Viewing Notes: The Office – Season 1, Episodes 1-3

Forgive me people of the internet, for I have apparently sinned. I have not watched the entire series of The Office. In fact, I haven’t seen more than a couple of episodes and short YouTube clips. Sue me. Please don’t.

So I thought I would start from the beginning because that’s where you should start when watching television shows.

I’m expecting it to be funny, so….hopefully it’s funny.

Here are my thoughts on the first three episodes.

Episode 1

  • Michael Scott, the Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin (a company that sells paper), is wearing a really wide tie. Very mid-2000s.
  • I used to be a receptionist/secretary/front desk person because that was the only desk available to me. Pam looks how I felt every time someone walked in.
  • Dwight is singing Christmas carols, that’s how you know he’s the annoying one of the bunch.
  • Jim is the type of guy who walks to and from the washroom really slowly, in order to kill time.
  • “Me no get an agenda.” – Michael Scott
  • “Me no wanna hear that.” – Michael Scott
  • “Me no speak Americano.” – Unknown
  • There was a cut away scene of Dwight tapping Jim on the right shoulder and walking the other way. That was a cultural phenomenon at one point.
  • “As a doctor, you would not tell a patient if they had cancer.” – Michael Scott
  • Michael Scott just impersonated Hitler in the Pilot episode. Oh boy.
  • Pam is hoping they fire her. No Pam! There are eight more seasons!
  • Michael Scott considers himself a role model. I agree.
  • He idolizes Bono. Who doesn’t?
  • They’re having an office meeting about the possibility of the company downsizing. There are no refreshments at this meeting, in case you were wondering.
  • Jim and Pam like each other. They go out of their way to talk to each other about useless things. Must be love.
  • Roy is Pam’s fiance. Ha.
  • “I’m a friend first, boss second. Probably an entertainer third.” – Michael Scott
  • M. Scott just pranked Pam by telling her she was fired. She didn’t laugh.
  • The episode ends when Jim puts Michael’s mug in Jello. Don’t try this at work, adults.

Episode 2

  • It’s Diversity Day! Oh no…
  • “It’s very sturdy paper.” – Jim. That’s good to know.
  • In elementary school, we used to write on recycled paper that would break whenever you had to erase something. It was a pain during math tests.
  • Pam is playing FreeCell Solitaire.
  • “Name a race you are attracted to sexually.” – Michael Scott, Diversity Meeting Activity
  • Honesty, Empathy, Respect, and Open-Mindedness. HERO.
  • Or if you’re a smart aleck: HEROM.
  • Michael signed a form “Daffy Duck”. I love Daffy Duck! This show really knows their audience.
  • “Is there a term besides ‘Mexican’ that you prefer?” – Michael Scott
  • In the first episode, Hillary Clinton was mentioned twice. In this episode, they mentioned Dave Chappelle. Eleven years later, both are in the news.
  • Mindy Kaling just slapped Michael Scott for being racist.
  • Pam just fell asleep on Jim’s shoulder. YOU’RE ENGAGED, PAM!

Two episodes in and I have to say, it’s a bit boring. And I say, “a bit” because if I say it’s “really” boring, then people will come after me with pitchforks, spatulas, water bottle caps.

Episode 3

  • This episode is about Health Care. The options are Obamacare or extra bandages in the supply cabinet.
  • Jim and Pam are flirting again. I’m going to call them Jam.
  • Dwight is in charge of picking a Health Care provider for the office. He’s definitely going with the extra bandages.
  • He chose the plan with no dental and no vision. So I was right.
  • Michael tries to end his call with Pam by saying he has to take another call, but no one is calling. Michael is all of us.
  • Michael has promised everyone a surprise at the end of the day. He has nothing planned. May I suggest PIZZA?
  • Everyone has to write down a list of their medical conditions. Jim told Pam she better not write down Ebola. Ebola! This was in 2005. They knew…
  • Jim has locked Dwight in an office. This is an HR violation, right?
  • Michael has ice cream sandwiches for everyone! This just turned into a children’s sporting event.
  • Wait, the ice cream sandwiches weren’t the surprise?
  • He has no surprise. People are starting to leave!
  • This sink is shipping!
  • No, that’s not right.
  • This ship is sinking!

Well, so far, it’s been a bit of a snoozer. I expected more.

I know, “it’s only the first season” (said in a mocking voice). Relax.

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28 Responses to Viewing Notes: The Office – Season 1, Episodes 1-3

  1. mhmcneill says:

    Oh, it does get SO MUCH BETTER. I agree, though, the first few episodes were a bit of a snooze but I think they were trying to hard to introduce the characters. It’s very fortunate the show made it past the pilot, and then some…

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  2. Jess says:

    At least the first season is only like, ten episodes or something haha I was laughing extremely hard during Diversity Day. And you also nailed Jim’s behavior perfectly. He does a lot to kill time. Keep going. I promise it gets much, much better.

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    • Paul says:

      Haha I thought of you when they made that Mexican comment. I couldn’t see an episode like that being made these days and not get heavily scrutinized.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Jess says:

        Hahaha I think that’s why I found it so funny. I’m not allowed to find those things funny today. The typical response I’d get for being Mexican would be, “Wait…really????” It’s as if I told them I grew up on Pluto. I also was asked where my mustache was, and I didn’t even know that was a stereotypical thing.

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      • Paul says:

        Haha what?? You should carry a fake moustache in your pocket and pull it out on occasion.

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  3. peckapalooza says:

    It really does get better with season 2.

    I’ve been thinking about doing this. Live-blogging as I watch a series. Except I was thinking of doing it with Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Lost… both of which I actually watched all the way through the first time around.

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  4. Am I Thirty? says:

    I love The Office. I recently started rewatching the series from the beginning. I’m only up to the second season so this was really entertaining to read. I say give it a few more episodes to see if you like it. Most shows take a few episodes to really find their stride.

    Also, speaking of Clinton and Chappelle, there are quite a few mentions of Donald Trump in the upcoming episodes as well.

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  5. Barb Knowles says:

    This is so funny! And I hate the show. My husband LOVES The Office and I find it so booooring. I’ve seen episodes from every season and it.does.not.get.better.
    I love your comment about the receptionist desk and how she looks like you felt. And pegging Dwight as an annoying one. But I MISS THAT PINBALL GAME!!
    Keep this up because your blog about it is much, much funnier than the show.

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  7. Ariel Lynn says:

    I’ve seen parts of episodes, but never a full one. So, you’re not alone!

    But, I’m gonna go ahead & say it: I didn’t like it at all. I thought it wasn’t funny. BRING ON THE PITCHFORKS! 😉

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