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The Office Rundown: Episode 6, "Branch Wars"

The Office Rundown: Episode 6, "Branch Wars"

Karen's back! At least for this week's episode of The Office, Karen makes a return appearance, and she's clearly not over Jim yet. Also, she extends an offer to Stanley to join her sales team at the Utica office. When Stanley tells Michael about this, Michael, Dwight and Jim go on a mission to send the message to Karen that if she "poaches" Stanley, the will "burn Utica to the ground."

Yet another solid, classic half-hour of Office goodness. Check out the lines and moments I loved most this week:

  • Michael rigs a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off-style dummy that activates a tape with a snoring sound to make it look like Michael's sleeping at his desk.
    Stanley: "I don’t understand why sleeping at your desk is better than you not being here."
  • Michael: “You can’t take the funny black guy from the office! ... I don’t know how George Bush did it when Colin Powell left."
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  • Pam: “Oscar, Toby and I are founding members of the Finer Things Club.”
    Oscar: “Besides having sex with men, I would say that the Finer Things Club is the gayest thing about me.”
  • Salesperson from Utica when Michael calls to offer him a position: “Didn’t everyone from Scranton quit, like immediately?”
    Michael: “No, I fired them, and you’re next. So… what do you say?”
  • During the car ride to the Utica branch, Dwight pees in an empty can. “I think I cut my penis on the lip!”
  • Andy: ”The Finer Things Club is the most exclusive club in this office. Naturally it’s where I need to be. The Party Planning Committee is my backup and Kevin’s band is my safety.”
  • There is a sign that reads "Finer Things Club in Progress, please be respectful," with a picture of the Munch painting "The Scream" and a red slash through it.
  • Dwight: “The eyes are the groin of the head.”
  • Jim: “Karen’s back.”
    Michael, over the walkie-talkie: "Take her to a hotel, make love to her. Do it Jim, just climb on top of her and think about Stanley."
  • Karen: "I cried for weeks over that guy, so yeah, seeing him climb out of a PT Cruiser in a ladies warehouse uniform? Felt pretty good."
  • The interaction between Karen and Jim at the end is so painful and awkward!
    Karen: “Thank you so much for coming to Utica and breaking my copier and telling me how well things are going in your relationship."
  • Michael asks Pam to help him with a want ad. "Wanted: Middle-aged black man with sass. Big butt. Bigger heart."
  • Stanley: "How on earth did Micahel call my bluff? Is he some kind of secret genius?" He chuckles. "Sometimes I say crazy things."
  • Jim joins the Finer Things Club and they get ready to discuss Angela's Ashes. Toby: "Who was the main character?"
    Jim: “Angela... No. Ashes.”
    Pam mouths “sorry” to Oscar.


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Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
oh yeah, and Jim's panicked face in the car when they told him they were going to Utica had me rolling!
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
This was my favorite episode so far this year! I thought it was spot on, and watched a few more times over the weekend.
mireya mireya 9 years
One embarrassed face, does NOT a break-up make. Get a grip. Pam and Jim are fine. We all get embarrassed by the people we love.
kendallina kendallina 9 years
My favorite part was when Phyllis was setting the microwave during The Finer Things meeting... Oscar: What are you microwaving?! Phyllis: Popcorn. Pam: Why don't you use the microwave in the kitchen, Phyllis? Phyllis: Someone needs to clean it. It smells like popcorn. Ahahah!
jmast jmast 9 years
nina_e, really? Wow, she did a wonderful job...this show is always funny but last night's was a true gem! Best line: "The eyes are the groin of the head" HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
DCStar DCStar 9 years
OK so I thought the episode was great...except for Jim! For some reason, seeing him as the staid man who doesn't want to have fun was a real downer! I mean, rationally that's what a normal person would do, but for some reason he was so boring the whole episode! This makes me sad b/c I just adore him. Also, was Angela even in this episode at all? I don't even recall seeing her face.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
My roommate and I think that the writers are already starting to write in issues that will lead to Jim and Pam breaking up. Like Pam's face when Jim embarrassed her at the Finer Things club. I really hope they don't turn Pam and Jim into a Meredith and Derek/ Ross and Rachel couple. Writers... please be more creative than breaking people up for no reason!
jesse3000 jesse3000 9 years
Great episode!
Eaving Eaving 9 years
The best part in my opinion was right after Michael tells Jim to take Karen to a hotel, he says "Jim..if this is the end, do something for the Dundies." I almost fell off my bed. Was priceless. =)
kersalli kersalli 9 years
Haha, I totally agree that this was the best quote of the episode (courtesy of Dwight K. Schrute): "The eyes are the groin of the head" Hahaha!
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 9 years
OH and they are totally gonna drag out the Kelly-Darryl relationship, I was disappointed that neither of them were in this episode.
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 9 years
Great episode, but I totally agree that it was no fun having some of the characters completely absent from the episode! I missed Creed and his cooky remarks, and thinking back to the episode where Phyllis and Angela sort of duked it out totally made me miss Angela...and where has Jan been lately? Also a good quote from Michael over the walkie talkie: Michael: Jim, if this is it for me…promise me something…host the Dundies…
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
I love your highlights, reminds me of the hilarity and since i am always multi-tasking (playing wow)i sometimes miss things . . . missed the lines: “I think I cut my penis on the lip!” and I don’t know how George Bush did it when Colin Powell left."
nina_e nina_e 9 years
JustSomeChick, you can check it out on, they have the full episode there. Did you guys know Kelly Kapour(Mindy Kaling) was the writer for the this episode?
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
Oh man, I missed it!!!! Luckily my brother records it so I can catch up this weekend.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 9 years
My favorite show of the season so far. All of the lines you listed, Buzz, had me laughing SO hard. My husband was even laughing so hard he was crying!
bart-simpson bart-simpson 9 years
great episode! U-ti-ca! U-ti-ca! I loved the whole segment when Dwight threw Jim's cell phone out the window and Dwight and Michael's faces when Jim revealed that he had pics of his brother's babies on it. And, when Dwight became rather giddy talking about bomb goods and then later, it was for a piece of chalk to do some serious damage to a security guard! And, there were really great quotes mentioned above that really made my sides hurt from laughing so much!!
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
i loved seeing jim hide from karen in the pt cruiser and getting all stressed at the camera man in the backseat. i never want to hear dwight even use the word penis let alone talk about his own...bleeeehhhhh. and i LOVE the finer things club idea. so great. oscar was one of my faves from the episode. ha.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Last night's episode was HILARIOUS! I honestly thought that every aspect made it work. I think that The Finer Things Club was introduced because it is going to lead to Toby revealing his crush to Pam. Just a thought....!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
They were totally back on form last night. Loved it! The Finer Things Club was kind of silly but they got some good jokes out of it so it's okay. I just wish Jim would've said, "Karen, I'm only here because Michael and Dwight tricked me into coming and I had to stop them from blowing the place up with a bomb." But my boss pointed out that Jim is very loyal and probably just didn't want to get them in trouble. Plus, then it wouldn't have been even half as awkward. Them sitting in the car with their mustaches was hilarious. My only beef with the episode was that a lot of the characters were missing (Darryl, Kelly, Angela, Meredith, and my favorite Creed). But we got more Stanley than usual and I liked that.
nina_e nina_e 9 years
Classic, Office! So funny, I missed it last night, so I watched at work on the net...why did I do that I was laughing so hard I had to play it off w/coughing Highlights: def Dwight peeing in the car, Karen going off on Jim, Stanley laughing(so weird to see teeth!), the finer things club...the whole episode was just hilarious...Loves it!
malzie89 malzie89 9 years
maybe i was just overtired...but i did not stop laughing throughout the whole favorite part: when tobey walks in with the bow tie on..michaels reaction was so funny!
genvessel genvessel 9 years
My roommate and I laughed so loud a few times last night that we had to pause the DVR. Highlights: Dwight peeing into the soda can Dwight telling us that the eyes are the groin of the head The mustaches The Finer Things Club in general... esp Andy's desperation to be in it. Or, you know, the whole episode.
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