"New Boss" is the twentieth episode of the fifth season of The Office and is the show's 92nd episode overall. It was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky who also wrote Weight Loss and The Surplus. It aired on March 19, 2009. It was viewed by 7.95 million people..


Jim, Dwight, Pam, and Michael try to come up with ideas for Michael's 15 year anniversary. Jim, pranking Dwight after sending a memo about the dress code, wears a tuxedo to anger him and tries to get Michael's party to be classy. When Dwight offers classy ideas, Jim puts them down and then tells Michael the same idea that Dwight had with only a slight adjustment. This angers Dwight and causes him to leave the conference room.

Charles Miner, the new director of sales (Jan and Ryan's former job) comes to the office, and Michael introduces him. Everyone claps when they see him. Michael shows Charles his C-shaped bagels which no one eats. Jim is angry that Michael didn't tell them that the new boss was coming today because Jim is wearing a tuxedo. Michael explains that he and Charles are good friends now. Michael likes Charles. Meanwhile, Kelly and Angela notice Charles' good looks.

Michael introduces the office and tells Charles about the accountant's sexual history but that Kevin Malone has none. Charles explains that there won't be lay-offs but no parties will be allowed, angering Michael. Charles asks Jim about his tuxedo. When Jim explains what happened, Charles looks unimpressed and slightly groans. Pam explains that it took 40 minutes to get ready.

Michael calls David Wallace to tell him he doesn't like the changes and tells David he likes not being accountable. Michael tries to start a conversation with Charles, however, Charles stops him and doesn't tell him anything about his work history except that he used to work at Saticoy Steel. Michael is shocked that he didn't work in the paper industry and tells Charles that he doesn't need to be managed. Michael explains that he liked Ryan and Jan's management styles, but Charles says he doesn't want to do that.

Michael, worried, continues to call David. When David doesn't answer, Dwight tells the receptionist, Stephanie, that he is "Michael Scotch" and that he has David's son in the car held captive. Michael, shocked, calls back and says that everything is fine.

Charles watches Jim constantly to which Jim tells the camera not to document him. Michael and Charles start to headbutt and calls David again. Kelly asks Angela if she should seduce him to which Angela says, "No one wants to see that." Michael mocks Charles in front of everyone. Everyone tries to get Michael to stop doing it, and after a while, he does.

The Party Planning Committee continues to plan Michael's party, but Charles dissolves the committee soon afterward. Charles reads Jim's ideas for the party and becomes angry when he reads, "two-way petting zoo." Charles says Michael doesn't need a party. Michael decides to drive to New York to tell David about Charles.

Jim tries to get things straight with Charles, however, when he tells Charles that he is the number two of the office, Charles says that the position is imaginary (see Goofs below). Jim awkwardly leaves. Later, when Charles leaves, Jim tries to say bye, but Charles doesn't answer back.

Michael arrives at corporate and goes into David's office. When David tries to get Michael to calm down by humoring him, David tells Michael that he will move around money to get him his party. Michael abruptly quits Dunder Mifflin. As he walks out the door he says, "You have no idea how high I can fly" as David watches in shock.

Kelly tries to get Charles to date her but sees Angela in the parking lot. Angela says that Charles and Kelly are not meant for each other because "Charles is a sophisticated man, and he doesn't need to go dumpster diving for companionship".

Cultural References

  • Charles says that Dunder-Mifflin isn't matching 401(K) plans. A 401(K) plan is a retirement plan allowing a worker to save money for retirement. Companies can match contributions, if they want to.
  • When Pam says that Michael does an "Ace Ventura talking butt thing", it refers to a movie called Ace Ventura: Pet Detective a movie starring Jim Carrey.
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a popular snack food made by dipping fresh strawberries into a chocolate fountain.
  • Using --er, I hardly know her is a popular joke used when a word ends in an "er." For example, when Michael tells Pam, "Miner' ("Mine Her"), I hardly know her, it implies that Pam asked Michael to in fact, "mine her."

Amusing Details

  • Since The Office is filmed in California, rain is a rarity. However, rain is falling heavily in this episode.
  • Idris Elba considers The Office as his only comedic acting job. He is also the third actor/actress who has been on the show that was from the drama, The Wire, along with critically claimed Holly Flax (played by Amy Ryan) and later David Costabile as a banker in Season 6's, The Banker.
  • When Charles says that he worked at "Saticoy Steel", it is a reference to where The Office is filmed, on Saticoy Street.


  • The number two position is not fake, to which Jim and Charles imply. In Season 3, Jan Levinson tells Jim that he is the number two for Scranton, and Jim accepts.
  • Though many fans thought that Michael said, "I aqquit," Jenna Fischer's MySpace blog confirmed that Michael, in fact said, "I quit."

Deleted Scenes

On the Season 5 DVD there were several deleted scenes. Notable cuts include:

  • The office talks about Charles Miner. Creed asks who Charles is working for.
  • Dwight mocks Jim about Charles not liking him.
  • Michael tells Charles that in the mid-90's, the PPC was started. Charles doesn't care and says that the party isn't important.
  • Michael says he will stand for micro-managing, but then tells the crew he won't.
  • Charles makes fun of Jim's work ethic. Pam asks Jim to leave her desk.
  • Michael has mixed emotions for quitting his job. He calls his mom, cries, laughs, and eats.


For quotes see: New Boss Quotes.


  • Michael assumes Charles Miner is married, whereas Kelly and Angela assume he is single. The truth has yet to be revealed.
  • When Charles' subs are being brought in they are in a box from Quality Snack Foods.
  • As this episode surrounds Michael's 15th anniversary, it can be inferred that he started work on March 19th, 1994, assuming that this episode is set on its airdate. However, in the season 7 episode Michael's Last Dundies, he is said to have worked at Dunder-Mifflin, as of April 21, 2011 (that episode's airdate) for "9,986,000 minutes". This means that, if one takes that figure to mean the number of minutes since he began his job, and not just his time present in the office, Michael has worked at Dunder-Mifflin for a minimum of 19 years as of Michael's Last Dundies, and 17 years as of this episode. Then again one must remember that a year was supposed to have passed between season 6 and 7.
  • B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard) is Credited but does not appear in this episode


Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

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