The Office

Season 2 Episode 1

The Dundies

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.
      Pam: And also because of Dwight too.
      Pam: Um, so. Finally, I wanna thank God, because God gave me this Dundie. And I feel God in this Chili's tonight.
      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

    • 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 at 7:30 pm Eastern time.

  • Allusions

    • 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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