China - The Office (Season 7, Episode 10)
While at the dentist, Michael reads an article about China's growing global power, and he decides that China must be stopped before it takes over the United States. Oscar tries to correct one of the statements, but when Ryan
checks the fact online, it turns out Michael's statement was correct. Everyone mocks Oscar for his mistake, as Oscar is usually the smartest one in the office, having built this reputation by often correcting his coworkers. Oscar
invites Michael for a cup of coffee to discuss China in more detail, but the other employees realize that he is trying to reestablish himself as the office's intellectual heavyweight.
Seeing an opportunity to give Oscar a taste
of his own medicine, they start quizzing Michael on different facts about China, but he cannot answer, so Ryan gives him note cards to keep track. When Michael and Oscar have their conversation, Ryan, Erin, Jim, Andy, and Kelly
also sit in to watch. Michael begins to blank, but then changes the subject to the value of the conversation itself. The employees toast him, leaving Oscar just as bothered as before.
Everyone in the office complains about Dwight building standards, such as half-plying toilet paper, adding motion sensors to the lights, and placing a roach billboard over the windows to the office. Pam, as office administrator, threatens
to move everyone to a different building if nothing is done. She leaves and comes back with pictures of a newer office space and says they can move in three months. Dwight investigates and finds that the office building does not
exist. When Dwight plays coy around Pam, she admits to Jim that she lied about the office building and that she is afraid of failing again after failing as an artist and a salesperson.
Jim tries in vain to reassure her, and she breaks
down in tears. Later Nate, Dwight's building assistant, discreetly gives Pam a book on the state building regulations. Pam shows Dwight that his policies are in violation of the laws written in the book, so Dwight puts everything
back to normal. The camera crew confronts Dwight with footage showing that he overheard Pam's conversation with Jim and instructed Nate to give her the book on the building regulations. Dwight admits that he allowed her to win,
but mocks the idea that he did so out of compassion.
Darryl is sick of Andy pointless text messages. After one text, Darryl tells Andy that he is one bad text away from being blocked, but Andy wagers that he is one good text from a high five, to which Darryl agrees. Andy eventually
texts Darryl, telling him to come to the parking lot, where there are pigeons eating an ice cream cone. Darryl laughs and gives Andy a high five.
Best Funny Quotes From The Office - China
picks up pencil between his toes
Twenty minutes a day Jim, that’s all it takes. Twenty minutes a day, all feet, no hands and I’ll have the pedi-dexterity of a chimp, and you’ll be sitting there like an idiot. attempts to place pencil in pencil sharpener Okay. Here we go. Ah, yes. accidentally kicks items from his desk onto Pam’s
Do you mind?
I’m sorry Pam, allow me to write you an apology letter.
You don’t have to do that.
typing with his toes D-E-A. Oop, backspace. A. Dear.
whistling, places cup of coffee onto Dwight’s desk Ahh, Thank you hands. Nothing else in the universe can do what you do.
lifts cup up with toes
Oh, don’t worry about it. Dwight, its okay. You were wrong.
spills hot coffee on himself Uhh, aah!
Well, A for effort right?
taps Jim’s hand with his foot
Welcome, start your morning right with a burst of blueberry. Or try plain.
What’s the occasion?
Dwight said this entry was a waste of space.
I would like a muffa du blueberry por favor.
Owning a building is a war between the landlord and the tenant. Not a literal war, unfortunately, but I am using the same tactics. I’ve surrounded the enemy, and I’m slowly starving them. To save on electricity I’ve installed a timer and motion sensors on the lights. It’s part of my green initiative. And by green, I mean money.
examines items on the reception desk Mmhmm, China. China.
How was the dentist?
It was great. China.
Are you okay, what’s wrong?
Everything here was made in China, Pam.
Yeah, its where they make stuff.
They used to make stuff in America, Andy. But we’re falling behind, did you know that? China is a sleeping dragon that is just beginning to stir.
Yeah, right here. It is right there. holds up magazine Anybody read the news any more?
China is on the move?
I found that in the waiting room at the dentist’s office. This kid had the magazine I wanted to read, that’s the only one I could reach and I read it and then I read it again.
My whole life I believed that America was number one, that was the saying. Not America is number two. England is number two. China should be like eight.
You gotta stop texting me so much.
But I wanted you to know that Michael and I are wearing the same tie today. It’s insane.
You need to change your standard for what’s worthy of a text. Ask yourself is this something Darryl needs to know. The answers almost always no.
Got it. Then I will call you.
There was a time when the only people who texted you were people you wanted to text you. Girls. And they’d all say the same thing. “I’m coming over baby.” And I would text back “BTB”, bring that booty.
Dwight, why is the toilet paper only half a ply?
I’m sorry, isn’t that good enough for your anus? Don’t get me started on how coddled the modern anus is.
Umm, Stanley. Maybe you could just unspool a little more each time you need to…
Don’t tell me how to do my business.
Stanley, as a fellow Dunder Mifflin employee I feel for you. But, like you, I am completely powerless to the whims of the new building owner.
Which is you.
“Which is you” is not a sentence.
I disagree with.
Are you just gonna sit there, Office Administrator, or are you going to do something?
Dwight, can we talk about these cutbacks.
Pam, when I’m sitting at this desk, I’m a salesman. If you wanna talk to the new building owner, you should call Nate and schedule and appointment.
I’m not going to do that.
Well then you’re not going to talk to the new building owner. Which is a shame, because I hear he’s a very reasonable guy.
on the phone Y’ello.
Hi Nate, Its Pam Halpert.
Oh, hey Pam.
Hey, I would just love to schedule a meeting today with Dwight.
Let me put you on hold for just one ‘eensy sec.
answers phone Dwight Schrute. Mhm. Tell her I’m busy. I don’t know, make something up.
Hey Pam, Dwight’s being questioned by the police in connection with a string of dog-nappings that ha…
hangs up phone Dwight. Dwight. Can you please tell new building owner that he is screwing over all the people he works with, people he’s worked with for years. His friends.
You know what Pam? You’re right. This isn’t just a business. This is a home, and I would much rather see a smile from Kevin than save hundreds on plumbing and electricity. Kevin smiles
Oh my God.
According to the internet, the tallest man in the world is Chinese.
So much for keeping our secrets up high.
What’s America gonna do?
I know what we’re going to do. We’re going to put our best minds on it.
Everybody stop working. I want you all to imagine a world in which America is not the number one superpower, where forks are irrelevant, and where every man, woman and child is expected to learn how to play the cello. Now open your eyes.
You never told us to close them.
Welcome to your future.
What do we do? How do we stop this?
How do we stop it? With a big idea. That’s what America is built on, big ideas. Blue jeans, the Grand Canyon. Whose got one, whose got a big idea?
An idea bigger than the Grand Canyon?
Yes, indeed. Yes Kevin.
An antacid that you only take once a week.
Once a week antacid is the idea to beat. Anyone else? Nobody? Okay then we are… yes.
Michael! An antacid pill that you take once every six weeks.
Why not just go one for the year?
I don’t know.
It’s too big of a pill to swallow.
What if we all get together and help each other and hire a new guy, and then we all kill him, but first we take out like a hundred thousand dollar life insurance policy. I bet you guys like that idea don’t you?
I think that’s what they’re doing to me. I can’t prove it, but I wanted to see their faces when I said it. I learned nothing.
I don’t know what the expletive that was.
I say we bomb ’em. By 2020, they’re gonna be the world’s largest economy and they’re getting a taste for protein. We’ll all starve.
Yeah, Dwight’s right we should drop a bomb.
No he’s not right. We’re not. Where would we even drop it, Phyllis? Did you know that in China there are fifty six cities with over a million people? You know how many we have here? Nine.
Actually, that’s not true. I know the figure you’re referring to, and it’s a projection of fifteen years from now.
No, no. That is right now.
Michael, China’s agrarian. Urbanizing fast? You bet ‘cha, but still agrarian.
In terms of land, not population.
Come on Michael. You can…
No, no you’re wrong about this.
Where are you getting this information?
I got it from NewYorkTimes.com
Uh oh, getting nervous Oscar?
Okay, someone look it up.
I’m on it Jim. I’m on it.
Guys its not worth it really. Guys this is not worth our time.
reads text “Are you watching this?” Seriously?
Well are you?
I’m sitting right here.
Got it. China has fifty six cities with a population of over one million. The US has… nine.
Suck it Oscar.
Well on the plus side all this worrying about China has made you smarter than Oscar, Michael.
Great. I was wrong. I’m wrong. Is everyone happy?
So I happen to know more than the smartest guy in the office. So what? laughs I don’t care.
Okay, now where were we before I bested Oscar?
Wow, so this building can get uglier.
I will not work in a roach billboard.
Oh my God, I can’t look at roaches.
Michael do something about this.
Absolutely, Pam this is exactly why I hired you as Office Administrator, handle it. Taking care of business.
Dwight take it down.
I’m serious, take it down or else.
Or else? Or else what? There’s nothing you can do.
We can move out.
lights turn off Really? jumps to try and activate motion sensor, Kevin walks through the door setting it off, and the lights come back on
So, does anyone wanna know where I’ve been for the last 2 hours?
Oh God, I’ve been playing Zombie Soccer for two hours?
I went out to look for a better office space.
Waste of time.
Not really, because I found one.
Oh wow, these are nice.
Let me see.
Look at the huge offices Jim, check out that conference room.
Yeah, yeah. Totally.
You can’t just move out.
Oh in three months we can. Check the lease, and if you don’t undo all the changes you’ve made, we’re moving. Hey guys, can I show you some pictures.
without looking at the pictures Oh my gosh she is so cute. She looks like both of you.
They’re not of Cece.
This is possibly our new Dunder Mifflin office.
Well I like being in the same building as Bob. Keeps me honest.
Well, this building isn’t far, and its much newer. There’s a dry cleaner, nail place and a gym. Oh, and it’s next-door to and Outback so it always smells like steak.
Are you trying to kill me?
Is the nail place Koreans or whites?
Good. And the dry cleaners?
Woah, there is a lot of brainpower in this room. We’ve got Michael and Oscar, the two smartest guys in the office, also in that order.
Funny Jim. That is funny.
Very comedically humorous Jim.
I have a computer question. Hey Oscar?
What is it?
Can you move aside so that I can ask Michael?
Alright. Alright I get it.
Michael, how do I create a new tab?
Try ‘Control P’.
Not if the printer isn’t hooked up. You are making some very dangerous assumptions Oscar.
Oscar it must be killing you to know that Michael is smarter than you.
He’s… he’s not smarter than me, he was just right about one thing.
Yeah, but it was a really smart thing to be right about, actually.
Actually, it was.
Around here, Oscar is known as ‘actually’ because he will insert himself into just about any conversation to add facts, or correct grammar. He really does fit that old stereotype of the smug gay Mexican.
reading text Megan Fox. Question mark. What’s that mean?
Megan Fox! Come on!
You know what, you’re one bad text away from getting blocked.
Yes, but one good text away from a high five.
You accept these terms?
Oh, its on.
In your perfect would, what would make this building awesome? I’m putting together kind of a wish list.
Well, I wish for a million wishes.
Yeah, no. I’m not a genie. I’m just talking about a…
Then see you later building.
You can’t possibly be serious.
I said see you later building.
I was thinking about some of the stuff you said earlier about China.
I’d love to talk more about it.
Maybe over some coffee later?
Woah, woah, woah. Do you know what you just agreed to?
It is not just coffee.
He’s trying to set you up Michael. What’s going to happen is he’s going to try and bring up what ever you’re talking about in a very casual way, but secretly he’ll be trying to trip you up, and when he does, boom, its awful. Haven’t you noticed that I don’t bring up the Tour de France around him?
And then he will smugly pay the cheque and make you feel so small.
Alright, well I just need to learn everything about China. To be safe I should learn everything about everything but I don’t have time. Okay, okay, I’ll just learn about China and science and geography and math and literary.
I’m pretty good on politics. “California is bankrupt, and California, California.” Jim and Andy follow Michael into his office What?
Parley, my office, five minutes.
Pirate code, he wants to meet.
So everyone here knows pirate code?
I understand it, I can’t speak it.
Pam, I am not an unreasonable man. If you guys stay, I will stop watering down the soap.
You’ve been watering down the soap?
Why do you even need soap? Are you that bad at going to the bathroom?
We need everything back the way it was.
You don’t wanna move. Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life. You’ll probably just take it out on your kid. Jim will turn to the drink. The family will fall apart, and twenty five years from now, Cece will become world famous… for stripping.
That’s a sad story. I have another one. We move, the other tenants follow, the bank takes the building, takes your farm, takes your car and beats the crap out of you. Penniless, you die, and my daughter Cece dances on your grave… fully clothed. lights turn off, Pam and Dwight begin to wave their arms to alert the sensor
Where is Tibet?
When was China founded?
Two for two, keep it up.
Who is Mao?
Damn it. Michael, you are moments away from the smack down of your life. If you don’t know something, steer the conversation back to something you do know.
I could talk about boobs. I bet he knows nothing about boobs.
What do you know about boobs?
Michael, I have to tell you something it’s from Rocky II.
This guy doesn’t just wanna win. Y’know, he want’s to bury you. He wants to humiliate you!
Wait, wait, wait. How long is this going to take?
I’m like a quarter of the way through.
Is it going to be worth it?
Just in case Michael, I made you a cheat sheet.
I don’t need to cheat.
Show him how to use it.
riding in car, looking for new office Ten thousand seven hundred and six.
Here it is, right here, pull over. Oh my God. No way. Man, look at that.
There’s no building. This could only mean one thing.
The building’s underground?
She was lying. Oh, Pam, Pam…
Pam, Pam, Pam, Pam.
Dwight & Nate
No you’re not.
I’m sorry. We have a colleague with the same name.
Oh, that’s fine.
So, okay. You’re not a liar too are you?
I’ve been known to bend the truth.
Damn it, Pam. Get out. Right now. Leave it, I mean it. Get the hell out of here. Go.
I can’t wait to do to Pam, what I just did… to Pam.
Y’know what, I’m the only one here who you haven’t asked about the new office.
I know, because you’re the reason we’re moving.
Yeah, but I’m still an employee here, and that part of me is really excited about the change of scenery. What’s the square footage in the new place?
Uhh, I think it’s something like umm…
What’s the exact square footage.
Umm, let me see.
How many offices are there? Oh I’ll just look at the one sheet myself.
Oh, actually I don’t know what I did with the one sheet. Y’know, that’s the problem. You only have one sheet.
chuckles You’re a funny guy Pam. What’s the first thing you guys are gonna do when you move in to the new office? I’m going to walk down the hall and say “Wow, I can’t believe this is real, but it is.” I can’t wait.
I lied about some aspects of the building.
It’s still on a bike path though right?
There’s no building… it doesn’t exist.
What does that mean?
I needed leverage so I pulled those pictures off the internet. It’s just this Office Administrator thing, I don’t wanna…
Fail. I don’t want to fail… again.
But you didn’t fail.
And that’s what you said about Art School, and that’s what you said about sales.
And you didn’t fail those things either.
Well, I’m not an artist, and I’m not a salesman. So what would you call it?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.
Michael, the reason I asked you down here for this chat is that I’ve been thinking that your fears about China are a bit exaggerated.
Did you know, that China has a new missile, that can sink a US Naval Carrier nine hundred miles off the coast?
We have missiles too.
Did you also know that China has secretly been expanding its nuclear arsenal. But what do I know, I mean, that’s just according to the Pentagon. Our Pentagon.
I wasn’t here. places a book in front of Pam
I wasn’t here. It’s a pretty common saying. You may want to log it away for future use.
China has been loaning us billions upon billions of dollars. We are going to be owing them for the rest of our lives. And they will control us.
Actually, we’re in a mild recession right now. I’ll give you that, but people use China as the boogie man for all their problems. In the nineteen eighties, it was Japan.
How then do you explain that in the past year manufacturing in China has risen by 17% and in the US it has only risen by 8%?
Do you really think that manufacturing is a relevant indicator of where the world economy’s heading in 2011? Do you know the comparative expansion of say the information sector? I’d say that’s far more relevant. Wouldn’t you?
Hello, hello. You’re breaking the law.
Impossible, I love the law.
Read article nineteen. There are suitable standards that you have to maintain the building at that includes comfortable temperatures and adequate lighting. It also means no more cutting the tampons in two, and no more tampering with the toilet paper.
I see I’ve underestimated you, and I didn’t think that was possible. Nate, reply the paper.
I don’t think it goes that way.
Don’t worry about the coffee, its on me.
Yeah, I figured that.
Michael, I am so happy that we were able to have this little chat.
Wait. You forgetting something?
This chat. Two men, one white, one latina. A boss and a money cruncher. I could fire you.
Fire him. No, show mercy.
Here we are.
What’s your point.
My point is… that as long as people like you and me don’t stop talking, nobody can stop the USA.
I am talking about freedom, about choice. America, I don’t think you need to worry. Because if you want to beat China you will. If you don’t, that’s fine. That my friend, is your victory. Y’know, a lot of people say if you dig long enough and hard enough you will get to China, and that may be the true, but what they don’t tell you is that if you dig long enough and hard enough in a conversation, you get to a friend. So here is to conversation.
Raise your cups on high. Case closed.
That wasn’t what we were discu… That wasn’t the whole…
They say the best vampires don’t bleed their victims dry, but give them the strength so that they can bounce back only to be fed on again. I spared Pam, and I may feast off of her profits for years to come. I let Pam win. Haha, oh. I was not motivated by compassion. I have no compassion. Make sure you got that. Not motivated by compassion.
reads text Come to parking lot. Crazy pigeon action?
Shhh. You’re gonna scare ’em away. two pigeons are eating out of a soft serve cone
laughs That’s a text. high fives Andy
That’s your new standard.