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"Dunder Mifflin Infinity" is the Third/fourth episode of the fourth season of The Office and is the 56th/57th episode overall. It was written by Michael Schur and directed by Craig Zisk. It first aired on October 4, 2007. It was viewed by 8.49 million people.

SynopsisEdit

Toby sees Jim and Pam kiss secretly in the break room, and fires off an unsolicited memo warning about public displays of affection within the office. The entire office immediately speculates on the reason for the notice. Toby (whose crush on Pam has been previously established) tells everyone it's because of Jim and Pam, apparently in an attempt to shame them. This effectively forces them to confirm their relationship, and to Toby's surprise, all of the other workers are ecstatic. Jim and Pam later ask Toby whether they need to file the same paperwork Michael and Jan once had, but Toby tries to put it off, hoping the relationship won't last.

Ryan Howard returns to the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin for the first time since his promotion, sporting a much more urbane look and attitude (which does not prevent him from receiving a noogie from Kevin). He convenes a meeting to inform the staff about "Dunder Mifflin Infinity," his initiative to revitalize the company with new technology. Michael is initially excited about the prospect of getting a BlackBerry, but is warned by Creed that the purpose of the program is really to get rid of older workers.

Kelly tries to restart her relationship with Ryan, an effort he ignores until she tells him she's pregnant. He agrees to discuss the situation over dinner that night. Jim  informs Pam that Dwight and Angela are secretly dating, only to discover that she has known this for quite some time. Meanwhile, Dwight attempts to make amends for the death of Angela's cat Sprinkles by giving her a stray cat he found in his barn. Dwight's cousin Mose named the cat Garbage because that's what it eats. Angela rejects the gift, and Dwight attempts to dump the cat into the office of Vance Refrigeration.

Creed dyes his hair jet-black (using ink cartridges) in an attempt to convince everyone that he's much younger. After a conversation with Jan, Michael decides to formally challenge Dunder Mifflin Infinity by claiming that Ryan is being ageist. Michael brings the octogenarian co-founder of Dunder Mifflin into a meeting to make his point about old things still being useful, but shoves Dunder out after tiring of his rambling stories. Angela asks Dwight out to dinner, where she breaks up with him, saying that she can't look into Dwight's eyes without seeing Sprinkles' corpse.

To show that personal interaction is more effective than new technology, Michael decides to go out and win back the clients they lost in the past year with gift baskets. Dwight insists on going with him. Each manager they encounter refuses to consider returning to Dunder Mifflin unless the company improves its technology.

Michael misinterprets his rental car's GPS map system's directions and ends up driving into Lake Scranton. He takes this as further proof that new technology is useless because it "tried to kill him". After the lake incident, he and Dwight walk back to one of the former clients to awkwardly get back their gift basket, causing a scene.

Ryan learned during the previous night's dinner that Kelly's pregnancy claim was a lie. Back at the office, Ryan asks Pam to create a logo for Dunder Mifflin Infinity. Pam is excited about the opportunity to use her art background, but Ryan uses the logo as an excuse to ask her out, which he does in front of Jim. Pam responds that she's dating Jim, which leaves the new boss thoroughly embarrassed.

TriviaEdit

  • After the episode aired, NBC launched the Dunder Mifflin Infinity online game, where fans can join virtual Dunder Mifflin branches and participate in various tasks to earn Schrute Bucks.
  • The character of Amy, Toby's new girlfriend, is played by actor Paul Lieberstein's real-life then-girlfriend (now wife), Janine Poreba.[1][2]

Interesting notesEdit

  • Michael says they lost seven clients in the past year. In "The Job", David says that Michael did not lose a single client since the merger. It is possible these clients left before the merger, or in summer of 2007.
  • The two founders of Dunder Mifflin have the same first name, Robert.
  • Dwight says that his grandfather's name is Manheim but in a deleted scene from the Pilot, he said his name was Dweide Schrude. However, Dweide Schrude is his father's father, and Manheim may be his mother's father.
  • This is the first of two episodes where Michael ends up soaking wet. The other is "Koi Pond".
  • When Michael tells Dwight to hang up the phone Dwight does so immediately and without question. This shows Dwight's loyalty and trust in Michael.
  • After Michael drives his car into the lake, he is briefly seen opening the back door so that the cameraman could get out.
  • The cameraman's shadow can be seen in the lake when they're all on shore safely.

Amusing DetailsEdit

  • When Michael notes all the ink in the printer is gone, Creed smiles, implying that he used the ink to dye his hair black.
  • When Jim signs Meredith's cast, he clearly dots two 'i's, indicating he signed the cast as John Krasinski instead of Jim Halpert.
  • As they are exiting the sinking rental car after Michael drives it into a lake, Dwight warns to "look out for leeches!" This is amusing on several levels: it is a non sequitur, as their most urgent priority is simply escaping the car; leeches are not life-threatening, and regardless are not commonly found in suburban lakes in the US; and both Michael and Dwight are fully clothed, making a successful leech "attack" improbable to begin with. It also calls into question the value and relevance of Dwight's "training" for emergencies of this sort, which he asserted moments before.
  • Michael uses 'vis-a-vis' when talking to Ryan, a reflection of his British counterpart David Brent (Ricky Gervais).
  • When Ryan and Kelly are arguing he claims that Karen sent him an email asking him out, which is a lie. It was revealed in the episode Women's Appreciation that he asked her out via email and was rejected.
  • When Phyllis talks to Pam and Jim in the break room, a yellow employee information poster with the Warner Brothers logo can be seen in the background.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Dwight's grandfather lives in Argentina but Dwight's attempt to visit him was protested by the Shoah Foundation. Shoah foundations are organizations furthering the remembrance of the Holocaust. This follows the theme that Dwight's family has ex-Nazis in it: Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann and other high-ranking Nazis fled to Argentina following World War II; a popular myth is that Hitler also escaped to Argentina.

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Supporting castEdit

Guest castEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. DVD commentary for episode Money.
  2. Janine Poreba, Paul Lieberstein, New York Times wedding announcement, July 20, 2008.


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