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The Office Rundown: Episode Three, "Business Ethics"

The Office Rundown: Episode Three, "Business Ethics"

Not so much Pam and Jim on this week's episode of The Office — but lots of Michael and Holly! I love the way Michael is with Holly these days, especially his lines that don't seem to have anything undermining about them (like: "I think we can all totally agree that Holly is totally fantastic."). He's gotten so much sweeter (though he's still Michael, of course). In this episode we learn an "icky" little secret of Meredith's, which puts her job in jeopardy and causes a rift between Michael and Holly. And we get another Jim prank on Dwight! How I've missed those. . .

To check out some of my favorite parts and to talk about the episode,


  • Creed: "The tall guy got engaged."
    Michael: "To be married?"
    Jim: "Yup."
    Michael tackles him.
  • Michael and Holly don headbands and aerobicize, singing "Let's get ethical! Ethical!" The irony of having them sing "Let me hear your body talk" for a work ethics meeting is priceless.
  • Michael tries to give Holly tips on making the meeting more fun. "You need to be Robin Williams. . . and M. Night Shyamalan. You need to be Robin Shyamalan."
  • "I'll drop an ethics bomb on you: Would you steal bread to feed your family? Boom! . . . Yeah, I took Intro to Philosophy — twice."
    Dwight: "It's a trick question. The bread is poisoned. Also, it's not your real family. You've been cuckolded by a smarter, stronger male."
  • Michael: "When I discovered YouTube, I didn't work for five days. I did nothing. I viewed Cookie Monster sings 'Chocolate Rain' about a thousand times."
  • Angela says she once reported Oscar to the INS. "Turns out he's clean, but I'm glad I did it."
  • Meredith has been sleeping — once a month for the past six years — with Bruce Meyers, the Scranton rep for Hammermill in exchange for discounted supplies and gift certificates to Outback Steak House.
  • When Holly asks Meredith if her meet-ups with Bruce were unrelated to business, Meredith replies, "No, I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't for the discount paper. There's not a lot of fruit in those looms."
  • Michael, exasperated: "For the love of God, trying to help you, you stupidbag."
  • Meredith: "It's funny. Maybe it's a girl thing but after we did it and he would give me those coupons, I just felt good about myself."
  • Michael: "Holly-luyah. It's a miracle you're at your desk."
    Holly: "It's Mike-raculous."
    Michael: "Oooh, reaching. . . you'll get there." Aww. . . Holly's sad face.
  • Yay for a Jim prank! He times Dwight every time he yawns, talks to him or leaves his desk in order to add up all the "personal" time Dwight "steals" from the company. The part that got the biggest laughs out of me in the whole episode: Jim butchering his facts on Battlestar Galactica, to which Dwight could not respond lest he add on time to Jim's personal calculations.
  • Michael: "I just don't want my employees thinking that their jobs depend on performance. I mean, what sort of place is that to call home?" He suggests they don't report Meredith, they just punish her by making her not have sex for six months. They can enforce this by making her wear a chastity belt.
  • Dwight tries to avoid taking any personal time by peeing into a two-liter soda bottle at his desk. But then he spends 19 minutes and 48 seconds having his own meet-up, with Angela.
  • Holly makes me so sad sometimes! But Michael screaming at the others to get into the conference room makes it all better.
  • Also, the company is totally fine with literally pimping Meredith out in order to receive a discount on supplies.
  • Phyllis and Stanley high five over ribs!


popculture-whore popculture-whore 9 years
jim's prank on dwight was the best part of the episode! i live for all those pranks... they are hilarious. i loved how dwight was crumpling up those papers trying to hold it all in hahaha michael tackling jim was the second best part. overall it was such a funny episode i laughed out loud quite a few times
bacon1 bacon1 9 years
I loved Dwight peeing in the bottle at his desk. Priceless!!
Sarana Sarana 9 years
I didn't like the Jim prank but I loved the little "let's get ethical routine" and how Holly was basically told off for doing the ethical thing regarding Meredith!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
It may be really nerdy and/or pathetic that I know this off the top of my head, but there is a MAJOR continuity error in this episode. Meredith has been sleeping with the Hammermill rep for 6 years to get discounts, but Dunder Mifflin wasn't allowed to sell Hammermill until the season 3 episode "The Convention" and Michael sweet-talked the rep. Before that, Hammermill was exclusive with Staples. I just watched the convention episode last week, which is why I remembered this. I hate continuity errors like this. :(
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
:rotfl: :rotfl: the funny thing is the same day as the episode, I had Ethics training at my job!!!!! When I began watching them in the meeting I nearly died because it was pretty much the same speech my bosses were giving (without the whole Let's get ethical, which would have totally made it better). This has been the best episode in a long time since before the writers block.
whenturtlesfly whenturtlesfly 9 years
love that a vid of (the previously non-existent) cookie monster singing chocolate rain popped up right after this ep! (btw, is it really episode 3 of the season? am i missing an ep?)
k-squared k-squared 9 years
I must have rewinded and slow-moed Michael's tackle at least ten times. Jim's face made me laugh, and the fact that it made no sense for Michael to tackle him, lol. And when Michael admittedly said that "when I discovered youtube, I didn't work for a whole week. I must've watched cookie monster singing chocolate rain a thousand times." The way he said it was just hilarious.
nina_e nina_e 9 years
totally back to the good ol office days!!!
winnie1313 winnie1313 9 years
I loved this episode!! It was so funny!! I loved when Michael tackled Jim after finding out he and Pam were getting married!!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 9 years
"So the story's bland. A guy named Dumbledor Calrissian has to return a ring back to Mordor." That had me rollin'!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:
cupcakers cupcakers 9 years
Yes I agree to the Battlestar Galactica part was so funny! I love Holly, I wish she could become a regular cast member but I heard she's only doing some episodes. The only bad thing about this episode was that Pam was missing, something just wasn't write, our receptionist wasn't there!
lylpookie lylpookie 9 years
I loved this episode! I thought it was really funny and very Office-like. EchantedOne, agreed Dumbledore and Battlestar Galactica was awesome!!!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 9 years
If they only knew how the ribs came to their table.. ewww. Lol. Meredith got a lot of face time on this one, but it doesn't beat her "let's look at the face of rabies" exposure. Hehee. And yeah, the Jim pranks had me in stitches! It must've killed Dwight on the inside when Jim started throwing in some Dumbledore with Battlestar Galactica!
millarci millarci 9 years
another classic episode!
sydneyalias sydneyalias 9 years
This was SO funny! "So the story's bland. A guy named Dumbledor Calrissian has to return a ring back to Mordor." I was cracking up as Dwight tries to hold it in. And, "It's almost a shot-for-shot remake." Dwight crumples the report. OMG CLASSIC Jim Halpert!!
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
This episode had some of the most snackable quotes.
kourt kourt 9 years
another hilarious office...loved it
juliex0x0 juliex0x0 9 years
Omg I died when Michael walked into the office and asked, "what's going on?" and Pam on speaker phone quickly replies "nothing" only to be outed by Creed - of course Michael tackles Jim - classic. The Ethics meeting was HILARIOUS, and I was soo happy to get some Jim messing with Dwight moments. Too funny. I am definitely watching this episode again later today.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
This episode made me laugh a lot more than I have in previous episodes.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I LOVED this episode. It was classic Office. The "Let's get ethical" scene had me clutching my stomach in laughter. And usually I don't think Michael's little interludes are all that funny. Except Prison Mike. I also loved the Battlestar Galatica dialogue and Angela's statement about reporting Oscar to the INS. I also thought it was so sweet how Michael stood by Holly and yelled at everyone to get in the conference room.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
This was a boring episode. The office is slipping this season....
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
This was a GREAT episode! I LOVED the timing dwight thing and the chastity belt comments. So funny!
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I miss Toby.
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