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59: The Stamford Branch
Season 3 starts in Stamford CT, following the newly transferred Jim after he finally shares his feelings for Pam. We look at what the introduction of that branch means to The Office, from new characters to a look at a different manager, all the way through its eventual downsizing and merger with the Scranton branch.
Then we head to the Conference Room to brainstorm some Dunder Mifflin-themed vanity license plates (turns out we’re big William Hung fans) and different Office related songs to sing while washing your hands, before wrapping up with our signature trivia challenge.
|Apr 02, 2020|
58: Schrute Farms / Office Episode Bracket
Take a trip to the bucolic Schrute Farms, an expansive beet farm and B&B just outside of Scranton and the homestead of Dunder Mifflin’s own Dwight K. Schrute. We look at the different episodes that feature Schrute Farms, how it rounds out the wider universe of The Office, and The Farm, the potential pilot for a Dwight-centric spin-off that aired in Season 9.
Then we undertake an Office episode bracket challenge and feature a follow-up to our fan-submitted trivia. Table making never seemed so possible!
|Mar 26, 2020|
57: Coronavirus / Dunder Mifflin Corporate
This week we start with a quick discussion of the Coronavirus and how people turn to The Office in a time of anxiety or stress, including fake cold opens or how certain characters would react. Then we turn to Dunder Mifflin corporate, examining how their employees, directives, and initiatives influence the day-to-day of the Scranton branch.
Lastly we head into the Conference Room for some listener messages and finish up with a trivia roundtable.
|Mar 18, 2020|
Middle aged black man with sass. Big butt, bigger heart. Stanley Hudson is a key part of the Dunder Mifflin ensemble and is responsible for some of the funniest moments in the entire show. We look at his presence and role in The Office, going through his relationships (and lovers), signature moments and biggest laughs.
Then we talk about Dish paying people to watch The Office(!) and an upcoming Office children’s book before closing with a quick-hitting round of trivia.
|Mar 11, 2020|
55: The Annex
We venture back to the Annex, the other side of Dunder Mifflin, focusing on the unique cross section of characters who work there. We highlight the best moments and biggest laughs, while thinking about what role a physical space plays in the show.
Then we take some listener messages and feature our first ever (!) fan-submitted trivia.
|Mar 05, 2020|
54: Take Your Daughter To Work Day / Mailbag
From the mouths of babes: “Michael Scott is freaking cool”. We look at ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day’ from Season 2, focusing on how the episode highlights dynamics from early seasons of the show, gives us different looks at the characters’ personalities, and tells us whether to spend a night at the Met or the aquarium.
After that we open up the mailbag and share some messages, stories, and questions from our treasured listeners before Sean takes us through a trivia lightning round.
|Feb 26, 2020|
53: The Florida Arc
This week the MSPC heads down to Tallahassee on a special assignment to launch a new chain of Sabre retail stores. The Florida arc is one of the most unique and singular series of episodes in the entire series, and we take a deep dive into how that affects Dwight, Erin, and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin crew.
Then we look at the concept of Interiority in TV and close with a Mega Trivia challenge (patent pending).
|Feb 19, 2020|
52: Michael vs. Toby
Lakers v. Celtics, Ali v. Frazier, and now Michael v. Toby. It's the eternal struggle between the regional manager and the HR rep, the showdown between Michael Scarn and an amorphous blob of khaki. We dive into the ups and downs, highlights and best moments from one of the most iconic dynamics in the Office.
Then we have an unboxing experience, check out an 90’s era Dunder Mifflin newsletter, and look at a music-themed alternate casting before closing with another trip down trivia lane.
|Feb 12, 2020|
With Sean absent, probably floating somewhere in a sumo suit, Alex and Edwin crack open the mailbag to discuss:
- The worst purchases/investments made by characters
- Who would win in a fight?
- Favorite moments of profanity on the show
- Creed's mysteries
- Best non-romantic pairs
Then we wrap up with some trivia from...next week's episode?
|Feb 06, 2020|
50: The Cold Open Draft
The cold open is one of the signature elements of The Office, home to some of the most iconic and memorable moments of the show. We discuss cold opens with another fantasy draft, talking about our favorite quotes, Michael Scott characters, and Jim-Dwight pranks.
Then we talk about hitting 50 episodes (!) and our *corrected* theme song.
|Jan 29, 2020|
49: The Delivery (Parts 1 and 2)
When Jim and Pam become parents, their relationship dynamic changes for the rest of the show. We look at the 2-part episode where Pam gives birth, and how that episode also marks major developments for the relationships between Dwight and Angela, as well as Andy and Erin. We also look at Michael’s misguided attempts at matchmaking and his elation at Cece’s birth.
Then we learn more about Andy and Cornell, listen to a voicemail about Kevin’s suggestion of playing really good music to get the Scranton Strangler to come out of his house, and close with another exhilarating round of trivia.
|Jan 22, 2020|
Phyllis has one of the more unique journeys of any actor on the show, going from a casting associate to an actor and a main part of the Office ensemble. We look at her development from mild-mannered to sassy over the course of all nine seasons, as well as her relationships with Michael, Angela, and the rest of the sales staff.
Then we listen to some voicemails responding to last week's episode and close with trivia from "Viewing Party."
|Jan 15, 2020|
47: Mailbag / Trivia Roundtable
This week we go to the mailbag to answer some listener questions! So get your suit to the dry cleaners, and get your hair did. And, Karen…um, you may want to invest in a dress or a skirt of some kind if you don’t already have one.
We cover real-life Office moments, first Office memories, rewatching habits, The Office vs. Parks & Rec and 30 Rock, and fan theories about Jan’s pregnancy and Erin and Andy’s relationship. All that plus some additional Office recasts and an expanded trivia challenge. It’s gonna be zoppity!
|Jan 08, 2020|
46: Season Openers
In honor of the New Year, we look at all of the different season openers from each season. We compare each episode and our own personal power rankings for all 9 episodes.
Then we look at another Office-themed song and alternate casting before wrapping with some season opener-themed trivia.
|Jan 01, 2020|
45: A Benihana Christmas
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Dunder Mifflin robe. We continue our holiday focus with ‘Benihana Christmas’ from Season 3, looking at the story beats, biggest laughs, and the short-lived reign of the Committee to Plan Parties.
Then we look at the photos from Michael’s digital camera from the Season 2 Christmas Party, open the mailbag for a quick ‘Christmas Cards’ segment, and close with some Yuletide trivia.
|Dec 25, 2019|
44: Christmas Party
“Christmas is the time to tell people how you feel” - Jim (James, Jimothy) Halpert. We kick off Christmas on the podcast by telling people how we feel about ‘Christmas Party’ from season 2 and what a Christmas episode means to The Office.
Then we look at the best musical moments from the show and wrap up with some Season 2-themed trivia.
|Dec 19, 2019|
Erin is one the rare characters who joins The Office later in the show and becomes part of the main ensemble. We look at her relationships, unique upbringing, and unexpected knowledge of horse racing history in today’s episode.
Then we take some listener questions, check out another alternate cast, and finish with some trivia themed around the 115 lb. moonbeam named Erin Hannon.
|Dec 12, 2019|
42: Can Watching The Office Make You a Better Person?
The MSPC is back after the Thanksgiving break to dive into a deep question - can watching The Office make you a better person? After exploring the life lessons we can take from the show and the morality of the characters, we lighten up a little bit to answer some listener questions and close with some fun trivia.
|Dec 04, 2019|
41: Dwight's Speech
This week we discuss Dwight's Speech, looking at smaller storylines and the show's more subdued tone in the early seasons.
We also take some listener voicemails, discuss Office scenes we wished we could've seen (but definitely happened) and close with some trivia. It's gonna be zoppity!
|Nov 20, 2019|
Andy Bernard comes into The Office with a bang in season 3, kicking a trash can, punching a wall, and floating away in a sumo suit. We track his journey from salesman to manager to Baby Wawa.
Then we get into trivia from "Angry Andy" and "Fundraiser".
|Nov 14, 2019|
This week we're emptying out a whole baler-I-hardly-know-her of messages. We discuss:
- Would you rather read Holly's letter to Michael or Jim's letter to Pam?
- Least favorite characters and show takebacks
- Casting the Amazing Race Office
- and more!
We wrap up with Internet Trivia and a conference room band performance.
|Nov 06, 2019|
38: Halloween in The Office
It's almost Halloween, so this week the MSPC looks at the Scranton branch celebrating this haunted holiday. We look at all the different Halloween episodes and talk about shared themes, favorite moments, and classic costumes (31:22), before discussing our own Office swag (46:11) and testing out some spooky trivia (50:46).
|Oct 30, 2019|
37: Season Five
Season 5 is full of classic and iconic Office moments, including Jim proposing to Pam, Michael’s reaction (“No God, please no!”) to Toby’s return, Dwight’s simulated fire, and Kevin’s famous chili. This week the MSPC crew looks at the arcs, moments, and signature episodes that make up that season (2:56).
Then we hear Dwight's list of potential Olympic sports (50:00), touch on the first episode of the Office Ladies podcast (52:14), list some Office-themed Halloween costumes (58:35), and close with another trivia challenge (1:03:27).
|Oct 23, 2019|
36: Jim vs. Dwight
The battle between Jim and Dwight takes many forms, from pranks, alliances, revenge, and sales calls, to snowball fights, convention speeches, and Pretty-Womaning that one store in the Steamtown Mall. We dig into how they go from best of enemies to best of friends, going over some of the best pranks on Jim and when Dwight gets him back.
We also look back at Jim and Pam’s wedding anniversary, and the equestrian ending that almost was.
|Oct 16, 2019|
35: Threat Level Midnight
When bombs threaten the NHL All-Star game, you call in Agent Michael Scarn. When it’s time to talk Threat Level Midnight, you call in the Michael Scott Podcast Company.
We take a deep dive into the Great Scott production, starting with the table read in Season 2 and culminating with the motion picture event of the century in Season 7.
|Oct 09, 2019|
34: Nate / Mailbag
Nate wears many hats at Dunder Mifflin, from Dwight’s Assistant and Warehouse worker, to that beanie Val made everyone. We take a look at Nate’s role on the show and the actor’s unique path to joining the cast.
Then we go through the suggestion box to answer some listener questions, before closing with some quick trivia on how Michael prepares for the best and worst-case scenarios.
|Oct 02, 2019|
33: "That's What She Said"
"That's What She Said" is one the most iconic and enduring jokes from The Office. We take a deep dive into the joke and how it acts as a thread that runs throughout the show.
Then Sean takes us into the world of Office Fan Fiction, and we close with a voicemail that gives some more insight into what real details from Scranton make it on screen.
|Sep 25, 2019|
32: Creed / "Office Ladies"
On one hand he’s a Quality Assurance manager, on the other he’s a musician, cult leader, Office blogger, and much more. This week we take a deep dive into fan favorite Creed Bratton, looking at his most memorable moments and the role he plays on the show. We also talk about the upcoming ‘Office Ladies’ podcast starring Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey before wrapping up with another round of trivia.
|Sep 18, 2019|
31: Back From Vacation
With their own vacations in the rear-view mirror, the Dunder Mifflin Portland branch is back in the studio together. And what else could we discuss than season three's Back From Vacation? We explore the roots of Jan and Michael's relationship, look at Pam's tough spot between a rock and a hard place, and debate Jim's moral compass when dealing with Karen's housing situation.
All that, plus a trivia session straight from Edwin's cruise, where he brought home a beautiful grand prize.
|Sep 11, 2019|
30: Booze Cruise
Onboard a cruise himself, Edwin calls in to discuss "Booze Cruise", the action-packed high seas thriller from Season 2. The crew talks about Jim's misgivings, Katy's exit from the show, Michael's dance, and the happiest moment we ever see between Pam and Roy. We also get into some trivia, listen to a voicemail backing up Sean, and analyze Dwight's boat groupings.
|Sep 04, 2019|
29: Office Reunion or Reboot?
Recorded on a camping trip, the gang sits down to discuss what we would want out of a potential Office reunion or reboot. We discuss other shows that have succeeded or failed at it, and throw around plot ideas for bringing back The Office we all want.
|Aug 28, 2019|
28: Beach Games
We hop in a bus and head to the shores of Lake Scranton to look at 'Beach Games', a signature episode of season 3. We go over the main beats and what it means to the show before getting into a big debate about Pam's speech.
We also watch a trailer with some Office Easter eggs, give some trivia team names, and find out some cast members' favorite episodes.
|Aug 21, 2019|
27: Recasting The Office
What if Seth Rogen was cast as Dwight? Or if Adam Scott was cast as Jim? There’s a video of them and other actors auditioning for The Office that’s made the rounds online. We discuss that, cast our own versions of the show, with all-new actors playing our favorite Scranton, PA residents, and wrap with an online Office trivia.
|Aug 14, 2019|
“Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam”. This week we look at Pam, focusing on what her character arc and relationships mean to the show. Then we look at an ESPN anchor confronting Rainn Wilson, and talk about what we would ask cast members about the show, before closing with another round of Office trivia.
|Aug 07, 2019|
25: Season Four
From the writers’ strike, to the hour-long episodes, to Corporate Ryan and his beard, Season 4 is one the most unique seasons of The Office. The last episode from our podcast retreat takes a deep dive on that season, looking at major character arcs, signature moments, and what the TV environment was like at the time.
We also recap the retreat and discuss what it’s like to watch The Office in groups, and close with a trivia challenge that lives somewhere between Michael and Scott.
|Jul 31, 2019|
24: Search Committee
In the wake of Michael Scott’s departure, a team of corporate headhunters was assembled to find his replacement. Jimothy ‘Jim’ Halpert, Gabriel Susan Lewis, and Toby ‘His Horribleness’ Flenderson banded together to replace the regional manager. This is their story.
We talk about that, run through some Office-themed ‘Would you rathers’, and wrap with another classic trivia challenge on this week’s episode of the Michael Scott Podcast Company!
|Jul 24, 2019|
This week – Webisodes! In the summers between seasons NBC released short online episodes featuring different characters from the ensemble. We recap the plots and discuss what the webisodes mean to the show. Then Edwin shares a quick Conference Room tip for keeping the Office available on your Netflix account before we wrap up with some 'Who Said What?' character quote trivia.
|Jul 17, 2019|
22: The Dundies + Michael's Last Dundies
The Dundies are about the best in every one of us. This week Sean, Edwin, and Alex take a look at the awards event of the season, focusing on ‘The Dundies’ from Season 2 and ‘Michael’s Last Dundies’ from Season 7. Then we debut a new ‘Suggestion Box’ segment before wrapping with a quick trivia challenge.
|Jul 10, 2019|
21: Party Planning Committee + The Office Leaving Netflix
The Dunder Mifflin Portland branch (Sean, Alex, and Edwin) covers the most pressing topic of the day – the news that The Office is leaving Netflix in 2021. Then we discuss the role of office parties and the Party Planning Committee before a quick trivia session.
|Jul 03, 2019|
20: Goodbye Toby
In ‘Goodbye Toby’, we say goodbye to Toby Flenderson and hello to Holly Flax. The season 4 finale weaves together various plot threads between different characters, wrapping it up with a fireworks, a proposal, and a performance from acclaimed song parody writer Michael Scott.
The Dunder Mifflin Portland branch focuses on this important episode and what it means to the show before closing with deleted scenes and an episode trivia.
|Jun 26, 2019|
19: Listener Questions
This week we’re answering listener questions, taking all email forwards, faxes from the future, and prank voicemails for Ryan. We cover everything from least favorite moments to Michael’s wedding to why Michael never joined a rec hockey team. Then we wrap with a quick trivia session about the only clip show in Office history.
|Jun 20, 2019|
18: Season Three
In many ways, season 3 of The Office represents a high point for the show. From critic and audience reception to character arcs and development, the season stands out as one of the show’s best. We dive in to look at the beats, highlights, and signature moments, and why it remains so well loved. Then we wrap with look at a mystery character from the early seasons and a trivia segment graced with Prison Mike.
|Jun 12, 2019|
17: Ryan and Kelly
At the heart of The Office is a romance destined to go down in TV history--you guessed it, it's Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard. We look at the ups, downs, and in-betweens of their dramatic, turbulent relationship and what it means to the show. Then Edwin recounts his trip to the location of the Scranton Business Park before we wrap with another trivia challenge from S7E7 'Christening'
|Jun 06, 2019|
In 'Niagara' we see the marriage of Jim and Pam, a signature moment for The Office. We look at all the characters' different wedding weekends and how it shapes the show moving forward. Then we head to the Conference Room for a real-life antidote to Scott's Tots before wrapping up with expert level 'Niagara' trivia.
|May 30, 2019|
15: Repeat Jokes and Storylines
Inspired by a voicemail question, the Dunder Mifflin Portland branch (Edwin, Sean, and Alex) look at repeat jokes and storylines throughout the Office and how those callbacks contribute to character development and story arcs. We then go to the Conference Room to crunch the numbers on Jim’s pranks on Dwight, before some quick trivia questions on places around Scranton.
|May 22, 2019|
14: Michael In Love (Part 2)
In the second episode on Michael in Love, we cover his relationships with Helene, Donna, and Holly, tracing their impact on the show and characters until he and Holly exit the show together. Then we head to the Conference Room for ‘My Strange Addiction’ and wrap up with an Office Trivia speed round.
|May 15, 2019|
13: Michael In Love (Part 1)
Michael’s love life is a constant source of laughs, tears, and dramatic, misguided romantic gestures in The Office. We focus on how Michael’s romantic relationships drive the show and provide insights on the characters, starting with Jan and Carol. This episode also features a reading from Creed Thoughts, Office trivia, and a quick throwback to Alex and Edwin’s NBA podcasting days.
|May 08, 2019|
12: Season Two
In Season 2, The Office found its voice and audience. We trace the trajectory of the season, the ‘will they / won’t they’ of Jim and Pam, and the development of the ensemble.
All that plus the best Season 2 bloopers and trivia from S2 E16 'Valentine's Day'.
|Apr 24, 2019|
Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. This week we take a deep dive into Dwight K. Schrute, Dunder Mifflin’s Assistant (to the) Regional Manager, and resident blackbelt. We look at his character’s arc, development, and signature moments, before wrapping up with a recap of one-episode characters and Dwight-themed trivia.
|Apr 18, 2019|
This week we look at Sabre and the influence it had on Dunder Mifflin over seasons 6, 7, and 8. Then we take a Conference Room meeting to count down the Top 5 Guest Receptionists before wrapping up with trivia from season 6’s ‘The Meeting’.
|Apr 10, 2019|
9: Fan Theories
Is Toby the Scranton strangler? Which characters had an affair? Is Kevin a secret genius? We dive into the world of Office fan theories to see if the truth is out there before debuting a new ‘Conference Room’ segment where we discuss open topics. This week—Office Sexual Slang.
|Apr 04, 2019|
8: Comedy Night Done Right
Today’s viewers binge The Office on Netflix or watch syndicated re-runs, but the show originally aired as part of NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup. We look at the TV landscape around The Office when it first aired, the history and legacy of Must See TV, and modern TV viewing habits. Plus, trivia from S9 E1 "The New Guys"
|Mar 27, 2019|
7: Office 'Would You Rathers'
‘Would you rather?’ is at the heart of all the world’s great debates. We ask this immortal and hard-hitting question about the most urgent and topical issues of today: Michael Scott, Kevin Malone’s diet, and the world of Dunder Mifflin.
|Mar 20, 2019|
As the head of Accounting, chair of the Party Planning Committee, and resident cat mom, Angela Martin plays many roles in The Office. We discuss her character development, her relationship with Dwight, and how much those two factors impact the show all the way to the finale.
|Mar 14, 2019|
5: Season One
This week we take a deep dive into season 1 of The Office, focusing on key moments and how the show evolves from those first 6 episodes. We also compare it to the BBC Office and look at its influence on the US version.
|Mar 06, 2019|
We break out the Fluffy Fingers and talk about Darryl Philbin, Dunder Mifflin’s warehouse foreman and resident musician. We discuss his character arc, signature moments, and why for some reason he doesn’t come up all that often on our show.
|Feb 27, 2019|
3: Peak Office
Is there a prime run of office episodes? What is the best Jim and Pam moment? When is the show at it’s most awkward, cringe-inducing peak? We talk about when the show is at its best, in terms of episodes, arcs, characters, and moments.
Plus, trivia on all of Andy's singing over the course of the show.
|Feb 20, 2019|
2: The Fantasy Episode Draft
|Feb 13, 2019|
1: The Michael Scott Paper Company
In the inaugural episode, Sean, Alex, and Edwin discuss the Michael Scott Paper Company, one of the most unique arcs in the show and the namesake of the podcast. We give a rundown of the best moments, what led to it, and how it influenced later seasons of ‘The Office’.
|Feb 05, 2019|