The Office

Season 3 Episode 17

Business School

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Michael accepts an invitation from Ryan to be a guest speaker at his business school. Dwight battles wits with a bat that gets loose in the office. Pam enters her first art show.

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  • Michael goes to school and makes a speech

    When Ryan first comes to Dunder Miifflin, Michael develops a man crush. It's funny how much Michael admires him sometimes too much. At this time Ryan is in business school and advancing in it. For one kind of class Ryan needs Michael to come to his class to advance his grade. Ryan asking if this was a good idea to the camera was pretty funny. Michael's speech was well one of the best I heard. It was very funny. The reactions of the students was also funny. This was their first time seeing Michael (and probably last) and that's what made it so funny.

    Meanwhile at the office an unwelcome visitor comes to the office. My favorite reaction was Angela. (poop is coming from the ceiling, poop) What was also funny was the prank Jim played on Dwight. It was an extended one but one of his better ones. He gets Karen to help along. While she does an admirable effort but not nearly as good as when Jim and Pam are doing a prank.

    In a rare third story, Pam has art show opening. Also at this time Pam gets back together with Roy as seen previously in the last episode. Pam tries to justify it by saying he's changed but not really. If I may use a reference to another show (modern family) Mitchell says people change but only 15 percent. Roy has probably less then that. He is the same guy basically. His brother, Kenny is just a bigger version of him. You feel really sorry for Pam when she doesn't do at her art show. Michael does a really sweet moment when he buys one of her paintings and displays it in the office. It was a very funny moment when Michael says that he has a chunky and actually pulls it out. The chocolate bar. Get your mind out of the gutter.moreless
  • 317

    Another amazing episode from season three, that's not surprising considering how amazing this season has been as a whole. A lot of funny moments, and The Office actually brought some emotion to the table, but never stopped being really funny at the same time, and that is hard for shows or sitcoms to pull off, so I commend the Office for that. Pam & Roy back together? It's very eventful but I can't understand why they would pair these two together again after Pam called off the wedding, if anything there was development, but it was development that regressed, which wasn't too impressive but still eventful.

    Pam has an art show and invites everyone meanwhile there is a bat in the office, which is probably one of the most memorable story lines on this show, from Angela freaking out on the floor to Dwight trapping the bat in a bag... over Meredith's head. Creed stole the show as a supporting character here, he was hilarious in every aspect.

    We've got business school, Ryan predicts Dunder Miflin will fail, and Michael moves him back where Kelly sits instead of firing him. No one shows up for the art show except Roy & Michael. Michael says he is proud of Pam, and they share a very emotional hug, but then it went right back to hilarity a second later. A great episode that had a great balance of hilarity and emotion.moreless
  • Good not great

    This week the Office goes in three seperate directions; a bat is in the office and Jim leads Dwight to believe that he has become a superhero after being bitten by it, Pam has her first art show and Ryan takes Michael to give a talk in front of his Business School class, little does Michael know that Ryan is setting him up for failure.

    Wheldon's new direction sees The Office taking a different path; for once the stories are more cleverly written and the humor takes a different approach. This does not mean that funny parts are totally absent, Jim and Karen's two - man prank on Dwight is hilarious featuring suitably over - the - top acting found on certain movies i don't want to admit that i've seen.

    Watching Michael making a fool of himself in front of the Business School (tearing up kid's books, throwing candy at the kids, showing inability to answer any questions) will appeal to most but you really do pity Michael because behind the goofiness he really is just a nice guy who tries his best and Ryan putting him on show like that was cold. His funny punishment at the end settles the score though. This episode sees a few interesting pointers on some of the characters; Roy tries vainly not to screw up his revived relationship with Pam even if his compliments are lame, Ryan has been keeping his views on Dunder Mifflin close to the chest and finally voices them here; as he always been this sceptical or does the company bring it out in him? Also Andy is still MIA, i guess punching a hole in the wall takes it out of him. Pam's laugh - free storyline is probably the weakest point of the episode and watching her art getting the critical version of a slap in the face doesn't belong on a comedy show. The ending is what redeems it; Pam and Michael strangely connect at the end in a touching scene. Both of them go through humiliation in this episode and despite an awkward end to their hug, for the first time they really click. There's never really been an episode that has a strong message and this one being about the importance of paper and a warning of the domination of technology is especially poingnant and Pam's drawing being in the Office will be a perpeptual reminder of this. And for once, Michael's closing monologue isn't an embarressing display of him trying to appear smart but it really comes from the heart. At the end; the morals of this episode is what dominates over the comedy.moreless
  • Ryan takes Michael to school for extra credit while Dwight battles a bat and Jim makes Dwight think Jim's turning into a vampire.

    Funny episode. I like at the end where Michael tells Ryan to move his stuff to sit near Kelly. I was laughing so hard. This eppy rocks. It's so enjoyable. I love the parts where Kim was making Dwight think he was a vampire. It's classic Office. Great eppy to watch. I love the pranks JIm always pulls on Dwight. It's just so hillarious. I love this eppy and this eppy proves why people should watch. It is awesome. Definit;ey watch it when its on. Take it from me. I don't like everything so this is means it's good. I love it.moreless
  • Perfect 10 for one reason. Dwight and the bat.

    Ok.. so Michael talking for Ryan's class was great. A perfect situation to put the character into and watch the humor unfold.

    The office mates visiting Pam's artshows, also had it's dynamic which gives "The Office" its feel.

    But .. by far... Dwight and the bat was awesome. Jim's prank with the vampire was amazing. The way these characters work off each is what makes this show happen. Then, when Dwight enters the lunch room and uses the bag to catch the bat, I was laughing out loud while rewinding my TiVo to watch it again! Haven't had a TV-watching moment like that in a LONG time.

    Thanks Office for another great episode.moreless
Tom W. Chick

Tom W. Chick


Guest Star

Michael Patrick McGill

Michael Patrick McGill

Kenny Anderson

Guest Star

Nathan Blank

Nathan Blank

Business School Student

Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • One of the students asks Michael about how Dunder Mifflin's Herfindahl Index has decreased since the merger. The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index is an actual economic measure of company size and competition within an industry. In the US, the Department of Justice will use this statistic as part of the decision to allow or deny a merger of companies.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Dwight: I don't have a lot of experience with vampires, but I have hunted werewolves. I shot one once, but by the time I got to it, it had turned back into my neighbor's dog.

    • Dwight: If a vampire bat was in the U.S., it would make sense for it to come to a "-sylvania"—like Pennsylvania.

    • (Jim pretending he is affected by a bite from the bat)
      Jim: Ow!
      Karen: What happened?
      Jim: That bread on your desk... I just picked it up. It's white hot!
      Karen: But, Jim this garlic bread is cold.
      Jim: No... it burned me.

    • Jim: So weird.
      Dwight: What? What's so weird?
      Jim: The bat, I mean I know I felt it bite me, but look, there's no mark.
      (Dwight inspects Jim's neck)
      Jim: I feel so tingly.

    • Michael: I am really proud of you.
      (Pam hugs Michael)
      Pam: Thank you.
      Michael: What?
      Pam: Do you have something in your pocket?
      Michael: Chunky. (Michael takes a Chunky candy bar out of his pocket.) Do you want half?

    • Michael: Wow! You did these? Freehand?
      Pam: Yep.
      Michael: My god, these could be tracings!

    • Oscar: You're the one who said we needed more culture.
      Gil: This is culture to you?
      Oscar: It's her first try.
      Gil: Yeah, on Van Gogh's first try, he drew the hands of the peasants.
      Oscar: Meaning what?
      Gil: Meaning real art takes courage, okay? And honesty.
      Oscar: Well, those aren't Pam's strong points.
      Gil: Yeah, exactly. That's why this is motel art.

    • Michael: A good manager doesn't fire people. He hires people and inspires people. People, Ryan. And people will never go out of business.

    • Jim: I'm going to go home and lie down. Draw the shades. There's just so much sun in here. Bye, Dwight.
      Dwight: Goodbye, Jim. And good luck.

    • Michael: Ryan has never made a sale. And he started a fire trying to make a cheesy pita. And everybody thinks he's a tease. Well you know what? He doesn't know anything, and neither do you. So suck on that!

    • Michael: You know what else is facing five Goliaths? America. predators...mercury poisoning. So do we just give up?

    • Dwight: Extraordinary events call for extraordinary actions. Will you form an allegiance...
      Creed: Sure.
      Dwight: use sudden violence.
      Creed: Okay.
      Dwight: Do you have the tools to turn a wooden mop handle into a stake?
      Creed: What size?

    • Karen: Hey, Jim, here's the aspirin you wanted.
      Jim: Oh, thank God. I have such a headache from the glare.
      Karen: What glare?
      Jim: The glare off Angela's crucifix? It's blinding.

    • Michael: We can't overestimate the value of computers. Yes, they are great for playing games and forwarding funny emails. But real business is done on paper, okay? Write that down.
      (Students begin to frantically type on their laptops)

    • Michael: You need something to sell. Now this could be anything. It could be a thingamajig. Or a whosi-whatsi. Or...a "Whatchamacallit." Now, you need to sell those in order to have a "PayDay." And, if you sell enough of them, you will make a "100 Grand." (Michael pulls a 'Snickers' out of his pocket.) Satisfied?

    • Michael: There are four kinds of business: tourism, food service, railroads, and sales; and hospitals/manufacturing; and air travel.

    • Michael: You cannot learn from books. Replace these pages with life lessons. And then you will have a book that is worth its weight in gold. I know these are expensive. But the lesson is priceless.

    • Pam: I'm really happy to be back with Roy. I think it shows maturity. Maturity and dignity. Is that braggy? I don't mean it to be braggy.

    • Ryan: If you bring your boss to class, it automatically bumps you up a full letter grade. So… I'd be stupid not to do it, right?

    • Michael: Campus. Brings back so many memories... that I... would have made.

    • Roy: Your art... was the prettiest art... of all the art.
      Pam: Thank you.

    • Toby: Ah, this looks great. I'd love to be there, but my daughter's play is tonight. Dammit! You know, one of the other parents will probably videotape it.
      Pam: Oh! No, you should go.
      Toby: Well, it's important to support local art... and what they do is not art.

    • Ryan: It wasn't personal.
      Michael: Business is always personal. It's the most personal thing in the world.

    • Kelly: What are you doing? You better not hurt that little bat.
      (Creed goes into a closet to get a spray can)
      Creed: Animals can't feel pain.
      Kelly: Don't hurt that bat, Creed. It's a living thing with feelings and a family.

    • (Toby in confessional)
      Toby: The simple solution would be to open a window. If we had windows that could open.

    • Angela: (wearing a bonnet) Poop is raining from the ceilings—poop!

    • Michael: What is the most inspiring thing I've ever said to you?
      Dwight: "Don't be an idiot," changed my life.
      (Dwight in confessional)
      Dwight: Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, "Would an idiot do that?" and if they would, I do not do that thing.

    • Michael: A boss is like a teacher, and I am like the cool teacher—like Mr. Handell. Mr. Handell would hang out with us, and he would tell us awesome jokes. And he actually hooked up with one of the students, um, and then like twelve other kids came forward. It was in all the papers—really ruined eighth grade for us.

    • (As Ryan moves his things into the Annex; Kelly hugs him)
      Kelly: Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!
      Ryan: Look, this is only temporary, okay? So don't get excited.
      Kelly: I won't. I won't get excited. I won't. (getting excited) I won't. I won't! I won't! I won't! I won't! I won't!

  • NOTES (6)

    • The French episode title is "La chauve-souris", meaning "The Bat". The Italian title is "Scuola commerciale", and the Spanish title is "Escuela de negocios", both exact translations.

    • Music: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 In F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

    • Though credited, Phyllis Smith does not appear in this episode.

    • According to Jenna Fisher, it was purely coincidence that Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Joss Whedon directed this episode with a vampirism theme, but during the read-through the cast joked that no one would believe that.

    • They used four kinds of bats for the episode. The first being a live bat, then an animatronic bat, and followed by a motorized bat. For the last one, they had an imaginary bat in the trash bag in the scene where Dwight puts it in the bag.

    • California State University was used as the backdrop for Ryan's business school and Pam's art show.


    • When Michael in in front of Ryan's class, he begins his presentation by ripping out pages from another student's text book and telling them that they cannot learn from books and to replace those pages with 'life lessons'. The scene is one of the better remembered ones from Dead Poets Society.