The Office

Season 2 Episode 1

The Dundies

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on NBC
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After the annual staff Dundies awards is redlined by corporate, Michael is uncertain if he can produce the calibre of evening his staff have come to expect. Pam meanwhile develops second thoughts about her engagement to Roy while watching video footage of old Dundies award nights. Dwight hears a rumor of malicious graffiti in the female toilets and schemes to find out more. The entire office meets at Chili's for the Dundies awards show, and together experience a night they will never forget.moreless

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  • Season 2 Start time for a dundie

    9.5
    While this show began with the pilot, this is when the season truly began. This was one of the greatest episodes of the series. It's funny how much Michael put into the Dundies. I also like how much he thinks he is actually entertaining people with his skits. Pam being drunk was a great sight to see. Jim was great in this episode from the kiss that Pam gave him to the end of the episode. This was also the introduction of more of the secondary characters from Stanley, Angela, Kevin, and Oscar. This was also the introduction of one of the big themes on the show: Michael's man crush on Ryan. Another good part of this episode was the name of the awards the employees got and the reactions they received. One of my favorite parts is when Michael was wrapping up the award show how Pam got the whole office behind Michael. It was a very sweet moment.

    An overall good episode from top to bottom that would set the stage for a wonderful season.moreless
  • Michael has the 2005 Dundies Awards for the office staff members

    10
    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "The Office". The plot to this episode is that Michael has the 2005 Dundies Awards for the office staff members. It was very funny when Dwight didn't like the writing that the women put about Michael in the women's restroom and Dwight is saying that he is banning the women's restroom and there will be two men's restroom instead. Pam having her second thoughts about her engagement with Roy after she was looking through the past Dundie award videos was pretty good. It was very funny that the Dundies awards was held at the restaurant Chili's. Michael doing his rap was hilarious. It was hilarious when Phyllis won a Dundie for "Busiest Beaver" and then the Dundie trophy mistakenly says "Mushiest Beaver". All of the awards that Michael gave to the office staff members was very funny. It was funny when Pam won "Whitest Sneakers" award. Dwight being the DJ for the Dundies was also hilarious. It was also hilarious when Pam was drunk and then the Chili's workers said that Pam is longer welcome to Chili's. Overall, an excellent episode of "The Office". 10/10moreless
  • Michael holds an award ceremony and acts very goofy while Pam becomes very drunk and has a fight with Roy.

    4.0
    Wow. This show was terrible. The characters were reduced to stereotypes and the plot was in the realm of rediculous. The idea is funny, but the awkwardness was gone. Michael was downright hyper and the rest of the staff hated him FAR too much. What made it worse was everyone supporting Michael at the end and having a pseudo good time. What happened to The Office?



    For one, far too many characters were interviewed. The plot moved quickly and unfolded like a sitcom as opposed to a documentary. There is no heart in Michael Scott. It is much better when the audience cringes at what he is doing, but at the same time wishes he would shut up and be the good man he must be inside. Plus, Pam was waaaay drunk and acting rediculous in an unattractive way.



    The romance between Jim and Pam is moving way too fast. Where is the forbidden office romance I was promised? It works a lot better when it is subtle and realistic, like a real office romance is. But kissing was downright overt and was not dealt with in any way. How long do they expect to tease this thing out?



    Plus, the show was already too self-aware. Characters were referred to in ways that indicated we knew them and had discovered all thier eccentricities. But this is onlt the seventh episode. We need time to figure out what these characters are like and to laugh at the inside joke when Mike says that Phyllis is uptight. I get the joke, but it seemed far too spelled out.



    This show needs to relax and ground itself in reality before it can go into rediculous forays such as this. Mike was far too wacky with his box of props. It's too staged. It doesn't play as a documentary. It doesn't meander as I expect it to.



    This show gets one more episode to prove itself... then I am out.

    =====Disappointing=====moreless
  • 201

    9.0
    After watching the first season, it was pretty good. I watched for entertainment. But after this episode, I'm proud to say that I am now an official fan of The Office. Season 2 was this show at it's best and the premiere did not disappoint at all.



    We've still got the playful Pam & Jim friendship, possible romance, everyone is probably dying to just have it happen already. Then we got Steve Carrell, who just makes this show what it is. He's... he's... he's the American Ricky Gervais, and he's hysterical.



    This season premiere was about the dundies, an award show that the Office attends to every year. Things get interesting in this episode of The Office when Pam & Roy get in a fight before Roy abandons her at the restaurant. Pam eventually ends up getting really drunk. Jenna Fischer stole the show, which is unheard of in the later seasons of this show. So I've grown to appreciate this episode, and her character. Jim & Pam end up having their first kiss, but don't mention it afterward, definite relationship development, then we got all the interactions from the supporting characters & Michael which were hilarious. But really, Jenna Fischer was the best thing about this episode, she was great.moreless
  • As someone who has seen every episode and who has been a fan from the very beginning, I can tell you with good reason that this is one of their best.moreless

    8.5
    Season 2 gets off to a hilarious start when Michael hosts the annual Dundies award ceremony at Chili's. This is the first time everyone seems to be flexing their comedy muscles to the full extent on the series. We get to see a more dynamic look at the relationships between the characters. Michael employs Dwight as his DJ for the night, leaving the audience subject to their occasional bickering and unusual partnership. Then we finally get to see some real sparks fly between Jim and Pam. It really is a pivotal episode in their journey together. I thought the writing and acting was at its absolute best in The Dundies.moreless
Matthew McKane

Matthew McKane

Frat Guy

Guest Star

Beau Wirick

Beau Wirick

Frat Guy

Guest Star

Christopher T. Wood

Christopher T. Wood

Chili's Manager

Guest Star

Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner

Kevin Malone

Recurring Role

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nunez

Oscar Martinez

Recurring Role

Leslie David Baker

Leslie David Baker

Stanley Hudson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Michael says in this episode that Meredith hasn't won a Dundie but back in "The Alliance" Dwight is going through Meredith's stats and says "Awards: Multiple Dundies".

    • When Pam is watching tapes of prior years' Dundie Awards, one of Michael's performances is a version of "Mambo Number Five" by Lou Bega. This tune will also serve as Michael's cellphone ringtone in later episodes.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Michael: This next award is going out to our own little Pam Beesly. I think we all know what award Pam is gonna be getting this year... it is the Whitest Sneakers Award, because she always has the whitest tennis shoes on! Get on down here! Pam Beesly, ladies and gentlemen!
      Pam: [very drunk] I have so many people to thank for this award! Okay, first off, my Keds, because I couldn't have done it without them. Let's give Michael a round of applause for MC-ing tonight, because this is a lot harder than it looks.
      [applause]
      Pam: And also because of Dwight too.
      [silence]
      Pam: Um, so. Finally, I wanna thank God, because God gave me this Dundie. And I feel God in this Chili's tonight.
      [pauses]
      Pam: WOO!

    • Chili's Manager: We have a strict policy here not to overserve. Apparently this young woman was sneaking drinks off other people's tables. I Xeroxed her driver's license, and she is not welcome at this restaurant chain ever again.

    • Michael: And the Tightass Award goes to Angela. Not only because she is everybody's favorite stickler, but because she has a great caboose. So come on down.
      Angela: No.

    • Dwight: So, what's the joke? You're not perfect either.
      Pam: We're not laughing at you, Dwight.
      Dwight: So who are we laughing at?
      Pam: Um, just something somebody wrote.
      Dwight: Who, Dave Barry?
      Kelly: [laughs] No, uh, just something that was written on the ladies' room wall.
      Dwight: What is it? Who wrote it?
      Pam: Um, it's kinda private.
      Phyllis: [whispers] It's about Michael.
      Dwight: That is defacement of company property, so you'd better tell me. Kelly, if you tell me, you'll be punished less.
      Pam: [laughing] Okay, now I'm laughing at you.

    • Michael: Was this year's Dundies a success? Well, let's see, I made Pam laugh so hard, that she fell out of her chair, and she almost broke her neck. So I killed, almost.

    • Toby: Uh, yes that's true. I have never won a Dundie. I am more than okay with that.

    • Michael: T.M.I. Too Much Information. Uh, it's just easier to say T.M.I. I used to say Don't Go There but that's lame.

    • Michael: If you want a tour of past Dundie winners, we got Fat Jim Halpert here, Jim why don't you show off your Dundies to the camera?
      Jim: Oh I can't because I keep them hidden. I don't want to look at them and get cocky.
      Michael: Oh, that's a good idea.
      Dwight: Mine are at home, in a display case above my bed.
      Michael: (Makes disgusted sound) T.M.I. T.M.I. my friends!

    • Michael: An employee will go home and he'll tell his neighbor, "Hey, did you get an award?". And the neighbor will say, "No man. I mean I slave all day, nobody notices me." Next thing you know, employee smells something terrible coming from the neighbor's house. Neighbor's hanged himself... due to lack of recognition.

    • Michael: This next award goes to someone who really lights up the office, somebody who I think a lot of us cannot keep from checking out. The Hottest in the Office Award goes to Ryan the Temp! YEAH! Hey HO! You sexy thing! Sexy thing you! Whoo! (slaps Ryan's butt)
      Ryan: What am I going to do with the award? Nothing. I don't know what I'm going to do. That's the least of my concerns right now.

    • Michael: I was out on a very, very hot date, last night, with a girl from HR, Dwight.
      Dwight: Really? We don't have any girls from HR.
      Michael: No, that... for the sake of the story. And things were getting hot and heavy...
      Dwight: Yeah!
      Michael: And I was about to take her bra off...
      Dwight: Yeah!
      Michael: when she had me fill out six hours worth of paperwork.
      Dwight: Like an AIDS test?
      Michael: No... God.

    • Jan: You already had a party on May 5th for no reason.
      Michael: No reason? It was the 05/05/05 party! It only happens once every billion years!
      Jan: And you had a luau and the tsunami relief fundraiser that somehow lost a lot of money.
      Michael: Okay, no, that was a FUN-raiser. I think I made that very clear on the flyer. F-U-N.
      Jan: I don't understand why anyone would have a tsunami FUN-raiser, Michael. I mean, that just doesn't make sense.
      Michael: Well, I think a lot of people were affected by the footage.

    • [Pam's acceptance speech for her Dundie]
      Pam: Finally I want to thank God, because God gave me this Dundie, and I feel God in this Chili's tonight.

    • Jim: What a great year for the Dundies: we got to see Ping, we learned Michael's true feelings for Ryan - which was touching - and we heard Michael change the lyrics to a number of classic songs which, for me, has ruined them for life.

    • Pam: You know what they say about a car wreck where it's so awful you can't look away? The Dundies are like a car wreck that you wanna look away, but you have to stare at it because your boss is making you.

    • Michael: The Dundie award for 'Longest Engagement' goes to Pam Beesley. Pam, everybody! Whoo! When is that girl gonna get married? That's what I have to say. (Roy gets up to accept) Ah, Roy's accepting.
      Roy: Yes.
      Michael: Thank you Roy. Are there any words you'd like to say, on Pam's behalf?
      Roy: Ah, we'll see you next year.
      Michael: Yeah, oh, hope not! Hope not...

    • Jim: I think those might be empty.
      Pam: (tipsy) No, no. Then the ice melts, and it's, like, "second drink!"

    • Michael: This last Dundie is for Kevin. This is the "Don't Go In There After Me" award. It's for the time that I went into the bathroom after him and it was really, really smelly.

    • Michael: Please do not drink and drive, because you might hit a bump and spill your drink.

    • Michael: (at the Dundie awards) The "Busiest Beaver" award goes to Phyllis Lapin! Yeah! Way to go Phyllis. Nice work, per usual.
      Phyllis: This says "Bushiest Beaver!"
      Michael: I told them Busiest... Idiots!

    • Michael: A lot of the people here don't get trophies very often, like Meridith or Kevin. I mean who's gonna give Kevin an award, Dunkin' Donuts?

    • Dwight: Having a bathroom is a privilege. It is called a ladies room for a reason. And if you cannot behave like ladies, well, then you are not going to have a bathroom.
      Pam: You're taking away our bathroom?
      Dwight: We are going to have two men's rooms.

    • Oscar: The Dundies are kind of like a kid's birthday party. And you go. And there's really nothing for you to do there. But the kid's having a really good time, so you're kind of there. That's kind of like what it's like.

  • NOTES (11)

    • The German episode title is "Wer bekommt den Dundie?", meaning "Who Gets the Dundie?". The French title is "La Remise des prix", meaning "Giving Out Prizes". The Italian title is "La premiazione", meaning "The Awards". The Spanish title is "Los premios Dundies", an exact translation.

    • Music: "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega; "O.P.P." by Naughty By Nature; instrumental cover version of "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate; "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John; "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

    • Deleted Scene: Toby confronts Michael on Ryan's behalf about how the "Hottest in the Office" award made the temp uncomfortable. Michael, characteristically, disregards this.

    • This was one of six episodes that was submitted to Emmy voters for Best Comedy consideration, which they went on to win. The other five were "Booze Cruise", "Christmas Party", "The Injury", "The Secret", and "Valentine's Day."

    • Since Jenna Fischer doesn't drink much in real life, B.J. Novak took her out so she could get drunk while Novak described to her how she was behaving and how it didn't match her own perception. She drew upon this experience for her performance.

    • The extras playing the wait staff at Chili's are all actual Chili's workers.

    • In the spat between Roy and Pam, the actors were under the impression that the scene would be played silently, so they improvised an argument.

    • In the original script, Pam is overserved, vomits and Dwight responds, "A woman has vomited!" The completed script was not available to Chili's until shooting had already started, and they objected to a customer vomiting in their restaurant and being shown overserving a customer. Chili's withdrew its permission to shoot, but, after a few hours, Steve Carell developed a compromise: Pam falls off of her bar stool and Dwight responds, "A woman has had a seizure!"

    • The Chili's scenes were shot in the Chili's restaurant in Burbank.

    • In this episode, the staff heads to Chili's, as they do every year, to receive The Dundies, an award Michael gives for special attributes observed during the year. However, of the 18 Chili's listed on their website at the time of broadcast, none were in Scranton, the nearest located in Wilkes-Barre, about 20 miles away.

    • In an unprecedented move, NBC aired this episode online at nbcfirstlook.com at 7:30 pm Eastern time.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Michael gives Oscar the 'Show Me the Money' award, named after the most infamous line from the 1996 film Jerry Maguire.

    • Michael says, "Hey, hey, hey! It's Fat Halpert!", impersonating Bill Cosby as the voice of Fat Albert from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The line that Michael uses is similar to the cartoon character's opening line during the theme song of the cartoon.

    • While practicing for the Dundies, Michael dons his turban and notes that the act is "loosely based" on Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificant bit. However, Michael's act is pretty much an exact copy of that bit, where Carson would hold the envelope to his turban and recite the punchline to the joke before opening the envelope and revealing what the joke actually was.

    • Songs that Michael parodies at the Dundies include Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" (Michael sings, "You have won a tiny Dundie...") and Naughty by Nature's "O.P.P." ("You down with the Dundies?")

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