The Office: Season 2, Episode 5

Charity (28 Oct. 2002)

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It's the annual comic relief day fund raiser at the office and the employees are up to their usual silliness. Tim raises money from his mates by playing a prank on Gareth. Dawn is selling ... See full summary »

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It's the annual comic relief day fund raiser at the office and the employees are up to their usual silliness. Tim raises money from his mates by playing a prank on Gareth. Dawn is selling kisses at reception and the bashful Tim buys one. It leads him to reconsider his relationship with Rachel but he's devastated when he hears of her near-term plans with Lee. Others in the office have their own take on humor but David is again pushed to extremes when the ever popular Neil does a spot on John Travolta imitation from Saturday Night Fever. Humor aside, David has also missed submitting a report and Neil offers him a redundancy package. Written by garykmcd

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David Brent is introduced to the Ogg Monster as if they had never met. However in the first episode in season one Gareth informs Tim that David had drinks with him and the Ogg Monster. See more »

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[on Comic Relief]
Tim: Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against this sort of thing. It's a good cause, but I just don't want to have to join in with someone else's idea of wackiness, okay? It's the wackiness I can't stand. It's like, you see someone outside Asda collecting for cancer research because they've been personally affected by it, or whatever, I dunno, an old bloke selling poppies, there's a dignity about that. A real quiet dignity.
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Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
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Saturday Night Madness...
15 January 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Generally, when one thinks of Comic Relief, special charity episodes of Britain's top shows come to mind, often not considered part of the series' official continuity (the Rowam Atkinson-starring Doctor Who spoof from 1999 is one of the best - and funniest - examples). When it came to The Office, the event was seamlessly incorporated into the running plot of the second season, with shockingly amusing and amusingly shocking results.

As the characters explain, they have a Comic Relief day every year, and on that occasion all kinds of games and other fun stuff are organized to raise money. It also gives people the opportunity to indulge some of their sillier (though harmless) fantasies, such as the huge Keith showing up at work dressed as Ali G. The presence of the BBC cameras doesn't really change the situation, save for the fact that Tim, among others, uses his free moments to express his frustrations. Meanwhile, David's fall from "greatness" reaches absurd levels.

Just how absurd it can get is well known to any fan of the show, as this penultimate regular episode features the now infamous "David Brent dance" which, alongside "Freelove Freeway", has become one of Ricky Gervais' most popular skits whenever he appears on talk shows or similar programs. The scene is painful to watch, but at the same time it's also funny, even if in a very wrong way, and it sets the tone perfectly for what will happen in the season finale. Oh, and for once the best line comes from Martin Freeman, referring to the appalling dance: "We don't have to make a donation for that, do we?" How right he is...


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