The Office

The Office (2001)

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Christmas Special (2) - S99-E2

Corrected entry: David storms away from Finchy just after "Only you" starts playing. Only a few seconds of music later, he has somehow had time to wander over to Gareth and tell him a riddle (which he doesn't understand.) David wouldn't have had time.

Correction: It is a documentary. That whole party was edited down into a twenty minute episode. Sure, only a few seconds passed in our time, but much more would have gone by in 'The Office' world.

Episode 4 - S2-E4

Corrected entry: When Brent is giving his business talk, he throws his hat at Dawn. It hits her in the chest/neck area, but she clutches her forehead.

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Correction: How is this a mistake? Since this was actually real unedited and untreated footage, it has to be put down to a character's decision to move her hands out of the way, not a mistake.

Show generally

Corrected entry: At the start of the Christmas specials, writing comes up to say that the first series was filmed in Jan 2001. But in episode 6, Keith says "It's the end of the financial year!" which would indicate some time in late March. As each episode only follows a single day, these days would need to be spaced quite far apart for this to work, which makes no sense.

Correction: When the financial year starts and finishes is up to the individual company; there's no legally mandated year end. To end in July would be somewhat surprising; few companies would choose to start their new financial year at a point when many employees would be going on holiday. Finishing in January or February would not be at all unusual.

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Downsize - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When David and Dawn are talking at the reception desk, you can see Gareth and Tim talking in the background. Yet a few shots later, Gareth is arriving at work for the first time carrying his suitcase and newspaper.

Migster

Correction: The show is supposed to be a documentary. The shot in which David explains that he has worked at Wernham Hogg for 8 years then introduces Dawn to the crew/ audience, would probably be used before a shot introducing two new characters the audience hadn't 'met' yet. This can be put down to an editorial decision by the (fictional) documentary makers, not the 'real' editors.

Season 1 generally

Corrected entry: On the main menu of series 1 wait a view minutes until you hear the phone ringing then press enter. You will have to find out yourself what happens...

James Warrender

Correction: Nothing happens. The person who submitted this one is having a laugh.

Episode 5 - S2-E5

Corrected entry: As Lee is walking in to give Dawn her sandwich you can see somebody running towards the camera down the corridor behind them but this person isn't a character and doesn't appear in shot after this scene.

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omegaman3000

Correction: Remember that the idea of The Office is that, as far as the characters are concerned, it's a reality show about their office life. Given this, it wouldn't be unusual for someone to be walking around in the corridor who wasn't a regular in the office itself.

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Training - S1-E4

Corrected entry: When David is playing the guitar during the training session he said that he only plays stuff that he has written himself, yet later in the episode when he is comforting Dawn he plays 'Every Breath You Take' by the Police.

omegaman3000

Correction: He meant that his band only played original songs, not that he personally could never play songs written by other people.

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Quotes

David Brent: I don't look upon this like it's the end, I look upon it like it's moving on, you know. It's almost like my work here's done. I can't imagine Jesus going 'Oh, I've told a few people in Bethlehem I'm the son of God, can I just stay here with Mum and Dad now?' No. You gotta move on. You gotta spread the word. You gotta go to Nazareth, please. And that's, very much like... Me. My world does not end within these four walls, Slough's a big place. And when I've finished with Slough, there's Reading, Aldershot, Bracknell, you know I've got to... Didcott, Yately. You know. My... Winersh, Taplow. Because I am my own boss, I can... Burfield. I can wake up one morning and go 'Ooh, I don't feel like working today, can I just stay in bed?' 'Ooh, don't know, better ask the boss.' 'David can I stay in bed all day?' 'Yes you can David.' Both me, that's not me in bed with another bloke called David.

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Mistakes

Lee and Dawn overstay their tourist visa in the US, then fly back to the UK for the Office Christmas party. They then get into a taxi to go out to the airport in order to return to the US. They're kidding themselves. As I know (to my cost) when you overstay a tourist visa, the US Immigration Service finds out when you check in at the airport on departure. They'll be refused reentry, and probably barred from entering the US for up to six years. (I got a three year ban.) Neither Lee nor Dawn could possibly be unaware of this nor think they could beat the system as they would have been arrested when they checked in in Florida on departure (as I was), and they would have remained in small holding cells until the paperwork banning their return had been processed and their passports stamped 'Invalid for U.S. Entry', as mine was. (All this takes about seventy two hours, so they'd have missed the Christmas party anyway.) The mistake is NOT that they were able to leave the USA - that is explained (it's still not possible, but in the context of the show and the suspension of disbelief we are meant to believe it) the mistake is that they are on the way back to the airport to return. That's absurd. They would have been under no illusions as to their banned status re reentry to the USA.

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Trivia

Gareth's friend Ogmonster is played by series co-creator, writer and director Stephen Merchant.

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