The Office: Season 3, Episode 7

Branch Closing (9 Nov. 2006)

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When Jan tells Michael that the Scranton Branch will be shutting down, Michael strives to keep his staff's spirits up. Meanwhile, everyone privately begins to envision how their lives will change in the aftermath.



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When Jan tells Michael that the Scranton Branch will be shutting down, Michael strives to keep his staff's spirits up. Meanwhile, everyone privately begins to envision how their lives will change in the aftermath.

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Did You Know?


When the final get-together for the employees is being planned, the restaurants mentioned are all fictional except for Cooper's. Cooper's was voted the area's best seafood restaurant and was also visited by Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) in 2006. Cooper's is located at 701 N. Washington Ave in Scranton. See more »


When Jim and Jan are in Josh's office, Jan leaves angrily and says, as she passes Jim Halpert, "Excuse me, John." John Krazinksi plays Jim Halpert in the show, so she accidentally called him by his real name. See more »


Jim Halpert: So, from time to time, I send Dwight faxes from himself from the future.
Dwight Schrute: [reading fax] Dwight, at 8:00 a.m. today, someone poisons the coffee. Do not drink the coffee. More instructions will follow. Cordially, Future Dwight.
Dwight Schrute: [sees Stanley about to drink the coffee and sprints across the office, knocking the cup out of Stanley's hand]
Dwight Schrute: No!
[after knocking the cup to the floor]
Dwight Schrute: You'll thank me later.
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References Bowling for Columbine (2002) See more »


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Pretty Funny, but Not Great
10 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode had a lot of humorous moments. The opening sequence between Jim, the fax machine, Dwight, and "Future Dwight" was among the best opening sequences yet. Michael's comments about "Bowling for Columbine"---"I thought it was gonna be more like Kingpin"---were hilarious. The Stanley and Ryan/Kelly stuff was also great. My one problem is the plot itself. I feel that the show is selling out with Jim moving back. They had a great thing going in Stamford, now they give that up to bring this stupid love triangle crap to Scranton. I was very disappointed in the writers. I do hope the Ed Helms character follows Jim and the girl to Scranton. The dichotomy between he and Dwight could be gold. I felt that the episode could have been split into 2 parts. I felt that it was rushed. One moment Jan was at one branch, the next moment the other branch. Everything seemed to get resolved much too quickly. The episode as a whole was good, but there were more funny moments than a completely humorous episode.

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