The Office Season 1

The Office, Season 1
Original Air Dates: March 24 – April 26, 2005
Number of Episodes: 6
Quick Overview: A documentary crew arrives in Scranton, Pennsylvania to start filming the everyday activities of a mid-sized American business. The quirky employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Inc are shown dealing with the issues a typical business faces: racial-sensitivity training, reduced health care benefits, departmental rivalry, and the ever present possibility of downsizing.

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1.01 The Pilot
Aired 3/24/2005, Writer: Greg Daniels
A documentary crew arrives at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Inc in Scranton, Pennsylvania to begin filming the misadventures of Michael Scott. Among Michael’s employ are Dwight the eternally loyal Assistant (to the) Regional Manager, Ryan the bewildered temp, Jim the friendly but bored salesman, and Pam the shy receptionist.

1.02 Diversity Day
Aired 3/29/2005, Writer: BJ Novak
After the company sends a “sensitivity” trainer for a diversity seminar, Michael creates his own seminar complete with his special brand of insensitive sensitivity. Jim is constantly interrupted while trying to close his biggest sale of the year.

1.03 Health Care
Aired 4/5/2005, Writer: Paul Lieberstein
Michael puts Dwight in charge of picking a new (read: striped down) health care plan; a responsibility that quickly goes to Dwight’s head. Meanwhile, Michael struggles to arrange a “surprise” to hopefully offset the staff’s disappointment about the reduced health care benefits

1.04 The Alliance
Aired 4/12/2005, Writer: Michael Schur
A golden opportunity for Jim and Pam to prank Dwight arises when Dwight asks Jim to form an “alliance” to find out about downsizing rumors. Meanwhile, in order to boost moral, Michael puts together a surprise (and very early) birthday party for Meredith.

1.05 Basketball
Aired 4/19/2005, Writer: Greg Daniels
After discovering the warehouse has a basketball hoop, Michael initiate a basketball game between the office and warehouse staffs. Rivalry escalates when it’s decided the losing team will have to come in on Saturday.

1.06 Hot Girl
Aired 4/26/2005, Writer: Mindy Kaling
When an attractive purse saleswoman comes to Dunder-Mifflin, the office men vie for her attention, and Pam finds herself jealous.

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