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The Office: Launch Party (Part 1)

The day the new Dunder Mifflin Infinity website debuts, Michael is excited to attend the VIP launch party in New York. Angela, still angry at Dwight and mourning her dead cat, plans a satellite party for the Scranton crew. Meanwhile Dwight sets out to prove he can sell more paper in one day than the website can.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x5
Production Number: 405
Airdate: Thursday October 11th, 2007



  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (11 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kevin McHaleKevin McHale
As Pizza Delivery Kid
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Brad GraiffBrad Graiff
As Waiter
Recurring
Dan ColeDan Cole
As Danny Gore
Recurring
Nick ArmstrongNick Armstrong
As A.V. Tech
Recurring
Scott DamianScott Damian
voiced Thomas Dean
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
In this episode, a reference is made to having Al Roker come to the Scranton Party. This refers to the fact that Al Roker will be kicking off The Office Convention from the University of Scranton back on October 26, 2007.

In this episode we find out that Jim says he withdrew his name from consideration of the corporate job right after the interview.

Once again, the show made great efforts to show they were "in Scranton." Kevin, Stanley, and Meredith can be seen drinking local Lionshead beer, made in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Alfredo's Pizza Cafe is a real pizza place in Scranton.

The binary code Dwight uses (0111111011011) means nothing. Translated in several forms, the best you get is a set of numbers.



Episode Quotes
Dwight: It appears that the website has become alive. This happens to computers and robots sometimes. Am I scared of a stupid computer? Please, the computer should be scared of me. I have been “Salesman of the Month” for thirteen out of the last twelve months. You heard me right. I did so well last February, that Corporate gave me two plaques in lieu of a pay raise.

Pam: Tie goes to the girlfriend.

Andy: And then I will say something positive like, 'kudos!' Or 'job well done!'
Jim: Or zippity do da.
Andy: I can't tell if he's mocking me.
Dwight: Just ignore him.
Andy: I can't do that. It's really hard for me to let things go.
Jim: I was, mocking you.
Andy: Thank you.

Michael: Oh, lunch party.
Angela: It's supposed to say 'launch!'
Michael: Wow. Okay easy, Booster Seat. No one cares about this party anyway.

Dwight: I am not a bad person. When I left Staples, I took some of their leads with me but I never intended to use them. What did I intend to do with them? Who knows. Maybe keep them as a souvenir. Maybe use them.

Michael: It was a pretty disappointing day. It was kind of a slap in the face, to realize that I wasn't as important as I thought I was to a certain young executive. Who I had cared about. But you know, I'm not going to cry about it. I did that on the way home.

Kevin: Oh no it's bad. It's real bad. It's like eating a hot circle of garbage.

Phyllis: I want to understand what you're saying, but it's difficult for me when you use that tone.
Angela: Phyllis, these are spoons. Spoons have rounded tops and are used to scoop things. What we need are forks, which have prongs or tiny spears on top. And we need knives, which have blades. Do you understand me now?
Phyllis: Yes.
Angela: Goody.

Dwight: What are you doing? I am in the fight of my life against this computer and every sale counts.
Kelly: But you get to put the paper in this little shopping cart and then it says, 'Thanks for shopping with Dunder-Mifflin!'
Dwight: Damn it Kelly, it knows! It knows what you did!

Andy: They say you should never mix business with pleasure. Really. Then explain to me how a putt-putt golf company operates.

Pam: You came up to my desk and you said, 'this might sound weird, and there's no reason for me to know this, but that mixed berry yogurt you're about to eat is expired.'
Jim: That was the moment that you knew you liked me.
Pam: Yep.
Jim: Wow. Can we make it a different moment?
Pam: Nope.



Episode Goofs
In "The Secret," Jim said that he had a crush on Pam when she first started working at Dunder-Mifflin, implying that he was there before her. However, in that same episode, Pam tells Michael that Jim told her he had a crush on her when he first started, implying Pam was there first. This episode seemingly confirms that Pam was there before Jim since she was the one to lead him into his desk on his first day.

It appears that John Krasinski may have signed his real name on Meredith's cast, as he dots two i's.

As Jim and Michael drive to New York City, one can see in the background the scruffy vegetation of rural to suburban southern California, rather than the forests of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.

When all the branches are talking on the cameras, you can see a greasy spot on the monitor. You can tell they did more than one take of Kelly putting pizza on the screen.

In one camera view, Andy goes to scratch Angela's back with his left hand. When the view switches, he's scratching it with his right hand.



Cultural References
Dwight: I can make more sales than a computer. In fact, I challenge that website to make more sales than me today.

When Dwight faces off against the website to see who can sell more paper in a day, it is reminiscent of the story of railroad worker, John Henry. Henry attempted to hammer more rail spikes in a day than the steam drill, a newly invented machine that threatened the jobs of men like him.

Audio: Andy serenading Angela

The song Andy sings to Angela is "Take a Chance on Me" by ABBA, which was a popular hit song in 1978.



Episode References
Dwight: I am not a bad person. When I left Staples, I took some of their leads with me but I never intended to use them. What did I intend to do with them? Who knows? Maybe keep them as a souvenir. Maybe use them.

Dwight uses sales leads that he stole from Staples when he worked there briefly in the Season Three episode, "The Return."



Warning: The Office season 4 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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