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1.02 Diversity Day
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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 1 : Episode 2
  • First aired on March 29, 2005
  • Written by B.J. Novak
  • Directed by Ken Kwapis
  • Northern Attack Recap

If you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North.

Mar 8th 2006 edited

As stella mentioned in another thread, here is an excerpt from Kevin's latest MySpace blog entry:

This week on THE OFFICE, they are re-showing footage of DIVERSITY DAY, Thursday night at 9:30pm. I am not telling you to watch it if you already have, but I heard a rumor. A totally unsubstantiated rumor. That they are adding some extra footage back in, that was not in the original epsode. And as a side note: it may be my all time favorite footage.

Mar 8th 2006

Was almost considering not watching it (since I've already seen it a few time), but with this news... I think I have to tune in :).

Mar 9th 2006

well, it's on now, and you should watch...one of the best 1st season episodes.

Mar 9th 2006

although it's not from this episode, I have to include it...

"Some people might look around and see two groups of people, blue collar and white collar...I don't see that....because I am collar-blind"

Mar 9th 2006

The extra footage could probably be the stuff on the Season 1 DVD...if so, it's worth the watch, a GREAT scene with my namesake

Mar 9th 2006

Oh the teaaase. I was waiting for Jim to replace Dwight's "Asian" card with "Dwight"... but it didn't happen. Sigh.

Mar 9th 2006

Was there anything new in it? I loaned out my DVD and haven't seen the episode in a while. I can't remember.


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Mar 9th 2006

I don't think there was anything new in that episode! Boo NBC!

Mar 9th 2006

I don't remember seeing anything new, but it was nice to see this episode again.

Mar 10th 2006

I don't think anything was added, but I think Michael Scott's acronym for INCEST was cut out. Mr. Brown was showing his acronym for HERO and I thought that's what gave Michael his idea for INCEST. I could be wrong, maybe I'm think of another episode.

Mar 10th 2006

On NBC.com, the incest acronym part is said to be a deleted scene. I thought this was part of the original episode. I watched the episodes and the deleted scenes so many times that I can no longer tell what is deleted and what is not. Maybe someone can tell me if sending Ryan out to the parking lot to check if someone is parked in the handicapped spot iis a deleted scene or not.

Mar 10th 2006 edited

horselips12, That's a deleted scene.

Mar 10th 2006

sending ryan to the parking lot was a deleted scene. that's why it's weird when you see ryan just sitting in a chair at the front of the office over jim's shoulder when he's trying to make that sale in one scene. without the deleted scene, it doesn't make sense why ryan is just sitting alone in the waiting area.

i remember that from the dvd commentary.

the INCEST part was a deleted scene also. the best was when pam in her talking head says that michael could just as easily have spelled INSECT, but that wouldn't make sense either.

Mar 12th 2006 edited

Yeah! I got my DVD back. I need to go though and watch the bonus features again. Lots of good stuff.

the INCEST part was a deleted scene also. the best was when pam in her talking head says that michael could just as easily have spelled INSECT, but that wouldn't make sense either.

Case in point.


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Apr 26th 2006

I can't fathom how Dwight might have thought "I like your food" factored into his possibly being a woman.

the INCEST part was a deleted scene also. the best was when pam in her talking head says that michael could just as easily have spelled INSECT, but that wouldn't make sense either.

Or NICEST, even.

Aug 2nd 2006

Today, I got to sit through training for supervisors on progressive discipline (TWSS) and maintaining a respectful atmosphere in the workplace.

We saw a cheeeeezy video where a woman on a bus was telling us how to handle situations where people in the workplace disrespect each other and/or their cultures. You know, things like racial jokes, discussing how an attractive woman got a promotion, etc. They even used an acronym for it: M.E.E.T. Don't ask me what it stands for, but all I could think of was HERO and INCEST from the DD ep. It was very difficult not to giggle through the entire thing!

Preventing sexual harrassment training is tomorrow...I have a feeling I'll be having "Office" flashbacks!

Aug 3rd 2006

You know, he also could have spelled NICEST, which makes sense for diversity training. I wonder how no one caught that. Actually, I didn't even catch it; a friend of mine mentioned it to me. Hmm.

Sep 26th 2006 edited

I was lurking over at the Television Without Pity forums today, and the enterprising folks over there have unearthed some interesting details which reinforce the spiritual link between this episode and Diversity Day...

...the clothes. Jim appears to be wearing the same tie in both, and Pam is wearing the same shirt: DD. Edit: the GWH link isn't Markdown-friendly; just copy-and-paste http://pampong.com/gallery/albums/Gay%20Witch%20Hunt%203x01/GayWitchHunt3x01_(82).jpg

And, holy crap, I just realized Dwight has the same blue-and-gold tie with yellow shirt on in both episodes too. I don't have readily available links for it, but check the "Story In Pictures" in James's recaps. I thought his outfit looked familiar.

Sep 26th 2006

Thanks, PP B.

May 13th 2007

Nobody yet has noted that Michael's "stir the melting pot!" completely undermines the whole point of Diversity Day. The melting pot refers to how multiple cultures are assimilated into a single blended culture, whereas diversity is about multiple cultures retaining their identity while existing together. No idea if this was intentional on the part of the writers, but it's yet another example of Michael completely missing the point.

Nov 29th 2007 edited

So.... are we continuing in our trend to rewatch all the episodes? If so, on the queue tonight should be this classic episode.

Who's gonna watch it with me?
More than that, who's going to watch it and comment? Furthermore, is anyone interested in doing this?

Edit - for such a fantastic episode, there are ridonkulously few comments on it.

Nov 29th 2007

Who's gonna watch it with me? More than that, who's going to watch it and comment? Furthermore, is anyone interested in doing this?

I am.
I am.
I am.

Nov 29th 2007 edited

Furthermore, is anyone interested in doing this?

That's what he said, at the National Association of Pot Smoking Procrastinators Annual Planning Meeting.

Edit. Can you TWSS your own post? Even if it's not that funny?

Nov 29th 2007

Did you just TWSS your own comment? I think you did.

At any rate, I'm down for watching a great episode and commenting on it.

Nov 29th 2007

I'm down for watching

TWSS

Nov 29th 2007

Let's git'r dun!

Nov 29th 2007 edited

Hear, hear

Edited for stupidity

Nov 29th 2007

That pilot episode ended up being pretty good, so I'm going to watch this one about the diversity meeting. It's a unique show, different than what I'm used to, but I like it, especially how they have those interviews with the workers. Like I said before, that receptionist (Pam?) isn't my usual "type", but there's something about her that really appeals to me. I like the idea of a diversity in the workplace episode, but it might end up being kind of lame since it's on network TV. I doubt they'll push the envelope in any way.

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