The Office (2001–2003)
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David's attempt at being cool includes sporting an earring. His session as a trainer arrives but his unique approach doesn't work very well. Tim and Rachel are carrying on at the office, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... David Brent
Martin Freeman ... Tim Canterbury
Mackenzie Crook ... Gareth Keenan
Lucy Davis ... Dawn Tinsley
Patrick Baladi ... Neil Godwin
Stacey Roca ... Rachel
Joel Beckett ... Lee
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Ray
Jennifer Hennessy ... Jude (as Jennifer Hennesey)
Matthew Holness ... Simon
Ewen MacIntosh ... Keith (as Ewen Macintosh)
Che Walker ... Speaker 1 Mark Found
Richard Cotton ... Speaker 2 Richard Clark (as Richard Wills-Cotton)
Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw ... Ben
Jamie Deeks Jamie Deeks ... Jamie


David's attempt at being cool includes sporting an earring. His session as a trainer arrives but his unique approach doesn't work very well. Tim and Rachel are carrying on at the office, much to Gareth's dismay. Dawn doesn't seem too pleased either. Neil takes David to task for not thinking things through before making decisions. He also tells him he's more worried about being popular than steering the ship in the right direction. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

21 October 2002 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The urban legend that Simon tells Gareth about an undead Bruce Lee working undercover as a Hong Kong cop was also told by an incredulous Ricky Gervais in a 2002 episode of his London based radio show on XFM. See more »


David Brent: You're all looking at me, you're going, "Well yeah, you're a success, you've achieved you're goals, you're reaping the rewards, sure. But, OI, Brent. Is all you care about chasing the Yankee dollar?" Let me show you something I always keep with me. Just a little book, Collective Meditations, and it's a collection of philosophers, writers, thinkers, native American wisdom, which I, and it's really showing you that, er, the spiritual side needs as much care and attention as the physical side. ...
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References Fame (1982) See more »


The Best
Written by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight
Performed by Tina Turner
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Better than all the rest...
14 January 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Undoubtedly the artistic and comedic climax of the second series, this episode contains Ricky Gervais' David Brent at his most David Brent: lovably moronic, profoundly full of it and shamelessly proud of every damn thing he does. The last few minutes of the show are nearly impossible to watch without cringing, but not because they're bad - they're just too amusingly cruel.

Picking up from the previous episode, David is asked to make a motivational speech to a group of people who are interested in a career in the business sector. He takes Dawn with him for assistance and thinks of various "made in Brent" gimmicks he could use to make the day memorable. As anyone who has met him knows, it will most certainly be memorable - for the wrong reasons.

The whole second half of the episode sees The Office at its bravest, most insightful and merciless. Its meticulous analysis of everyday working life combined with a very dark, painful brand of humor leads to one of the most outrageous set-ups in TV history. It's been said before that there's a slight trace of George Costanza in Brent's characterization, but we're way past that at this point - what David does with his speech puts even the most questionable Costanza scheme to shame. And that's before he butchers Tina Turner (the less said about it, the better). Astonishing

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