The Office (2005–2013)
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Pam stands up to Dwight when he makes cutbacks to save money in the building, but will Dwight have the last laugh? Meanwhile, the office is surprised and energized when Michael outsmarts Oscar in a debate about China.



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Oscar Martinez (as Oscar Nunez)


After reading an article about China growing as a global power, Michael decides China must be stopped before they take over the US. Everyone in the office complains about Dwight's building standards and Pam threatens to move Dunder Mifflin to a new building. Written by NBC Publicity

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2 December 2010 (USA)  »

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At 15:30, while Dwight is driving down the road from the location of Pams' "building", you can see a police officer on a motorcycle blocking traffic for filming. See more »


Kelly Erin Hannon: What if we all get together and help each other and hire a new guy and then we all kill him, but first we take out, like, a $100,000 life insurance policy? I bet you guys like that idea, don't you?
Kelly Erin Hannon: [in talking head interview] I think that's what they're doing to me. I can't prove it, but I wanted to see their faces when I said it. I learned nothing.
Michael Scott: ...I don't know what the f*** that was.
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References Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) See more »

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2 December 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

More often than not, at least in these days, The Office has been disappointing fans. The magic of the first three seasons has been lost, but that does not necessarily mean the show still can not be good. Fnans have been hoping week after week for a stellar episode, and after the show's horrible last outing, Office fans can relax, because this episode is what they are looking for.

China started out with a funny cold opening featuring Dwight doing everything with his feet. To prove how ridiculous it is, Jim challenges him to drink a cup of coffee with his feet, resulting in Dwight spilling it all over his shirt. While predictable, it was still pretty amusing and a pleasant return to form for Jim.

The A story for this episode, Michael arguing with Oscar over China's politics, was funny, but not the highlight of the episode. It was satisfactory to see Michael outsmart Oscar at first, as I've always found Oscar to be a little snob. But the conclusion of this storyline was great - Michael decides that China is not the important part of their conversation, but the conversation itself. Conversation leads to friendship, and it was nice to see Michael happy for himself for discovering this.

Before getting to the superior part of the episode, stating that the mini-storyline between Andy and Darryl was hilarious needs to be said. "Are you seeing this?" texts Andy to Darryl, who is standing five feet away from him. While adding nothing to the story, it was fun to see a friendly interaction between the two.

The best part of the episode was the B story in which Pam threatens to vacate everyone from the building because of Dwight's ridiculous policies such as saving power and reducing the toilet paper to half a ply. The reason it worked so well was because of all the twists, turns, and heart to be found. The first twist comes from Dwight finding out Pam was lying about the possible future building, and the second came at the end when the audience finds out Dwight deliberately let Pam win the argument. The latter came from a heartbreaking conversation between Pam and Jim in the stairwell; Pam is upset that she has been a failure at everything she's tried. While confessing this to Jim, Dwight overhears her and decides to let her win this one. It was a welcome return to the heart that is found in the early seasons of The Office, and it was heartwearming to see Dwight let Pam win. It's moments like this when we realize Dwight is not such a bad guy after all.

There seemed to be a general theme continuing throughout the episode; while the trivial things are sometimes fun to win, the deeper element is the friendship involved. Michael showcased this by attempting to form a relationship with Oscar and Dwight letting Pam win for her own good. It's the underlying heart found in this episode that let it stand above the others this season. It's certainly a welcome return.

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