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"Lice" is the tenth episode of the ninth season of the American television comedy series "The Office" and is the show's 186th overall. It was written by Niki Shwartz-Wright and directed by Rodman Flender. It aired on January 10, 2013 and reaired on February 28, 2013. It was viewed by 4.54 million people.

In the episode, Pam accidentally brings lice into the office and lets Meredith take the fall, while Dwight vows to destroy the parasites. Jim has a fantastic day in Philly wooing a potential business associate. Meanwhile, Phyllis, Nellie and Kevin meddle in Darryl's love life.


Jim is talking about sports with Kevin and Darryl when he accidentally bites his lip. Jim tries not to let it affect him but after biting his lip twice more he storms out of the interview in anger.

Pam comes into the office looking so tired and disheveled that Erin mistakes her for Meredith. On camera Pam explains that Jim has been in Philadelphia several days working on his new company and that she has been taking care of the kids. She also explains that Cece recently got lice and she has been working hard to disinfect everything. 

Jim meanwhile is in Philadelphia and is very excited as he is about to meet Julius Erving, also known as Dr. J, a famous former NBA player. He doesn't tell any of this to Pam on the phone as he feels it would just stress her out to know he is having fun while she is working. 

Meanwhile, Darryl and Val have just broken up. While he is with Val Darryl appears to be quite saddened by the breakup but later on during his interview he reveals that he has been wanting to break up with her for a while as he wanted to be free to join Jim's company in Philadelphia.

When Pam asks Meredith to fill out a form she notices Meredith furiously scratching her head and worries that she might have brought lice into the office. Erin notices Meredith scratching and, after searching her scalp, she confirms that Meredith has lice, having become familiar with lice while in a foster home. Erin then proceeds to check everyone in the office and finds everyone infected except Dwight, Phyllis, Nellie, Kevin, and Darryl. 

Meanwhile Jim has been picked up by a limo and is confused when he is dropped off at a basketball court but the driver reveals that Dr. J asked that Jim be dropped off at his private basketball court, exciting Jim.

Dwight comes in wearing a Hazmat suit and orders that the people without lice continue their work in the warehouse instead of the office and deals with the rest of the lice-infected people.

Pam decided that she is going to tell Meredith that she was the one who infected her with lice but when she goes into the kitchen she is shocked to find Meredith shaving her head. To embarrassed and nervous to say anything Pam allows Meredith to continue shaving off her hair.

In the warehouse Darryl warns no one to say anything to Val while they are down there. He feigns sadness whenever he sees her, leading Nellie, Kevin, and Phyllis to believe that Darryl is heartbroken by their breakup and they resolve that they should get the two back together.

Jim meets Dr. J and plays basketball with him still not believing how amazing his day is turning out to be.

Dwight and Erin discuss lice and how to get rid of them- Dwight believing everyone should shave their head and Erin saying that they can use mayonnaise to kill the lice easily. Everyone except Dwight partners up. The partners are: Pete and Erin, Oscar and Angela, Meredith and Stanley, leaving Pam to partner with Creed.

While putting mayo in Oscar's hair Angela becomes subtly aggressive: slapping him in the face while putting on the mayo, letting excess mayonnaise run down his face and neck, and hitting him in the head with a coffee pot while rinsing out the water. In the annex Pete and Erin have fun together as they put on their mayonnaise, laughing and imitating different characters, and after Creed abandons Pam she is forced to put it on by herself. 

Phyllis, Kevin, and Nellie convince Val to give Darryl another chance. Val finally agrees that maybe they should continue their relationship, much to Darryl's chagrin and he sadly tells the cameras that he and Val are back together.

Back in the office Dwight announces that he has bought a flea bomb which he plans to detonate in the office but as he is talking to the group he drops it and the bomb goes off. Dwight then tells the office that the exploded bomb seems to have hallucinogenic effects and after speaking nonsensically he faints.

As Erin readies herself to rinse the mayo off of Pete's head he removes his shirt, revealing he is wearing a tank top, and draws Erin's attention, although she looks quickly away.

When Pam is spreading mayonnaise on by herself she receives a phone call and, as her hands are covered in mayo, she is unable to answer it and puts the phone on speaker instead. On the other end is her mother who tells her that she has just picked up Cece after she was sent home from school for having lice. As the phone is on speaker everyone in the office hears the call and they become angry. Meredith angrily demands Pam shave her head.

When Pete stops by Erin's desk he finds it empty and Oscar tells him that she has already gone home for the day. Pete looks visibly saddened by the news but Erin is actually standing by the supply shelves and sees his reaction. In the parking lot Dwight tells the camera he is ready to deal with lice and accidentally drops another lice bomb, which detonates in his car.

Pam calls Jim again and leaves him a message as he is unable to answer the phone while playing basketball with Dr. J. Overhearing Pam's sad call Meredith invites her out for a drink and Pam smiles, relieved. At the bar Pam admits she is impressed by Meredith's ability to have been a single mom all these years and the two look happy, the episode ending with Pam and Meredith singing karaoke at the bar and appearing to have a good time.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

Connections to Previous EpisodesEdit

  • Nellie refers to her break up from Welcome Party.
  • Darryl's grandmother passed away in PDA.

Amusing Details/TriviaEdit

  • Despite no longer being in the show, the Gabe Lewis "Get Glue" sticker, was released with the episode.

Goofs Edit

  • Before Jim plays basketball with Dr. J (the game where Pam tries to call Jim), his shirt is tucked out. In the next shots, his shirt is tucked in.


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