The Carpet: Episode 2.14

214carpet-bigger“The Carpet”
Season 2 Episode 14
Air Date: January 26, 2006
Writer: Paul Lieberstein
Summary:
After a mystery pranker leave a foul “gift” in his office, Michael wreaks havoc out in the main office. Meanwhile, Jim is pushed to the back room and has to get through the day without Pam to distract him.

1. Supplemental Materials
Pam Pong Scorecard, transcript at OfficeQuotes.net

2. Quick Recap
The temp at reception: Ryan’s sitting at reception while Pam is on vacation, and Jim keeps unconsciously looking at him. It would made Ryan uncomfortable, but Michael staring at him from the manager’s office is far creepier.
“What happened in there?”: Michael walks into his office to find something unidentifiable and super stinky on the floor. Even after the mess is cleaned up, the odor is so strong that the carpet needs to be torn out and replaced. No one will admit to stinking up the office, but everyone is amused by the prank on Michael.
“The Ol’ Bullpen”: With Michael’s office out of commission, he’s out in the main room for the day. The only person happy about this is Dwight as Michael walks around interrupting phone calls, playfully punching people and scattering Accounting’s documents.
“Basically anything that’s awesome”: Due Michael taking over Jim’s desk, Jim is forced to in the Annex. Jim soon discovers why the desk next to Kelly is empty as she spends the entire day chattering at him about things like closet organization and favorite celebrities. He also gets stuck playing “messenger” for Kelly, asking Ryan if Ryan has any interest in dating her.
“Why can’t your workers be your workers?”: Michael of course thinks he’s being funny and motivational but when he overhears the staff laughing about the carpet, he gets frustrated, especially at the thought that it may have been one of his workers who pranked him. Michael calls his old manager, Ed Truck, for advice and is disappointed when Ed says that as the boss, his staff won’t always like him. But when Michael learns it was Todd Packer, and not one of his workers, that left the smelly thing in the office, Michael is back to thinking his staff sees him as a friend.
“I’m bored, come back!”: In addition to be stuck in the back room, Jim keeps catching Pam hanging out with Roy, who is upstairs all day. This and Pam leaving early prompts Jim to call Brenda, the corporate rep who was on the booze cruise, to ask her out. But as Jim leaves, he discovers Pam had left him several messages, detailing how much she disliked Jim being gone all day. Jim can’t help but smile as he goes to his car.

2A. Flonkerton Medal Ceremony
The “Spicy Curry” Medal:
This episode marks the first time we see Kelly’s chatty, celebrity-obsessed personality. Before she was much more demure.

Previous Episode: 213 The Secret | Next Episode: 215 Boys and Girls

3. Flonkerton Favorite Quotes
Michael: Spamster!
Pam: Um, Pam plus Spam plus…?
Michael: Hamster.

Pam TH: Roy and I just got back from the Poconos. I get ten vacation days a year, and I try to hold off taking them for as long as possible, and this year I got to the third week in January.

Michael: I cannot believe a pipe burst and left that in there.
Toby: That’s no burst pipe.
Michael: How do you know that? What is it, then?
Creed: Hi guys. Somebody makin’ soup?

Jim: Hey, Kelly.
Kelly: Are you moving back here?
Jim: Um, just for the day while Michael’s at my desk.
Kelly: Because Toby used to sit there, but he had to move over there because of an allergy.
Jim: Allergy to… the desk?
Kelly: [shaking head] Weird.

Michael TH: Ed Truck. [exclaiming is disgust] Ed Truck was the manager before me. Horrible. He hated fun. It was like, “Oh, Ed Truck is walking toward us. Stop having fun. Start pretending to do work.” What a jerk. He’s… You know what? I swore to myself that if I ever got to walk around the room as manager, people would laugh when they saw me coming and would applaud as I walked away.

Michael: Watch out, Pam. You’re next!
Pam: You’re gonna throw my things on the ground?
Michael: Maybe!

Michael: You know what? Today is not a good day for a sales contest. We’re… we’re not… we’re not doin’ this today.
Pam: That doesn’t seem fair.
Michael: You wanna talk about fair? Does anyone need to smell my old carpet? You explain to me how that was fair, and I’ll explain to you how this is fair. Plus I just… I think that picking today was sort of taking advantage.
Dwight: But you’re the one who picked today.
Michael: I am a victim of a hate crime. Stanley knows what I’m talkin’ about.
Stanley: That’s not what a hate crime is.
Michael: Well I hated it! A lot!

Jim: Are you interested in her?
Ryan: Yeah, totally.
Jim: Really?
Ryan: Did she say something?
Jim: She said lots of things.
Ryan: Do you know if she’s looking for a long-term thing or if she’d be cool just hangin’ out?
Jim: I have no idea.
Ryan: Can you find out?
Jim: Yeah. Sure.
[Cut to Jim and Kelly in Annex]
Kelly: Oh, long-term, definitely. Fall in love, have babies, spend every second together… but don’t tell him that, okay? Just tell him I’m, like, up for anything. I mean, I’m not a slut, but who knows?

Michael TH: Last week I would have given a kidney to anyone in this office. I would have reached right into my stomach and pulled it out for them. But now, no. I don’t have the relationship with these people that I thought I did. I hope they ask, so they can hear me say, “Uh… no. I only give my organs to my real friends. Go get yourself a monkey kidney.”

Jim’s voicemail: You have seven unheard messages.
Pam: [voicemail message for Jim] Hey, Jim. It’s Pam. I keep looking up to say something to you and then Michael’s there and it’s horrible. Anyway, I’m bored. Come back!
Pam: [beep] Hey, guess what? I moved my computer so I can’t see Michael’s head. It’s working. I think I can have a career as a very specific type of decorator.
Pam: [beep] Sudoku. Level moderate. 18 minutes. Suck on that, Halpert.
Pam: [beep] I’ll transfer you. Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam. Hold, please. Dunder Mifflin, this is … okay, sorry. Michael was standing at my desk, and I needed to be busy or who knows what would’ve happened, so thank you.
Pam: [beep] Hey, what’s that word we made up when you have a thing stuck in your shoe? Anyway, I have a thing stuck in my shoe.
Pam: [beep] Hey, I have a chance to sneak out of here early, and I’m not messing this up, so I’ll see you tomorrow.
Pam: [beep] Calling from my cell phone. I don’t know if you guys figured out who did that to Michael’s carpet yet, but I have a theory that involves an inter-departmental conspiracy. Everybody in the office. We need to talk.

4. Trivia

  • Steve Carell actually threw a stink bomb into Michael’s Office without warning the other actors, so the rest of the character’s reactions were real.
  • In one of the Kelly and Jim scenes, a white board with quarterly sales is visible over Kelly’s head, and it appears Dwight is in the lead. This is possible foreshadowing to Dwight winning “Salesman of the year” in “Dwight’s Speech.”
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Ed Truck, the regional manager of Dunder-Mufflin Scranton before Michael.
  • The soiled carpet storyline is similar to the plot of the second episode of the UK Office, where someone sends around a pornographic picture of David, whom he later learns was his Todd Packer-like friend, Chris Finch.
  • Rock 107 is a real station in the Scranton area.

5. Grade This Episode

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