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'The Office' Season 5 Episode Guide


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Episode 9
“The Surplus”
Original Airdate: December 4, 2008

Oscar discovers a budget surplus that must be spent by the end of the day, and the Dunder-Mifflin employees divide into two factions over how it should be used: One group wants to buy a new copier, while the other wants new chairs. This pits Jim and Pam against each other when Jim supports the copier. Eventually Michael discovers that he can get a bonus if he returns the surplus, but the staff overrules him in favor of the chairs. Out at Schrute Farms, Dwight humiliates Andy while going over Andy and Angela’s wedding plans, and then tricks Angela into a possibly binding wedding ceremony. Her response is to tell Dwight off and then plant a huge, completely non-erotic kiss on Andy.

Episode 10
“Moroccan Christmas”
Original Airdate: December 11, 2008

Phyllis plans a Moroccan-themed Christmas party, and uses the opportunity to bully Angela into becoming her slave, threatening to reveal Angela’s affair with Dwight if Angela doesn’t do everything Phyllis says. Eventually Angela refuses, and Phyllis tells the whole office -- except Andy, who’s in another room and remains oblivious. At the party, Meredith gets drunk and sets her hair on fire, which leads Michael to stage a disastrous intervention for her, and then drag her off to rehab, both of which prove unsuccessful.

Episode 11
Original Airdate: January 15, 2009

Michael finally tells Andy about Angela’s affair with Dwight, and Andy and Dwight agree to fight a duel to determine who wins Angela’s love. Their rather pathetic face-off, with Dwight brandishing arcane weapons and Andy pinning Dwight with his car, doesn’t result in a winner, but each ends up so disappointed in Angela that neither wants her after the duel is over. Meanwhile, Michael heads to corporate, where David Wallace wants an explanation for why the Scranton branch is doing so well, but of course Michael has no clue.

Episode 12
“Prince Family Paper”
Original Airdate: January 22, 2009

David Wallace sends Michael to spy on a family-owned rival paper company, and Michael and Dwight manage to score some serious inside info by posing as a potential customer and a potential new employee, respectively. Michael is conflicted about reporting the info and screwing over the friendly family that owns the company, but Dwight convinces him to be ruthless. While Michael and Dwight are gone, the rest of the office holds an elaborate debate to determine whether or not actress Hilary Swank is hot.

Episode 13
“Stress Relief”
Original Airdate: February 1, 2009

Dwight’s staged fire (to demonstrate the office’s lack of preparedness) causes Stanley to have a heart attack, so to reduce office stress Michael decides to hold a roast (of himself). Everyone does their best to insult Michael, and eventually he takes it to heart. But he bounces back in his usual oblivious way, pathetically “roasting” his co-workers himself. Jim and Pam deal with the impending divorce of Pam’s parents, and Andy confuses their hushed conversations about it for keen analysis of a movie-within-the-show starring Jack Black, Cloris Leachman and Jessica Alba in a lame bit of stunt casting.

Episode 14
“Lecture Circuit”
Original Airdate: February 5, 2009

Michael is asked to tour the other Dunder-Mifflin branches to talk about his strategies for sales success, and takes along Pam as his assistant. In Utica, Michael’s lecture is a disaster as expected, but Pam encounters a newly married and pregnant Karen, and the two seem to put the past behind them. This inspires Michael to propose a detour so that he can achieve closure with Holly. Back in Scranton, new Party Planning Committee co-chairs Jim and Dwight have forgotten Kelly’s birthday, so they work to make up for it by planning a thoroughly pathetic celebration. And newly single Andy awkwardly attempts to woo an unreceptive client.

Episode 15
“Lecture Circuit Part 2”
Original Airdate: February 12, 2009

Michael and Pam take their lecture tour to Nashua to confront Holly, but she turns out to be away on a retreat. Instead, Michael encounters Holly’s new boyfriend and melts down during his lecture. Later, he finds a letter on Holly’s computer that she wrote to him but never sent, and has Pam read it. Pam tells Michael that Holly still has feelings for him. Back in Scranton, Jim and Dwight continue to plan Kelly’s pathetic birthday party, and eventually find a way to make her happy. And Angela disturbs everyone with her excessive attention to and affection for her new cat.

Episode 16
“Blood Drive”
Original Airdate: March 5, 2009

Valentine’s Day makes Michael depressed about his break-up with Holly, so he organizes a mixer for all the singles in the office, and invites people from surrounding businesses. Michael hopes to reconnect with a woman he shared a moment with while donating blood, but she never shows up. Non-singles Jim and Pam share a couples’ lunch with Phyllis and her husband Bob, which goes very well until Phyllis and Bob sneak off to have sex in the bathroom, making Jim and Pam extremely uncomfortable.

Episode 17
“Golden Ticket”
Original Airdate: March 12, 2009

Michael comes up with the idea of inserting five Willy Wonka-esque “golden tickets” into random paper shipments, giving customers 10 percent discounts. But when one major client gets all five, the plan backfires, and Michael tries to get Dwight to take the fall. Dwight goes for it, but he ends up getting credit when things turn back around. Michael can’t accept that, and eventually no one comes out looking good. Meanwhile, Andy, Jim and Pam give Kevin conflicting advice about how to approach the woman he met at the singles mixer, and he finally just ignores them and asks her out directly.

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