The Office

Season 3 Episode 2

The Convention

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Michael and Dwight head off to Philadelphia to meet Jan for the Northeastern Mid-Market Office Supply Convention. Michael, with the help of Dwight, sets up a party for fellow conventioneers while Ryan goes on a double date with Kelly back in Scranton.

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Matt Price

Matt Price


Guest Star

Robert Bagnell

Robert Bagnell


Guest Star

Roscoe Myrick

Roscoe Myrick


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Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Charles Esten

Charles Esten

Josh Porter

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • We see that Michael and Dwight take the train to Philadelphia. Although Philadelphia is readily accessible by rail, Scranton is not. They could have driven to New York City or New Jersey to get to the nearest AmTrak station, but it would be much easier, faster, and less expensive to have driven directly from Scranton to Philadelphia via I-476, the Pennsylvania Turnpike NorthEast Extension.

    • Michael's new ringtone is "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Michael: Is Josh funnier than I am? Does he even have a girlfriend? Because I have two, basically.

    • Angela: In the Martin family, we like to say, "Looks like someone took the slow train from Philly." That's code for "check out the slut."

    • Michael: I love inside jokes. Love to be part of one someday.

    • Michael: Hey Pam, what's up -- yeah, ugh... no, tell him I will give him general specifics tomorrow.

    • Jim: Hey... how's Toby?
      Michael: Toby Flenderson is everything that is wrong with the paper industry.

    • Michael: It's like with firemen. You don't leave your brothers behind even if you find out that there is a better fire in Connecticut.

    • Michael: Jim and I have different definitions of friendship. I think it's talking and being friends, and Jim thinks it's moving to Connecticut and being best friends with Josh. Well, phooey on that. I'm done. I'm not going to be speaking with him anymore.

    • Michael: Woah, what are all those stains?
      Dwight: Blood, urine, or semen.
      Michael: Oh, God, I hope it's urine.

    • Phyllis: You should order the most expensive thing on the menu. So he knows you're worth it.
      Stanley: If you do that, you're going to have to put out.
      Phyllis: Well yeah, you'll have to put out.

    • Jan: Step away from me, Michael.
      Michael: Thank you for being so brave with all of this. Thank you.

    • Jim: You know, when I saw Dwight, I realized how stupid and petty all those pranks I pulled on him were. And then he spoke. I wonder how hard it would be to get a copy of his room key.

    • Kevin: So did you hear?
      Toby: What?
      Kevin: Pam's back on the market again.
      Toby: Really? She's dating?
      Kevin: If I weren't engaged, I would so hit that.

    • Ryan: I don't like ketchup.
      Kelly: You love ketchup! He loves ketchup!

    • Jan: I underestimated you, Michael.
      Michael: Yeah, well maybe next time you'll estimate me.

    • (after meeting Jerome Bettis)
      Dwight: Why do they call him The Bus?
      Michael: Because's he's afraid to fly.

    • Michael: Some people need dozens of friends to say, hey, look at me, I'm popular. But not me, I'm very picky. I need three maybe two? When you meet that someone special, you'll just know. Because a real relationship.... can't be forced.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The French episode title is "Le séminaire", the Spanish title is "La convención", and the Italian title is "Il convegno", all exact translations.

    • Deleted Scene: Dwight felt bad that Angela was still upset after their initial break room meeting so he handed her a train ticket that was inside an "accounting folder", explaing how she gets there.

    • From this episode on, Oscar does not appear in the show due to his 3-month Europe trip with Gil. According to Angela Kinsey's myspace, Oscar is working on an improv comedy show for Comedy Central to which he is filming during his absence on the show.


    • Michael sings, "Ain't no party like a Scranton party 'cause a Scranton party don't stop!", trying to make his hotel room party sound exciting by playing off a lyric from Coolio's "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)", whose actual line is "ain't no party like a west coast party 'cause a west coast party don't stop".