Not signed in (Sign In)
Welcome to The Watercooler, the companion forum to Northern Attack and all things concerning The Office on NBC.

Guests are free to browse the forums, although you will need to register for an account if you wish to participate in the discussions or use any of the advanced features of the forum (bookmarks, history, etc).

If you already have an account, please sign in now.

The Watercooler is powered by Vanilla, the sweetest forum on the web.

Bottom of Page
2.07 The Client
  1. <
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. >
1 to 30 of 128
Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 2 : Episode 7
  • First aired on November 8, 2005
  • Written by Paul Lieberstein
  • Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Northern Attack Recap

You so funny. Word.

Feb 20th 2006

When Jim was joking with Pam about their 'date' the previous evening (dinner, candlelight, fireworks, a show and dancing) why was she busting his chops about the 'dancing' (swaying) part - I don't get it ??

Feb 20th 2006

I think she didn't want him to take it seriously because then she would have to take it seriously, and Pam's not ready to handle that.

Feb 20th 2006

It would have been a pretty far leap for Pam to agree with Jim that they went on their "first date" the previous evening. She was simply trying to save face in a rather akward situation.

Feb 20th 2006

To me, Jim's "at least I didn't leave you at a minor league hockey game" comment felt right.

Harsh, but genuine...

Feb 21st 2006

I love how Jim is making a little attempt to change the status quo here. It's pretty bold of him, actually, since he usually flies pretty well below the radar when it comes to exposing his feelings about Pam to Pam. I wish he'd take more chances like this.

Mar 9th 2006 edited

One of my favorite scenes from the series so far. Such good delivery and facial expressions.

Dwight: did you do her?? Michael: ...who? Dwight: JAN LEVINSON GOULD!! Michael: uh! no, no...noooo Gould Dwight: DID YOU DO HER!?

Mar 9th 2006 edited

I liked this episode for one particular reason.

Michael thinks he's great at everything but so far he's shown us that there is nothing he is really good at. Until this show.

Michael is a great schmooozer. A BS king who knows how to work a client. Everytime Jan stepped in and tried to talk business, Michael cut her off cause he knew that client schmoozing (relationship building) was more important. Michael can suck up to a customer better than anyone. He got the client to the point that he wanted to give him the order, there was no need to ask for it.

Apr 13th 2006

In the fantastic attention to detail we've all come to expect from this show, notice how in the clips at the beginning of Michael dancing and weight-lifting in his jeans, Jim and Pam are wearing street clothes (presumably because those clips were all shot on Casual Fridays).

Apr 19th 2006

I rewatched this episode tonight, and that part where Jim is telling himself that it isn't really a date if the girl goes home to her fiancé gets me every time. Especially his dejected "right?" as he looks away. Sigh.

BTW, Jim in his casual Friday clothes was really hot. All 0.5 secs that I saw of him :)

Apr 23rd 2006

I just noticed for the first time the look Michael and Jim exchange at the very end of the episode.

Jun 24th 2006 edited

I just noticed for the first time the look Michael and Jim exchange at the very end of the episode.

I only recently was introduced to the episode when it was rerun recently. I loved the look; it's an example of the writers tying elements of the episode together at the end, demonstrating the unifying theme. "The Client" is made up of two completely separate storylines: Jan and Michael making their pitch to Christian and winding up in each other's arms, and the meanwhile-back-at-the-ranch story of the D-M inmates running the asylum, culminating in Jim and Pam's date.

Michael and Jim are both given a taste of what they want that evening, only to be reminded forcefully the next morning that it was only a taste. In a quick turnaround, Jan offers Michael a stunning rebuke on the phone; Jim is similarly shot down when he tries to follow up on the date. The two sit at their desks, a bit shell-shocked, and exchange the look. Ostensibly, to the characters, the look is only about the conquest (such as it was) of Jan, but as a final shot, showing that little bit of interaction between our two heroes serves to bring the two stories together, unifying them to end the episode.

A similar effect is used in Drug Testing, where, in a bit of editorializing, the documentary crew matches Jim's comments on Dwight and Michael's one-sided relationship with footage of Jim and Pam. It's a neat trick, one of the little things that makes The Office such a strong show.

Jun 26th 2006 edited

I'm watching it right now. I like how when Michael is telling his joke (which oddly enough, is not the one he asked Pam to read to him. I know that joke, and it's not the one he ended up telling) and he gets to the line about "I'm a Pimp, so I drive a cheap escort", the camera zooms in on Jan's face, who finds the joke extremely inappropriate. Even moreso, with the Pimp line.

I love the camera.

edit: Oh man, I just caught something.

CZJ: The first message is, 'I love you'. That's from me.

AMS: Not in 1000 years, Catherine. We work together.

Oh Snap! Parallels?!

double editI just noticed that Roy gave Pam a set of keys when she said she had to stay late. Now, since they only own the truck, and he drives that, I assume he was giving her house keys. I took this to mean that since she would be back late, he wasn;t going to open the door for her, or wait for her at night. Also, she would have to find some other way home. Ya think Jim drove her home? In his sexy Corolla?

Jul 24th 2006

As I was making lunch today, I found myself wondering how Jim made his famous grilled cheese...in an office kitchenette which, I would assume, is sparsely outfitted. Does the office kitchen even have a stove? Am I taking the long way around when I make grilled cheese using butter, a frying pan and a spatula? Is there a well-known short cut and I'm unaware of it? If so, I feel a little gyped, like I've been wasting a bunch of time making grilled cheese the old-fashioned way.

Maybe there was butter, and he just used the toaster oven to "grill" it. Or maybe Michael brought in his George Foreman.

Yes, I really was thinking about this.

Jul 24th 2006

LT,
I just went to investigate the grilled cheese sandwich situation. I looked at a couple of shots of the kitchen and there is no stove. When Jim was preparing the sandwiches, he was doing it right in front of the toaster oven, so I'm sure that is what he used to make them. Also, when you see Pam eating the sandwich it does kinda look toased instead of grilled?? But shame on Jim for not calling it a 'toasted cheese sandwich' instead. The other posibility is that they have one of those one-burner plug-in stove things hidden away in a cupboard. Yes, I'm bored. haha

Jul 24th 2006

Thanks for investigating, Jim Likes Stripes. If you do come across the secret of the extra-speedy grilled cheese sandwich, please let me know. It would make my noontime hour much less stressful.

Jul 24th 2006

Is it hard to use a toaster oven to make grilled cheese?

Jul 24th 2006

If it isn't too hot tomorrow, I think I will try to make a grilled cheese sandwich in my toaster oven tomorrow. I'll report back to let you guys know how it went.

Jul 25th 2006

Ok, so I tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich in my toaster oven, and I have to say it wasn't as good as when made on the stove. It toasted really well, but the flavor was just a bit odd. Athough that might be because I almost pulled a Ryan and started the toaster oven on fire. There was some cheese on the burner that I didn't notice and I had to pull my sandwhich a tad early because the oven was smoking. I guess that is what I get for going to business school. They really don't teach you how to operate a toaster oven. I'll have to complain about that.

So, I either didn't toast it for long enough (although the cheese was completely melted) or the smoke from the burning cheese gave it the odd flavor. But I do think it would be better to make it on the stove in the future.

End of experiment...

Jul 25th 2006

Wow! I am totally impressed with the research that went into the ungrilled Grilled Cheese Sandwich experiment, Jim Likes Stripes. Now I know that in a pinch, the toaster oven will, indeed, do the job.

I bet even if the taste was a little off, Pam didn't mind, because she mentioned that no one ever cooks for her. She probably enjoyed the thoughtfulness behind the gesture.

Jul 25th 2006

You all forget the Vance Refrigeration Factor, or the slim chance of a working oven in the Warehouse ;-p

Maybe Jim brought them from home, left them in the fridge for his lunch (to "spice it up" a bit, though bringing two would kinda indicate he's very hungry), and simply threw them in the microwave for a few minutes to heat 'em up

Man, we so need a new season right now..........

Aug 13th 2006

Hey I was on my personal google homepage and saw this article and remembered this thread. It seems there is a small possibility that an iron was used to make those sandwiches. I don't really think there'd be an iron in the Dunder-Mifflin kitchen, though...

Oct 16th 2007

I don't know where else to put this, but I'm watching The Client on TBS, and I've noticed something funny about these new reruns (is that a term?). They look really weird. It's like there's some kind of filter on the camera lens or like they filmed the episode as it aired on another screen. And the sound is like it's coming through a paper towel tube. Anyone else notice that?

Oct 16th 2007

huh, I can't say I've ever listened to anything through a paper towel tube.

Oct 16th 2007

Seriously? Not even squirrels mating?

Oct 16th 2007

I don't know where else to put this, but I'm watching The Client on TBS, and I've noticed something funny about these new reruns (is that a term?). They look really weird.

I noticed that too, Brian. I thought that it's because I usually watch the episodes in HD and the TBS ones are not in HD.

Oct 16th 2007

When we were at my brother-in-law's apartment this weekend we noticed that he had TBS on HD. He has Comcast cable. We have Cox cable and don't get TBS on HD.

Oct 17th 2007

I can't say I've ever listened to anything through a paper towel tube.

Seriously? Not even squirrels mating?

Now, I've read a lot of funny stuff on NA in my time, but this is top ten. I am shocked to find that its been eight hours since this comment was made, and nothing mentioned. Could it be, Brian, that you are too funny for your own good? Have we NA'ers grown so accustomed, so acclimatized to your unique brand of humour that we barely recognize a gem like this anymore? I say "Let it not be so!"

Brian, thank you for your daily contributions, and excellent insights and hilarious posts. You are a valued member of this forum. Stay gold, Ponyboy.

Oct 17th 2007

Don't say Cox.

We don't have any HD channels, and TBS shows never look or sound any differently from shows on other channels. I think they're doing something to The Office, going for some kind of feel or effect.

Oct 17th 2007

i would have mentioned something, but the baby started crying right as he posted it. so i laughed, and turned off the computer. :)

  1. <
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. >
1 to 30 of 128
Top of PageBack to discussions