The Office

Season 2 Episode 3

Office Olympics

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

While Michael and Dwight are out of the office for the day trying to close a deal on a new condo for Michael, Jim and Pam arrange for the staff to participate in an "Office Olympics," where the workers play strange, invented games (among them, Dunderball, Hate Ball, and Flonkerton) that they usually play while the boss is out. At the end of the day, the festivities cheer up everyone - even the oblivious Michael.moreless

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  • start of the Olympics and Michael gets a bachleor pad

    This is a great episode that gets better with time. I enjoyed how Pam gets Jim out of "death" and how both Pam and Jim really fun and try to organize the Office Olympics. I also like how most of the office enjoys the games. This episode is also important in that not only the audience knows about Jim and Pam. Angela makes a memorable debut. (although she has been in previous episodes) If you think her comment is mean just watch the rest of the series. While not as grand as the real Olympics the closing ceremonies has a nice touch. It tied together the second story.

    The 2nd part of the episode was also funny. When Michael finds out his commitment to the condo and tries to get out it, it's classic Michael. Another funny part is Dwight trying to help Michael.

    If you have the DVD, check out the deleted scenes. You get to see one of the Office creators.moreless
  • Jim and Pam organize the Office Olympics while Michael and Dwight are out of the office

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "The Office". Michael and Dwight are out of the office so Michael can close a deal on a condo while Jim and Pam organize the Office Olympics. Michael showing Dwight his house was pretty cool. Jim and Pam organizing the Office Olympics was very funny as well. Michael begins to have a panic attack when he tries to close the deal on the condo. It was hilarious when Phyllis said "Are you calling me a ho?". The Office Olympics was hilarious in this episode. Every even that they did in the office was very funny and entertaining to watch. Michael closing the deal on his condo was pretty good to see. The ending also really made me laugh hard when everyone did the pledge and then Michael asks Jim "What the hell are those?" and then Jim responds "They're doves". Overall, an excellent episode of "The Office". 10/10moreless
  • While not as good as last weeks, it was still pretty funny, I liked when Michael and Dwight went to the condo that Michael was planning to lease, only to find that it's not what Michael really wanted, and how they used paper doves at the end of the episodmoreless

    While not as good as last weeks, it was still pretty funny, I liked when Michael and Dwight went to the condo that Michael was planning to lease, only to find that it's not what Michael really wanted, and how they used paper doves at the end of the episode.
  • 203

    Like someone else on here said, if this episode were anything, it would be well written. Such an original and outstanding episode of The Office this week. Even though this wasn't over the top hilarious, it was definitely memorable and we get some development too.

    Michael buys a condo with a 30 year contract, this sort of comes out of nowhere. You don't think anyone would be interested in watching Michael get a condo, but watching him freak out is always funny and entertaining.

    The Office Olympics which was obviously the highlight of this episode was absolutely hilarious. Although it probably doesn't happen in most offices, I'm sure everyone who works in an office would like to take a break from work and just play games. Angela suspects something is going on between Jim & Pam. The writers always seem to find room for development for those two. Overall, a great outstanding memorable episode, that gives you the feel of Classic Office. Great and well written.moreless
  • Michael buys a condo.

    Office Olympics is a fantastic episode in every way. I definitely think that this is one of the funniest ever of The Office. This episode has a lot of my all-time favorite quotes from The Office. I loved all of the storylines, and I enjoyed every minute of the episode. I thought that it was really cool that they had Steve Carell's real-life wife, Nancy Wells, guest star in this episode. As always, I absolutely loved all of the Jim and Pam moments in this episode. Dwight's behavior in this episode was classic Dwight which is just perfect. All in all, this was a really great episode.moreless
Greg Daniels (I)

Greg Daniels (I)


Guest Star

John Harrington Bland

John Harrington Bland


Guest Star

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

Angela Kinsey

Angela Kinsey

Angela Martin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Michael: I am totally going to pimp this place up, I'm going to put a surround sound system. I'm going to put a plasma screen right against this wall...
      Dwight: Ooh, terrible idea...
      Michael: ...and putting my bed right over here...
      Dwight: No, no, no, no, this is a shared wall. Neighbor throws his wife into the wall - plasma screen hits the floor, totally smashed.

    • Michael: I have a surprise for you, for helping me out today.
      Dwight: Oh, you didn't have to...
      Michael: (Cuts him off) No, no I insist, I insist because you've really done some great work. And that is why I am going to let you move into my third bedroom and pay me rent. Ha!
      Michael: (Talking to the camera) Why did I do it? I believe in rewarding people for their efforts, ah... I rewarded Dwight with the room and he is rewarding me back with 500 dollars plus utilities.

    • Michael: There's a basic principle in real estate, that you should never be the best-looking person in the development. It's just sort of common sense, because if you are, then you've no place to go but down.

    • Dwight: Actually, I do own property. My grandfather left me a 60-acre working beet farm. I run it with my cousin Mose. We sell beets to the local stores and restaurants. It's a nice little farm... Sometimes teenagers use it for sex.

    • Dwight: (describing his relationship with Michael) "We're like one of those classic famous teams. He's like Mozart and I'm like Mozart's friend. No, I'm like Butch Cassidy and Michael is like Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart, you're gonna get a bullet in your head, courtesy of Butch Cassidy."

    • Michael: Did you do the things I said to about the magazines?
      Pam: Yeah, I changed em' to your new address.
      Michael: Good... The Small Businessman? Maxim? Cracked?
      Pam: Yes, I change your Cracked magazine subscription.
      Michael: How about... um uh... Fine Arts... Aficionado... Monthly? (Pam shakes her head) Okay, well, could you get on that because I don't just read Cracked (looks at camera).

    • Michael: I'm an early bird... And, I'm a night owl. So I'm wise, and, I have worms... Um...

    • Michael: Why are you playing the National Anthem?
      Jim: Um...because your condo's in America.

    • Michael: No one likes beets, Dwight. Why don't you grow something everybody likes? Why don't you grow candy? God, I could go for some candy right now. Not a beet.

    • Dwight: (After telling Michael that he'll be paying off the condo until he's 70.) Hey, you know that extra bedroom? If the whole girlfriend thing never works out, that's where the nurse will live!

    • Kevin: We call it Hate Ball.
      Jim: Why?
      Kevin: Because Angela hates it so much.

    • Oscar: Kevin and I play this game when Michael's out.
      Kevin: Or when we're bored.
      Jim: This goes back two years!
      Kevin: We're bored a lot.

    • Dwight: (Donning Michael's sunglasses) Check it out! I'm Terminator!

    • Kevin: Sometimes we play 'See How Many M&Ms We Can Get Into Our Mouth.'
      Angela: You play that.

    • Dwight: A 30-year mortgage at Michael's age basically means he's buying a coffin. Now if I were buying my coffin, I would get one with thicker walls... so you couldn't hear the other dead people.

    • Michael: Most honorable Pamera! (Pauses) Not offensive, because that's the way they talk in movies.

    • Angela: I call it Pampong. I count how many times Jim gets up to go to reception to talk to you.
      Pam: We're friends.
      Angela: Apparently.

    • Michael: Where are all the hot people? I was told that there would be all these attractive singles. And as far as I can tell, I'm the best looking person here.

    • Jim: This scented candle, which I found in the men's bathroom, represents the eternal buring of, something.
      Kevin: It smells like cookies.

    • Jim: Stanley...I just played Dunderball with Toby. How about you? You got any games?
      Stanley: Yeah, I got a game. It's called Work Hard So My Kids Can Go to College.
      Jim: Fair enough.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The German episode title is "Büroolympiade", and the French title is "Les JO au bureau", and the Spanish title is "Las olimpdiadas en la oficina", all exact translations. The Italian title is "Giochi d'ufficio", meaning "Office Games".

    • Steve Carell's clip from when he's credited during the opening presentation changes to one from the episode "Sexual Harassment".

    • Approximately two months after the episode was aired, offices across the United States began hosting Office Olympics based on this episode.

    • The premise of this episode was taken from a game that was played in the offices of King of the Hill, which producer Greg Daniels co-created.

    • The studio lost $859 after a cameraman accidentally smashed the window of Michael's car.

    • Guest star Nancy Walls (who plays Michael's real estate agent) is Steve Carell's wife.

    • Beginning with this episode, the series switches to using a cold open, as opposed to beginning with the opening credits.


    • Michael says to Ryan, "The office is all yours:Home Alone, Risky Business. Take off your pants and dance," referring to Home Alone's plot where Kevin is left behind in his house Risky Business' scene with Tom Cruise dancing in his empty house.

    • Michael calls Bill, the president of the condo association, "Mr. Bill." Mr. Bill was a Claymation character on Saturday Night Live who starred in skits that parodied bad animation and uttered the catchphrase "Ohhh, nooo!"

    • In Michael's car, Dwight refers to himself as The Terminator after putting on sunglasses. The Terminator is a movie trilogy featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, a cyborg from the future who wore sunglasses to hide eye damage in the original and to comedic effect in the 2nd installment.

    • The picture of Mose and Dwight on their beet farm in this episode is a tribute to Grant Wood's American Gothic painting, which famously features a married couple with a pitchfork in front of a farm house.