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"Get the Girl" is the nineteenth episode of the eighth season of the American television comedy series The Office and is the show's 171st overall. It was written by Charlie Grandy and directed by Rainn Wilson. It originally aired on NBC March 15, 2012. It was viewed by 4.87 million people.


Andy drives all the way to Florida to try and woo back Erin, where she has been living with the elderly Irene and her middle-aged grandson, Glenn (Brad Morris), as a live-in maid. He surprises Erin by popping out of a delivery box and singing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", but she is not particularly excited to see him and states she does not want to go back to Scranton with him. The situation is further complicated when Andy reveals to Erin that he has not yet broken up with current girlfriend, Jessica. Andy tells Erin he loves her, but she rejects him; Andy subsequently leaves, his feelings crushed. Irene, who had been treating Andy with disdain over the way Erin spoke of him, sees that he is a nice person and encourages Erin to go back with him. She runs up to him in his car and they share a kiss before heading back to Scranton.

Meanwhile, Nellie shows up in Scranton after Robert California allows her to have a job there. She is invited to take an open desk, and she takes Andy's manager desk, as he is currently in Florida. Jim says she cannot take Andy's job, but Robert is interested in her spontaneous behavior. As acting manager, Nellie decides to give everyone performance reviews. Both Jim and Dwight refuse to let her proceed, as she is unfamiliar with the other employees. To counter this, Nellie offers Dwight a raise on the spot, and eventually, he and the other employees relent, save for Jim. When it is Jim's turn, Jim still refuses. Everyone in the office, save for Jim and Pam, applaud her. Nellie promptly begins rearranging the office.

Connections to previous episodes

  • Pam obtained her position as Office Administrator in "Counseling" using roughly the same strategy as Nellie, by simply acting like you already have the job.
  • Robert's "everything is sex" theory is practically the same as the one he presented at his job interview in "Search Committee".


  • In this episode, Nellie mocks Harry Houdini. In the next episode, it is revealed that she harbors an intense hatred for stage magicians as a result of a painful event in her past.
  • Nellie's nameplate is obviously Andy's old one with her name partly taped over it: The "Ber" in Bertram is the one in Bernard.
  • Pam disapproves of Nellie's tactic to become Regional Manager, even though Pam used that same strategy herself to become Office Administrator in "Counseling".
  • Erin's monologue in front of Irene's house has been called out as one of the worst green screen effects in the series. (The cameras used by the show didn't work well with green screens, and they consequently tried to avoid them.)[1]:1:07:41
  • The episode has a 6.3/10 rating on IMDb, making it the lowest-rated The Office episode on IMDb.

Behind the scenes

  • The exterior of Irene's house was filmed at 7777 Cherrystone Avenue, Panorama City. The house is in the neighborhood behind the main studio and belongs to Tom Melby, a crew member. This house was previously used to represent the home of "Cool Guy" Paul Faust in the episode "Chair Model".

Cultural references

  • Nellie is not impressed with illusionist Harry Houdini or the Houdini Museum, located in Scranton.
  • While shaving along the sea shore, Andy picks up a horseshoe crab and sarcastically thanks oil company BP, a reference to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Andy pops out of the box, singing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder.
  • Irene asks Andy, "Where's the ring, Lancelot?" According to Arthurian legend, Lancelot had an adulterous affair with Queen Guinevere.
  • "Chumbo" is a cross between Dumbo and Jumbo, with a hint of chubby.
  • Robert sarcastically asks Jim if he wants to take the family to "Disneytown". The Disney parks in the United States are named Disneyland and Walt Disney World, commonly known as "Disney World". Jim attempts to correct Robert.
  • Irene mentions that her grandson is going to sue Home Depot, a popular retailer of home improvement and construction products and services.
  • Nellie compares herself to Tinker Bell, telling the office that, in order for her to work for them, they need "to believe in her." In the play Peter and Wendy, the character of Tinker Bell is revived from near-death by the belief of the audience (expressed through applause). The Tinkerbell effect describe the phenomenon of something that exists because people believe in it.
  • Nellie dreamed she could breathe underwater like Jacques Cousteau, inventor of the modern scuba apparatus.


Main cast

Supporting cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

  • Brad Morris as Glenn
  • Alexander Sibaja as Alonzo