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The Office Rundown: Episode 13, "Job Fair"

The Office Rundown: Episode 13, "Job Fair"

OK, the awkwardness at the job fair: funny, or just awkward? Jim's persistence with the guy at the golf course: ambitious drive and dedication, or just desperate? Lately I've been torn about the episodes of The Office. The parts that make me the happiest are the cutesy moments between Pam and Jim, but I don't laugh as much anymore. Do you think The Office is falling into same ol', same ol' territory? Or do you find it as fresh and funny as ever?

This week Michael brings a few of the employees to a high school job fair to recruit an intern. Everyone back at the office decides to leave early (to Dwight's outrage) — except for Angela. Meanwhile, Jim hits the golf course with Andy and Kevin and attempts to woo a client.

To see some of my favorite parts from "Job Fair" and to share your thoughts,


  • Michael says they need interns at the office, in order to "youthanize" (euthanize) the place.
  • It is really cute that Jim has "long-term goals" that he wants Pam's parents to be psyched about. "I am going to do something very bold that I have never done at this job before: Try."
  • Andy can't shake the guy's hand because he's "got some blisties" after hitting about 1,200 golf balls the night before in preparation. Also, he used to hang out with the sailing kids instead of the golf kids. "Got my knot on."
  • Pam, upon walking into her old gym: "Pretending to have PMS so I didn't have to play volleyball. Pretending to have PMS so I didn't have to play basketball. Those were the days."
  • Michael says to Justin that he could be "a classy janitor. Or, a cashier with dignity. Or a migraine worker. Maybe for you, paper should be more of a hobby."
  • Pam, telling the story of Michael instructing her to just bring one sheet of paper: "And then you said, 'Pam! Pam! Pam!' and then you sneezed in my tea and you said, 'Don't worry, it's just allergies.' Do you remember that?"
  • Michael: "Yeah, I'm trying to lure these kids into my booth, but kids are very wary of being lured these days. Thank you, Dateline."
  • Creed calls Angela "Pumpkin"!
  • Michael: "All of these jobs? Suck. I would rather live jobless, on a beach somewhere, off the money of a large inheritance, than to work in any one of these crapholes. They suck."

  • Did anyone else think they were going to return to the art room later in the episode after Pam looked for something and then left? I'm sure they have their reasons for including that scene, but at the moment I'm not quite sure what the point of it was.
  • Michael, attempting to draw Justin back: "And you already met her, Pam Beasly, office hottie. She will do you. (chuckles) No, no. But she has already dated two guys in the office — that we know of — so, this could be number three, you never know. (whispers) Come here. . . I would never say this to her face, but she is a wonderful person and a gifted artist."
    Oscar: "What? Why wouldn't you say that to her face?"
  • Angela and Dwight working all day in silence is hilarious. There is so much that goes on with these two without any words.
  • Aw, Jim and Pam making out is so cute. Then it's ruined by Michael saying, "Yeah, kiss her. Kiss her good." Awkward! However, that last look Pam gives Michael is priceless.
  • When Pam goes to apply for a graphic design job, she ends up saying "New York or Philadelphia" enough times to more than sufficiently provide some foreshadowing.

This week's Office: thoughts?


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reesiekitty reesiekitty 9 years
Lol we also commented on hiding Angela's real life pregnancy! I really thought she and Dwight would succomb to passion or something when everyone else left and that Pam would walk in on them when she came back to get the sheet of paper. I thought Michael was particularly mean here too. I really liked the plot with whatshisname in NY possibly being addicted to drugs a few episodes back and how Michael and Dwight were so clueless about it. I thought they would go somewhere with that and have D & M go into 'intervention' mode, which would be really funny. I want Pam and Jim to just be happy and succeed too!! I thought the supporting players really had a lot of the better lines and things in this episode. It just wasn't as funny or fun as a few weeks ago.
jaywhycee jaywhycee 9 years
Did anyone notice how they cleverly masked Angela's real-life pregnancy by never showing her from the chest down? I know they do this a lot with pregnant TV characters, but thought it was especially clever in this episode.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Well hopefully the season finale will help us all breathe a sigh of relief from all the questions and tense scenes. Side note, I saw Jan (Melora Hardin) in 27 dresses this weekend. For some reason in the movie, her hair looked so bad compared to how it was always styled on The Office.
Stravs-Firebird Stravs-Firebird 9 years
Loved Andy flying! And I laugh every time Darryl has a scene. From dinkin' flicka to saying he belonged to BOTH the Bloods and the Crips... More Darryl!! Yeah, I also found Michael to be way, way too gross with the sexual comments about Pam. Uh, saying she'll do you to a 16 year old boy? Shudder. And practically following the other kid to the bathroom?? Jim/Pam stuff has been so great. I like how straightforward they're being. I agree with Francoisehardly-- it's such a cliche to add tension or break up a happy couple. It'd actually be novel/interesting to see where they go together! (And watch the hijinks of the other love interests, like Andy/Dwight/Angela. And Kelly and Darryl, or whoever it is now.)
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I thought it was really good this week and I agree it was very realistic. I did think the tension could have been eased a bit by some weird kinky tryst between Dwight and Angela tho :)
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
i am really hoping things get back to normal with this show. It is not the same anymore. The only part I liked was when Pam said, "Beer?" and they celebrated and kissed so sweetly. It was the only smile for me during the whole show. I had to cover my eyes during all the awkward parts.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I found this episode really boring. I didn't laugh as much as I did in the past episodes.
yeokr yeokr 9 years
daisie - i THOUGHT that graphics guy looked like jim/john!!
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
There's just been too much "stupid/rude Michael" in the more recent episodes. I found "clueless Michael" to be much more entertaining. Although the show is still funny, they don't seem to have the same rhythm that they did before the strike.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Yep, all those companies are real Scranton companies. Also, did anyone else notice it was John (Jim) playing the graphics company guy? Made me think what would a NYC Jenna be like versus this Scranton one.
elanakat elanakat 9 years
i love it when michael says "Justin is like the ugly girl in the movies with the glasses, who she takes off her glasses and all of a sudden she's really hot, and then you realize she was the hot girl all along but she just had glasses. Basically Justin is the essence of my life right now." haha
Lindsb Lindsb 9 years
At the job fair - the banners really were of companies in Scranton. Haha. LR Costanzo is a construction company and Solid Cactus is a graphic design company!! Haha.. how funny!
kgr3p18 kgr3p18 9 years
jenna fischer said in an interview that someone was leaving but it wasn't her or maybe its jim??
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Not my favorite, but still a good episode. Especially with Andy flying out of the golf cart!
radarkitty radarkitty 9 years
The Dateline line made me spit out my drink. I thought this eppy was hilarious.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
My HD Tivo DVR went bonkers and I had to replace it... So I missed last nights Office. I had it recorded, but my husband decided to replace the DVR this morning before I had a chance to watch it! :(
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
I feel like they are upping the amount of mean-ness to the show. I felt that way last week and it was there again this week. I didn't used to think of Michael as an honestly jerky person, more of a clueless guy, but he keeps seeming like more of an a-hole. Though there are always amusing moments- more Darryl!- I am just enjoying this show less and less.
sunnyheart sunnyheart 9 years
The youthanize joke was hilarious! I agree, I was hoping some painting of Pam's had secretly been put on display and she had just missed seeing it or something, but they left it hanging...
em113 em113 9 years
last night was painful. I miss the old office with non-stop laughs. There have been bright spots here and there this season but it's definitely not on the same level it used to be.
nina_e nina_e 9 years
I agree the play Michael too much...there are so so many other interesting characters...CREED anyone? That guy kills me everytime he has a line...Pumpkin! 1. i think Pam went back to the art room to see if a picture she drew in the past was still there...but it wasn't 2. Andy cracked me up with all those blisters 3. Oh my creepiness Michael...when he was standing behind PB&J while they were kissing...those are the awkward moments I love about the office 4. 'Oh my Gosh Darryl, you look like Barack Obama!' Love that girl Remember you can catch full episodes on
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I didn't see this episode, but in general I think they are playing Michael too much. I tend to laugh at Dwight the most. I'd love to see more stuff with others and not just have it be Michael.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I'm surprised you guys didn't like this one more. I thought it was possibly the best episode since the strike. My boyfriend and I both related to different parts of the episode (him to the booth bits, and me to the sneaking out when the boss is away bits), even though we work in totally different fields. That is when The Office really shines in my opinion- when people who actually work in an office can watch it and go "man, that just happened to me last week!"
emalove emalove 9 years
I still LOVE this show and will never think of it as "same ol', same ol". Last night's episode wasn't my favorite, but it had some funny moments for sure. I definitely agree that Pam is going to be leaving Dunder Mifflin to pursue her love of graphic design...and I DEFINITELY think something is going to come in between Jim and Pam. You know they're going to shake things up a little with that relationship. Although I really just want them to get engaged and be happy!! I think something will happen with Dwight and Angela soon...I think last night's episode was a segway into them starting to talk again. And Michael was so mean to Justin...I didn't like the way he was at all in this episode.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I just felt bad for Jim when he seemed so scared about losing his job. And I kind of have the feeling both Pam and Jim would move. If they moved to Phily...Jim could be Phily Jim. :wink: And frankly I rather see them together. It's such a clique to break up a couple after they finally get together and I haven't even gotten a wedding out of it yet plus Jim already bought a ring.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
This episode had me torn, also. I found myself laughing during the first half of the show and then pretty straight-faced during the second half. Crossing my fingers for more laughs next week!
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