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2.11 Booze Cruise
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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 2 : Episode 11
  • First aired on January 5, 2006
  • Written by Greg Daniels
  • Directed by Ken Kwapis
  • Northern Attack Recap

Sometimes you have to just be the boss of dancing.

Feb 20th 2006

This episode made my heart hurt, truly. I haven't been able to re-watch it. I just felt so bad for Jim that I didn't want to see the look on his face again. You know what look I mean. Ugh.

Feb 20th 2006 edited

I agree. Seeing Jim like that is always painful to watch. The look he gives Pam out on the deck is beyond words. Just staring at her thinking about how he can't have her.It's like he's taking in her beauty and simplicity ,which to me is something Roy doensn't do. It's just too depressing.

Feb 20th 2006

in my opinion 'booze cruise' was by far the best episode because it had everything in it. hilarious dancing and subtle racist comments (titanic furnace) by michael, amy adams was in it :), and it had one of the best scenes ever with jim and pam on the deck. 27 seconds of silence! every episode is amazing but booze cruise is slightly above them all.

Feb 20th 2006

I know what happens, I've watched the episode over and over again, but every time it comes to that scene on the deck, I always hold out hope that Jim is going to say something.

It fools me everytime.

Feb 20th 2006

Booze Cruise is definitely an OT favorite -- rated #3 overall!

"Sometimes you have to just be the boss of dancing."

Feb 20th 2006 edited

I think the great Greg Daniels (executive producer) sums it up best:

From the Entertainment Weekly article: EW

"Daniels remembers sound-mixing an episode in which Jim squanders his chance to kiss Pam on a booze cruise. ''I'd seen it many, many times, but I was yelling, 'Do it, you idiot! Kiss her!''' (And he wrote that episode.)"

Feb 21st 2006

I know the Jim/Pam thing is painful to watch, but I absolutely love this episode because watching Michael dance just cracks me up every time! That is laugh out loud funny! At one point the camera cuts away from Michael dancing to Jim watching Michael dancing, and the expression on Jim's face is classic--A combination of stunned, horrified and amused.
I just adore this show.

Feb 21st 2006 edited

Michael: "BFD, engaged ain't married. Never give up. Never ever give up."

Jim: "huh.."

What a great scene! Running a close second to the best of all scenes. Steve Carell can really make you root for Michael, even after his ridiculous dancing!

Michael to Dwight: "It's a fake wheel. dummy!"

Feb 21st 2006

It's true. Steve Carrell can make you cringe and break your heart at the same time.

Feb 21st 2006

Everything about this episode was just fantastic. I love when Pam mocks Katy's cheering.

Michael Scott will never be confused for Jimmy V[alvano], but the words of advice seem to work for Jimmy H[alpert].

Feb 21st 2006

Jim: Not really sure what movie you're talking about. Are you sure you got the title right?

Michael: Titanic???

Pam: I think you're thinking of The Hunt for Red October

Classic!

Mar 9th 2006

This one will definitely go down as a classic episode. One of the funniest scenes is when Stanley comes into Michael's office--very serious--and wants to know where the group will be going. All the while Stanley is talking to Michael (very seriously), Michael is saying "Stanley, bo banley, banana fana fo fanley, me my mo manley--Stanley".

Everytime I watch that scene, I laugh so hard it hurts.

Trace

May 18th 2006 edited

This episode reminded me of--of all things--the Odyssey, when Odysseus is in sight of his home in Ithaca only to be blown hundreds of miles off course by his sailors opening up a bag of winds he had been given as a gift. In Jim's odyssey of love, this is the part (fittingly taking place on a ship) where he is almost home free, he is finally on his way to talk to Pam...and then Captain Jack causes that windbag Roy to open up and set Jim back.

Just a random thought.

Jun 19th 2006

This episode is set to air this week at 9:30...I sure could use Michael's advice myself right now.

Looking forward to it (unless NBC decides to reair the hour-long interview with unfit mother Britney Spears...what a waste of time)

Jun 22nd 2006

I am so excited about seeing the episode again tonight. I somehow was interrupted last time and missed all 27 seconds...this time I'm recording.

THPJ: Hang in there.

Jun 22nd 2006

I missed this episode when it aired on TV, so I've only seen it on Itunes (my computer), so I'm really looking forward to seeing the 27 seconds & Michael's dance on the "big screen"

Jun 22nd 2006

Hope everything is OK, THPJ. Don't forget, like I promised before, we've got your back.

P.S. Please don't start taking advice from Michael Scott. Even if, as in "Booze Cruise," it's good advice, please don't make a habit of it.

Jun 22nd 2006

Ditto THPJ (we have your back). They should really make shirts that say, "Everything I learned, I learned from Michael Scott."

Jun 22nd 2006

Hey, the closed captions say that Katy called Pam "Kim" and that she went to "Fisher BoHara" which makes no sense. It's Pam, and it's Bishop O'Hara. :-(

This is worse than when Dwight told Meredith's son that his name was "Dwight Shroot"

Jun 22nd 2006

AGGGGGGHHH!! I JUST WATCHED THE 27 SECONDS, AND NOW I AM WATCHING ROY BE A DICK.

NOOOO, THE SHOW DOESNT CHANGE THE SECOND TIME YOU WATCH IT!

Jun 22nd 2006

I got it on tape, I had to skip taping Office Olympics because I was running out of tape and I really think this is a better episode.

So on my first Office tape (yes, I have more than one), I have "The Secret", "Boys and Girls", the beginning of "Valentine's Day" (which I had to sacrifice the rest of the episode to get) "Casino Night", and "The Dundies"

On the second, I now have "Halloween", "Email Surveillance", "Performance Review", and "Booze Cruise". Which I wouldn't have gotten had I come home in time to tape the beginning of the marathon ("The Fire"). So everything happens for a reason...like me being unable to utilize the "eight hours plus!" option on the videotape.

So...not a bad collection to get me through the Office-less summer ;-D

Jun 22nd 2006

Currently watching. There's nothing quite as wonderfully dorky as watching an episode airing on tv and reading forums about it at the same time. :-)

Jun 22nd 2006

Steve and John made me cry again. That is one fine, fine bit of work. C'mon, you know which scene.

Jun 22nd 2006 edited

"Daniels remembers sound-mixing an episode in which Jim squanders his chance to kiss Pam on a booze cruise. ''I'd seen it many, many times, but I was yelling, 'Do it, you idiot! Kiss her!''' (And he wrote that episode.)"

Blake*, what a great GD quote! One of the (many) things I love about this show and the people who are responsible for it - they love it as much as we do!

Nathan, great correlation with The Odyssey. wow. How would you tie in The Kiss now?

And a couple of things that came to mind upon watching the rerun tonight:

  • OMG! When Captian Jack is talking about what he was thinking about when he was out at sea, he says he was thinking about his first wife and how he went and married her right after he got back into port. His first wife…as in their marriage didn’t work out. And then Roy goes and...well, is a stoopid drunk idiot that doesn’t deserve correct spelling.
    Am I the only one who draws a correlation there or is it just me grasping? Again?

  • It’s sort of funny to me too that Captain Jack’s little speech encourages both Roy and Jim to step up and make a move…poor Jim. It’s so painful to watch some of the moments in this episode.

  • During Michael’s big speech while Captain Jack is showing Meredith the ahem ship, I loved Kevin trying to tell the other guests on the ship who are beginning to freak out that’s it’s okay…it’s quick but it’s there.

  • Kelly asleep on the table towards the end…

  • Jim and Katy’s breakup. I actually felt bad for her. The episode holds the one moment in the history of this show where I actually get pissy with Jim because of the way he treats Katy in that moment. Yes, I understand he’s in a boat load of pain (excuse the pun) , but still…

  • Michael’s obliviousness to Jim and Pam’s “friendship” but then pulling out the most inspiring statement of the whole night, “Never, ever, ever give up.”

Jun 22nd 2006

This is a very strange feeling - I'm on the other side of the world, at work, reading about you guys watching Booze Cruise while I've been sittting here. I guess I'm just gonna have to watch it on the train home in about an hour's time.

I love this place, thanks again, James!

Jun 23rd 2006

When Captain Jack was talking about his "heroic exploits" in the first Gulf War, I started wondering if that wasn't supposed to be a joke itself. Seeing as it's hard for me to recount the naval history of the first Iraq war (and what with Iraq basically being a land-locked nation anyway, except for a sliver of coast. I guess river patrols could have gone up the Euphrates, but still...).

And yeah, the point about it being his first wife (meaning Captain Jack has had more than one, and that perhaps Meredith is lucky number #?) is pretty funny, given how it motivates Roy.

Jun 23rd 2006

Random thoughts from a second viewing:

  1. One of the many great things that Jenna does playing Pam is the look she gives of "I can't believe someone just said/did that". It's a combination of bewilderment, shock, amazement, and pity and she does it in this episode when Katy says "It's like high school and we're all at the cool table."

  2. Michael's whole dance routine is indescribable but the best is when he tries to do the worm and just flops on the floor.

  3. Where exactly did the measurement of "27 seconds of silence" come from? Did a cast or crew member state it in an article or is it something that's been passed along the message boards and is now stated as fact? I timed it from the end of Pam saying "What's it like dating a cheerleader?" and had it at 22 or 23 seconds and Jim actually stammers out loud a little after Pam's question so the pure silence is less than 20 seconds. Still a great scene and if you listen close after she goes inside and Jim's back is to the camera it sounds like he mutters "Son of a..."

  4. Something I found very interesting is that when Jim tells Michael the secret his exact words are "I used to have a big thing for Pam." But the rest of scene plays out as if he said "I have a big thing for Pam", as in currently, at this very moment. Another great scene, but I just found the word choice a little strange.

Jun 23rd 2006

"I used to have a big thing for Pam." But the rest of scene plays out as if he said "I have a big thing for Pam", as in currently, at this very moment. Another great scene, but I just found the word choice a little strange.

It's just safer to state the partial truth than the whole. As in the other episodes, when he tells co-workers (including Pam) that he used to have a crush on her. Much safer, and avoids consequences. Michael's response is supportive enough that Jim continues, and he progresses to the present tense. God, I love that scene. Especially Jim's "huh.." after Michael's encouragement. Such a shock to hear good advise from the Boss of Dancing.

Jun 23rd 2006

Where exactly did the measurement of "27 seconds of silence" come from?

If you time froim the end of "cheerleader" to when she says "I'm cold" that's 27 seconds... I've timed it myself...

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