The Office

Season 3 Episode 3

The Coup

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Michael is in trouble once again as Jan busts him for declaring it's "Movie Monday" where everyone watches a movie and neglects work. Angela pushes Dwight to make a move on Michael's job while Jim and his new team play Call of Duty.

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  • Movie Monday and Call of Duty

    Third episode in of season 3 and it's still good. This episode went back to profiling the two branches. It was interesting how branches try to motivate employees. Now I had only one office job but this type of thing never happened at least regular basis. Then again this was TV.

    Movie Monday at the Scranton Branch is pretty funny. I like how Michael is only one that is into this at least how much he likes it. I like how Michael had Pam made all of these popcorn only to have him eat it. I enjoy how Dwight seems to be insulted that he not asked to review the movie. You get to see the influence that Angela over Dwight in this episode. What Dwight did was not mean and did cross the line. He had a great scene with Jan. You get to see how hard it is for Dwight to lie to Michael about his "appointment." You have to admire him for that. One of my favorite scenes of this episode was the scene between Michael (after he finds out) and Dwight. He was talking to Dwight so coldly and yet because of Steve Carrell it was funny. The scenes after that were great. I am glad that Michael did not fire Dwight and his punishment on him was funny.

    At the Stamford branch everyone is into the game, Call of Duty. This was not as good as Movie Monday. I would probably be like Jim in this episode. It was great scene in Josh's office after he calls Jim and Andy in and yells him about the . . . game. Andy's line was great. (I am going to kill you for real) You see something possibly develop between Karen and Jim in this episode. I know what happens and I won't spoil it for you but I wonder how I would feel about Karen if I watched the previous two seasons before this episode. This was an episode that if you have on DVD, you really should check out the deleted scenes. Jan's reaction to call of duty at the other branch was not something you expect. I think it goes back to what happened in the season 2 finale.

    I can't think of any major flaws in this episode and I won't waste your time with them. You will like this episode.moreless
  • This episode was the worst of the entire series so far.

    This episode was the worst of the entire series so far. From the beginning to the end, there was not one moment of humor. If anything, this episode is making me rethink my loyalty to this show. Dwight, who is usually a fantastic character, is reduced to someone that you genuinely hate in this episode. The writing of this episode is rancid. Total rubbish. I've watched this show since its inception. I try to defend this show to people, especially those who think this show has very little, if any, redeemable qualities. This episode has changed the way I will perhaps forever view the show.

    The original 'The Office' - the British creation by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, perhaps the most brilliant comedy team of the past few decades, put together two 6 episode seasons of marvelous television. They went out on top, just as they have with their other show 'Extras.' This show was adapted for American television by Greg Daniels from this marvelous team. Greg should be ashamed of himself for letting this episode air. It is a disgrace to the wonderful people who invented this show. I know that people will actually read this review, being that my 'score' of the episode will be the lowest rating I can give. Nobody reads the reviews when every single episode you score between a 9.0 to a 10. And I know these same people will 'disagree' with my 'review' of this episode. That's fine. As a person who is a devout fan of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and everything they stand for, and a person who is an enormous fan of the American (this) version of 'The Office,' I could care less whether or not you 'agree' with my opinion of this episode. I know my conscious is now clean because I was able to write a review that actually depicted what this episode was - horrific and demeaning. Cheers.moreless
  • *scratches head*

    I have only watched this show one other time because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I still have absolutely no idea after watching part of this episode.

    It's not funny, it's overacted (mainly by the main boss like person), and it's just not funny.

    Maybe it's just me, and the humour (or what ever it's suppose to be) is just not my style. I'm not made of stone, I find a lot of things funny, but I did not once crack a smile through out the entire 20 odd minutes I managed to last for and as it turns out it was over then anyway. Sheer torture.

    I won't be watching again. Ever.moreless
  • 303

    Definitely not my favorite episode of The Office, didn't get much laughs this week, but the concept was still pretty good. We are getting way more Dwight and Angela screen time which is always funny. Dwight knowing all the stores that Jan shopped out was also a highlight, but other than that, there was really nothing special here. Dwight tries to take over the Scranton branch and ends up failing and he gets humiliated in the end. It just wasn't memorable, and I didn't laugh much. Something that always got to me about this episode is that how could Jan let Stamford play Call of Duty practically the whole day and not allow Movie Monday? And the whole Call of Duty thing was really unrealistic. I though Jim's boss was normal, I guess he's just as weird as Michael. The only good development from this was the Jim & Karen interaction, but that's about it. Pam getting new clothes was an obvious filler, since things go back to normal in the end. So not the best Office episode to sum it up.moreless
  • Great, but not my favorite.

    I have genuinely loved every episode of this show. I also really liked this one, but it was not perfect like the rest. I thought the plot was very clever, but some of the characters did not act like themselves.

    Angela's urging (if not demanding) Dwight to take over the office and Dwight's subsequent power trip followed by guilt trip were perfect. Michael's use of reverse psychology, intricate plot to trick Dwight, and inexplicable anger over his car were also completely in character. One of the things I have always loved about this show is that no matter how ridiculous and inappropriate Michael is his employees (especially Jim and Pam) are always willing to stick up for him and even make fools of themselves to keep him from being completely humiliated. For example, Jim sang karaoke with Michael at the house party when no one else would. That compassionate was missing, and I was disappointed, especially in Pam. Instead of jumping to Michael's defense, everyone, except Angela, just criticized Dwight. Maybe the writers did this on purpose because Jim is not there to lead the charge.

    I liked the episode, from Dwight's vast knowledge of outlet stores and completely unoriginal fake dentist to Pam's non-transformation to Jim's inability to wage any kind of war other than a prank war. It was just missing that extra something that every other episode has had: heart.moreless
Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Charles Esten

Charles Esten

Josh Porter

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Michael: 'Hug it out, bitch.' That is what men say to each other after a fight. They hug it out, in doing so they just let it go, and walk away, and they're done. Not a good idea to say that to a woman, however, I've found. Doesn't translate.

    • Michael: Sounds like a good dentist.
      Dwight: Oh yeah...
      Michael: What's his name?
      Dwight: (lying) Crentist.
      Michael: Your dentist's name is crentist?
      Dwight: Yeah...
      Michael: Huh... Sounds a lot like dentist.
      Dwight: Maybe that's why he became a dentist.

    • Karen: (whispering) Look how cute he is. And he's trying to shoot with a smoke grenade.
      Jim: I'm sorry, what are you whispering back there?
      Karen: Nothing, just concentrate on turning around.
      Jim: I'm trying, I just…
      Karen: Just tap S then D.
      Jim: Oh
      Karen: Any last words? No?
      Jim: What?
      (Gunshot) (Karen laughing)
      Jim: (turns toward Karen) Wow. (turns away from Karen) Psychopath.

    • Josh: This is not working, okay? We are getting slaughtered out there.
      Andy: It's the new guy.
      Jim: Oh, I'm sorry; I don't know….what we're talking about.
      Andy: See what I mean?
      Josh: We just need a strategy, okay? We're gonna set up a trap in the gun room. All right, Jim, are you using the MP-40 or the 44?
      Jim: Um, sniper rifle?
      Josh: Snipe-
      Andy: What?
      Josh: Jim in Carentan…
      Andy: Are you playing for the other team?
      Josh: You don't snipe in Carentan, okay?
      Andy: Saboteur!! Saboteur!! I'm gonna kill you for real. This game..the game is over. I'm really gonna shoot you.

    • Michael: Business is like a jungle. And I am like a tiger. And Dwight is like a monkey that stabs the tiger in the back with a stick. Does the tiger fire the monkey? Does the tiger transfer the monkey to another branch? Pun. There is no way of knowing what goes on inside the tiger's head. We don't have the technology.

    • Dwight: Did you get anything good?
      Jan: Yeah.
      Dwight: New blouse? Halter top? Camisole? Teddy?

    • Michael: (referring to "Hug It Out Bitch") Not a good idea to say that to a woman however... I have found. It doesn't translate.

    • Jim: We didn't play many video games in Scranton. Instead, we'd do stuff like Pam and I would sometimes hum the same high-pitched note, and try to get Dwight to make an appointment with an ear doctor. And, uh, Pam called it Pretendinitis.

    • Pam: Movie Monday started with training videos. But we went through those pretty fast. Then we watched a medical video. Since then, it's been half-hour installments of various movies, with the exception of an episode of Entourage, which Michael made us watch six times.

    • Kelly: (chanting) Fashion show, Fashion show, Fashion show at lunch.

    • Pam: I have a little vacuum cleaner that's broken...If Dwight doesn't work out, maybe that could be manager

    • Dwight: What can I do?
      Michael: You can get up.
      Dwight: What?
      Michael: You can get up. And you can hug it out, bitch.

    • Pam: What?
      Creed: I'm just looking.
      Pam: Please go back to your desk.
      Creed: In a minute.

    • Angela: I know that patience and loyalty are good and virtuous traits, but sometimes I just think you need to grow a pair.

    • Dwight: Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also, weak arms.

    • Jan: How would a movie increase productivity, Michael? How on earth would it do that?
      Michael: People work faster after.
      Jan: Magically?
      Michael: No, they have to make up for the time they lost watching the movie.
      Jan: No.

    • Michael: Movie Monday! The only cure I know for the Monday blues is Varsity Blues!

  • NOTES (5)

    • The French episode title is "Prise de pouvoir", meaning "Seizing Power". The Italian title is "La lealtà di Dwight", meaning "Dwight's Loyalty". The Spanish title is "El Insurrecto", meaning "The Rebel".

    • Benjamin Patrick, John W. Cook II, and Peter Nusbaum were nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation category for their work on this episode.

    • Paul Lieberstein was nominated for a WGA Award in the Episodic Comedy category for his work on this episode.

    • An episode of HBO's Entourage is mentioned as being watched several times, "I Love You Too" in which Rainn Wilson had a guest appearance.

    • Deleted Scene: Although Jan disapproves of Michael's "Movie Monday," it is revealed that she has no problem of the Stamford branch's playing of Call of Duty.


    • Michael decides he and Dwight need to, "Hug it out, bítch," a reference to one of the signature quotes of Jeremy Piven's character, Ari Gold, from the HBO series, Entourage.

    • Karen's Call of Duty in-game is KarentheJimSlayer, playing off the 1997-2003 TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.