David's attempt at being cool includes sporting an earring. His session as a trainer arrives but his unique approach doesn't work very well. Tim and Rachel are carrying on at the office, ... See full summary »
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Keith (as Ewen Macintosh)
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David's attempt at being cool includes sporting an earring. His session as a trainer arrives but his unique approach doesn't work very well. Tim and Rachel are carrying on at the office, much to Gareth's dismay. Dawn doesn't seem too pleased either. Neil takes David to task for not thinking things through before making decisions. He also tells him he's more worried about being popular than steering the ship in the right direction. Written by garykmcd

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The urban legend that Simon tells Gareth about an undead Bruce Lee working undercover as a Hong Kong cop was also told by an incredulous Ricky Gervais in a 2002 episode of his London based radio show on XFM. See more »

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[Gareth has just caught Tim and Rachel kissing]
Gareth: How long has this been going on? When were you going to tell me? I can't believe you'd get off with a girl that I fancy.
Tim: Why can't you believe that, Gareth?
Gareth: Well, I can't believe there's a bird that fancies you over me for a start. What are you... he's a weird little bloke. Look at his cartoon face and his hair. He looks like a Fisher Price man. And his rubbish clothes... it makes me think there's something wrong with you, and yet in my head I'd ...
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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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The Best
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Written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight
Performed by Tina Turner
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Better than all the rest...
14 January 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly the artistic and comedic climax of the second series, this episode contains Ricky Gervais' David Brent at his most David Brent: lovably moronic, profoundly full of it and shamelessly proud of every damn thing he does. The last few minutes of the show are nearly impossible to watch without cringing, but not because they're bad - they're just too amusingly cruel.

Picking up from the previous episode, David is asked to make a motivational speech to a group of people who are interested in a career in the business sector. He takes Dawn with him for assistance and thinks of various "made in Brent" gimmicks he could use to make the day memorable. As anyone who has met him knows, it will most certainly be memorable - for the wrong reasons.

The whole second half of the episode sees The Office at its bravest, most insightful and merciless. Its meticulous analysis of everyday working life combined with a very dark, painful brand of humor leads to one of the most outrageous set-ups in TV history. It's been said before that there's a slight trace of George Costanza in Brent's characterization, but we're way past that at this point - what David does with his speech puts even the most questionable Costanza scheme to shame. And that's before he butchers Tina Turner (the less said about it, the better). Astonishing


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