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"Gettysburg" is the eighth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's 160th episode overall. The episode aired on NBC in the United States on November 17, 2011. It was written by Robert Padnick and directed by Jeffrey Blitz.

Synopsis Edit

Andy decides to motivate and inspire everyone by taking them on a field trip to Gettysburg. Much to Andy's chagrin, half of the office volunteers to stay behind and Robert California asks them to come up with Dunder Mifflin/Sabre’s next big idea. However, the office fails to impress Robert with their ideas. Kevin details a very basic idea he has about cookie placement in the vending machine, but Robert gets the impression that he is extremely clever and is speaking only in metaphors. Ryan later tricks Kevin into explaining an idea he has involving the Big Mac, and Robert realizes that there was no subtext to Kevin's ideas.

Meanwhile, at Gettysburg, Andy is unhappy with the lack of morale and belief in his leadership and attempts to make an analogy between running a paper company and fighting in the Civil War. Andy starts to lead a haphazard tour, and eventually most of office members sit down to rest. Jim and Darryl follow Andy after he presses on, and eventually tell him to stop trying to impress the office. They reinforce the fact that his co-workers like him the way he is.

During the tour, Dwight argues with Oscar about what he claims is the northernmost battle of the Civil War: the Battle of Schrute Farms. Dwight maintains that its absence from the history books is an example of re-writing history, whereas Oscar maintains that the battle is a fictitious creation. After tracking down a historian, Dwight and Oscar learn that the Battle of Schrute Farms did in fact take place. However, the "battle" was really a code term. During the Civil War, Schrute Farms was a safe haven for artists and poets (and, as heavily implied, homosexuals). Oscar finds this fascinating, whereas Dwight leaves in disgust.

Gabe is sidetracked by another tour group, who assume that he is an Abraham Lincoln impersonator (which Gabe notes is a frequent occurrence when he is seen by children), and he is forced to give an improvised but applauded performance.

Cultural referencesEdit

GoofsEdit

  • Gabe says that Limitless is called "The Man with Many Capabilities" in France. In reality, the movie is known in France simply as Limitless (original English name, not even translated) .

TriviaEdit

  • "Gettysburg" was the last episode to feature Jenna Fischer before she went on maternity leave.
  • The flag Andy had commissioned for Dunder Mifflin appears to feature a picture of a tree drawn on two hole punch paper. The two hole punch letter paper is listed by Stanley as the "oatmeal cookie" back in the office with Robert California.

References to Previous Episodes Edit

  • This is the second time the new boss mistakenly believed Kevin to be intelligent. The first time was Deangelo in the episode Inner Circle.
  • In "The List," Robert California calls half of the office staff winners and the other half losers. He says "winners prove me right, and losers prove me wrong." This was shown not to be forgotten when many of the "winners" go on the field trip, and Robert states to the remainder of the office staff, mostly "losers," "You guys have shown yourselves to be the free thinkers in the office."
  • In "Casino Night," Michael says " the Lincoln assassination just became funny. I need to see this play like I need a hole in the head." When Gabe is pretending to be Lincoln he also says "I need to see this play like I need a hole in the head."

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Supporting CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Phil Hawn as Park Ranger
  • Jonathan Nail as Tourist
  • Robin Dalea as Chelsea's Mother
  • Nancy Lantis
  • Alyssa Suzanne Larsen
  • Weston Nathanson
  • Duane Shepard Sr.
  • Jim Wisniewski

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