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The Office: Crime Aid

The Scranton branch is robbed, and Michael organizes an auction to raise money to replace all the stolen items. Michael and Holly take their relationship to the next level, while Dwight decides he needs to know exactly where he stands with Angela, and takes some advice from Phyllis. Meanwhile, Jim runs into Roy, who suggests that maybe Pam's new friendships at school aren't so innocent.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x5
Production Number: 505
Airdate: Thursday October 23rd, 2008

  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (22 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Amy Ryan
As Holly Flax
Andy Buckley
As David Wallace
David Denman
As Roy Anderson
Hugh Dane
As Hank Tate
Robert R. Shafer
As Bob Vance

Co-Guest Stars
Jennifer Burton
As Receptionist
Stephen Saux
As Fletcher
Main Cast
Steve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
B.J. Novak
As Ryan Howard
Leslie David Baker
As Stanley Hudson
Brian Baumgartner
As Kevin Malone
Kate Flannery
As Meredith Palmer
Angela Kinsey
As Angela Martin
Oscar Nuñez
As Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith
As Phyllis Lapin-Vance
Mindy Kaling
As Kelly Kapoor
Ed Helms
As Andy Bernard
Creed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Craig Robinson
As Darryl Philbin
Episode Notes
Michael gets Pam a part-time job at the Dunder Mifflin corporate offices so she can pay for school.

Andy and Angela set their wedding date.

Michael and Holly start an intimate relationship, and David Wallace is now aware that they are dating.

A conversation between Phyllis and Dwight is seen through the view of the elevator security camera, as opposed to the regular documentary cameras.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Huey Lewis and The NewsHeart of Rock and RollAt the start of the auction

Episode Quotes
Phyllis: What are you making?
Dwight: A knife.
Phyllis: You're making a knife with a knife?
Dwight: You got a better way?

Michael: Some of what we order depends on whether we're having sex after. (laughs uncomfortably) Oh, my. Wow, elephant in the room! Are we, do you think? Do you think we're going to have sex tonight?
Holly: Hell yeah!

Dwight: Why is she marrying Andy?
Phyllis: Angela's not really a risk taker. And Andy's not really a risk.

Oscar: Great, they stole my laptop.
Kevin: Yeah, well, they stole my surge protector.
Oscar: How does that even compare?
Kevin: Oscar, I'm now going to be prone to surges!

Creed: Nobody steals from Creed Bratton and gets away with it. The last person to do this disappeared. His name? (whispers) Creed Bratton.

Dwight: (to Angela) Listen to me close, 'cause I'm only gonna say this once. You either break off your engagement with that singing buffoon, apologize, and then date me, or you can say good-bye to this. (points to his crotch)

Michael: (bangs gavel, which makes a squeaky noise) What the hell is that?
Phyllis: It's the only gavel I could find.
Michael: It squeaks when you bang it... that's what she said.

Cultural References
Michael: (on the phone, to Pam) Pam-e-laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Michael calls out Pam's name in a way that mimics the Ricola cough drop commercials that air on television.

Michael: To recoup their losses, I am planning a little charity auction, where people from all over Scranton can come and bid on our goods and services. I'm calling it Crime-Aid. It's like Farm Aid, but instead of farms fighting against AIDS, it is us fighting against our own poverty.

Michael mistakenly thinks Farm Aid was about fighting AIDS, but it was actually a benefit concert for family farms held on September 22, 1985 in Champaign, Illinois.

Holly: Michael scored the big ticket item. Springsteen tickets! The boss scored 'The Boss.'

Holly indicates the tickets are for a Bruce Springsteen concert, as he is often referred to as "The Boss."

Darryl: Mike gave me a list of his top ten Springsteen songs. Three of them were Huey Lewis and the News. One was Tracy Chapman, 'Fast Car.' And my personal favorite, 'Short People.'

"Fast Car" by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman was a hit in 1988. "Short People" was recorded by Randy Newman in 1977.

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