott Paper Company, probably one of the better episodes of season 5, and I don't know what the rest of the season has in store for us, but this arc practically saved this season and made it somewhat memorable after a couple weeks of mediocrity.



    All I can say is thank god Idris Elba will be leaving The Office, I'm sure he annoyed everyone as much as he annoyed me. The Pam/Ryan/Michael interaction again was one of the best things about this episode, and I hope they have more interactions in the future. This episode left me with a good feeling with everyone getting their jobs back and hopefully everything going back to normal in the next episode, I'm interested to see how Pam on sales will play out. Excited for the next episode, great episode overall.moreless
  • Michael returns to Dunder Mifflin.

    5.0
    Finally the Idris Elba experiment is over. I know I will get heat for making fun of him because OMG he was on THE WIRE! That means he can do no wrong! But he was unbearably bad on this show. He wasn't funny, and the writers had no idea what to do with him, which resulted in some incredibly awkward moments.



    I will admit to laughing at "our balls are in your court" but this show is just not amusing in the way it used to be. Outside of that, and a few random Dwight moments, I hardly chuckled at all and this 5.0 score is very generous for this episode.moreless
  • MICHAEL,as a BORAT fan,should've said "Goodbye,CHARLES.We'll miss you...not!".

    8.0
    The problem with the show is that it started with the JIM/PAM/ROY triangle to give us the sense that the show would go somewhere.Then more storylines(mostly romances)came,but a bunch of episodes ago,the last one remainin'(DWIGHT/ANDY/ANGELA)was over.So,what's left?I mean,JIM & PAM together isn't funny,which is why last season wasn't that good.This season started with they havin'lil'problems(which would've work),but then they thought that the fans wan'them together forever.So,they created the storyline of MICHAEL leavin',which I enjoyed a lil',except for CHARLES.Characters that represent common sense are welcome,but not for recurrin'roles.At least not if they're that serious.The storyline would've been better as a 2-part episode,but it was still good.DAVID WALLACE(who's practically the show's villian)got what he deserved,after all we've seen him doin'.It was also good'cuz we saw that even though MICHAEL is an idiot,he has a good heart,and PAM and RYAN saw it.The problem now is the same as always...where is the show goin'?I read that next season JIM & PAM get married.Nice,but then what?moreless
  • Awesome episode!! So glad Michael is back!!

    10
    Totally awesome episode and I'm so glad Charles is gone!! I hate this guy from the very beginning. And not to mention that Pam's got a promotion and now she can sell paper with Jim and I am sure it's going to be hilarious.

    And what can I say, Michael is full of surprises and he's got himself back on the Dunder Mifflin truck with dignity and plenty of advantages (tooth care !!).

    Last but not the least, the three get to leave that miserable little room and the Scranton branch is going to be the same as usual!!

    Can't wait to see the next move....moreless
Kurt Scholler

Kurt Scholler

Ty Platt

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Charles Miner

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Andy Buckley

Andy Buckley

David Wallace

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Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper

Erin Hannon

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