Dunder Mifflin Infinity
Season 4, Episode 3/4

Episode Summary

Ryan Howard dropped in from New York to wow staffers with his plan for modernizing the company. (Blackberries and a new website) Michael was seriously jonesing for that new Blackberry but soon realized all he could do with it was tap out a randomly percussive duet with Ryan, who typed on his gadget at top speed. Only after Creed told Michael that modernizing was a threat to anyone over 40, and Jan explained ''ageism,'' did Michael take action. Down with youth and technology!

Ryan insisted Dunder Mifflin was going to be ''younger, faster, and more efficent,'' but Michael insisted on keeping his feet, and those of his underlings, firmly cemented in the past. In yet another half-baked presentation in the conference room, he introduced company cofounder Robert Dunder as a guest speaker, purportedly to share his wisdom; the befuddled 87-year-old was soon booted out for the cardinal sin of being boring.

And to woo back clients who'd left for chain suppliers, Michael, pleading for ''teammanship,'' unveiled a time-tested strategy: gourmet gift baskets (''the essence of class and fanciness''). No, Andy Bernard, the giant baskets wouldn't be full of money (''cash baskets!''), and Ryan was not about to call the website Dundermifflinfinity.

After spotting Pam kiss Jim in the break room, Toby issued a ''No P.D.A.'' memo, which several culprits thought might have been aimed at them, causing Toby to out Pam and Jim in order to clarify his petty reminder. Clearly drowning in his own stew of envy and hope, Toby then denied there was any need for Pam and Jim to document their relationship with official HR paperwork.

As if the Kelly-Ryan relationship couldn't be any more toxic, it degenerated further with her manipulative pregnancy fib and his attempt to have her job outsourced to India. Ryan keeps trying to escape Kelly — hitting on Pam by asking her to design the company's new logo was just gross — but apparently, he'll have to try harder.

Angela called Pam ''the office mattress,'' and Phyllis asked her not to ''base who gets new clients on who you're sleeping with that week.''

When Dwight presented Garbage as a replacement for Sprinkles. Angela wasn't having it. And she rebuffed his offer to cook dinner so they could dine at a restaurant, where she dumped him. Stricken, Dwight later told Michael, ''Everything falls apart….You die….No one remembers you.'' (Michael: ''That is a very good point, Dwight.'').

After Michael followed the directions of his rental's GPS gadget right into a lake, he was rescued by Dwight and managed resolved to reclaim the gift basket they'd just given to a former client.

We'd like to give a special thanks to Emily McGuire for providing this episode summary.

Memorable quotes from this episode

Angela
I heard a joke today.
Oh! That's funny.
Dwight
Angela
Yes. It was.

Hey. So, now that we are dating, uh, we just wanted to know if we had to sign one of those, 'we're dating' things for the company.
Jim
Toby
Oh well, you know, those are only for, 'relationships.' So, if this is just a casual thing, there's no need, really.
Well I don't wanna speak for Jim, but, it's like pretty official.
Pam
Toby
Uh huh?
Sorry, so do we need to sign? Or?
Jim
Toby
Let's just wait and see what happens.

Yeah, Ryan snapped at me. But there was this tinkle in his eye, that I picked up on, which said, 'Dude, we're friends. I'm doing this for appearances. I am the big boss now. And I have to seem like an ogre. But you know me, and you trust me and we like each other. And we'll always be friends. And I would never take you for granted in a million years. And I miss you, man, and I love you... His words.
Michael

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All Season 4 Episodes

Episode Title Original Air Date
1/2 Fun Run September 27, 2007
3/4 Dunder Mifflin Infinity October 4, 2007
5/6 Launch Party October 11, 2007
7/8 Money (Coming Soon) October 18, 2007
9 Local Ad (Coming Soon) October 25, 2007
10 Branch Wars (Coming Soon) November 1, 2007
11 Survivor Man (Coming Soon) November 8, 2007
12 The Deposition (Coming Soon) November 15, 2007
13 Dinner Party (Coming Soon) April 10, 2008
14 Chair Model (Coming Soon) April 17, 2008
15 Night Out (Coming Soon) April 24, 2008
16 Did I Stutter? (Coming Soon) May 1, 2008
17 Job Fair (Coming Soon) May 8, 2008
18/19 Goodbye, Toby (Coming Soon) May 15, 2008

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