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"The Office" Rundown: Episode 3, "Launch Party"

"The Office" Rundown: Episode 3, "Launch Party"

I woke up this morning with ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" bopping in my head and I had to giggle. Who would have thought Angela would become such a hot ticket at Dunder-Mifflin? I enjoyed this week's episode of "The Office" well enough, but I'm still not digging the hour-long episodes, and this week's felt like it dragged a little.

In this episode, all the Dunder-Mifflin offices are celebrating the launch of the company's website (Dunder-Mifflin Infinity) with separate parties that will communicate through an online video chat. In other news, Dwight is determined to sell more paper than the website does, prompting Jim and Pam to play another of their infamous pranks. Oh, and Michael holds a pizza delivery kid hostage in the conference room.

For some of my favorite parts of the episode, and to add your own (spoilers ahead!),

  • Jim signing Meredith's diaper-type cast is a great way to start the episode.
  • I loved all of Michael's derogatory remarks about Angela's petite size, from calling her "pipsqueak" and "booster seat" to mimicking a sign by a roller coaster: "If you are not this tall, you may not ride the roller coaster."
  • Michael: "Well the website is the brainchild of my brainchild, Ryan. It is my brain grandchild."
  • I might be alone in this sentiment, but I really love the storylines involving Phyllis. I love that she Googled tips on dealing with difficult people because of Angela. And then she throws the Post-It notes at Angela's face! "That shut up her up!"
  • Dwight asks "the computer": "How do I know this isn’t Jim?"
    To which "computer" responds: "What is a Jim?"
  • Dwight: "I have been salesman of the month for 13 out of the last 12 months. You heard me right.. I did so well last February that corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise." He holds up the plaques to either side of his face.
  • Jim and Pam say "not it" at the same time to get out of taking Michael’s other ticket to the party.
    Pam: "I won."
    Jim: "If anything, it was a tie."
    Pam: "Tie goes to the girlfriend."
  • Dwight types: "Here’s a suggestion, computer. I assume you read binary so why don’t you 0110111101101011."
    Jim: "Okay. While you were typing that I searched every database in existence and learned every fact about everything. And mastered the violin. Oh! And sold more paper."
  • Dwight: "Dammit Kelly, it knows! It knows what you did!"
    Darryl: "Hey, how about instead of yelling at our sweet old miss Kapur over 500 sheets of paper you get back to your desk, start selling multiple reams, like a man." Then, to Kelly, "So you still missing Ryan?"
    Kelly: "Not so much anymore."
  • Angela: "How do you tell someone it’s over? You send them a notarized letter, right? Well, what if the recipient is your notary?"
  • Andy: "They say you should never mix business with pleasure. Really. Well explain to me how a putt-putt golf company operates."
  • Dwight says he knows the pizza delivery kid because he steals Dwight's hemp.
    Pizza kid: "Yeah I know that guy. He’s the farmer who grows really crappy weed."
  • Michael: "I am not kidnapping him. I’m keeping him until I get what I want."
  • Michael says to Ryan on the video chat, "Hey I just think you should know that one of my salesmen beat your stupid computer. So take that a—hole."
  • Andy sings "Take a Chance on Me" with two of his friends singing backup on speakerphone! I just had to write about that again because it kind of made my week.

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bhustle bhustle 9 years
this episode was hilarious! Dwight is too funny he really lives in his own planet where there are heroes that kill people and have powers...lmao!!! But I too can watch the Office episodes all day this a great show
kendalheart kendalheart 9 years
I loved the entire show...I don't mind the hour episodes!! The part w/ the pizza kid dragged a bit though...
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I could watch hour long episodes fo the office every hour of every day!
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
"What is a Jim?" That was classic.
krisrenjen krisrenjen 9 years
it can stay a hour every week,and you'd never hear me complain! I love this show, and I loved the British version too. I too cracked up when Kelly rubbed the pizza on Ryan's TV face :) And I was kinda hoping Michael would keep on the purple shirt!
awteena awteena 9 years
i don't think the hour drags. i love all the subtle funny parts with each character. and as much as this show is based off the British version, i'm tired of people comparing the two. just let this one be what it is on its own, then you'll enjoy it a lot more. (in other words, pam and jim are still awesome!)
genvessel genvessel 9 years
i agree that it drags a little... i'm ready for the 30 minute episodes again. i think they find the best funny during that
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Oh, and the "Lunch Party" banner.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
This was a great great great episode! I'm busting up laughing reading all the comments. Couple of other things to add to the list: 1. Michael's European-cut shirt 2. Stanley dancing to the website's music The hour-long episodes are really just 2 half-hour shows. So watch it 30 minutes at a time and stop complaining. You'll miss them when they're gone.
tralalala tralalala 9 years
I honestly think that Jim and Pam getting together is going to ruin the show. Sigh. I guess it just won't have as awesome of an ending as the british version
CaliMomma CaliMomma 9 years
Seriously, all of you people who put down the Office's hour long episodes obviously have no sense of humor. There is NO way that these episodes drag. I wish they were ALL an hour! A half hour is WAY WAY too short!!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Seriously the back up speaker singers was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also loved Phyllis throwing the post it notes at Angela. I missed the pranks that Jim pulled on Dwight so it was great to see that one
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I agree, the best par was the conference room in the beginning. Everyone so excited because of the screen saver... I was going strong but my bro totally lose it, so , I lose it too :rotfl: And yeah, Andy singing to Angela was really really sweet. And the Ice he bring for her to the party, he is really getting my vote.:INNOCENT: for someone who is supposed to be dumb and childish, Andy really bring his game up this time, he show so much cleverness...
Chica8a Chica8a 9 years
i loved this episode !
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
this was probably the funniest one of all three so far this season. I kind of like the hour long but there were times i started drifting off and trying to do other things. But other than that, it was pretty darn funny.
nina_e nina_e 9 years
this show is so funny to me... I do like how it's an hour long now
shleamg shleamg 9 years
It was so funny (and gross) when Meredith had Jim sign her cast! And poor Dwight is starting to look really depressed, what with the stubble and all.
theironist theironist 9 years
I absolutely adored this episode. The bear horn whenever Dwight made a sale? AWESOME. Also...Ed Helms singing is always high-larious.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
The cast signing was pretty magical, but it's definately a little drawn out when the episodes are an hour. The "tie goes to the girlfriend" quote was cute.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I loved the episode. Phyllis's part was great, I thought. I think Michael's webcast announcement topped by Kelly smushing the pizza in Ryans face on the screen was one of the funniest things I have seen on the show. I was killing myself laughing, and laugh everytime I think about it. :rotfl: And so far I think they are handling the Jim and Pam thing okay, its still cute, not nauseating to me yet.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
LOL @ "Dwight asks "the computer": "How do I know this isn’t Jim?" To which "computer" responds: "What is a Jim?"" I love dwight hahaha
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 9 years
Definitely loved, loved, loveeed Phyllis and her google searched tips for dealing with Angela, "How does that make you feel?"...and another one of my favorite parts was Darryl in general...both his comment about selling paper like a man to Dwight and his "mmmmm" to Kelly...I hope him and Kelly have a lil thing, that would be really entertaining.
badhabit badhabit 9 years
Buzz you forgot to mention when Jim and Michael are in the car and Michael says the "VIP" party is at a club called Chat Room where you need a password to enter, and without a word Jim immediately put his turn signal on to go back to Scranton.
alillee alillee 9 years
i really need to start watching this show! i watched a tad bit last night and it looked pretty good!
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
I am not a big fan of Andy, never really warmed to him, but I think he's suppose to be that way. But that is all over now, I LOVED the phone serenade if you can call it that. Second funniest moment ever, the first being all the pranks Jim and sometimes Pam pull on Dwight, those are always genius and hilarious.
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