The Office

Season 4 Episode 5

Launch Party (1)

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2007 on NBC
8.8
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It's the launch of the new Dunder Mifflin Infinity website, and Michael is anticipating going to the launch party in NYC. Back in Scranton, Angela and the Party Planning Committee plan a satellite party. Dwight competes against the website to be top seller of paper in a day.moreless

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  • The new Dunder-Mifflin is here

    9.5
    After Ryan announced the decision that the company is going under a big change he then planned a launch party for it at New York with other parties going on at the same time at the other Dunder Mifflin locations via webcam. Michael receives an invitation thinking it's for the New York party. It's pretty funny how we can't realize that it was for online only. Before Michael went to New York he tried to get Jim and Pam to join him. That was an enjoyable scene between them with Michael terribly, but funny narrating. He was also very funny when he was leaving with Jim when he said goodbye to Pam. Speaking of Jim and Pam, they are very cute as a couple even better then they were friends.

    With Dwight newly single you can see the effect this has on him. You almost feel sorry for him. Whether it's because how the breakup ended or something else Dwight tries to beat the machine in sales. Andy joins him and it's as funny if not funnier then you think.

    Another great moment of this episode was the joke by Jim and Pam played on Dwight. What was great about this is that this was played out and Dwight never finds out. It was very sweet of Pam what she did for Dwight when he beat the machine.

    Michael was also funny when he came back. His demands for the party with Angela remained me of previous times he wanted to have a party. It was very funny when Michael takes the pizza boy hostage. This was classic Michael not getting his way. How everyone responded to this situation was also good. In some ways I don't blame Michael doing what he did to the kid. He was kind of douchey. The kid also had his moments.

    As with other episodes there was a lot to talk about in this episode part due to the fact that this was an hour long episode. You have noticed that this was the third straight episode that was an hour. At the time of this episode there was a writer's strike and the producers decided to make up for it by having longer episodes. I like that they did it. Another wonderful episode.moreless
  • Another really funny episode

    8.8
    Once agian, I find this show really entertaining. I loved the whole race to beat the computer and how the computer was talking to Dwight. The whole party made it into a very fun episode. I loved how Angela was planning a party the whole time and they made her change it. Holding the pizza boy hostage was the best part. It is so funny how they always get upset over the smallest things on this show. I loved how it was so clear to us that they were keeping the pizza boy hostage, but they weren't really aware of what they were doing.moreless
  • 403

    7.5
    A pretty good episode, I'm glad we finally see a good Office episode after the rocky start to the season. I still think they should stop making hour long specials, so far, they haven't proved that they're the best at filling an entire hour with material. This episode had a hilarious cold opening, the rest I found myself chuckling a bit.



    What made this episode so great was the situation. The Party Planning Committee episodes are my all time favorites of the office. Now throw in a pizza boy being held hostage, and a genius prank on Dwight, and you got yourself a good Office episode. Angela is still hurt about Dwight killing her cat, so Andy starts to make a move on her, this is the beginning to a hilarious triangle, that goes on for a while. We got a really nice Jim & Pam moment here, we got to see it without the writers trying to throw them in our face, which is always nice. A good episode of season four, stands out a bit.moreless
  • This episode was one of the best ever!

    9.7
    As the new brainchild of Ryan, the new Dunder Mifflin Infinity website, is about to be released, the staff of Dunder Mifflin Scranton prepare to host a party as part of a company-wide video chat room. Dwight, wanting to prove to Angela that he can beat technology, tries to beat the new computer in number of sales, which he ultimately does. Later, at the party, Dwight and Michael take a hostage in the form of a pizza delivery boy, although they later release him. At the end of the chat room, Michael humiliates Ryan, in front of every branch of Dunder Mifflin. Andy decides to pursue Angela much to Dwight's dismay.moreless
  • It's about to get all stupid in here..

    8.1
    I feel bad rating this episode as Average, but I feel that the hour episodes are going overboard. I don't want the writers of The Office to burn out in the start of the season and fizzle towards the end and leave us bored. Why kidnap the pizza guy? Is Micheal trying to get arrested? Micheal was hilarious with his "all stupid in here" comment, and because I thought it was stupid. I did like the interaction between Angela and Andy. Andy's clothes are getting more funny. All week I've had that song in my head, "take a chance on me"moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the beginning of the episode, Meredith isn't wearing her cast, then after the opening credits, she is.

    • When Jim signs Meredith's cast, he distinctively dots two Is in the last name, so John Krasinski signed it using his real name and not his character's name.

    • In "The Secret", Jim says he had a crush on Pam when she first started. Pam tells Michael that Jim had a crush on her when he first started. And in this episode, Jim states that Pam lead him to his desk when he first started. Greg Daniels has since said he doesn't know who started first.

    • As Jim and Michael drive to New York City, one can see in the background the scruffy vegetation of rural to suburban southern California , rather than the forests of northeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Andy: They say you should never mix business with pleasure. Really? Then explain to me how a putt-putt golf course operates.

    • Dwight: Am I scared of a stupid computer? Please, the computer should be scared of me. I have been Salesman of the Month for 13 out of the last 12 months. You heard me right. I did so well last February, that Corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise.

    • Pam: Dwight mercy killed Angela's cat. It's very complicated. It's caused a lot of unpleasantness between Dwight and Angela, who are both already prone to unpleasantness.

    • Michael: Well, the website is the brain-child of my brain-child, Ryan. It is my brain-grandchild.

    • Jim: There's this cube on the screen which bounces around all day. And sometimes, it looks like it's going right in the corner of the screen and at the last minute it hits the wall and bounces away. We are all just dying to see it go right into the corner. Pam claims that she saw it one day when she was alone in the conference room. Okay. I believe she thinks she saw it.
      Pam: I saw it. I saw it, and it was amazing. Who said I didn't see it? Did Jim say that I didn't see it? I saw it!

    • Dwight: (on Andy asking Angela out) I think it's inappropriate to date someone you work with.
      Andy: Isn't that part of the fun?
      Dwight: No. I think you should date Kelly.
      Andy: She works here, too. How is that any different?
      Dwight: Uh, she works in the annex. You're also welcome to date Toby.

    • Dwight: (confessional) I've seen this kid before. He's one of the kids who sneaks onto my farm and steals my hemp.
      Delivery Kid: (separate confessional) Yeah, I know that guy. He's that farmer who grows really crappy weed.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dwight tells the pizza delivery boy that, "because some town in Switzerland says so, you have rights," referring to the Geneva Conventions, which among other things guarantee rights for civilians in battle zones and prisoners of war.

    • Dwight's battle against the computer in a battle of sales in one day is a reference to legendary African American railroad worker John Henry, who made a bet that he could hammer more rail spikes in one day than a newly invented steam drill.

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