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: Just think, that temp agency could have sent you anywhere.
Ryan Howard: I think about that all the time.
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References Lost (2004) See more »


Written by Nina Persson and Peter Svensson
Performed by John Krasinski and Ed Helms
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gets better on repeated viewings...
25 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was not one of my favorites until I watched it a couple times after initial airing. I really appreciate, now, though.

The odd thing about Jim and Pam's relationship is that it has been most touching when they were far away. At one point Pam is speaking on the phone with Jim. She asks him was time it is there; Jim points out that they're in the same time zone. They realize how great the divide has felt since Jim left.

The pretzel storyline is well-executed. Many people really do look forward to a few things each year, reminding themselves again and again of little pleasures. I'm familiar with such a feeling.

Dwight has grown a bit more cartoonish over the years, but in this episode I see Dwight as I think he was meant to be--the odd, eccentric, yet intelligent follower of Michael's foolishness. Michael is shown as the almost amazingly inefficient boss who somehow lands great clients. I enjoy that contradiction.

All in all, a very well-rounded episode.

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