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Michael takes a personal day away from the office, to close on a condo purchase. While he's away, the gang takes a break from their expense reports, to participate in the Office Olympics.

Air date: October 4, 2005


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  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Pam's comment about Jim implies he's talented, but because he works at Dunder Mifflin, he has no real ambition and nothing significant to achieve.
    Pam: The thing about Jim is when he's excited about something, like the Office Olympics, he gets really into it and he does a really great job. But the problem with Jim is that he works here, so that hardly ever happens.
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  • Characterization Marches On: Jim asks Stanley if he has any games, to which Stanley curtly responds that his game is "work hard so my kids can go to college". Later seasons will show Stanley giving a much more lax attitude to his work, ironically playing games such as crosswords and Sudoku or napping instead of doing any actual work.
  • Cool Shades: Subverted. Dwight dons a pair, and Michael hates them.
    Michael: I don't understand what you spend your money on.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Angela's first sign that she's a lonely woman obsessed with cats. The only games she plays are the kind where she dangles something in front of her cat.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Dwight mentions the beet farm that he runs with his cousin Mose (played by Michael Schur) for the first time in this episode, holding up a picture of the two of them.
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  • Foreshadowing: Dwight predicts the neighbours will fight and smash the plasma TV. Michael and Jan do just this in Season 4.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Michael and Dwight. They go together to sign the contract for his house, they're told that the neighbourhood is very gay-friendly.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When Michael "gifts" Dwight with renting his third bedroom, Dwight keeps asking dumb questions rather than saying no outright.
  • Office Sports: Up to Eleven. They have Office Olympics, complete with opening and closing ceremonies. Events include "Flonkerton" (box-of-paper snowshoe racing), "who can put the most M&M's in their mouth", "Dunder Ball", "Hate Ball" (called so because of how much Angela hates it), then there's a paper football game, "paper triangle flicking and hitting things" game. And Angela reveals she plays a game "Pam-Pong" (she counts how many times Jim gets up from his desk and goes to reception to talk to Pam). Also, Pam has a game of trying to throw stuff into Dwight's coffee mug.
    Pam: Okay, we will be competing for gold, silver and bronze yogurt lids. Now, the bronze are really blue and they're also the backside of the gold, so no flipping. Okay, honor system.
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