The Office

Season 2 Episode 8

Performance Review

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Michael meets with all of his underlings to discuss their performance in the office so far. However, Michael focuses more on getting feedback about his relationship with Jan than whether or not the workers are doing their job. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam try to keep Dwight under the wrong impression that the day is Friday instead of Thursday.moreless

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  • Dunder-Mifflin Perfromance day

    Having Michael do the Dunder-Mifflin reviews after he hooked up with Jan was perfect timing. That was due to the producers and writers of this wonderful show. It was funny how Michael tried to get some of the employees to help with the message Jan left for him on his voice mail. The best part might have been Pam's. Stanley's was also funny. Stanley just going along with what Michael said was good to see. I also enjoyed how short some of his reviews were like with Angela and Dwight. It was a small part, but Angela dressed up was a sight to see.

    Another highlight was the joke that Jim and Pam played on Dwight. It was one of the better pranks they did on him. A third highlight was the suggestion box meeting was also funny. How Michael responded to some of the suggestions was classic Michael. If you have the DVD, check out the deleted scenes.

    This was just an overall great episode.moreless
  • It's performance review day in the office.

    Performance Review is an extremely funny episode with more hilarious moments than I can count. I absolutely loved Pam's talking head where she talks about her employee review from the year before. That is definitely one of my all-time favorite Office moments. Another one of my all-time favorite Office moments that comes from this episode would be when Jan tells Michael not to smell her. I also loved Jan and Michael's conversation about their kiss at the end of the episode. Melora was great in that scene. The suggestion box meeting was absolutely hilarious. Jim trying to convince Dwight that it was Friday and not Thursday was definitely one of his all-time funniest pranks on Dwight. I loved how Pam also tried to help him pull off the prank. The Jan and Michael storyline for this episode was just excellent, as was the Jam content. All in all, this was excellent episode.moreless
  • 208

    I think Dwight thinking it was Friday when it was Thursday was definitely the highlight of this episode. Probably the only memorable thing. For some reason, Michael piping about Jan wasn't very entertaining, and this episode just felt like the slow paced aftermath of the last episode. I did laugh at most of the things that Melora Hardin said, and I'm pretty sure she stole the show just as much as she did in the last episode. But everything Michael said about Jan wasn't very entertaining. Another highlight of this episode was definitely the suggestion box, from Y2K to co-workers struggling with depression, it was just hilarious.

    Not that much development with Jim & Pam but then pranking Dwight is always classic. It all tied in together in the end, a funny episode.moreless
  • A great episode. It could have been made better, but it is still good. One of my advised episodes to watch.

    This is one of the better episodes in season 2. It certainly wasn't the best, but still good. Micheal has to give everyone performance reviews and recieve a review of him from corprate. He gets people in the office to help him in his relationdhip with Jan in exchange for a good performance review. When his boss, Jan, finally comes to the office he tries to get a date with her. Jim and Dwight play a prank on Dwight and convince him it is Friday when it is Thursday. Dwight also asks Micheal and Jan for a raisein his salery. To try to save his job, Micheal has a suggestion box meeting, which turns out to be a disaster. Jan manages to convince Micheal that nothing happened between them, and it ends with Dwight coming into the office late the next day.moreless
  • The staff prepares for their performance reviews and discuss Michael's possible romance with Jan in this well-written episode.

    “Performance Review” shows the office as they are each preparing for performance reviews from Michael, and discussing a possible romance between Michael and his boss, Jan. This episode definitely had some funny moments in it, such as Jim convincing Dwight that it was Friday when it was actually Thursday; I especially liked this part of the episode because it showed how great Pam is at helping Jim prank Dwight. “Performance Review” also had one of my favorite cold opens in the show, which consisted of Dwight telling Jim to forget everything he ever knew about ab workouts, and Jim popping Dwight’s exercise ball (only $25!). One of my favorite quotes from this episode - and from the entire series - would have to be when Pam says to the camera: “Last year, my performance review started with Michael asking me what my hopes and dreams were, and it ended with him telling me he could bench-press 190 pounds. So, I don't really know what to expect.” What a wonderful and classic Michael line. One more good point in this episode was during the scene in the conference room, when they are having their “weekly” suggestion box meeting. One of the suggestions says that “You have coffee breath”; Michael tries to act like this may not be talking about him, but Toby - one of my favorite supporting characters - is quick to point out that all of the suggestions are geared towards Michael. I like seeing Toby begin to stand up against Michael, who can be quite mean to him. One qualm I have with this episode is that there seems to be a lot going on in it; there’s Jim convincing Dwight it’s Friday, the performance reviews, Jim popping Dwight’s exercise ball, the employees discussing Michael and Jan, Michael discussing Michael and Jan, and the suggestion box meeting. This makes the episode feel a bit compressed; it is, however, a small fault in an otherwise great - though a bit unmemorable - episode. 9.3/10moreless
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Oscar Martinez

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Phyllis Lapin

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • While tricking Dwight into believing that the day is Friday, instead of Thursday, Jim pretends to leave a message on his friend's answering machine. He says that he will meet his friend on the next day, which is the 15th, to which Dwight replies is a Saturday. This can't be correct since this episode comes after "Halloween" and before "Christmas Party", and the nearest time that the 15th of the month is a Saturday is October of that year.

    • When Dwight is saying why he should get a raise, he mentions that he came in even when he had walking pneumonia. However, in the episode "Health Care," Dwight states that he does not need health coverage because he never gets sick and has a perfect immune system.

    • When Jan leaves, and Michael goes after her, we see Vance Refrigeration is on the same floor as Dunder Mifflin, even though in "Pilot", Michael said that Dunder Mifflin had the whole floor of the building.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Pam: Do you think Michael and Jan actually...
      Jim: I don't really wanna picture it. But thank you, Pam.
      Pam: How do you come back from that?
      Jim: Um, you don't, I don't think, come all the way back, you know. Especially working together.
      Pam: No, I mean doing that with Michael. How do you come back from that?
      Jim: Oh-
      Pam: As a human being.
      Jim: Yeah, no, I don't think you can.

    • Michael: I'm a little confused, because at first its like, all kissy kissy. And then its like, all regret because, "Oh, I regret that." But, wait. I'm still gonna call you. But! But! "We're just gonna talk business. And I may come down there and fire you if you don't do your job." But what were we talking about when we first kissed? Business.

    • Michael: But then she goes on to say "That will be our only topic of discussion." That doesn't mean anything. Those are just words...
      Pam: I have one idea of what it means.
      Michael: OK, yeah, what, what?
      Pam: Well, I don't think you're going to be very happy with this.
      Michael: Oh, great. All right, well, now I'm in a terrible mood. Let's do your performance review.
      Pam: Because she's conflicted. She has to be professional but she's fighting feelings for you.
      Michael: Why, that's great news. That, that... Why would, why would I not like that?
      Pam: Um, just because that you work together and it might be awkward.

    • Jan: (On why she does not like Michael) Michael, it has nothing to do with your looks. It's your personality. You're obnoxious, and rude...and, and, and...stupid, and you do have coffee breath, by the way, and I don't agree about the BO, but...

    • Dwight: I would also further like to talk about my merits in the workplace.
      Michael: Okay, third wheel...why don't you go do that?

    • Jan: (About the suggestions box meeting) Is that right now?
      Michael: No, it's like in ten minutes.
      Pam: (On the phone) Everyone's in the conference room right now.
      Jan: Good.

    • Michael: Hello...everybody, we're going to have our weekly suggestions box meeting, so you can get in your constructive compliments ASAP.
      Ryan: Don't you mean constructive criticisms?
      Michael: What'd I say?
      Kelly: You said constructive compliments. That doesn't make any sense.
      Michael: Well, Kelly, that was neither constructive or a compliment, so you don't you stop criticizing my English and start making some suggestions?

    • Jan: So, you're still in the middle of the performance reviews then?
      Michael: No, I finished those very fast. Not too fast, though. Not like, "wham, bam, thank you ma'am." (Pauses) But I do say , "thank you ma'am." Not that there's anything wrong with the "wham, bam." (Pauses) As long as it's consensual...

    • Michael: (On the phone) Jan, to what do I owe this pleasure?
      Jan: I'm returning your many calls.
      Michael: Well, hello to you too.

    • Stanley: Sometimes women say more in their pauses than they do in their words.
      Michael: That's fricken brilliant. How did you know that? Did you learn it on the streets? (Stopping himself) Oh... I'm sorry.
      Stanley: No, that's okay. I did learn it on the streets—on the ghetto, in fact.

    • Dwight: (About the advantages of the fitness orb) Numerous health benefits, strengthens your back, better performance in sports, more enjoyable sex.
      Jim: You're not having sex.

    • Dwight: I even come in on holidays.
      Michael: You do? How do you get in?
      Dwight: I have a copy of your key.
      Jan: That's a serious offense.
      Michael: That is a serious offense. Very serious. As is toying with a man's heart.

    • Dwight: Michael?
      Michael: Oh my...
      Dwight: I'm sorry. Am I interrupting? Oh god. Were you guys making out?

    • Pam: Michael and Jan definitely made out, maybe more.
      Jim: Ooh... ach! Oh, um, also it's Thursday, but Dwight thinks it's Friday, so… keep that going.
      Pam: (whispering) Oh, yay!

    • Jim: Dwight thinks it's Friday so that's what I'm going to be doing this afternoon.

    • Pam: Last year, my performance review started with Michael asking me what my hopes and dreams were, and it ended with him telling me he could bench-press 190 pounds, so I don't really know what to expect.

    • Michael: Pam, you're trustworthy...
      Pam: Thank you.
      Michael: ...and a woman.
      Pam: Oh no.

    • Dwight: And in conclusion, I think Lex Luthor said it best when he said, "Dad, you have no idea what I'm capable of."
      Michael: That's from Superman?
      Dwight: Smallville.

    • Dwight: Who? Who was it? Who did [Trump] fire?
      Pam: You didn't see it?
      Dwight: No. I went out and got drunk with my laser tag team last night. Crap! Never go out on a Thursday night. What the hell was I thinking?

    • Dwight: "Don't sleep with your boss"? Do you think this is referring to you boning Jan?

  • NOTES (6)

    • The French episode title is "Les Évaluations". The Italian title is "Equivoco sentimentale", meaning "Sentimental Mistake". The Spanish title is "El Examen De Resultados", an exact translation.

    • Music: "Wild Side" by Mötley Crüe.

    • An entire sub-plot featuring Ryan on a Suggestion Box adventure was cut from the episode but can be seen in the deleted scenes on the DVD.

    • When Jim pops Dwight's exercise ball, the original plan was to have the ball deflate slowly, to increase comedic effect. However, John Krasinski accidentally hit a seam in the ball, causing it to pop instantly. If looked at closely, it can be seen that Jim jumps back in alarm and quietly whispers "Oh my God".

    • The scene where Michael and Angela discuss Michael's coffee breath was improvised by Steve Carell and Angela Kinsey.

    • Steve Carell accidentally touched Melora Hardin's breast while rehearsing the scene with Jan's arrival. Melora loved the scene, and insisted to the director to keep it.


    • On Jim's "visual aid", he has the line "My Name is Jim", a reference to the NBC sitcom, My Name Is Earl which preceded The Office when this episode aired.