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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 1 : Episode 5
  • First aired on April 19, 2005
  • Written by Greg Daniels
  • Directed by Greg Daniels

The hand strikes and gives a flower.

May 18th 2006 edited

I can't believe that no one has ever posted to this thread (other than James, of course). I really love this episode. I could watch the basketball game between the office and warehouse, over and over, again. I discover something new every time I watch it.

Michael's sexist and racist attitudes are so boldly displayed in this episode. And, as much as Michael wants to fit in and be one of the guys, he is really terrified of the warehouse staff.

I love Pam "checkin' out" Jim, the confrontation between Roy and Jim, and the "let's get you into a tub" exchange between Pam and Roy that makes Jim quite uncomfortable. You can see his face fall as he thinks about what is being said.

We also get treated to the great line, "blessed be those who sit and wait," from Michael. Classic.

May 18th 2006

Wow. Yeah, this is a great episode. It's the one my dad ranks as #1. His favorite part is where Dwight is assigned to cover the "East German gal."

My favorite part is probably when Pam checks Jim out. The thing she does with her eyes and mouth is priceless.

Well, either that or Dwight's difficulty drinking bottled water while wearing the clear plastic face mask.

Oh great....I just made myself want to watch it again.

May 18th 2006

the "let's get you into a tub" exchange between Pam and Roy that makes Jim quite uncomfortable. You can see his face fall as he thinks about what is being said.

Yup. And I think most of us have been in a similar situation - where the fact that your crush goes home and gets naked (and more) with someone besides you is just thrown in your face - and it just makes your skin crawl to think about it.

Poor Jim. At least this episode is loaded with Jim and Pam flirtation (subtle and otherwise), perhaps more than any other.

May 18th 2006

some of my favorite moments -

Stanley slowly dribbling the ball with one arm stretched out behind him.

Kevin making every shot from quite far away, after the game had ended.

May 18th 2006

I love the part when Michael screams "What is wrong with me today!?" when he keeps missing shots. I think we have all known people that act that way when they play. Also, Michael shooting the free throw and it flying over the backboard is another great scene.

May 18th 2006

I was watching this episode last night, it's really one of the best ones so far. The whole interaction between Pam and Jim right before the game (when upstairs they are going back and forth, then down in the loading dock when Roy comes over and Jim has to turn away when she embraces him...who hasn't been there?) was great to watch.

It's good to go back and watch the first season episodes to see Jim and Pam before all the angst of the wedding (and the ecstasy of their kiss)

May 18th 2006

The best part of this episode? Being able to see Jim/John's legs. I love the whole part where Michael is picking who will be playing and the part afterwards when he says Pam can be the cheerleader. "Please don't throw garbage at me." and when Jim says he'd wear a flouncy skirt and Michael tells him not to be too gay on the court.... and ok.. the whole episode is really good.

May 18th 2006

The best part of this episode? Being able to see Jim/John's legs.

I concur.

May 18th 2006

best moment...

Michael's pelvic thrusting and screaming "IN..YOUR..FACE!"

too amazing... here's a comment though--the "east german gal.."

there's a town about twenty minutes from Scranton called Jermyn....and whenever i hear poor dwight get assigned to her, i can only imagine she's from Jermyn..i guess to have to be from around Scranton to know! heehee.

May 18th 2006

I'm doing some English HW right now, and you have no idea how badly I want to cite "The Office", specifically Michael Scott, for examples of racial prejudices and undertones. I was able to work the fact that some people assume that all black people are good at basketball, and that they are all from "da ghetto, yo". These are things Michael has said or done or assumed. I didn't specifically mention The Office, though I wanted to, and could not get the image of Stanley dribbling out of my head.

May 18th 2006

...the image of Stanley dribbling

Oh man, that's great. I love how he puts his arm out behind him as if that's going to help his defense.

May 21st 2006 edited

Michael's pelvic thrusting and screaming "IN..YOUR..FACE!"

That is by far one of my favorite Michael moments merely because it's so rediculous, and every time I see it, I crack up. Plus, who can forget Dwight and the ice pack when it explodes?

May 21st 2006

"Same team, Dwight"

May 21st 2006 edited

Michael's two talking heads during the bball playing are totally first rate. I wish they could go back to the more subtle season 1 Michael who doesn't always come off as a crazy idiot right away.

"When I am playing hoops, all of the stress and responsibility of my job here just melts away. Its gone. I'm in the zone. Who am I? Am I Michael Scott? I dunno...I might just be a basketball machine. What's Dunder Mifflin? I've never heard of it. Filing? Paperwork? Who cares! Possible Downsizing? Well...that's probably going to happen actually."

"Basketball is like jazzz...on the down beat, in the pocket...bobbity boo...boppity bah"

May 21st 2006 edited

I love the deleted talking head, when he's talking about being "the question" (Latrell Sprewell...hope I spelled that right...is known as "the Answer"). Always makes me laugh at how clueless he is.

Also, we see a montage of misses before Michael finally gets it to go in...and then one of the warehouse guys raises the net up to regulation height. Priceless.

Dec 21st 2006

I'm bumping this up because I re-watched it this afternoon with my brother. Everyone always talks about how great it is, but I never really saw the brilliance. I'd probably only watched it twice. However, today totally changed my opinion on this, because there are so many great things. I had completely forgotten where "Please don't throw garbage at me" was from, so that was a nice surprise. Oh, and "The hand strikes and gives a flower." Great, great line. Pam talking about how she didn't really get to ride her wedding waverunner really got to me, too. In conclusion, I'm sorry, Basketball, for ever doubting you.

Dec 21st 2006

Pam looks at Jim's butt, too. I get that all the time. That's the Mitha Rogahs ep, too, right? And Dwight drinking water with his Alonzo Mourning face protector on. How about Pam and Roy necking right in front of Jim? Yikes. I gotta pop that up on iTunes now.

Dec 21st 2006 edited

I have something to comment on after rewatching this episode a few weeks ago. Remember when Jim asks if he can take on Roy? After that he throws a solid basket and runs by Pam while giving her that little nod.

Well, I always thought that nod was because he was showing off. Afterall before the game he said, "I'm looking forward to playing. You know, I think I'm gonna impress a few people in here."

Now I realize what that nod was all about. Before the game, Jim had this conversation with Pam.

Jim: (tying his shoelaces) You coming down?
Pam: Yeah, I'm just forwarding the phones.
Jim: You gonna wish me luck?
Pam: Yeah, you're gonna need it.
Jim: Whoa.
Jim: Is that trash talk from Pam?
Pam: I'm just saying, Roy is very competitive.
Jim: Oh.
Pam: And he wants to take the WaveRunners to the lake this Saturday so...
Jim: Well, I'm going to the outlet mall on Saturday, so if you wanna save big on brand names...
Jim: ...and Roy has to work, which he will, because I'm also competitive, you should feel free to come along.
Pam: Um, I think I'm gonna be up at the lake.
Jim: I think I'll see you at the mall. (pretends to think about it) Yeah.

Then just before Jim's basket and subsequent nod, Roy makes a basket, so Pam looks at Jim with the same expression and nod as if to say, "see, I told you, Roy's competitive" So then when Jim follows up with his own basket, his (exact same) nod was saying, "No, I told YOU, I'M competitive"

Dec 21st 2006

"The Answer" was traded to Denver this week, but hasn't made an appearance in a Nuggets jersey yet due to the snowstorm they're experiencing.

Which made me think about this episode again, and remember how good it is...

Dec 21st 2006

That whole "Question" talking head is great. This might actually have been the first ep I ever saw, possibly as a rerun during season 2.

Jan 3rd 2007

I like how Jim rolls his eyes and says "Yeah" after declaring he'll see Pam at the mall. It's a classic Krasinski facial expression that pops up from time to time and makes me really happy.

Jan 25th 2007

There was a discussion in another forum about how some of the characters have seemed to have lost their edginess, or their ability to annoy us or embarrass us over this past season. How that the characters had softened somewhat, and that the writers were making them more likeable in this season compared to others. Initially I said that wasn't really true, that there were reasons for it.
But after watching this episode again, you can really tell that S1 Michael is not the same guy in S3. I think he's much more aggrivating, annoying, irritating than he is in S3. The writers intent in S1 was to make you squeal with every action every word from Michael. And there is a LOT to squirm at in this episode.
Not just Michael either. I mean, Darrell and Roy are complete jackasses in this episode. They really hate Michael and it shows. Compare how Darrell and Michael interact in this episode vs. how they interract, even in Back From Vacation. It's different.

Jan 26th 2007 edited

Two-Hole Punch Jim

I love the deleted talking head, when he's talking about being "the question" (Latrell Sprewell...hope I spelled that right...is known as "the Answer")"

Ummm... Allen Iverson is the Answer, not Latrell Sprewell. I don't have the time now to go back and look if Micheal said Allen or Latrell, but I could see him not knowing.

EDIT: there got right that time, thanks Nathan

Jan 26th 2007 edited

Yeah, Michael said A.I., not Spree. For shame, 2HPJ.

Welcome, swedishdest. Markdown tip: Insert a ">" before a paragraph of quoted text to set it off, like so:

I love the deleted talking head, when he's talking about being "the question" (Latrell Sprewell...hope I spelled that right...is known as "the Answer")

Apr 7th 2007

In the deleted scenes near the end, Michael makes a full court hook-shot and he looks at the camera like he is awesome. Then he runs around screaming for a minute.

Apr 25th 2007

This is kinda funny: I am slowly but surely working my way through Season 1 (that's not the funny) and Pam's on the phone with customer service complaining about a toaster oven she received as an engagement gift that has broken but which is no longer under warranty. Toasters have bad luck on this show.

Apr 25th 2007

That raises a few questions. They gave Stanley back his toaster, but they also got a toaster that they were already using long before they'd even set a date? Just how many toasters did they get? And did they go and buy a new one to replace the one that broke, since presumably they had to return that to someone when they broke things off. Just proves toasters ain't nothing but trouble.

Apr 25th 2007

And the office one that burned. I presume it was down for the count, although small appliances can be amazingly resilient.

Apr 26th 2007

Just proves toasters ain't nothing but trouble.

Are you insulting me again, Brian?

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