"New Leads" is the twentieth episode of the sixth season and the 120th episode overall.It was written and directed by Brent Forrester who wrote, "Mafia," "Blood Drive," and "Business School." It aired on March 18, 2010. It was viewed by 7.63 million people.
When Michael thinks that he sees Johnny Depp, Jim messes with him and tells him that it is not possible that Michael saw him, but when Michael mentions that Jim thought he saw Roger Clemens (at a Yankees game nonetheless), Jim says that he was wrong, too. Michael says that his mailbox said M. Shulman, anyway.When Michael holds a meeting, Stanley and Dwight interrupt Michael, and he says that there is no sales topics for the rest of the meeting, they leave, only wanting to attain the $50,000 leads that Sabre bought them. Michael explains that the salesmen in the office are letting the Sabre, "Sales is King" policy go to their heads, and the rest of the office is getting mad at them, because they are supposed to watch the salesmen get leads, while they don't get anything.
Dwight comes into Michael's office, and asks Michael, rudely, about news on the leads, however he doesn't have any. Jim texts someone while Michael tries to talk to him, and tries to get him to actually sign his commission check. Phyllis treats Angela badly, when she tells her that she is not going to answer her phone or go up to her desk since she is too busy. Andy attacks Darryl for a pencil when Darryl refuses to give him one. DarrylalertsMichael and tells him that he needs to do something before the sales-staff comes out of control.
Michael gets the leads from Sabre. Phyllis calls him "numnuts," so Michael gets mad at the sales-staff and tells them that he is sick of them being cocky and rude to the rest of them, and they are angry. However, the rest of the office is thrilled, as tensions in the workplace boil. Michael later calls Gabe and tells him about the office, and he says that he needs to give them the new leads. Jim tells Michael that no one is going to go along with his idea not to give the salesmen leads, and he gives Jim a clue to find the leads.
Michael says that the leads are hidden all over the Industrial Park. Angela tells Phyllis that she can get the leads if she does her work and then she can watch her shred all of the papers that she would have to fill out. Stanley tries to get leads from Ryan and Kelly who are arguing about the show they want to watch. Jim decides to call Pam and tells her about the situation at Dunder Mifflin. Jim says that he has two babies. When Jim asks Pam about Michael's clues, Pam knows exactly what he means about.
Erin hides the leads, and plays the warmer-colder game with Andy. However, she begins to lead him to her breasts, and Andy becomes awkward, until she tells him that it is right under her, under the keyboard. Meanwhile, Jim and Dwight try to find the new leads. Michael tells Dwight to find the lead by the man who "never breeds," which he immediately identifies as Kevin, which he chokes. Kevin tells him that the leads are in the garbage, but Erin already threw it away. Dwight heads to the dumpster, to find nothing there. The dump truck is already leaving when Michael realizes that he threw away the expensive leads.Michael asks everyone to go to the dump with them, and tries to force them to come. However, no one wants to come, but Dwight decides that since Michael will screw it up, he will go with him to the dump. Michael confronts Dwight and asks him why he doesn't like him anymore, and Dwight explains that he changed. Jim tells Kelly and Oscar that he can't wait for the drama to end, however they remain unimpressed by Jim, so he asks the rest of the sales department to come up with a deal, which they decide on giving them 2% of their commission, and also a food platter.
Michael says that Dwight used to be nice, and says that he misses him. Michael says that he shouldn't of been friends with Dwight, and Dwight angry starts to throw trash at Michael, and Michael does so, too. Dwight and Michael end their fight eventually and realize that they will never find the leads from Sabre.
Jim, Andy, Phyllis, and Stanley present the non-sales staff with a platter of pastries, but before they can offer them the 2% commission, they tuck into the pastries and are satisfied at their apology, so they neglect to mention the money they were about to offer. In the meantime, Dwight and Michael start to bond again. They say together that "Hope Grows in a Dump." Michael and Dwight come back, friends again, bringing things from the dump. Everyone leaves, mad that they didn't find the prized leads.
At the end of the episode, Erin and Andy are at the dump, and Erin gives Andy her coat, and warms him up. Andy tells her that she is the nicest person he has ever met, and they kiss.
- A lead is a person who has expressed an interest in purchasing a product or service.
- Johnny Depp is an actor known for roles such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
- Cap'n Crunch is a sweetened cereal for children.
- Jim teases Michael by suggesting that his neighbor's name is M. Night Shulman. M. Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker and screenwriter who grew up and lives in Pennsylvania and films nearly all his movies in that state.
- Michael says that Jim thought he saw Roger Clemens, a former Major League baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees.
- Sexting is a form of texting in which people send sexually explicit photos, messages, etc., using electronics.
- A Conspiracy is a usually an attempt to defraud people of their legal rights, or the overthrowing of a government, in some cases.
- Michael wants to call Stanley uppity but reconsiders and applies the term to Jim instead. Uppity is a racially-tinged term used during the Civil Rights era to refer disparagingly to blacks who tried to improve their social and economic status.
- Kelly refers to the Kardashians, from the hit reality television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, about a family, which consists of an ex-wife and her daughters. Kelly is a devoted fan. Khloe and Kim Kardashian are known for dating/marrying African-American men, which is likely why Kelly mentioned the show to Darryl.
- Baba Ghanoush is an Arab dish made from eggplants, which are mixed and mashed with several spices. It is eaten throughout western Asia, and can be dipped with pita bread.
- A onesie is a garment designed to be worn by infants, much like pajamas, and have snaps.
- Kevin refers to Ghost Whisperer, a show about a women who can see dead people and helps to bring closure to families who have recently seen death in their families.
- A Falafel is a fried ball or patty derived from chickpeas, and usually served within a pita. It is from Egypt, but is eaten throughout the world.
- Erin plays the hotter/colder game with Andy. In this children's game, warmer temperatures indicate that the player is closer to the target. (The game was last seen in the episode The Fight.)
- On the board in the conference room, it said that Phyllis made the most sales. However, Dwight says that he made the most sales, and that he is "King of Kings."
- Creed asks Andy for $10,000, but Andy declines, and offers something else. Creed asks for Andy's hairpiece and $500, which Andy declines.
- Phyllis and Stanley agree that in over the 31 years that they worked at Dunder Mifflin, they are happy that salesmen are being taken seriously and that Sabre recognizes that Salesman is King.
- Andy talks to Erin and asks her for leads. Erin says she doesn't have any.
- An extended scene/alternate scene of when Andy, Phyllis, Stanley and Jim discuss solutions to the issue. Stanley questions Jim's actions.
- Dwight and Darryl fight over Sabre's demands about alerting client on freezing rain, which will affect shipping time.
For quotes, see: New Leads Quotes.
- When Michael is in the conference room, it shows how many sales each salesman made. While Phyllis has the most sales, Jim, Dwight, Andy, and Stanley are also doing well in sales. However, Pam, is once again doing bad in sales, possibly due to her low sales (She had to make cold calls) or also because she is on maternity leave, and only had three days to make sales.
- Creed's glasses were made for women.
- As receptionist, Pam was always forced to take care of Michael, explaining why she knows everything he means, including his "Mopey Place."
- Dwight uses his horses in creative ways. He explains he tied his horse with no legs to a wagon, but also made hamburgers using a horse, while keeping it alive. ("Niagara") (Who wrote this?? Come on... get a brain. Dwight was quoting a common saying, in reference to him following Micheal, someone going nowhere. He never actually hitched a wagon to a legless horse. Wow.)
Connections to Previous Episodes
- Pam also had bad sales numbers in "Koi Pond," when she was forced to make cold calls with Andy, as the people with the two lowest sales in the office had to do them. She also only doubled her sales from 2 to 4 in "Scott's Tots."
- Phyllis wears purple so much, she was called "Mother Goose," by Sasha Flenderson in "Take Your Daughter to Work Day."
- Kelly also told Charles Miner that her family was much like the Kardashians, showing that she is a huge fan of their show. She later tries to persuade Ryan to watch it.
- Phyllis and Andy have apparently stepped up their sales ability as in Employee Transfer Dwight scoffs at Andy for "barely being able to outsell Phyllis".
- The scenes where Michael, Dwight, Andy, and Erin are at the dump were actually taken using a green screen. Many fans noticed this.
- Jim says Michael's idea for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is "that they should do one." Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be the fourth movie.
- Steve Carell as Michael Scott
- Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute
- John Krasinski as Jim Halpert
- Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert
- B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard
- Ed Helms as Andy Bernard
- Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson
- Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone
- Creed Bratton (actor) as Creed Bratton
- Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer
- Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor
- Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon
- Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin
- Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson
- Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez
- Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin
- Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance
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|#01||Gossip||#07||The Lover||#13||Secret Santa||#19||St. Patrick's Day||#25||The Chump|
|#02||The Meeting||#08||Koi Pond||#14||The Banker||#20||New Leads||#26||Whistleblower|
|#03||The Promotion||#09||Double Date||#15||Sabre||#21||Happy Hour|
|#04||Niagara, Part 1||#10||Murder||#16||Manager and Salesman||#22||Secretary's Day|
|#05||Niagara, Part 2||#11||Shareholder Meeting||#17||The Delivery, Part 1||#23||Body Language|
|#06||Mafia||#12||Scott's Tots||#18||The Delivery, Part 2||#24||The Cover-Up|