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Episode 5.14 : Lecture Circuit

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

February 05, 2009

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Comedy, Drama

Show Period

2005 - 2013

Production Company

Reveille, Deedle-Dee, NBC Universal

Cast and Crew


Director

Ken Kwapis

Screenwriter

Mindy Kaling

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Brian Patrick Mulligan
  • Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli
  • Sherrie Lewandowski

Synopsis


The Scranton branch has been outperforming in sales compared to the other regional branches. As a result, David is sending Michael on a tour to speak to the other branches about his leadership and why Scranton has come out on top. He takes Pam with him as his "hot roadie" while hitting the lecture circuit.

Back at the office, Jim and Dwight say hello to Kelly and get a cold reply of "screw you!" in return. Phyllis alerts the guys they forgot about Kelly's birthday the day before. It's important for Jim and Dwight to remember -- they are the newly appointed party planning committee chairs since Angela and Phyllis had to step down. Kelly sums it up that the people in the office are just mean to the "hot, popular girl."

The first stop on the lecture circuit is Utica, Karen's branch. Pam is a bit nervous meeting up with Karen, given the recent history between the women and Jim. When Karen greets them, they notice she's very pregnant with a baby that Michael suspects to be Jim's. A suspicion that Karen is quick to deny, but Pam still feels awkward.

Michael speaks to his audience by first insulting them with nicknames he has created for them. Karen cuts Michael off and asks to see him in her office, before the lecture can continue. Michael summons Pam to follow him.

Andy spots Stanley with a beautiful client, Julia, in the office. Now that Andy is a single man, he is determined to woo Julia, even in front of Stanley. Stanley takes Andy aside to tell him he's making a fool out of both of them. Andy insists that Stanley set him up with Julia and Stanley agrees, only if Andy gives up two clients for her.

Karen asks Michael to just put his lecture into an email so she can circulate it to her team. Michael then asks about her baby's father, or as he puts it, her "sperm machine." Karen tells Pam and Michael she's married now and very happy and asks about Jim. Pam tells Karen that she's engaged to Jim and Karen responds with a big hug and smile. Michael points out that "old hatred dissolves into new friendships."

Andy continues to flirt with his new client Julia. He finds out she doesn't have a boyfriend and is about to make a move. But before he can, he goes to Creed for some advice. Creed tells him to just go in for the kiss. Andy thinks it's a big risk, but then realizes Creed thinks he's talking to Jim. Andy walks Julia out to her car and tries to kiss her, but she rejects his advances.

Pam tells Michael she feels closure since talking to Karen. Pam's statement has Michael thinking about Holly, the love of his life. Michael now wants to drive up to Nashua to get closure. Pam encourages Michael to do so and turns the car around to head to New Hampshire.

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