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2.03 Office Olympics
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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 2 : Episode 3
  • First aired on October 4, 2005
  • Written by Michael Schur
  • Directed by Paul Feig

This is a shared wall. Neighbor throws his wife into the wall. Plasma screen hits the floor, totally smashed.

Feb 21st 2006

Did this episode include the first reference to Vance Refrigeration, when a Vance employee was the first person to come off the elevator (thereby giving Ryan the gold medal, which he heartlessly threw away minutes later?)

Feb 21st 2006

Wow P.W.J.--I do believe you're right. The next time is when we actually meet Bob Vance at the Christmas party, correct?

"So, Bob....what line of work are you in?"

For that line, I'll forgive Ryan for throwing away Pam's medal. Just barely.

Feb 21st 2006

I'll forgive Ryan too -- and here's why. He doesn't want to be part of the culture of the office, and, let's be honest here, outside the office that medal wasn't worth...um...the foil it was printed on.

I don't blame him for not wanting to be "part" of that office...I mean, Dwight and Michael are there, ya know? Fun to watch, but to experience? Not so much.

May 22nd 2006

Anyone else notice during the closing ceremonies, Kevin has his left hand over his chest for the national anthem?

Jun 20th 2006

I love this episode because it might be one of the first times the writers let us see just how like-minded Jim and Pam are. They both dive right into the excitement of having an office olympics and even make up fake names like Flonkerton and construct paper doves and medals out of yogurt lids. No one else really puts forth effort and when everyone starts discarding their medals after Michael and Dwight return, both Jim and Pam are visibly crushed that the "fun" is over. Until JAM plots the closing ceremonies.

I somehow get the feeling that if Roy were there, he would have thought what they were doing was stupid and a waste of time.

Jim and Pam were playful in The Fire as well, organizing Desert Island, etc...and messing with Dwight's head. Until Roy came over and was a bit of a buzzkill.

Then in The Client, Pam initiates the table reading of Michael's movie script and actually CHOOSES to stay at work late and goof off with Jim as opposed to leaving work with Roy.

Just another example of how brilliant the writers are at providing subtle moments that show us just how wrong Roy is for Pam and how good Jim and she are together.

Jun 20th 2006 edited

I somehow get the feeling that if Roy were there, he would have thought what they were doing was stupid and a waste of time.

Excellent points, Dump Roy. Another example is the Jinx game that Jim and Pam play in 'Drug Testing'. I can't imagine Roy being willing to play like Jim did. I'd love to see a scene in season 3 where Pam & Roy are together and say the same thing at the same time. Pam says "Jinx buy me a coke" to which Roy rolls his eyes and says, "yeah right"......and we see the disappointment on Pam's face.

Jun 22nd 2006

wait, how does Michael's house have a shared wall if the houses are so far apart?

Jun 22nd 2006

From memory, TWSS, I thought it was a condo (looked like a multi-unit deal in "Halloween").

Coincidentally, the night this show first aired last October, both Michael and I were making our first real estate deals simultaneously. I signed the contract for my current abode in my realtor's car in a parking lot during the show. Yikes!

Jun 22nd 2006

when we saw Michael giving his "grandkids" speech, the houses seemed separate.

Jun 22nd 2006 edited

TWSS: They are duplexes. Right before he gives the "grandkids" speech the camera pans over a bit to show a second garage next to his. You can also see that all the other houses are duplexes.

Jun 22nd 2006 edited

The joke about the neighbor throwing his wife against the wall wouldn't work unless they were adjoining buildings, so I give the writers the benefit of the doubt.

Not that I'm endorsing spousal abuse, but there was something oddly appropriate about Dwight voicing that thought. I had to laugh at the matter-of-fact, Dragnet tone he had in his voice when he brought that up.

I like this episode, but I don't think it's on par with the more memorable episodes.

Jun 22nd 2006 edited

TWSS, just a little bit toward the duplex point - remember when Dwight tells Michael that he shouldn't put his plasma TV on the wall because it's a "common wall" and when the neighbor decides to put his girlfriend (or wife - I can't recall) through the wall the plasma will hit the floor, etc...

Okay. I just read the post above mine...duh, me.

Jun 23rd 2006 edited

Michael tearing up while standing on the "podium" is incredibly funny yet poignant. He is so clueless as to what is going on but yet so touched...best moment of the episode for me.

And Pam's doves rock.

Jun 23rd 2006 edited

I loved how Dwight totally manipulated Michael after Michael "offered" to have Dwight rent out a room. It was really quite sneaky the way he just annoyed Michael until Michael rescinded his offer.

"Ummm .. Question"

Did anyone else notice the slight eye-roll and head shake that Dwight gave to the camera when Michael thought an aquarium and terrarium were the same thing?

Jun 23rd 2006

Being the astute reader that I am, it occured to me, after reading several posts about this episode, that apparently it was shown on NBC in some markets last night. Alas, Charlotte, NC, where I am, was not one of those markets. After some extensive research to find out why my TiVo didn't record this episode, I found out that it had been replaced with a locally-produced program entitled Carolina Traveler. Here's the summary of that show:

Stories feature beautiful places & interesting people across the Carolinas.

Now, I'm not denying that some of our places are beautiful and some of our places are interesting, but I rather would have watched "Office Olympics."

And that's all I have to say about that.

Jun 23rd 2006

LT, Wow, that's really lame. Will Carolina Traveler be airing every week during the summer in that time slot?

Jun 23rd 2006

Boy, I lucked out. I live in the NC mountains and used to have the local Charlotte channels. But a couple of months ago, our satellite company switched us to Greensboro-High Point stations.

Jun 23rd 2006 edited

I just love that "neighbor throws his wife into the wall" line. And the fact that Dwight wants thicker walls so he doesnt hear other dead people. And apparently, someone has music lessons on the opposite wall of Michael's room.

Also,

Wh-What are you doing?!

I wanna put the top up!

Ga-Dwight, it's like 50 degrees outside!

But then no one can see us... Check it out. Terminat-uh!

I do not understand what you spend your money on, Dwight.

Jun 24th 2006

Ah Carolina Traveler! The show were 80 year olds playing Bingo in a Wendy's is considered worthy of airtime.

May 18th 2007

Wow, I forgot about LT's woes with the local affiliate airing Carolina Traveler.

Also it was weird to see the screen name 1000 Schrute Bucks way back in June, but I was able to figure out from subsequent posts that Dump Roy was inspired to commit identity theft.

Anyway, I bumped this thread because a near tragedy was averted by Jim's return to Scranton to ask Pam out. If he'd stayed in New York, then, according to my handy-dandy Office wall calendar, he would have missed the annual Office Olympics Closing Ceremony, which is set for 5 p.m. today.

Close call, no?

May 18th 2007

It was also his Office Olympics medal that brought him back, in a way . . .

Aug 14th 2008

Wohoo, something for me to listen to during my afternoon at work! The TWSS guys just posted a retro-podcast on this episode. Perfect timing, too, since this is my next one after just watching Sexual Harrassment.

Aug 14th 2008

It was also his Office Olympics medal that brought him back, in a way . . .

This conjures up some really good memories.

Aug 14th 2008

Also, that rocks about the retro podcast lem.

Aug 14th 2008

I’m listening to this podcast and I am suddenly having a huge craving for a burrito de carne asada. I can’t wait until my mom comes back into town.

Aug 15th 2008

So I just finished that podcast. Those guys' theories about S5 are...odd.

Aug 15th 2008

I listened to a handful of their S4 podcasts after the season was over, and it was funny hearing their often-wrong predictions. Of course, I'm sure if I made predictions (and I probably did), they were just as wrong.

Aug 15th 2008 edited

gb, this isn't the right thread I know, but how are you doing today?

Aug 15th 2008

I probably lean toward the OA podcast just because they're more upbeat, but TWSS is a really polished podcast, especially for a one-man (mostly) show. It's cool that there's two, though. I remember before S3 being frustrated that there wasn't even one, not that I was going to go to the effort.

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