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The Office Rundown: Episode 21, "Two Weeks"

The Office Rundown: Episode 21, "Two Weeks"

I'm curious to find out your reactions to this week's episode of The Office because I have to admit, it's not my fave. Not much Dwight (and no Jim/Dwight pranks) and not nearly enough Andy for my taste. Still, even the kinda disappointing episodes of The Office are way better than most other things on TV! Michael has given his two weeks notice at Dunder-Mifflin and has become careless (er, more so than usual) during his final days at the office. Then he makes a risky business decision and tries to recruit the other employees to join him. There is also a new copying machine.

To read about some of my favorite parts of the episode and to share your own,


  • I love the beginning part when Michael tells his quitting story and everyone wonders why he didn't do things like tell his superior how incompetent he is, or say that he's wasted years of his life, or spit in his face. Oscar says he loves hearing quitting stories because it gives him hope — maybe he'll have one of his own someday. "But . . . I dream."
  • Kevin: "Is that Scotch?"
    Michael: "Scotch and Splenda. Tastes like Splenda, gets you drunk like Scotch."
  • Michael attempts to make some calls about jobs. "You work in paper long enough, you get to know the players." So he starts with Prince Paper but when he hears the message saying they've gone out of business, he crosses out "Prince Paper" on his list and there's just "other companies" left.
  • Michael tells Jim he's going to start his own paper company. Jim asks if he knows the industry's in decline. Michael: "Yeah! Oh, God, I practically invented decline."
  • Dwight tries to translate the German instructions for the new copying machine: "That is either an incense dispenser or a ceremonial sarcophagus."
  • Kelly has to leave early on Tuesdays to pick up her little sisters from school. "We're really tight. We're like the Kardashians." As she's saying this to Charles, Angela interrupts to bring him a brochure on an accounting seminar. There was a sundae bar at last year's seminar but Angela says she didn't have any, "you know, to stay trim." Kelly pushes Angela out the door, calling her a "special person. She's turning 50 this year!"
  • Charles: "I am aware of the effect I have on women."
  • I love Meredith calling Pam "Little Miss Thing" when Pam is trying to demonstrate the new copying machine.
  • Ha! Michael puts a note in Oscar's sandwich! A note he claims to have sterilized, but Oscar explains that "just saying 'sterile' doesn't make it so."
  • Of course Michael tries to recruit Stanley while Stanley's in the bathroom.
  • Michael's response to nobody joining him at his company: "You know what, I had a great time at prom. And no one said 'yes' to that either."
  • Toby: "Michael's like a movie on a plane. It's not great, but it's something to watch. And then when it's over you're like, 'How much time is left on this flight? Now what?'"
  • Michael: "This is your future. Hello, I am your future. You are older and you are very happy now because you went with Michael Scott."
  • Pam learned the new copying machine inside and out but she realizes that that's not exactly fulfilling. So, in the end, she joins Michael's new company!
  • And in Pam's absence, Charles puts Kevin in charge of handling the phones?! He so clearly does not know the employees of the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch.
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