"Test the Store" is the 17th episode of the 8th season, and the 168th episode overall. It was written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Brent Forrester.


At the Sabre store opening, Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) attempts to put on a theatrical presentation to impress Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate). Dwight assigns the members of his team various tasks: Erin (Ellie Kemper) is to act as a hipster named Tabitha to make the Sabre Pyramid more appealing (but had a hard time pronouncing Zooey Deschanel and the day it opened she said there was a line when two people who are homeless), Cathy (Lindsay Broad) is to flirt with the bloggers, Ryan (B. J. Novak) is to give a presentation to wow the critics, and Todd Packer (David Koechner) is to play the part of a sexual predator — much to Packer's chagrin. As the grand opening progresses, things begin to fall apart. Several bloggers notice Jim not using his Sabre Pyramid phone, resulting in a reprimand from Nellie. Erin disappears with a group of seniors after Dwight drives them away, fearing their age will frighten the youth. Finally, Ryan has a panic attack and, after being consoled by Dwight and Jim — who imitate Kelly and his mother respectively in an attempt to calm him down — leaves to go to his parents' house. Jim is forced to give the presentation, which, despite a rocky start, impresses the crowd. After the opening, Dwight is named VP by Nellie. Back in Scranton, Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) tries to protect Pam (Jenna Fischer) from a group of kids who are throwing pine cones at her, and a young girl, "Tiffany" (Caitlin Williams), punches him in the eye. Andy tells a false story about stepping in when a "gang" harassed Pam, and Toby (Paul Lieberstein) arranges a meeting in the conference room to discuss self-defense. Andy is then humiliated when Tiffany is brought in by her mother and half-apologizes to him and Pam. However, after a provoked Kelly begins physically harassing Toby, Andy steps in between the two to break the fight up, resulting in his other eye being blackened. The rest of the office laughs but shuts up when Andy points out he got hit twice because he defended other people who were being attacked. The episode concludes with Andy noting that he took a bunch of pain medication, drank a bottle of wine, and took his pants off, thus greatly improving his feelings as the day ends.

Deleted scenes

  • Andy wanted Oscar to talk to his maid, Theresa. Oscar talked to Theresa in Spanish. After Oscar talked to Theresa on the phone, Andy told Oscar to come back because Theresa had Andy's keys.
  • Nellie noticed the line formed already and the store doesn't open in an hour.

Cultural References

  • Chuck Bartowski, the main character from the NBC action-comedy show Chuck, is referenced several times and used to promote the Sabre Pyramid.
  • A hipster is a term used to define a subculture of young, middle class adults and older teenagers. Hipsters are stereotypically portrayed as wearing non-conforming outfits as well as large, thick rimmed glasses.
  • Erin mispronounces "Zooey Deschanel at the Coachella music festival".
  • Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder and CEO of Facebook.
  • When Nellie was younger, she tried-out for the Spice Girls, but failed to secure a call-back for "the black one."
  • During Jim's presentation, the opening of the song "Clocks" by the British rock band Coldplay is played.
  • Bill Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft.
  • Cars 2 is a 2011 Disney/Pixar movie.
  • Ryan yelled at Jim and called him Sherlock Holmes.
  • Kevin mentions the Gremlins and "Chucky the doll" as examples of things that are "little but dangerous."

Amusing Details

  • When Toby is talking about the "Strike, Scream And Run" scenario, Creed hit Meredith and yelled at her like a hyena. Creed ran away from the conference room.


Main Cast

Secondary Cast

Reccuring Cast

Special Guest Star

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