Ben Franklin - The Office (Season 3, Episode 15)
Original Air Date: February 1, 2007
Michael films a video to be presented in the event of his death to his future unborn son. Dwight undermines Michael's efforts.
Michael has planned two separate parties for Phyllis and Bob Vance. Michael announces Phyllis' wedding in six days, and declares
that he is "instituting Prima Nocta." Jim remembers the term from the movie Braveheart and confirms the real meaning of Michael's
confusing statement using Wikipedia, revealing that it refers to the ancient custom of the king to deflower every bride in his
kingdom on her wedding night. Michael apologizes for making the statement.
Pam notices that Jim is tired, and Jim states in a talking-head interview that Karen and he have been talking over their relationship
for the past five nights. In an odd conversation in the breakroom Pam tries to find out from Jim what's going on with Karen, and he
confesses they've been staying up late talking. Having nothing else to say, she makes awkward, repeated suggestions that he catch up
on his sleep. After Jim leaves, Pam chides herself for flirting so badly.
Todd Packer arrives and, true to form, makes tasteless jokes about his belief that Jim is gay. Encountering Karen for the first time
(and leering at her), he is shocked to learn that she is Jim's girlfriend. Packer is incensed that Michael has not hired a stripper
for the bachelor party. Michael says he can't for fear of sexual harassment claims, but Packer convinces him that if he gets a male
stripper for Phyllis's party, too, this will make everything all okay. ("Separate but equal," says Packer confidently, and Michael
thanks him for explaining the meaning of the term.)
Michael delegates the work of finding the two strippers to Dwight and Jim. While Dwight successfully locates a stripper for Bob Vance's
party, Jim decides to undermine Michael's potentially disastrous plan and orders a costumed historical lecturer for the women instead.
Michael and Ryan visit a sex shop. Michael is overwhelmed, and Ryan states, "he hasn't even said a word yet... just giggling." Upon
their return, the lecturer for the women's party arrives. He is costumed as Benjamin Franklin, and Michael, under the impression that
he's a male stripper, asks if he's wearing a thong. "Ben Franklin" is introduced to the women (with Michael laboring under the
misapprehension that Franklin was a U.S. president), and Pam and Karen have fun gently heckling the impersonator.
Outside the warehouse, Michael grills steaks on the same George Foreman grill on which he once burned his foot ("The Injury") but
tells Ryan not to worry since he has "cleaned all the foot off of it." Inside, Kevin attempts to organize a game of professional poker,
while Michael advertises his steaks as "his man-meat". Dwight enthusiastically asks for some.
After joking about Ben Franklin in the breakroom, Karen tells Pam that she has heard about her past involvement with Jim. Pam is
startled, and asks what she means. Karen says she knows that Pam and Jim have kissed, but it's not a big deal, as "it's just a kiss".
Catching a look from Pam, Karen suddenly asks if she's still interested in Jim, to which Pam absently replies "oh yeah." Karen is
taken aback, but Pam then quickly says she misunderstood Karen's question, and awkwardly tells Karen "You should go out with Jim —
you are going out with Jim. You're a great couple."
The female stripper arrives, dressed as an office secretary. Roy claims in a talking-head that's he's "not really into strippers," and
that he instead finds Pam's art sexy. When groom-to-be Bob Vance refuses a lap-dance, Michael volunteers. The dance proceeds for a few
seconds before Michael suddenly remembers he has a girlfriend and abruptly calls a halt and breaks up the party.
Dwight makes the now-fully-clothed stripper, Elizabeth, answer phone calls in the office, because he has already paid her for three
hours of work. She compliments a clearly distressed Angela about the baby poster she received in "Christmas Party".
Michael goes to the stripper for advice as to whether he should tell Jan about his lap-dance. She replies, "secret secrets are no
fun, secret secrets hurt someone." Dwight claims that he is ninety-nine percent sure that the impersonator is not the real Ben
Franklin, "no matter what Jim says!"
The Ben Franklin impersonator reveals to Pam that his real name is Gordon in an unsuccessful attempt to hit on her. He also tells
Michael to keep the lap dance a secret. Michael calls him a sleazebag. He then calls Jan out of a meeting to confess to her the
aborted lap dance. A frustrated Jan tells him she's closer to firing him than dumping him. Michael seems to take this as good news.
Pam and Jim have an understated confrontation in the break room which ends with Pam asking Ryan to set her up with some of his
business-school buddies, in front of a visibly shocked Jim. Dwight grills Ben Franklin on his revolutionary-era knowledge, and
Michael reflects that Ben Franklin turned out to be a creep while the stripper turned out to give great advice... advice
Best Funny Quotes From The Office - Ben Franklin
Hello son. If you’re watching this, that means I’m already dead. Life is a road—
How do you know it’s going to be a boy?
How, would you stop interrupting please?
Yesterday I was scraping some gunk off my wall sockets with a metal fork and I gave myself the nastiest shock. And when I came to, I had an epiphery. Life is precious. And if I die I want my son to know the dealio. The dealio of life.
Here are some things that I want to teach you that your mother won’t be able to.
To jump start a car, first pop the hood. Then you take these bad boys and clip them anywhere on the engine. Then you take these and clip them wherever.
Number eight, learn how to take off a woman’s bra.
We will demonstrate on Pam.
No. No. Leaves
Dwight is wearing a bra You just twist your hand until something breaks.
Well you get the picture. Thanks Pam.
And remember no matter what, I will always love you.
What if he’s a murderer?
He’s not going to be a murderer.
Maybe that’s how you die.
You know what, Dwight, do you want to do this, or no?
I want to do this.
Okay. From the top. Ready? Three-
Hello everyone! As you know, we are six days away from Phyllis’ wedding. Applause So get your suits to the dry cleaner and get your hair did. And Karen, um, you might want to invest in a dress or a skirt of some kind if you don’t already have one. This may be Phyllis’ only wedding ever. It is my job to ensure that none of you look like ragamuffins. So I am instituting prima nocta.
Prima nocta, I believe from the movie Braveheart, and confirmed on wikipedia, is when the king got to deflower every new bride on her wedding night. So…
I’m sorry. I had a very different understanding as to what prima nocta meant.
I’m trying to get everyone excited about Phyllis’ wedding because I want her to get people excited about my wedding when the time comes. Which won’t be hard, because it’s going to be awesome. A lot better than hers, that’s for sure. It’ll probably be on a boat.
What’s up spinsters?
Nothing. You know this is a luncheon shower. Girls only.
No problem. The guys are having a little shindig of their own in the warehouse. From 2:30 to 3:15. It is the only time that Bob was available. Sort of a guy’s night out. A G-N-O if you will. A Gah-No. Actually, it’s more of a guy’s afternoon in. A G-A-I. A gay. Not- not- it’s uh, not gay, it’s just a, it’s a bridal shower for guys. A guy shower. An hour long shower with guys.
I guess Jim and I have had a little bit of a rough patch for the past couple weeks but we had some really good talks and actually now I think that we’re better than ever.
Karen and I had a long talk last night and the night before that and uh, every night, for the last five nights.
Something’s up with Jim and Karen. Not that I’ve been eavesdropping. It’s not really any of my business, but I’ve gotten pretty good at reading the back of Jim’s neck.
Halpert! Tall, queer, handsome as ever. Hey everybody it’s me, Jim. Hello, hello. Todd Packer.
Karen Fillipelli. Jim’s girlfriend.
Either this chick is a dude or Halpert got scared straight!
Yes. Yes! Oh! There-oh! Clutches chest and falls to the floor
Quick somebody help! Help the man! Pretends to kick Michael
No, no, no!
I can’t believe you’re not going to be there. It’s going to be good, it’s going to be a great bachelor party man.
I have a full day of sales calls.
You should get out of them.
It’s the only time he can do it. 2:30 to 3:15. It’s going to be great. We’re going to be doing some darts, we’re going to be grilling up some steaks, got some pie. Going to be very delicious.
And what kind of stripper did you get?
I did not order a stripper.
You didn’t order a stripper? Have you ever even been to a bachelor party?
Um, not personally, no.
Mike, okay, a stripper is bachelor party 101. If you don’t get a stripper your party is going to suck it hard.
I can’t get a stripper here. Sexual Harassment.
Just get one for the girls too. That evens it out. You know, separate but equal.
So that’s what that means.
Okay everybody, slight change of plans, we are still going to be having two parties but each is going to get a little extra dose of naught-ay. Uh! Spanks himself
Alright! Uh! Spanks himself
Okay. Co-ed naked strippers in this office. For realsies.
Under no circumstance should a man strip off his clothes in this office.
SHUT UP ANGELA!
Oh yeah. Why?
Well you seem a little tired.
Oh. Yeah well, I guess there’s been a couple late nights. Karen and I have been up talking.
You should get more sleep.
Yeah, I know I should.
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
No, I’m sure you’re right.
When I get eight hours, compared to like six hours, like, big difference.
Oh yeah. Gotta get your REM cycle going with the whole sleeping. Better than not.
Good advice Beesley. Thanks. See you out there.
Yeah. Don’t fall asleep at your desk. Turning towards the vending machine Oh my God.
Okay. We are off. Ryan and I are going to go get some supplies and I need you to handle hiring the strippers.
I’m on it.
Well get on it. And make it happen.
Ruddy cheeks, thick calves, no tats, no moles, no tats. No, TATS. Of course I want-
Stop. That’s disgusting.
Leave me alone and get the male stripper.
I knew you would, Nancy.
No preference, what do you think redhead or brunette?
Nice. Do you have any blonde women?
He hasn’t even said a word yet. Just giggling.
Pokes Ryan with a sex toy. Gotcha, oh! Phone rings. Yes?
Are you okay?
I’m in the, I’m in the sex shop.
Ah, gotcha. Okay, so they have Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, or Sponge Bob Squarepants.
Yep, Spongebob Squarepants.
And you think that’d be sexy?
Michael referred me to a male strip club called Banana Slings. Instead, I called the Scholastic Speakers of Pennsylvania.
Hold the door please!
You wearing a thong?
Sparkling cider is very good.
I think that’s champagne.
Spits champagne back into her glass
Hello ladies. Who here is a history buff? Who’s a fan of buff naked? Without further ado, the one, the only, the sexy Mr. Benjamin Franklin.
Thank you for that introduction, Mr. Scott, and good afternoon fine gentlewomen of Dunder Mifflin.
Half pants, right Mr. Franklin?
Knickers in fact, yes!
He’s in his knickers. Mr. Franklin, I would say you are probably one of the sexiest presidents ever.
Well, actually, I never was president.
Yes, but, Ben Franklin was.
Ah. I’m here to teach you a little bit about my life and the era of the founding fathers.
And when they came over on the Mayflower. Bow chicka bow.
Wait, this is the entertainment?
Yeah, alright, so I want you to give him your undivided attention and Mr. Franklin, if any of these ladies misbehave I give you permission to spank them. Especially that one. Points to Phyllis
Have you ever seen a stripper before?
Yes. Jennifer Garner portrayed one on Alias. It was one of her many aliases.
Yeah, me neither.
I’m Elizabeth, I’m the dancer that was requested.
Okay, I specifically ordered a stripper.
I’m the stripper.
Oh, okay good. Well in the future please identify yourself as such.
Phone rings Oh God.
Reading the text message Is she hot? Text back, “Kind of.”
It was a warm June evening in 1752, the night of my fateful kite flight.
Do you have a girlfriend?
I have a lovely wife, Deborah.
But don’t you also have girlfriends in Paris? Like a lot of them?
Uh, well that is a grey area of my life. Okay? So, it was a warm June evening.
Look at that. Nothing like grilling in the great outdoors.
Is this the same grill you grilled your foot on?
But I got all the foot off of it.
Okay Ben Franklin!
Ben Franklin tied a cherry stem with his mouth!
Well, that is because I am a renaissance man.
Ben Franklin, do you wear boxers, briefs, or pantaloons?
Well, you’re very saucy! Winks at Pam.
Guys, beef! It’s what’s for dinner! Who wants some man meat?
I do! I want some man meat!
Michael, Dwight would like your man meat.
Well then my man meat, he shall have. There you go. Deliciousity.
Stanley’s fork breaks. Of course.
So I guess you have the Ben Franklin wig and the costume and you figure, how can I put this to practical use?
Well I like to think that his dad was a Ben Franklin impersonator and he really pressured him into it.
Hey um, I wanted to talk to you. I know this is weird or whatever, but Jim told me about you guys.
What do you mean?
Well that you kissed. And we talked it through and it’s totally fine, it’s not a big deal. It’s just a kiss. Wait- you’re not still interested in him?
Oh no, I was confused by your phrasing. You should definitely go out with Jim. I mean, you’re going out with Jim. I’m not going out with Jim. You’re dating him, which is awesome, because you guys are great together.
I’m not into Jim. Yeah.
So um, well good.
What are you sorry about?
What are you sorry about?
Nothing. I was just thinking of something else.
Okay. The game is no limit deuce to seven lowball. Lines twenty five fifty, nickels are worth ten, dimes twenty-five, and quarters fifty. Nothing wild.
I call shuffle. Here we go. Spreads cards out all over the table
Ah, gentlemen, the entertainment is here. Everybody I’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth.
I hear there’s an important meeting here.
I’m not really into strippers. You know what I find sexy? Pam’s art. She’s an artist and I appreciate that. It’s very moving and sexy. The art.
Hit it. Feel Like Makin’ Love plays in background So where’s the groom?
He’s right there. There he is.
Absolutely not. That’s all you. That’s all you.
Okay. Alright, I’ll do it. Yeah. Lets do it. Lets do this thing. Yeah. What do I?
Just sit on down.
Here we go.
Here we go. Alright!
Not bad! Not bad! You smell nice. Like Tide.
Mmm, what’s that?
You smell like Tide detergent. Do you use Tide detergent? Ha ha ha! I have a girlfriend so…
I bet she’d be jealous. Rips off shirt
Yeah she probably, yeah she would be. You know what, okay, excuse me. Please stop it, stop it. Turn off the music. This is wrong, this is wrong! This is wrong! I have a girlfriend. And you are engaged and I’m sure you have a boyfriend in prison or something so lets just clear out okay. Shame on you. Go back to work!
Elizabeth, I want you to sit here. When the phone rings, answer it.
You want me to answer phones with my clothes on.
We hired you for three hours work and we’re going to get it.
Oh I love your poster.
Mouths ‘hi’ at the stripper
You know I invented electricity.
Well I’m sensing a little electricity right here.
Didn’t Ben Franklin have syphilis?
Yes, but I don’t. My name is Gordon.
On one hand I want to be honest with Jan and tell her the truth but on the other hand I’m afraid she’s going to dump me.
You know Michael, I fathered an illegitimate son.
But I kept all this from my wife Deborah. These things only serve to upset the women. They are the gentler sex.
Well, Ben Franklin, you’re really kind of a sleezebag.
Stripper? Could I ask you a question about women? Um, should I tell my girlfriend that you danced up on me?
Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone.
Wow. Thank you.
Care for a piece of chocolate?
Chocolate! Where did you acquire it? That is a delicacy in the Amazon but it has not yet been imported to the United States.
Who is the king of Austria?
Joseph the 2nd.
Who is the king of Prussia?
Fredrick Wilhelm the 3rd.
Who is the king of England?
Why the tyrant King George, of course!
I don’t care what Jim says, that is not the real Ben Franklin. I am 99% sure.
On speaker phone Michael, I left a meeting. What is so urgent? Are you, are you okay?
Not really, look I don’t know how to say this so I just will.
I went to a bachelor party and things got a little out of hand.
Uh when, when did, when last night?
No, today at work.
You went to a bachelor party at work?
Yes. I kind of arranged it.
Well I don’t even think the stripper was that hot. Do you guys think she was hot?
Kelly don’t do this.
Do what? I just asked you a question.
You know what you’re doing.
Anyway, do you know who was totally flirting with Ben Franklin? Pam.
Really? Looks like I hired the right guy. I’m glad. Any real potential there Beesley?
Yeah, right. God, I need a boyfriend. You know Ryan I’m totally ready to be set up with one of your business school friends. Whenever.
Oh my God, I would get so fat if I worked here.
Yeah? I lose my appetite all the time.
You could strip you know.
So you don’t want to end our relationship?
I’m closer to firing you.
That is so sweet. You are the best GD girlfriend in the world. Do you know that?
I’ll talk to you later.
You are. You are.
So you know who turned out to be kind of a creep? Ben Franklin. And Elizabeth the stripper gave me great advice. Which rhymed. Really makes you wonder how Ben Franklin can become president, but someone like Elizabeth can’t.
Are you near sighted or far sighted?
Both. That’s why I invented the bifocal.