Booze Cruise: Episode 2.11

211boozecruise-bigger“Booze Cruise”
Season 2 Episode 11
Air Date: January 5, 2006
Writer: Greg Daniels
This year’s staff retreat is a Booze Cruise…in Pennsylvania…in January. Michael struggles to not be out-done by the cruise’s charismatic captain, but a surprise announcement out-does them both. Jim get advice about his feelings for Pam from an unlikely source.

1. Supplemental Materials
Pam Pong Scorecard, transcript at

2. Quick Recap
Cold Open – Vending Machine: Dwight comes to the breakroom only to find Jim someone has put all his things in the vending machine. Jim spots Dwight some nickels so that Dwight can at least get his wallet back.
“It’s a Booze Cruise!”: Michael announces the staff will be going on a harbor cruise for this year’s retreat. Some on the staff are excited while the rest are skeptical of a winter-time boat trip. On the boat, Michael’s spotlight is quickly taken over by Captain Jack, the ‘party captain’ as well as the actual captain.
“I’d save the receptionist”: Jim brings Katy as his date but clearly the only thing on his mind is Pam. He seems to be on the verge of finally telling Pam how he feels, but Roy gets on the mic and announces he wants to set the wedding date for June. Everyone is thrilled, except Jim of course.
Boss of Dancing: After Capt Jack keeps interrupting Michael’s presentation, Michael gets more creative, using nautical metaphors to try to get his business points across. But when the someone takes his “The boat is sinking who do you save?” metaphor too seriously and jumps off the boat, Michael ends up in the brig, a.k.a. zip-tied to the boat railing.
“Never ever ever give up”: In “the brig”, an emotionally drained Jim confides to Michael that he has a crush on Pam. Much to Jim’s surprise, Michael encourages Jim to not give up on Pam if he really likes her. Dwight then announces he’ll be taking the boat to shore, standing at the fake wheel that Capt Jack delegated Dwight to “steer”.

2A: Flonkerton Medal Ceremony
The “Actually Kind of Beautiful” Medal: Jim and Pam’s famous “27-seconds of silence” scene is a bit like their relationship: quiet, understated, yet full of emotion. So many feelings in those glances.

Previous Episode: Christmas Party | Next Episode: The Injury

3. Flonkerton’s Favorite Quotes
Pam: Last week, Michael sent out this mysterious memo.
Jim: “It’s time for our first quarter camaraderie event, so pack a swimsuit, a toothbrush, rubber-soled shoes, and a ski mask.”
Pam: A ski mask and a swimsuit.
Jim: So that he can have us rob a bank, and then escape through the sewers.
Pam: And brush our teeth.

Michael: Now, on this ship that is the office, what is a sales department? Anyone?
Darryl: How about the sales department is the sails?
Michael: Yes, Darryl, the sales department makes sales. Good. Let me just explain. I see the sales department as the furnace.
Phyllis: A furnace?
Jim: Yeesh, how old is this ship?

Michael: They were very important in the movie Titanic. Who saw it? Show of hands!
Jim: I’m not really sure what movie you’re talking about. Are you sure you got the title right?
Michael: Titanic?
Pam: I think you’re thinking of The Hunt for Red October.
Michael: No, Leo DiCaprio! Come on!
Jim TH: Michael stands in the front of the boat and says that he’s king of the world within the first hour, or I give you my next paycheck.
Phyllis: Michael, everyone in the engine room drowned.
Michael: No! Thank you, spoiler alert.

Michael: In an office, when you are ranking people, manager is higher than captain. On a boat, who knows? It’s nebulose.

Captain Jack: All right! I need a volunteer to come up here and hold my stick. Who’s it gonna be?
Meredith: Me.
Captain Jack: Okay…
Dwight: Me! Me, me, me.
Captain Jack: Uh… usually it’s a woman.
Dwight: I’m stronger.

Michael: Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that’s always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you have to just be the boss of dancing.

Angela: Hey, come inside and talk to me.
Dwight: [steering a fake wheel] I can’t. Do you want us to run aground, woman?!

Jim: You know what? I would save the receptionist. I just wanted to clear that up.

Dwight: Seasick? Captain Jack says you should look at the Moon.
Michael: Captain Jack is a fart face. I’m on medication.
Brenda from Corporate: Really? What?
Michael: Vomicillin.

Michael: I’m in the brig. See? The boat’s not as corporate-friendly as advertised. What was the deal with the guy jumping overboard? What was… if he had just waited and heard what I had to say, he would be motivated right now and not all wet.

Michael: Well, Pam is cute.
Jim: Yeah. She’s really funny, and she’s warm. And she’s just… well, anyway.
Michael: Well, if you like her so much, don’t give up.
Jim: She’s engaged.
Michael: BFD. Engaged ain’t married.
Jim: Huh.
Michael: Never, ever, ever give up.

4. Trivia

  • This episode was shot on a real boat in Long Beach Harbor and several cast members did get seasick
  • The real Lake Wallenpaupack is fairly icy in the winter, and boating is not allowed during that time of year.
  • The band on the ship is the Scrantones, the band that performs the theme song.
  • The song that Michael is the “Boss of Dancing” to is “Get Busy” by Sean Paul
  • In a deleted scene, Toby is shown arriving late when the boat had already left the dock, explaining his absence on the boat.
  • possible foreshadowing to future episodes: In Conflict Resolution (ep221), Jim describes a prank he once pulled on Dwight putting nickels in his phone receiver, which may explain why Jim had a baggie of nickels on him in the cold opener.

5. Grade This Episode


One thought on “Booze Cruise: Episode 2.11

  1. Here is a “mini review” of this episode I wrote for TheTwoCents conference room back in the day:

    “I dare say for me this is the definitive episode of Season 2, or at least it’s a close second to “Casino Night.” The episode is a series of classic moments: Jim’s vendor machine prank on Dwight, the great ensemble banter in the conference room, Capt. Jack’s special assignment for Dwight, Michael being “The Boss of Dancing”, the 27-seconds of Silence, Roy’s surprise announcement, Michael’s poorly worded motivational presentation that earns him a spot in “The Brig”, and of course Jim’s unexpected heart-to-heart with Michael. Speaking of that “27 seconds of silence”, I’m sure Greg Daniels got a few looks when he proposed having the romantic leads (of a comedy, no less) stare at each other with no dialog for half a minute. It wouldn’t work on most shows, but thank God The Office isn’t “most shows.” It’s simple, beautiful, and really just a perfect scene. It’s also a bittersweet as I feel this is when Jim and Pam lose their “innocence” in a way. Up until this point they mostly bantered and plotted and innocently flirted as they both seemed relatively content with their “friends” status. However it’s clear on the deck we’re not dealing with simple friendship, not even a crush or an infatuation. Jim loves Pam deeply, he knows Roy is wrong for her, but he also knows even suggesting that Pam leaves the only man she’s ever been with would scare her. Jim is at a crossroads at the end of this episode; he can continue to play Pam’s best friend while hoping maybe someday it will become more, he can avoid her and date other women and hope the feelings will just fade, or he can risk a broken heart and speak the words he so desperately wanted to say during those 27 seconds. After Michael offers some Winston Churchill-esque advice, Jim smiles slightly and we’re left with a feeling that there might be a some fight left in Jim after all.”

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