The Office

Season 4 Episode 12

The Deposition

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary


When Jan sues Dunder Mifflin, Michael is deposed as a witness. Kelly and Pam practice their trash talk when Darryl and Jim play Ping-Pong.

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  • Michael needs a line

    As you know already at the end of season 3, there was a position at corporate which turned out to be Jan's job. Jan gets upset and she thinks it's because her implants and threatens a lawsuit. This episode comes to that. The part where Michael and Jan are at the deposition is very funny. We'll get to that.

    One of the reasons this episode was great was because the second story was funny. While Michael is away Jim decides to have a ping-pong game with Darryl and Dwight. This was one of the few times that Dwight is better then Jim at something other then sales. It's funny how much better Dwight is better at Jim at the game. Jim does this because Pam wants him to be better because of the trash talk or smack talk by Kelly. Kelly smack talk on Pam is pretty amusing.

    From the car ride to the end of the deposition this was one of the funniest parts of the episode. I like how Jan tries to control what Michael says without making it seem like Michael had prepared answers. I liked how Michael insisted the car have the the roof down and then the result with Jan's hair. The meeting of everyone of the people at Dunder Miifflin was one of the best highlights of not only the episode but the series. There were many funny moments. The delivery of the court stenographer was perfectly done. How Michael answers or not answers the answers was one of the funnest parts I have seen from him. His line, line was very funny as was some people thinking that Ryan was a girl. The meeting alone would make this episode great but lost in all of this was how Michael got hurt by Jan and the company. The fact that Jan did it was not a surprise but the Dunder Mifflin was more of one. The company puts up with Michael knowing he has talents. You feel sorry for Michael a bit at the end. At least I did.

    This could be your funnest episode of the season but for me there is still one more funnier. This episode did a good job of setting that up.moreless
  • 408

    This episode did keep me laughing for a good portion of the time so I'll give it that, but there wasn't really much things going on. It just went back and forth from pin pong to deposition and back, like a ping pong game actually. There wasn't much interactions from the supporting characters of the Office, but I liked what the writers brought to the table. From Kelly vs. Pam to the deposition and Michael acting like an idiot. This was a good episode, and it wasn't the best episode to air right before the writer's strike but it was still good regardless.

    Kelly was absolutely hilarious, and the deposition ended a bit dully, considering how funny the rest of it was. I'm glad someone finally put Jan in her place, she is clearly the most unlikable Office character.

    Funny well written episode.moreless
  • Jan sues Dunder Mifflin, Jim gets yelled at by suddenly-intense-about-ping-pong Pam.

    Not one of my favorites. Seriously. I liked the Jan and Michael story about suing Dunder Mifflin, but I think Pam was written way out of character. Suddenly she was incredibly mean and weird. I didn't relate to her the way I usually do. Kelly's smack talk was relatively funny, but I guess it's just not a good episode for me. I did like the interaction between David Wallis and Michael, I like that David thinks Michael is a good guy, and I like that Michael didn't get upset with him, but told him he liked him too. That moment was the best part of the episode.moreless
  • Good Episode.

    This episode was pretty funny and made me laugh a lot, but i thought the whole ping pong thing was too long. although i liked when kelly was trash talking pam. the whole thing with jan was really funny. i like when michael is asked the question "who are the twins?" and aswers "they hang off me lady's chest." that was funny. me favorite part of the episode is when michael sits down with toby to eat lunch because everyone is reading his diary. at first i couldn't believe he even sat with him, but it was hilarious when he pushed toby's lunch on the floor when he was being so nice.moreless
  • When Jan sues Dunder Mifflin, Michael is deposed as a witness. Kelly and Pam practice their trash talk when Darryl plays Jim at ping pong.

    I felt so sorry for Michael in this episode. In the previous ep, he wasnt invited to Ryan's camp out and now, his own girlfriend and his main boss betray him.

    I really dont get why fans hate michael's character. I think he tries to be liked and in the process, he screws up.

    Wait a minute, why am I actually telling you my feelings here? what's HAPPENING to ME???

    anyhoo, in general, the episode was very good.

    We got to see a more dramatic side to the story and how office politics can interfere with relationship politics.

    Cannot wait till the strike is over. Considering how much Michael has fallen, I wonder how he will make his "comeback".moreless
Holly Maples

Holly Maples

Diane Kelly

Guest Star

Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

Lester Snyder

Guest Star

Michael Potter

Michael Potter


Guest Star

Andy Buckley

Andy Buckley

David Wallace

Recurring Role

Michael Schur

Michael Schur

Mose Schrute

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Pam: (confessional) The warehouse got a Ping-Pong table last week; now Jim comes down to play Darryl. Sometimes I bring him juice. My boyfriend is twelve.

    • Lawyer: Did Ms. Levinson ever say why she thought she was being fired?
      Michael: She thought it had to do with the twins, that's what I call them.
      Lawyer: Can you be more specific? Who are "the twins?"
      Michael: To be delicate, they hang off my lady's chest. They make milk.

    • Lawyer: Mr. Scott, who's this other woman, Ryan, who you refer to here as "just as hot as Jan but in a different way".
      Michael: Not a woman, just a cool, great looking best friend.

    • Lawyer: How long have you known Ms. Levinson?
      Michael: Six years and two months.
      Lawyer: And you were directly under her the entire time?
      Michael: That's what she said.

    • Michael: I'm really upset about this.
      Jan: All right. I stole your diary and gave it to my lawyer. You emailed a topless photo of me to everyone in our company. Let's call it even.
      Michael: Fine. I love you.
      Jan: I love you, too.

    • Dwight: All of my heroes are table tennis players: Zoran Primorac, Jan-Ove Waldner, Wong Tao, Jorg Rosskopf, and of course, Ashraf Helmy. I even have a life-size poster of Hugo Hoyama on my wall. And the first time I left Pennsylvania was to go to the hall of fame induction ceremony of Andrzej Grubba.

    • Lawyer: How long have you known the plaintiff?
      Michael: I haven't actually seen it, but I have seen The Firm and I am planning on renting The Pelican Brief.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Kelly sings, "Hey, hey, you, you, I don't like your boyfriend, 'cuz, 'cuz, 'cuz, 'cuz, he really sucks at Ping-Pong," spoofing the lyrics of the 2007 song, "Girlfriend", by Avril Lavigne.