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[[File:THE-OFFICE-Mrs.-California-Season-8-Episode-9-4-550x366.jpg|thumb|214px]]Mrs. California is the ninth episode of the eighth season of the American television comedy series The Office and is the show's 161st overall. It was directed by Charlie Grandy and written by Dan Grearney. It originally aired on NBC December 1, 2011. It was viewed by 5.71 million people.
 
[[File:THE-OFFICE-Mrs.-California-Season-8-Episode-9-4-550x366.jpg|thumb|214px]]Mrs. California is the ninth episode of the eighth season of the American television comedy series The Office and is the show's 161st overall. It was directed by Charlie Grandy and written by Dan Grearney. It originally aired on NBC December 1, 2011. It was viewed by 5.71 million people.
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_California Robert California] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Spader James Spader]) tells [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Bernard Andy] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Helms Ed Helms]), with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Halpert Jim] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Krasinski John Krasinski]) present, that his wife Susan ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maura_Tierney Maura Tierney]) is looking for a job in the office, but he adamantly tells Andy not to give her one. When Susan comes in and looks at the different departments, she decides on accounting. Andy claims the office is already fully staffed, but Robert insists that he gives her a job, in contrast to his previous request, forcing Andy to relent and give her a job. Robert later calls Andy on the phone to order him to get Susan out. Andy asks everyone in the office treat her poorly to drive her out, which makes everyone uncomfortable as they like her, but end up doing so nevertheless. When Susan notices their behavior, she talks to Robert, who asks Andy to discuss the issues with Susan in the conference room and leaves. Susan eventually realizes it was Robert's idea to drive her away. When they call Robert out, he vehemently denies it. Andy claims that Jim also heard him say he didn't want her working at the office, which Jim overhears, prompting him to escape quickly. Being blocked by the security gate, Jim runs all over the building, but Andy and Robert catch up to him, forcing him to come clean. He does not come clean, but says that he enjoys working with his wife [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pam_Halpert Pam] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenna_Fischer Jenna Fischer]). Andy and Jim leave the conference room and after a short while, Robert and Susan leave. In the parking lot, Andy apologizes to Susan and after brief small talk, Susan asks Andy out on a date, leaving him surprised.
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Meanwhile, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Schrute Dwight] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainn_Wilson Rainn Wilson]) opens a gym in the building, which intrigues [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Philbin Darryl] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Robinson_%28actor%29 Craig Robinson]), who's been looking to lose weight to impress the new female warehouse worker Val. When Darryl sees the gym, it is only filled with his farming equipment as exercising equipment. Darryl says he needs actual equipment, which Dwight finally gets, but sees that Darryl is barely using it. Dwight asks more employees to join to help motivate Darryl to exercise harder. During a bench-press, Dwight refuses to spot Darryl unless he says his motivation to working out. Darryl finally says it's to impress Val, though Dwight confuses her with male actor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val_Kilmer Val Kilmer].
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==Cultural references==
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*Ryan mentions his desire to found the "Dream for a Wish Foundation," a play on the actual [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make-A-Wish_Foundation Make-A-Wish Foundation].
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*Dwight attempts to get Darryl to stretch his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelvis pelvic bowl] by telling him that [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fonz The Fonz] did it to become cool.
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*Darryl sardonically corrects Dwight by telling him that the pronunciation for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeBron_James LeBron James] is actually "LeJon Brames."
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*Near the end of the episode, Darryl admits that he is attempting to impress Val from the warehouse, but Dwight believes he is talking about male actor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val_Kilmer Val Kilmer].
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*Erin makes a reference to the 2006 film ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_Wears_Prada_%28film%29 The Devil Wears Prada]''.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-avclub_9-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._California#cite_note-avclub-9]</sup>
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*Darryl comments that Dwight's gym looks like "a scene out of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw_V Saw V]''."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-whatculture_10-3">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._California#cite_note-whatculture-10]</sup>
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*Finally, Andy mentions that he "was watching a movie, and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rise_of_the_Planet_of_the_Apes bunch of apes took over San Francisco]."<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-11">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._California#cite_note-11 [11]]</sup>
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==Connections to previous episodes==
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*Creed says Dwight is "way off" about suicide cults; he previously mentioned having been a leader and follower in many different cults in the episode [[Fun Run]].
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*Andy says that they have a surplus of accountants. This was first mentioned in [[Halloween]].
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==Amusing Details==
 
==Amusing Details==
In the office webisode "Pay Day" Creed tells the cameras that he plan to use his blackmail money to buy a toy helicopter. When Jim is hiding from Robert California in the episode, he runs past Creed on the roof playing with a toy helicopter, possibly the same one he bought from the webisode.
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*In the office webisode "Pay Day" Creed tells the cameras that he plan to use his blackmail money to buy a toy helicopter. When Jim is hiding from Robert California in the episode, he runs past Creed on the roof playing with a toy helicopter, possibly the same one he bought from the webisode.
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*Robert and Susan both wear black blazers and teal shirts.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==

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Mrs. California is the ninth episode of the eighth season of the American television comedy series The Office and is the show's 161st overall. It was directed by Charlie Grandy and written by Dan Grearney. It originally aired on NBC December 1, 2011. It was viewed by 5.71 million people.

Synopsis

Robert California (James Spader) tells Andy (Ed Helms), with Jim (John Krasinski) present, that his wife Susan (Maura Tierney) is looking for a job in the office, but he adamantly tells Andy not to give her one. When Susan comes in and looks at the different departments, she decides on accounting. Andy claims the office is already fully staffed, but Robert insists that he gives her a job, in contrast to his previous request, forcing Andy to relent and give her a job. Robert later calls Andy on the phone to order him to get Susan out. Andy asks everyone in the office treat her poorly to drive her out, which makes everyone uncomfortable as they like her, but end up doing so nevertheless. When Susan notices their behavior, she talks to Robert, who asks Andy to discuss the issues with Susan in the conference room and leaves. Susan eventually realizes it was Robert's idea to drive her away. When they call Robert out, he vehemently denies it. Andy claims that Jim also heard him say he didn't want her working at the office, which Jim overhears, prompting him to escape quickly. Being blocked by the security gate, Jim runs all over the building, but Andy and Robert catch up to him, forcing him to come clean. He does not come clean, but says that he enjoys working with his wife Pam (Jenna Fischer). Andy and Jim leave the conference room and after a short while, Robert and Susan leave. In the parking lot, Andy apologizes to Susan and after brief small talk, Susan asks Andy out on a date, leaving him surprised.

Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) opens a gym in the building, which intrigues Darryl (Craig Robinson), who's been looking to lose weight to impress the new female warehouse worker Val. When Darryl sees the gym, it is only filled with his farming equipment as exercising equipment. Darryl says he needs actual equipment, which Dwight finally gets, but sees that Darryl is barely using it. Dwight asks more employees to join to help motivate Darryl to exercise harder. During a bench-press, Dwight refuses to spot Darryl unless he says his motivation to working out. Darryl finally says it's to impress Val, though Dwight confuses her with male actor Val Kilmer.

Cultural references

  • Ryan mentions his desire to found the "Dream for a Wish Foundation," a play on the actual Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Dwight attempts to get Darryl to stretch his pelvic bowl by telling him that The Fonz did it to become cool.
  • Darryl sardonically corrects Dwight by telling him that the pronunciation for LeBron James is actually "LeJon Brames."
  • Near the end of the episode, Darryl admits that he is attempting to impress Val from the warehouse, but Dwight believes he is talking about male actor Val Kilmer.
  • Erin makes a reference to the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.[1]
  • Darryl comments that Dwight's gym looks like "a scene out of Saw V."[2]
  • Finally, Andy mentions that he "was watching a movie, and a bunch of apes took over San Francisco."[11]

Connections to previous episodes

  • Creed says Dwight is "way off" about suicide cults; he previously mentioned having been a leader and follower in many different cults in the episode Fun Run.
  • Andy says that they have a surplus of accountants. This was first mentioned in Halloween.

Amusing Details

  • In the office webisode "Pay Day" Creed tells the cameras that he plan to use his blackmail money to buy a toy helicopter. When Jim is hiding from Robert California in the episode, he runs past Creed on the roof playing with a toy helicopter, possibly the same one he bought from the webisode.
  • Robert and Susan both wear black blazers and teal shirts.

Trivia

Cast

Main cast

Supporting cast

Guest cast

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