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The Office: Ben Franklin

Todd Packer convinces Michael to liven up the wedding showers for Bob Vance and Phyllis by hiring a stripper, and Ben Franklin. Karen confronts Pam about her history with Jim.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x15
Production Number: 315
Airdate: Thursday February 01st, 2007

Director: Randall Einhorn
Writer: Mindy Kaling

Guest Stars
Craig RobinsonCraig Robinson
As Darryl Philbin
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
David KoechnerDavid Koechner
As Todd Packer
Jackie DebatinJackie Debatin
As Elizabeth
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen Filippelli
Robert R. ShaferRobert R. Shafer
As Bob Vance
Andrew DalyAndrew Daly
As Ben Franklin Impersonator
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
Oscar, Andy, and Toby do not appear in this episode. We don't know where Oscar is, Andy is attending anger management classes, and Toby was "sent home by Michael" so he wouldn't know about the stripper. These facts were revealed in the deleted scenes from this episode.

The shirt that the stripper wears is one that Pam wore in a previous episode, according to Jenna Fischer's MySpace blog.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bad CompanyFeel Like Making Love 

Episode Quotes
Michael: The guys are having a little shindig of their own. In the warehouse. From 2:30 to 3:15. That was the only time that Bob was available. Sort of a guys' night out. A 'G.N.O.', if you will. A 'G.N.O.'... Actually, it's more of a guys' afternoon in. A 'G.A.I.'... A gay. Not... no... it's a... not a gai, it's a... It's a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. An hour-long shower with guys.

Karen: Hey, um, I wanted to talk to you, I know this is weird or whatever, but, um, Jim told me about you guys.
Pam: What do you mean?
Karen: Well that you kissed. And we talked it through, it's totally fine, it's not a big deal, it's just a kiss. What you're not still interested in him.
Pam: Oh yeah.
Karen: Really?
Pam: Oh no! I was confused by your phrasing. You should definitely go out with Jim. I mean you're going out with Jim. I'm not going out with Jim. You're dating him. Which is awesome. Because you guys are great together... I'm not into Jim. Yeah.

Angela: Under no circumstance should a man strip off his clothes in this office.
Meredith: Shut up, Angela!

Karen: Mr. Franklin, do you have a girlfriend?
Ben Franklin: I have a lovely wife, Deborah.
Pam: But don’t you have girlfriends in Paris? Like, a lot of them?
Ben Franklin: Ah, well, that is a gray area of my life.

Jim: Michael, Dwight would like your man meat.
Michael: Well then my man meat he shall have.

Dwight: I don’t care what Jim says. That is not the real Ben Franklin. I am 99% sure.

Episode Goofs
When Michael's cell phone rings, it is clear that his ringtone is "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas. However, the closed captioning claims the tune is "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire.

Cultural References
Jim: Have you ever seen a stripper before?
Dwight: Yes. Jennifer Garner portrayed one on Alias. It was one of her many aliases.

Dwight is referring to the ABC spy drama, Alias, that aired from 2001 - 2006.

Jim: Primae noctis... I believe from the movie Braveheart, and confirmed on Wikipedia, is when the king got to deflower every new bride on her wedding night. So...

Jim is referring to the 1995 Mel Gibson film, Braveheart.

Elizabeth: (to Michael) Secrets secrets are no fun... secrets secrets hurt someone...

Elizabeth is quoting lyrics from the 2002 song "No Secrets," by the band also called No Secrets.

Episode References
Ryan: Is this the same grill you grilled your foot on?

Ryan is making reference to the time Michael burned his foot in the Season Two episode, "The Injury."

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