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The Office Rundown: Episode 4, "Money"

The Office Rundown: Episode 4, "Money"

In this week's episode of The Office we find Michael moonlighting as a telemarketer because of his money troubles. In other news, Dwight pines after Angela some more and struggles with the fact that Andy is actively pursuing her (by moonwalking past Accounting). For most of the hour-long episode, Pam and Jim act with uncommon compassion toward Dwight, taking pity on him in his distressed state. This doesn't stop them from going to his beet farm bed-and-breakfast out of sick curiosity, however.

I could have done with more of the beet farm agrotourism stuff and less of Michael's story. There was something off about this week's episode. It's never really a good thing when I'm checking the clock and feeling antsy at the 20-minute mark of an hour-long episode.

There were definitely some highlights, however, so to read about some of my favorite parts,


  • Michael has taken to treating Pam in whatever way is in keeping with the movie he's currently watching. When he calls her "Mo Cuishle" Pam realizes he's watching Million Dollar Baby, and then worries that he's going to kill her.
  • Dwight: "TripAdvisor is the life blood of agrotourism industry. A couple of bad reviews there you may as well close up shop. That’s what took down the Stalk Inn. One of the cutest little asparagus farms you’ll ever see."
  • At the beet farm not-B&B, there are three rooms, each with a different theme: America, Irrigation and Nighttime.
  • Stanley: "When I’m at home at night in my own house, in my sweats, drinking some red wine, watching my mystery stories, the last thing in the whole God-forsaken world I want to hear is the voice of Michael Scott."
  • Michael: "And the best way to start is to hit Start, and up comes the toolbar. That’s what she said."
  • On the topic of "whomever" vs. "whoever":
    Stanley: "How did Ryan use it, as an object?"
    Kelly: "Ryan used me as an object."
  • Michael: "No one, uh, asked you anything ever, so whomever’s name is Toby why don’t you take a letter opener and stick it into your skull."
  • Pam: "What’s up?"
    Andy: "Me, all night, dreaming about Angela’s smokin’ hot body."
    Pam: "You’re being gross."
    Andy: "Not from a male perspective."
  • As Kelly’s leaving Darryl she makes the “whatever” W-symbol, the “loser” L-symbol and then a slash symbol across her throat.
  • Michael: "Oh-kay, I know what’s going on. You’re talking about Jim and Pam. If they’re having sex. What it looks like."
  • Creed calls bankruptcy “nature’s do-over.”
    Michael: "Like the witness protection program.”
    Oscar: “Not at all.”
    Creed: “Exactly!”
  • Michael: “We’ll find another way. We’ll ask PowerPoint.”
    Oscar: “Michael, this is a presentation tool.”
    Michael: “You’re a presentation tool… if you think I’m going to tell Jan about this."
  • Oscar to Jan: "So, due to Michael's clever financial maneuvering, he finds himself tremendously in debt."
  • Dwight makes a mournful whale sound when he’s sad. That was probably my favorite part of the episode, in addition to Jim kissing Pam in the office after talking to Dwight, when a collective "awww" was heard throughout the land of Office viewers.

Photos courtesy of NBC

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miss-britt miss-britt 8 years
i agree with you misslarue, i was pretty bored throughout this episode.
kendalheart kendalheart 8 years
Michael: "No one, uh, asked you anything ever, so whomever’s name is Toby why don’t you take a letter opener and stick it into your skull." I must have watched that part a good 10 times it was hilarious!!! Best part of the entire show for me! I thought this was an awesome episode and am really liking the hour. The beet farm part was awesome too but I thought it odd that Jim and Pam went away on a overnighter on a weekday.
fadedblue fadedblue 8 years
*oh and by 'a lot of it', i mean a lot of the other plotlines
fadedblue fadedblue 8 years
I have a feeling people loved this episode mainly b/c it focused so strongly on the show's relationships. I'm a huge Jim/Pam fan, so I appreciated all of their moments, their interaction with Dwight, and even some of the Michael/Jan stuff, but a lot of it seemed kind of forced. I think part of the brilliance of The Office is its way to weave relationships intricately with just inspired comedic situations. Last night's episode still did that, but there was definitely an imbalance. I would like to see that balance restored, and hopefully within the confines of 22-23 minutes, that'll happen. My boyfriend would be so proud to see me say this, seeing as how I love shipping my fav TV couples... =P
PennyCheesecake PennyCheesecake 8 years
I thought Jan was spending Michael's money/causing him to go into debt. Not true? I'm still a little confused about that. There is a pretty good analysis of the disappointing start to the season on Slate. You can find it here: http://www.slate.com/id/2176186/fr/flyout Andy courting Angela is keeping me watching.
Lindsb Lindsb 8 years
I giggled throughout the entire episode.. which makes it another winner in my book. Haha.. MOSE is by far the best part of this episode (with the exception of Jim declaring his love which I already knew but needed to hear him say.. Yessssss). Running beside the car, the outhouse, rocking creepily to Harry Potter, throwing manure!! Hahahaha. :rotfl:
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
i agree with Buzz and molly.. it was sort of sad and downerish... I dont like that michael had this new job. Too much time was spent with the "new staff"... as if they were trying to do a spin off.. it just did not work.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
I thought it was the best episode of the season as well. So many things to notice and laugh about. Here are some more to add to the list... – In the stairwell, Dwight reaching over to Jim after telling him why he left Scranton, but he wasn't there anymore. – Pam seeing Mose in the outhouse (what was that all about?) – Seeing BJ's face when Kelly and Darryl were kissing in the meeting. – When all the young telemarketers idolized Michael, telling him how he should do movie reviews.
misslarue misslarue 8 years
Wow, I am in the minority here. I thought the episode was a stinker. Yeah, some funny parts, but not that many (to me anyway). My husband always leaves the room when its on cuz he doesnt like it, and he said "wow, that's the least amount of laughter I have ever heard from you watching that show"...
Cheetah521 Cheetah521 8 years
Best part of the episode: Dwight playing "You Give Love a Bad Name" on his recorder.
krisrenjen krisrenjen 8 years
totally agree with you Nina, in fact, I've used my Netflix online viewing to watch a episode or two every night, (I missed the 1st two seasons)and it is just a lovable, funny, poignant show :)
nina_e nina_e 8 years
U know what?...I'm glad I'm not the only one who(whom???:-))loves this show...I could seriously watch it every day
nina_e nina_e 8 years
Maybe I'm biased...cuz this by far is my fav show...but last night felt like they finally got a hold of the hour long episode. What was different was 1. Pam and Jim were not feeding off Dwight's misery, instead they gave him support(hopefully next week it's back to pranks :-) 2. Michael story was really sad, I felt really bad for him...it made awkward and too realistic? Good parts, Kelly and Darryl(more Darryl!!!)beet farm and the weird little assistant boy, Jim kissing Pam, whomever...Kelly is the funniest this season...
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I really like this episode, but not the best of the season. I'm happy they're headed back to 30 minutes next week. Kelly on Darryl, "Who says exactly what they're feeling...what kind of game is that?" I also laughed for like, 10 minutes at Pam's sad realization in the beginning that Michael was going to try to kill her because he was watching Million Dollar Baby! Hysterical!
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I like the hour longs, but I found this episode sad, even though parts were hilarious. Something was off last night.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 8 years
"I. Declare. Bankruptcy!!!" "My name is Rupert Everton. I'm a shipping merchant and I raise fancy dogs." Hilarious!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
the point was... it was good, because of the Farm. Everyone want to see again the farm, and Mose. But the Michael part was... boring, because it was so much we didn't need to see. Boring. But Jim and Pam in the farm, Jim asking for a Harry Potter bedtime, Angela holding Garbage (the cat look enormous in her arms), Darryl talking to Kelly, Dwight moaning and Jim talking to him, those moments where really cool. So basically, if we cut Michaels moments in this episode, then we could say it was a good one.
Pammy Pammy 8 years
This was the best episode of the season so far and definitely top ten for the series in general! Rainn Wilson continues to amaze me!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Dwight: "As of this morning, we are now completely wireless. Which we hope to remedy as soon as Mose tells me where he hid all the wires." I loved this total throw-away line. Hilarious. Sad/jealous/heartbroken Dwight is some of Rainn Wilson's best acting. And I agree with whoever said they care more about Jim and Pam than any other on screen couple. I love that the writers are just letting them be cute together because for once the payoff of them being together is just as awesome as the lead up.
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
missjaime... i totally forgot about the "i am in love with italian food" comment. so cute! :)
ddene5713 ddene5713 8 years
loved this episode. shrute farms was hilarious! jim: "1 in 6" pam: "what?" jim: "oh, i thought you asked me what the chance of us getting killed here was." hahaha. loved it! and it def was one of the sad/moving offices yet.
missjaime missjaime 8 years
Jim passionately kissing Pam at Dunder-Mifflin and saying he was in love with "Italian food" (read: Pam) made me swoon. I have never cared about an on-screen couple as much as I care about Jim and Pam. I also liked the scene at the end between Dwight and Jim. Jim opens up a little to his heartbroken co-worker and Dwight says thank you in the only way he knows how -- by being an obnoxious stick-in-the-mud. Best episode of the season thus far.
bhilb bhilb 8 years
I, too, am disagreeing with sugarland. I thought this was a great episode! It had me laughing from the very beginning, but it also was more than that. I like that I felt sad for some of the characters, because that means I actually care about the characters.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
Sorry for the double post! I got click happy.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
I loved the episode. Jim and Pam are too cute, and it makes me swoon when they are all lovey. As for Schrute Farms, there is actually a listing for it, complete with reviews on tripadvisor.com. Too funny. I love this show!!!
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