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:
... David Brent
... Tim Canterbury
... Gareth Keenan
... Dawn Tinsley
... Neil Godwin
... Rachel
Joel Beckett ... Lee
... Ray
... Jude (as Jennifer Hennesey)
Matthew Holness ... Simon
... Keith (as Ewen Macintosh)
Che Walker ... Speaker 1 Mark Found
... Speaker 2 Richard Clark (as Richard Wills-Cotton)
Ben Bradshaw ... Ben
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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Release Date:

21 October 2002 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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One of the speakers is called "Mark Found" - the name of the Sound Recordist for The Office (2001). See more »


Simon: Yeah well I went down there the first day it opened right, and I did a couple of laps, I pulled over, the bloke that runs the thing comes over and said - Oi no professionals. I took my helmet off, I said I'm not a professional. He said - you're not a profesional? I said - No, he said - well you should be, if I was you I'd take up Formula One, and if you drive like that you'd probably be the best in the country! I said - I'm not interested I'm making shit loads out of computers.
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References Dead Poets Society (1989) See more »


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Better than all the rest...
14 January 2009 | by See 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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