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The Office: Chair Model

Michael becomes enamored with an office supply catalog model, which convinces him that he's ready to start dating again. Meanwhile, Andy and Kevin fight to earn back the Dunder Mifflin parking spaces that were taken by other businesses in their building, and Jim and Pam discuss the future of their relationship.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 414
Airdate: Thursday April 17th, 2008
Special Runtime: 32 Minutes

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Writer: B.J. Novak

Guest Stars
Robert R. ShaferRobert R. Shafer
As Bob Vance
Brooke DillmanBrooke Dillman
As Margaret

Co-Guest Stars
Barry SigismondiBarry Sigismondi
As W.B. Jones
Paul FaustPaul Faust
As Paul "Cool Guy Paul" Faust
Sean Bury (2)Sean Bury (2)
As Barista
Terrence BeasorTerrence Beasor
As Bill Cress
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
Episode Notes
Jim reveals that he bought Pam an engagement ring after their first week of dating. He's just waiting for the right time to "pop the question."

We learn in this episode that the five businesses of Scranton Business Park are nicknamed, "The Five Families" by the employees. The bosses include Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin, Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration, Paul Faust of Disaster Kits Limited (often called "Cool Guy Paul"), W.B. Jones of W.B. Jones Heating and Air (called a "grade A bad ass"), and Bill Cress of Cress Tool and Dye, who is a really mean old man.

B.J Novak is credited, but does not appear.

Episode Quotes
Pam: Tell them what we saw today Jim.
Jim: Oh today, we saw a junk yard dog attacking the bones of a rotisserie chicken.
Pam: Nature!

Creed: When Pam gets Michael's old chair, I get Pam's old chair. Then I'll have two chairs. Only one to go.

Jim: You just got yourself kicked out of your apartment.
Pam: Oh I don't care, I didn't really like that place that much anyway. I'll just move.
Jim: Oh really? Who's gonna take you in? You're messy. You're a klutz, you spill everything. And you leave the volume on the TV way too loud.
Pam: Yeah, maybe I'll just move in with my boyfriend, 'cause he's kind of a slob, too.

Jim: Have I not proposed to you, yet?
Pam: Hmm... I don't know.
Jim: Oh, well, that's coming.
Pam: Oh, right now?
Jim: No. Not gonna do it right here, that would be rather lame.

Cultural References
(Michael calls a number Kevin gave him)
Michael: Okay, Wendy. Hot and juicy red head... give this a try.

Kevin jokingly gave Michael the phone number for Wendy's restaurant. The Wendy's logo is a red-headed girl, and their slogan is "hot and juicy" burgers.

Audio: Michael and Dwight singing at the cemetery

The song they sing (with their new words) is the melody to "American Pie" which was a number one hit song by Don McLean in 1972.

Episode References
Michael: (to Pam) Oh, yeah, maybe, but remember after my dinner party when I said that I was swearing off women?

Michael is referring to the dinner party he and Jan threw in the previous episode, "Dinner Party." He and Jan had a fight and apparently broke up.

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