The pilot (March 4, 2005) introduces the employees of Dunder-Mifflin, Inc., a midsize paper company. Michael Scott welcomes the crew and walks them around the office, introducing the employees. Jan Levinson-Gould reveals to Michael that Dunder-Mifflin will be downsized, and the company has to decide between the Scranton and Stamford branches. Jim pranks Dwight by putting his office supplies in Jell-O.
- Cultural Translation: The pilot is the UK version with "jelly" changed to "Jell-O."
- Early-Bird Cameo: Dwight hums "The Little Drummer Boy," much to Jim's annoyance. In the third season's "Benihana Christmas," Dwight and Angela will perform the song, also to everyone's annoyance.
- Early Installment Weirdness: A number of nameless employees appear at the meeting. They would be dropped by the next season.
- Establishing Character Moment : Many things about the characters are set up in the pilot.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The dessert jokes.Jim: I've always been your biggest flan.Ryan: You should have put him in custardy.
- Innocent Bigot: Many of Michael's jokes are racist, but he's just trying to be funny and get people to like him.
- Kick the Dog: Michael tries to prank Pam by telling her she's fired. She's understandably upset.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: In this case, sounds like a dude. Michael calls a customer "sir," then finds out she's a woman.
- The Prankster: Jim, and less successfully, Michael.
- White Collar Worker: Everyone in the office. Exemplified mostly by Michael, Dwight, and Jim in shirtsleeves and ties.