The Office

Season 4 Episode 13

Dinner Party

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


Out of excuses, Jim and Pam join Jan and Michael for a dinner party. Things get complicated when Andy and Angela are asked to join, and Dwight's jealousy gets the best of him.

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  • The best dinner party ever

    I am back and so is this is episode. Actually I reviewed a episode yesterday. However this was the first episode since the writers strike. What an episode to have the first one back. Sometimes everything works and all things align and a great episode is made. This was that episode. Let me just get this out of the way. The episode would've been better had there been some other episodes before it. This is no one's fault since the writers strike.

    This was a great start to the episode. Michael has everyone work on an overtime "project" to only find out that he was up to a trick to get Jim and Pam and also Andy and Angela. Normally Michael doesn't have the skills enough to trick someone. From the start when Jim and Pam arrived at Michael's and Jan's condo (but more hers at this time) you could tell this would be a memorable episode. The party was a disaster and the most uncomfortable and funny party ever. It was the little things that made this episode work. The little looks have always worked but this was done better. Maybe it was the layoff but all the actors stepped up their game. First of all Jim and Pam were wonderful in this episode. It was funny when both Jan and Michael both hugged Jim and Pam. I really enjoyed when everyone was playing charades and Jim was intentionally giving the wrong answers. Michael was funny in the game. Another great moment happened when Jim got a "call" that his apartment was flooded. It was very amusing when Pam was telling Jim he shouldn't leave the party.

    The tour of the condo was also very entertaining. You get to see how much Jan has taken over. The best part was the bedroom with the camera and where Michael sleeps. The reactions of Jim and Michael with Jan's new business venture with her candles was also good. The party got better when Dwight showed up with his "date" who was his babysitter. I really liked that he brought he own wine glasses. It was also funny to see how Angela treatment of Andy.

    The dinner itself was also memorable. Whether it was the neon beer sign, the song that Hunter, Jan's old assistant was playing, Michael saying to Pam that Jan might have poisoned the food or Dwight bringing his own food, it was all great. All of this plus what happened before lead to a big fight between them. This fight was in no means scary but very entertaining. Michael had the best line. (You broke a $200 TV!!!) It was amusing how Michael got a HDTV but the cheapest one possible. As you might have guessed it, this was the end of the realtionship of Jan and Michael. This episode would've been better if it was an hour but for me this was one of the top three episodes of the series.moreless
  • 409

    Wow, how GREAT was this episode!? Some people might disagree, but I laughed at every line and reaction. Melora Hardin's (Jan) reaction time was amazing in this episode, which usually she's not so great at, but in this episode, she proved us viewers wrong. This episode managed to make all the viewers uncomfortable, and the editing was amazing.

    I think the thing that really stood out in this episode was the comedic timing. I felt like the show lost a sense of that come fourth season but this episode proves that The Office is still capable of being a great show. This was a perfect comeback from The Writers Strike, and anyone who truly is a fan of this show will enjoy it regardless if the show is going downhill.

    Jan came off as a psycho, and their relationship in general just cracks me up. Laughed from beginning to end. Flawless episode.moreless
  • I was shocked to see this episode having such a high rating. I think the rating is more for just the show being back then the episode being good because quite frankly this episode was one of the worst of the entire series.moreless

    That might sound like a major insult but think about all the other episodes of the show that were just far better than this. Every episode of this season far surpasses this episode and thats just this season, I won't go into previous seasons. It felt completely out of character, very few parts actually made me laugh and the awkwardness between the characters I myself actually felt while watching this episode.

    They made Jan seem like a complete weirdo which she never used to be. She actually made Michael seem semi normal. Angela made a comment that she noticed how Pam was looking at Michael... come on, Angela would never say that. Jan and Michael constantly saying "Babe" to each other, they never did that before so how do they bring that into this episode.

    The whole argument with Michael and Jan just wasn't funny and went on far too long. I'm sure most people won't agree with me because their judgment is clouded but I think people should be rating the episode for what it is and not just rate it high because the show is now back after the strike.

    Overall this episode felt totally out of place and out of character. In all honesty this is probably the worst episode of the office ever and I should rate it a 1(relative to the rest of the episodes)moreless
  • Uncomfortable, unrealistic, and stupid. The worst Office episode to date.

    I did not laugh once in this episode, it was so stupid and out of character. Season 4 has been very disappointing, with the exception of maybe three episodes. A horrible episode that is easily the worst. Michael was out of character, Jan was DEFINITELY out of character, and Jim and Pam were just there. The writers are getting lazy, and are less committed to making a believable but clever sequence that is what The Office has always been about. This was just a quick way for the writers of this show to break up Michael and Jan in a memorable way. Horrible waste of my time.moreless
  • An artificial and out of character episode. Takes place almost entirely out of the office and essentially ruins the episode due to this. One of the worst (if not the worst) episodes i have ever seen.moreless

    Why is this rated so high? Do you honestly think this episode (aside from being new) was actually that good? This episode took place in the office for oh say.. three minutes. All n all taking away from the whole mood of the show. Made it feel so much more artificial and out of character. This is one of the worst (if not the worst) episodes i have ever seen. The fight dragged on to excruciatingly painful attempts at comedy and seemed out of character entirely (or at least exaggerated too much with the case of Jan). The Angela and Andy love affair still makes no sense to me (Angela's vengeance?) and well ugh.. theres just so many things wrong and unsatisfying about this episode.moreless
Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Dwight's Old Babysitter

Guest Star

Frederik Pohliv

Frederik Pohliv


Guest Star

Steve Seagren

Steve Seagren

Older Cop

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Jan initially stated that she did not want to have kids. In the episode "The Client," she stated that one of the primary reasons for her divorce was that she wanted children, but her ex-husband did not.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Officer Foley: Sir, do you have any other place you could stay, maybe with one of your friends here?
      Dwight: Michael can come home with me.
      Michael: (looking away from Dwight to Jim) Jim, Pam can I—
      Jim: My apartment is on fire.
      Pam: Flooded.
      Jim: Flooded.

    • Michael: (on his wall-mounted 13" plasma TV) Sometimes, I would just stand here and watch television for hours.

    • Angela: (to Dwight) The thought of popping one of your beets into my mouth makes me want to vomit.

    • Michael: You know what? Hunter was a terrible assistant. That is why Ryan fired him.
      Jan: Well, I think he is probably just about as reliable as Pam being that it usually takes you an afternoon to get back to me.
      Angela: Sometimes I think she holds onto faxes.

    • Michael: You have no idea the physical toll that three vasectomies have on a person!

    • (Jan throws Dundie at Michael's TV and breaks it)
      Michael: That is a $200 plasma screen TV you just killed. Good luck payin' me back on your $0 a year salary, plus benefits, babe!

    • Dwight: What seems to be the problem, officers?
      Police Officer: Not now, Dwight.

    • Jim: (to Dwight's date) So, how do you guys know each other?
      Dwight's date: I was his babysitter.
      Pam: And now you guys are dating?
      Dwight: It's purely carnal. That's all you need to know.

    • Angela: So, you keep a very tidy house.
      Jan: You should see our bathroom after Michael takes a bath. (laughs) But I don't have to tell you, Pam.

    • Jim: Michael has asked Pam and me to dinner at least nine times, and every time we have been able to get out of it. But I've gotta give him credit. He got me, because I'm starting to suspect that there was no assignment from corporate.

    • Jim: Michael and Jan seem to be playing their own separate game, and it's called "Let's See How Uncomfortable We Can Make Our Guests". And they're both winning, so I am going to make a break for it.

    • Michael: (tasting wine) Hmm, that is sort of an oaky afterbirth.

  • NOTES (9)


    • Michael's line of, "Bonfire... James Bonfire," as Jan shows Jim her bonfire-scented candle is a play on James Bond's famous introduction of himself.