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The Office: Diwali

Kelly invites everyone to a Diwali celebration so they can have a night out and learn about Indian culture and the Hindu Festival of Lights. At the event, the gang samples Indian cuisine, Ryan has to meet Kelly's parents, and Michael asks Carol an important question. Over at the Stamford branch, Andy, Karen and Jim work a late night and indulge in a little drinking at the office.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x6
Production Number: 306
Airdate: Thursday November 02nd, 2006

Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Mindy Kaling

Guest Stars
Charles EstenCharles Esten
As Josh Porter
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As Andy Bernard
Nancy WallsNancy Walls
As Carol Stills
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen Filippelli

Co-Guest Stars
Mike BrunerMike Bruner
As Anthony Gardner
Ananya KepperAnanya Kepper
As Nipa Kapoor
Anita KapilaAnita Kapila
As Dancer
Avu ChokalingamAvu Chokalingam
As Mr. Kapoor
Jaysha PatelJaysha Patel
As Tipany Kapoor
Rita SchmiRita Schmi
As Guest #3
Rohan VoraRohan Vora
As Dancer
Siddharth JainSiddharth Jain
As Guest #2
Swati ChokalingamSwati Chokalingam
As Mrs. Kapoor
Tanveer AtwalTanveer Atwal
As Rupa Kapoor
Varan GurunathVaran Gurunath
As Guest #1
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
Deleted scenes for this episode include Michael talking about Ben Kingsley and Pam pointing out that Michael's shirt is buttoned incorrectly.

We find out that Michael and Carol have only been on nine dates since Casino Night. After Michael proposes to her, she leaves the party without him.

In this episode, Kelly's parents were played by Mindy Kaling's actual parents.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Beyoncé KnowlesCrazy In Love 

Episode Quotes
Michael: Tonight, one of our most ethnic co-workers, Kelly, has invited us all to a Diwali celebration put on by her community. 'What is Diwali?' you may ask. Well, to have Kelly explain it, 'It's, blah blah blah blah. It's so super, fun, and it's gonna be great!' Lot of gods with unpronounceable names. Twenty minutes later, you find out that it is essentially a Hindu Halloween.

Michael: And another thing about the Indian people, they love sex positions. I present to you the Kama Sutra. I mean look at that. Who has seen that before?
Creed: I have. That's the Union of the Monkey.
Meredith: Oh, that's what they call it!
Kevin: This is the best meeting that we have ever had.
Michael: Thank you, Kevin.
Angela: You know, I find this incredibly offensive.
Michael: Well, I find it beautiful.
Angela: Well, whatever Kelly wants to do in her own house is fine, but we shouldn't all be subjected to it.
Toby: Actually, she's right. This is inappropriate. Why don't I take these.
Michael: No, you're not going to collect them-
Toby: Yeah...
Michael: No! This is delightful, charming culture.

Pam: It's hot in there. How's the naan?
Angela: Dry. You look like you were having fun.
Pam: I am. You should come dance with us.
Angela: I have to watch our shoes, so they don't get stolen.

Karen: Hey dummy! Get in the car!
Jim: I'm a drunk driver.
Karen: Yes you are.

Michael: Carol? Carol Stills? I would like you to do me the honor of making me your husband.
Carol: Oh... Michael.
Michael: What do you say?
Carol: Can we talk about this in private?
Michael: I didn't hear you.
Carol: (louder) Can we talk about this in private?
Michael: (whispering) Oh, you've got to be kidding me. Okay. (drops microphone and walks away)

Cultural References
Michael: Apu, from The Simpsons. Hilarious Indian.

During his slideshow, Michael makes a reference to the only Hindu character on The Simpsons, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Andy: Rollercoastery friendship. Hot and cold. On again, off again. Sexual tension-filled type of deal. It’s very Sam and Diane.

Andy is referring to the 1980s sitcom Cheers, and two of its main characters, Sam Malone and Diane Chambers.

Ryan: They said something about Zach Braff.

Ryan thinks Kelly's sisters were talking about Zach Braff, from the fellow NBC comedy Scrubs.

Michael: (singing) So put on your saris... it’s time to celebrate Diwali... Everybody looks so jolly... but it’s not Christmas, it’s Diwali...

Michael's Diwali song is a parody of Adam Sandler's popular "Hanukkah Song."

Angela: Don’t go, they eat monkey brains.

This is in reference to the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where the Indians serve chilled monkey brains for dessert.

Andy: (singing) I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains, I looked to the children…

The song that Andy (and later Jim) sings is "Closer to Fine" by The Indigo Girls.

Michael: This is just like that show, Taxicab Confessions.

Taxicab Confessions was a documentary show that aired on HBO, where unsuspecting cab patrons were recorded talking about their personal issues with taxi drivers.

Meredith: (to Pam) Do you wanna make appletinis and watch Sex in the City at my place?

Meredith is referring to the popular HBO series, Sex in the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Dwight: I see dead people.

This is a line from the 1999 film, The Sixth Sense.

Episode References
Visual: Michael's two-headed costume

The costume Michael is wearing as he and Carol walk into the Diwali celebration was first seen in the Season Two episode, "Halloween."

Andy: Tuna?! Are you kidding me?!

This is a reference back to the earlier Season Three episode, "Gay Witch Hunt," where Andy nicknames Jim "Big Tuna" because of the tuna sandwich Jim brought for lunch.

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