Friday, June 15, 2007

The Office Conference Room - "Diwali"

[Updated: 6/15 - 11:50am]

Another week, another repeat, another Dunderfun Thursday!

This week NBC brought us back to that magical event that is Diwali! If you missed the episode, or are just curious, you can read the full transcripts, as always, at, or chat about it at!

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Original Airdate: Thursday November 2, 2006
Michael urges the staff to support Kelly and attend a local celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights.

Everyone in the Conference Room - NOW!

Name: KP
Office Site:
Review: I didn't need anything else in this episode other than Pam dancing. That was so great! I think it was the beginning of the breakout for her! It's also the episode when we had to decide, do we feel bad for Roy? Michael is such a joke, he tries so hard, but reducing Diwali to a "Hindu Halloween" is just perfect Michael. Not to mention the public proposal on the 9th date with Carol. Ending in a very appropriate "You've got to be kidding me" sigh. Then in Stamford we have the quarterly order form consolidation where Andy and Jim proceed to get SMASHED while Karen dumps out her shots and wins the day by taking home Jim. Over all a fun episode and it's always great to see them outside of the office.
Favorite Moment: Pam's Dancing
Favorite Quote: Andy: [sings Indigo Girls] I went to the doctor. I went to the mountains. I looked to the children...
Karen: Andy, no acappella.
Andy: [sings] I looked to the children, I drank from the fountain.
Andy and Jim: [sing] There's more than one answer to these questions pointing me in a crooked line
Andy: Wait, wait.
Andy and Jim: [sing] the less I seek my source...
Karen: Oh, come on, guys. Please.
Andy and Jim: [sing] the closer I am to fi-i-i-ne. The closer I am to..
Karen: It's not good.
Andy and Jim: [sing] fi-i-i-ine!
Andy: TUNA! Are you kidding me!!

Overall Episode Grade: B

Top 3 All-Time Best Moments OUTSIDE the Office:
- Pam's / Jim's confessions on "Beach Day" / "Casino Night"
- Who'd You Do? on "The Fire"
- Jim and Pam at the end of "The Dundies"

Name: theofficefan
Office Site:
Review: I had a good appreciation for this episode because all my buddies in college were "Desi" and always had some kind of Diwali Party every week. Isn't it just a new year? One day a year? Apparently they were out partying "Diwali" every week. So it was funny in the episode how they played on the arranged marriage (Michael Scott was like they just met yesterday and they are getting married?) to the "These s'mores suck!" .. "They're not s'mores, they are samosas". Good Stuff!
Favorite Moment: Carol shows up in a cheerleader outfit
Favorite Quote: Michael Scott - My Indian culture seminar was going great until Toby decided that he was too immature to deal with culturally explicit images. Its just sex, people.. everybody does it.. I'm doing it.. with Carol.. probably tonight.

Overall Episode Grade: B+

Top 3 All-Time Best Moments OUTSIDE of the Office:
- Jim confesses to Pam
- Dwight & Cousin Mose tie Ryan up in the farm
- Dwight's speech at the sales convention

Name: jenny
Office Site: MTT
Review: Answer the damn phone before Pam goes home with Hot Roy!!!!! What? Excuse me, sorry about that. In rewatching these episodes, I once again remember why it took awhile for me to warm to do with this season -- I missed Jim being in Scranton. It just wasn't the same. That being said, I do love me a Drunk!Jim. As for Diwali, I really liked seeing the office workers outside of their normal confines and actually having a good time and letting loose. And poor Michael -- there are times when he makes you cringe because you feel just so sorry for the guy and he did a great job pulling that helplessness off in this episode.
Favorite Moment: Jim falling into the bushes on his bike.
Favorite Quote: "Oh, that's what they call it." -- Meredith [still grosses me out]

Overall Episode Grade: B+

Top 3 All-Time Best Moments OUTSIDE of the Office:
1. Pam's coalwalk and speech
2. Jim and Michael sing "Islands in the Stream"
3. The Dundies -- all of them

Name: Elyse Moretti
Office Site: Life in the Office
Review: Of course Michael would convince Carol to be a slutty cheerleader for Diwali. One thing I love about "The Office" is that I feel it's never cliche. You know how some sitcoms or dramas have that seemingly-requisite, culturally-aware, "very special" episode every once in a while? This episode wasn't like that at all--and yet I still feel like I was exposed to a culture and a tradition that is rarely portrayed on American television. It's the character-driven little moments that make this episode for me: Pam taking care of Michael, the unreturned text message, Ryan telling Kelly's parents exactly what they DON'T want to hear, and so, so much more. Plus, I still haven't mentioned Jim's biking-under-the-influence incident or the resulting ride home from smartly-sober Karen. Overall, a strong episode!
Favorite Moment: Jim & Andy harmonize.
Favorite Quote: "These are not my shoes." - Michael

Overall Episode Grade: B+

Top 3 All-Time Best Moments OUTSIDE of the Office:
1. The Dundies: Pam falls off her stool
2. Michael's Birthday: Jim holds Pam's hand while ice skating
3. Also Michael's Birthday: Jim and Pam shop for presents for Kevin--Jim convinces Pam to make an announcement over the intercom (prompting Pam to get scolded)

Name: maurice_TOC
Office Site:
Review: Even though the summer is full of repeats, this was the first time that I had seen “Diwali.” This episode showcases all of the Dunder Mifflin employees, except for Oscar, in their preparation and celebration of Diwali. In classic Michael Scott style, he attempts to break down the barriers of ignorance and educate the employees about Diwali in a way that only he can. He has a slide show that introduces “some famous Indians”: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel Prize winning physicist, Apu from ‘The Simpson’s’, “hilarious Indian”, and M. Night Shyamalan, which is followed by an awkward, open eyed, smarmy faced slide of Michael kissing his girlfriend, Carol, to which he states, “where did that come from?” Of course, Michael’s Indian cultural seminar comes to an end when Angela feels that the “culturally explicit images” in the Kama Sutra brochures is incredibly offensive, which Toby agrees and volunteers to confiscate the materials. At the Diwali celebration, Michael again proves that his antics are just as valid outside of the office when he grabs the microphone and gets everyone’s attention to make an announcement that he has learned about Indian culture and even more about love. He then proceeds to propose to Carol after only 9 dates, and she, not surprisingly, turns him down. Michael not only tries to still get a ride home with Carol, enticing her with the Kama Sutra; however, if that wasn’t bad enough, he leans in and tries to kiss Pam while they are outside on the steps talking. With everything that is going on at the Diwali celebration and the Stamford office, this episode is extremely well written, filled with great character insight and dialogue, and explores some personal moments between Pam and Michael and Jim and Andy. I believe that this was the only episode that Pam attempts to make an out of office connection with Jim when she sent the text; however, he is too drunk from the shots with Andy to receive it. “Diwali” is one of the best episodes of season three; however, the only thing I did not understand is what was that something that Pam was kinda thinking would happen that night. Was it hearing from Jim?
Favorite Moment: Jim’s talking head explaining why he begins riding his bike to work and he makes a classic Jim face after he says that it makes him really sweaty for work. When Jim is leaving the Stamford office on his bike and he is too drunk and then falls into the bushes.
Favorite Quote: Angela: “Don’t go, they eat monkey brains.”
Michael: “Hey, hey, hey. Stop that, that is offensive. Indians do not eat monkey brains. And if they do, sign me up. Because I am sure that they are very tasty and nutritional.”

Overall Episode Grade: A

Top 3 All-Time Best Moments OUTSIDE of the Office:
- Pam falling off her chair at the Dundees and gets banned from Chilis.
- Michael speech at Ryan's business school.
- Jim reading Pam's note at the corporate interview and seeing the "gold medal".


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