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The Office: Business School

Ryan asks Michael to come and speak to his business class for extra credit, with embarrassing results. Meanwhile, back at the office, the crew must get rid of a bat that flies inside, Jim and Karen play a prank on Dwight, and Pam invites everyone to her very first art show.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x17
Production Number: 317
Airdate: Thursday February 15th, 2007

Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Brent Forrester

Guest Stars
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Michael Patrick McGillMichael Patrick McGill
As Kenny Anderson
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
As Karen Filippelli

Co-Guest Stars
Tom W. ChickTom W. Chick
As Gill
Annie WeirichAnnie Weirich
As Older Woman
Charlie HirschCharlie Hirsch
As College Teacher
Elizabeth MooreElizabeth Moore
As Business School Student
Jeremy ShouldisJeremy Shouldis
As Business School Student
Jonathan Hughes (1)Jonathan Hughes (1)
As Business School Student
Matthew BrentMatthew Brent
As Business School Student
Mike ParkMike Park
As Art Student
Nathan BlankNathan Blank
As Business School Student
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
The scenes shot in Ryan's class and at Pam's art show were done at California State University.

For the bat in this episode, not only was a live bat used for some scenes, but also a motorized one for other scenes.

Joss Whedon was not satisfied with the art produced for Pam's art show. He held up production for an hour while they made new art.

It was a last minute decision for Pam's picture to hang in the office where an old monthly award was hanging. In the original script, nothing was done with the picture, and in the Season 3 DVD commentary, some joked that Michael should have thrown the picture away later, but agreed that the current ending was more heartfelt.

Episode Quotes
Angela: Poop is raining from the ceilings. Poop!

Michael: We can’t overestimate the value of computers. Yes, they are great for playing games and forwarding funny emails. But real business is done on paper, okay?

Gil: (looking at Pam's art) Real art takes courage, okay? And honesty.
Oscar: Well, those aren’t Pam’s strong points.
Gil: Yeah, exactly. That’s why this is motel art.

Karen: Hey Jim, here’s the aspirin you wanted.
Jim: Oh thank God. I have such a headache from the glare.
Karen: What glare?
Jim: The glare off Angela’s crucifix... it’s blinding.

Cultural References
Michael: (rips up textbook) You cannot learn from books. Replace these pages with life lessons. And then you will have a book that is worth its weight in gold. I know these are expensive. But the lesson is priceless.

When Michael in in front of Ryan's class, he begins his presentation by ripping out pages from a student's text book and telling them that they can not learn from books, and to replace those pages with "life lessons." The scene is one of the better remembered ones from the 1989 film, Dead Poets Society.

Audio: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F major, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Michael uses the music from the Teaching Company's tapes when entering the room to speak to Ryan's class. The Teaching Company uses audio tapes to teach classes, with a clip of this music.

Michael: (to Pam) Pam-casso. Sorry I’m late.

Michael is combining Pam's name with that of the famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor best known for pioneering Cubism.

Episode References
Michael: Ryan has never made a sale. And he started a fire trying to make a cheesy pita. And everybody thinks he’s a tease. Well you know what? He doesn’t know anything, and neither do you. So suck on that!

Michael tells Ryan's class that Ryan started a fire trying to make a cheesy pita, which occurred in the Season Two episode, "The Fire." He also mentions that Ryan has never made a sale, which was pointed out in the Season Three episode, "Initiation."

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