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The Office Rundown: Episode 20, "New Boss"

The Office Rundown: Episode 20, "New Boss"

"You have no idea how high I can fly."

Wow! I was starting to think that this was yet another episode in which someone comes in and makes Michael look insane, and then Michael becomes pitiable again and then everything goes back to normal. But this ending is a bit of a surprise! I appreciate it when they shake things up a little bit on The Office. Idris Elba guest stars as Charles, the new VP for the northeast region (a job formerly held by Jan and then Ryan), and Michael is not doing well with being managed by the new guy. Charles also makes Jim feel insecure about his job and Angela and Kelly develop crushes on Charles, or "the black George Clooney."

What do you think about this "new boss?" To see some of my favorite parts of the episode and to share your own,


  • It's Michael's 15th anniversary at Dunder-Mifflin and he and the "PPC" are planning his party. Dwight wants to start with a 15-minute round of applause, followed by a 15-minute moment of silence.
  • Jim, in a tuxedo to show Dwight how very seriously he's taking the dress code, emphasizes the importance of classiness at Michael's party, and Michael agrees: "This party has to have all the excitement, drama and intrigue of my time here." He wants something classy "like the opening of a car dealership."
  • Dwight: "Mr. Peanut is not classy. He is a regular peanut. He just happens to have a cane, a monocle and a top hat."
    Michael: "That is what makes him classy."
  • I actually think Michael cutting pieces out of the bagels to turn them from "O"s into "C"s for "Charles" is really sweet.
  • I am loving Idris Elba on this show! He is fantastic at the deadpan. And he's great at silently instilling fear and insecurity, like when Jim tries to explain why he's wearing a tux and Charles says absolutely nothing.
  • Michael doesn't want Charles to manage him and tries to tell him about the people who used to have that job: "Jan would mostly come by when she was super horny and Ryan would come by to visit his parents and do laundry, so. . . . are we clear?"
  • When Dwight wants Michael to be more effective in getting David Wallace on the phone, he claims to have David's son in the trunk of his car! Michael calls back and assures the receptionist that the son will be returned.
  • Ha! Pam: "I can tell Michael's mood by which comedy routine he chooses to do. The more infantile the more upset he is. And he just skipped the Ace Ventura talking butt thing. He never skips it. This is bad." That part when Michael keeps repeating Charles's words made me squirm for real.
  • Charles: "Whatcha got, Jim? What is a two-way petting zoo?"
    Jim, quietly: "You pet the animals, they pet you back."
  • Michael becomes so agitated at this new guy pulling rank on him, he decides to go to New York and talk to David Wallace. But first he yells at Charles. "Do you even know how paper is made? It's not like steel. You don't put it into a furnace. If you put paper in a furnace, you know what would happen? You'd ruin it!"
  • Kelly and Angela fight over Charles as Kelly already begins planning their babies.
  • David Wallace promises Michael his party, his figs and that he'll be in attendance, but then Michael up and quits! "You have no idea how high I can fly."
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Oooh Idris Elba. I must now watch this episode! :)
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
The episode made me cringe the whole time! I felt so bad for Jim :(
pianoteacher1 pianoteacher1 8 years
I"m very happy the cast of the Wire have found some good roles on TV. I love the two guys on Damages, and now we have Stringer Bell too! He IS good that he manages to make people really fear him, using his physicality and charisma. And we will have Amy Ryan soon too!
caryatid caryatid 8 years
i feel like it's entirely possible that jan just made up the #2 position to get jan back... and maybe he has a higher salary but that's about it. felt SO bad for jim but he needed to stop talking or think better on his feet!!! i'm also really glad michael stood up for himself. david was not taking it seriously at all and it was so sad.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
Oh btw, I totally expected Angela to chase Charles, the look on her face when the introductions were going around gave it away.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
I literally fell off my seat when Michael quit. I cannot wait for the next episode. And yes I thought too that the #2 position was a Jim's new job description. I really don't understand why Jim didn't explain it better, instead of using how Dwight used to define it. Really loved that the prank backfired on one of the "cool" kid at the office.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I was actually happy that Michael stood up for himself because standard Michael awkwardness aside, he's been kicking butt at work lately. They sent him to advise the other branches on sales and he had the golden ticket idea that corporate loved. And he totally wanted that VP position and got passed over for it. So he was right to be a little peeved that he was being treated like he didn't know anything. My husband and I were annoyed about the Jim #2 position as well. I did think that Pam was really cute when she was teasing Jim about the tux and how it took him 40 minutes to get ready.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
This episode was great!!The funniest was Angela and Kelly fighting for Charles.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
hilarious episode.i wonder if michaels threat was empty? theyll throw a lavish party for him and hell return?
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
LOVED: Pam's cake.. with a stripper inside... holding a smaller cake... with another stripper inside... holding a cupcake. Michael's "classy" summary of each of the employees. Oscar was recently dumped by a man... Angela was sleeping with two men in the office--one being that guy in orange...
smileyface smileyface 8 years
I have never watched The Office although I've heard that it is really good, just don't have the time. But I think that Idris Elba is soooo fine and sexy I might just have to start! lol. Especially if he speaks with his natural British accent. Does he? haha
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
Jim's position does exist lol because he had negotiated with Jan when Stamford was closed. Angela actually liking somebody was hilarious! Angela all wet with runny mascara was the greatest part of the episode. I think Angela is such an underused character. - It made me so mad that Michael has been with Dunder Mifflin for 15 years and nobody ever appreciates how dedicated he is to the company!
hokiepokie hokiepokie 8 years
My only problem with this episode was that the # 2 position that Jim has is actually real. Corporate gave it to him to get him back to Scranton and he later got into a debate about the merits of the position with Dwight, who said it didn't really mean anything and didn't come with any more money - and Jim corrected him. And then another time, there was a debate about who was in charge when Michael was gone and they called Jan and she said Jim because he's # 2. So that was odd. Otherwise, I loved the episode, especially Kelly & Angela fighting over Charles. Hilarious.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
This episode was so good, but so awkward too. I felt sorry for Michael throughout the whole thing, and then I was so suprised when he quit! I thought he loved Dundler Mifflin! My brother would not stop staring at me. It was kinda like "Wait. Michael QUIT??!!". And maybe I don't fully understand the logisitcs of a tux, but couldn't Jim have at least taken the bow tie off? And his coat maybe? Wouldn't that have made things easier for him? And I thought his Assistaint Regional Manager position was real too. Didn't Jan promise it to him to get him to come back from Stamford? Anywho, I still loved it. Especially Charles staring at Jim, then Jim trying to get the cameras to go away. And Charles: "Whatcha got, Jim? What is a two-way petting zoo?" Jim, quietly: "You pet the animals, they pet you back." Hilarious. :D
emalove emalove 8 years
I was NOT a fan of the new boss either, Lilprisci...I think he's a jerk. I loved Michael in this episode, and the ending was definitely a bit of a surprise to me too!
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I didn't really like the new boss very much. He was too serious (which I know just highlights Michael's over-the-top-ness) but it was more than that... he was dry.
tepiza tepiza 8 years
steve carell was great in this eps.
Yea I loved this episode to. LOL I loved that part with Kelly and Angela in the parking lot. Angela clutching his scarf. Then Angela soaking wet giving the interview. I didn't know how to feel for Micheal, Charles had a lot of points but I was wondering if he could have been nicer about it to Micheal...idk. Mmmmm yes Idris was extremely hot in this episode.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I never imagined we'd see Kelly and Angela fighting over the same guy, but boy, was that funny! Running around the parking lot, yelling for Charles, oh man! Gotta love 'em.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I really liked this episode. Idris Elba is soo sexy.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I wanted to strangle Jim in this episode. Just please stop talking! His lame explanations about the tux and his "No. 2 position" made him look like a fool. He was on Michael's level of awkwardness. "You have no idea how high I can fly" actually made me a little misty-eyed. Poor Michael never gets any appreciation for being such a loyal employee. I was actually glad he gave David a smack-down. And hot damn, Charles is fine-looking! Kelly having a crush on him was totally predictable but Angela? Hilarious how she had her mascara smudged all over from running in the rain.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
hilarious episode. lots of lol moments.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I really liked this episode. I loved the whole Jim tuxedo story line. It was funny to see his own prank kind of backfire on him.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
This episode was the first one that made me laugh in several weeks. I'm curious to see where this is going.
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