Threat Level Midnight - The Office (Season 7, Episode 17)
Michael screens his action film Threat Level Midnight to the office after eleven years of writing, shooting, re-shooting and editing. The film's characters are played by people who have either worked at the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch
in the past decade, or those whom Michael has interacted with in the last few years.
Narrated by Stanley, the plot for the movie is as follows. After secret agent Michael Scarn (played by Michael) is forced into retirement due to the death of his wife Catherine Zeta-Scarn at the hands of Goldenface (played by Jim), the
President of the United States of America (played by Darryl) requests that he prevent Goldenface from blowing up the NHL All-Star Game and killing several hostages. Scarn goes undercover and learns how to play hockey from famed
instructor Cherokee Jack (played by Creed), killing another hockey player (played by Oscar) to make it into the game. His robot butler Samuel (played by Dwight) intercepts the name of a Goldenface agent, nightclub singer Jasmine
Windsong (played by Jan). He learns the location of the hostages via a coded message from Windsong shortly before she is killed by one of Goldenface's assassins.
Scarn and Samuel confront Goldenface to try to rescue the
hostages, and Goldenface reveals to them the bomb is in the hockey puck. Scarn refuses to forgive Goldenface for killing his wife, and he is shot. He later recuperates (with Pam's mother Helene playing a hospital nurse), but when
he and Samuel bring their intel to the President, they find that the President was in on it all along, wanting to blow up the stadium for the insurance money. Depressed, Scarn goes to a bar to drown his sorrows. Led by the
bartender Billy (played by Andy), the patrons of the bar sing a song called "The Scarn" which he danced to with his wife, which cheers Scarn up immensely. With his self-confidence restored, Scarn infiltrates the game, while also
learning from Samuel that Cherokee Jack has died. While Samuel rescues the hostages, Scarn is instructed by Cherokee Jack's ghost, and is able to hit the puck out of the stadium, saving the day, restoring Billy's satellite
TV reception, and blowing up Goldenface in the process. Scarn once again retires, but is immediately called back into action by the President, and the narrator is revealed to be an elderly Scarn.
Michael had shown the office a "work in progress" cut of the film years ago, but the employees all mistook it for a comedy, and Michael was so offended by their laughing that he shut down the screening. Everyone is very eager to
see Michael's film, albeit only because they all appear in it, and Pam warns everyone to be mindful of how sensitive Michael is and not laugh. However, Pam is unable to keep herself from crying out in horror when she sees
her mother cast in the film as a scantily clad nurse, and Jim fails to fully suppress his laughter at the scene of "The Scarn", so Michael angrily stops the movie and takes it away.
Michael asks Holly Flax what she thought and
she does not seem impressed. Michael gets angry at her because he considers the film his "dream", and he then offers the rest of the office the opportunity to finish seeing the film, which they happily accept. While watching,
Michael begins noting how the film is not really very good; he steps outside and tells Holly that it is a bad film but also one that people are having fun watching. They sit down and laugh with the rest of the office through
the film's conclusion, especially at Michael recalling the film's interference with an actual hockey game, and the plot-hole at the end of the film in which Scarn goes back to work for the evil President.
Best Funny Quotes From The Office - Threat Level Midnight
I got a delivery for ya’.
Leave it at reception.
I’m supposed to deliver this one in person. pulls out a gun and starts shooting at Michael, who dodges dramatically
pulls out two handguns and kills the man with an unnecessarily large amount of bullets Clean up on aisle five. Threat Level: Midnight titlescreen appears
After three years of writing, one year of shooting, four years of re-shooting and two years of editing, I have finally completed my movie, Threat Level: Midnight.
Erin… what are you doing?
Guys! Guys. Did you guys know that our own Michael Scott has made a movie, and that he maybe will let us watch it, but only if everybody’s dying to see it.
That’s… That’s. Well, don’t put words in my mouth.
Threat Level: Midnight is the great lost film of Michael Scott.
We’re all in it, from like years and years ago. It’s like a home movie.
Yeah, if Michael Scott did your home movie!
Michael screened a work in progress for us, years ago, and it didn’t go well. We thought it was a comedy. flashback clip of Michael angrily leaving the conference room while the whole office is laughing at the tv Everything pointed to it being a comedy.
We’d love to see it!
Sweet, I will go invite Holly.
Okay everyone, I know we’re really excited to see this movie that everybody’s in, but we have to remember that Michael is sensitive, so let’s stay positive! And no laughing, no comments, just positive energy and we’ll have a pure fun day! Okay?
You never told me you made a movie.
Mhmm! It’s got action, it’s got heart, it’s got some bosom.
It’s got you.
It’s got a lot of me.
laughs I can’t wait.
Ladies and gentleman, Threat Level: Midnight. applause
Stanley’s voice as the screen shows Scarn Manor Michael Scarn, well that’s an interesting story. headlines of Michael Scarn’s success are shown as well as an article reporting the death of Michael’s wife, Catherine Zeta Scarn He was once the best secret agent in the business. That was years ago. Where is he now? Well, that’s also an interesting story.
Dwight Schrute dressed as a butler. Speaks in slow, deep voice Master Scarn.
I play Samuel, Michael Scarn’s robot butler. I wanted Samuel’s voice- robot impression to be like this! normally But Michael thought that Samuel should be a very advance android, almost indistinguishable from a real person.
Dwight does not play a robot.
crashes cymbals by Michael’s ear
lying on bed with a bottle of alcohol I’m up.
It’s the president. He needs you for a mission.
Tell him I’m retired.
Goldenface, this makes it personal.
Darryl, sitting at a desk in the Oval Office Scarn, you’re right on time. cheering from the office
I gave up a lot of weekends because I thought it’d be good for my daughter to see a black man as president. Even in a silly home movie. What a stupid waste of time.
It’s your old enemy, Goldenface. He’s after the NHL All Star Game. He’s hidden a bomb somewhere in the stadium. Scarn, this one is personal for me. I own the stadium. I can’t see it blown up. It’s my retirement plan.
We have to search the stadium.
Not so fast, Goldenface has taken all the concession stand workers hostage. Scarn, will you find these hostages, and save the game?
holding a quarter up Heads I do it, tails I don’t. Best out of seven. flips the coin Heads. flips it again Tails. President winces each time he says tails…Heads…Tails…Heads…Tails. flips one more time and the quarter spins around on the table. Michael looks at it Well, it looks like there’s going to be a clean-up on aisle five.
Well, the hostages were scared.
as a hostage Don’t you guys get it? Nobody’s coming for us.
Jim, with his face painted with metallic gold paint Oh someone’s coming alright, the only man who would care. Goldenface turns in his chair, holding a golden gun Michael Scarn. See I’m gonna lure him here, then I kill everybody, then… I’m gonna dig up Scarn’s dead wife, and I’m gonna hump her real good. malicious, deep laughter
I did not love the dialogue. Or the character. I took the role to impress a receptionist who will remain nameless.
scene shows Michael Scarn driving through the rain Well, the All Star Game was three days away, so naturally it was all sold out. The only way Scarn was getting in was in a uniform. Just one problem with that, Scarn didn’t know a hockey stick from a Slim Jim. So he went to meet with the famed trainer… Michael stops the car and gets out Cherokee Jack.
Creed wearing a tunic and carrying a mop, standing with Michael in front of an ice rink Mop the ice.
I’m not here to learn how to mop, I’m here to learn how to play hockey.
Mop it. A montage of Michael mopping the ice awkwardly and using an ab-cruncher, and slowly getting better. After a little while, Cherokee Jack Slams a hockey stick on the ice to stop Michael, then offers it to him Now take this.
What am I supposed to do with this?
Mop. a montage shows Michael sliding around the ice skillfully and hitting the puck into the goal
Well, Michael Scarn was quickly becoming one of the hottest hockey players in the country.
Ryan is acting as an official for the competition taking place. A line is formed in front of a line on the ice. Standing behind it are Michael Scarn, Oscar in a blue full-body suit, and a mysterious man in a hockey mask Each year, the National Hockey League selects one civilian amateur to play in the All Star Game. It’s down to the three of you. The final test is speed skating. holds a gun to the ceiling On your marks, get set…
Die! The masked man pulls off the mask to reveal that it is Goldenface
Michael and Goldenface skate around the rink, Goldenface shooting with a solid gold gun, Michael with two pistols. Michael is out of breath at the end of the race Nice try Goldenface, but you forgot one thing, to kill me.
I wasn’t trying to kill you, I was trying to slow you down. Ryan is seen placing a medal around Oscar’s neck
How’s your wife doing?
begins to cry as Goldenface laughs
Hey, you came in second. Not bad either.
I am sorry that I have to do this… starts choking Oscar to death with his towel
Huh…muffled screaming as he slowly chokes, and eventually dies
I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.
I’m intercepting a name. Jasmine Winsong. She works for Goldenface. What I can’t figure out is, who is the Funky Cat.
Not who, what. The Funky Cat is the hippest Jazz Club in town. stands up with his cup of tea and walks by Samuel, pouring his tea all over him
Oh-starts to freak out, but the scene is crudely cut short
He cut the part where my circuit board malfunctioned! What was the point of spilling the drink on me?
acting as a jazz singer at the Funky Cat, singing They call me Jasmine Winsong.
walking into the Funky Cat Bingo.
He finished his movie? frantically trying to open her car door, as if trying to get away from the camera crew No kidding. Wow, that’s great. Yeah that’s good for him.
singing gibberish while laying on the piano on stage
pulls out a recording device from his pocket and clicks it on
michael pushes the backwards button on the recorder The hostages are under the stadium. An assassin with a golden tie shoots her with a tranquilizer and she falls
You have to let us go Goldenface! We have families!
Ha! This is gonna show them cocks his golden gun that I mean business. See ya! points gun to Toby the hostage’s head, shoots and Toby’s fake head explodes, the shot is shown repeatedly
By far and away, the most expensive shot in the movie. But, it was integral to the story.
Ha! kicking open the gate in the stadium where the hostages and Goldenface are
Sorry about your friend, Scarn!
The joke’s on you Goldenface, that man was a wanted animal rapist.
gives Michael a disgusted look
We’ve searched the whole building, Goldenface, where is the bomb?
We’ve searched the whole building, Goldenface, where is the bomb?
We’ve searched the wh- ok…
He said, where is the bomb?
In the puck! tosses the puck to Michael
Why are you telling me this?
Because I’m going to kill you. takes out golden gun Unless! You forgive me for murdering your wife. distraught, memories of him and his wife are shown on the puck in a dreamy haze
Go puck yourself!
dodges the puck and shoots at Michael
Noooo! jumps in front of Michael to receive the bullet
That was not scripted.
re-cocks gun and shoots at Michael, who looks shocked and scared
as a busty nurse You’ve already had four.
Looking at her mother on screen, horrified Oh God… looks at Michael So good.
You’re lucky to be alive.
It’ll take a lot more than a bullet to the brain, lungs, heart, back, and balls to kill Michael Scarn.
Let’s just make sure that everything’s… Working properly… leans in closer to Michael and the heart rate monitor, which was beating steadily, now beats very quickly
You just said the bomb… is in the puck?
Michael and Samuel together
Is that where you hid the bomb Goldenface?
walks into the Oval Office with an accomplice, Troy
But why would you blow up the stadium? You OWN the stadium!
For the insurance money! I knew it all along! the President, Goldenface, and his minion pull out automatic machine guns You will never get away with this! takes a painting of Abraham Lincoln and awkwardly smashes it on the President’s head, runs out of the office as Goldenface and his minion shoot at them
Where had I gone wrong? All I wanted was to start a family with my beautiful wife. But somewhere along the way, things got messed up.
It wasn’t easy for Scarn to admit that he had lost his self-confidence. And he hadn’t of course, He just wasn’t using it right now.
in a bar Beer me Billy.
Andy as a bar tender with a Brooklyn accent You don’t looks so good, what’s got ya down?
Billy The Bartender
I got problems Billy. Big problems…
You got problems?! My TV don’t work! I pay thirty bucks a month for the damn satellite what’s-a-whosit, I can’t even get the damn game! Now you tell me, what’s worse than that?
Billy The Bartender
laughs to himself Don’t ever change Billy. Goldenface is going to blow up the NHL All Star Game tomorrow.
I see what you mean about problems. I know what’ll cheer you up. That table of bachelorettes over there bought you this drink. a table with Meredith, Phyllis, Karen, and Angela all say hey to Michael
Billy The Bartender
Ever banged an entire bachelorette party, baby? winks
Why are you singling my line out, like, a million years later?
I’m too depressed to save the big game Billy.
I’m gonna cheer you up, the only ways I know hows. to a small boy in overalls Hey kid! Hit G-9 on the Jukebox!
Billy The Bartender
No Billy, I haven’t done that dance since my wife died.
There is a whole crowd of people out there, who need to learn, how to do The Scarn.
Billy The Bartender
A funky beat sounds from the Jukebox and Michael starts dancing poorly Well my name’s Michael Scarn and I’m here to say, I’m about to do The Scarn in a major way. the bachelorettes and the others in the bar stand up to join him You jump to the right and you shake a hand and you jump to the left and you shake that hand. You meet new friends, and tie that yarn, and that’s how you do The Scarn! doing the actions he says to You jump to the right and you shake a hand and you jump to the left and you shake that hand. You meet new friends, and tie that yarn, and that’s how you do The Scarn! You jump to the right and you shake a hand and you jump to the left and you shake that hand. You meet new friends, and tie that yarn, and that’s how you do The Scarn!
as a drunken man in the bar If doing The Scarn is gay, then I’m the biggest queer on Earth!
cracking up at the stupidity of it, the rest of the office besides Michael and Holly are concealing their laughter. Pam Is trying to quiet Jim up Sorry.
turns off the movie from the remote, the office complains
I’m sorry, I’m really, really sorry. I think I was just relieved, to see that Michael Scarn got his confidence back.
Yeah Michael the movie is amazing!
It’s like one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my life.
You should enter it in festivals!
to Holly Well that’s a… pretty good reaction. Holly nods Pretty cool, right? Did you like it? Did you like that?
Uh… which part?
Okay. Stands up and leaves the conference room to the dismay of the office No, it’s not good enough. It’s not good enough…
Some people are really popping on screen!
Hey! Good movie.
Mmmm, good? Everybody out there says it’s great!
I loved it.
Did you? What did you love about it?
Uhm, I loved that you got to work together with all your friends. Isn’t that great when you can all work together like that?
No, no. Holly, this isn’t Ocean’s Eleven, where you get together with all your friends and just have fun and don’t care about how it turns out. What’d you really think, honestly.
Is it, is it because you’re afraid of where this is gonna take me? See, because I need you… to keep me grounded.
Not worried about that.
angrily It was eleven years, okay? This has been my dream for eleven years, and if you don’t think it’s great than you’re basically saying that you don’t believe in my dream.
Wha- It’s your dream and you never even mentioned it before!
I talk about a lot of things, Holly! I was eventually gonna get around to my dream! Obviously! Eleven years I could’ve been working on the Scarn Nebulus.
Well why do you have to make a movie at all?
Because, if I don’t have this, what do I have? I have nothing.
Really, you can’t think of anything else that you might have?
I have my book on business, Somehow I Manage. I have my HBO comedy special, Here I Go Again dot-dot-dot. But you know what? When I think about it, when I really think about it, none of those things are as real to me as my movie.
Yeah, you’re a real pain in the ass. And I’m gonna go watch the movie with people who think it’s great! And I’m sorry I called you a pain in the ass, I’m angry, and I love you.
I love you too.
I am a huge Woody Allen fan. Although I’ve only seen Antz, but I’ll tell you something. What I respect about that man, is that when he was going through all that stuff that came out in the press, about how Antz was just a rip-off of A Bug’s Life, he stayed true to his films. Or at least the film that I saw which again was Antz. The thing is… I thought Bug’s Life was better, much better. Than Ants. The point is, don’t listen to your critics, listen to your fans.
Who likes Threat Level: Midnight? applause from the office Okay then who wants to watch the rest?! everyone yells approval
Michael! You have to get to that puck before halftime! Or the whole stadium will explode!
I know, it’s a good thing my trainer and mentor is here to cheer me on!
Cherokee Jack? Michael he died.
crying This one’s for you Cherokee Jack. Michael skates into the rink of an already in-play match
We filmed this during an actual Scranton High School Hockey Game, trying to qualify for states.
he office shushes Michael to hear the movie better That’s fine, it’s great!
No, no! Actually it’s really screwed up because they chuckles, they were trying to qualify, they were disqualified, they had to forfeit the game. Undefeated season. That’s why there were so many people there. Michael stands up, clearly realizing that his movie is not as great as he thought
Why is your face gold?
Why do you care?
I’m just making conversation.
I worked in a gold factory, we had a boss, who only cared about money…
Hey, I’m sorry. It is good.
No it’s not. kisses Holly while smiling It’s not. But, they really seem to be enjoying it.
Please Goldenface, let us go!
ees Cherokee Jack from a confusion of heavenly light and smoke Cherokee Jack.
I want you to take all of your frustrations, with women, the system, with everything. Take it out on the puck. All on the puck.
laughs at the stupidity
skates forward, hits the puck, and stares in wonder as it flies by
Yah! kicks open the gate to save the hostages, hostages rejoice as Samuel unties them the puck is seen flying into space and it hits a satellite, Billy is at his bar and his TV suddenly turns back on
Hey! We got sports games again! people at the bar cheer
seen at his house counting his money Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! The puck lands on his lap Oh-A large explosion blocks out his words The office cheers at the ending of the movie, Michael Scarn holds up a trophy
in Scarn manor Some breakfast for me shows a plate of bacon and eggs and some breakfast for you. pulls out an oil can and oils Samuel’s circuit board on his back
Oh yeah, I guess I did let him be a robot.
phone rings I’ll get it! Man I love being retired! Scarn here!
on phone Michael, it’s the president.
I need you for another mission.
Ugh… after a little thought I’m in.
the office cheers Whoa Whoa Whoa! Isn’t the president evil?
Oh yeah! laughs Yes he is!
No no, he’s doing it to catch the president!
No, no Dwight. He’s just being stupid. the office laughs
in Stanley’s voice, a chair is shown with a gray haired head sticking above it Well, Michael Scarn was back in the game. And I bet you’re wondering why do I know so much about Michael Scarn. the chair revolves to show Michael Scarn, gray haired, talking with Stanley’s voice Well because I AM Michael Scarn. applause
Andy rapping to a montage of scenes from the movie Ahhhh, yeah! Threat Level Midnight! Makes all the girlies feel alright! From Madonna to Madelyn Allbrite, Threat Level Midnight! It’s a threat, a level, a level level threat. He’s the greatest hockey-star I ever seen yet. Threat Level what? Midnight! Threat Level who? Michael Scarn! Threat Level why? Apartheid! Gotta fight it, Free Mandela! Peace I’m out!