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The ApprenticeEdit

Episode Reference
The Alliance Michael wishes his catch phrase were "You're hired!"
Halloween Stanley mocks Dwight by saying "You're fired!"
Performance Review Pam and Jim talk about "last night's" episode of The Apprentice.
Conflict Resolution Michael admits it's a boring day, unlike The Apprentice.

Battlestar GalacticaEdit

Additional references can be found in Dwight Schrute recurring jokes.
Episode Reference
Crime Aid* Jim wanted to watch Battlestar Galactica, but Pam wanted to watch Cranford.
Email Surveillance Michael offers to hang out with Dwight and watch "that stupid Battleship Galaxy" show.
The Return

When Dwight returns to Dunder-Mifflin after his stint at Staples, he is wearing a Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt.

Product Recall In the cold open, Jim, dressed as and imitating Dwight, says, "Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica."
Survivor Man When Michael returns from the wilderness, he is wearing a Battlestar Galactica sweatshirt, which he has presumably borrowed from Dwight.
Business Ethics Jim discusses Battlestar Galactica with Andy in order to tempt Dwight to join their personal conversation and thus waste company time.
A.A.R.M Dwight is painting a model of the Battlestar Galactica, and notes how Phillip looks at the model the same way he does.

Harry Potter Edit

Episode Reference
The Fire Dwight can't decide which Harry Potter book he would take to a desert island.
The Convict "Prison Mike" says that the worst thing about prison was the Dementors.
Beach Games Dwight names his team "Gryffindor"; Jim names his team "Voldemort" in retaliation
Money Dwight reads from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Stress Relief Kelly lists everyone she would rather make out with than Michael; she includes Lord Voldemort
Niagara Dwight says that he owns 9 and 3/4 horses
Murder Angela (in the character of the Witch Doctor) claims that it was not her fault that she is into the dark arts, as she was exposed to Harry Potter.
Todd Packer (episode) Dwight convinces Packer to go to Harry Potter world in Florida via phone.
Finale Audience lady thinks that a journey never ending is like Harry Potter.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earthEdit

Episode Reference
Basketball Michael says that people are groaning like the dwarf from Lord of the Rings. Dwight corrects Michael and says its Gimli.
Diwali Dwight tells people of what Diwali is. Michael said it's not Lord of the Rings.
Secret Santa* When Michael in his Jesus Christ costume comes to Darryl, Darryl said that Michael looks like Gandalf. Pam was thinking of stuff during 2002 like Lord of the Rings stuff.
Dwight Christmas Andy sent a message to Erin that Andy is going to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.


Additional references can be found in Dwight Schrute recurring jokes.
Episode Reference
Initiation Dwight asks Ryan "What is the DHARMA Initiative?"
The Return Among Andy's plans for the day are to "Get my Lost on."
The Job Dwight asks Andy about the DHARMA Initiative.
Boys and Girls When the men from the office go down to the warehouse, Dwight compares the warehouse workers to "the Others."

The MuppetsEdit

Episode Reference
Hot Girl Michael calls Oscar "Oscar the Grouch."
The Fire Michael does an impression of Yoda, but Ryan thinks it's Fozzie Bear.
The Convict Andy sings "Rainbow Connection".
Back From Vacation Karen pretends that Dwight has a "Muppet Babies" tattoo.
Money Oscar discovers that Michael purchased "The Best of the Muppet Show" on DVD.
Business Ethics Michael claims to have watched "Cookie Monster singing Chocolate Rain".
Murder Kevin tells Andy to mimic the accent of the Swedish Chef.
Secretary's Day Oscar makes a parody video of Kevin as Cookie Monster. Kevin later retaliates by making a video of Oscar as The Count.

Saturday Night LiveEdit

Episode Reference
Health Care Michael says "Makin' copies!" in the style of Rob Schneider's character Richard Laymer.
Office Olympics Michael calls Bill "Mr. Bill".
The Fire Michael makes a pun on "Bad Idea Jeans".
The Secret Michael proclaims "We are not worthy!" (Wayne's World and other Mike Meyers sketches.)
Valentine's Day Michael mistakes a woman for Tina Fey, the show's head writer.
NBC 2006 Fall Primetime Preview Kevin says "Makin' copies!" to Ryan.
Initiation Kelly describes the "Lazy Sunday" sketch to Michael.
The Merger Michael's "Lazy Scranton" is based on the "Lazy Sunday" sketch.
The Merger Michael and Andy dance to 'What Is Love' based on 'The Roxbury Guys' sketches.
Cocktails Michael quotes Linda Richman's catch phrase "Like buttah!"
Safety Training Michael says, "Dwight, you ignorant slut!", patterned after the catch phrase from a famous "Point/Counterpoint" sketch.
The Job Michael says, "I'm baaaack, for gooood. Kevin Nealon," referring to the "Hans and Franz" sketches. (The attribution is also erroneous. The line "I'll be back" is from the movie Terminator 2.

Star WarsEdit

Episode Reference
The Fire Michael does an impression of Yoda, but Ryan thinks it's Fozzie Bear.
Halloween Dwight dresses up as a Sith Lord for Halloween.
Halloween Dwight later refers to characters Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Halloween* Dwight explains that he is destined to sell paper at Dunder Mifflin.
The Negotiation The story of Han Solo is told by Dwight to trivialize his own heroic act of saving Jim from Roy.
Goodbye, Toby Michael and Holly do impressions of Yoda.

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