The Office (BBC): Episode 6
by Annie Wu, posted Jul 4th 2006 10:09PM
(S01E06) The episode started with David firing the same guy that he hired at the beginning of the first episode. The forklift-operator being fired, Alex, was furious with the news and asked David if firing him instead of Anton, the 3' 4" midget working in the warehouse, was just positive discrimination. David defended himself, explaining that being short isn't a disability (in fact, many children are short). And then some guy working on David's computer(?) popped out from behind the desk and Gareth showed up next to the window. Haha, it was really unexpected. Everyone kept asking Alex the definition of a midget and a dwarf... and then an elf. When asked how he knew so much about midgets, Alex sighed, "It's called an education" and left. As the scene changed, we briefly saw a many with some paper rolls walk through a door and silently glare at the camera (see picture). Fun Fact: That's co-creator Stephen Merchant's dad.
David started showing Karen around the office, allowing her to settle into her new role as secretary. During the little tour, Malcolm confronted David about going through redundancies while bringing a new secretary in at the same time. David tried to avoid the discussion by repeatedly slapping Malcolm's bald head. He then walked away and decided to try and cheer up Tim instead. David took Karen and Tim to a secluded office to discuss Tim's desire to leave. Tim started talking about how much he disliked the job, causing Karen to jump in and support him. David got kind of pissed ("No, you listen to me, 'Tim'," he said, using air-quotes around Tim's name, for some reason) so he told the two of them to get back to work instead of whining.
Back at Tim's desk, Dawn asked him if he was going to tonight's party. There was still tension between the two of them, although they are both attempting to show that they still want a friendship. During Dawn's talking head interview, she talked about how she hoped the company would get rid of her because then maybe she'd actually do something better than play receptionist. She also quoted some advice Tim once gave her about how it's better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb rather than half-way up you don't (something to that effect).
Jennifer Taylor-Clarke showed up. Her presence made all the employees very anxious. In a private meeting, she told David that she had been promoted to be a partner at the company, leaving her current position open to either David or Neil (over in Swindon). She explained that the board decided, 5 to 2, that they want David to move up. You could almost hear air rushing into David's big head. Jennifer explained that a promotion for David would mean serious changes for his branch, tremendously affecting his workers. David still seemed too busy obsessing over the fact that 5 out of 7 people wanted him to take the job.
Oh! This was the part that they showed at the Golden Globes the year The Office won for Best Comedy (I remember, because I spent about half an hour jumping around when they won)! After Jennifer left, everyone wanted to know what the situation was...
David: Um... Well. There's good news and bad news... The bad news is: Neil will be taking over both branches and some of you will lose your jobs. Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon. Yeah... I know, I know. Gutting, gutting. You... didn't see me. On a more positive note, the good news is... I've been promoted! [Everyone stares blankly] So... Every cloud... [More stares] You're still thinking about the bad news, aren't you?
Malcolm: There's no good news, David! It's only bad news and irrelevant news!
David: That's not a phrase though, is it? I couldn't come out and go, "Oh! I got some bad news and some irrelevant news!"
Malcolm: You should have just told us about Neil and kept your promotion to yourself!
David: ... Should have told you the good news first... Got you happy --
Malcolm: There. Is. No. Good. News, David!
David: I think a promotion is generally considered good news.
Malcolm: We're going to lose our jobs!
David: You're not all going to lose your jobs! God! [He points at employees down the line] You're not going to lose your job, you're not going to lose your job -- [he gets to Malcolm, skips him and points at the next person] -- You're not going to lose your job! Get it all in perspective, yeah? [Pause] Y'know there's only seven people on the board, yeah?... [He changes his mind, walks into his office]
Everyone was tremendously pissed off at David for lying to them about their job security. Well, everyone except poor Gareth, who was stricken with grief after hearing that David would be leaving. He went into David's office and started crying.
David: Gareth... C'mon. You're a soldier, yeah? Stiff upper lip and all that! Spirit of the dam busters! Yeah? The squadron never dies, does it? Seen that film?
Gareth: [sniffling] Yeah... I got it on video.
David: And before he goes into battle, he's playin' with his dog!
David: Yeah! [abruptly, to the camera] It's not offensive. It's the dog's name. And it was the 40s, before racism was bad.
Gareth: Yeah. The dog was called Nigger.
David: Don't keep saying it.
[Gareth keeps crying]
David: So... Take anything. Choose one thing. A memento, from me to you. Anything you want.
Gareth: ... I'll have the guitar. [Heh, David still has it in the corner of his office]
David: Not the guitar. I meant stationery or something I could re-order.
[Gareth settles for the hole punch, which David presents like he's generously handing over all his riches]
Next scene was at the party. Keith was playing DJ, but no one was on the dance floor. Everyone sat in angry silence until David ran in to "I'm Walking On Sunshine". He revealed that he decided NOT to take the job. What a hero! Everyone felt loads better and started dancing. Even Gareth got some action with some hot chick with braided hair. However, in the hallway, Malcolm confronted David again, this time about how he heard that David didn't refuse the job, but was actually denied the offer after a physical showed he had high blood pressure. David tried to play it off like he purposely cheated medical science to feign high blood pressure. Haha, what a jerk.
During a couple's dance, Tim was left alone. Dawn finished her dance with Lee and sat by Tim, asking when he was going to leave her. Tim said that David had promoted him to Senior Sales Clerk, so he decided to stick around a little while longer. He explained his reasoning, which conflicted with the advice that Dawn was talking about earlier in the episode. As Tim was dragged off by a couple of the boys, Dawn sat in silence. The look on her face was half disappointment, half relief. I kind of felt as though she looked up to Tim as a hero... Like, if he could get off his ass and become something great, she could do the same. But I suppose she was also happy that he was sticking around for a little while longer.
David finished off the episode with a little speech about what he wanted to accomplish in life. He said that he wanted to have an impact on his employee's lives that would make them go, "There goes David Brent. I must remember to thank him."
It wasn't exactly a big finish to the season... No crazy cliff-hanger, no terrifying revelation... But it definitely left me wanting more.