The Office: Episode 5 – Basketball

  • The Writer and Director – Greg Daniels
  • A brief synopsis – Michael wagers that the sales staff can beat where house staff in a game of basketball as everyone tries to avoid working Saturday.
  • The best lines – Michael: Hey, Pam, how would you, like to be our cheerleader today? You know, some, ah, pigtails? A little, ah, halter top, you could tie that up. And you know, something a little, just, youthful, for a change. Just this once?
    Pam: I don’t think so Michael. Besides, I can’t cheer against my fiance.
    Jim: I’ll do it. Wear a little flouncey skirt if you want, and…
    Michael: Yeah, I bet you would. Just try not to be too gay on the court. And by gay I mean, um, you know, not in a homosexual way at all. I mean the uh, you know, like the bad-at-sports way. I think that goes without saying.
    Pam: Maybe Angela would cheerlead.
    Michael: Oh, yeah right.
    Phyllis: I’ll do it.
    Michael: Oh, yuck, that’s worse than you playing. … ‘Cause we need you as an alternate in case somebody gets hurt. That’s where we need you. Blessed be those who sit and wait. You made it, suit up, you’re on the team! All right, cool! Very good.
  • The best moment – Kevin and Oscar, both rejected out of hand by Michael, repeatedly and quietly show their prowess with the hoop.
  • The best storyline – Jim beats Roy on the court.  Roy gets to take a bath with Pam.
  • Notable guest appearance – None.
  • Grade – B+

This episode is one of the best of the first season.  Still in the shadow of the British series, you get to see a few people succeed here.  The willingness to give “extras” so much screen time will quickly become one of the series’ strengths.  Too much of Michael as the doofus on the court.  This will eventually become one of the series’ weaknesses.

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