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The Office Rundown: Episode 17, "Lecture Circuit, Part 2"

The Office Rundown: Episode 17, "Lecture Circuit, Part 2"

Right off the bat in this episode of The Office, Kevin is double fisting icy treats: a Popsicle and an ice cream cone. This is an awesome way to open any episode of anything. From there we learn that Angela got a new cat (and then we learn, um, quite a bit more about Angela and her cats), and we watch Jim and Dwight continue to plan Kelly's birthday party. On their lecture circuit, Michael and Pam make a detour to Nashua so Michael can see Holly. This lecture is, as you might expect, hilariously disastrous.

Only thing is, I'm disappointed that we don't get to actually see Holly! To check out some of my favorite moments and share your own,


  • Angela has a new cat that cost $7,000: Princess Lady! "She's hypoallergenic, she doesn't struggle when you try to dress her, she's a third-generation show cat, her father was in Meet the Parents." Creed says he could get her a kid for that amount of money.
  • Of course, Angela has her cats on Nanny Cam! And maybe it's because I have cats, but I kinda want cat maternity leave, too. It's not a bad idea. As Angela points out, people get tons of time off when they have kids. Meredith agrees: "She's right. I had my second kid just for the vacation."
  • Dwight grills Kelly about why she went to juvenile hall at the age of 14. "If she's old enough to get married, she's old enough to follow the law." Kelly stole a boat after her boyfriend dumped her.
  • She hates her cake because there are "no flowers, or toys. I don't even know what the theme is. What's the theme?"
    Jim: "Birthday."
    Dwight: "Frosting."
  • Michael is distraught to learn that Holly has a new boyfriend — and he's a salesman in the Nashua branch. But Pam suggests that if Michael does a great job at the presentation, Holly will hear all about it and realize what she's missing.
  • Mr. Ash is getting it on with Princess Lady, and everyone watches through the Nanny Cam (Kevin: "Ooh, the other one's watching"). Angela goes home to stop Mr. Ash, and the others watch Angela with the cats as she talks to them in meows and hisses, and cleans Princess Lady with her tongue! Oscar is scarred: "I want to get that image out of my head. The psychological issues that go behind licking a cat, are not things I want to get into. Also I'm pretty sure she coughed up a hairball."
  • Michael's presentation starts with a string of movie references "Goooooood morning, Viet-Nashua!" He's got them on his side for a bit, before singling out AJ and asking him about his girlfriend (Holly) and then sort of crumpling to the floor and crawling out the door backwards.
  • So, Pam takes over Michael's presentation. "Sales is like a box of chocolates. You never know what vendor you're gonna get! . . . Forrest Gump." Then she uses Michael's name trick! "Blazer, Freckles, Penguin, k.d. Lang, Holly's Boyfriend." And out comes the chainsaw.
  • I love the random, surprising things that happen on The Office, like Michael cutting off a part of Holly's sweater sleeve. Then he notices a document titled "Dear Michael" on her desktop, so he puts in a flash drive and takes the document. Pam quietly reads the the letter and then deletes it. She tells Michael that Holly has feelings for him still. "I can't tell you specifically but, it's not over."
  • The bumbling party planners, Jim and Dwight, have made a list of ideas for their ideal party: Beer, fights to the death, cupcakes, blood pudding, blood, touch football, mating, charades, and horse hunting.
  • Jim: "Is there a birthday that you remember that you loved?" Of course, Dwight describes being born. Jim: "Forever stop that story. That's disgusting and it doesn't count."
    Dwight: "Schrutes don't celebrate birthdays, idiot!"
  • Oh wow — the birthday "party" for Kelly is definitely one of my favorite Office scenes thus far this season.
    Kelly: "You don't hear a theme, you see it. And why is there a Chiclet on my cake?"
    Jim: "That's the best part! That represents a pillow. Or a television. Because the fun part is, you get to decide on an hour of television or an hour of napping." And Kelly loves it! Jim and Dwight high-five.
    Kelly: "I've been watching TV all week. I choose nap." Jim sets her up with a pillow and blanket underneath the conference table. She curls up, beaming. "Too excited to sleep!"
  • Dwight bangs together some garbage can lids to wake her up. "Birthday time is over." He smacks her butt! "Many happy returns."
  • Now Michael is high on closure. "We should go apologize to Roy or something."
    Pam: "No, we don't need to do that."


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LulaMelissa LulaMelissa 8 years
I love that Jim and Dwight actually kind of bonded towards the end! I also like how Michael said they should go see Roy now so Pam can apologize, and Pam says "we don't need to do that" Ha Ha! :)
electricxbaby electricxbaby 8 years
This episode was so great! I love Jim and Dwight as party planners, and I loved those balloons! They were the ugliest colours ever. It was such a Michael thing to do to steal a sleeve of her sweater, like smartiez, I thought he was just going to take it. I loved the beginning of the episode when Kevin was eating an ice cream and a Popsicle and Oscar was like "two?" and Kevin replies "I didn't eat lunch...I didn't eat all my lunch". That cracked me up and then Angela walks in "hello, everyone...oh ice cream, nice Kevin, looks good" and Kevin is so flabbergasted, he's just like "uh...yeaa". That scene was one of the bests of the show. Kevin is misunderstood. He doesn't get enough nearly enough airtime.
emalove emalove 8 years
Lots of funny moments for me in this episode: *Pam trying to console Michael by telling him how she felt when Jim was with Karen, and Michael says, "will you stop? I'm going through something here". LOL *the chiclet on Kelly's cake representing a TV or a pillow...and her reaction to their theme: "it's cool" *Angela's nanny-cam for her cats was HILARIOUS. The scene of her cleaning the cats herself was a bit disturbing though! *Michael cutting off the sleeve of Holly's sweater--I died laughing.
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
I quite liked that episode. I hated how they built up to seeing Holly again, and then let you down. Apparently she is coming back though, YAY!
smartiez smartiez 8 years
"We should go apologize to Roy or something." That is definitely the best line of the episode, I think.
smartiez smartiez 8 years
I felt sorry for Michael! I mean he had a breakdown in front of an entire branch! :( But cutting off Holly's sweater sleeve was so... Michael. I expected him to take it, but what does he do? Chop it. Loved this episode ♥♥
amofoz amofoz 8 years
I loved that Dwight smacked Kelly's butt! So random and so Dwight!
kathy6343 kathy6343 8 years
I thought that at first with Holly dating a co-worker, like why can she date that guy. But I think part of the issue was that Michael was her boss and his history of dating Jan and how that caused problems for the company
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I thought Michael's presentation started off so well. The movie quotes were a good way to be funny but relevant. Then he started in on Holly's boyfriend and I said "Oh God" at exactly the same time Pam did. But why on earth didn't Pam interrupt him? If that was my boss making a fool of himself, I would have said "Ok, we're leaving now, let's go." It's like watching someone get hit by a car and not yelling for them to watch out. I loved the birthday storyline. Dwight was great with the sparkly pink poster and I loved that Jim actually raised his voice to Dwight. Sometimes, Jim can be a huge pushover so it was nice to see him yell.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I really like Pam in this episode. She was so cute trying to take over Michaels presentation "...Forrest Gump...". Dwight's birthing story was pretty funny too, but all in all I didn't like this episode as much as I like the others so far this season.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
"What I don't get either...didn't Holly get transferred because she was dating Michael. Why is it ok for her to be dating AJ now?" That's exactly what I was thinking. :headsmack:
samida18 samida18 8 years
This episode was pretty funny! I own a cat, and it never even crossed my mind to lick my cat. (It even sounds disturbing to type!) I loved the gift options for Kelly! Plus, I would love to see more Dwight/Kelly "fights". Hilarious! I am upset we didn't get a Holly sighting or a glimpse into what that letter said. I'm hoping that Pam saved it somehow and we will see it later as well as Holly!
lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I always look forward to Thursday to watch The Office and Friday to get a laugh again from the recap. I was missing Andy in this episode, but the Jim-Dwight team definitely made up for it. Such an ingenious birthday idea! What I don't get either...didn't Holly get transferred because she was dating Michael. Why is it ok for her to be dating AJ now?
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
I thought it was really funny. I actually love Pam's support of Micheal - how she gently tries to steer him towards more acceptable behavior. Also, her taking over the presentation was great: 'I have a chainsaw' BRRRRRRR... cutting through the competition...' I love how everyone just has these sort of blank, uncomfortable stares after each presentation we've seen. I also thought Micheal cutting off Holly's sweater sleeve was actually sort of touching. He wasn't doing it in a mean way- he just missed her SO MUCH, lol. So of course that was the best thing for him to do. As for the cat thing. Um, I own cats and love them, but I didn't take it personally. I think Angela has shown her insanity in SO MANY ways that it obviously isn't just because she is a cat lady. It goes waaaay deeper than that- the cats are just a side issue with her. I also love the name 'PrincessLady' It was almost as good as Bandit ( where was he in the NannyCam?!?) being thrown through the ceiling in 'rescue' in the last episode. And lastly, I loved it how happy Kelly was with her choice of party gifts! Because Kelly is never happy. And now we see how little it took to actually make her happy. I also love it that in Schrute world, you can apparently get married at age 14!!
emms emms 8 years
My favorite story line was the birthday party planning! I wasn't crazy about Angela's storyline, mostly because I have two cats and I hate the stigma attached to owning cats...Angela's whole storyline and personality just reifnorces that we are all Crazy Cat Ladies (CCL's- thank you Some of us are normal!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I don't know, I thought this episode was pretty terrible. The only thing that made me laugh was Angela and the cats. And I do like when Jim and Dwight do ANYTHING together. But other than that: disappointing.
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