The Office

Season 5 Episode 24

Heavy Competition

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 16, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Dwight finds his loyalties split between Michael and Charles. With Pam out of the office, Andy tries to become Jim's new confidant.

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  • The choice of Dwight

    Dwight has always been a loyal employee to Dunder Mifflin and someone who really admires Michael. Michael has not always treated Dwight with much respect. It's kind of similar to Michael's realtionship with Ryan except that Michael doesn't treat Dwight as bad as Ryan treats Michael. There have been cracks in the realtionship between Dwight and Michael this season but this time it really gets tested. Michael starts his own company and gets Dwight to help him out on potential clients. Dwight doesn't seem to have a problem with this until Charles praises Dwight for his work. Dwight has trouble in who he should be loyal to. When Dwight realizes that Michael is taking advantage of him he decides to go to "war" with him. Their competition in trying to land the client was pretty entertaining. You get to see how both are good salesman in their own ways. It's funny how Dwight tries to be casually interested in the clients personal lives.

    Meanwhile Andy tries to help Jim with what he thinks is a problem that Pam is controlling Jim. This leads to an extended prank Jim pulls on Andy. This was pretty good to see. I like when pranks are extended like this.

    This was a good episode that would set up things in future episodes.moreless
  • Dwight finds himself stuck between his loyalties to Michael and his new boss Charles, Dwight chooses his new boss and a war begins to brew and hilarity ensues. And Jim pulls a little prank on Andy.moreless

    This was an amazing episode it reminded me of a more classic dwight from the first few seasons. All of the petty stupid and insane pranks Michael and Dwight pulled were awesome, I couldn't stop laughing. The cheese puffs, group cheer, and rolodex brought the real Michael scott out. I loved the color coater cards and how Dwight calling the guy's son gay got Michael the job- because green means go ahead and shut up about it- there aren't words for how hard I was laughing at that point. Dwight and the shirt sleeves hahaha so insanely funny and telling on Michael and the fish was just way too classic. This episode was just great made me fall in love all over again with the show!moreless
  • the office has had a great run for the past few weeks

    i have enjoyed season 5 of the office, but the one problem i had with the beginning and middle of the season was that nothing big was really happening. But then they have this michael scott paper company story arc and it really has been great. This episode continues the office near perfect streak this week with heavy competition. I loved this episode. The dwight and michael plot was great and the ending was very well done. The subplot with andy and jim was enjoyable but I liked the main plot way more. Dwight was hilarious in this episode as was michael. The office has been very, very good since new boss and i hope that it keeps being great.moreless
  • 522

    Michael, Ryan & Pam fooling around in their office was the best part about this episode, the rest was just well development, nothing else was quite that funny, and I simply didn't laugh much. I'm really enjoying the character dynamic in the Michael Scott Paper Company which was the best part about this episode.

    Dwight was acting ridiculous in some scenes, and it came to a point where it just wasn't funny, just annoying. And Jim messing with Andy? I don't even know if I was following correctly, but I had no idea what was Jim's intention in messing with Andy, nothing was really gained, and really just nothing happened.

    Remember when Jim's pranks or when he was messing with Dwight whoever in the office, remember when it was clever. That simply was not the case here. Michael Scott Paper Company continues to be great, everything else wasn't.moreless
  • Back to the bad.

    After The Office had a good episode last week it's back to the same old same old here at NBC's longest tenured comedy at the moment. The show is just an absolute train wreck and their feeble attempts at character humor fail immensely.

    I do not understand the point of Andy and Jim's bizarre relationship in this episode, nor do I want to try to. The Office continues to try and build up Ed Helms as a focal point of their show instead of giving that screen time to one of the supporting cast member that has been there since the beginning.

    And Creed didn't even have a line in this episode. That's never a good sign.moreless
Bob Gebert

Bob Gebert

Mr. Daniel Schofield

Guest Star

Angela Campolla-Sanders

Angela Campolla-Sanders


Guest Star

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Charles Miner

Recurring Role

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper

Erin Hannon

Recurring Role

Karly Rothenberg

Karly Rothenberg

Madge Madsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dwight: Thank you, Mr. Schofield, for your time—much appreciated. Oh, (looks down to read the business card notes) and tell me, how's your gay son?
      Mr. Scofield: Excuse me? (awkward silence)
      (cut to Michael's talking head)
      Michael: I color code all my info. I wrote "gay son" in green. Green means go. So I know to go ahead and shut up about it. Orange means, 'orange you glad you didn't bring it up?' Most colors mean 'don't say it.'

    • (Dwight listening a conversation of Michael on the phone)
      Michael: Now, when Dwight tells you that he will keep prices steady for a year, I think he is speaking out of terms.
      Daniel Schofield: Really?
      Michael: Yes. He does not have the authority to say that. I, on the other hand, am the president, the owner, and the founder. It is like you are buying software from Bill Gates.
      Dwight: (screaming at phone) Are you saying you invented paper?

    • (the phone rings)
      Michael: Dwillicious, where you at?
      Dwight: Oh, hi, Michael. I'm so sorry I'm late, I got stuck in traffic.
      Michael: Really? That's weird, we didn't see any.
      Dwight: I hit a bear.
      Michael: What?
      Dwight: He's technically fine. I imagine the true horror will be when he wakes up in a zoo.

    • Dwight: Michael has been talking to my biggest client. Master and apprentice pitted against one another for the faith of the greater Scranton area paper market. So it's not exactly like Highlander, but still—

    • Dwight: You needed to see me?
      Charles Miner: Dwight, take a seat.
      Dwight: I prefer to stand—less blood clots.

    • Michael: (talking to Dwight on phone) I want you to listen to me, friend, and I want you to listen to me good. I'm going to come at you, and I'm going to come at you hard. I'm going to steal all of your clients, and then I'm going to kill them in front of you.

    • Pam: (watching Michael on the phone, consulting a Rolodex card) It took me a month to put all his Rolodex numbers into his Blackberry, which he now uses as a nightlight.

    • Michael: I have dibs. You respect dibs, don't you?
      Dwight: (scoffs) I'm not a barbarian.

  • NOTES (3)