When Holly leads a seminar on ethics, she realizes how unethical the Scranton branch really is. Jim tallies Dwight's 'time theft'.
Jenna Fisher (Pam) does not appear in this episode. Her voice is heard during the cold open though. She did originally have a plot line where she went out drinking with classmates, but it was edited out due to time.
Meredith claims that she's been sleeping with the representative for Hammermill for six years. In the season three episode "The Convention," Michael and Josh state that Hammermill was exclusive with Staples until Michael convinces them otherwise in that episode. Therefore, it is impossible for her to be getting discounts that long.
Jim: By any chance did you see Battlestar Galactica last night?
Andy: No, I did not. Is that any good?
Jim: Actually not. It is really so-so.
Dwight: Ok... (looks at Jim holding a stopwatch ready and shuts up)
Jim: I mean, I like all the crazy monsters and stuff, you know, like Klingons and Wookies and all that, but—
(Dwights turns around, Jim holds up stopwatch, and Dwight sulks back to work)
Jim: Sorry, was there something you wanted to add, Dwight?
Andy: Is that anything like the original Battlestar Galactica?
Jim: You know, it's weird, it's practically a shot-for-shot remake.
Andy: Really? Huh, that's cool.
Jim: The story's kind of bland. It's about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian, and he needs to return the ring back to Mordor.
Jim: [Dwight] has not stopped working for a second. At 12:45 he sneezed, while keeping his eyes open, which I always thought is impossible. At 01:32 he peed. And I know that because he did it in an open soda bottle, under the desk, while filling out expense reports. And on the flip side I've been so busy watching him that I haven't even started work. That's exhausting, being this vigilant. I probably will have to go home early today.
Creed: The tall guy got engaged.
Holly: (discussing the ethics meeting) After they finish the quiz I'm going to run my first meeting here. It's going to be insane. No, it's not. I've got to read from the binder.
Oscar: Once in a while I'll take a long lunch.
Michael: A siesta.
Michael: I just don't want my employees thinking their jobs depend on performance. I mean, what kind of place is that to call home?
Angela: I once reported Oscar to the INS. Turns out he's clean, but I'm glad I did it.
Music: Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" (Michael and Holly start the ethics meeting with their "Ethical" parody lyrics)
The French episode title is "Question de morale", meaning "A Question of Ethics". The Spanish title is "Etica profesional", an exact translation.
International Airdates: Latin America: June 22, 2009 on Canal FX
Teasing Dwight, Jim tells Andy that the Sci Fi network's Battlestar Galactica revamp is, "about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian, and he needs to return the ring back to Mordor," using the head of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series (Dumbledore), the last name of the ruler of Bespin's Cloud City in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back ([Lando] Calrissian), and the home of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Mordor).
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