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The Office Rundown: Episode Four, "Baby Shower"

The Office Rundown: Episode Four, "Baby Shower"

Am I alone in thinking this week's episode of The Office is super emotional? Between the Michael-Holly-Jan triangle and Jim and Pam's out-of-sync phone calls, this episode put the "dram" in "dramedy." However, Astrid (unfortunately misspelled as "Astird") is a hilarious name for a baby. It just keeps making me laugh.

To see what other moments made me laugh (and what made me go "awww!"),


  • Jim's chart of Michael-Jan-sperm donor-watermelon is such a fantastic way to start the episode. "Michael is related to this baby through. . . delusion."
  • Dwight helps Michael prepare for Jan's labor by "giving birth" to a watermelon that he coated in butter because "newborns are slippery." Also, I had to stop my recording at this line from Dwight because I was laughing too hard: "Growing up, I performed my own circumcision."
  • "Astird" is apparently the name of "a viking princess."
  • Michael is not pleased with the baby shower preparation and says to Phyllis that they gave her her wedding shower there. "We all came into this room and gave you a golden shower. Well, where's my golden shower, Phyllis?"
  • I always love the Phyllis storylines. "I do enjoy being head of the party planning committee. I'm no longer under Angela's heel, and her little grape head is under mine." Little grape head!
  • That first phone call between Pam and Jim (as Jim tries to keep up with Pam's convoluted story) is stressful! And then, Dwight: "Who's Sarah Kayacomesin?"
  • OMG, Angela's baby picture! When Andy puts his baby picture next to Phyllis's by accident, Angela calls him a pervert.
  • Michael says that Jan "is in the terminal stages of her pregnancy."
  • Michael is kind of adorable in his own bizarre mixed-up way as he plans to ignore Holly, who he basically says is more attractive than Jan, so that Jan won't feel badly.
  • Stanley: "I do not like pregnant women in my workspace. They're always complaining. I have varicose veins too. I have swollen ankles, I'm constantly hungry. Do you think my nipples don't get sore, too? Do you think I don't need to know the fastest way to the hospital?"
  • Jan already had the baby and she didn't tell Michael!
    Michael: "So, this is Astird."
    Jan: "Astrid."
  • Wow, the montage of Michael with babies is so freaking cute. "Babies are drawn to me and I think it's because they see me as one of them but cooler, and with my life put together a little bit. If a baby were president, there would be no taxes, there would be no war. There would be no government, and things could get terrible. Actually probably it would be a better screenplay idea than a serious suggestion."
  • I love it when Jan sings "Son of a Preacher Man." And Stanely's face! Unbelievable.
  • Dwight thinks a $1,200 stroller should be indestructible, so he tries to destroy it. "Play time is over!" he roars.
  • Jan says that the afterbirth floats, to which Creed mutters, "It must be like the tide at Omaha Beach."
  • Michael: "I usually love babies, but when I held Astrid I just felt. . . shortchanged."
  • Michael says to Darryl that he's a baby daddy. Darryl: "You should stop calling yourself baby daddy."
    Michael: "Why, Darryl, because I'm quote white, quote-unquote?"
  • Angela covers and surrounds Astrid with vegetables (including draping leaves on her) and takes pictures of her! Andy says she's "nature's bounty."
  • Ugh! Jan shoots down each of Holly's jokes and then tells Michael not to date Holly! Jerk.
  • But Michael just goes inside, walks straight to Holly, hugs her and then asks her out. "I didn't feel much when I held Astrid. But I got a good feeling from Holly." Aww!
  • I think I could have done without the back-and-forth of Jim and Pam leaving each other messages at the end. It's cute, but for some reason I just didn't care that much.

So many hilarious moments this week! What were your favorite parts?


alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I LOVED this episode! So many classic awkward moments, and yes, very emotional!
misslarue misslarue 9 years
"She smells like old tomatoes and dirt" Hilarious!
gennifer22 gennifer22 9 years
Jan is horrible to Michael. Asking him to help and then having the baby without him. Then telling him not to date Holly. I loved when he said "I didn't feel much when I held Astrid. But I got a good feeling from Holly." That was adorable. Astird. :)
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
The scene with "golden shower" totally made me laugh so hard. And the whole miscommunication between Jim and Pam got to me because I can totally relate to what they are going through:(
whenturtlesfly whenturtlesfly 9 years
this was an amazing ep!! well spoken #7. it was fantastic from the first screen of dwight walking around with a "pregnant" belly. "michael, the contractions are coming every 10 minutes!"
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
deanna024, My husband I thought the same thing about that baby. Loved this episode! When Dwight tells Jan that he has already put the stroller in the trunk for her.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
the transformation of corporate Jan (power suits, high heels, no nonsense attitude) to earth mother Jan (flowy hippie skirts, singing Son of a Preacher Man) was HILARIOUS!!
nina_e nina_e 9 years
Another good one! How funny was Jan sitting on the floor singing? This episode was kind of emotional, especially when Michael gives Holly a hug in the end. They are starting to take the focus of Jim and Pam while the writers start to tear them apart...I know that's what they are doing. I liked the end when pb & j reconnected at the end. - the watermelon was hilarious too!
menthadict menthadict 9 years
oh gosh this was so great!! when he asks holly out it's so high school but just so perfect.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
I'm sure it was important to the story arc, I get that. I'm just saying I didn't personally care about it. Sheesh. Just my opinion.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
*The point of Pam and Jim clip at the end* is what I meant to say.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
The point of Pam and Jim is to just how in synch they are (they kept asking what was up because they seemed to keep missing each other. However, not really, as the audience gets to see). It was important.
drea12576 drea12576 9 years
This episode was great! Jan is definitely a lunatic but makes for some of the most awesome cringe-worthy moments. Am I the only on that thinks the baby really is Michael's and will eventually be revealed?
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
i lost it when michael said jan was in the terminal stage of her pregnancy. that caught me off guard and i just lost it. only michael. i also loved dwight driving with the stroller behind and slamming in the breaks. and of course astird, hehehe.
sorano916 sorano916 9 years
Yes, one of the babies in the baby montage was William Schur (Regis' grandson and Michael Schur's son). The blonde woman in that scene is J.J. Philbin, Regis' daughter/Mike's wife, William's mom). The last baby that Michael held, I believe, is writer Anthony Ferrell's daughter since Anthony was in that scene, too. :) I thought that it was a good episode. I think that the phone call was kind-of a must for those doubters out there that don't think Jim & Pam are doing well. Michael & Holly are so cute together and I can actually see Angela & Andy working...
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
hahaha. I laughed the entire way through your highlights, Buzz. I adored this episode. I laughed the entire time. Michael is just so lovable in his own, awkward, naive way. As for Pam & Jim, I really hope things stay good. Too many times, the good couples of the shows go wrong (*cough* Derek & Meredith), and it's always so disappointing. Their phone call at the end was my favorite part, because they totally are in sync.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
One of my favorite episodes, it was so funny.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 9 years
This was a good episode because I really had sympathy for Micheal. I think the key to Micheal is that basically he is like someone dropped into a totally random culture and trying SO HARD to do the right stuff, fit it, be polite- and getting it so totally wrong every time. It's like the harder he tries, the worse he does it, which can be hysterical, but is also really sad. Jan was just such a wench! But- she totally GETS the Micheal thing- enough that she was involved with him. So the minute Holly made those dippy jokes about the baby on a sales car, Jan totally knew that Holly and Micheal had this similar weirdness- Holly has just studied the culture better and knows how to not make the tragic mistakes Micheal does, but she's just as weird. Jan being threatened by it was so 'dog in the manger' and mean!! Everyone else was just too funny for words. And it was a really cute baby :)
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Did anyone else notice Regis Philbin's grandson was one of the babies in the montage? I must watch too much Regis because I totally caught it. It makes sense since producer Michael Schur is the baby's dad. Random!
k-squared k-squared 9 years
Hahaha, this episode was hilarious! I had to pause every two minutes to catch my breath. It also got really awkward at times, too, but it was a classic Office episode.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
I like Astrid is kind of a pretty name to be honest
kakers kakers 9 years
Don't hate on the name Astrid! Some of us have families from Scandinavia (where the name is common) and so now we (ok, I) wear the name proudly!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Actually, the NBC site indicates that this is the fourth episode. So, I'm changing it back to "Episode Four" in the title!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
ah I forgot the first one was a long one!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
amloveaffair — Yes, it's the third. Some sites have listed that the first hour-long night of The Office was technically the first and second episodes of the season.
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