The Office

Season 2 Episode 22

Casino Night

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 11, 2006 on NBC
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Dunder Mifflin holds a Casino Night in the warehouse to benefit charity. While Michael faces the task of juggling two dates, Jim is forced to ponder the reality of transferring to the Stamford branch and what that means for his relationship with Pam.

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  • Okay, so I'm late to the party...

    9.5
    I just started watching The Office a few months ago (I think the series just ended this year). But just to throw my 2 cents in 8 years later, this is my favorite show right now. I have it on my Kindle and I always watch it while I'm on the bus or train (20 minute episodes are perfect for the commute).



    I just finished this episode the other night and loved it! Great wrap up! No spoilers but the last few minutes I had to do a long awaited fist pump for... one (two?) of the characters. You'll see.



    Enjoy!moreless
  • Season 2 finale at Casino Night

    9.0
    This episode started at a Chili's and ended at a warehouse. As with many season 2 episodes, this started out pretty funny. As powerful as Dwight claims to be (karate, assistant manager or assistant to the regional manager) it's funny how easily he can be tricked. I also like how the rest of the staff plays along with. I really liked how Pam helped Michael when Jan and Carol called. It was very sweet of her.

    The scenes in the warehouse were very great. It was hilarious how nervous/cool Michael plays when Jan or Carol is approaching. The double kiss? Loved it. Other great moments include Michael thinking Billy's (from when he burns his foot) girlfriend is a nurse, Darryl "teaching" Michael black words, Toby taking Michael's money, and Creed taking things because he enjoys it. I also enjoyed when Dwight won at craps and kissed Angela. Check out the reaction as she walked away. It's pretty memorable. I also like the moments that Jim and Pam played was very cute until the moment.

    The ending was pretty memorable. The producers did a great job of setting this up in previous episodes. You feel really sorry for Jim when he declared his love. It was a great moment of acting by John Krasinski and Jenna Fisher. The scene after he declared his love was a great way to end the season. It left you wondering what would happen as would any great season finale.moreless
  • Season 2 Finale

    10
    A really great finale that honestly summed up the whole season and wrapped it with a nice bow on top, all the while, the finale gave us viewers what we've been waiting for all season, which I think is also essential in a finale.



    We've got some cliffhangers, a really good final scene that can really hold you over until the new season begins. The Office, regardless of how eventful it was, it still managed to be incredibly funny. Which is this show at it's best. An eventful funny episode, and we've got a lot of genuinely funny moments in this episode.



    From Creed stealing to Michael going on a date with Carol and Jan at the same time, hilarity definitely ensues. We've got the Dwight/Angela relationship going strong, we learn that Jan might like Michael, looks like Jim really is getting transferred, and of course the biggest cliffhanger of all: Jim reveals his feelings for Pam. The best episode of the series? Maybe, so far, it has the best episode I've seen of the Office, but I'm sure they're are better out there, maybe not in shock value, but in comedy. So overall, a great episode, the kiss between Jim & Pam, when I saw that, I actually heard people from all around the world cheering. That's how intense that scene was. An amazing finale and quite possible the best episode of the series.moreless
  • Loved it!

    10
    I just loved how they turned only 5 or so minutes of Jim&Pam to the locomotive of this episode because those guys were the only thing I cared about when I played it again; my favorite guy on TV finally opening up! I think if they won't get together in season 3, though if Pam goes through with the marriage she is just as dumb as hell... Roy is just a fine example of a mule, but Jim is great on every level. Hope I was Pam :) Anyway, looking forward to play the next episodes, I just love being a latecomer to the audience; buying all available seasons on DVD and not having to wait for a week!!moreless
  • Every character gets a chance to shine in this episode of the office! Scranton branch is preparing to host a Casino-themed fundraiser, and the camera focuses on the Jan-Michael-Carol and Jim-Pam-Roy awkwardness. The last 10 min will make your heart pound.moreless

    10
    This is absolutely, positively the best episode of The Office. There are several allusions to previous episodes that fans will pick up on (the Hooters catering, the Chilis waitress/date, etc), and they will also enjoy learning more about Oscar, Creed, Toby, Kevin, and the rest of the secondary characters. So many brilliantly funny lines from this episode are now known as classics, from "I hate so much about the things you choose to be" to "I want to be more than that." The best part of this episode, though, is its unpredictability. Perfectly written, perfectly acted, perfectly executed. I just wish it had been longer! The deleted scenes (available on the DVD) are some of the best scenes in series history!moreless
Bob Harrell

Bob Harrell

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Guest Star

Mike Kruzel

Mike Kruzel

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Guest Star

Britain Spellings

Britain Spellings

Craps Dealer

Guest Star

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Kelly Kapoor

Recurring Role

Paul Lieberstein

Paul Lieberstein

Toby Flenderson

Recurring Role

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Michael and Toby both go 'all-in' off their initial two cards while playing Texas Hold 'Em, they simply flip their two cards over and Toby is declared the winner based on his pair of jacks. However, the dealer never did the three card 'flop,' followed by the one card each 'turn' and 'river.' Michael still could've won the hand.

    • Dwight asks Jan if she is staying overnight at the "Hyatt in Wilkes-Barre." The only Hyatts in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

    • Kevin's band, Scrantonicity, was first mentioned in the deleted scenes of the first episode in season one. Kevin makes reference to it throughout the deleted scenes on almost every episode.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Michael: Okay, everybody, tonight's event is to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.
      Oscar: Again? We do that every year.
      Michael: Well, they need our money. They don't have cookies like the Girl Scouts.

    • (at the poker table)
      Toby: I'll call.
      Michael: What are—that's insane.
      Toby: I have good cards.
      Michael: Well, Toby, I went all in on the first hand so doesn't that tell you that I might have good cards, too? So, don't be stupid. Just take it back.
      Dealer: No, I'm sorry, sir, he can't. He's gone all in.
      Michael: Well, okay, alright, whatever.
      Dealer: Flip 'em.
      (Toby reveals his hand as does Michael and Toby has the better cards)
      Michael: You really sc—You screwed that up. (Michael slaps his cards down and exits the table)

    • Darryl: I taught Mike some uh, some phrases to help with his interracial conversations. You know, stuff like, "fleece it out", "going mach five", "dinkin' flicka". You know, things us Negroes say.

    • Darryl: We just have a lot of stuff down there that could be stolen.
      Michael: That's ironic.
      Darryl: What?
      Michael: That you are afraid.
      Darryl: Why? 'cause I'm from 'da hood?
      Michael: Dinkin' Flicka.

    • Jim: Yeah.
      Pam: You have no idea...
      Jim: Don't do that.
      Pam: ...what your friendship means to me.
      Jim: Come on. I don't wanna do that. I wanna be more than that.
      Pam: I can't...I'm really sorry if you misinterpreted things. It's probably my fault.
      Jim: Not your fault. I'm sorry if I misinterpreted that...our friendship.

    • (Michael discussing his condo with Carol, his realtor)
      Michael: There's a smell in the condo. The Christmas tree helped.

    • Pam: (crying to her mom on the phone) He's my best friend! pauses Yeah, I think I am.

    • Pam: (on phone) Michael, Carol Stills for you, your Realtor.
      Michael: Oh yeah, put her through. (into speakerphone) Hey Carol. How goes the real estate biz? Is it real good?
      Pam: Still me. (to camera) Sometimes I don't put Michael through until he's already said something. I look at it as a practice run for him. He usually does better on the second attempt.

    • Michael: Oh, now that I have you, not that I have you, or have ever had you, we're having our Casino Night and I think everyone would love to have their fearless leader here.
      Jan: I thought that you were their fearless leader…
      Michael: I am. But you are the Eva Peron to my Cesar Chavez.

    • Jan: Why did I hook up with Michael?
      Jim: Yeah, why did you?
      Jan: It was very late... very, very late.

    • Dwight: So, uh, where are you staying? Radisson?
      Jan: What?
      Dwight: Super 8?
      Jan: No, I–
      Dwight: Motel 6? Best Western.
      Jan: I, uh, I didn't–I didn't–I don't wanna–
      Dwight: Holiday Inn? The Hyatt in Wilkes-Barre? Are you staying with Michael?

    • Dwight: I'm Michael's wingman. I've got his back. Two dates. He's got two dates tonight. My job is keep Jan away from Carol, and vice versa. Michael said, "We must deceive them so as not to hurt them, and in that way, we honor them."

    • Michael: Comedy's very much alive...as are homeless people.

    • Kevin: We really don't play a lot of weddings. We actually don't play in public very often. We're all really hoping that Pam's wedding works out. (nods head) This could be a turning point for the band.

    • Michael: There are certain topics that are off limits to comedians: JFK, Aids, the Holocaust. The Lincoln assassination just recently because funny-I need to see this play like I need a hole in the head. And I hope to someday live in a world where a person could tell a hilarious AIDS joke. Still one of my dreams.

    • Michael: Jan and I understand each other. The romance thing is sort of on hold for the time being, but we're, we remain good friends. Good friends with privileges—-not now, someday.

    • [Talking about to which charity people will donate]
      Creed: There's a great soup kitchen in downtown Scranton, delicious pea soup on Thursdays. I'll probably give the money to them.
      Kevin: Something with animals. Or people.
      Kelly: Kobe Bryant has a foundation and he is so hot and he gave his wife the biggest diamond ring. I know he didn't do it. [Pause] Maybe he did it.

    • Ryan: One beer, and one Seven and Seven with eight maraschino cherries, sugar on the rim, blended if you can.
      Jim: So that's still going on, huh, you and Kelly?

    • Toby: I don't really play cards, but I'm not going to lie to you. It felt really good to take money from Michael. I'm gonna chase that feeling.

    • Michael: AIDS is not funny. Believe me, I have tried.

    • Angela: We are giving money that has been gambled. Why don't we just deal drugs, or prostitute ourselves, and donate that money to charity?

    • Dwight: Codename RE/MAX is here. No sign of Lan Jevinson.

    • Michael: I am going to donate to Afghanistanis with AIDS.
      Jim: No, I think you mean the Aid to Afghanistan.
      Michael: No, I mean Afghanistanis with AIDS.
      Phyllis: Afghani.
      Michael: What?
      Phyllis: Afghani.
      Michael: That's a dog.
      Pam: No, that's Afghan.
      Michael: That's a shawl.
      Dwight: Wait, canine AIDS?
      Michael: No. Humans with AIDS.
      Creed: Who has AIDS?
      Jim: Guys, the Afghanistananis.

    • Dwight: (after Jim tells him that he has the power of telekinesis) I don't believe you. Continue.

    • Jim: Excuse me, how long is the wait for a table for two?
      Dwight: I would never ever serve you, not in a million billion years.
      Pam; It's a nice tux.
      Dwight: I know. It belonged to my grandfather. He was buried in it, so... family heirloom.

    • Michael: Oh, and another fun thing: we, at the end of the night, we are going to give the check to an actual group of Boy Scouts. Right, Toby? We're gonna...
      Toby: Actually, I didn't think it was appropriate to invite children since it's, uh, you know, there's gambling and alcohol, and it's in our dangerous warehouse, it's a school night, and you know, uh...Hooters is catering. You know, is that not - is that enough? Should I keep going?
      Michael: (after a long pause) Why are you the way that you are? Honestly, every time I try to do something fun or exciting, you make it...not that way. I hate so much about the things that you choose to be. (Michael launches back into his talk to the group) Okay!...

    • Jim: I was just um... I'm in love with you.
      Pam: What?
      Jim: I'm really sorry if that's weird for you to hear but I needed you to... hear it. (pauses) Probably not good timing. I know that... I just.
      Pam: What are you doing? What do you expect me to say to that?
      Jim: I just needed you to know... once.

    • Michael:Two queens on casino night...
      I'm going to drop a deuce on everybody.

    • Michael: (to Toby) Why are you the way that you are?

    • Angela: Good evening, Dwight. What is this?
      Dwight: Good evening, Angela, this is craps. I need to roll an eight and if I do, everyone wins.
      Angela: Then roll an eight.
      Dwight: Thank you, Angela.
      Angela: Good luck, Dwight.

    • Michael: Old friends, new lovers and the disabled! Welcome all!

    • Creed: Honestly, I love stealing things.

    • Michael: Why are you here?
      Dwight: You said when Darrell was coming that you wanted me here for protection.
      Michael: I said... no such... thing.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The French episode title is "La Soirée Casino", the Spanish title is "Noche de casino", and the Italian title is "Serata al casinò", all exact translations.

    • Steve Carell won a WGA Award in the Episodic Comedy category for his work on this episode.

    • David Rogers and Dean Holland won an Eddie Award in the Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television category for their work on this episode.

    • Michael wants to give his winnings to Comic Relief, the same charity David and company raised money for in the original BBC Office (Season 2, episode 5)

    • When this episode first aired in May 2006, it was scheduled to start at 9:20pm instead of its usual time slot at 9:30pm, thus making it a 40 minute episode(commercials included). When it was repeated two months later, however, it was trimmed down to the traditional 30 minutes, with some scenes removed for time.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Michael says, "Jan Levinson, I presume?," referring to British journalist Henry Morton Stanley, who spent his life searching for David Livingston. Upon finding him he famously uttered the words, "Dr. Livingston, I presume?"

    • Michael: Well, If there wasn't any luck involved, I would always be winning.

      This is an allusion to the 2004 World Series of Poker where after Phil Hellmuth (10 time bracelet winner and 1989 WSOP Main Event Champion) busted out, he said "Well, if there wasn't luck involved, I would win every one."

    • Michael: Shuffle up and deal. Let's get it started. Black Eyed Crows.

      Though he gets the band name wrong, Michael is referring to the Black Eyed Peas and their hit song, "Let's Get it Started."

    • Greeting everyone to Casino Night, Michael uses the phrase, "Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome." This is the opening line to the song "Willkommen", from the 1966 musical Cabaret.

    • Kevin's band's name "Scrantonicity" is a reference to the 1983 Police album Synchronicity

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