The Office

Season 3 Episode 14

The Return

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Oscar returns from his vacation and ponders his future with the company, while Andy takes advantage of the current state of the office to make a move towards becoming Michael's number two.

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  • Two employees come back to Scranton

    This was a great follow up from the previous episode. I think this episode was even better then the last one and that's something. It was nice to see Oscar back. I like that Michael didn't make to much out of it. Granted it was because Andy was really following in Michael's footsteps, literally. I did like that Michael was getting annoyed by someone other then Dwight. You can see in the previous episode how Michael was getting annoyed by Andy. Speaking of Andy he did have my favorite line when he said I am going to get my Lost on. Something else made a comeback. The joking of Pam and Jim. They show no rust with a great joke on Andy. It was funny how as Jim was putting his cell phone in the roof and Pam was watching guard. As you know the joke goes too far and Andy goes over the edge. It's probably an iconic image of the series. It was also good that the producers did this. If Andy was kept on longer, I think people would've disliked Andy. The beginning of the show with Dwight going on interviews as pretty funny. Is it me or do you find it weird that Dwight got a job at one of Dunder-Mifflin competitors? It was nice of Michael to get Dwight back. It was kind of like when he made Dwight Assistant Regional Manager. I also enjoyed that Angela was actually nice to Oscar by inviting him to the Party Planning Committee. It was great how she went from crying to serious in a second when Kevin asked to join. I also enjoyed how party was not a big part of this episode. Another good part was Dwight thinking the party was planned for him. Yet another good part at the end when Karen asked Jim if she still had feelings for Pam and Jim didn't deny it all.

    Great episode with many laughs.moreless
  • 314

    A hilarious and eventful episode of The Office. Almost of all of this season I found myself wondering where Oscar was, then I finally remembered he left after Gay Witch Hunt." I certainly did miss him around the office, so it's nice to see that he's back. Andy being a complete stalker was absolutely hilarious, Michael's reaction times were hysterical, and I was so happy when Jim & Pam pulled a prank on him. We've got definite Karen/Jim/Pam development in this episode, when Karen asks Jim if he still has feelings for Pam, he says yes, and Karen walks out.

    So this is now just a waiting game, have Karen & Jim broke up? Even though this episode did bring us some relationship drama, it also brought hilarity and eventfulness. Angela confesses about where Dwight was, so Dwight comes back in the end, and Andy gets sent to anger management when he puts his fist through a wall, which by the way, was the best moment in this episode.

    Overall, and eventful entertaining episode, can't wait for the next one.moreless
  • It could have been better.

    Andy really got on my nerves in this episode, and it looks like he got on everyone else's also. It was nice to finally see Oscar again, but why was he on vacation for so long? It would have been nice to know that. The funniest parts were with Dwight in Staples and Jim playing with Andy's phone. I was very surprised when Jim said he still have feelings for Pam. I predict that Karen will quit and Andy will be fired. I really don't want to see him in the next episode. Hearing him sing Zombie was painful. Glad to have Dwight back, but if Angela would have kissed him in front of everyone, that would have made my day.moreless
  • classic

    This episode is definitely in my top 5 favorite episodes. Everyone thinks that traveling salesman is better than this but i strongly disagree. This was definitely my favorite episode of the superb season 3. Andy was hilarious in this episode and michael avoiding him and hiding behind the door had me rolling around on the floor with laughter. There also were subtle moments of humor. Like that seen where michael comes to get dwight from staples. The music in the background, michaels disheveled hair, its all so perfect and makes the scene that much more funny. and jim and pam were great this episode. Just all around loved itmoreless
  • In this episode Dwight is gone and Michael misses him already. Andy drives everyone crazy with his annoying suck up attitude and his stupid cell phone ring, which would actually be pretty cool to have, which leads to the funniest prank on the show.moreless

    In my opinion this episode was by far the funniest one yet this season. Although it does have its competition, I just love The Return. Last episode Dwight left so he could keep him and Angela a secret but now Michael realizes how much Dwight always did for him and instantly begins to miss him. So what does Michael do? He goes looking for Dwight of course, in hopes to bring him back. Meanwhile, Jim takes Andy's cell phone and hides it up in the ceiling above him to drive him crazy every time the phone rings. Andy ends up flipping out and putting a hole in the wall... its a must see!!moreless
Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Staples employee

Guest Star

Eric Christie

Eric Christie


Guest Star

Susie Geiser

Susie Geiser


Guest Star

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Karen Filippelli

Recurring Role

Ed Helms

Ed Helms

Andy Bernard

Recurring Role

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Michael is about to leave to go bring Dwight back to the office, Andy invites Michael to watch a Cornell-Hofstra football game with him that weekend, even though college football ends its regular season before New Year's.

    • NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly had a brief cameo appearance. He played Dwight's first interviewer. Reilly was a strong supporter of The Office during its first season despite low ratings.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Angela: Oscar? I have a question. Would you like to join the party planning committee?
      Oscar: The committee with all the women?
      Angela: Yeah.
      Oscar: Because I'm gay?
      Angela: No. No. (Kevin laughs) Certain events have transpired. And I've thought about certain things. And I'm sorry for the way those certain events transpired. (starts to cry) And I would just like to make some changes about certain things and certain situations.
      Oscar: OK, OK, OK, all right, all right. I'll join. I'd love to. That's—thank you.
      Angela: Thank you.
      Kevin: Can I join, too?
      Angela: Never.

    • Oscar: Hey, where's Dwight?
      Creed: You didn't hear? Decapitated. Whole big thing. We had a funeral for a bird.
      Jim: I'm pretty sure none of that's real.
      Creed: You're not real, man!

    • (After Michael and Dwight arrive to the office party)
      Michael: Not bad, huh?
      Dwight: You did this for me?
      ("Welcome back, Oscar" can be read behind them)
      Michael: Guilty.

    • Andy: You, me, bar, beers, buzzed. Wings, shots, drunk. Waitresses, hot. Football, Cornell/Hofstra, slaughter. Then quick nap at my place, and we hit the tizzown.
      Michael: No, I don't want to do any of that.
      Andy: Duh, which is why I was joking about doing it.
      Michael: Would you stop, stop, just stop doing it? You're going to drive me crazy.
      Andy: Fine, I'll just go sit at my desk and be quiet. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship.

    • Oscar: Why don't you have me riding in on a donkey, into the office, like Pepe?
      Michael: Ah, a burro, of course. If Oscar wants a donkey, let's get him one.

    • Phyllis: Dwight had a big personality and I have a big personality, and a lot of times, when two people like that get together, it can be explosive.

    • Michael: So maybe you should come back. You should come back. Please.
      Dwight: I don't want to do your laundry anymore.
      Michael: We can talk about that.

    • Jim: Hey, Ryan.
      Ryan: What?
      Jim: Do you want to pull a prank on Andy?
      Ryan: Not right now, but ask me again ten years ago.
      Jim: I liked you better as the temp.
      Ryan: Me, too.

    • Dwight: For your convenience, I've broken it down into three parts: professional résumé, athletic and special skills résumé, and Dwight Schrute trivia.

    • Dwight: How would I describe myself? Three words: Hardworking, Alpha Male, Jackhammer, Merciless, Insatiable.

    • Oscar: Hey, everyone.
      Kevin: Oh, hello, Oscar. How was your gay-cation?
      Oscar: That's very funny.
      Kevin: Yeah? I thought of that, like, two seconds after you left.

    • Michael: Love that Andy right? Solid fellow. Seems smart enough, likes me a lot. A lot, too much, like a crazy person, a little. Not super crazy, just…there's something about him that creeps me out, I can't really explain it. He's always up in my bidness, which is Ebonics for "being in my face and annoying the bejesus out of me". I don't understand how someone can have so little self-awareness.

    • Michael: Have any of you talked to Dwight?
      Stanley: Oh, sure, we talk all the time.
      Michael: Really?
      Stanley: No. (Stanley smiles)
      Michael: Don't do that. That's not nice. (turns to Phyllis) What about you, Phyllis? You and Dwight were close?
      Phyllis: No, sorry.

    • (Karen sits next to Jim)
      Jim: Hey.
      Karen: (sighs) Do you still have feelings for her?
      Jim: (long pause)Yes.
      (Karen gets up and walks away)

    • (Michael in confessional)
      Michael: It takes a big man to admit his mistake and that's what I did. The important thing is I learned something. I don't want somebody sucking up to me because they think I'm going to help their career. I want them sucking up to me because they genuinely love me. (smiles at the camera) Hmm.

    • Co-worker: (referring to Dwight) I don't like him, his giant head, or his beady little eyes. That's all I got to say on the matter.

    • Michael: (to Oscar) Your gayness does not define you. Your Mexicanness is what defines you to me. (to group) And I think we should celebrate Oscar's Mexicanity. So Phyllis, I want you to go find some firecrackers and a chihuahua. Pam, in the frozen food section Swanson makes a delightful chimichanga.

    • Jim: I miss Dwight. Congratulations universe, you win.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The French episode title is "Le retour de Dwight", meaning "Dwight Returns". The Italian title is "A volte tornano", meaning "Sometimes They Return". The Spanish title is "El regreso", an exact translation.

    • The original title of this episode was "Oscar's Return".

    • Music: "Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day, "Zombie" by The Cranberries, sung Andy; "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes; "La Cucaracha"


    • When Michael goes to Staples to invite Dwight back to Dunder Mifflin, the whole scene is reminiscent of the final scene in An Officer and a Gentleman when Richard Gere goes back to the factory to pick up Debra Winger. Even the music playing in the background is the Muzak version of "Up Where We Belong" which was playing in the background of the same scene of the movie.

    • Andy and the Tuna

      Andy sings his song about working with Jim to the tune of "Benny and the Jets", a hugely popular 1973 song by Bernie Taupin and Elton John.

    • The great sportscaster that bit something that Michael Scott is referring to is Marv Albert, the former voice of the New York Knicks and the NBA on NBC. He is the current voice of the New Jersey Nets. Albert became the focus of a media frenzy in 1997, when he went on trial for felony charges of forcible sodomy, which involved the alleged repeated biting of a female sex partner.