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Pool Party is the twelth episode fo the eighth season of the American televeison comedy series "The Office" and is the show's 164th overall. It was directed by Charles McDougall and written by Owen Ellickson. It originally aired on NBC January 19, 2012. It was viewed by 6.02 million people.
 
Pool Party is the twelth episode fo the eighth season of the American televeison comedy series "The Office" and is the show's 164th overall. It was directed by Charles McDougall and written by Owen Ellickson. It originally aired on NBC January 19, 2012. It was viewed by 6.02 million people.
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
==Full Cast==
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After Robert California ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Spader James Spader]) decides to sell his mansion following his divorce, Kevin suggests that he have an office pool party. At the pool party, Andy ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Helms Ed Helms]) brings along his girlfriend Jessica. Andy also brings an engagement ring his Jessica-approving mother gave him, hoping to propose. The ring goes missing from Andy's pants and he is horrified at first that he cannot find it. Kelly and Phyllis later find the ring and decide, based on the superstition of finding a lost ring, that it is evil and must be destroyed. Erin ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellie_Kemper Ellie Kemper]), after learning that Andy "stalked" her home following the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Wishes_%28The_Office%29 Christmas party], decides to make Andy jealous by flirting with Dwight Schrute ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainn_Wilson Rainn Wilson]). Initially Dwight refuses, but after realizing that Erin chose him because he was the "manliest man in the office," he agrees to help her. The two flirt outrageously whenever Andy is close by, but Andy doesn't notice. In a last-ditch effort, Erin and Dwight challenge Andy and Jessica to a game of Chicken. Dwight and Erin make it their mission to not go undefeated, however, Dwight passes out in the water, ending the game. When Dwight falsely tells Andy he wants to pursue a romance with Erin and avoid an "Angela-type situation" between them, he asks Andy for his consent. Andy then agrees but looks somber and asks if Dwight can take things slowly, leading Dwight to read his emotions and sincerely tell him "You're an idiot". Erin later swims up to Andy with the lost ring—it was set in the pool with a tiny pyre by Kelly—and he admits he's not sure what he's thinking, with Erin being very happy and saying she can live with him being confused.
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Meanwhile, Robert gives everyone a tour of his massive home. Robert spends most of the time opining about the parties he never had. He offers everyone a free bottle of wine from his wine cellar and the staff proceeds to get drunk. During these escapades, Jim ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Krasinski John Krasinski]) attempts to find an excuse to leave the party and return to his wife and kids. However, Robert insists that Jim continue along with the tour, seeming to enjoy Jim's unease after Jim made a pointed jibe about Robert's house complaints. Finally, Robert realizes that he is hosting one of the parties he never had, at which point he jumps into the pool completely naked, followed by Gabe and Ryan ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.J._Novak B.J. Novak]), who have each been battling to impress him. Jim takes this as his cue to leave, sneaking away before anyone notices he's missing. At night's end, Gabe and Ryan are drunkenly hanging out with Robert, refusing to leave his house and concede the end of their brown-nosing battle, even as the CEO passes out.
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==Cultural references==
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*The songs "Big White Elephant" and "Model Homes" by the band [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-Flight_Safety In-Flight Safety] were featured during scenes at the party.
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*The song "Can't Complain" by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_the_Music_Industry%21 Bomb the Music Industry!] appeared around 14 minutes in.
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*Many of the references were a result of Robert California bemoaning his position in life. He mentions early on in the episode that, "The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_are_the_99%25 1%] are hurting too", a reference to the slogan of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_movement Occupy movement].
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*During the tour of his home theater, California explained that he had it created to watch ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula_%28film%29 Caligula]'', ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Tango_in_Paris Last Tango in Paris]'', and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuelle_2 Emmanuelle 2]'', but that the last two movies he watched in there were ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marley_%26_Me_%28film%29 Marley & Me]'' and ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Golden_Pond_%281981_film%29 On Golden Pond]''.
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==Connections to previous episodes==
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*Andy says he hasn't proposed to anyone in a few years. The last time he proposed was to Angela in [[Goodbye, Toby]].
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==Cast==
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===Main Cast===
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*[[Rainn Wilson]] as [[Dwight Schrute]]
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*[[John Krasinski]] as [[Jim Halpert]]
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*[[B.J. Novak]] as [[Ryan Howard]]
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*[[Ed Helms]] as [[Andy Bernard]]
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*and [[James Spader]] as [[Robert California]]
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*[[Leslie David Baker]] as [[Stanley Hudson]]
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*[[Brian Baumgartner]] as [[Kevin Malone]]
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*[[Creed Bratton (actor)]] as [[Creed Bratton]]
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*[[Kate Flannery]] as [[Meredith Palmer]]
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*[[Mindy Kaling]] as [[Kelly Kapoor]]
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*[[Ellie Kemper]] as [[Erin Hannon]]
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*[[Angela Kinsey]] as [[Angela Martin]]
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*[[Oscar Nunez]] as [[Oscar Martinez]]
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*[[Craig Robinson]] as [[Darryl Philbin]]
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*[[Phyllis Smith]] as [[Phyllis Vance]]
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*[[Zach Woods]] as [[Gabe Lewis]]
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===Recurring Cast===
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*[[Lindsey Broad]] as [[Cathy Simms]]
 
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Pool Party is the twelth episode fo the eighth season of the American televeison comedy series "The Office" and is the show's 164th overall. It was directed by Charles McDougall and written by Owen Ellickson. It originally aired on NBC January 19, 2012. It was viewed by 6.02 million people.

Synopsis

After Robert California (James Spader) decides to sell his mansion following his divorce, Kevin suggests that he have an office pool party. At the pool party, Andy (Ed Helms) brings along his girlfriend Jessica. Andy also brings an engagement ring his Jessica-approving mother gave him, hoping to propose. The ring goes missing from Andy's pants and he is horrified at first that he cannot find it. Kelly and Phyllis later find the ring and decide, based on the superstition of finding a lost ring, that it is evil and must be destroyed. Erin (Ellie Kemper), after learning that Andy "stalked" her home following the Christmas party, decides to make Andy jealous by flirting with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). Initially Dwight refuses, but after realizing that Erin chose him because he was the "manliest man in the office," he agrees to help her. The two flirt outrageously whenever Andy is close by, but Andy doesn't notice. In a last-ditch effort, Erin and Dwight challenge Andy and Jessica to a game of Chicken. Dwight and Erin make it their mission to not go undefeated, however, Dwight passes out in the water, ending the game. When Dwight falsely tells Andy he wants to pursue a romance with Erin and avoid an "Angela-type situation" between them, he asks Andy for his consent. Andy then agrees but looks somber and asks if Dwight can take things slowly, leading Dwight to read his emotions and sincerely tell him "You're an idiot". Erin later swims up to Andy with the lost ring—it was set in the pool with a tiny pyre by Kelly—and he admits he's not sure what he's thinking, with Erin being very happy and saying she can live with him being confused.

Meanwhile, Robert gives everyone a tour of his massive home. Robert spends most of the time opining about the parties he never had. He offers everyone a free bottle of wine from his wine cellar and the staff proceeds to get drunk. During these escapades, Jim (John Krasinski) attempts to find an excuse to leave the party and return to his wife and kids. However, Robert insists that Jim continue along with the tour, seeming to enjoy Jim's unease after Jim made a pointed jibe about Robert's house complaints. Finally, Robert realizes that he is hosting one of the parties he never had, at which point he jumps into the pool completely naked, followed by Gabe and Ryan (B.J. Novak), who have each been battling to impress him. Jim takes this as his cue to leave, sneaking away before anyone notices he's missing. At night's end, Gabe and Ryan are drunkenly hanging out with Robert, refusing to leave his house and concede the end of their brown-nosing battle, even as the CEO passes out.

Cultural references

  • The songs "Big White Elephant" and "Model Homes" by the band In-Flight Safety were featured during scenes at the party.
  • The song "Can't Complain" by Bomb the Music Industry! appeared around 14 minutes in.
  • Many of the references were a result of Robert California bemoaning his position in life. He mentions early on in the episode that, "The 1% are hurting too", a reference to the slogan of the Occupy movement.
  • During the tour of his home theater, California explained that he had it created to watch Caligula, Last Tango in Paris, and Emmanuelle 2, but that the last two movies he watched in there were Marley & Me and On Golden Pond.

Connections to previous episodes

  • Andy says he hasn't proposed to anyone in a few years. The last time he proposed was to Angela in Goodbye, Toby.

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

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