Kelly invites everyone to a Diwali party. Michael tries to educate the gang about Indian culture. Jim, Karen, and Andy have to stay late at the Stamford branch.
Air date: November 2, 2006
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Reflected in Carol's costume.
- Characterization Marches On: While in "Diversity Day," Michael's racist jokes got him slapped, he's making a genuine effort to understand the festival and have a good time at the festival, including asking about arranged marriage and dancing in a group. It's still awkward, but he's trying.
- Drinking Game: An in-universe example of Andy trying to make their reports more fun.
- Foreshadowing: Kelly's parents try to get her interested in marrying an Indian doctor. In Season 9, she does.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Michael proposes to Carol on what is only their ninth date. She naturally turns him down.
- Hidden Depths: Dwight knows quite a bit about Diwali, along with the historical and mythological significance. It's also a Call-Back to an early episode, where Dwight expressed an attraction to Indian women.
- It also suggests that Angela's hostility for Indian culture is not merely xenophobia, but because of jealousy over Dwight's interest in Kelly's ethnic background.
- It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Downplayed. It's a genuine misunderstanding, in that Michael thinks Diwali is like Hallowe'en. He invites Carol, who dresses up as a cheerleader, and no one at the festival can understand why.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Angela is always a stuck-up, wet blanket who complains about things being "inappropriate." In this case, she's right, when Michael brings in a copy of the Kama Sutra, which is completely inappropriate for a workplace.
- Straw Vegetarian: During the festival, Angela asks what she can eat because she's vegetarian. When the server replies that all the food is vegetarian, she settles for some naan bread.