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Mrs. California 

Robert brings his wife to the office so that she can find a job, but he gives Andy conflicting messages about whether to hire her. Meanwhile, Dwight opens a gym in the building and tries to persuade Darryl to join.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Beesly (credit only)
Oscar Martinez (as Oscar Nunez)


Robert California brings his wife into the office to find her a job. Meanwhile, Dwight opens a gym in the building. Written by NBC Publicity

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1 December 2011 (USA)  »

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Pam does not feature in this story line because 'Jenna Fischer' was out on maternity leave to have her child with her husband, Lee Kirk. See more »


Mrs. California: All right, well, it's really nice to meet you, Bryan.
Ryan Howard: Uh, it's actually Ryan.
Mrs. California: Oh, Ryan.
Ryan Howard: [later, while being interviewed] Bitch...
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Best Episode of the Season
2 December 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode is by far the best of what was turning out to be a very disappointing season of The Office. It's obviously next to impossible to continue producing episodes at such a high quality without Steve Carrell, but up until the previous episode "Gettysburg", the writing has been - off, to say the least. "Mrs. California" was a strong writing performance by Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Jim was Jim again, with his dry wit and sheepishness. The opening was refreshing, to see Dwight in another of his obscure fixations- this time with the benefits of standing over sitting and thus becoming the victim of a decent Jim prank. Maura Tierney? Can anyone say "guest star of the year"? Not even for her performance, just because I've missed her on the sitcom swing since NewsRadio. She played the wife of CEO Robert California (James Spader) hopeful for employment at Dunder-Mifflin. Spader was hilarious, sending extremely mixed messages on whether or not Andy should hire his wife. Dwight's opening of a gym was also a nice touch, my favorite line of the episode coming after Dwight tells Darryl he plans to make him look like LeBron James "it's LeJon Brames." "That's what I said...". Craig Robinson is a great actor, and I'm not sure if Darryl wants to leave Dunder-Mifflin or if the actor wants to leave the show. Convincing performance or convenient coincidence? This episode was top-notch, and was by leaps and bounds the season's best.

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