- The Writer – Mindy Kaling
- Director – Joss Whedon
- A brief synopsis – Stanley makes like he’s going to Nashua to work for Karen, so Michael declares war on the branch, taking Dwight and Jim with him to play a prank on them. Pam and Oscar, then Toby, form The Finer Things club, where they discuss books and art once a month, while Andy sits in the periphery, wanting to join.
- The best line – Pam: I think it’s interesting how Forster uses Italy to represent sexuality and passion. [Kevin dumping change in the snack machine] And that also brought up themes of, uh, you know, fate and coincidence. And Lucy’s torn between these two things. She’s torn between passion and convention.
Kevin: Damn it!
Pam: It just- [Kevin banging and shaking the snack machine] To be making a case for passion in Edwardian times, I thought was, uh…
Kevin: Damn it! [banging machine]
Pam: Maybe sort of ahead of his time as a writer.
Oscar: Very brave. [Phyllis beeping microwave in the background]
Pam: Very brave choice also, I thought.
Oscar: And George, his- his youthfulness. His, um, freedom. [Phyllis still beeping the microwave] Evokes, um, um, feeling, um, to the, um… What are you microwaving!?
Pam: Why don’t you use the microwave in the kitchen, Phyllis?
Phyllis: Someone needs to clean it. It smells like popcorn.
- The best moment – Michael’s face when he sees Toby carrying tea cups and wearing a bow tie for the finer things club.
- The best storyline – The finer things and it’s exclusivity to Andy.
- Notable guest appearance – Karen’s back, and she’s doing well.
- Would Michael have been reprimanded? – Fired is more like it. The whole “panty raid on Utica” thing was ill-advised.
- Grade – C+
They start to explore Jim here as a sort of goofball who gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jim as an off-kilter loser is a hard sell, even for Mindy Kaling. Again, the more outlandish Michael gets, the worse for the episode. If it weren’t for The Finer Things, this episode would be a complete dud.