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"The Office" Basketball (2005)

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The Office: Season 1: Episode 5 -- Michael and gang play the warehouse workers in a not-so-friendly game of basketball. Overly confident, Michael bets that the losers will have to work on Saturday.


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19 April 2005 (Season 1, Episode 5)
Michael and his staff challenge the warehouse workers to a basketball game with a bet looming over both parties. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Greg Daniels 
Writing credits
Greg Daniels (developed for american television by)

Greg Daniels (written by)

Mindy Kaling (staff writer)

Ricky Gervais (creator) &
Stephen Merchant (creator)

Produced by
Greg Daniels .... executive producer
Ricky Gervais .... executive producer
Angela Hamilton .... associate producer (as Angie Hamilton)
Howard Klein .... executive producer
Lester Lewis .... consulting producer
Paul Lieberstein .... consulting producer
Stephen Merchant .... executive producer
Michael Schur .... co-producer
Benjamin Silverman .... executive producer (as Ben Silverman)
Larry Wilmore .... consulting producer
Kent Zbornak .... producer
Cinematography by
Randall Einhorn (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Rogers  (as Dave Rogers)
Casting by
Marla Garlin 
Allison Jones 
Production Design by
Donald Lee Harris 
Set Decoration by
Steve Rostine 
Costume Design by
Carey Bennett 
Makeup Department
Cyndra Dunn .... key hair stylist
Lisa Hans-Wolf .... key makeup artist (as Lisa Hans)
Production Management
Teri Weinberg .... executive in charge of production: Reveille LLC
Kent Zbornak .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard J. Levin .... key second assistant director (as Richard Levin)
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... first assistant director (as Tena Yatroussis)
Art Department
Bryan Corbett .... construction foreman
Justin Freibrun .... set dresser
Tony R. Medina .... general foreman
Philip D. Shea .... property master (as Philip Shea)
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sean Farrell .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Garret Gorman .... mix stage engineer
Bill Jackson .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Landers .... additional re-recording mixer
Benjamin Patrick .... production sound mixer (as Ben Patrick)
Benjamin Patrick .... production sound mixer
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Matt Temple .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Alexander .... key grip
Brian Crane .... gaffer
Cory Gunter .... assistant camera
Todd Liggitt .... grip
Eamon McGillicuddy .... dolly grip
Steven Serna .... grip
Marc Christie .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Matt Sohn .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Rejwan .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elinor Bardach .... costume supervisor
Joe Diaz .... key set costumer
Michelle Roth .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Justin Krohn .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Thiele Jr. .... musician
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Billy Arter)
Other crew
Bobby Bednar .... production staff
Alex Bohr .... production staff
Todd Carr .... production staff
Rami Cohen .... production staff
Jacob Ford .... production assistant
James O. Kerry .... production staff (as James Kerry)
Jason Kessler .... production staff
Brendan Kirsch .... basketball coach
Bob Lezak .... production staff
B.J. Novak .... executive story editor
Veda Semarne .... script supervisor
Rebekah Sheldon .... production staff
Hallie Stoller .... production staff
Mary Wall .... production staff
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (uncredited)
Traci Martin .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Greg Daniels  developed for american television by
Ricky Gervais  creator
Stephen Merchant  creator

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Additional Details

23 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In this episode, a poster behind Michael indicates the office is located at 1725 Slough Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Slough is the London suburb where "The Office" (2001) was set.See more »
Boom mic visible: (at around 1 min) A microphone can be seen.See more »
[Michael attempts to assemble a basketball team and Oscar, of Mexican descent, approaches]
Oscar:I can help out if you need me.
Michael Scott:I will use your talents come baseball season. Or if we box.
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Movie Connections:
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Let's go to the warehouse..., 17 October 2009
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Remember the episode of the British version of The Office where Tim (Martin Freeman) showed people around and took them to the warehouse? That was basically a one-off incident (except for that one other time when David Brent lied about firing someone), a 2-minute laugh that didn't lead to much else. In the US version, however, the warehouse workers play a more substantial role (for one thing, Pam's fiancé is one of them), and this episode is the first good example of that.

In his eagerness to prove his staff is top notch, Michael challenges the warehouse workers in a basketball game, to be held in the warehouse. Naturally, since he doesn't want to lose, the rule-book can be subject to a few, uh, tweaks, as the boss, Dwight, Jim and the others take on Roy (Kevin Denman), Darryl Philbin (Judd Apatow collaborator Craig Robinson) and the rest of the workers.

Whereas the previous shows were all about embarrassing dialogue exchanges, Basketball manages to combine verbal and visual comedy, with terrific results: the game in itself is a major treat, as are Michael's bizarre morale-boosting remarks (which include calling Jim "gay" and dismissing Dwight as a "nerd" - not that he's wrong about the latter). Still very wrong, and very, very funny.

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