The Office: Season 3, Episode 5

Initiation (19 Oct. 2006)

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Dwight takes former temp Ryan to his beet farm to initiate Ryan to his new job at Dunder Mifflin.



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Dwight takes new full-timer Ryan (B.J. Novak, who also wrote the episode) out on his first sales call, but he puts the novice through a series of demanding tests and challenges, not to mention an unnecessary excursion to the Schrute family beet farm. Meanwhile, Michael is ordered by corporate to log his work activity; and Jim tries to adapt to life at the Stamford branch. Written by Brock A. Zimmerman

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When Ryan catches up to Dwight outside the Schrute Farm's barn, Dwight gives him a salute with an extended flourish. That salute is the "Rimmer Salute" from Red Dwarf (1988). See more »


Dwight Schrute: Brain teaser: I have two coins, totaling 15 cents. One of them is not a nickel. What are they?
Ryan Howard: A dime and a nickel.
Dwight Schrute: No. I said one of them is not a nickel.
Ryan Howard: But the other one is. I've heard that before.
Dwight Schrute: Okay. A man and his son get into a car accident. They are rushed to the hospital. The doctor says, "There's no way I can operate on this boy, because he's my..."
Ryan Howard: [cuts him off] "Because he's my son." The doctor is the boy's mother.
Dwight Schrute: A man is found hanging from the ceiling...
Ryan Howard: [cuts him off] He ...
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References Saturday Night Live: Jack Black/Neil Young (2005) See more »


Written by Nina Persson and Peter Svensson
Performed by John Krasinski and Ed Helms
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a top 5 Office episode
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really don't think anyone reading this will find this a spoiler given that the episode is over four years old. But just in case someone's just picking up the show (that was me a year ago) know that I'm going to talk about what happens in the episode.

This episode has everything I love about The Office. Michael's crazy with Pretzel Day. Dwight is crazy in his own way taking Ryan out on a "sales call". One of my favorite humor lines of all time in the show is "as you planted your seed in the ground now I will plant my seed in you". Even Stanley comes to life. You've got to watch the deleted scene with him and Michael. Best TWSS of all time.

This was one of the first episodes I liked the Stamford story too. The squeaky chair and Jim singing The Cardigans "Lovefool". Poor Karen begging him to stop because it's "not a proportional response" and Andy finishing the lyrics off in his classic falsetto.

And all of this before what is one of the best JAM moments in the show's run. No it's not the wedding or him asking her out on their first date. At least their first date according to Pam - Jim will always say their first date was grilled cheese on the roof in The Client <3 Those have to be top 2.

He was only trying to get Kevin's voice-mail and he got her instead. It's a perfect early JAM moment because they talk so easily just like they always did. And then it ends too soon. I still love the new JAM moments because things worked out for them and I'm glad the show reminds us that love doesn't end after infatuation. But there's something very real about the ones where you want it to go on but it doesn't. Love rarely works out and we waited a long time to see if it would for these characters.

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