The Office

Season 2 Episode 7

The Client

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Michael and Jan try to nail down a contract with Lackawanna County by taking out their representative to Chili's. Meanwhile, Jim finds a semi-autobiographical script that Michael has written called Threat Level: Midnight, and he and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin workers have a great time acting it out.moreless

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  • Michael and Jan try to get a client

    This was a classic Office episode. This would be the start of a complicated relationship. More on that later. The B Story was funny too. The movie that Michael wrote was so bad that it was funny. I i like that the whole office gets into the movie. Even Dwight. That is until Dwigt happened. I enjoyed the time that Jim and Pam had together. Too bad Jim had to run it with his comment and further set up tension between them.

    The main story was amazing. You get to see more insight into Michael's boss. It's funny how he folds under her. The cast of Tim Meadows as the potential client was a great choice. Normally you don't see him in a role like this. In this episode, you get to see how much good Michael is a seller and not just a bumbling boss. At the end when Michael and Jan come back there was great camera work. While I think they could've ended there with the kiss, I did think it was interesting that they continued the story and how some of the employees found out. Dwight's question was very funny.

    This was truly classic office that gets better with time.moreless
  • 207

    Such a funny and eventful episode, I have no idea where to start, so much things happened, I thought it was over until I realized there was like seven minutes of the episode that still remained. Really great and funny.

    This marks the beginning of Michael & Jan's relationship. Melora Hardin really stole the show here, she does it many times in the future, but I think this was the defining episode for Jan. We've seen her before, but not really like this. We got to see Jan in a whole new light, and it was hilarious. Her getting drunk while Michael acts like an idiot in front of their possible client was hilarious.

    Then we've got Pam finding Michael's script back at the office, everyone takes part in Michael's script, which was obviously one of the funniest parts of this episode. Especially Dwight, really great overall. Jim takes Pam on an unofficial date afterward, and compares himself with Roy and him dating Pam, which could mean trouble for him, when Pam ignores him. Sort of the same ending as the last episode, we've got way more development in this one though. Amazing hysterical episode.moreless
  • It was OK

    Michael and Jan take a client to a Chili's for an important meeting. Jan is disgusted with Michael's antics and general refusal to talk business but discovers at the end of the day that there is a method to his madness when the client bonds with Michael, allowing him to close the deal. Afterwards in the parking lot, Michael and recently-divorced Jan share a kiss.Meanwhile, Pam finds a screenplay written by Michael, and Jim leads the office staff in a table read of the script. An editing error in the script reveals that Michael based the incompetent sidekick on Dwight, who quickly shuts down the exercise to invite everyone to set off fireworks outside. Jim and Pam break off their respective evening plans to enjoy an impromptu dinner on the roof and watch the firework show.The following morning, Dwight and Angela independently observe Jan returning to her car (still parked at Dunder-Mifflin), and word quickly travels around the office. Michael initially tells the documentary crew that "nothing happened," that they talked for several hours before falling asleep, but his story gradually changes to imply that they did more than just talk. Jan calls, clearly regretful for what she did the previous evening, but Michael refuses to accept her change of heart.moreless
  • Beginning of Michael/Jan relationship. "A gentleman does not kiss and tell. And neither do I."

    Michael, and his boss Jan (in corporate) take a client out to lunch at Chili's to close a business deal. While Jan just wants to close the deal, Michael prefers to entertain the client. Since the client and Michael bonded so well, they were able to close the deal. Jan thanks Michael by giving him a kiss, and they spend the night together.

    The funniest part of this episode is when Pam finds Michael's screenplay called "Threat Level: Midnight." The staff reads his script, which is hilarious. Their day was essential wasted goofing off. Dwight gets fireworks, and Jim and Pam share a dinner on the roof.

    Near the end of the episode, Jan comes to her senses and calls Michael, telling him that what happened didn't mean anything. She was just upset about her divorce and very drunk. Michael is crushed, since this is essentially his first real relationship (that we know of) and he had real feelings for Jan. However, this isn't quite the end of their "relationship," you'll have to see more episodes to find out what happens.

    This is a very hilarious episode and should not be missed.moreless
  • Michael and Jan try to sign a client, everyone else in the office acts out Michael's screenplay.

    The Client is a really great episode, and it definitely is one of the all-time greatest episodes of The Office. This episode has so many great parts in it. The three things that stand out to me as my favorite things about this episode are when everyone is reading Michael's screenplay, the whole Dwigt thing and of course Jim and Pam's "date". I always really enjoy the Jam content of the episodes, but I especially enjoyed it in this episode. Their first fight was also very interesting and very well played by John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. I absolutely loved Jan and Michael hooking up, and I loved the part where Michael hides under the desk during his phone call with Jan. That was really great. All in all, this was a really great episode, and it's sure to become an Office Clasic.moreless
Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows


Guest Star

Allyson Everitt

Allyson Everitt


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 (3)

    • In the state of Pennsylvania, school districts are fully and completely autonomous political bodies, sometimes spanning portions of multiple counties. The only exception to this is the School District of Philadelphia, which is under the jurisdiction of the City of Philadelphia (which also functions as a county). Therefore, the number of schools in Lackawanna would have no direct influence on how much paper the county would order.

    • When Pam talks to the camera about the find-and-replace error in Michael's script, we see a page from the script and the error to which she is referring. The dialogue on this page, however, is different from the dialogue at the read-through when they find the "Dwigt" typo.

    • Although not explicitly stated, it is clear that "Catherine Zeta-Jones" in Michael's screenplay is based on Pam. During the read-through of the script, Michael's character asks "Catherine" for his messages, and when she tells him she loves him he turns her down because "they work together".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Jan: Do you always shut down the entire office when you leave for an hour?
      Michael: No. No, that would not be efficient. Actually, they just don't get a lot of work done when I'm not here... That's not true. I know how to delegate. And they do more work when I'm not here. Not more... the same amount of work is done whether I am here or not.

    • Pam: Michael and his jeans. He gets in them, and I'm not exactly sure what happens, but I can tell you, he loves the way he looks in those jeans. I know that's why he started casual Fridays.

    • (Reading from Threat Level Midnight)
      Jim: (narrating) "A man sitting several seats down who has a gold face turns to Michael Scarn." Uhhh, oooh, Oscar, you want to play Goldenface?
      Oscar: "Mr. Scarn, perhaps you will be more comfortable in my private jet?"
      Dwight: "Yes, perhaps I would, Goldenface. Sam, get my luggage."
      Ryan: "I fo-get it, brotha.'
      Dwight: "Samuel, you are such an idiot. You are the worst assistant ever. And you're disgusting, Dwigt!" Wait, who's Dwigt?

    • Jim: (about he and Pam's 'date') I was totally joking anyway. I mean, it's not really a date if the girl goes home to her fiancé. (Pause) Right?

    • Jim: We are doing worst first dates.
      Pam: Oh, my God, I win. Okay, it was a minor league hockey game, he brought his brother, and when I went to the bathroom the game ended and they forgot about me.
      Oscar: Okay, that's a joke.
      Pam: No, they had to come back for me.
      Jim: Wait, when was this?
      Pam: Um... it was not that long ago.
      Kelly: Wait, not Roy. Say it's not your fiancé.
      (Pam looks uncomfortable)

    • Pam: Here's what we think happened. Michael's sidekick, who all through the movie is this complete idiot who's causing the downfall of the United States, was originally named Dwight. But then Michael changed it to Samuel L. Chang using a search and replace. But that doesn't work on misspelled words, leaving behind one "Dwigt". And Dwight figured it out. Oops.

    • Michael: You want to see other people? Oh, only other people.

    • Michael (On the phone to Jan, about their affair): Well, if it was a mistake, it was a wonderful mistake.

    • Jim: Jan didn't come back for her car last night. Could it be that Agent Michael Scarn has finally found his Catherine-Zeta?

    • Michael: A gentleman does not kiss and tell – and neither do I.

    • Michael: Hi, Dwight.
      Dwight (about Jan): Did you do her?

    • Dwight: Yes, I have acted before. I was in a production of Oklahoma in the 7th grade. I played the role of Mutey the Mailman. They had too many kids, so that had to make up roles like that. I was good.

    • Kevin: Michael's movie – two thumbs down.

    • Michael: Jan Levinson-Gould. She is cold. If she was sitting on a train and wasn't moving, you'd think she was dead.

    • Michael: First guy says, "Well, I'm an astronaut, so I drive a Saturn." And the second guy says, "Well, I am a pimp, so I drive a cheap Escort." And the third guy says, "I got you both beat. I'm a proctologist, so I drive a brown Probe."
      Christian: (laughs) Oh nohoho... Oh my god, that's funny! I almost had Awesome Blossom coming out of my nose!

    • Jim: So this possible client they're talking about--actually a big deal. It's Lackawanna county. Our whole county. And if we get this, they might not have to downsize our branch. And I could work here for years...and years...and...years.

    • Michael: Ok, let's do this thing. Wish us luck.
      Dwight: Good luck, Michael. Good luck, Jan.
      Jan: Thank you.
      Michael: Kiss ass.

    • Michael: Chili's is the new golf course. "It's where business happens."—Small Businessman Magazine.
      Jan: It said that?
      Michael: It will. I sent it in—Letter to the Editor.

  • NOTES (9)

    • The German episode title is "Performances". The French title is "Le Client", the Italian title is "Il cliente", and the Spanish title is "El cliente".

    • After the filming of this episode, Jenna Fischer asked John Krasinski for a hug. This was because she wanted to know that John was not really mad with her.

    • The task of drawing illustrations of Michael Scarn was originally given to a professional artist, however the finished product looked too good for anything Michael could have drawn, so producer Greg Daniels drew them instead.

    • There were several takes of the scene with the "Dwigt" typo, as Jenna Fischer had a cold that day, and could not speak clearly.

    • Steve Carell originally came up with the Jan/Michael storyline while filming the pilot.

    • While product placement has occured on the show, it was not actual product placement, but improvisation, during the scene where Michael and the client sing "Baby Back Ribs"

    • Music: "Use It" by The New Pornographers (Michael seals the deal with Christian at Chili's); "Sing" by Travis (Jim and Pam are listening to Jim's iPod)

    • According to B.J. Novak, the Jan-Michael kiss at the end of this episode took the most time to edit out of any other moment in the series thus far.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on November 1, 2005.