Tonight: LECTURE CIRCUIT PART 1 Written by Mindy Kaling. Michael (Steve Carell) goes on a speaking tour of the other branches to explain Scranton’s relative success, accompanied by his driver, Pam (Jenna Fischer). Back at the office, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) — now the heads of the party planning committee — forget a birthday, with severe consequences. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) falls for someone he should not.Again I ask: is Oscar Andy’s new romantic conquest? Tonight’s episode sees the return of Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli.
Next Thursday: LECTURE CIRCUIT PART 2 Written by Mindy Kaling. Michael (Steve Carell) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) continue their tour of the branches with Michael taking a lesson from their visit to Utica. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) struggle to fulfill their new party planning duties with a grumpy staff. Angela’s (Angela Kinsey) new cat causes a stir.
Airdate Unknown: BLOOD DRIVE Written by Brent Forrester.Scenes deleted from “Prince Family Paper”: These clips suggest Oscar may not be Andy’s next conquest: Scenes deleted from the Super Bowl episode, “Stress Relief”:
Feb. 5, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST
So common for them to just ram it together. Nice to have it breathe a little, and hopefully have us excitedly seeing how stuff wraps up.
Feb. 5, 2009, 4:40 a.m. CST
In widescreen? Pan and scan? Does anyone have any info on that. American Office is getting stale, but still great, I s'pose. Anyone seen Office: A XXX parody?
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
I think that they should start including the deleted scenes in the actual show until we tell them otherwise because that third one is f'n hysterical.
Feb. 5, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST
I am going to be a very angry panda. I hate it when sitcoms jerk the viewer around like that. No more freaking Friends for the love of god. If you're going to get a pair together, get them together. If not, don't let them get together again. I guess like the original Office. But that would really be depressing at this point. It's not Six Feet Under for Christ's sake.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST
My prediction is that we will learn very quickly after we first see Karen that Jim is not the father, and it's not really even a possibility. It's these just to make people uncomfortable and have Michael utter the outrageous comment he makes in the commercial.<p>Possibly, we'll learn she's a single mother and Jim will feel bad for her. But that's not part of my prediction. I figured I'd try this again, cuz I still enjoy the fact that long ago I predicted Dwight would save Jim from the Roy-attack.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST
...mostly because in the description it says that Andy falls for somebody he "should not". I think NBC would be careful enough not to imply that it would be wrong for Andy to fall for a gay man.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST
Maybe Jan shows up and Andy decides he loves her?
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST
I would have thought that was impossible until last Sunday's episode. Look at Andy's face when Michael says calls him as gay as Oscar (or something.) It has more of a "do they know?" look on it then a "I'm so offended" look.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST
Andy falls for Jan and all her kinkyness.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST
They did get rather close, but I don't think that someone he "should not" get involved with would be Oscar just because of his gender.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST
?? They knew each other from the other office...
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST
They set this up months ago.
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST
either falls for Angela again or someone who isn't a regular. Like Toby's ex-wife or Stanley's wife or something. Toby's ex-wife would have the best comedic potential, I really liked when he was jealous over Pam.
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST
it is Jennifer Celotta's long awaited Schrute family member. I guess not, but I need more Schrutes!
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST
Stanley's daughter, the 8th grader whose picture Michael creepily admitted to enjoying.
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
And please don't make Andy gay. Oscar's the bomb and all, but come on people. Feels like this show is spinning its wheels. Still funny, but stagnant. Could they possibly have chosen to start a rift caused by Jim's conversation w/ Pam's Dad over the Pam at school w/ that other guy digging her storyline?
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST
by James Westfall
'Til then fuck you Office.
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST
Finchy has thrown a kettle over a pub, what has Packer done?
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST
Is that thing any good? I see it at the PSN store. Is it animated or just the stills that pan around? I have the GN but didn't know if the MC was worth a purchase...
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST
Angela is a hot-tay
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST
You can buy a single episode on itunes to see if you like it. Me, I thought it was a cool idea fatally ruined by having one (male) narrator do all the voices.
Feb. 5, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST
is it animated or cheap ass flash?
Feb. 5, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST
by Bass Bastardson
Was a great episode. The best in a while.
Feb. 5, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST
And I think Andy is going to fall for Phyllis.
Feb. 5, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST
than the episode after the Super Bowl. That was truly a terrible unfunny mess. If the expression "jumped the shark" has any meaning at all, then that episode falls squarely within its parameters. It was comedy by spectacle (in other words "comedy for children") and I can't remember even one funny line from the whole thing. Not to mention Dwight went from eccentric to completely insane. And it wasn't particularly funny to watch.
Feb. 5, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST
Hey, no talkback for ER? I haven't watched in years, but I'll be tuning in for William H. Macy's return tonight. Oh, and Sometimes I Guess: I agree that the post-Super-Bowl Office wasn't very good, but Stanley's "I feel like I'm working in my own coffin" line made me laugh out loud. There's the "one funny line" but I can't think of a second one!
Feb. 5, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST
Was Darryl's "What's his name?" Also "Did I stutter?" even if it was shown as a flashback of sorts. And it doesn't count as a funny line, but the camera panning over to Kelly's dance was funny as all hell. Kelly has replaced Creed as the most comedically reliable supporting character on the show, in my little opinion.
Feb. 5, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST
When the NFL featured Flight 1549 Captain "Sully" Sullenberger on the field, I thought, whiten his hair, let him grow out a walrus stache, and viola, Macy could play Capt Sullenebrger.
Feb. 5, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST
I love that Creed's real name is Creed. I like to think that he's not actually acting.
Feb. 5, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST
on Kelly's positioning as the go-to character for supporting. Her "I was raped" comment earlier this season had me in fits.
Feb. 5, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST
Creed's finest moment is still when he referred to Angela as "Andrea, the office bitch" and then introduced himself to Meredith, who he had worked with for years. Second place is when he was told that Jim had a crush on Pam and he said "Ooohhh! Which one is Pam?"
Feb. 5, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST
Is when he was staring at Pam in her new blouse. Pam: "Can I help you with something?" Creed: "Just looking."
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST
whatever the opposite of your post is...that's how I feel.
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST
there's no way to choose! his entire klepto storyline in the casino episode? "the last man to steal from me ended up dead. his name? Creed Bratton." "he has no wallet, I checked." his recitation of various prescription drugs to Meredith in the hospital.<p>so funny! he's always the best part!
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST
there's a deleted scene in season2 - in the booze cruise ep i think, he plays guitar - then talks about touring with Joplin and the Doors in the 60's as a member of the Grass Roots - they show pictures, because HE REALLY DID THIS! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grass_Roots
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST
is when Michael introduces him to the kids in Take Your Kid to Work Day. Michael says, "This is Creed. He's in charge of....something." Creed answers, "That...is correct."
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST
Banged two chicks at once...walked around the office all day with his pants off...either took a dump on Michael's carpet or took a dump and then transported it to Michael's carpet...explained in stunning detail what separate but equal means and how it applies to bachelor/bachelorette parties going on at the same time...Packer needs to come back for sure. The most infuriating thing ever was a while back David Koechner guest starring on Kath and Kim, which is an utterly steaming pile of crap. PUT HIM ON THE OFFICE!
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST
than most of the stuff in the actual episode that aired? The defibrulator stuff had me cracking up. Especially the Toby part.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST
Mindy Kaling wrote the episode, after all.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST
I was paraphrasing the BBC version with the "what has he ever done" line, but thanks for the answer. I do love Packer, but I love to HATE Chris Finch, which makes him better in my eyes.
Feb. 5, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST
"Ken also directed the episode that is airing this week - "Lecture Circuit". It is my favorite of the year! The folks at corporate send Michael on a business trip to the various branches of Dunder-Mifflin where he is to perform sales training seminars. Pam goes along as his assistant. They go to Karen's branch and Pam and Karen see one another for the first time since Jim and Karen broke up. Ahhhh! So awesome! The episode was so great that was turned into a two-parter!" <p> Looks like Pam was happy to get out of the office ;)
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST
bah, it looks like its not an ach story<p> No angels, just critter of the week<p> Still better than 80% of whats on tv though
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST
I looked it up. Seriously, a group of turtles is a called a bale. Make your own jokes like I'm doing!
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST
look like turds and rocks.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST
Mounds bars, lol.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST
and breaking the fourth wall like that....that was different. <p> I'm still chuckling at Dwight's party favor attempts. It was like rocks, turds and toilet paper...god.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST
sitting in a tree, C-H-A-R-L-I-E
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
Sucks to have to wait till next week for something we easily could have seen tonight. Solid ep, and the Andy stuff was great as always.
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u7dJXDhOjc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ju6r6t26Jg&feature=related
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST
Feb. 5, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST
...REALLY needs to play Superman. Like for realsies.
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST
I've enjoyed this season although I don't think it's been the strongest season by any stretch. I liked the Super Bowl episode too but this was the best ep of the year by far. Starting to wonder why both parts of "Lecture Circuit" didn't just air after the superbowl.
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST
Feb. 5, 2009, 9:55 p.m. CST
I want to go to there
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST
oh....and MINI MOUNDS BARS!
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST
oh....and MINI MOUNDS BARS!
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST
throwback to Ryan's business class episode. Like it went over so well the first time. Oh Micheal.
Feb. 5, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST
i just got chills.
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST
"It is your birthday" was their best joke in a while. Can't wait to see Holly next week.
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST
And Pam seemed herself again finally.
Feb. 6, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST
That is EXACTLY the reaction I had. Hopefully, somebody from Warners was watching and thought the same thing.
Feb. 6, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST
...when he was on his "date" with Liz, AND wearing those glasses, I actually said out loud (to an empty room, no less) that THAT'S FUCKING CLARK KENT.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST
The best. <br><br>And it was funnier than the Super Bowl ep, too.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:05 a.m. CST
This will determine if you are cool or not.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST
People gotta make money sir! By the way, I am usually drunk when I post on this site.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST
I love you. I love you. I love you. More than Pam. But I like Pam and Jim together more. Weird? Probably. I love you Rashida. I love you.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST
The episode was great. One of the funniest ones in recent history. Cliffhanger was parallel to LOST proportion! And why is there never a 30 Rock talkback? Why don't we just combine The Office and 30 Rock TBs? I feel its like the same audience. DRAPER on 30 Rock gives me the giggles. I hope he becomes a huge star one day.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST
And I hope Holly comes back around the same time Stringer Bell is introduced. The Wire needs a cast reunion dammit.
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST
Now I'm going to have to waste half of my workday trying to find a picture of you hanging with the Manson Family.
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST
were there previews for next week or something? 30 Rock was goddamn hilarious with the Spanish soap opera stuff.
Feb. 6, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST
"shirty, baldy, mole, lazy eye, Mexico, sugarboobs, black woman"
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST
I just love deranged Liz Lemon.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST
I think we actually saw Dunder-Miflin most realistic corporate decision. They obviously didn't send Michael to Nashua simply because Holly is there. Who'd have thought the worst decision on that trip would come from Pam?<p>I also loved Dwight randomly guessing Kelly's age with a range of more than ten years. And incompetent Jim is fun to watch. Of course, no men should be in charge of party planning. And finally, Dwight's almost-defense of Jim because he's Kelly's superior is great.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST
I love deranged Liz Lemon and happy Liz Lemon and sad Liz Lemon and drunk Liz Lemon and...
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST
I believe this answers your question http://tinyurl.com/2rodzl
Feb. 6, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST
had a mini Wire reunion. Apart from Daniels who is part of the cast, Frank Sobotka and Chris also made an appearance.
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
Black Woman. I rewound that bit 10 times. So freakin hilarious.
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
it's as if they put him in those glasses just to make us nerds who have been calling for him as Superman drool. Hopefully somewhere out there that opened some eyes.
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
Its become apparent to me that the writers of the show really don't care what the fans find funny. To be honest I need more Darryl... more Jim and Dwight interactions... and for christ's sakes bring back Holly because the Holly and Michael rap was freakin priceless.
Feb. 6, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST
topfivevideo is right, more Darryl is always a good thing. His "what's his name?" bit last week was great, and his interactions with Michael are always gold. I wasn't really high on Holly's rap, but I do love everything else she's done on the show, and she's flippin hot to boot. Dinkin Flicka topfivevideo, Dinkin Flicka.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
by Quin the Eskimo
as co-heads of the party planning committee was a great way to put a spin on a stalling antagonist relationship. <p> Best line "Did I call for an approximation!."
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST
If she speaks in her native Brit, her all the way.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST
I actually have a tattoo of Isla Fisher on my leg. Well, I used a picture of her as the basis for a pin-up portrait. It's not her because it's HER, it's her because it was a hot picture.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST
I am actually a member of our departments "fun team". And every little thing does become a giant pissing contest.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST
The original picture: http://tinyurl.com/atx454 and the tattoo version: http://tinyurl.com/c6z4wc (the hand you can't see is holding a box if popcorn)
Feb. 6, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST
Dinkin Flicka, You braveheart, my friend.
Feb. 6, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST
We're going Mach Five
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST
Chris Partlow?! If Snoop was on it too then I think I'd keel over and die.
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST
by Jack Burton
The season has dragged but this was like old times again. The Jim/Dwight interactions were more like the old days, and Dwight was more clueless and crass rather than downright psychotic (like in the Superbowl episode). The decorations for the party were hilarious, and I had to rewind it when Pam threw the Almond Joys because I was laughing so hard at her total lack of expression. Hopefully part 2 can match this one.
Feb. 6, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST
was anybody else's first thought that it was his daughter? And that Andy was going to make the same mistake that Ryan did?
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST
Not only did I think that when I saw it, but it was one of my predictions for who the crush would be! I gave myself a "Nailed it," Andy style...then I realized it wasn't her. We all know the Nard-Dog has a thing for high school girls, so it wouldn't have been such a leap, but I don't know if NBC would let them get away with the pedo thing twice.
Feb. 6, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST
Feb. 6, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST
While Andy's tale made for the most "uncomfortable" scenes on this show in a long time, I love how after Stanley yelled at him, he yelled right back. Even he's got more backbone than Ryan. Though that was pre-corporate douche Ryan.
Feb. 6, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST
...I couldn't watch. It was so cringe-worthy.
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST
First season was good, second season decent, third season whatever, since then just BAD. The joke has been told, we all get it, move along.<br><br> BBC version is MUCH better than the US version.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8 p.m. CST
GOT ANNOYING YEARS AGO.
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST
You're point is moot. Moot, I say. If you would like to compare both S1 & 2 of either series...I'm all for it. But the US version has, not maybe "progressed" but "expanded", for good or bad, and trying to compaare the two at this point is like comparing apples to the the guy who sucks your dick.
Feb. 6, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST
two best lines in the best episode this season!<p>Good for Pam: time and half, twenty-four hours a day, for three days!!
Feb. 7, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST
I'm going to wish on them Dwight's party planning. That will show them...
Feb. 8, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
by Dapper Swindler
"Are you trying to hurt my feelings? Because if so, you're succeeding. Fortunately my feelings regenerate at twice the speed of a normal man's."
Feb. 9, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST
His remark about how Season 1 was the best indicates he doesn't really watch the show. Really? Season 1? 6 episodes? The first one which was a shot for shot remake of the original pilot? Sure, the other five episodes were pretty funny (diversity day, the alliance, and basketball). But really? Those episodes compared to the caliber of season 2? REALLY?