"Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica." Welcome to the world of Dunder Mifflin, where life is stationary!
In 2005, NBC introduced you to the world of Dunder Mifflin, but what you may not know is that the history of this paper company didn't begin in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
It began in at the Wernham Hogg paper company in Slough, England! Originally written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, they adapted their UK sitcom for a United States audience. They traded in David Brent for Michael Scott, Tim Canterbury for Jim Halpert, Gareth Keenan for Dwight Schrute, and Dawn Tinsley for Pam Beesley.
With nine seasons and over 200 episodes, "The Office" gave you an endless supply of jokes, laughs, and memories, but how well do you remember the happenings of Michael Scott and his employees? How long was Pam engaged to Roy? What was the name of Michael's superhero film? Who reveals Angela's affair to the rest of the office?
After eight years of laughs, "The Office" closed its doors to the public, but were you paying attention to this mockumentary? Would your score promote you to assistant regional manager or leave you stuck at assistant to the regional manager? Wayne Gretzky and Michael Scott are telling you to take this shot! Are you ready?
A typical episode of The Office was 20-and-a-half minutes and ran in a half-hour time slot. The first season consisted of just six episodes. The final season ran for a full 25 episodes.
In true Michael Scott fashion, his answers is ever-so-slightly confusing. After answering that he wants to be both feared and loved, he explains, "I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."
When the first Sabre employee visits the Scranton office, everyone watches a promotional video about the company that features Christian Slater.
Poor Meredith. She has an unfortunate habit of suffering various misadventures, from contracting rabies to having her hair set on fire. Meredith is an alcoholic, even to the point of ingesting hand sanitizer. We discover in the finale that Meredith spent the first 7 years of the show getting a PhD in child psychology, so her title is technically Dr. Meredith Elizabeth Palmer, PhD.
His negligence leads to paper being sent out with an obscene watermark. Every week he is supposed to do a four-hour quality spot check at the paper mill, and he is indignant that the watermark problem happened during the one year that he skipped out on those duties.
After Ryan is arrested and promptly fired, Michael brings him back to Scranton and gives him back his old job as a temp. Ryan pledges to climb back up the ladder and attempts to make amends with the co-workers he alienated when he was at Corporate.
Dwight almost always wears a mustard-colored short-sleeved dress shirt (he buys them in crates from his shirt guy) with a dark tie, often with a brown suit jacket.
The TV show "Fundle Bundle" is mentioned in episode 18 of season two, "Take Your Daughter to Work Day". It seems that as a child, both Michael Scott and Chet Montgomery were on the show, which was hosted by a Ms. Trudy. The clips the office gets to see are of a puppet cat interviewing children about their hopes and future dreams.
Although Jim suggests to Pam that they live together in the episode "Chair Model," he assures her that a proposal is imminent. In fact, that is when he reveals to the camera crew that he is planning to propose and shows off a diamond ring, saying he "got it the week after [they] started dating".
"The Dundies" are Michael's annual embarrassing awards show for the Dunder-Mifflin Scranton employees. He thinks they love the awards and his comedy act, but in fact, they're dreaded. Oscar sums up the Dundies "as like a kid's birthday party, where there's nothing for you to do, but the kid is having a good time."
The Office staff is mostly unsuccessful in getting donations, and nearly all of the $700 raised was donated by Jan (who is actually just donating Michael's money since she is now unemployed). Michael decides to spend $200 of that money on an oversized check, which he wants to present to a "rabies doctor."
Casual Friday is a bit of a disaster at Dunber Mifflin Scranton. In addition to Angela complaining about Oscar's toes, Meredith disgusts everyone by wearing a very short dress without any panties or a bra, thus exposing herself to the rest of the office as she tries to adjust it. Toby calls a meeting with everyone to discuss expectations, but when Dwight tries to take charge of the meeting, Toby ends up cancelling Casual Friday, much to everyone's disappointment.
The Scranton Business Park's address in the show is 1725 Slough Avenue in Scranton, PA, which does not actually exist but serves as an homage to The Office UK which is set in Slough, England.
"Scott's Tots" marked B.J. Novak's, who plays Ryan Howard, first time directing an episode of The Office. The song that was made by the "Scott's Tots" class was, "Hey, Mr. Scott, what chu gonna do, what chu gonna do? Make our dreams come true."
Todd Packer brings even more inappropriate office humor with him when he visits. In season two we find out that Packer's license plate is "WLHUNG," a play on the phrase "Well Hung," but it's often mistaken as a reference to William Hung. Packer doesn't know who this is and wonders why people always ask him if he's a William Hung fun.
They compete for medals made of gold, silver and bronze yogurt lids made by Pam.
When Pam and Jim are still dating secretly at the beginning of the fourth season, Kevin insists they are dating and comes up with a nickname for them: "PB&J," which stands for "Pam Beesly and Jim."
Kelly Erin Hannon, better known simply as Erin, is very naive and easily impressed. For example, she looks to Kelly for advice on everything because Kelly "gets all her clothes at the mall."
The pilot episode was a tour of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch and an introduction to the employees for both the camera crew and Ryan, the new temp.
Creed believes its URL is www.creedthoughts.gov.www\creedthoughts, but his "blog" is actually a Microsoft Word document set up by Ryan Howard, wanting to "protect the world from being exposed to Creed's brain". Describing the content of the blog, Ryan says, "Even for the Internet, it's...pretty shocking."
Michael pretends that Corporate has ordered the staff to work late on a Friday night, then pretends to call Corporate to reverse their decision. Their Friday evening now free, Jim and Pam have no excuse for declining Michael's latest invitation to socialize - in this case, a dinner party at his condo. Although Dwight wants to attend, Michael explains that the party is only for couples, that he also invited Andy and Angela, and that he only has six wine glasses.
Pam finds a screenplay written by Michael, and Jim leads the office staff in a table read of the script. A typo in the script reveals that Michael based the incompetent sidekick on Dwight.
The Michael Scott Paper Company tries to get the members of a local investment club (one of which is Michael's grandmother) to invest, to which they soon decline, saying the company will never get ahead with the state of the economy.
Stanley has worked at Dunder Mifflin for 22 years. His favorite day of the year is "Pretzel Day," which is when employees are given complementary baked pretzels.
Michael opens a café-disco in the downstairs office to release stress. While initially resistant, all the staff (even Angela!) join in, Kelly and Andy have a dance-off, and Creed donates a mini disco ball he'd been using as a rear-view mirror.
Schrute Farms is the residence of Dwight and Mose Schrute, where they grow beets and hemp. According to Dwight, it is also "an agrotourism attraction" since he runs a bed and breakfast out of his home.
Michael and Holly connected over bad imitations of Yoda and the Master Thespian character. Dwight hazes Holly by convincing her that Kevin is "mentally slow"; Kevin's naturally slow and childlike nature does nothing to dispel the misconception.
The Deedle-Dee Productions logo is a blue screen with the company name written in fluorescent-colored letters. It was drawn by producer Greg Daniels' son.
Phyllis attended the same high school as Michael and she and her friends often wondered if Michael was gay due to how he dressed. According to Michael her nickname was "easy rider".
After Stanley says this, Michael leaves the conference room in shock and embarrassment. Toby tries to convince Michael to have a talk with Stanley about being insubordinate, but Michael claims that he and Stanley were just joking.
Adams's role in the low-budget independent film Junebug (2005) was her real career breakthrough and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Pam and Jim decide to get married in Niagara Falls in order to save money but their plan backfires when Michael decides to give everyone two days off if they go to the wedding.
On Jim's first day at Dunder Mifflin Scranton, Jim eats a tuna sandwich for lunch and ever since then Andy calls him Tuna or Big Tuna.
Brian Baumgartner is also known for his work in License to Wed (2007) and Four Christmases (2008).
In the episode "Branch Wars" Karen attempts to woo Stanley to her branch, but in the end it's revealed that it was really just a plot by Stanley to get a raise.