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The Office: Money (Part 1)

Michael discovers that Jan's taste for luxury is putting him in debt, and he must sacrifice his pride and take on another job. Meanwhile, Pam and Jim visit a bed and breakfast that also happens to be the Schrute family farm.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x7
Production Number: 407
Airdate: Thursday October 18th, 2007



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Guest Stars
Allan WassermanAllan Wasserman
As Nick Figaro
Recurring
Ranjit ChowdhryRanjit Chowdhry
As Vikram
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Daniel LindsayDaniel Lindsay
As Male Caller #2
Recurring
Mary Kathleen GordonMary Kathleen Gordon
As Female Caller #1
Recurring
Michael SchurMichael Schur
As Mose Schrute
Recurring
Miki Ann MaddoxMiki Ann Maddox
As Female Caller #2
Recurring
Nick LashawayNick Lashaway
As Male Caller #1
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
The show made great efforts to show they were "in Scranton" this season. Both at the call center and in Darryl's office you can see take out menus for Terry's Diner.



Episode Quotes
Dwight: Do you have any special needs or dietary restrictions?
Jim: Yes. We will be requiring a bedtime story.

(Dwight is showing Jim and Pam their room.)
Dwight: As of this morning, we are completely wireless here at Schrute Farms. But as soon as I find out where Mose hid the wires, we'll get that power back on.

(Michael hasn't prepared the Powerpoint presentation as instructed by Ryan.)
Ryan: You cannot have a second job if it affects your work here.
Michael: It won't.
Ryan: It did already.
Michael: Ok, honestly? It was unlikely that I was going to figure this out anyway.

(Michael has just quit his night job.)
Michael: I was never in this for the money. But it turns out that the money was an absolute necessity for me.

Michael: I've always wanted to be in the witness protection program. Fresh start. No debts, no baggage... Already got my name picked out: Lord Rupert Everton. I'm a shipping merchant who raises fancy dogs. That's the life!

Michael: I... declare... BANKRUPTCY!!!!!!

Jim: You know, I've just realized, this is Pam's and my first night away together. I use to play it over my head, and it was just a little bit different. Maybe a uh, nice hotel... or a romantic dinner. Wine... uh but, wine that wasn't made out of beets. Didn't think Dwight would be involved at all. And uh, I always imagined less manure. I mean, some manure. Just... less.



Episode Goofs
Andy: Okay, well I come from a line WASPs so long it leads back to Moses.

Moses was a prominent figure in The Bible's Old Testament, but Protestants and Anglo-Saxons did not exist during his time.

Andy says he found the cat by Vance Refrigeration, but you can clearly see he's trying to trap it in Dunder-Mifflin's warehouse.



Cultural References
Dwight: (reading to Jim, Pam, and Mose) ...and Harry saw the white hand raise its wand,and felt Voldemort's surge of vicious anger. Saw the frail old man on the floor write in agony. 'Harry?' It was over quickly as it had come. Harry stood shaking in the darkness, clutching the gate in the garden, his heart racing...

The story Dwight is reading is part of a chapter of the final volume in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling.

Visual: Michael raises his fist

Michael's fist in the air after quitting his telemarketing job echoes an identical gesture by the character John Bender (played by Judd Nelson) in the final scene of the movie The Breakfast Club.

Audio: Dwight playing his recorder

The song Dwight plays is "You Give Love a Bad Name" which was made popular by the band Bon Jovi in 1986.

Michael: (singing) Runaway train, never come back. Runaway and I'm never coming back...

Michael is (incorrectly) singing the song "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum.

Pam: Michael just rented The Devil Wears Prada.

This 2006 film was based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger.

Pam: (about Michael) He's a big Meryl Streep fan, so I shouldn't be surprised that he's identified with her character.

Meryl Streep is an American actress who has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress.

Creed: Creed Bratton has never declared bankruptcy. When Creed Bratton gets in trouble, he transfers his debt to William Charles Schneider.

William Charles Schneider is actor Creed Bratton's real birth name. Also, Creed's fake passport shows a birthday of February 8, 1943 which is the actor's real birth date.

Michael: You know what, here's the thing about Die Hard 4. Die Hard one, the original, John McClane was just this normal guy. You know, he's just a normal New York City cop, who gets his feet cut, and gets beat up. But he's an everyday guy. In Die Hard 4, he is jumping a motorcycle into a helicopter. In air. You know? He's invincible. It just sort of lost what Die Hard was. It's not Terminator.

Michael calls the 2007 film, Die Hard with a Vengeance, "Die Hard 4." The Die Hard films star Bruce Willis as John McClane. He also references The Terminator, the 1984 film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Darryl: (to Kelly) I have my daughter tonight; we're renting Charlotte's Web.

Darryl is probably renting the 2006 version of the film Charlotte's Web. It stars Dakota Fanning as Fern, and is based on the children's book of the same name, written by E. B. White.



Episode References
Kevin: The bar uses an applause meter. That is why it's so important that you all come and applaud only for my band. Scrantonicity 2. NOT Scrantonicity, which I am no longer a part of.

Scrantonicity was last seen in the Season Three episode, "Phyllis' Wedding."

Jim: That reminds me, uh, if the invitation still stands, Pam and I would love to have dinner tonight.

This is a reference back to the previous episode, "Launch Party," when Michael invited Jim and Pam to have dinner with him and Jan.

Visual: Schrute Farms

This episode marks the second appearance of Dwight's farm and cousin Mose. Both first appeared in the Season Three episode, "Initiation."

Visual: Dwight uses a ruler to push his and Jim's desks apart, and knocks Jim's files onto the floor.

Dwight used a ruler to push Jim's papers off his desk in the first episode, "Pilot," as well.

Michael: (to a co-worker at his second job) I actually wrote a movie.

Michael makes reference to the spy movie that he is writing, called "Threat Level Midnight," first seen in the Season Two episode "The Client."

Visual: Dundies Awards

Dwight's Dundies can be seen in his Schrute Farms decor. These awards first appeared in the Season Two episode, "The Dundies."



Analysis
In this episode, Michael shows the depth of his love (or is it fear?) of Jan. Throughout the series, he has always attempted to take credit for anything good, and blame others for his endless screw-ups. Jan is the obvious cause of their financial difficulties, but Michael never considers her as the source of the problem. He puts the blame and responsibility squarely upon himself.



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