The Office

Season 3 Episode 8

The Merger

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 16, 2006 on NBC
8.9
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Old friends Jim and Pam are back together after months apart as the Scranton branch and Stamford branch are finally merged. Michael, Dwight, and the other employees are faced with a variety of changes.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Dwight Gets Competion

    8.0
    Fantastic as always. Highlights include SNL's Lazy Sunday parody, and Dwight and Andy's new rivalry and exchange in the hallway at the end.
  • Scranton gets some new employees

    8.0
    After many hits this episode missed the bar a bit. This was not a bad episode it just shows how good this season. It's just when you have 5 new people, it's a lot to take in. All the interactions between the new and old employees were interesting. The best was Dwight and Andy. This would be the start of a complicated, yet very funny realtionship. Speaking of Andy, I think he may have come off as a bit of a suck up in this episode. Remember if you have been watching the series up until this point, he gets better. I also enjoyed all of the interactions between the new employees and Michael. His new meeting with them and the old employees was funny. The old employees are used to this but seeing the reactions of the new employees was amusing. I also loved seeing the reunion of Jim and Pam. The talks they had kind of remained me what things were like before Jim declared his love for Pam. You saw that when Jim tried to hide his relationship with Karen but told her that he was seeing someone but not Karen.

    Overall a very good episode.moreless
  • 308

    8.5
    Getting back on track on tonight's extended episode of The Office. The interactions of all the newbies and the original Office cast was absolutely genius. I'm not sure that this show needs new characters right now, but I was really impressed by this episode, in a way, it felt like a fresh start. A lot of eventful scenes in this episode too, we've got the long awaited Jim & Pam reunion since casino night, which I'm sure everyone was happy about, and then this marks the beginning of the Karen/Jim/Pam triangle that was the main focus this season. I love everyone's reaction times in this episode, and just the fact that this was extended just made it all the better. When are they going to write Roy off the show? Seriously. Great installment to the Office, to new beginnings!moreless
  • Stanford branch merges with the Scranton branch...

    9.0
    Great episode yet again. I have to say, I'm really liking Karen. Like many fans, I chew my fingernails waiting to see what's going to happen with Pam and Jim. Karen is so easy to like though. Pam couldn't wait to see Jim and was hoping everything would be like it was. But Jim didn't flirt with Pam like he used to because she rejected him already. He doesn't seem ready to put his feelings on the line again.



    I love the rivalry between Andy and Dwight. I also think it's great how it's in vain, because Jim is already the number 2 guy. It's funny how Dwight and Andy want to impress Michael, who couldn't be a worse boss.moreless
  • "Last weekend, I outran a black pepper snake."

    9.5
    I absolutely LOVED this episode. It's my favorite this season, as well as grief counseling.



    Anyways, in this episode, the Stamford, CT and the Scranton, PA branches are merged. When the Stamford employees arrive in Scranton, they don't know what to expect.



    This episode was very funny. It had lots of Michael moments. He tries to seem like an understanding, sensitive boss, but comes off as ignorant, annoying, and rude. One instance of this is when him and Andy are acting out the "Night at the Roxbury" thing from SNL.



    This episode had lots of character development between Michael/Andy, Dwight/Andy, Jim/Pam, and Jim/Karen. One of the funniest parts in this episode was "Lazy Scranton," a parody of SNL's "Lazy Sunday."



    This was a very hilarious episode and I am looking forward to the Nov. 30 episode! I love the Stamford staff, especially Andy and Karen!moreless
Wayne Wilderson

Wayne Wilderson

Martin Nash

Guest Star

Mike Bruner

Mike Bruner

Anthony Gardner

Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Ed Helms

Ed Helms

Andy Bernard

Recurring Role

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • A Staples paper shredder was being used by the character Kevin even though Staples is Dunder Mifflin's biggest competition. The Staples logo is made brighter using the color red for the logo. Immediately following the scene was a commercial for the same shredder.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Michael: Sittin' in my office with a plate of grilled bacon. Call my man Dwight just to see what was shakin'.
      Dwight: Yo Mike, our town is dope and pretty!
      Michael: So check out how we live...
      Both: ...in the Electric City!
      Michael: They call it Scranton!
      Dwight: What?
      Michael: The Electric City! Scranton!
      Dwight: What?
      Michael: The Electric City!
      Michael: Call Poison Control if you're bit by a spider!
      Dwight: But check that it's covered by...
      Both: ...your health care provider!
      Michael: You like coal mines and you wanna see 'em? Well check it out, yo! The Anthracite Museum!
      Michael: Plenty of space in the parking lot.
      Dwight: But the little cars go in the compact spot!
      Both: Spot! Spot! Spot! Spot!

    • (Right after Tony leaves the office)
      Dwight: It was my advice, remember? I was the one who suggested that you fired him
      Michael: Probably the best advice you ever game me, Dwight.
      Dwight: And what advice has Andy given to you today, that you have acted on? Would 'non' be an accurate estimate? Non-advice? (whispers)Fire Andy... Fire Andy...

    • Andy: Saw your dorkmobile in the parking lot. What, does it get like 4 miles to the gallon?
      Dwight: Uhh, try double that. Classic Trans Am, vintage american muscle... please.
      Andy: Yeah, my X-Terra's pretty sweet. Luxurious, yet rugged... leave it to the Japanese.
      Dwight: X-Terra's not even a real word.
      Andy: Actually, it is... its latin for 'earth'.
      Dwight: Oh, so you drive an X Earth? (sarcastic) That makes sense. I'd rather drive a classic Trans Am than an X Earth.
      Andy: Yeah, I bet you would. Oh, by the way, 1985 called - it wants its car back.
      Dwight: Well I hope 1985 has a time machine, because I drive an '87.
      Andy: Oh - speaking of time machines, I just back from the future and I went to your funeral and guess what, nobody came.
      Dwight: Speaking of funerals, why don't you go ahead and go die.
      Andy: Oooh, that was a really well constructed sentence. You should be an English professor at Cor-Not university.
      Dwight: Idiot!
      Andy: If I were an idiot, I'd driving a Trans Am.
      Dwight: If you were driving a Trans Am, you would be the smartest idiot in the whole world.

    • Toby: Um, you might want these orientation materials.
      Michael: Wrong, Toby. This is an orientation, not a borientation.

    • Andy Bernard: Anything new to report?
      Dwight: Do you mean, from you, to me? Cause that's how it works.

    • Pam: Am I being mean to Dwight? I don't know. I did just make him run around the building, and I have no intention of timing him. This isn't even a stopwatch, it's a digital thermometer.

    • (To Karen Filippelli)
      Michael: Wow, you're very exotic-looking. Was your dad a G.I.?

    • Dwight: I am fast. Just to give you a reference point, I'm somewhere between a snake and a mongoose...and a panther.

    • Michael: I know what a lot of you must be thinking. Wow, what a day, feels more like a night at a party then a day at work. Well, in my opinion business should feel like a night out, a night…(changes suit jacket)…at…(picks up a boombox and places it on the table)…the Roxbury. (hits play on the boombox and nothing happens)

    • Michael: Tony, please join your cohorts on the table, if you would.
      Tony: Uh, this is difficult for me.
      Michael: Hey, I understand, we're all friends.
      Tony: No, I mean I can't physically; I can't get on the table.

    • Michael: People hate people that are different from them. That's natural, but you know what makes people forget their differences, a great show. That is why I created the integration celebration. This is the moment when Scranton and Stamford come together as one united in applause.

    • Kelly: Jim!
      Jim: Kelly.
      (they hug)
      Kelly: Oh, ho! Oh, my God, I have so much to tell you.
      Jim: Really?
      Kelly: Yes. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had a baby. And they named it Suri. And then Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, had a baby too and they named it Shiloh. And both babies are so (singsongy)amazing!
      Jim: Great. What's new with you?
      Kelly: (seriously)I just told you.

    • Michael: Let's face it, moving to a new job can be very stressful so I have made an orientation video especially for you newcomers but it's not like any orientation video that any of you have ever seen. It's funny. It's got a little bit of a zing to it and I hope that it gives you a flavor of what we're all about here at Dunder-Mifflin and what we're all about here in Scranton. So let's just all laugh together and watch...Lazy Scranton.

    • Andy: I'll be the number two guy here in Scranton in six weeks. How? Name repetition, personality mirroring and never breaking off a handshake. I'm always thinking one step ahead, like a…carpenter...that makes stairs.

    • Dwight: The Japanese camp guards of World War II always chose one man to kill whenever a new batch of new prisoners arrived. I always wondered how they chose the man who was to die. I think I would've been good at choosing the person.

    • Michael: My branch is absorbing the Stamford branch or, as I like to put it. My family is doubling in size. And that's all I'm gonna say about it because I have a gigantic performance ahead of me and I have to get into my head and focus. (deep breath)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The French episode title is "La fusion", the Spanish title is "La Fusión", and the Italian title is "La fusione", all exact translations.

    • Part of this episode's plot line involved the not so subtle placement of products in the TV episode. In the episode, Kevin went on and on about how good his new document shredder from Staples was.

      This same name, and again on Monday, two other NBC shows- 30 Rock and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip- had similar plot elements. For 30 Rock, the writers had a brief scene where they were talking about how good Snapple Ice Tea was, and in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the guys are resistant to the idea of the network insisting on using obvious product placement in their sketches.

    • This episode was aired over a 40-minute length, as opposed to its standard 30-minute length, along with other NBC programs My Name is Earl and 30 Rock.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The "Lazy Scranton" video of Michael and Dwight was a take-off of the Saturday Night Live short film "Lazy Sunday" which became a breakout comedy bit in 2005.

    • Michael's orientation video for Jim's first day had him recreating the famous "I am so scared" scene from The Blair Witch Project.

    • Michael says "'Can't we all just get along?' Or have we forgotten the words of the Reverend King?" attributing the quote to Martin Luther King Jr., but it was actually said by Rodney King after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

    • Michael says "They Punk'd us, they Punk'd us good", referring to the MTV show Punk'd, where practical jokes are staged.

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