The Office (2001–2003)
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Work Experience 

David hires Donna, his lodger and the daughter of his best friend. While showing her round the office he discovers a doctored pornographic image of himself. Gareth, due to his covert operations skills, is told to catch the culprit.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stirling Gallacher ...
Joel Beckett ...
Yvonne D'Alpra ...
Ben Bradshaw ...
Angela Clerkin ...
Jamie Deeks ...
Jane Lucas ...


Manager David Brent hires his best friend's daughter despite the impending redundancies and throws a staff member out of the meeting for an inappropriate comment. He soon finds there is an e-mail circulating of a naked woman with his own head digitally superimposed. He's not pleased and asks Gareth to find the perpetrator. His interrogation of staff doesn't quite provide the information he's seeking. Jennifer Taylor-Clark returns to find that David has done nothing to improve efficiency. She's also at a loss to understand how he could promise no redundancies. Written by garykmcd

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16 July 2001 (UK)  »

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Donna's parents are called Ron and Elaine - the name of Stephen Merchant's parents. See more »


[Jennifer has just been insulted in the warehouse by the warehouse crew]
Jennifer Taylor-Clark: I just can't believe their total lack of respect.
David Brent: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Not only did they undermine you in an authoritative sense, but they left an image in my mind of you naked on all fours literally being done doggy style.
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"Who else has seen this filth?"
9 January 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The second episode of The Office is just as embarrassingly and painfully funny as its predecessor: the laughter here is a means to cover the horror as we witness acts of involuntary cruelty between coworkers and traces of not-so-latent sexism and misogyny in the workplace. And oh, yeah: Ricky Gervais is still a riot.

Having introduced us to everyone, David finds it convenient to hire someone new: Donna (Sally Bretton), his lodger, not to mention his best friend's daughter. Because of a few unflattering remarks from the male staff, he decides to give everyone a pep talk about gender equality, but the whole thing degenerates after-wards when a doctored pornographic image of him is discovered and he asks Gareth to find out who's behind it.

The Office is, in a way, a lecture about hypocrisy: Brent tells the BBC interviewers one thing, then he behaves in the exact opposite way with everyone else (and on camera, on top of everything). Exhibit A: his speech about sexism is proved wrong by his reaction to an insult addressed to Jennifer. Like no other show, Gervais and Stephen Merchant's creation juggles scenes that are shockingly awkward (any scene between David and Donna) and ones that are very funny (Tim, Dawn and Gareth). Then, of course, there's the wonderful combination of the two - David and Gareth discussing women with big boobs. It's as politically incorrect as they come, and that's why people love it.

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