The Office

Season 6 Episode 3

The Promotion

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Jim quickly learns the downside of management after he informs the staff that there's not enough money for everyone to get a COLA raise, including Dwight trying to rally everyone against him. Pam pushes for cash instead of traditional wedding gifts.

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  • Time to rise up

    But not in this episode. Similar to the previous episodes, a funny start to the episode. And like the other episodes before it in this season, it fell flat. I don't know what it was but something wasn't clicking. A storyline with Jim and Michael in a room together would be full of laughs but in this episode it was like I was trying to laugh. The weirdness and awkwardness something normally this show thrives on was just that awkward and weird. Seeing Jim struggle with the decision was understandable but I wish it was done in a more funny way. I wish he would've done his original choice and then another storyline would've happened. I also didn't that Dwight tried to stage a coup against Jim. Another thing I didn't like was that Jim or Pam never found about this and tried to play a prank against Dwight. (Yes that's a spoiler but it's not a big one) I also wish a decisive decision would've been made. The comment that Oscar made on two leaders was funny. The delivery was great and you get more of this in bits and pieces in the series. What saved this episode from being rated lower was the ending. It was nice to see Michael to try help Jim with the raise problem. You got to see why maybe Michael takes so long to make decision when he was boss. I also thought the ending was a reference to season 4 when Jim was in charge when Michael went to the woods.moreless
  • Standard Office Excellence

    Normally I pause The Office a few times a show because the Michael Character aggravates me because in real life most of the time the biggest moron does get the management position because Higher Up management tries to protect their own job so they don't want a quality intelligent person in lower management on the way up. This episode was not a pauser, great from front to back, more great one liners from Creed and a real issue arises and Jim's "thought process" is exposed. Although Michael is a moron, Michael has experience and Jim obviously does not. Michael's solution was the correct one, give everyone a small amount. Jim's idea was too thought out and was going to cause a revolt in the non-salesman camps. The problem both Michael and Jim face is that they are under the assumption that they want to continue being friends with these people. Your boss is your boss and your friends are your friends. You cannot be good friends with your boss and both of them need to learn that in order to function properly. Anywho, I love the show and this was another in a long line of great shows from the Office.moreless
  • 603

    A really underrated episode of The Office, why isn't this episode rated an 8.8 at least? It doesn't make much sense to me that the premiere can be rated higher than this episode. This episode was just a delight to watch, and the last episode was too. Who knows, maybe season 6 is finding it's footing? I laughed almost all the way through this episode.

    Not only that, it was a very interesting and intriguing episode of The Office. I was actually excited to see the result of who was going to get a raise. Michael didn't act like a complete idiot like he usually does and actually acted like a boss, and we even got a sense of emotion with Michael giving Jim the "World's Best Boss" mug, a running gag since episode one.

    The whole office after Michael & Jim was just hilarious, the group dynamic was absolutely amazing. Pam is actually getting some redemption, she's doing really good, and this episode proved that. Asking money for the wedding, hilarious. Another great season 6 installment.moreless
  • 3 for 3 in the consistency factor

    The Office is remaining consistent with great episodes. Dwight running back and forth between the now promoted Jims office and Michaels office to complain about Jim made me laugh out loud instantly, especially after Dwights cut scene about wrestling when Erin tells him to keep it down!

    Jim and Michael created were enjoyable to watch as Jim took on a different role in the office as a co-manager. The sub plot with Pam wasn't that exciting while she tried to ask for money from the other employees in the office. I thought it took the funny out of the episode although it made the parts with Michael and Jim with Wallace have a rivalry over how to run the office as a cooperative.moreless
  • It takes two to tango, but all fall down when there are two bosses to any office.

    Jim and Michael both hold two completely different prospects into running the office, which caused them to crash dramatically especially when it came to making the tough decisions.

    What I found most amusing was that I actually believed that Jim was trying to help and not completely take over. Although there were some times where Jim wished he were the only boss, it was only because he believed that his method would work to making the office a more efficient place.

    Sadly he was most mistaken. Over the years, Michael has been the Charismatic boss; a people pleaser who would back down the second he thought that someone didn't like him.

    In one day Jim actually believed that taking an Autocratic approach, things could actually change. What makes this storyline intriguing is that it reflects our everyday lifestyle in the workplace, but on a more human-less-comedic manner.

    Jim failed to realize that the people in the office had grown so accustomed to Michael's people favor ways-unable to ever deliver bad news, that they couldn't even sit back and listen to who was in charge. In a typical work day my boss would announce some cut backs in wages to meet the lower profit margins; you would have one or two complaints but that does nothing at the end of the day-what the boss says goes.

    Which is why I found it surprising when Jim and Michael hid away from the oddly annoyed workers. No one wants to be the deliverer of bad news.

    There are many times I thought back to the earlier seasons from 'The Office' and would notice how Jim interacted with Michael; that was the first time they were on the same level of authority and Michael was the one advising him on how the job is done. At the end of the day, we really didn't know what their decision was.


    Ryan: "Question for you would you guys rather have a hundred dollars now or five thousand dollars a year from now".

    Maybe Pam should have stock to her first decision, at least the hundred is guaranteed.

    Jim: "Michael is my only friend left in the office, except Pam-I think"

    Michael: "Just Pretend we're not here"

    Dwight: "People are starting to notice how terrible Jim is. It's great eventually they'll rise up and revolt. My only hope is that they do it sooner rather than later..."


    Dwight soiling Jim and Michael's, put a bead on who you think best deserves a raise, plan.

    I wonder if Jim didn't place one on Pam really because Pam really didn't do much, sadly she was just the secretary.

    Michael and Jim's final scene.

    Lexa Reviews


    Four Stars

    Grade B-


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There is now a new office built for Jim. It is in the far corner (on the other side of the conference room, where Creed's desk use to be). Creed now sits where Ryan use (across from Meredith) to and Pam now sits where Jim use to. As of this episode, it hasn't shown where Ryan's new desk is.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jim: I've been studying Michael for years and I've condensed what I've learned into this chart (pulls out pie graph): "How Michael Spends His Time". As you can see, we have 'Procrastinating' and 'Distracting Others', and this tiny sliver here is 'Critical Thinking'. I made it bigger, so that you could see it.

    • Dwight: People are starting to notice how terrible Jim is. It's great. Eventually, they'll rise up in revolt. My only hope is that they do it sooner rather than later. If the people here were our founding fathers, the Revolutionary War would have been delayed ten years: because Stanley Washington was napping, and Phyllis Hancock was still signing the Declaration, and Kevin Jefferson was distracted by a butterfly.

    • Pam: It's awkward asking people for money, but we could really use it. Why doesn't Crate&Barrel let you register for a toaster full of cash?

  • NOTES (1)