The Office

Season 4 Episode 13

Dinner Party

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • The French episode title is "La Soirée dînatoire", and the Spanish title is "Cena con fiesta", both exact translations.

    • Though credited, B.J. Novak does not appear in this episode.

    • In an interview, Melora Hardin claimed that she hit the television screen with the Dundee award in every take except one. The crew was impressed with her skill.

    • This episode was part of the show's Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season, and Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg received Emmy nominations for their writing of this episode.

    • Angela Kinsey (Angela) holds her purse in front of her lap at Michael and Jan's house to hide her real life pregnancy.

    • According to show writing staff, this episode was in part inspired by the Edward Albee play, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?.

    • Hunter's song is titled "The One Night," and was written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, with the music by Todd Fancy.

    • This is the first "The Office" episode to be written and filmed since the ending of the 2007 WGA Strike.

    • Filming began prior to the Writer's Strike. It was not completed as all the main actors chose to picket with the writers.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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