Michael Scott is the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, a failing paper supply firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Also working there are Dwight Schrute (assistant to the regional manager), Jim Halpert, a salesman and Pam Beesly, the receptionist. It is Ryan Howard's first day as a temporary worker and Michael makes a day of showing him the ropes of the office. Meanwhile, Michael's boss, Jan Levinson-Gould, visits from corporate in New York City to tell him that his branch may be downsized. Written by
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was an avid viewer of the British series prior to his audition for "The Office." He originally auditioned for the role of Michael Scott, which he referred to as a "terrible [Ricky] Gervais impersonation." The casting directors preferred his audition as Dwight Schrute and cast him in that role instead. See more
There is a point when Jim is setting up pencils around his desk to annoy Dwight, and Dwight hits them all down with his phone. Originally, the script had called for Jim to set up boxes around his desk but it was later changed to the pencils and re-shot. However, if you watch a little bit later in the episode, you can still see the boxes set up on Jim's desk outside of the conference room door. See more
What is the most important thing for a company? Is it the cash flow? Is it the inventory? Nuh-uh. It's the people. The people. My proudest moment here was not when I increased profits by 17% or when I cut expenses without losing a single employee. No, no, no, no, no. It was a young Guatemalan guy. First job in the country, barely spoke English. He came to me, and said, "Mr. Scott, would you be the godfather of my child?" Wow. Wow. Didn't work out. We had to let him go. He sucked.
Remake of The Office: Downsize
Little Drummer Boy
Written by Katherine Davis
, Henry Onorati
, and Harry Simeone
Performed by Rainn Wilson See more