The Office

Season 3 Episode 1

Gay Witch Hunt

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Months after Casino Night, Michael inadvertently outs a gay employee; Jim adjusts to his Stamford promotion and life without Pam.

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  • Season 3 starts

    This was a very special episode for me. Not only was this a great show, but this was the first episode of this series I have seen. I certainly found the right time to get into this show. When I have seen all the series it has made me appreciate this episode more.

    This start of this episode was pretty funny. Seeing Dwight act sad was pretty funny. I loved the flashback to the season 2 finale. I like that you got to see some extra scenes were added. You get to see how difficult the decision Pam made. It was interesting seeing Jim at a different branch. If you see the deleted scenes, you will see that Jim has the same job as Dwight. Speaking of deleted scenes, you should check it out. Also in the premiere, you get to see two new characters. Andy and Karen. Andy is very memorable and Karen is someone you see but don't get to know much of. In deleted scenes, you get to see her more.

    This episode is also iconic in that Oscar officially comes out.. You find out that he is gay in season 2 but no one finds out. I have always liked Oscar because he is not a stereotype as a gay person or Mexican. It was nice to see Oscar call out Michael's ways. There is a big contrast to the big meetings and I thought that was funny. I also enjoyed the callbacks from the jello with Andy to Mr. Brown at the meeting at the other branch. Also in the deleted scenes, there was callbacks to the previous two seasons as well. Yet another good moment is when you don't find out what happened to Pam and Roy. When Pam eventually told you what did happen, I think it did set up what wold happen later on in the series with how she keeps on to personal stuff. Roy's drunk picture was amusing. I think Jim did a great job in this episode and you get to see how this decision was hard for him as well.

    This was a great start to what would be maybe the best season of the series.;moreless
  • Season 3 Premiere

    Easily one of the strongest premieres on television. If this premiere doesn't entice you to watch the rest of the season, I don't know what will, to be honest. Guaranteed, you will laugh all the way through in this episode, all the while, it managed to own up to last season's cliffhanger. Jim is now working at a new branch with 2 new characters introduced, Andy and Karen. Sure, it was different seeing Jim at another branch, but it was still quite hilarious.

    From Jim putting Andy's calculator in jello, and watching Andy flip out to the most uncomfortable episode on The Office: The kiss between Oscar and Michael. Pam & Roy have ended their relationship when Pam gets cold feet right before the wedding, finally she had come to her senses. Overall, this premiere was quite eventful and it's probably one of the funniest episodes of The Office to this date.moreless
  • Jim has gone to Stamford, and Michael Scott is inappropriate yet again.

    I had given up on sitcoms after "Arrested Development" was cancelled, but I have recently started watching "The Office" online. I love that the characters are exaggerated versions of people I know and that they don't have to say what they are thinking for the audience to know. The writing is superb. Dwight's fake reaction to Jim's absence was hilarious, and he actually gave good advice by telling Michael to not say anything offensive. I am glad that Pam is living her life for herself. Who knew I would feel sorry for Roy? This is one of the funniest episodes so far.moreless
  • I have a family member who died of aids and homosexuality. I never find the topic funny and mostly can not stand to even hear jokes about the gay lifestyle. So this show was a very great disappointment to me, especially to kick off the season.moreless

    I have a family member who died of aids and homosexuality. I never find the topic funny and mostly can not stand to even hear jokes about the gay lifestyle. It is almost of the level of jokes about Vietnam. So this show was a very great disappointment to me, especially to kick off the season. If I were the writer, I would put the emphasis first on Dwight, then Jim, then Pam, then Michael, then the others. This show was completely backwards. I even feel a little embarassed by it because I told some co-workers about it and they did not see the hilarity that I had described to them. Total bust!moreless
  • Well how about that. Easily one of the funniest episodes of The Office ever. ASlthough it can be quite shocking sometimes nevertheless it was brilliant and snappy

    I wasn't to shure what to expect from this episode sience I already knew it's name. I mean, what could one think of a Gay Witch Hunt? ANd that's exactly what one could expect from Dwight if he got the lead that there is a gay person working at the office; oh and Michael too. Turns out someone so selfishly and inmature like Michael can make Oscar's outing so wrecked but hilarious at the same time. First, start with a few gay posite statements that made me laugh out loud. Then add a manly hug in front of the whole office to then seal the evening with a kiss that had me to pause the thing and roll over the floor in madness. A sure classic, no doubt. Perfect 10.moreless
Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore

Mr. Brown

Guest Star

Tom W. Chick

Tom W. Chick


Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Charles Esten

Charles Esten

Josh Porter

Recurring Role

Ed Helms

Ed Helms

Andy Bernard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (22)

    • Karen: Jim's nice enough. I don't... I don't know how well he's fitting in here. He's always looking at the camera like this. (imitates "Jim" face) What is that?

    • Jim: I ate a tuna sandwich on my first day, so Andy started calling me "big tuna" (stares at the camera for a bit)... I don't think any of them actually know my real name.

    • Michael: You don't call retarded people retards. It's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded.

    • Oscar: I don't want to touch you! Ever consider that? You're ignorant. And insulting. And small!

    • Creed: I'm not offended by homosexuality. In the sixties, I made love to many, many women. Often outdoors, in the mud and the rain, and it's possible a man slipped in. Would be no way of knowing.

    • Oscar: I was going to quit, but Jan offered me a three-month paid vacation and a company car. All I had to do was sign something saying I won't sue. Gil and I are going to Europe. Kids, sometimes it pays to be gay.

    • Michael: (to Oscar) Maybe we could go out for a beer sometime and you could tell me . . . how you do that to another dude.

    • Michael: Who's going to be the judges and juries of society?
      Angela: Judges and juries!

    • Toby: Oscar's really gay.
      Michael: Exactly.
      Toby: I mean for real.
      Michael: Ya, I know.
      Toby: No, he's attracted to other men.
      Michael: Ok, little too far, crossed the line.
      Toby: Ok, I am telling you Oscar is an actual homosexual.

    • Dwight: Michael appears to be gay too. And yet he is my friend. I guess I do have a gay friend.

    • Michael: Did you know that gay used to mean happy? When I was growing up it meant lame. And now it means a man who makes love to other men.

    • Michael: All right, everyone in the conference room. I don't care if you are gay or straight or a lesbian or overweight! Just get in here. Right now!

    • Ryan: Yeah, I'm not a temp anymore. I got Jim's old job. Which means at my ten year high school reunion, it will not say "Ryan Howard is a temp." It will say "Ryan Howard is an junior sales associate at a mid-range paper supply firm." That will show 'em.

    • Michael: Gay pride, right? Gay Pride Parade? It's not like...Gay Shame Festival.

    • Jan: You know, it's amazing to me that in this day in age you could be so obtuse about sexual orientation.
      Michael: I watch The L Word. Ok? I watch Queer as F—(beep).
      Jan: That's not what it's called.

    • Kelly: It is so cool that you're gay. I totally underestimated you.

    • Stanley: I got them a toaster. They called off the wedding and gave the toaster back to me. I tried to return the toaster to the store and they said they no longer sold that kind of toaster. So now my house has got two toasters.

    • Michael: What is love, anyway? Maybe it's supposed to break all the rules? Like me and Jan or Oscar and some guy. Life is short. When two people find each other, what should stand in their way?

    • Oscar: No, I'm not gay. And I don't understand why anyone would think that I'm gay if (sighs) Uh....Yeah I'm gay.

    • Michael: There's Gil, Oscar's roommate... wonder if he knows.

    • Angela: Sure, sometimes I watch Will & Grace... when I want to throw up.

    • Michael: I call everyone "faggy"! Why would anyone find that offensive?

  • NOTES (6)


    • Michael tells Jan he watches Queer as F**k. Jan points out that's not what it's called. He's referring to Showtime's Queer as Folk.