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The Office: Gay Witch Hunt

The Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch goes on without Jim, while he adjusts to his new life and job in the Stamford branch. Michael unintentionally outs a gay employee much to the dismay of the company, which fears a lawsuit.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: 301
Airdate: Thursday September 21st, 2006

Director: Ken Kwapis
Writer: Greg Daniels


  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Charles EstenCharles Esten
As Josh Porter
Recurring
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Recurring
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As Andy Bernard
Recurring
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen Filippelli
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore
As Mr. Brown
Recurring
Tom W. ChickTom W. Chick
As Gill
Recurring
Ursula BurtonUrsula Burton
As Hannah Smoterich-Barr
Recurring
Main Cast
Steve CarellSteve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn WilsonRainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna FischerJenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
B.J. NovakB.J. Novak
As Ryan Howard
Episode Notes
Steve Carell and Ed Helms previously worked together on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

As of Season 3, both Mindy Kaling and Paul Lieberstein have been upgraded to starring status on the show.

The shot of Pam's reaction to the kiss was re-shot on the first day returning to the show. The scene is slightly different from the original - Jim's hair is slightly shorter, and the lighting and camera positioning is different.

Roy was arrested for drunk driving on June 27th, 2006. His mug shot number with the Scranton Police Department is 085143.

Aside from the fact that it's obviously a metal detector, Jim's "gaydar" has been made with custom stickers that cover up the maker's name.

Jim's new co-worker, Andy, nicknames him "Big Tuna," referring to the tuna sandwich he ate on his first day at Stamford. In Season 2, Pam mentioned that Jim had eaten a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch every day for years. It appears his transition to Stamford is allowing Jim to be more adventurous.

Deleted scenes for this episode include Meredith complaining about Oscar being gay, Jan telling Michael he has to call 10 clients a day, and Andy talking to Jim about Google-ing "Google."

The kiss between Michael and Oscar was improvised and not part of the original script.

Although her name is not mentioned in the script, the nameplate on the desk of Jim's co-worker (who makes fun of the way he looks at the camera) is Karen Filippelli.



Episode Quotes
Toby: Oscar’s really gay.
Michael: Exactly.
Toby: I mean for real.
Michael: Yeah, I know.
Toby: No, he’s attracted to other men.
Michael: Okay, little too far, crossed the line.
Toby: Okay, I am telling you Oscar is an actual homosexual.

Oscar: I was going to quit, but Jan offered me a three-month paid vacation and a company car. All I had to do was sign something saying I won't sue. Gil and I are going to Europe. Kids, sometimes it pays to be gay.

Ryan: Yeah, I'm not a temp anymore. I got Jim's old job. Which means at my ten-year high school reunion, it will not say "Ryan Howard is a temp." It will say 'Ryan Howard is a junior sales associate at a mid-range paper supply firm.' That will show 'em.

Stanley: I got them a toaster. They called off the wedding and gave the toaster back to me. I tried to return the toaster to the store and they said they no longer sold that kind of toaster. So now my house has got two toasters.

Creed: I'm not offended by homosexuality. In the 'sixties I made love to many, many women. Often outdoors. In the mud and the rain. And it's possible a man slipped in. There would be no way of knowing.

Michael: You don't call retarded people retards. It's bad taste. You call your friends retards when they're acting retarded.



Episode Goofs
Watch Rainn Wilson closely when Steve pulls him away from Oscar - he's got a smirk on his face from the impromptu kiss.



Cultural References
Title: Gay Witch Hunt

This is an allusion to the Salem Witch Hunts in 1692.

Michael: I watch The L Word. Okay? I watch Queer as (bleep).

Michael is referring to the Showtime network's shows, The L Word and Queer As Folk.

Angela: Sure, sometimes I watch Will & Grace, and I wanna throw up. It's terribly loud.

Angela refers to the NBC show Will & Grace.

Andy: I sang in the a cappella group, "Here Comes Treble."

Although no such group exists or has ever existed at Cornell, there is an all-female group at Cornell called "Nothing But Treble."



Episode References
Visual: Mr. Brown

Mr. Brown makes a second appearance in the series, after being on the Season One episode "Diversity Day."

Visual: Josh Porter

Josh Porter, the manager at Dunder-Mifflin's Stamford branch was first seen in the Season Two episode "Valentine's Day."

Michael: Can you tell who's gay and who's not?
Dwight: Of course.
Michael: What about Oscar?
Dwight: Absolutely not.
Michael: Well, he is.
Dwight: Well, he's not dressed in women's clothes, so...

In the Season Two episode "Halloween," Oscar wears a dress and a woman's wig as his costume.



Warning: The Office season 3 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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