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The Office

Episode 4.09 : Dinner Party

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

April 10, 2008

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Comedy, Drama

Show Period

2005 - 2013

Production Company

Reveille, Deedle-Dee, NBC Universal

Cast and Crew


Director

Paul Feig

Screenwriter

Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Beth Grant
  • Steve Seagren
  • Gary Weeks

Synopsis


Michael stages an elaborate plan to finally get Pam and Jim over to his and Jan's place for a dinner party. Jim gets trapped into it and agrees to go. Dwight overhears and wants his invitation, too. Michael says he only has six wine glasses and with Andy and Angela going too, there's not enough room for Dwight.

Jim and Pam join the dinner party armed with a bottle of wine. Jan delivers the tour of the place which includes a busted sliding-glass door, an office for Jan and a workroom for Jan. She needs both rooms for the candle-making company she's trying to launch, "Serenity by Jan."

Jim and Pam have no clue how to react when they see the bench Michael is forced to sleep on because of Jan's space issues. It is also obvious that Jan has jealousy issues with a very nervous Pam. Andy and Angela arrive, eager to get the dinner party started. Jan lets her guests know that dinner will be ready in three hours.

The couples gather in the living room to drink their wine and Jan puts on some music. She suggests they listen to her old assistant Hunter's new CD: "The Hunted." The first song is clearly about Hunter's sexual encounter with an older woman. Jan tries to get Jim to dance to no avail.

The games begin and that's when things get really awkward. While playing a game of "Celebrity," Jan calls Michael out for not being funny. Jim thinks the two are playing another game all together, called "Let's see how uncomfortable we can make our guests," and so far, they are both winning.

Jim lies and says he just received word that his apartment has flooded and he and Pam need to leave. Michael points out that Jim can leave, but Pam has no excuse. Pam tells Jim to buy new furniture, because he's staying. Michael seconds that notion and Jim's back in the game.

Jan summons a girls' trip into the kitchen where she says she knows about Pam and Michael's history as lovers. Pam swears up and down that there has never been anything going on with Michael, ever. Meanwhile, Michael tries to get Jim and Andy to invest in Serenity by Jan. The moment is cut short when Dwight arrives with wine glasses and a date!

Jim has questions for Dwight's date. She tells the table they met when she used to babysit Dwight. He assures the guests that their relationship is purely carnal. Jan and Michael have a fight at the dinner table, which results in Michael grabbing his old neon beer sign from storage and putting it back up on the dining room wall. This angers Jan even more.

Jan retaliates by putting on Hunter's song again. Michael slams Jan's business adventure and then Jan throws a Dundie at Michael's prized $200 plasma television. Michael wishes Jan luck in paying him back since she's jobless and makes no money. Jan bursts into tears and runs to the bathroom while the party guests make a beeline for the door.

The cops show up after the neighbors report a disturbance. The police suggest that Michael stay somewhere else for the night until things calm down with Jan. Dwight offers to take Michael to his place. Later on, Jim and Pam get takeout and listen to Hunter's song in the car, Andy and Angela get ice cream, and Dwight drives Michael back to his place.

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