The Office

Season 7 Episode 14

The Seminar

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 27, 2011 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Andy hopes to make some sales by hosting a business seminar, and one attendee makes Jim very uncomfortable. Michael tries to get a dejected Holly back into the improv spirit. Erin's frustrated at her inability to beat Gabe at Scrabble.

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  • Disappointing.

    Perhaps it's because I've become a bit unfairly biased towards Parks and Recreation, but The Office felt like a huge step down here this week. What happened to these characters? What happened to the writing? It was once fresh, original and laugh out loud funny, and besides Ricky Gervais' cameo appearance and Creed's speech to the seminar, I found nothing to enjoy here.

    The basic premise of the episode was that Andy's sales are doing bad this year, so he tries to hold a business seminar to attract some small businesses to join up with him. In theory, this should've been a great episode. I mean, we've seen what happens when Dunder Mifflin does seminars and whatnot with episodes like "Business School" and stuff, but boy, this one just felt ridiculous.

    First off, these characters are losing the appeal that made them so awesome in the first place. Where's that insane but professional Dwight Schrute? The charming Andy Bernard that didn't seem quite so bipolar as he does now? The lack of Erin, who is way too dumb to be working at an office.. where is the cute Jim and Pam moments? I don't know.. I'm just not feeling these characters the same way I used to. And sure, we get a nice ending by the time everything finishes up, but you can tell there's something strange about the way these episodes have been ending up.

    I did like the cold open with Ricky Gervais though, and I also liked Creed, Oscar and Kevin. Sometimes, the supporting cast far surpasses the lead cast, and this is just one huge example.moreless
  • 714

    Eh, it was only okay. Not a lot to write home about especially after all of NBC's laughable promos: "Watch so you wont have to hear about it tomorrow" Are you serious? The Office hasn't been a water-cooler show for three years, and not a lot happened here.

    Don't get me wrong, we did get some subtly funny moments, like Kelly's walk-in to the seminar. Creed was also very funny and I'm glad he's been getting more than one line lately. The Gabe & Erin stuff, kind of unimportant, but Oscar's reactions to Erin losing at Scrabble was pretty funny.

    The cameo by Ricky Gervais was probably the "big thing" everyone would be talking about the next day according to NBC but his appearance was misused. This show could have done a lot more with him, but not a lot was done other than "That's What She Said" joke. Jim's story was uninteresting. Fair episode overall, that offered some good moments, but definitely not enough to call this a "good" episode.moreless
  • this ep. was so funny!

    Well, it begins here, this is finally when Michael will see the new boss who is going to be Ricky Gervais (even though it was a small part to it at the cold opening, I think he will see Gervais again pretty soon). This episode was really good and I think this is where the conflicts to a lot of things will start.

    Andy gives a better DVD to Aaron than Gabe does (which to me) makes her think twice about dating Gabe. Michael seems like he is getting a little closerr with Holly. (even though at the very end Michael killed it by trying to kiss her which was hilarious). And like I said in the beginning of my review when Rickey Gervais will be the new boss instead of Michael after he leaves The Office.

    I'm definitely going to miss Michael soon and i bet everyone else will also, but I hope Gervais will be as good or better than Michael which he probably will since he created the show.moreless
Michael "Tuba" Heatherton

Michael "Tuba" Heatherton

Seminar Attendee

Guest Star

Janet Hoskins

Janet Hoskins


Guest Star

Kim Kim

Kim Kim

Seminar Attendee

Guest Star

Hugh Dane

Hugh Dane

Hank Tate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Andy's flyer for his business seminar includes neither any contact information (no phone number, email, or address) nor a date and time for the seminar.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • David Brent: Comedy is a place where the mind goes to tickle itself—that's what she said!

    • David Brent: I do characters, as well. I got a Chinese fella—not politically correct—but he's called Holy F(bleep). That's what it sounds like. Herro! Herro!

    • Pam: (watching Erin play Scrabble, reacting to Gabe's turn) K-A. KA? What does KA mean?
      Oscar: It means you're playing someone who's going to destroy you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Ricky Gervais' brief appearance in the cold-open was shot in complete secrecy when Ricky was in Hollywood in August 2010 for the Emmys. It was felt the whole series shouldn't go without Michael Scott and David Brent somehow meeting. It was hoped to keep it secret—even from NBC—until the episode aired (like happened when George Clooney appeared in Julianna Margulies' final starring ER appearance), but they feared it would be impossible in "the age of the Internet", so this was announced a week ahead of time.