The Office

Season 5 Episode 28

Company Picnic

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 14, 2009 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

At the Dunder Mifflin company picnic, Michael and Holly are reunited for the first time since their split and put on a show the attendees won't soon forget. The branches compete in a volleyball tournament.

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  • Season 5 finale was a picnic

    I thought the start of the episode was good. No let me reprhase that. No let me rephrase that again. This was one of the best starts to this series since the super bowl episode. It was maybe reference to the pretzel episode from season but either way it was very funny. What made it so good was that even Dwight was in for everyone leaving early. I loved his line about the horse doctor.

    As with the Super Bowl episode, the laughs did not end at the start. Dunder Mifflin was having their annual company picnic with all the brances invited. My only complaint about this episode was that you didn't see Karen who was manager of the Utica Branch but since the women who played her (Rashida Jones) was doing Parks and Rec. (a show that should be watched) I enjoyed seeing the other members of the the other branches. I like that some of them are like the members of the Scranton Branch. Rolf was my favorite. Some other people came back. It was nice to see Charles still rag on Jim. The best return was Holly. The producers and writers made a good decision to bring her back for this episode. If she in the episode where Michael and Pam were on tour the story arc of Michael and Holly would be a lot different and not as good. I really liked Michael's treatment of AJ, Holly's boyfriend. It was border line mean but not over the line but at the same time Michael didn't act like a jealous act. The scenes with Michael and Holly were great. They are a great pair. Their play for any other pair would come off as weird but in this case it was entertaining. Other small but fun moments include that Pam was good at Vollyball, Andy getting mad but at Erin, Jim and Dwight hugging, and Dwight standing up for Angela.

    As with the season 4 ending, this ending was also a surprise. It was one of the best endings ever. The fact that there was no dialouge made it even better. It was great reveal without telling you what actually happened. Jim's reaction was priceless. Another reason why this episode was great was that it grew better in time because it was one of the last great episodes for a time.moreless
  • 526

    A good finale for The Office, we've got a very eventful moment for the last scene of The Office, and it was somewhat emotional and got me to realize why I still watch this show no matter how many mediocre blunders they manage to create. Because of the emotion and the intriguing characters.

    The show is losing it's way on the comedy though, that they especially need work on considering the whole Michael & Holly sketch bit, I swear I heard crickets chirping. Maybe it's a tough audience? Maybe if Steve Carrel was funny again, than people would have laughed, onscreen and off.

    The volleyball bit was funny, and the end made up for all the flaws that this episode had. I still think they should have done something with Michael & Holly after all season of build up, this was the perfect time to get them together again, or at least have some closure. Good finale, not the best. Great heart warming ending.moreless
  • An exceptional episode. This is why I watch this show!

    I believe this was the season finale. I've been watching on dvd's. I absolutely loved the interaction Michael has with Holly on the picnic. He plans to tell her how he feels about her, then decides not to because they had had such a great day together. Michael showed spunk and maturity and respect. And the ending of THIS show!!!! wow. I was shocked. I won't reveal it, but most of you know what I'm talking about. And because Volleyball is a favorite sport of mine, I loved the whole scene where the Scranton branch is about to pummel the New York head honchos. Does anyone else loathe the guy who took Jan's job? I was hoping someone would spike the ball right where it hurts!!!!moreless
  • Crystal cool.

    What can I say? Sweet, fun, endearing and significantly invested in character, Company Picnic represents the culmination of The Office thus far, and it's a wonderfully enjoyable twenty minutes at that. Out on the annual picnic that Dunder Mifflin holds each year for corporate and all the branches, the employees find themselves confronted with old lovers, old friends and old rivalries. The episode mixes brilliant comedy usually stemming from each of the regular cast and their respective counterparts from other branches, with touching drama and romance cutting in between Michael with Holly and Jim with Pam. In the end, it's hard to say what makes Company Picnic the joy it is for fans with each element making such a profound impression, but one things for sure is that the season certainly goes out with a fun, entertaining and heart-warming bang. Bravo.moreless
  • Dunder-Mifflin holds a company picnic. Meanwhile, Michael and Holly create a skit, Slumdunder Mifflinaire.

    This was one of the best episodes this season. I do not think it should of been an hour long. But just think about this season as a whole. We got Holly Flax, Charles Miner, and Erin/Kelly Hannon, and Rolf. We had a Weight Loss Competition, a Crime Aid, a Baby Shower, and a Business Ethics seminar. We had the super bowl spot. We had a Lecture Circuit, where we once again saw Karen Fillipelli. We had a Blood Drive. Charles Miner came and we had the best part of the season, The Michael Scott Paper Company/Charles Miner story arc. We had the company than turned into a Cafe Disco. We had a Company Picnic. This episode had it all. The awkward Slum-Dunder Mifflinaire, Rolf and the volleyball game, and the ending was decent too. Season six, hopefully will be a little better than this season, and I HOPE that the first episodes are not based on relationships.moreless
James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak


Guest Star

John Hartmann

John Hartmann


Guest Star

Rob Huebel

Rob Huebel


Guest Star

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper

Erin Hannon

Recurring Role

Andy Buckley

Andy Buckley

David Wallace

Recurring Role

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Holly Flax

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Pam brags about playing volleyball in junior high, high school, college, and at summer camps. However, in "Job Fair" she points to her old high school gym and said she would fake PMS to get out of playing volleyball.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Rolf: Here's an accounting question for you. What does a fiancée plus one lover equal? Answer: one whore.

    • David Wallace: A little boy just walked up to me and said, "Is my daddy gonna have a job by Christmas?"
      Michael: He's just thinking about his own gifts.

    • Charles Miner: Jim! Pam!
      Jim: Hey, how are ya?
      Charles Miner: Nice day. Must be nice to get a rest from all your rest.

    • Dwight: Rolf is my best friend. We met in a shoe store. I heard him asking for a shoe that could increase his speed and not leave any tracks.

    • (Michael is awoken by laughter in the office)
      Michael: What's so funny?
      Pam: You got to be there.
      Michael: OK, geography joke.

    • Dwight: Normally I don't condone leaving early, but I have an appointment with a horse doctor. How that horse became a doctor, I don't know. (laughs) Nah, I'm kidding. He's just a regular doctor who shoots your horse in the head when its leg is broken.

    • David Wallace: Nicely done, we're still gonna crush you though!
      Charles Miner: Yes, we are.
      Rolf: You suckers are going down! They're going to wipe their asses with your serves! Piss all over your faces!

  • NOTES (3)