"Basketball" is the fifth episode of the first season of The Office. It was written and directed by Greg Daniels. It first aired on April 19, 2005.


It's the office versus the warehouse in a basketball game. synopsis


  • At least two of the scenes in the show's opening sequence are from this episode: Ryan holding up his bag and Dwight flipping his tie over his shoulder.

Deleted scenes

The Season One DVD contains a number of deleted scenes from this episode. Notable cut scenes include:

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  • 2
  • 3

Cultural references

  • Regis Philbin is a television personality. Mr. Rogers was the host of the children's television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • WaveRunner is a brand of jet-ski personal watercraft.
  • Michael refers to a muscular woman as the East German gal. East Germany (which reunited with West Germany in 1990) dominated international sports competitions in part due to its athletes' use of steroids.
  • Larry Bird is a former professional basketball player, considered by many to be one of the best players ever.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

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