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"Livin' the Dream" is the twenty-first episode of the ninth season of The Office and is the show's 197th episode overall. It aired on May 2, 2013.

Synopsis

Andy attempts to get enough strength to quit his job and pursue his dream as an actor. Dwight receives his black belt in karate from his new sensei (Michael Imperioli). Jim returns to Scranton and spends time with Pam.

Summary

Chief Executive Officer David Wallace talks to the camera crew about him informing Andy that he was on very thin ice after Andy lied to him about being at Dunder Mifflin, but was really on his boat for three months. After Andy buys a top-of-the-line printer "that is good for head shots" and asks David to pay for him to have cheek implants, David informs the camera crew that, "At a certain point, the ice gets too thin, and you fall through. And that is when you get fired." Andy attempts to get enough strength to quit his job and pursue his dream as an actor and talks to David about it in his office before he even has the chance to fire Andy. He changes his mind twice, but eventually he makes up his mind and leaves the office. As a goodbye, Andy serenades the rest of the office employees, who initially dismissed Andy's dream as a giant mistake, with a beautiful and moving rendition of Sarah McLachlan's song "I Will Remember You". He also defecates on the hood of David Wallace's new car.

Meanwhile, Dwight receives his black belt in karate from his new sensei. Seeing Dwight's tenacity and devotion, David is inspired to promote Dwight to the regional manager. Jim returns to Scranton and spends time with Pam. Dwight then appoints Jim the new assistant to the regional manager. Darryl informs Jim that Athlead has found a buyer and they are set to travel around the country for three months. Jim tells Darryl he cannot leave Pam for an extended period of time. Pam is seen overhearing their conversation in the bathroom.

Angela is evicted from her studio apartment after her cats have been taken away by Animal Control. She considers living in a tent in the woods, prompting Oscar to offer for her to stay with him. At the end of the episode, Angela breaks down into tears informing Oscar that she still loves Dwight.

Cultural references

Connections to previous episodes

  • During their joint talking head, Pam reveals unnecessary information about their sex life. Jim does the same thing in "PDA."
  • The ant farm seen in Dwight's new office is the ant farm seen in "Todd Packer (episode)."
  • When David Wallace takes a phone call right as he's about to instate Dwight as manager, David can be heard exclaiming, "Then we'll get him a new set of drums!" while presumably on the phone with his wife. In "Sabre," David's son plays the drums loudly in the background while Michael is at the Wallace's house.

Amusing details/Trivia

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Guest Cast


Gallery

  • Dwight got his black belt
  • Angela is passing through a rough patch
  • Pam and Jim reconnecting
  • Dwight Schrute is the new office manager!
  • Andy makes a choice about his career
  • Andy sings his farewell to the office
  • Andy takes a dump on David's car
  • Darryl has an offer for Jim
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