The Office

Season 5 Episode 27

Cafe Disco

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 07, 2009 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Michael repurposes his old office space into a cafe-disco lounge for the Dunder Miffin staff. Pam and Jim plan a secret trip to elope. Phyllis is taken aback by Bob's new secretary.

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  • Let's do dancing

    With Michael back at his old, so are the jokes. Not that the last episodes didn't have any laughs, but this one even had more. Michael decides to use what left of his old company and turn it into cafe disco. This one of the few times Michael tries to distract everyone outside the office. He doesn't have much success but he gets Erin for a little bit and then Kevin. The scene with Michael, Kevin, and Angela was very funny. Eventually Michael is successful with getting people to come down. I think it's a success because he doesn't try as hard and doesn't make himself the center of attention. Michael's dancing brought back memories of the boat ride from season 2. There were other small story lines that made this episode great. Jim and Pam plan to elope was great but the only complaint I have against this episode and that's only because I have seen the whole series. Their story on eloping was a cute one. In the end I am glad the decision that they made. Phyllis hurts her back when she comes to the disco. I love the scene with her and Michael before she hurts her back. I like it even better that Michael wasn't the cause of it. Also this the the first extended interaction between Dwight and Phyllis that wasn't Dwight hurting her (see the season 5 start). I think it's very funny that Dwight treats Phyllis like a horse. Phyllis also had a great scene when she came to see Bob Vance. It was a great look that she had. If you watch the deleted scenes, they are worth checking out. Dwight talks about a lawsuit. Props to Kevin for hooking with a women. Note you have seen her before.

    This was a really good episode with many great moments. I liked everyone (besides Ryan) was dancing. Even Angela was moving her foot. One of the top episodes of this season or at least the 2nd half of this season.moreless
  • Great Episode.

    First of all, to sequoa and fanof, If you hate this show so much, do not watch it. Do you like to critizise every single good or bad thing this show does. Click yes to my review if you agree. On the other hand, this episode was a great one because it gave everyone a time to shine. Andy and Kelly was probably the best part of 'Cafe Disco', yet there were other great parts including Erin's imergence as a goofy charachter--- who actually likes to be there. Not only that, but it was a light-hearted episode, which guessing by the pictures and synopsis of next week's episode, 'Company Picnic', will be more of a dark episode. This season has had twists (The Michael Scott Paper Company), the darkness of the original British Series (Moroccan Christmas, New Boss), the akwardness (New Boss), the plot-advancing (Weight Loss, Broke), and the funny, light episodes (Cafe Disco). Even though when some of the episodes this season aired, they did not sound good, Now they seem like little parts to a more important piece.moreless
  • Not great.

    If you were to tell me that there would be an episode of a primetime Emmy award-winning comedy that revolved around people awkwardly dancing for 20 minutes I would've thought you were......talking about The Office. And I would be right.

    What in the name of all that is normal was this? How could Stephen Merchant approve of this? How is Michael Scott not fired? Why am I asking all these rhetorical questions?

    It is a sad state in TV when very few people watch a clever series like 30 Rock, but millions flock to see Steve Carell pretend to be a robot on a weekly basis.moreless
  • Fun, fun, fun!

    Sometimes, the show takes itself too seirously but this episode brought back all the beauty of why the concept is so successful. Because it reolves around nothing, and grows from a having very little storyline.

    It was nice to have a pair of writers who brought back the character traits we all find endearing. Angela may be a shrew, but in this episode she was back to her normal bossy self without the snarky looks to the cameras that have become too frequent lately. There was hardly any Ryan, who I think slows the show down and there was the brilliant partnership of Kelly/Andy! Inspired!moreless
  • 525

    This really did not feel like and Office episode, I found myself rolling my eyes through the whole episode, and everyone was out of character and acting like an idiot. Was it an entertaining half hour? Yes. But it was definitely not the Office us viewers grew to love.

    There was some funny moments like Phyllis throwing out her back or Kelly & Erin randomly starting to dance, but that's about it. Erin is the most flat character on The Office, if they were going to bring in a new character, at least make his/her interesting.

    After Dwight helped Phyllis with her thrown out back, I found myself wondering if Dwight was kidnapped and replaced. Dwight wanting to dance with Phyllis? Everything that came out of his mouth prior to that was ridiculous and out of character. Through the whole episode, nothing happened, everyone was just dancing like an idiot the whole time. There was some Pam & Jim development but that's about it. Not the best episode of The Office, didn't even feel like The Office.moreless
Lisa K. Wyatt

Lisa K. Wyatt


Guest Star

Alyssa Preston

Alyssa Preston


Guest Star

Gene Stupnitsky

Gene Stupnitsky


Guest Star

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper

Erin Hannon

Recurring Role

Bobby Ray Shafer

Bobby Ray Shafer

Bob Vance

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Dwight claims going to a courthouse in Ohio would allow one to "obtain a learner's permit at age 14½ instead of 15," when in truth, one cannot be generally obtained until age 15½, and the only exceptions go through the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, not a courthouse.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michael: I've taken my downstairs office and I've turned it into a place to hang out, a place where unattractive and attractive people can get together to meet, to greet, to see the ones that you love, to love the ones that you see.

    • Michael: Accounting, I am 'accounting' on you to have lunch with me.

  • NOTES (3)


    • In Tom Shadyac's 2007 movie, Evan Almighty, during the end credits, Steve Carrell also danced to "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and mouthed along with the lyrics, as he does when playing music through the vents. His expression and dance moves are identical to the movie.

    • Kelly's dance move with the chair during the dance-off with Andy was a mimicry of Alex Owens' dance sequence from Adrian Lyne's 1983 movie, Flashdance.

    • Dwight pushes his hair back and says, "All work and no play makes Mike a dull boy," riffing on Jack Nicholson's delivery of Jack Torrance's mantra, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," from Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film, The Shining.