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The Office: Initiation

Dwight takes Ryan under his wing and puts him through a strange set of challenges designed to increase his sales skills. One of these tests involves a stop at the Schrute family's beet farm. Meanwhile, Jan instructs Pam to keeps a log of Michael's activities for the day, and Jim begins to fit in at Stamford.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 304
Airdate: Thursday October 19th, 2006

Director: Randall Einhorn
Writer: B.J. Novak

Guest Stars
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As Andy Bernard
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen Filippelli
Robert R. ShaferRobert R. Shafer
As Bob Vance

Co-Guest Stars
Michael SchurMichael Schur
As Mose Schrute
Thomas F. EvansThomas F. Evans
As Pretzel Vendor

Charles EstenCharles Esten
As Josh Porter
Marcus A. YorkMarcus A. York
voiced Billy Merchant
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
This episode was originally scheduled to be fourth, but was switched to be fifth one week before airing.

Dwight references one of the founders of Dunder-Mifflin, Robert Mifflin, who killed himself because (according to Dwight) he hated himself.

Oscar Nunez and David Denman do not appear in the episode. Charles Esten is seen, but does not speak and is left uncredited.

The one and only deleted scene for this episode Dwight and Michael giving Ryan a group hug before he goes out on his first sales call.

This episode marks the first appearance of the Schrute family beet farm. It is also the first appearance of Dwight's cousin, Mose.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gary GlitterRock & Roll (Part 2) 
Life Of AgonyRiver Runs Red 

Episode Quotes
Dwight: Just think, that temp agency could have sent you anywhere.
Ryan: I think about that all the time.

Jan: Tell me what you did yesterday
Michael: Uh… nothing.
Jan: Nothing?
Michael: Yeah, nothing. How was your day?
Jan: I don’t care how your day was, Michael.
Michael: (Sighs) Wow, Well, okay. I don’t care how your day was either, Jan. I was just asking you because you asked me. Why would you set me up like-
Jan: Tell me what you did yesterday
Michael: I worked and then I went home to my condo, and Carol came over and we had sex. Is that what you want to hear?

Dwight: Brain teaser. I have two coins totaling fifteen cents; one of them is not a nickel. What are they?
Ryan: A dime and a nickel.
Dwight: No, I said on of them is not a nickel
Ryan: But the other one is, I’ve heard that before.
Dwight: Ok, a man and his son get into a car accident. They are rushed to the hospital. The doctor says, there’s no way I can operate on this boy
Ryan: Because he’s my son. The doctor is the boy’s mother.
Dwight: A man is found hanging from the ceiling
Ryan: He stepped on a block of ice, hung himself and the ice melted.
Dwight: A hunter--
Ryan: It’s a polar bear because you’re at the North Pole.
Dwight: Damn it!!

Stanley: I wake up every morning in a bed that’s too small. Drive my daughter to a school that’s too expensive. And then I go to work to a job for which I get paid too little. But on pretzel day… well, I like pretzel day.

Cultural References
Dwight: What is the Dharma Initiative?

Dwight makes a quick reference to the strange organization that created the hatches from the TV series Lost.

Michael: Hey hey hey, I love Jell-o puddin’ pops!

The impression Michael does over the phone is a combination of Bill Cosby doing a commercial, and the voice he does for Fat Albert of the show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.

Michael: What's going on, we have a deal? Deal or no deal? Let's make a deal. What is the deal?

Michael makes references to three separate NBC shows: Deal Or No Deal, Let's Make A Deal, and Jerry's stand-up line from Seinfeld.

Kelly: Kelly: But what they were rapping about was cupcakes and the Chronicles of Narnia. God. Who invented cupcakes, right?

Kelly makes a reference to stoners rapping about cupcakes and The Chronicles of Naria, which is from the "Lazy Sunday" digital short from Saturday Night Live.

Visual: The Venus of Willendorf

Mose whittled a little figurine that he included in his gift basket that resembles the Venus of Willendorf, a small female statuette carved between carved 24,000 and 22,000 BCE.

Jim: (singing) Love me, love me, say that you love me, fool me, fool me, go on and fool me...

The song Jim sings is "Lovefool" by The Cardigans.

Jim: Shut up. Mavis Beacon doesn’t even type 90.

"Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing," released in 1987, is computer software that teaches touch typing. The character of Mavis Beacon, used to make the program seem more personal, is fictional.

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