The Office

Season 7 Episode 15

The Search

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

An emergency with CeCe forces Jim to abandon Michael at a gas station—without his phone or wallet—and Holly, Erin, and Dwight scour Scranton to find him. Gabe becomes offended when submissions to caption Pam's latest work of art insult Sabre.

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  • A surprisingly nice episode of The Office

    This will likely be the first and last time you'll hear me write about how The Office was better than Parks this season, but it happened.. This episode started off a little shaky, but it ended up finding its heart halfway through it, and instead of getting a series of random scenes that seemed way too over the top, we got three separate plots that dove-tailed nicely into one another.

    It's obvious that Michael and Holly would get together eventually, and I'm not one hundred percent sure if I like how easily they made it for them to reunite, but there's no denying that those two make a great couple.. the little skit about "Fanny Smellmore" and "Orville Tootinbacher" was great and captures their relationship perfectly. The ending was a touching one, even if it was predictable.

    And at the office, the plot involving Pam's drawing being used in a caption contest was actually pretty great. Usually, the show has a problem with making all the plots interesting, especially lately, but there was some awesome moments here. Just about every caption that the group came up with, whether it was involving the drawing, Sabre or Gabe, was pitch-perfect, and Creed's reaction to Oscar's caption was typical Creed (and how great was it to see his picture in the chinese restaurant near the end holding a sign that says "Thief?" Perfect Creed moment here, and it didn't even require any words).

    The only thing I really didn't like was the cold open. Ryan actually used to be a respectable character, and over time, he's been made into this awful parody of himself. So lame. And what's up with Jim's one scene per episode before disappearing. I don't really understand that. But those are just minor complaints. For the most part, this episode succeeds, and I'm glad, because lately, I've been feeling disappointed by the episodes.moreless
  • 715

    A great episode of The Office, this season has had it's highs and lows, but when it does have it's highs, it really goes all out, just like this episode. Holly & Michael are finally together again after 3 years of not being together. The final scene made me realize what a colossal moment it was and we just got a heartwarming ending.

    Okay, so the search itself was a bit over the top, but everyone was quite hilarious here. Also the caption contest was another funny plot. For some reason, ever since this show returned, Jim has been in the sidelines, and he hasn't really made me laugh since the Christmas episode.

    Loved the subtle humor with the picture of Creed in the restaurant. Also I'm warming up to Erin, she's been really funny as of late, and I like her weird friendship with Michael. Great eventful episode overall.moreless
Jesse Mackey

Jesse Mackey


Guest Star

Amy Heidt

Amy Heidt

Cell Phone Service Vendor

Guest Star

Ben Wang

Ben Wang


Guest Star

Linda Purl

Linda Purl


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Erin: Holly is ruining Michael's life. He thinks she's so special, and she's so not. Her personality is, like, a 3. Her sense of humor is a 2. Her ears are, like, a 7 and a 4. Add it all up, and what do you get? 16. And he treats her like she's a perfect 40. It's nuts!

    • Holly: Why is it such a certainty that we're supposed to be together?
      Michael: Why does the sun rise in the morning? Why do magnets stick together? Because everybody says so.

    • Michael: What do you do with the hot dogs that you don't sell?
      Vendor: Throw 'em away.
      Michael: Well, okay, instead of throwing them all away later, why don't you just throw one away now… into my mouth?

    • Andy: Oh, it is on! Like Genghis Khan wearing Sean John in Bhutan!

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