The Office

Season 5 Episode 8

Business Trip

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2008 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Michael is sent on a business trip to Canada and brings Oscar and Andy along with him. There he meets a beautiful woman. Oscar and Andy bond over some drinks. Jim counts down the days until Pam is done with art school. Ryan and Kelly start hooking up again.


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  • Michael goes to Canada

    When Michael gets the chance to go to Canada he jumps at the chance at it. This being Michael he makes it more then it's out to be. I think Michael made this more then it actually was because David recently transferred Holly. Again it's not explained why David did this. It's one of the decisions I disagreed with. Michael invites Oscar and Andy along. I really liked Oscar "enthusiasm" The trip to Canada was memorable and entertaining. Michael meets up with the hotel worker. What he thinks might be something ends up being a one night stand. I feel really sorry for Michael. The wounds from Holly really opened up when the women wanted just for sex. However this doesn't want stop him from selling. It shows how good Michael is a salesman despite some hardships. The fact that he didn't let this interrupt from making the sale is one of the reasons this episodes was very good. I also really liked when Michael told off David. It was delivered in such a great way and shows off the great acting by Steve Carrell. This was one of the ways to tell off the boss without going over the line. Another great part of this episode was Andy and Oscar. I really admire Andy for being his wing man and trying to get Oscar a guy. Part of the reason he did it was because the lack of action Angela was giving him. If you watch the episode you hear Dwight's voice in the background. I loved Oscar coming out of his shell. I think this was the first time this happened. It was really enjoyable.

    The Canada part of the episode alone would make this a great episode but the B Story at the office was good. When Pam was getting to the end of art class how everyone was responding to Jim was pretty funny. Creed was the best with the massage. You find out that Pam failed and may need to take the class again. The scene between Jim and Pam was very touching and great acting by both actors. It was a great scene at the end. Pam's decision was hers alone without Jim being an influence. (note don't read this if you haven't watch the whole episode) It was enjoyable how Dwight welcomed Pam.

    There were many good things in this episode and some things that would set up later in the series.moreless
  • 507

    Wow, an unexpectedly bad episode of The Office, it was definitely not a memorable episode, and I felt as though everyone rated it so highly because of Jim & Pam which happens a lot nowadays. Nothing about this episode was remotely funny, and this show has been dealing with an uphill struggle since season 4.

    Sure, I can pick out a few good episodes from the later seasons but that's once in a blue moon, The Office definitely has lost it's way, and we don't want to see Michael piping about Holly or the beginning of another dreadful relationship: Kelly and Ryan.

    I think the only highlight of this episode was Andy & Oscar calling Angela drunk but that's about it. Although this episode wasn't much in comedy, it still brought some development like Pam coming back to the office, I hope the next Office episode will be better, because things weren't looking so good when I watched this episode.moreless
  • Stopped watching the episode half way through.

    The Office is hands down my favorite TV series, and has never disappointed me like this before. Michael, Andy, and Oscar head to Canada for a business trip, which was very boring to watch. Whenever Michael ends up leaving the office for the whole episode it seems like it isn't as funny as usual. This episode obviously proved that. The Jim and Pam storyline was kind of depressing, and the only funny part of the episode was the Kelly Ryan story. Last week was one of my favorite episodes, and unfortunately it is followed by the worst episode of The Office. In my opinion.moreless
  • Coffin *NOW* w/extra nails!

    This show has been adding extra nails to the already buried coffin for some unknown reason. This episode was an absolute waste. Long gone are the nights of sitting on the edge of my seat (like the cold open of The Injury) not wanting to miss one expression, one word, one syllable. This show is simply dead and pointnless. So sad. Next weeks episode is about a mess in the office microwave. ... huh!? *&*@&^!%@!@%&^/???

    I really dont get it. It feels like the writers have simply given up.

    If you want insane/funny you should absorb every second of Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia. If you want shocking/insane you should watch Testees.moreless
  • Terrible, terrible episode.

    This episode of The Office felt like it was written by a 3rd grader. I don't think I truly laughed at anything and even Creed's one line felt very forced. Okay, Andy calling Angela and saying they would discuss things later naked was mildly amusing, but come on, this is not Office level quality. I remember when Andy and Michael used to have good back and forths but now they simply don't. Stop trying to be a drama with the whole Pam and Jim thing. Start a new show if you want to do that instead of besmirching the one Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant created.

    BJ Novak needs to step out of the spotlight and let some of the better characters get some screen time. Giving Creed more lines would be a start but right now The Office has a lot of fixing to do.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • David Wallace mentions his gratitude to Michael for going to Canada in mid-November. After Pam finds out she's failing art school, she says she needs to retake the 12 week course. However, in the episode "Weight Loss Part 1," we find out she began her course in early July, meaning the course would have been longer than 3 months.

    • Though they are supposedly in Canada, a Southwest Airlines aircraft is clearly visible as Andy talks about getting to know Oscar. Southwest Airlines did not as of this episode fly into Canada.

    • Michael is crushed to learn that even in Business Class meals are not served on flights less than two hours, though any flight from Scranton or nearby larger cities to Winnipeg takes more than that amount of time, and involves connections.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Pam: I'm coming back the wrong way. It's not because of you! I don't like graphic design. That's it. Stop smiling! I really didn't like it. It's just designing logos and stuff. And I miss Scranton. But it is NOT because I missed you! I just really wanted to come home... and I know you said to come home the right way... but you can't tell me what to do. Got it?
      Jim: I missed you.
      Pam: I missed you, too.

    • Andy: Beer me dos Long Island Iced Teas.

    • Michael: I have always been intrigued by international things: the women, the pancakes, the Man of Mystery.

    • Michael: Why have I stayed at Dunder Mifflin so long? Certainly not 'cause of the paycheck, because I could be making more as a doctor or a professional athlete. I think it's because they respect me. A boss that will not fire you even though you just tell him off right to his face over the phone—that's respect.

    • Oscar: What's first base with Angela?
      Andy: I get to kiss her forehead.

    • Andy: (on Oscar) It took me going to Canada to get to know a guy that sits 20 feet from me. And he's delightful!

  • NOTES (2)