Office Olympics: Episode 2.03

203olympics-bigger“Office Olympics”
Season 2 Episode 3
Air Date: October 4, 2005
Writer: Michael Schur
Summary:
While Michael takes Dwight with him to close on his condo, Jim learns about the games staffers play during their “down time”, and initiates Office Games.

1. Supplemental Materials
Pam Pong Scorecard, transcript at OfficeQuotes.net, old review of this episode

2. Quick Recap
Cold Open; I have Worms: Michael is at the office very early, and Ryan comes in with breakfast. when Ryan asks what Michael needed so early, Michael admits he only called in Ryan for breakfast.
“Today, I become a homeowner”: Michael leaves the office to close on his condo, taking Dwight with him. They learn the good points of the condo (Gay Friendly!) and the bad points (Michael can hear every word the neighbor says through the shared wall)
Eternal Burning of Competition: Jim is especially bore today, so he starts asking others how they fend off boredom during the day. Pam throw things into Dwight’s mug from her desk when Dwight’s not around. The Accountants play paper football. The Annex plays “Dunderball”. Jim decided to combine these games, as well as new games, into the Office Olympics, where the winners get gold yogurt lids as medals.
“You’ll be paying this off in your mid-70s”: On the verge of signing his mortgage papers, Michael, who thinks it’s only a 10 year mortgage, finds out it’s actually a 30-year mortgage. Michael suddenly gets cold feet, and demands a price reduction. But when his realtor, Carol, tells him he has to sign the papers or lose several thousand dollars, Michael signs.
“Those are the Doves”: The Office games come to an abrupt stop when Michael and Dwight return to the office. Jim, who wants to keep playing, asks Pam to help him arrange a closing ceremonies. They give Michael a “gold medal” for closing on his condo, and play the national anthem. Everyone claps, and Michael is so moves, he has a tear in his eye.

2A: Flonkerton Medal Ceremony
The “Money Beet” Medal: This is the first time we hear about Dwight’s beet farm that he runs with his cousin, Mose.
The “Gold Yogurt Lid” Medal: A gold yogurt lid will make an appearance in the Season 3 finale, and it’s pretty awesome.

Previous Episode: 202 Sexual Harassment | Next Episode: 204 The Fire

3. Flonkerton’s Favorite Quotes
Michael: I’m an early bird, and I’m a night owl. So I’m wise, and I have worms.

Dwight: I have been Michael’s #2 guy for about 5 years. And we make a great team. We’re like one of those classic famous teams. He’s like Mozart, and I’m like Mozart’s friend. No. I’m like Butch Cassidy, and Michael is like Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart; you’re going to get a bullet in your head courtesy of Butch Cassidy.

Jim: Hey, do you guys have any other games?
Kevin: Sometimes we play “Who can put the most M&M’s in their mouth?”
Angela: You play that.

Dwight: Actually, I do own property. My grandfather left me a 60 acre working beet farm. I run it with my cousin, Mose. We sell beets to local stores and restaurants. It’s a nice little farm. Sometimes teenagers use it for sex.

Dwight: A thirty year mortgage at Michael’s age essentially means that he’s buying a coffin. If I were buying my coffin, I would get one with thicker walls so you couldn’t hear the other dead people.

Pam: The thing about Jim, is when he’s excited about something, like the Office Olympics, he gets really into it and he does a really great job. But the problem with Jim is that he works here, so that hardly ever happens.

Jim: Phyllis by a nose. Gold medal in Flernenton.
Pam: Flonkerton.
Jim: Thank you, delegate from Iceland. [Michael asks Dwight if he’s like to rent the 3rd bedroom]

Dwight: Question. Where can I put my terrarium?
Michael: What the hell is a terrarium?
Dwight: It’s a fish tank for snakes and lizards.
Michael: Oh, so an aquarium. Ah, that will not come into this place.
Dwight: Question. My grandparents left me a large number of armoires…

Pam: Are you sure you don’t want to play?
Angela: I’m sure.
Pam: Come on Angela, don’t you have a game?
Angela: I have one, yes.
Pam: Well, let’s play, what is it?
Angela: I call it Pam Pong. I count how many times Jim gets up from his desk and goes to reception to talk to you.
Pam: We’re friends.
Angela: Apparently. [across the room]
Jim: Very nicely done. I think that’s H-O-R for Stanley, and H-O for Phyllis.
Phyllis: Are you calling me a ho?
Jim: Oh my god. Phyllis, coming alive. I like it.

Dwight: It was nice of him to offer, but I live in a nine bedroom farm house. I have my own crossbow range. It’s a perfect situation for me. Although two bathrooms would have been nice, we just have the one. And it’s under the porch.

Dwight: You know you can always refinance your mortgage. We had a 15 year on our beet farm. We paid it off early.
Michael: Yeah, well, you know what? Nobody cares about your stupid beet farm. Beets are the worst.
Dwight: People love beets.
Michael: Nobody likes beets.
Dwight: Everybody loves beets.
Michael: Nobody likes beets, Dwight. Why don’t you grow something that everybody does like? You should grow candy. [mutters] I’d love a piece of candy right now.

4. Trivia

  • This is the first episode with a “Cold Opener,” (the segment that plays before the credits). However, the cold opener was clearly filmed for The Dundies: Michael has the same tie, and when the camera pans to Ryan, all the Dundie statuettes are visible on Michael’s desk.
  • Starting with this episode, the footage playing during Steve Carell’s part of the opening credits was changed from a clip in Diversity Day to a clip from Sexual Harassment.
  • Carol, Michael’s real estate agent, is played by Nancy Walls, Steve Carell’s wife.
  • Vance Refrigeration is first mentioned in this episode.
  • Possible continuity error: In “The Pilot”, Michael claimed Dunder Mifflin occupied the whole floor, but in this episode it’s revealed Vance Refrigeration is on the same floor as Dunder-Mifflin.
  • The office games played in this episode are:
    Hate Ball: paper football game
    Who can put the most M&Ms in their mouth?: exactly how it sounds
    Dunderball: Volleying a ball across a cubicle partition.
    Flonkerton: paper-box snowshoeing
    Paper Horse: same as the basketball game, but with paper.
    Guess who’s on the elevator
    Coffee Mug Racing
    Other games not officially part of the competition:
    Work hard so my kids can go to college Stanley’s boring game
    Pam Pong: where Angela gives herself a point every time Jim goes to Pam’s desk.
  • During the national anthem at the end, everyone has their right hand over their heart, but Kevin has the wrong hand over the wrong side of his chest.
  • This is the 2nd reference to Kevin’s unfortunate ability to stink up the bathroom. In “The Dundies” (2.01) Kevin won an awards for stinking up the bathroom, then in “The Fight” (2.06) we see Kevin coming out of the the stall with the candle Jim found in this episode.
  • A mystery woman is visible during the coffee mug racing and the closing ceremonies. Read more about this mystery woman (Suspect #7).
  • reference to future episodes: In “The Job”, Jim finds a note from Pam with a gold yogurt lid “medal” attached to it in his sales report folder.

5. Grade this episode

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