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The Office Rundown: Episode 8, "The Deposition"

The Office Rundown: Episode 8, "The Deposition"

Wow, this week's episode of The Office is a little more intense than usual! I found myself feeling sort of angry, in fact. Though of course, there are plenty of laughs to be found as well. I loved-loved-loved the Pam/Kelly ping-pong smackdown. And any time a stenographer reads off Michael Scott quotes in monotone is going to be hi-larious.

Check out some of my favorite parts from this week's last episode of The Office for... well, until the writers strike is over. Sad!

  • Michael has Pam make up messages to bring him in meetings. She brings him a post-it note that says “Good Morning.”
    During a meeting with Ryan, she brings him one with a drawing of a dancing hot dog and the words, “Hiya, Buddy!”
  • Jan and Michael practice what Michael’s going to say at the deposition so "we wouldn’t leave anything up to chance or Michael’s judgment."
  • Kelly: “I don’t talk trash, I talk smack. They’re totally different. Trash talk is all hypothetical, like, 'Your mama’s so fat she could eat the internet.' But smack talk is happening like, right now, like, 'You’re ugly and I know it for a fact cuz I got the evidence right there.'"

More great moments if you

  • My favorite of Kelly's smack talk: "Were Jim’s parents first cousins who were also bad at ping pong?"
  • Michael asks Toby if he’s renewing his divorce vows before the deposition.
  • Michael: “Line.”
    The judge: “He asked for a line, like in a play."
  • Dwight: "All right what is going on here?"
    Jim: "Dwight! Thank God you’re here." Is this a nod to NBC’s improv show from last year, Thank God You're Here?
  • Michael's diary:
    "Tan almost everywhere. Jan almost everywhere."
    "Feeling pretty eerie."
    Michael, correcting: "Ire-y."
    He signs off his diary with “xoxo."
  • In the middle of Toby talking about the divorce of his parents, Michael slides Toby’s lunch tray off the table.
  • Lawyer: "Mr. Scott, who is this other woman Ryan, who you refer to here as 'Just as hot as Jan but in a different way.'"
    Michael: "Not a woman, just a cool, great-looking best friend."
  • I can't believe how mad I got about Michael destroying Jan's claim. I couldn't even really laugh at this line: "You expect to get screwed by your company but you never expect to get screwed by your girlfriend." I get that he was hurt by her actions, but David Wallace (??) basically screwed him, too, and yet he sided with him and Dunder Mifflin. Made me mad.

What did you think of this week's Office? And whatever will we do to fill the Office void in coming weeks?

Photos courtesy of NBC

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marin79 marin79 9 years
I'm totally with Michael on this one. He was absolutely humiliated by the diary, Jan's performance review and at then David Wallace's comments. While Jan's comments seemed to have an angry tone, David Wallace seemed to genuinely not want to be unkind in his answers. I think that showed a lot to Michael about who to side with - and not only b/c he liked that David thought he was a good guy. I'd like to think that Michael got the joke that the grounds for Jan's lawsuit was that Dunder Mifflen "displays a pattern of disrespect." Wallace proved that wasn't the case in his kind tone when he was actually saying something bad about Michael. Plus, I think that Jan is pretty nuts and this lawsuit is ridiculous anyway. Overall, I like when Michael shows that he's not a total idiot. In past seasons, Michael was almost an idiot savant - as much as he acted like a moron most of the time, he'd have moments where he showed that he was good at his job (like when he closed the big sale on the pretzel day). But this season has pretty much just made Michael out to be a complete fool. I mean, he Drove. Into. A. LAKE. So I liked that he got what was going on at that deposition and made the right choice. Go Michael! I think he's a nice guy also!
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 9 years
I LOVED the kelly/pam scenario. "Yeah, that's what I thought." in the bathroom scene!! although I was totally kind of let-down that he kind of betrayed jan like that. i agree,though- I think that he just wants to be liked. and because he was called a "nice guy", that's all it took for him to take the company's side. I'm in denial about this being the last one for a while..*sniff*
oofhgoo oofhgoo 9 years
I really like it when Michael surprises us with his intelligence. I totally didn't pick up on the fact that Jan had brought in the diary before she had even known the company had the topless picture. He was right to do what he did. Even though he can be ridiculous sometimes, he has his own sense of what is right. I like that.
carak carak 9 years
well Jan's been really awful to Michael almost their whole relationship. what about the "Money" episode? she lives there, doesn't work, and spends all of Michael's money!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Kelly was hilarious in this episode. The smack/trash talk..the song.. I hate that Michael is mean to Toby too...but it's HILARIOUS! I, too, was afraid Michael and Toby might bond, but when he shoved his tray on the floor...HAHAHAHHAHAAH! freakin funny! This was a really good episode. I wonder where Jan and Michaels relationship is going. And Pam and Jim's too for that matter. but this episode really didn't send them anywhere. Great'll have to keep us sated for awhile. Jeez...what will Thursday night be like now?
YMO YMO 9 years
I'll join the underdog team. If anything, I think Jan's review showed that she wasn't letting their relationship get in the way of her job. It's not like she said anything that wasn't true.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I'm routing for the underdog.... go Jan! But in all seriousness, she's been there for Michael for some really tough times, remember? And it's not like he exactly treats her very respectfully. It seems they kind of accept eachother's flaws and go on with life. That's kind of sweet.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I agree with LilPeaPod....that was SO Kelly for her to be singing that song. She LOVES all those cheesy pop songs.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
I have to side with Michael on this one, too. Through the whole relationship with Jan, she's just taken and taken and taken. And to be so determined to win this lawsuit that she humiliates Michael like that? That was just sad. Granted, he's no prize, but typically he means well. Plus, D-M has been pretty good to Michael. They know that he's a step up from a moron, but they still let him have his job. So even though he wasn't seriously considered for Jan's job, at least he thinks that they (unlike Jan) think he's good at what he does.
Linny Linny 9 years
i think micheal went with the company because he only heard the part where david wallace called him a nice guy. he only wants people to like him and he respected david wallace before so he liked that wallace called him a nice guy. i felt bad for toby when micheal pushed the tray off the table. poor toby sympathizing for and trying to help micheal even though micheal is openly rude to him. i hope someone gets this strike resolved soon.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I actually really like that Michael sided with the company, as I think Jan has been using him for a while and I think Michael finally showed some backbone. I like it when they show us that Michael isn't just an incompetent, totally oblivious fool....When he shows the intellegence and skills that got him his job in the first place, I think those moments really stand out. But I HATE it when he picks on Toby. I thought the moment when he pushed Toby's food onto the floor was just wrong. It was a pretty evil and awful thing to do.
nina_e nina_e 9 years
Very intense episode...but so so funny. 1. love how much Michael hates Toby for no reason at all, Michael pushing Toby's tray should go down in history 2. the Ryan entry in the freakin funny 3. KELLY freakin KAPOUR talkin junk to a science...she was too funny 4. I am so over Jan, never liked from the beginning...I totally felt for do expect to be screwed by you job not your girlfriend(so true) ok he had the pics, she had the diary. But also she had the bad review too...whatev Any way another good bad there won't be any new ones
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
Whiplash - don't you think its totally fitting for Kelly to be a fan of Avril though!? I thought it was perfect. I felt so bad for Toby when Michael pushed his tray over, but was happy when he got a good laugh at Michaels expense over the "Hot Ryan" diary entry!
misslarue misslarue 9 years
How about when he referred to Jan's boobs and "the twins" then said "they make milk". Hilarious!
Eaving Eaving 9 years
"In the middle of Toby talking about the divorce of his parents, Michael slides Toby’s lunch tray off the table." This is what I LOVE about the Office, I was scared for a moment there was going to be a horrible bonding moment between Michael and Toby, and instead...he just pushes off Toby's tray. I *loveloveloved* it. I will miss you, o Thursday therapy session.
badhabit badhabit 9 years
I think that all Michael cares about is that people like him. So when he heard David Wallace's deposition testimony that he thought he was a nice guy, he got all warm and fuzzy inside and that is why he stuck on the dunder mifflin side. Even though Wallace also said he was never seriously considered for the job. Michael cared much more that Wallace thought he was a nice guy. Toby laughing so hard after the Ryan thing was read from the diary was too funny-my favorite part. Love how badly Michael treats Toby.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
And I also felt bad for Toby! Especially when he was telling Michael about his parents' divorce.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I felt sorry for Michael. He is always getting dumped on. This was one of those sad episodes. I love the court reporter reading back the "can i go to the bathroom" dialogue. Classic! Wasn't too interested in the ping pong plotline and Kelly was really annoying me. Where was Andy? He's my favorite.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
lol, Jinx. I also side with Michael in his reasoning that Jan couldn't have introduced the diary merely because of the topless picture because she'd brought it to the deposition before she even knew about the topless picture. He's better off without her, yet they are equally disfunctional and I don't know who else could handle him. Also, I loved that Dwight, of course, is a table-tennis aficianado. What can't he do?
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I loved them reading the "that's what she said" line back in the transcript and how they didn't get it was a joke. The Ping Pong was pretty funny, but I needed more PB&J cuteness to tide me over until whenever we get a new episode. I had to rewind and watch over Michael pushing Toby's tray off the was just too funny! :ROTFL: I actually was with Michael on this one, like you WhiplashGirl. I really don't like Jan and her always questionable feelings and motives with Michael. He's just so naive and he loves Dunder Mifflin so much that I understand him eventually siding with them.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Oh, I have to agree, Buzz, when the court reporter was reading back the whole "that's what she said" exchange, I was dying! I did have one MAJOR problem with the show. It when Kelly sang that insufferable song by Avril Lavigne and got it stuck in my head. A show as awesome as the Office should have NOTHING to do with that ignorant little poseur shrew. :oy:
lilren lilren 9 years
I'm with whiplash.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
i love michael! lmao
Jinx Jinx 9 years
:rotfl: Point taken, and Jan's all of those! She did go down hard and fast. (thats what she said)
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
I liked the ep, but I still hate how Jan is (was) the highest-up female character in terms of work and she's completely evil. Like powerful women are either nuts, secretly obsessed with their appearances and moey-hungry.
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