The Office

Season 2 Episode 18

Take Your Daughter to Work Day

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2006 on NBC
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A routine office day is changed when children come to Dunder Mifflin for "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." Michael is surprised when he strikes up a friendship with the five-year-old daughter of his sworn enemy, Toby. Pam is desperate to befriend her colleagues' offspring, and a misunderstanding puts Ryan under Stanley's thumb.moreless

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  • The Kids came to the office

    8.5
    This was an episode that was very cute. It was good seeing the kids interact with each other and the other staff members. It was funny how Pam tried to get the kids to like her, to only fail until the end. Not surprisingly, Jim is good with kids. IT shows that he can be a good dad. I thought it was funny how Jim and Abby were talking about Dwight like kids. Another funny moment happened when Kelly told Stanley about Ryan and his daughter. Stanley yelling at Ryan was a moment to remember. That scene was shoot perfectly.

    Another good moment happened when you found out that Michael was on a TV show as a child. Even as a child Michael was still Michael. His remark on what he wanted to be when he grew up and the response of the puppet was pretty comical. Even though the kids were intended to be mean, you had to feel sorry for him a little bit after the video was shown. My only complaint about this episode was that Darryl's daughter wasn't here and when Ryan went to get the video, you didn't get to see Michael's mom. It was a nice moment when Michael was talking to Toby after the video was shown. It was one of the few times Michael did not insult him. I like that Michael insults Toby at every chance he gets, but he sees that he is not all bad. You get to see that Jim doesn't want to be by Pam much by just leaving on his "date." The ending was very sweet when Michael said goodbye to Toby's daughter, Sasha.moreless
  • When 4 office staffers bring their kids to work, the dynamic is changed for the day. Pam tries to achieve her goal of making one kid like her, Jim makes friends with shy Abby, Michael bonds with Toby's daughter, and archive footage shows a young Michael.moreless

    9.4
    When I had to pick a classification for this episode, I decided to go with "Revealing" because we see sides of several characters that we've never seen before.



    Michael: Though it isn't a surprise to see how much he wants kids, it is revealing that he can bond with Sasha despite disliking Toby so much. And the glimpse into his past is priceless and a little sad--the poor kid had no friends.



    Jim: Of course he's good with kids! The charming and agreeable guy even finds a new friend to laugh at Dwight with for the day.



    Pam: Pam has trouble getting kids to like her, though it isn't clear why. Maybe she just hasn't spent much time around them? Still, Pam is able to bond with Meredith's son Jake. She has a soft spot sometimes for the people who really need friends (would anyone else be able to survive as Michael's assistant for more than a few weeks?).



    Stanley: His outburst, when Kelly misleads him into believing that Ryan is flirting with his daughter, is priceless. Kevin: Poor Kev, he's trying so hard to impress his fiance's daughter. He seems to genuinely like her, just doesn't know how to interact with her.moreless
  • "I don't get why parents are always complaining about how tough it is to raise kids. I joke around with 'em, you give 'em pizza, you give 'em candy. You let 'em live their lives. They’re adults for God's sake."moreless

    9.4
    It is "Take Your Daughter To Work Day." Michael is not happy about this, because he feels that he is not good with kids. Michael actually gets along great with the kids, and especially likes Toby's daughter, Sasha. He gets Ryan to bring over a tape from when he was on a fictional show called "Fundle Bundle." This is actually pretty sad, because when Michael was a kid, he said he wanted to be married and have 100 kids, and he is a bit of a loser now. Michael is depressed, and surprisingly, Toby (who Michael hates) comforts him.



    This episode has a lot of character development, and has heart. It shows that Michael does actually have feelings and can be a pretty decent guy sometimes. There were many funny parts, such as Dwight's comments about the Nazis, and Michael and Dwight singing at the end.



    This is a very good episode, and is almost a classic.moreless
  • The employees bring their children into work. Michael takes a liking to his enemy Toby's daughter, and Pam tries to convince one kid to like her.

    10
    Mindy Kaling is a genius! She plays kelly and writes some episodes, such as Hot Girl, The Injury, Take Your Daughter To Work Day, and The Dundies. The actors really are some of the best on television. This episode, especially, Steve Carell, John Krasinski (who i love, hence the user name) and, Leslie David Barker, and B.J. Novak were epically funny! Some great quotes include: \"Are you mother goose?\" \"Next stop: Kow...Kabunga!\" and of course the whole part when Michael chooses the name Little Kid Lover for the online dating service to show women \"where his priorities are\". This show really shows what american tv should be like. Long Live the Office!moreless
  • The pilot was a travesty that was almost unwatchable, 20 or so episodes later, watch out Frasier, Cheers, All in the family, Mash, we have another classic in the making

    10
    When I first watched the pilot to the US adaptation of the UK mockumentary of the same name, i had nothing but disdain for US-made sitcoms. Nothing this series could do could even compare to what the UK series had accomplished in 12 episodes and a Xmas special. One and a half seasons later, I find myself admitting what I would never imagine admitting to, the US version of the Office has lived up to what the UK version achieved. The two series shouldn't be compared to each other anymore, instead they should be discussed contemporaneously. No doubt, the Office is the best sitcom currently in the US, it is incredibly underrated and the quality of its acting is good enough to rank alongside anything from Desparate housewives, House MD and the Sopranos. The writing is genuis. Little subtleties are thrown into each episode and more than one viewing is required just to realize that they are there. Who knew so much could happen in the simple working environment of a paper-selling office. However what lifts the Office from merely good to superb is the fact that all the characters are three-dimensional. There are no characatures, stereotypes that are a dime-a-dozen in other sitcoms. Complex relationships between employer and employees, fellow employees and even employer/employee children highlight what makes this show so watchable. For those who work in a simple Office environment they will know that this is as realistic as it gets. In this particular episode we delve deeper into the skin of Michael Scott. Whether you like him or hate him there is no denying that a bit of Michael Scott lies in all of usmoreless
Jazz Raycole

Jazz Raycole

Melissa Hudson

Guest Star

Spencer Daniels

Spencer Daniels

Jake Palmer

Guest Star

Alec Zbornak

Alec Zbornak

Blonde Kid

Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Kelly Kapoor

Recurring Role

Craig Robinson (I)

Craig Robinson (I)

Darryl Philbin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Toby's daughter Sasha is blonde, but in a previous episode Michael looked at framed picture of Sasha on Toby's desk in which she was a completely different child.

    • Heinrich Hoffmann was famous for his rather gruesome cautionary tales. His children's stories would center around little children being burned to death for small errors in etiquette. It would appear, contrary to Michael's accusations, the German author Heinrich Hoffmann was not well-read in Nazi circles. In fact, Hoffman dropped out of the freemasons because of their anti-semitism. Struwwelpeter was later used by a pair of authors in WWII to mock Hitler. They published a book called Struwwelhitler. There was another Heinrich Hoffmann who was Hitler's chief photographer, but the Hoffmann children's book author died in 1894, long before the rise of the Nazis.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Michael: It's not that children make me uncomfortable, it's just that, why be a dad when you can be a fun uncle? I've never heard of anyone rebelling against their fun uncle.

    • (Dwight is reading to daughters from his grandmother's book)
      Michael: The kids don't want to hear some weirdo book that your Nazi-war-criminal grandmother gave you.

    • Michael: You need someone in the middle to facilitate...
      Jake: You're just a middleman.
      Michael: I'm not just a middleman.
      Melissa: Wait, why doesn't the manufacturer just sell the paper directly to people?
      Michael: You are describing Office Depot. And they are kind of running us out of business.
      Dwight: We have better service than they do!

    • Kevin: Go ahead.
      Abby: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight?
      Jim: Oh man, I would love to, I can't tonight, but can I come over some other time?
      Kevin: What are you doing? You never have plans.
      Jim: Thanks Kev. Uh, I'm actually going on a date.
      Kevin: Nice.

    • Edward R. Meow: What's your favorite subject in school?
      Young Michael: Recess
      Edward R. Meow: Recess! So, tell me … what do you want to be when you grow up?
      Young Michael: I want to be married and have a hundred kids so I can have a hundred friends and no one can say no to being my friend.
      (Silence)
      Edward R. Meow: Well, uh, well, uh, okay. Nice talking with you Michael. Back to you, Miss Trudy!

    • Michael: I could have sworn it was… Fiddling with television set
      Melissa: Did you get married?
      Michael: Uh, no.
      Abby: Why not?
      Michael: Uh, it just never happened.
      Sasha: So, do you have any kids?
      Michael: Nope.
      Jakey: Do you have a girlfriend?
      Michael: I do OK.
      Melissa: Was Chet Montgomery cool back then?
      Michael: Yes.
      Jakey: Even I have a girlfriend…
      Sasha: So you didn't get to be what you wanted to be?
      Michael: I guess not … You know, I have a load of work to do, so I'm going to grab a slice of this delish pizza and I'm gonna go do my work. Bye.

    • Michael: I don't get why parents are always complaining about how tough it is to raise kids. You joke around with them, you give them pizza, you give them candy, you let them live their lives. They're adults for God's sake.

    • Michael: There's Creed. Let's take a look at what he's doing everything. This is Creed. And he is in charge of … something, right?
      Creed: That is correct.
      Michael: Say hello to the kids.
      Creed: Hi kids!
      Michael: Yay…
      Creed: Have you ever seen a foot with four toes? (Starts to take shoe off…)
      Kids: Eeeeeeeeeeewwwwww!
      Michael: What are you doing? Stop it! Stop it! No, no, no! Would you cut it out?
      Creed: The hair covers the…
      Michael: We're not going to see the four-toed Creed, OK?

    • Jake: Mr. Poop, I have to tell you something.
      Dwight: Okay, but first, that is not my name!
      Jake: You're ugly. (giggles)
      Dwight: Well at least I'm not a horrible little latch-key kid who got suspended from school.

    • Michael: The kids don't want to hear some weirdo book that your Nazi war criminal grandmother gave you.
      Sasha: What's a Nazi?
      Michael: What's a Nazi?!
      Dwight: Nazism was a fascist movement in the 1930s in Germany…
      Michael: Don't , don't, don't talk about Nazis in front of them! You know, they're going to have nightmares. Why don't you just shut it?!

    • Sasha: (to Phyllis) Are you Mother Goose?

    • Jim: Ow, ow, ow, ow. Broke my hand.
      Dwight: There's no way that hurt.
      Jim: Really, cause she's pretty strong.
      Dwight: Little girl, come over here. Shake my hand. C'mon, I don't have all day. I don't feel anything, nothing. (Turns to Jim) You are so weak.

    • Toby: OK, tell them what you wanted to say.
      Sasha: Do you need any help?
      Angela: No … thanks. We'd have to explain everything. It's probably just easier if we do it ourselves.
      Toby: All right, I wasn't expecting that. Let's … let's go draw.
      Kelly: Oh my god, she is so cute, I wanna die. Don't you just love kids, Angela?
      Angela: I guess I wouldn't mind a pair of small well-behaved boys.

    • Michael: Listen I like kids, but this is not a kids' environment. This is like HBO. No limits. Who knows what I'm going to say. Crazy stuff. This is R-rated. It is not rated G. I am like Eddie Murphy in "Raw" and they are trying to make me into Eddie Murphy in "Daddy Day Care." Both great movies, but still.

    • Pam: I am not great with kids but I want to get better because I am getting married. So I put out extra candy on my desk so the kids will come talk to me. Like the witch in Hansel & Gretel.

    • Michael: I need a user name... and I have a great one. (types his username into the computer) "LittleKidLover". That way, people will know exactly where my priorities are at.

    • Michael: Hi children. I'm Michael Scott, and I am in charge of this place. Uhh...how do I make you understand... I am like Superman, and the people who work here are like citizens of Gotham City.
      Jim and Dwight: That's Batman.
      Michael: Ok, I'm Aquaman. Where does he live guys?
      Jim: The ocean.
      Michael: I work with a bunch of nerds.

    • Stanley: That little girl is a child. I don't wanna see you sniffin' around her anymore this afternoon! Do you understand? Boy, have you lost your mind? 'Cause I'll help you find it. Whatcha lookin' for? Ain't nobody gonna help ya out there. Jesus can come through that door and he's not gonna help you if you don't stop sniffin' after my child!
      (Cut to Ryan outside)
      Ryan: Stanley yelled at me today. That was one of the most frightening experiences of my life.

    • Ryan: Kelly and I both agreed that we would just have fun, and I'm learning that "fun" for Kelly is getting married and having babies... Immediately.... With me.

    • Kevin: Abby's my fiancée Stacey's daughter. I think she'll have a good time. I just hope she doesn't look in my computer...actually, I'd better go check.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The French episode title is "Journée éducative", meaning "Educational Day". The Italian title is "La giornata delle figlie", meaning "Daughters' Day". The Spanish title is "El día de las hijas en la oficina", meaning "The Day of Daughters in the Office".

    • Abby and Jake were played by Haley and Spencer Daniels, executive producer Greg Daniels's children. Producer Kent Zbornak put his son Alec Zbornak into the show. He is the blond kid talking to Meow when Michael points him out in the video.

    • A deleted scene reveals that Jim sometimes babysits Toby's daughter, Sasha.

    • Fundle Bundle is a made up television show for kids, which is supposed to be a combination of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. The producers of the show even went to the trouble of creating sets and fixing Michael's videotape to look like it was produced in a small television studio in the 1970's.

    • Music: "Greensleeves", performed by Dwight; "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, sung by Michael and Dwight

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Fundle Bundle is a play on an early morning Saturday show called Hatchy Milatchy with Miss Judy (Miss Trudy), which aired in the 1970s around the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

    • The cat puppet interview in the fake children's series Fundlebundle is named Edward R. Meow, a pun on the name Edward R. Murrow, a television newscaster and journalistic legend portrayed most recently in the movie "Good Night and Good Luck." Michael predictably doesn't get the reference.

    • Michael walks to reception and says, "Pam... Miss Beesly if you're nasty." He's playing on Janet Jackson's 1986 song, "Nasty", which features the lyric, "My first name ain't Baby, it's Janet... Miss Jackson if you're nasty."

    • Michael joining an online dating service is at least a tangential reference to the BBC version, where David Brent joins a dating service in the Christmas special.

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