"Roy's Wedding" is the second episode of the ninth season of The Office and the show's 178th overall. It was written by Allison Silverman and directed by Matt Sohn. It aired on NBC on September 27, 2012 and was viewed by 4.13 million people.
In the episode Jim and Pam search for any buried secrets in their relationship after a toast at Roy's wedding. Dwight reacts to Nellie's mandatory charity initiative.
In the cold open, Pam creates a Chore Wheel when the office janitor takes a month long vacation, but after everyone else in the office notes that the wheel is no fun, Pam changes the wheel so that it barely relates to chores or work at all, which goes over well.
Pam and Jim are invited to Pam's former fiancé Roy's wedding, which takes place at 8 AM before work. They are both surprised by Roy's beautiful home and the elegant wedding details, and Roy tells them he runs a very successful gravel company. During his wedding toast, Roy stuns his lovely bride by performing "She's Got A Way" by Billy Joel on the piano, saying that he told her he was taking boxing lessons as a cover for learning some music for her instead. Pam and Jim, convinced they already know everything about one another but stunned by Roy's transformation, try to find things about themselves the other does not know. This is exacerbated by Jim's frequent calls about a new business he is starting with a friend, because Jim and Pam agreed that the venture was not right for them, but Jim then signed onto it without telling his wife he'd done so. Pam tries unsuccessfully to bait Jim to find out what the secret is and becomes increasingly annoyed that her husband is lying to her.
Dwight reacts to Nellie's mandatory charity initiative by maintaining that he will donate the money he raises to the Taliban. Nellie then makes Dwight sign a contract in "a ridiculous font" to live by Taliban rules in the office. Subsequently, Nellie steals Dwight's pen and challenges him to cut her hand off for doing so, hoping he will capitulate and pick a legitimate charity. Dwight spends an inordinate amount of time preparing to do so before the two end up watching 127 Hours together upon the advice of Darryl.
Clark hits on Erin by dangling a fake newscaster job. After receiving some not-so-helpful advice from her coworkers (especially Andy and Darryl, who is now assistant regional manager), Clark invites Erin to his apartment for the fake audition. However, Pete, who has come to dislike Clark, invites himself and Andy along under the pretense of helping with the audition, ruining Clark's seduction plan. Andy ends up throwing himself into the fake plan and more or less dismissing Erin, who in turns goes out for dinner with Pete and appears to be enjoying time spent with him.
Connections to previous episodes
- Angela asks Andy if Erin has beauty pageant experience, probably because she herself did that as a child ("Performance Review", "Frame Toby" deleted scene).
- Roy was last seen in the episode "Crime Aid" and in Michael's movie "Threat Level Midnight".
Amusing details and trivia
- The Pam Halpert "Get Glue" sticker was released alongside the episode.
- Pam wanted to surprise Jim with courtside tickets to the Sixers game for his 30th birthday, but she decided not to tell him when she found out she had made a mistake and bought tickets for an away game in Phoenix.
- Clark tries to start up a conversation with Erin about Newsweek, a weekly news magazine. The magazine was having financial difficulties, and by the time the episode aired, was transitioning to an all-online format.
- Clark remarks on the upcoming election, presumably the 2012 United States presidential election.
- Kevin's chosen charity is Heifer International, which combats poverty by giving animals to poor families. It initially gave cows, but expanded its scope to other animals, including goats. Kevin is under the mistaken impression that it does so as a prank.
- When asked to pick a charity, Creed says he wants to work with Jimmy Carter and help build gnomes. Jimmy Carter is a former President of the United States and philanthropist who is known for his contributions to Habitat for Humanity, an organization that helps build affordable housing for those in need. Creed confuses "homes" for "gnomes".
- The Taliban is a terrorist group in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Pam bought Jim tickets to see the "Sixers", the nickname for the Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball team.
- Andy chooses Darryl to be consigliere, a term popularized by the 1972 crime film The Godfather. When Darryl accepts the position of consigliere, he closes the office door so Erin can't see in. This is an homage to the final moments of the Oscar-winning movie, but Erin's cheerful smile is funny when compared to the seriousness of the original. Side-by-side comparison.
- Darryl later notes that he likes The Godfather because he is a "cinephile", but that he likes the 1983 film Scarface because he is black.
- While discussing news anchors, Meredith mentions how attractive she found Walter Cronkite.
- Erin's fake news report says that Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised low prices on cars. The cars she names are the 2012 Kia Sentra and the Sonata. The Sentra is made by Nissan, and the Sonata is made by Hyundai. Neither is made by Kia.
- Dwight and Nellie watch 127 Hours, a 2010 biographical survival drama film about canyoneer Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon and was eventually forced to amputate his own right arm in order to free himself.
- Dwight praises the performance of actor James Franco (star of 127 Hours) in the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He did simultaneously attend graduate programs at Columbia University School of the Arts, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and Brooklyn College, not Yale University as Nellie remarked. Franco attended Yale afterward.
- Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute
- John Krasinski as Jim Halpert
- Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert
- Ed Helms as Andy Bernard
- Catherine Tate as Nellie Bertram
- Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson
- Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone
- Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton
- Clark Duke as Clark Green
- Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer
- Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon
- Angela Kinsey as Angela Lipton
- Jake Lacy as Pete Miller
- Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson
- Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez
- Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin
- Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance
- David Denman as Roy Anderson
- Ameenah Kaplan as Val
- Bobby Ray Shafer as Bob Vance
- Michael Patrick McGill as Kenny Anderson
- Sara Chase as Laura
- David Britz as Caterer
- Donna Bryce as Mrs. Anderson
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