The Office

Season 3 Episode 6


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


It's Diwali, The Hindu Festival of Lights, and Michael encourages the entire Scranton branch to support Kelly and attend a local celebration, where Ryan faces Kelly's family. The Stamford branch Sales Department to stays late and Andy starts a drinking game.

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    I've found myself actually liking Toby so far in the Office. He's the quiet HR guy who stands up against the mess that Michael Scott brings into the office. Michael Scott doesn't like Toby at all and the relationship between the two is actually one of the smaller yet funnier parts of the show. Toby is the ying to Michael Scott's yang



    I don't know, I just thought this wasn't needed. I was thinking 'yeah Michael Scott has been the shoulder to cry on for Jim, now he might do it for Pam too' and it would be like a father relationship. But he actually leant in for a kiss which was instantly blocked by Pam. Wrong move in my opinion. Michael Scott is like a chaotic mad father, not a pervy uncle.



    This character is great, and a valuable ally to Dwight in the office. I think it's crazy how no-one has spotted that they are an item yet, but Angela does make me laugh. Whether it's in the scenario with Oscar or in this episode talking about Diwali, she is bitter about anything outside her comfort zone but not in a too offensive way.

    This episode was a lot better than the Initiation one, and another one based outside the office. Kelly was good enough in her role as the head character, but the main guy was Michael Scott. The marriage proposal was the return to cringe Michael Scott that everyone enjoys, just like cringe David Brent in the original UK version.moreless
  • An Indian Halloween

    Yes it's another great episode from season 3. I liked seeing an episode where Kelly has a big part. Seeing Kelly dressed in more traditional clothes from where her parents (BTW her real life parents) are, is a callback from the first season. When you see her season 1 to at this point, it's unbelievable how much she has changed. I really enjoyed seeing how Kelly controls Ryan at Diwali. The party itself was pretty entertaining. I enjoyed that Pam tried to have fun at it. You get to see that she misses Jim when she tries to message him. Michael as always great. It's funny how he calls out people for being insensitive but he does the same thing. The highlight was having Michael propose. It's a side to Michael that you have seen before but it's really highlighted in this episode. When he hooked up with Jan in season 2, he talked about it for months and made it seem it was more then it actually was. When Carole said no, you didn't dislike her or feel sorry for Michael. It's a good quality that Michael has even though it may be a little weird. When you see Roy come in and sees that Pam is having fun, you almost feel sorry for him.

    Meanwhile back at the Stamford Branch Andy, Karen, and Jim are staying late to do some work. This story was not as good as the other one and I think that the producers wanted this. This was still a good story. Seeing Jim and Andy get drunk and later sing together was pretty funny. I don't if it's because I have become for analytical TV watcher (thanks HIMYM and Lost) but I think the signing was a callback to a previous one where they did it, but sober. I liked that Karen didn't partake in the drinking. Again if I would've seen the other episodes before this one, what my opinion would be of her. At the time I didn't think much of it and now that I have see all the episodes to this point, but Karen and Jim getting closer does not bother me, Mainly because I know what is going to happen.

    The ending was great with Michael signing the lyrics to Adam's Sandler famous Hanukkah song on SNL with the lyrics changed but not offensively.moreless
  • 306

    A hysterical and memorable episode of The Office tonight. I realized that any episode that Mindy Kaling writes is focused on Kelly in some way, I find that a little biased since Mindy Kaling plays Kelly, regardless this was a hilarious awkward episode. You can't help but feel bad for Michael in this episode, he proposes to his short-term girlfriend, Carol only to get rejected and then he tries to kiss Pam and he gets rejected by her too. "I'm rejecting your kiss" Wow, that scene was cringe-worthy. The whole Diwali celebration was not the best backdrop, but still good.

    I like how they go back and forth with Scranton and Stamford, and back at Stamford, Jim & Andy get drunk and Karen pretends to get drunk since she wanted to get some work done, we've got some hilarious scenes here, and of course great Karen & Jim development. A great memorable episode, don't miss this one.moreless
  • diwali

    The Office was an okay show during times like this, and that is why I am glad I watched this show on FOX after baseball this evening. The show is barely passable these days, but episodes like this were sweet, not too funny, but a few laughs and it was just a fun show to watch.

    Pam was as annoying back then as she is now though. Her character is just so offputting. She complains about EVERYTHING that is not Jim and is as unlikable as they come.

    Considering Mindy Kaling wrote this episode, not too bad of an episode here.moreless
  • wosrt episode yet, it still had some funny one-liners... i think they used this episode to set the characters up for the next few episodes....

    the show started off very great, but its going down hill...nothing has developed in the past 2-3 episodes. this episode can be boiled down to Michael wanting to kiss pam and proposing to Carol... i forced myself to watch this episode...

    jim\\\'s character is getting boring and pathetic too, all they show is jim doing somthing and karen smiling...come on already, develope their characters, its getting boring.... . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . .moreless
Mike Bruner

Mike Bruner

Anthony Gardner

Guest Star

Avu Chokalingam

Avu Chokalingam

Mr. Kapoor

Guest Star

Swati Chokalingam

Swati Chokalingam

Mrs. Kapoor

Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Nancy Walls

Nancy Walls

Carol Stills

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • What Kelly's sister said ("Kelly Zach Braff ko pasand karti hai!") translates to "Kelly likes Zach Braff!".

    • The Diwali Song

      It's time to celebrate Diwali
      Everybody looks so jolly
      But it's not Christmas, it's Diwali
      The goddess of destruction, Kali
      Stopped by to celebrate Diwali
      Don't invite any zombies
      To our celebration of Diwali
      Along came Polly
      To have some fun on Diwali
      If you're Indian and you love to party
      Have a happy happy happy happy Diwali

      Happy Diwali!

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Michael: We are both the victims of broken engagements.
      Pam: Well, you were never really engaged.
      Michael: I was in that marriage...arena, though.

    • Pam: I feel a little underdressed. But at least I'm not dressed like a slutty cheerleader, right? Is that mean?

    • Michael: These s'mores are disgusting.
      Carol: They're not s'mores. They're samosas.
      Michael: Do you think they have any s'mores?

    • Phyllis: Isn't this fun, not wearing shoes?
      Angela: I wish some of us still had our shoes on.
      Kevin: Stop it. It's a disease. I've...told you.

    • Michael: My Indian cultural seminar was going great until Toby decided that he was too immature to deal with culturally explicit images. It's just sex, people. Everybody does it. I'm doing it with Carol. Probably tonight.

    • Dwight: I see dead people.
      Michael: Okay! Spoiler alert.
      Dwight: He was dead the whole time.
      Michael: Just stop it!

    • Jim: I started biking to work. Josh does it. And he lives a lot farther away than I do. And also, it saves gas money, it keeps me in shape, helps the environment. And now I know it makes me really sweaty for work.

    • Dwight: Kelly, I'll take this one. Diwali is a celebration of the coronation god king Rama after his epic battle with Ravena, the demon king of Lanka. It symbolizes the battle between good and evil.
      Michael: All right, all right. This isn't Lord of the Rings.

    • Ryan: Well, I was a temp, but I got um, the compensation is a lot more competitive.
      Kelly's Mom: So you're saving money now to start a family and home.
      Ryan: Or, um, travel And, um, buy an XBox.

    • Michael: And another thing about the Indian people they love sex positions. I present to you the Kama Sutra. Look at that. Who's seen that before?
      Creed: I have. That the "union of the monkey."
      Meredith: Oh, that's what they call it.
      Kevin: (emphatically) This is the best meeting we have ever had.

    • Angela: And that blue busty gal, what's her story?
      Kevin: She looks like Pam from the neck down.
      Dwight: Pam wishes.

    • Kevin: Are you guys going to this Indian thing tonight?
      Roy: I don't know. Who's, uh, who's going?
      Kevin: You mean, like, is Pam going.
      Angela: Don't go. They eat monkey brains.
      Michael: Hey, hey, hey. Stop that, that is offensive. Indians do not eat monkey brains. And if they do, sign me up because I am sure that they are very tasty and nutritional. (sighs)It's important that this company celebrates its diversity. You know what Stanley? Come Kwanzaa time, I have got you covered, baby.
      Stanley: I don't celebrate Kwanzaa.
      Michael: Really? You should, it's fun.

    • Michael: (snickering) Nice dress, Ryan.
      Kelly: It's not a dress. It's a kurtha.
      Michael: Okay. (cut to confessional)Tonight, one of our most ethnic co-workers, Kelly, has invited us all to a Diwali celebration put on by her community.
      cut back to the office
      Kelly: (to Ryan) You look so handsome.
      Pam: You really do. I love the material.
      Kelly: I know.
      Michael: (softly) How come you didn't get me one?

    • Michael: Now, a lot of people say that Kelly is one in a million, and that's true, but it's also not true because frankly, there are literally billions of people like Kelly in the world. Here are some famous Indians: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar—he is a Nobel Prize winning physicist; Apu from The Simpsons—hilarious Indian.

    • Michael: I love the people here. And if there was one thing I don't really care for is that they can be terribly, terribly ignorant about other cultures, and I don't want them embarrassing me in front of my girlfriend Carol.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The French episode title is "Diwali", and the Italian title is "diwali". The Spanish title is "Fiesta de Diwali".

    • Music: "Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna" by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan (from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge); "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" by Kumar Sanu (from 1942: A Love Story); "Lodi" by Madan Mohan (from Veer Zaara); "Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam" by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik (from Duplicate); "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z; "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" by Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubramaniam (from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun); "Closer To Fine" by The Indigo Girls (sung by Jim Halpert and Andy Bernard); "The Diwali Song" by Michael Scott feat. Dwight Schrute.

    • A picture of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from The Simpsons can be seen in Michael's slideshow. Greg Daniels, one of the Executive Producers of The Office, used to be a producer on The Simpsons.

    • Mindy Kaling's real life parents play her character Kelly Kapoor's parents on this show.


    • The song Michael sings at the end of the episode about Diwali has the same tune and many of the same lyrics as "The Chanukah Song." Written and performed by Adam Sandler, "The Chanukah Song" is a dedication to the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.