The Office: Season 1, Episode 5

New Girl (13 Aug. 2001)

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Tim decides there's no future for him in selling paper and decides that he going to go to university and study psychology. After staying out all night, Donna shows up for work late and ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Karen Roper
Robin Ince ...
Stuart Foot
Ben Bradshaw ...
Angela Clerkin ...
Ellen Collier ...
Blonde Office Worker
Jamie Deeks ...


Tim decides there's no future for him in selling paper and decides that he going to go to university and study psychology. After staying out all night, Donna shows up for work late and after David admonishes her announces she had spent the night with someone from the office. David is also interviewing for a new secretary and given the choice of Stuart Foote and Karen Roper selects the blond Karen. Gareth gives a Health and Safety seminar, but Donna is the only employee he's invited. Chris Finch shows up at the office and they all go on their regular Wednesday outing to a nightclub, Chasers. Written by garykmcd

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David Brent: Does a struggling salesman start turning up on a bicycle? No, he turns up in a newer car - perception, yeah? They got to trust me - I'm taking these guys into battle, yeah? And I'm doing my own stapling.
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Composed by Felix Buxton & Simon Ratcliffe
Performed by Basement Jaxx
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"Don't worry, I haven't got any balls"
10 January 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The penultimate episode of The Office's first season keeps up all the good stuff from what we've seen before, with latently sexist humor, moving love entanglements and the sad sight of David Brent getting wasted with his "mates".

First things first: Tim is still getting over the embarrassment of Episode 4, but that doesn't really matter in narrative terms, because the big concern is another: who did Donna sleep with? David, in particular, sees her actions as a sign of disrespect, and promptly asks Gareth to investigate. Furthermore, the moronic regional manager insists on hiring a new secretary despite the redundancy scares, and has to choose between an average bloke named Stuart and a blonde named Karen. No need to guess which one he picks, right? Needless to say, it doesn't end well.

The sight of Brent and Finchy drinking like their lives depended on it is a sight that inspires sadness and chuckles at the same time: they are despicable as human beings, but there is something oddly endearing about their unrelenting stupidity. For those who want great lines, on the other hand, look no further than when Donna calls Gareth a "weasel-faced ass". The conversation that stems from that insult is worthy of Seinfeld (fitting, since there's a hint of George Costanza, Gervais' all-time favorite sitcom character, in David's mannerisms), and that's a real compliment.

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