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The Office: Charity

Red Nose Day in the office, as everyone helps 'raise money for people who are starving to death.' On this day of joy, however, Neil comes down hard on David for his consistent negligence, but David doesn't respond too well to that accusation.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Airdate: Monday October 28th, 2002

Guest Stars
Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant
As The Oggmonster
Bruce MacKinnonBruce MacKinnon
As Jimmy The Perv
Hugh ParkerHugh Parker
As Photographer
Episode Notes
Unofficial title: Charity

DYN: The ITV digital monkey has a clown's nose.

Keith is dressed as Ali G for the charity fund. Martin Freeman (Tim) worked with Ali G in Ali G in da House.

The tune that David and the staff hum while he dances is the intro to "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps.

DYN: Jimmy the Perv buys five kisses from Dawn.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bee GeesYou Should be Dancing 
Bee GeesMore Than a Woman 

Episode Quotes
(Gareth says there should be tests to make sure that the people who claim to be disabled really are)
Gareth: When they go down to the DSS to make a claim, then they should set off a fire alarm, a fake fire alarm - everyone legs it out the office, leaving them there. If they're fake, they'll be up running with you. If they're real, they'll be left there screaming for help. (Tim stares in disbelieve) Then you just come back in and say "It's alright, don't cry. It's just a test, you've past. Here's your money."

Keith: Don't know if you've heard the gossip, but Tim's going out Rachel.
Dawn: Yeah, yeah. I'd heard.
Keith: Yeah, 'cause he used to fancy you, didn't he?
Dawn: Oh, did he?
Keith: Yeah, yeah, yeah, he did. And now he's found someone better.

Keith: A lot of crime in America.
Dawn: Right. Well, I'll be careful.
Keith: Word of advice: keep your traveller's cheques in a bum-bag.
Dawn: Thanks. I- I'll buy one.
Keith: Well, when you get there?
Dawn: Yeah.
Keith: Word of warning, then: out there they call them fanny packs. 'Cause fanny means your arse over there... (pause) not your minge.

David: And that’s not going "Ooh, look at me today, I’m entertaining whilst saving lives aren’t I brilliant?", it’s going "If you think I’m brilliant, then give generously and help save these guys who are starving, but are also brilliant"-not as entertainers, a lot of them can’t even speak English, but you know don’t give them their own game show, but save them from dying at least.

Cultural References
Keith: (dressed as Ali G) Boyakasha.

Ali G is a satirical character created by the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. He he recognized by his many catchphrases like "Keep it real," "aiii," "Boyakasha" and "Respec."

David: On a serious note, is Comic Relief and we are raising money for people who are starving to death.

The Comic Relief charity organization was founded in the United Kingdom in 1985 and it raises money for Africa and disadvantaged people in the United Kingdom. The event is a broadcasted live on BBC1 and was hosted by Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Ross.

Sheila dressed as Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a DC Comics superhero and the best known of the female superheroes.

David: I sorta fused 'Flashdance' with MC Hammer shit.

Flashdance is a 1983 movie staring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. This movie is widely regarded as a 1980's classic.

MC Hammer (nee Stanley Kirk Burrell) was an early mainstream rapper, who became famous with his second album Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, which included the smash hit single "U Can't Touch This." The song was the biggest single in rap at the time, and is still the best-selling rap single of all time." He is widely recognizable for this "running man" dance.

Keith: Word of warning, then: out there they call them fanny packs. 'Cause fanny means your arse over there... (pause) not your minge.

This is an interesting British/American English difference: the word 'fanny' in American English means 'bum,' while in British English it means vagina.

David: Imagine a cross between Telly Addicts and Noel's House Party.

Telly Addicts was a 1985 BBC Quiz show hosted by Noel Edmonds where - originally - two teams saw a clip of a programme and were asked three questions about it, some were just observational and some other just required general knowledge of the programme.

Noel's House Party was also hosted by Noel Edmonds and it consisted of an entertainment show that relent the participation audience and practical jokes.

David in an ostrich costume

This is certainly a reference to Bernie Clifton - a children's entertainer widely known for running around in an ostrich costume.

Photographer: Just... you make your Peck at your mates like Roy Hudd.
David: Rod Hull.

The photographer mistook Rod Hull for Roy Hudd, a British radio and television actor and a playwright and author. He is well known for his radio series The News Huddlines.

Rod Hull was a children's TV presenter who had emu puppet on his right arm as part of his act. Rod Hull used to mess with his interviewees and lame the emu.

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