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2.01 The Dundies
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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 2 : Episode 1
  • First aired on September 20, 2005
  • Written by Mindy Kaling
  • Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Northern Attack Recap

The Dundies are a like a car wreck that you wanna to look away, but you have to stare at it because your boss is making you.

Feb 20th 2006

Best part of this episode: The Kiss.

that's all I have to say...

Feb 20th 2006

Or the spicy curry award.

Feb 20th 2006

Pam makes a very cute drunk.

Feb 20th 2006

My all time favorite Pam scene:

When Jim is talking to the documentary camera at the bar (recapping the evening) and Pam is sitting next to him. Pam' eyes are just fixated on Jim as she nods her head up and down in agreement with what he's saying. The attraction was so blatantly obvious. Pam was adorable in that scene.

Feb 20th 2006

I agree with Blake, that is my favorite scene. Oh, and the Second drink! part is awesome-blossum too. This was the first episode I ever saw. I loved the Jim/Pam dynamic...and that is what hooked me to the show.

Feb 20th 2006

"This says 'Bushiest Beaver'" -Phyllis

That floors me everytime I watch it.

Feb 20th 2006

My favorite episode! I agree, Pam is a darn cute drunk. This episode really turned the JAM factor way up on the show. We saw Pam embarrassed by her "longest engagement" awards, Roy being a jerk and Pam getting frustrated with him, then of course the kiss, and the smiles she had for Jim... I think everyone had to root for them after that, more than in any of the previous episodes. We got to really see that Pam definetely cares for Jim (even if she was tipsy). It was a great way to kick off the season, and it also gave you a little more insight into each of the characters with their awards and such. We also got to see that even though Michael can be an idiotic jerk, we can still feel a little sorry for him when he gets made fun of. For the writers to bring us to being able to hate and love someone at the same time, now that's magic. :-)
Love it.

Feb 20th 2006 edited

When Jim is talking to the documentary camera at the bar (recapping the evening) and Pam is sitting next to him. Pam' eyes are just fixated on Jim as she nods her head up and down in agreement with what he's saying. The attraction was so blatantly obvious. Pam was adorable in that scene.

Love, love, love! And when Dwigt comes over to rescue Pam from the throes of her "seizure":

Dwight: It's okay, I'm a sherrif's deputy!

Jim: Well, he's a volunteer.

Dwight: DON'T get into that now!

Feb 21st 2006

I love how during Pam's "seizure" Michael glances over at the commotion for a moment, deems it unimportant, and goes back to singing his little song. Hah!

Feb 21st 2006

"Dwight: It's okay, I'm a sherrif's deputy!

Jim: Well, he's a volunteer.

Dwight: DON'T get into that now"

You forgot:

Manager (to Dwight, who is rapidly disrobing): I'm sorry, sir, you're gonna have to put your clothes back on.

Heehee.

Feb 21st 2006

I think that was the first time we've ever seen Pam and Jim outside of the Office... getting drunk.

Feb 21st 2006

My favorite moment in this epsiode are the looks on Pam and Jim's faces during the giving of the "World's Longest Engagement" award. The look on Pam's face is priceless and it summed up all of her feelings about her engagement. By the blank look on Jim's face, you can tell that Jim also felt Pam's pain.

Feb 21st 2006

I love how during Pam's "seizure" Michael glances over at the commotion for a moment, deems it unimportant, and goes back to singing his little song. Hah!

LOL! Love that bit too.

"I've been waiting for so long to enjoy these awesome songs patiently ..."

Mar 7th 2006

Any opinions about the part where Pam thanks God for her Dundie Award and says that she feels God in that Chili's? I've watched it a couple of times and I can't decide what I think. I mean, I know that the show is very funny and Pam is very drunk, but still.... She looks so sincere and wistful...is it the being drunk, or is she getting all sentimental and "spiritual" there? And I can't decide if Jim is trying not to laugh or trying not to cry during her acceptance speech. And maybe they're both getting a little emotional, but it has nothing to do with the Dundies at all. I don't know. Thoughts? Comments?

Mar 7th 2006

I think Pam is jokingly giving a stereotypical acceptance speech as seen on award shows everywhere. Jim just seemed amused by it.

Mar 8th 2006

I just re-watched this episode for the umpteenth time.

At the end, as Jim puts Pam in Angela's car and "Tiny Dancer" is being played in the background - it is so romantic.

Jim could easily take advantage of a smashed Pam but he loves her way too much for that. He gently makes sure that she is well cared for - something Roy has no interest in. That look of longing on Jim's face as he watches Pam pull away is priceless.

As the season wore on, they got away from this... I hope they go back to it.

Mar 13th 2006

At the end of this episode, I love how Jim says, "Thank you, Angela," as he helps Pam into the car. That is so Jim. He is always so thoughtful, even with the smallest things. Why can't I find a man like that?

Since the Dundies is an annual event, I wonder if we will get to see a Dundies 2006. That would be great. It would have to be held somewhere other than Chili's, though, since Pam is no longer welcome there.

Mar 13th 2006

Jim was quite the gentleman.

I'd love to see another Dundies. I wonder if they'll include any of the other performances in the deleted scenes of the DVD? I would like to see how that Chief costume came into play.

Mar 14th 2006

very good, you’re not originally from phoenix are you, cause i knew some breads out there....

anyway, lori, i've been wondering about dundies 2006 too. there have been quite a few episodes about annual events: the dundies; valentines day; the christmas party; costumes on halloween; performance review. it makes you wonder how many will pop up again.

some others i could think of: the conference where dwight got his award (dwight’s award, though... one time thing), and possibly, schmoozing lackawanna county for their business (i bet we see tim meadows again). the confab michael and jan went to at corporate could be annual as well.

next season, they could avoid mentioning the dundies (maybe they should, since how could it live up to last year’s), but, it will be hard to have a christmas show without at least mentioning that party. it will be interesting to see how they deal with it if they dont build an episode around the actual party. for halloween, it would be easy to have a costume day every year, since the story could be about anything. we may not hear about performance review again, but, it looks like these characters are set up to always have some kind of drama playing out on valentines day.

Mar 15th 2006

I like how Michael got all offended when Jim implied that Longest Engagement was a lazy award, then the best he could come up with for Pam was Whitest Sneakers.

Also, John Krasinski's expression on Pam's line "Finally, I'd like to thank God..." was pure Martin Freeman. A nice little moment of resonance between two fantastic actors.

Mar 15th 2006 edited

I just rewatched this episode for (probably) the 10th time.

As the show ends, Jim puts a drunk Pam into Angela's care and the background track is Elton John's "Tiny Dancer". Jim, who got closer to Pam than ever before, watches as Pam is taken away and that soundtrack makes me want a Jim/Pam hookup so badly. Jim is waving goodbye as the lyrics say "hold me closer..." what a romantic moment ! ! !

The writers blatantly and unashamedly wanted us to connect with a Jim/Pam romance. This was the season opener and this was the mood they deliberately set.

Let's hope it continues in season three.

Mar 21st 2006 edited

Does anyone know the name of the hip-hop song that Michael butchered at the beginning of the awards ceremony? I'd like to download it but I don't know the title or artist.

EDIT: Okay, never mind. I found it. It's O.P.P. by Naughty by Nature. Thanks, anyway.

Apr 13th 2006

Ahhh, a Dundies repeat. I think I've said it before, but this is my favorite ep.
I have to give a little shout out to two of my best friends who were extras in this episode. They were invited because one of them works at Chili's, the other does acting/extra work. You can see them in the back at several points during the episode (Bryan is in a brown striped polo, and Nicole is across from him with a brown shirt and jean jacket).
NBC contacted several Southern CA Chili's locations and requested employees to be extras in the shoot. They didn't film in an actual Chili's (I think BJ's blog mentions this), they filmed it in a former Stuart Anderson's/Black Angus building(steakhouse chain), and brought in Chili's signs, glasses, etc.
Apparently, there was an Asian family that was hired as extras, and they were offended by Michael's "Ping" impersonation - they hadn't been told that the episode might be offensive. And apparently many of the female extras followed John around, and a few followed Rainn as well.
A few good jokes were cut out too, I guess at one point, Steve was supposed to have a line saying something about everyone taking a moment of silence to remember all of the starving children in the world, and as they do, a server walks by with a loudly sizzling platter of fajitas. The corporate folks from Chili's probably didn't like that one either.
Anyway, that's my little info on the episode. Yay for the Dundies!! I hope we can all celebrate with a second drink.

Apr 13th 2006

I'm with you stella the dundies is my favorite episode so far as well. I guess it's mainly since Pam gets drunk, kisses Jim, and falls off of a barstool.

Apr 13th 2006

Recapping my favorite moments from this episode:

  • Phyllis reaming out Dwight who was clearly shaken.
  • Pam thanking her Keds for the award (play on words with Kids).
  • Michaels Gangsta look and rap.
  • Bushiest Beaver award.
  • Michael elevating himself to Bob Hope status.
  • A drunken Pam. My favorite moment of all is when Jim is talking on a bar stool. Just before Pam falls off, her eyes fixate on Jim for about 20 seconds (the whole time he talks) and the intensity on her face is worth many rewinds.
Apr 13th 2006

Tapper, Keds is the brand of shoes she's wearing, not a play on words (although I guess it could be a written-in double entendre).

But yeah, I freaking love this episode.

Apr 14th 2006

Pam said: "I want to thank my Keds, I couldn't have done it without them".

To me it appeared they were making a play on words joke as people will often say something like that about thier Kids in an acceptance speech.

Maybe I gave the writers too much credit on that joke. I took it as a brand of shoes and a play on words... hmmmmm...

Apr 14th 2006 edited

Here we go with the analysis again. : ) This could have been intended, I’m not sure.

I think when a show is this good - viewers are more likely to give writers / directors credit for subtle things that may or may not have been planned.

The same thing happens in the other arts too - movies, books, etc. My theory is that once people deem a work is good you have a multitude of viewers/readers reviewing the piece for these play of words, symbolism, etc. They are bound to come up with more then a single director/writer could have intended.

Just my opinion.


Scranton Branch Merchandise

Apr 14th 2006 edited

Dwights sound effect when Michael asked Stanley where his wife is was another great moment. You could see the look of total humiliation on Michaels face.

Those awkward moments that make you squirm while you watch, are my favorite aspect(s) of this show.

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