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The Office: Weight Loss (Part 1)

The staff spends their summer competing in a weight loss challenge, and they become obsessed with diet and exercise. Michael and the new H.R. representative, Holly, build their new friendship while Jim finds himself missing Pam, who's busy pursuing her education in New York City. Andy and Angela deal with the repercussions from their recent engagement.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x1
Production Number: 501
Airdate: Thursday September 25th, 2008

Guest Stars
Amy RyanAmy Ryan
As Holly Flax
Dale RaoulDale Raoul
As Ronni
Rich SommerRich Sommer
As Alex

Co-Guest Stars
Jim PetersmithJim Petersmith
As Unknown
Sandra Tsing LohSandra Tsing Loh
As Unknown
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
Leslie David BakerLeslie David Baker
As Stanley Hudson
Brian BaumgartnerBrian Baumgartner
As Kevin Malone
Kate FlanneryKate Flannery
As Meredith Palmer
Angela KinseyAngela Kinsey
As Angela Martin
Oscar NuñezOscar Nuñez
As Oscar Martinez
Phyllis SmithPhyllis Smith
As Phyllis Lapin-Vance
Melora HardinMelora Hardin
As Jan Levinson
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling
As Kelly Kapoor
Paul LiebersteinPaul Lieberstein
As Toby Flenderson
Ed HelmsEd Helms
As Andy Bernard
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Craig RobinsonCraig Robinson
As Darryl Philbin
Episode Notes
Jim proposes to Pam, and she says yes.

It is revealed in the closing scene that Toby really is in Costa Rica, but that he broke his neck soon after he arrived and spent the last five weeks in the hospital all alone.

Ryan is re-hired at the Scranton branch as a replacement receptionist while Pam is in New York.

At the beginning of the episode, Meredith's face is red and appears to have burns or bug bites all over it. In a deleted scene it is revealed that the guys took her on a fishing boat, and that's why it looks like that.

Episode Quotes
Andy: I'm excited to lose weight for the wedding, because I really want to have washboard abs the first time Angela sees me naked.

Michael: Did you see Holly's butt?
Jim: No, I didn't. You know why?
Michael: Why?
Jim: Because most of the time, friends don't talk about other friends' butts.

Jim: I can't believe I'm saying this, but Michael is actually killing it with Holly. And I think I know why. It's because Holly is kind of a major dork.

(Michael is in his office with Jan, rubbing her feet)
Holly: Hey, Oscar, who's that woman in Michael's office with the feet?
Oscar: That's his ex.
Holly: Oh, she's very beautiful.
Oscar: Yes, she is. And clinically insane.

Andy: Hey. So, since my little lady has such particular, impossible to perceive taste, I have made nonrefundable deposits at four totally different wedding locales: hot air balloons over Napa Valley, world-famous Walt Disney's Epcot Center, scuba diving wedding in the Bahamas, and the Wilkes-Barre Marriott Ballroom C.
Angela: Dangerous. Tacky. Sharks. Haunted. No.

Ryan: I'm keeping a list. Of everyone who wrongs me. So when I'm back on top, they'll be sorry. Kevin just made the list.

Dwight: This is what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna randomly select three names and these three people will get liposuction. Uhh... Stanley, Phyllis, Kevin. And you will be responsible for your own medical bills.

Phyllis: I wonder what people like about me? Probably my jugs.

Cultural References
Pam: (makes hand signs) What up, 212?

Pam is referring to the fact that she will be in the 212 area code location, which is in New York City.

Andy: (to Angela) Ang...ela. (singing) Ella, ella, ella. Under my Angerela. Ella, ella, ella. Ay, ay...

Andy sings Angela's name to the tune of "Umbrella" by singer Rihanna.

Holly: (to Michael) Oh, I had a good time, but it's been three days and no call. I even have two tickets to see Counting Crows for tonight, so...

Counting Crows is an American rock band, perhaps best known for their hit song, "Mr. Jones."

Visual: Entourage on television

When Toby is lying in the hospital bed, he's watching the show Entourage dubbed into Spanish.

Episode References
Jim: Why haven't I proposed yet? Uh, actually Pam and I talked about it. And we just decided that, um, well, we didn't want to spend first three months of our engagement apart. And Pam's always said she doesn't want a long engagement... something in her past, I guess. I'm not really sure of the whole story, but something about a guy who used to work here...

Jim is referring to Pam's past engagement to Roy, who used to work in the Dundler Mifflin warehouse. Pam won a Dundee award for "Longest Engagement" in the Season Two premiere, "Casino Night," for being engaged to Roy for so many years, because Roy wouldn't set a date.

Jan: Oh, great. Yeah, 'Serenity by Jan' is kicking ass and taking names. You remember last week when that girl went missing? Guess whose candles they used for the vigil?

"Serenity by Jan" is the candle-making business that Jan runs out of her home. It was first mentioned in the Season Four episode, "Dinner Party."

Holly: (about Kevin) He is mentally challenged, but he's doing a super job here.
Kevin: Wait, back up. Do you think that I am retarded?
Holly: Well, no... Dwight...

Holly believed that Kevin is mentally retarded, because Dwight told her that Kevin was slow in his brain in the Season Four finale, "Goodbye Toby."

Kevin: (to Ryan) Firrrrre-ed guy!

Kevin alters the nickname of "Fire guy," which Ryan earned in the Season Two episode "The Fire" for burning something in the microwave, to "Fired guy," which refers to Ryan getting fired from Dundler Mifflin in the episode "Goodbye Toby" for fraud.

Michael: Close the door. This is your fault.
Jim: Nope.
Michael: Your stupid friend zone.
Jim: Hmmm.
Michael: I should have been lovers with her first and then friends. That was terrible advice. Terrible advice! You know my seduction method. I like to get in there and get my hands dirty! Wha... you sabotaged me. You sabotaged me, man!

Michael is referring to the advice that Jim gave him in the episode "Goodbye Toby." Jim told Michael to be friends with Holly, and to get to know her first before asking her out.

Michael: It's my sumo suit. I just didn't inflate it all the way. I am so glad that I bought instead of rented.

Michael had a couple of sumo suits for one of the Survivor-style contests in the Season Three episode, "Beach Games."

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