"New Guys" is the first episode of the ninth season of the American Comedy television series "The Office", and the shows 177th overall. The show was both written and directed by Greg Daniels. The episode aired on NBC September 20, 2012. It was viewed by 4.28 million people.

Dunder Mifflin hires two new employees which cause trouble for Jim and Dwight. Andy returns from manager training intent on getting revenge on Nellie, Oscar considers adopting one of Angela's cats and Kevin saves a turtle.


Kevin tries to save a turtle that he ran over, but only ends up killing it. While talking to the camera, Jim and Pam reveal that Jim was offered an entrepreneurial sports job by his old college friend. Jim tells the camera that he turned it down, because it would not be good for his family. Pam and Jim begin to take off their microphones and Pam makes a remark, noting that, after nine years, the cameramen should have enough footage for a documentary. One of the cameramen then addresses the two, saying that they are more interested in the developments in the office workers themselves rather than the office now.

Two new employees, Clark and Pete, who are quickly dubbed "Dwight, Jr." and "The New Jim," are hired by the Scranton branch and cause trouble for Jim and Dwight. At first, Dwight is happy to have a protege, but soon begins to fear that Clark is after his job. Jim, on the other hand, does not feel that Pete is anything like him. However, after hearing Pete discuss his future plans, Jim realizes that he has been stuck at the same job for nine years.

Andy Bernard returns from Outward Bound manager training—where he became more "decisive and confident"—hoping for revenge on Nellie for commandeering his job last year. He takes Nellie into his office and informs her that he's "gonna be a real bitch to [her]". Andy sets up a slack line in the parking lot and makes the employees walk across it, humiliating Nellie as she insists on walking in her heels and fails to keep her balance. After Clark proves that he is talented at balancing, Dwight attempts to one-up him, but ends up failing repeatedly and hurting himself. Eventually, Dwight tries to prove his superiority by riding a bicycle across a tight-rope suspended between the roof and a telephone pole, but the photocopier he is using as a counterweight is not heavy enough and he ends up losing his balance and hanging from the bicycle above the parking lot. Much to his embarrassment, he has to be rescued by a team of firefighters, while Creed mistakenly believes the incident to be a circus act.

While everyone is outside crowding around Dwight, Jim calls up his old college friend and tells him that he wants to be involved in the new business deal—without telling Pam. Meanwhile, Angela puts her cat up for adoption as her baby is allergic to it, although her husband, Senator Robert Lipton, is saddened at having to give up his beloved pet. Oscar agrees to adopt the cat, and it is implied that Robert is having an affair with him, further contributing to growing, widespread suspicion that Robert is gay, revealing he only adopted the cat so Robert could still spend time with his pet.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Kelly thinks she's going to Miami to hang with basketball player LeBron James and singer Gloria Estefan.
  • Much like the sixth season starter "Gossip"—which featured parkour in the cold opening—the seventh season opener "Nepotism"—which started with a lip dup—and the eighth season premiere "The List"—which opened with a bit about planking—"New Guys" also contains a plot involving a popular internet meme, in this case slacklining, which is a practice in balance that typically uses nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points.
  • When Ryan is leaving, he claims he is going to Ohio because "they call it the Silicone Prairie," a reference to Silicon Valley, a part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California in the United States that is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations.
  • Andy returns from Outward Bound, an organization that aims to foster the personal growth and social skills of participants by using challenging expeditions in the outdoors.
  • Dwight tries to talk to Clark about the heavy metal band Slayer, noting that he has tickets for a show in ten months.
  • Pete mentions that he likes to watch the reality TV game show "The Amazing Race."
  • Jim asks Pete if he likes the Philadelphia Phillies, but Pete mistakes his reference to mean horses and says he prefers the Boston Red Sox.
  • "C'est la vie", a French phrase, means "Such is life".

Connections to previous episodesEdit

  • One of the many things Kevin used to glue together the turtle's shell is the shamrock keychain Oscar got Creed for Christmas in the season two episode Christmas Party.
  • Andy is angry to see Nellie still in Scranton, but he seemed more than happy to hire her as the Special Projects Manager in the eighth season finale Free Family Portrait Studio.
  • Dwight trying to bicycle on the roof is similarly dangerous and ridiculous to Michael's plan in Safety Training.
  • Similar to the opening of a previous season something is run over by a car.
  • Dwight is originally eager to have Clark as an honorary son as he learned he wasn't Philip's biological father in this episode's recap of the summer.
  • Dwight trying to prove himself on the slackline is similar to Michael trying and failing to perform the coal walk in Beach Games.
  • Like in Search Committee where he imagined a valet in front of the office, Creed thinks all the events of the episode are all actually part of a circus.

Amusing details/TriviaEdit

  • Throughout the episode, Jim finds a few differences and similarities between him and Pete; Among the differences are: Jim likes baseball while Pete doesn't, Pete is from Vermont, Pete works in Customer Service while Jim is a salesman. Among the similarities are: they both work for Dunder Mifflin, they both expected to work at Dunder Mifflin for a short time, they both developed feelings for a receptionist who was in a relationship with someone else at the time, they both refuse to sit on Meredith's face.
  • The episode marks the first time the audience has heard someone from the documentary film crew speak, except in Weight Loss , when we hear a faint sigh after Jim tricks the the camera operator
  • The Dwight Schrute "Get Glue" sticker was released alongside the episode.
  • Michael Scott is mentioned. He was briefly mentioned by Pam in the Season 8 premiere, "The List" when joking about the new Halpert baby.
  • When Clarke goes along the slack line, the line is actually slack. When Dwight follows after him in an attempt to prove his talent as well, the rope is made far tighter to make it more difficult to cross the line.
  • When stating her desires for an adopting family for Comstock Angela says she doesn’t mind either a wealthy white or black couple, however she won’t consider “both” (interracial). This is ironic given her pursuit of Charles Miner in New Boss and Two Weeks, another example of Angela’s moral duality.


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