The Office (2001–2003)
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It's the day to announce the redundancies. Tim tells David he's leaving and is happy to do so. Dawn is actually hoping that she'll be one of the redundancies. When Jennifer Taylor-Clark ... See full summary »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... David Brent
Martin Freeman ... Tim Canterbury
Mackenzie Crook ... Gareth Keenan
Oliver Chris ... Ricky Howard
Lucy Davis ... Dawn Tinsley
Stirling Gallacher ... Jennifer Taylor-Clark
Joel Beckett ... Lee
Sally Bretton ... Donna
Nicola Cotter Nicola Cotter ... Karen Roper
Neil Fitzmaurice Neil Fitzmaurice ... Alex
Robin Hooper ... Malcolm
Yvonne D'Alpra Yvonne D'Alpra ... Joan
Dick Bradnum Dick Bradnum
Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw ... Ben
Angela Clerkin Angela Clerkin ... Jackie


It's the day to announce the redundancies. Tim tells David he's leaving and is happy to do so. Dawn is actually hoping that she'll be one of the redundancies. When Jennifer Taylor-Clark arrives, she announces to David that she's been promoted and he is in line to replace her. It would mean however that the Slough branch would be reduced in size and bear the brunt of the redundancies. He accepts without hesitation. Gareth takes the news particularly hard. David becomes the hero when he subsequently announces that he's decided to turn down the job to save the branch. Written by garykmcd

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David Brent announces that Ricky is leaving. Although Ricky didn't get a going-away present, David says "You should have seen what we got Pete Gibbons!" Peter Gibbons was lead character in the similarly-themed Office Space (1999). See more »


Jennifer Taylor-Clark: I know that you're very loyal to your family here.
David Brent: I'd be loyal to his family, it's one big family.
Jennifer Taylor-Clark: I'm just sensitive to the fact that you have strong, let's say emotional ties to your team.
David Brent: Well, yeah, but there is the emotion as good in business syndrome, sure, notwithstanding the cruel to be kind scenarios...
Jennifer Taylor-Clark: I'm sorry David, you've lost me.
David Brent: Well, you're not looking at the whole pie Jenny. Wernham-Hogg is one big pie, and if they've let me in charge of that one big pie, then I'll be in charge of...
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References The Benny Hill Show (1969) See more »


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Written by Graham Gouldman & Eric Stewart
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"Well, there's good news and bad news"
10 January 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The most irritating thing about the average British TV show is every season is incredibly short compared to what we're used to with American products: with a few notable exceptions like Doctor Who (both classic and new) and Monty Python's Flying Circus (the first three seasons), the average length of a Brit season is 6 to 8 episodes - a miniseries, so to speak. Thankfully, quality rules over quantity in most cases, and The Office is no different in this unmissable Season 1 finale.

Ending the subplot that began in the very first episode, it is revealed that David Brent will take over Jennifer's job, should he choose to sacrifice his branch of Wernham Hogg and allow the Swindon people to incorporate his staff. As expected, he is delighted to hear the news, but he is so blinded by his ambition that he never once stops to ask himself what will happen to the people he has worked with for years, which causes everyone at the office to greet his announcement with restrained anger rather than joy. Most devastated of all is Gareth, who has no idea what he will do when he can no longer be Assistant Regional Manager, sorry, assistant to the regional manager.

The key characteristic of The Office is its unfiltered analysis of workplace dynamics, both good and bad, and this episode deserves a special mention for being less openly comic than those before it (or after, for that matter) and focusing almost completely on the coldness and cynicism that permeate the area in times of crisis. Of course, the mood lightens up considerably in the last few minutes, but the bad mood never really lifts off.

More than anything, this pitch-perfect first year is a clear indication of many more treats coming in later episodes - short-lived this may have been, but hey, longevity isn't always a sign of greatness.

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