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The Office Rundown: Episode 25, "Broke"

The Office Rundown: Episode 25, "Broke"

Uh-oh — all the cheese puff tossing in the world can't distract the employees of the Michael Scott Paper Company from the fact that their low, low prices are causing the company to go broke. But at the same time, Dunder-Mifflin has been rapidly losing clients to the Michael Scott Paper Company, and David Wallace pays a visit to the Scranton branch to figure out what to do about it. A chain of kissing up ensues (Dwight to Charles, Charles to David).

Did you like this episode of The Office? To read about some of my favorite moments and to share your own thoughts,


  • The Michael Scott Paper Company delivery van has Korean lettering on it, causing a woman to wordlessly climb into the van at some point, and stay there. I love that rather than try and argue with the woman, Pam just closes the door behind her.
  • Michael drinks a mug of milk and sugar every morning.
  • David wants Jim to join his meeting with Charles, but Charles says that Dwight has been his guy.
    David: "Really? I find that extraordinarily surprising."
    Charles says Jim has been a disappointment.
    Dwight: "Come along, afterthought."
  • Once in the meeting, though, Charles starts to realize that Dwight is, you know, a little weird. And not always in the productive way. He says things like suggesting they fill Michael's office with bees. "My apiarist owes me a favor."
  • I think this line from Pam is my favorite of the whole episode: "When a child gets behind the wheel of a car and runs into a tree, you don't blame the child. He didn't know any better. You blame the 30-year-old woman who got in the passenger seat and said, 'Drive, kid. I trust you.'"
  • Jim's Dwight ring is just Dwight's voice saying "Idiot. Idiot. Idiot."
  • Michael always thought the day Steve Martin died would be the worst day of his life. "I was wrong. It's this."
  • Ryan never went to Thailand. He went to Fort Lauderdale. "There was a great pad thai place, though."
  • Michael tells Jim that he accepts the buyout. Jim: "I will see you titans of industry upstairs."
    Michael: "Yes, well, we are not only tight ends, we are also quarterbacks."
  • Wow! Michael gets David to increase the offer from $12,000 to $60,000! What?!
  • Instead of the money, Michael gets their jobs back — with Pam as a salesperson! And Ryan. "I don't care if Ryan murdered his entire family. He is like a son to me."
  • I can't wait to see if/how Pam being a salesperson will affect her relationship with Jim.
  • "These are our demands. This is what we want. Our balls are in your court." David agrees to the demands, and Michael asks for the room. He closes the door, closes the blinds, and then squeals and high-fives are heard through the conference room windows.
  • The lady is still sitting in the van!
  • Charles tries to say a goodbye, but Michael doesn't let him. Triumph for Michael Scott!


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lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I loved this episode, so glad that the show is going back to it's funny ways again!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I love that Michael is actually good at his job.He may be socially awkward, but he knows how to sell paper. I loved when Angela and Kelly were listening outside the door and when Angela asked Kelly what she could her Kelly just mumbled. Oh, how the turntables...
emalove emalove 8 years
I loved this was hilarious! And I agree, Allyace, I'm glad that the Michael Scott Paper Company bit has come to a close. It was funny, but it definitely could have gotten old.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Sooo glad that they didn't draw out the Michael Scott Paper Co. too long. I thought it was a clever change of pace, but it was good for it to be a short change.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
Yay, I like the way they resolved this storyline! I can't wait to see what they come up with next.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
I knew as soon as Michael Scott Paper Company formed that Dunder Mifflin would end up buying them out, that they would demand their jobs back and demand that Charles be fired. I didn't expect it to happen so soon.
RCCway RCCway 8 years
Loved it! I could do without Ryan back, but love when Michael pulls out something fabulous! :-) I wonder if Charles will be the new "Jan" or if he is gone for good...
marathonmom marathonmom 8 years
I wish I knew what the van said. Great episode!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I loved this episode the scene with the the woman and van made me laugh out loud :-D and "well, well, well, how the turn tables....."
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
@pinkflake2, i thought the same thing and if jim sold out, i would've stopped watching the show. anyway, thought this was a great ep - so many classic lines. even my bf has been into the past few ep's and he doesn't like the office. i'm glad to see michael scott bring it - he was really annoying me prior to the MSPC. and oh dwight, lolz.
xopiperxo xopiperxo 8 years
yay great episode!
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
Oh and how the turntables... Classic
bakedbeans bakedbeans 8 years
Classic episode. I was so rooting for the Micheal Scott Paper Company and then they totally triumphed. Even Ryan's back permanently! And Jim saving the day as always... he's so amazingly awesome at winging it. And it was sweet to see Jim and Pam internation, as always. It will be weird though to see Jim look to Pam away from the receptionist desk.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
what an absolutely awesome episode!!! def one of the best office ones!
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
the last three episodes have been great! i knew the michael scott paper company would shake things up for the show and i kinda suspected it would go the way it did. i love when michael reminds us that he is quite business savvy despite being a moron in all other aspects. i also thought it was great how jim worked everything out. and i can never get enough dwight the bees shit and beet thief was soo classs dwight
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
I love this episode so much! I think my favorite part came at the last second, when Michael, in triumph, props one leg up on Jim's desk; Jim, pleased with the day's events, simply grins and points to Michael and they both beam with pride. :rotfl:
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Really enjoyed this episode-- Just when I start to lose hope on this show, they throw in a good one and pull me back in!
missvintage missvintage 8 years
Loved this episode!
satlure satlure 8 years
Wow, what a great episode! Very cool that Steve Carell directed this one.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Oh, how the turntables... LOL.
millarci millarci 8 years
I was pretty impressed with Michael in the episode. He did good. :)
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 8 years
I also love that Jim is so any other show they'd have his character sell out to get on Charles/David's good side (since Jim knew from Pam that Michael Scott company was broke). I was worried for a sec they'd make Jim a bad guy!!
badhabit badhabit 8 years
I loved toward the end when Dwight got the info about the MSPC being broke and ran to tell Charles, but Jim was smart enough to goad Dwight into looking like an idiot so Charles didn't believe him and the whole deal wouldn't be ruined. Especially how Jim goaded him involved a story about Dwight cracking the case of the beet thief who turned out to be Mose in socks. Classic.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Great episode! I have been very impressed with Michael lately. Maybe the writers decided his stupidity was too over the top and made him seem competent again. I hope BJ Novak (Ryan) stays on the show.
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