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Episode 8.03 : Lotto

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

October 06, 2011

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Comedy, Drama

Show Period

2005 - 2013

Production Company

Reveille, Deedle-Dee, NBC Universal

Cast and Crew


Director

John Krasinski

Screenwriter

Justin Spitzer

Main Cast

Synopsis


In the parking lot, the team notices a dog locked in a parked car, igniting worry that the unattended animal might die. Kevin volunteers to lock himself in his own car as a reference subject - when he's about to die, he'll honk his horn. Andy downplays the threat, but Oscar is especially incensed. He grabs a tire iron and shatters the right rear window. Jim asks what happens now - the dog could jump out the window and run off. Oscar duct tapes some cardboard over the window, punches some breathing holes and calls it a day. As the gang heads into the building, Kevin slumps over in his car, honking the horn. But no one notices.

The office is abuzz with big news: The warehouse team has pooled their money and won $900,000 in the state lottery - and then immediately quit. Andy's perturbed; as the boss, he has to work with Darryl to hire a new staff and get the remaining employees to get back to work. Darryl's even more upset. Before he was promoted, he was always in on the Lotto tickets with the guys, but not this time. Their winning ticket used the numbers from his birthday.

The team sits around, musing on what they'd do with a windfall. Jim would get a little cabin on a hill where he could bike to his job at the kayak shop - or kayak to his job at the bike shop. Pam would get a townhouse in SoHo, drinking in the city as inspiration for her painting. Kelly reveals she would keep working, taking a dollar a year salary, but coming in late and only doing what she wanted.

Andy tries to get the team back to work. Because Darryl is so distressed at his misfortune, he hasn't hired a replacement warehouse crew. Andy takes him to task and asks for volunteers to help ship the day's orders. Dwight, Jim, Kevin and Erin all pitch in. Dwight hops in a forklift and immediately punctures a warehouse wall. The replacement crew is quickly hitting a learning curve.

Andy and Darryl assemble a pool of potential warehouse workers in the conference room. Andy tries to inspire the applicants, but Darryl's negative energy is turning people off; he cautions them against joining DMS just to have a job. Don't write your obituary prematurely, he cautions them before walking out. To the camera, he explains that he's just not lucky in life. Andy does his best to qualify the field, but clearly doesn't know what he's looking for. The job-seekers leave. Andy follows up with Darryl, who is now so depressed that he wants to be fired.

Andy and Darryl assemble a pool of potential warehouse workers in the conference room. Andy tries to inspire the applicants, but Darryl's negative energy is turning people off; he cautions them against joining DMS just to have a job. Don't write your obituary prematurely, he cautions them before walking out. To the camera, he explains that he's just not lucky in life. Andy does his best to qualify the field, but clearly doesn't know what he's looking for. The job-seekers leave. Andy follows up with Darryl, who is now so depressed that he wants to be fired.

Andy recruits another crop of potential warehouse workers: a PhD candidate, a man who may have a hearing disability, and a body-builder recommended by Oscar. He introduces them to Darryl, who still insists that Andy fire him. Andy's out of patience. What will it take to make you happy, he demands to know of Darryl. Darryl tells him, "Give me your job; I'll do it better, and I deserve it." Andy fires back, "You weren't in line for the manager's job." He tells Darryl he gave up when he got promoted, hiring a poor replacement and neglecting his goals of learning more about the business. Darryl takes the tough talk to heart. "Don't fire me," he tells Andy.

Andy and Darryl return to the warehouse floor with a hiring plan. They find the floor in shambles, with grease on the floor, boxes strewn everywhere - and an empty shipping truck. Kevin tries to explain "Senor Loadenstein" - their system for moving boxes more efficiently. Darryl and Andy want a demonstration; it's clearly a wasteful disaster. Phyllis explains to the camera: they've lost her client who was counting on a shipment that day.

In interviews, Creed explains he's already won the lottery by being born in the U.S.; Toby would finally launch his true crime podcast, the Flenderson Files; Jim and Pam agree on a dream: a brownstone on top of a hill, with a fishable stream and the best museums in the world nearby.

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