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"Scott's Tots" was the twelfth episode of the sixth season and the 113th episode of The Office overall. It was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and was directed by B.J. Novak, marking his directoral debut. It originally aired on December 3, 2009. It was viewed by 8.10 million people.


In the cold open, Michael talks to Andy about his "baby voice" which Michael tells him, "makes him looks like he hires babies." Andy then tells him that some office employees find his Elvis imitation annoying, but tells him that he, himself likes the voice. Michael and Andy then finish talking to each other in Elvis and baby voices once again.

Andy tells Jim that morale is not good in the office and then suggests setting up an employee of the month program. Jim decides to adopt the plan, and Andy is thrilled. While, Erin tries to organize Michael's computer by deleting e-mails, and Jim comes into his office to tell him that an employee of the month program would be a good idea, and Michael accepts the idea, after thinking he would be given the award. Michael also tells Jim that he made a horrible decision, and tells Erin to go away.

Meanwhile, Dwight is trying to get Andy to believe that the employee of the month was his idea so that his plan can't get traced back to him. Dwight explains that Jim will later be fired by David Wallace. Dwight tries to convince Jim that he should get the employee of the month award and gives Jim a rundown of all the people in the office's work ethic. Jim decides to take it, however Dwight made sure that the people with the highest numbers are Jim and Pam.

When Pam and Erin see a sheet about Scott's Tots, Stanley laughs and says that Michael promised tuition to a group of kids. Pam tells Michael he did a "terrible, terrible thing." Michael, worried, asks Pam to come with him, but Pam refuses and tells Erin to go with him. Michael and Erin go to the school and see a girl, Mikela, who is thrilled to see Michael. Michael heads into the classroom, and sees people clapping for him.

Michael is then given a presentation where a bunch of the "tots" are thanking them because they are going to graduate this year. The sing an impromptu song, and Michael awkwardly claps, but begins to realize the scope of his promise. A teacher calls Michael a dream-maker and gets emotional. A kid tells Michael that he wants to be a president and also tells Michael that he is his hero. Michael starts to cry. Michael stands up and tries to tell the tots that he cannot pay for their tuition, however, they take it as a joke. When Michael insists that he cannot pay for the tuition, they become extremely angry. Michael offers them lithium computer batteries.

Dwight goes up to Kevin and Oscar and says that Jim wants them to pitch in a twenty dollar bill for the employee of the month award, however Jim never said such a thing. Jim says that employee number nine is the winner of the award, which is him. Jim, stuttering, tries to explain what happened, and then asks for the second best employee, which is Pam. Everyone becomes angry but Pam insists that she deserves it because she doubled her sales from two to four.

Dwight ordered a custom cake for Jim, saying "It could only be you," and the office believes that Jim ordered the cake for himself. Dwight then calls David Wallace but uses impressions of Stanley, Toby, and Kevin. David Wallace calls, yelling at Jim, but apologizes to the dismay of Dwight.

A student tells Michael that what he did is wrong and Michael says that he will pay for his books, despite him being hesitant. Michael gives him four thousand dollars and tells him to use it on books. In the car, Erin starts to sing the "Hey. Mr. Scott" tune, and Michael tells her to stop. However, Michael apologizes to her and tells her he is sorry for being rude and tells her that she is doing a good job.

Ryan finds a copy of the Diabolical Plan in the copier and tells Dwight he wants to take down Jim Halpert. They agree to work together to do this.

Amusing DetailsEdit

  • Jim's cake says "It could only be you" at the bottom.
  • The song that was made by the "Scott's Tots" class was, "Hey, Mr. Scott, what chu gonna do, what chu gonna do? Make our dreams come true."
  • Pam was eating yogurt, a callback from the Pilot when Pam admits that she loves mixed berries yogurt.
  • When Erin is dragging the suitcase to go with Michael, it is very reminiscent of the receptionist in the British Office, Dawn Tinsley dragging her suitcase to David Brent's motivation seminar, as well as the earlier reference to the UK version of Pam doing the same in Lecture Circuit
  • Michael has a good remembrance of people's names. For example, Michael remembered Sprinkles' name ("Fun Run") and also remembered the name of a former client. ("Dunder Mifflin Infinity")
  • When confronting Jim in the break room, Dwight pulls out mustard, jelly, and BBQ sauce from the fridge. 

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • The song performed by "Scott's Tots" is sung to Bad Boys, the theme of the television program COPS. The original lyrics are "Bad boys, bad boys. What you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you?"
  • Elvis Presley was a very famous American musician and actor.
  • Bear Sterns was a global investment bank. It was bought out by JP Morgan Chase during the 2008-2010 Recession.
  • Lehman Brothers was a global financial-services firm that declared bankruptcy in 2008.
  • Enron was an energy company that declared bankruptcy, to the surprise of many, and became part of a major accounting scandal.
  • AIG is an American insurance corporation bought out by the government.
  • Tots is short for a toddler, or a child from ages 2–4.

Connections to Previous EpisodesEdit

  • In Season 1, there is an "employee of the month" plaque on the wall near the main door.  That spot is later occupied by Pam's watercolour. 
  • This is the second time Michael assumed he can win an award. In "Hot Girl," Michael also thinks he could win the espresso machine for best salesman, even though Jan says it is only for the salespeople and not the managers.
  • The Diabolical Plan is later used in "Manager and Salesman."


For quotes see: Scott's Tots Quotes.

Newspaper ArticleEdit

Local Businessman Pledges College Tuition to Third Graders


SCRANTON — This year’s “Career Week” at Daniel J. Flood Elementary was not just the customary gathering of community professionals talking about their line of work and offering guidance to spry youngsters. Local employees and business owners were in attendance, and several speeches were given. But one person outshone the rest by offering much more than a mere presentation about his career. Michael G. Scott, Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin, is a modest guy who likes to wear jeans, cherishes his “World’s Best Boss” mug, and lacks a college education. He thought about playing for the NHL, but decided against it because he wanted to settle down with a family. And although he may not have that family yet, he has offered his leadership and his pocketbook to 15 third graders with dreams of going to college someday — something Scott never had the chance to do.

“I’ve fallen in love with these cherubs, and I don’t want them to become victims of the system,” Scott said. “I told them if they graduated high school, I would pay for their college educations.” “Scott’s Tot’s” may have been a program started impulsively, but Scott doesn’t regret it. “Just seeing the sunshine spurting out of the kids’ and parents’ faces,” he said, “is enough for me to keep the program going for years. I bet if colleges saw that, they’d let them in for free. Hmm, maybe I should make some phone calls.” Talib Johnson, a student in Alice Kay’s class, has dreams of becoming a doctor. Talib’s mother has already been trying to save for the daunting $120,000 dollar cost of medical school, and she was not sure if it would ever be a reality. But now that Scott has offered to pick up the tab, Mrs. Johnson said that Talib would undoubtedly be going to an Ivy League university. Scott was impressed, but encouraged Talib to consider the paper business.

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Scott's Tots in third grade.

Mikela Lasker has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. “I really love science and animals, and I want to take care of sick ones,” she said. Just like Talib’s mother, Mikela’s parents were concerned about the high price of veterinary school. “She’s got to get a bachelor’s degree first, and then go on to vet school,” Mr. Lasker said. “Her mother and I have tried to save, but we both really enjoy drinking Italian wine, and that takes a huge chunk out of our weekly income.”

But now, thanks to Scott, the Laskers can continue to indulge in spirits, carefree. Scott was very surprised to learn that Mikela’s veterinary degree would have to be earned separately from her undergraduate degree. When asked if he would be willing to foot the bill for postgraduate education as well, Scott at first seemed hesitant, but then replied with, “Sure, what the hell.”


Main CastEdit

Supporting CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Suzanne Watson as Stephanie
  • Isheba Reene as Mikela
  • Kwame Boateng as Derrick
  • Monnae Michaell as School Staff Member
  • Charlie Sanders as Delivery Man
  • Fredrick Burns as Student
  • Micah Williams as Student

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