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The Alliance 

Just for a laugh, Jim agrees to an alliance with Dwight regarding the downsizing rumors.



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Episode cast overview:
Ryan Howard
Roy Anderson
Darryl Philbin
Stanley Hudson
Oscar Martinez (as Oscar Nunez)


Since the rumors of downsizing have occurred in the Scranton branch, Dwight thinks its best to secretly partner with Jim to have each others backs on it, while Jim takes this as an opportunity to have this as one of his pranks against Dwight. Written by James Hake

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12 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Jim and Dwight
19 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

The US version of The Office continues to distance itself from the brilliant UK original by having more openly exaggerated sit-com scenarios (it is an NBC show, after all) with what is arguably the funniest episode of the short inaugural season: The Alliance, which shows another side of the endlessly hilarious Jim/Dwight conflict.

With the downsizing rumors still in the air, Dwight suggests that he and Jim form a secret alliance so that neither of them will have any problems. Of course, Dwight reveals his trust issues to the camera crew, and boy, are they justified: the moment the "alliance" kicks off, Jim starts planning various schemes at his co-worker's expense. Meanwhile, Michael keeps coming up with ways to distract his staff from the gossip-induced paranoia.

Like the previous episode, The Alliance is 20 minutes of comedy gold, based primarily on the spot-on interactions between John Krasinski and the superb Rainn Wilson, who almost do an even better job than Martin Freeman and McKenzie Crook in the British prototype. The "best gag" award, however, has to go to Steve Carell for when he explains why he shouldn't tell his staff about the downsizing: "As a doctor, you wouldn't tell a patient they had cancer." A masterpiece

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