The Office

Season 4 Episode 15

Night Out

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 2008 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Ryan gets the surprise of his life when Michael and Dwight travel to NYC to go clubbing with him and his friends. Back in Scranton, the staffers are upset that they have to spend Saturday working on Dunder Mifflin Infinity, and Jim's attempt to rescue them doesn't go as planned.


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  • Ryan has a problem

    This was a bounce back from the previous episode. However like with the last episode, this could've been better had this would've been in full season. The Dunder-Mifflin new website has had some problems with predators. Ryan comes to the Scranton Branch to try to help fix some problems. How he responds to the employees problems with the website was kind of like how Michael would responded. It's always funny how Michael greets Ryan when he leaves and goes. Partly due to how Michael is feeling regarding his new single life, he takes up Ryan's suggestion to come to New York. He takes Dwight along him and it's very entertaining. Right away when Michael and Dwight see Ryan in New York, you can something is wrong with him. This was kind out of the blue and I think if this was would have been better if other episodes had set kt up. I find it curious that only Dwight was a little suspicious. It was really funny how Dwight thought Troy was a hobbit. I also enjoyed how out of place Michael was at the clubs and how he wanted a girl he just talked to, wanted to meet his mom. His call to his mom was also funny. The end at Ryan's apartment was also entertaining. Meanwhile back at the office Jim is the impromptu leader and makes a decision to have everyone stay after to finish their work to they don't have to stay on Saturday. Like with the birthday decision this back fires. Again you get to see the nervous Jim. It's definitely out of character. Toby crosses the line when he makes a joke and makes inappropriate touch with Pam. This was done in a way that doesn't have you think that Toby is a pervert. He then makes the right call that he is going to Costa Rica. Ignoring the fact this episode was on a short season, this was a good episode.moreless
  • Michael and Dwight go to New York City to visit Ryan.

    After several viewings of this episode, I have to say that I absolutely loved this episode. I personally found this episode to be very funny, and I loved getting to see a different side to Ryan that's more unhinged. It was also very interesting to see a different of Jim and Pam's relationship which shows them not being perfect as a couple or as individuals. The opening scene of this episode where Michael comes into the office with gum stuck in his hair and Dwight rubs peanut butter into his hair in order to get it out was great. I also loved the part when Michael is on the phone with his mom while he's at a bar with Ryan and Dwight. This episode also had a lot of really funny lines and a lot of funny parts. All in all, I thought that this was a very well written, well acted and well made episode by everyone involved, and I can't wait for the next all new episode of The Office.moreless
  • Not as good as the last two, but still enjoyable.

    First off, Ryan on drugs and alcohol is something I want to see every episode. It was so funny, how he greeted Michael with open arms and at the end in his apartment. And he little friend. Funniest thing I have seen in my entire life. I know that if Jim had been there he would have convinced Dwight that he was some sort of hobbit or mythical creature with powers.

    Dwight scoring an amazon girl was so funny too! and Michael taking the picture and sending it to everyone, priceless! I also loved how Michael called his mom in the club and told his her that he was talking to a girl and that his friend was getting beat up. I wasn't too interested in everyone else back at the office, but Toby hopping the fence was priceless!moreless
  • This episode was so funny!

    Michael and Dwight decide to surprise Ryan in New York for a night of clubbing and meet his friends. Ryan is surprisingly friendly, though it could just be his cocaine habit. Meanwhile, the Scranton branch is upset when they find out they have to come in on a Saturday for Ryan's website project. Jim's suggests that everyone work late instead. The plan goes well-until they find they are locked in on the grounds with no way to escape. Toby lets slip his affection for Pam, and announces he will be moving to Costa Rica. This episode is really funny just like all of the other episodes!moreless
  • It's party time when Michael and Dwight suprise Ryan in New York while the rest of the office folk are locked in.

    The 7.5 is not to say that this episode wasn't a very entertaining half hour of TV but from a critical standpoint, the episode falls on some counts and was 2.5 points from perfection. The two brilliant ideas of Michael and Dwight in the Big Apple and the office lock - in are given quite an unimpressive script that don't supply the usual laughs and memorable notes provided in prior episodes.

    The humour is very much character - based with Michael and Dwight's antics acting as the main attractions even though Dwight calling Ryan's friend a hobbit crosses the line into desperate. Despite the premise of the whole office being locked in seemed like a potential buffet of hilarity, no character is really given a decent punchline and it's up to the awkward moments to keep the audience involved and the final one between Toby and Pam is a particularly outstanding one. Compared the prior hour-long episodes which felt interminable, this half an hour one feels increidbly short with an ending that just feels too abrupt. This brings me to our favorite Temp Ryan; what is happening with this guy? He hugs Michael and Dwight, smashes bottles, is constantly visiting the bathroom, starts fights. We thought it was just arrogance from the promotion but it's clear he has a drug problem and this fun running gag is contradictory of the dark theme of drugs. The acting is on top of it's game; Steve Carrell and Rainn Wilson remain at Emmy calibre and we see some likely new editions emerging amongst the cast. B.J Novak is clearly having a lot more fun as the overconfident and go-getting Ryan even though his likability is rapidly diminishing. Had the two main plots been more carefully written and given more time this would've been spectacular but the potential is blown early on and we're left with just an OK episode.moreless
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Guest Star

Taji Coleman

Taji Coleman


Guest Star

Cassie Fliegel

Cassie Fliegel

Basketball Player

Guest Star

Hugh Dane

Hugh Dane

Hank Tate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Dwight's statement that Troy resembles a hobbit is not quite true, as male hobbits do not have beards.

    • A major plot hole involving the Dunder Mifflin staff getting locked in is, how could security not have known people were still there working when there was a parking lot full of cars? Also, as owner of a company in the complex, Bob Vance would have a key, yet Phyllis never called her husband.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jim: So, I caught everyone before they left, and I told them my idea. They loved it, because this is a group that respects good ideas, that one time a year they hear one.

    • Michael: Would you have sex with Meredith?
      Jim: What?
      Michael: Do you think she'd keep it quiet?
      Jim: I'm gonna go to my desk.

    • Ryan: (rubbing his nose) I'm gonna go use the restroom.
      Dwight: You've already been several times.
      Ryan: Yep.
      Dwight: Maybe you have some kind of bladder infection.
      Ryan: I don't know, maybe.
      Dwight: I'll order you some cranberry juice.
      Ryan: With vodka, you're the best!

    • Pam: There is a master key and a spare key for the office. Dwight has them both. When I asked, "What if you die, Dwight? How will we get into the office?" He said, "If I'm dead, you guys have been dead for weeks."

    • Phyllis: Did the police solve the problem with the—?
      Ryan: (cutting her off) Yes. Yes they did. Yes they did. (cut to interview) Yes, the social networking feature of the Dunder Mifflin Infinity website was infiltrated by sexual predators.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The French episode title is "La Soirée spéciale", meaning "Special Night". The Spanish title is "La salida nocturna", an exact translation.

    • When casting the tall woman who would kiss Dwight, the show was looking for a girl 6'1" or taller but the actress who got the role, Cassie Fliegel, is only 5'11", you can see Rainn Wilson hunching slightly when he's standing behind her so she appears taller.

    • Music: Dwight sings to Ryan the first words of a German children's song called Schlaf, Kindlein, Schlaf, which translates to Sleep, little child, sleep.

    • Kate Flannery did her own stunts in this episode, however Paul Lieberstein did not.


    • Dwight tells Troy that he resembles a hobbit, creatures from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.