The Office (American season 5)

The fifth season of the American television comedy The Office premiered in the United States in the 2008–2009 television season on NBC on September 25, 2008 and concluded on May 14, 2009.[1] The fifth season consisted of 28 half-hours of material, divided into 24 half-hour episodes and two hour-long episodes. The Office is an American adaptation of the British TV series of the same name, and is presented in a mockumentary format, portraying the daily lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The season stars Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and B. J. Novak, with supporting performances from Ed Helms, Melora Hardin, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, and Phyllis Smith.

The Office (American season 5)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes28
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 25, 2008 (2008-09-25) –
May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)
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The fifth season of The Office aired on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).[2] The season was released on DVD in a box set containing five disks featuring all 28 episodes with audio commentaries on select episodes. The DVD was released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.


The fifth season of the show was produced by Reveille Productions and Deedle-Dee Productions, both in association with Universal Media Studios starting from late July 2008.[3] The show is based upon the British series created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, both of whom are executive producers on both the US and UK versions.[4] The Office is produced by Greg Daniels,[4] who is also an executive producer. Daniels would have a limited role in this season, not writing an episode, as he was busy writing his new show, Parks and Recreation which he co-created with Office writer/producer Michael Schur, who left the writing staff of The Office to focus on the new show. Returning writers from the previous season include Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Lester Lewis, Brent Forrester, Justin Spitzer, and Jennifer Celotta. This season saw many new additions to the writing staff, including Ryan Koh, Aaron Shure, Charlie Grandy, Anthony Q. Farrell, Warren Lieberstein, and Halsted Sullivan. Paul Lieberstein and Celotta were promoted to executive producers, with Lieberstein becoming the new showrunner, to take over from Daniels. Kaling, Novak, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky were co-executive producers; Lewis and Forrester were consulting producers; and Spitzer and Grandy were producers.

This season featured 28 episodes directed by 16 directors. Paul Feig, Jeffrey Blitz, Ken Kwapis, and Randall Einhorn each directed several episodes during the season, while Greg Daniels, David Rogers, Stephen Merchant, Jason Reitman, Dean Holland, Asaad Kelada, Ken Whittingham, and Paul Lieberstein directed an episode each. While writers Jennifer Celotta, Gene Stupnitsky and Brent Forrester each made their director debut, with series star Steve Carell directing his first episode.


Many characters portrayed by The Office cast are based on the British version of the show. While these characters normally have the same attitude and perceptions as their British counterparts, the roles have been redesigned to better fit the American show. The show is known for its generally large cast size, with many of its actors and actresses known particularly for their improvisational work.



Kevin, Angela, Oscar, Meredith and Creed during the episode "Lecture Circuit".

Special guest starsEdit


Notable guestsEdit

  • David Denman as Roy Anderson, a former warehouse worker and Pam’s ex-fiancé, who now works at a vitamin store.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey as Marie, a concierge at a hotel in Canada.
  • Dan Bakkedahl as Roger Prince Jr., the son of the owner of Prince Family Paper.
  • Rick Overton as William Beesly, Pam's father.
  • Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli, Jim’s ex-girlfriend, who is now regional manager of the Utica branch.
  • Rob Huebel as A.J., Holly's boyfriend at the Nashua branch.
  • Katie Aselton as the Glove Girl, an unnamed woman that Michael meets at a blood drive.
  • Ranjit Chowdhry as Vikrim, a telemarketer that Michael used to work with.
  • Connie Sawyer as "Nana" Scott, Michael's grandmother.



The fifth-season premiere "Weight Loss" received a 4.9/11 in the Nielsen ratings meaning that it was seen by 4.9% of all 18- to 49-year-olds, and 13% of all 18- to 49-year-olds watching television at the time of the broadcast.[10] This marked a rise in the ratings set by the fourth season finale, "Goodbye, Toby".[11] The season reached a high with "Stress Relief" due to it airing after Super Bowl XLIII.[12] The season finale, "Company Picnic" became the lowest-rated episode of the season with 6.72 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/12% share in the 18–49 demographic.[13] Ratings taken at the end of the season placed it at #52 out of 193 programs.[14] This marked a significant rise in the ratings from the previous season.[14]


The Office: Season Five received generally positive reviews. rated the season four stars out of five saying that "After a truncated and ever-so-slightly uneven fourth year, Season 5 of The Office stands tall as one of the finest to date. The show's effortless balance of drama, intrigue and pitch-perfect comedy remains remarkably consistent, thanks to strong performances, clever writing and a devoted creative team."[15] gave the season a positive review saying "Season five reminds us why we continue to root for Michael Scott".[16] Sitcoms Online reviewed the Season 5 DVD set, and in the final comments section of the review said "It's a great show, and a great set, and it'll be extremely interesting to see how the show is continued this fall. It's the funniest show on broadcast TV right now, in my opinion, and I highly recommend the fifth season."[17] Travis Fickett of IGN stated that it "feels a lot like the downward slope of a great series. I don't believe this was a bad season, but it is a season that let us see the show's age and put the concept to the test."[18] He appreciated the writers for trying to change the status quo calling it "both necessary and appreciated".[18] He ultimately gave the season a 7.9/10.[18] Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger, while reviewing "Company Picnic", called the season "my favorite season of The Office to date" commenting, "I don't know that it's ever been this consistently satisfying, because the characters have become so richly-drawn, and because the writers [...] have really learned to trust their actors to convey so much emotion in really quiet moments".[19]


The fifth season has received a significant number of nominations, including 10 for Emmy Awards, 3 for Teen Choice Award, and 2 for TCA Awards. The ten nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards were announced on July 16, and include the categories: "Comedy Series" for the entire season; "Comedy Series Lead Actor" for Steve Carell for the episode "Broke"; "Comedy Series Supporting Actor" for Rainn Wilson in "Heavy Competition"; "Comedy Series Directing" for Jeffrey Blitz for the episode "Stress Relief"; "Comedy Series Editing" for Stuart Brass for "Two Weeks", Claire Scanlon for "Dream Team", and David Rogers and Dean Holland for "Stress Relief"; "Comedy Series Sound Mixing" for "Michael Scott Paper Company"; "Comedy Series Casting" for Allison Jones; "Interactive Media - Fiction" for 'The Office Media Experience,[20] It won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Jeffrey Blitz for the episode Stress Relief.

The three Teen Choice Awards nominations were for the show, the actor and the actress categories.[21] The Television Critics Awards nominations were for the "Outstanding Achievement in Comedy" and for "Individual Achievement in Comedy" categories.[22] The show also received nominations from TCA for best TV of the decade for Comedy Series and two for Comedy Actor.[23]


In the following table, "U.S. viewers (million)" refers to the number of Americans who viewed the episode on the night of broadcast. Episodes are listed by the order in which they aired, and may not necessarily correspond to their production codes.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [24]Prod.
code [24]
U.S. viewers
"Weight Loss"Paul FeigLee Eisenberg & Gene StupnitskySeptember 25, 2008 (2008-09-25)5001
Over eight weeks of the summer, a Dunder Mifflin weight-loss initiative causes the branch to diet and become obsessed with their weight. Michael pursues a friendship with his new HR rep, Holly. Andy plans his wedding to Angela, while she continues her affair with Dwight. Jim misses Pam who attends art school in New York, and he finally proposes. A disgraced Ryan returns to the Scranton office as a temp.
753"Business Ethics"Jeffrey BlitzRyan KohOctober 9, 2008 (2008-10-09)50038.99[25]
Following Ryan's recent scandal, Holly holds an ethics seminar. Everyone speaks freely about their unethical behavior at work and Meredith causes a rift between Michael and Holly when Meredith admits a supplier gives her discounts on products and steak coupons in exchange for sex. Holly is ostracized by the staff, but when she is humiliated by the head of Human Resources, Michael once again supports her. Meanwhile, Jim makes Dwight comply with the company's "time theft" policy by timing every second of his personal activity.
764"Baby Shower"Greg DanielsAaron ShureOctober 16, 2008 (2008-10-16)50048.07[26]
Michael practices for the birth of Jan's baby by having Dwight go over possible birthing scenarios with a watermelon baby. When Jan arrives for the office baby shower, she has already had baby Astrid, excluding Michael from the process, and he feels disconnected from the baby. Meanwhile, Michael pretends to dislike Holly for Jan's benefit, but Jan senses their connection and asks Michael not to date Holly. Michael goes to Holly for comfort and they agree to date. The separation between Jim and Pam starts to take a toll on their relationship.
775"Crime Aid"Jennifer CelottaCharlie GrandyOctober 23, 2008 (2008-10-23)50057.74[27]
Michael and Holly have sex in the office on a date, they forget to lock the main door which inadvertently leads to the office being robbed. Michael holds an auction to raise money for all the items lost. On Phyllis's advice, Dwight gives Angela an ultimatum to break up with Andy, which she refuses to do. Pam gets a part-time job at corporate to pay for art school, and Jim is further unsettled after Roy insinuates that he is losing her.
786"Employee Transfer"David RogersAnthony Q. FarrellOctober 30, 2008 (2008-10-30)50069.32[28]
When corporate transfers Holly to Nashua, Michael (with Darryl's help) moves her back to New Hampshire. Their plans to continue dating are dashed and they break up, and Darryl teaches Michael to sing the blues. Pam meets Jim's brothers, who pull a prank on Jim, which embarrasses her. Dwight torments Andy by becoming a fan of Cornell University. Pam is embarrassed when she is the only person at corporate wearing a costume on Halloween.
797"Customer Survey"Stephen MerchantLester LewisNovember 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)50078.35[29]
Dwight and Jim are shocked when they receive poor marks on their annual customer survey reports. They learn that Kelly has sabotaged their scores for blowing off her America's Got Talent wrap party. Kelly and a sympathetic Michael relish their discomfort. Through Angela's manipulations, she and Andy book their wedding at Schrute Farms B&B. Pam and Jim spend every minute together using their Bluetooth phones, including Jim overhearing Pam's friend Alex asking her to stay in New York.
808"Business Trip"Randall EinhornBrent ForresterNovember 13, 2008 (2008-11-13)50098.18[30]
CFO David Wallace sends Michael to Winnipeg, Manitoba for business. Andy and Oscar accompany him and become unlikely friends when they drunk dial Angela. Although Michael makes the sale and has a one-night stand, he rebukes David for transferring Holly. Jim counts down the days until Pam gets back from art school; she fails a course but comes back to Scranton anyway. Ryan seduces Kelly, who in turn breaks up with Darryl.
819"Frame Toby"Jason ReitmanMindy KalingNovember 20, 2008 (2008-11-20)50088.40[31]
HR Rep Toby returns from Costa Rica, driving Michael insane. He and Dwight attempt to get Toby fired for cause by planting "drugs" (actually caprese salad) in Toby's desk. Pam is upset that someone in the office has made a mess in the microwave and will not clean it up. Jim surprises Pam by buying his parents' old house; despite its '70s decor, Pam loves it. Ryan breaks up with Kelly to travel to Thailand.
8210"The Surplus"Paul FeigGene Stupnitsky & Lee EisenbergDecember 4, 2008 (2008-12-04)50138.33[32]
The office must spend a $4,300 surplus or lose it in next year's budget. Factions break out and court Michael to get what they want—Oscar and Jim want a new photocopier, Pam, Stanley, and others want new chairs. They finally agree on the chairs to prevent Michael from earning a bonus by returning the surplus. Dwight takes Angela and Andy to Schrute Farms to settle wedding plans. In a mock ceremony, Dwight secretly weds Angela. Angered at his deception, she plans to have the wedding annulled.
8311"Moroccan Christmas"Paul FeigJustin SpitzerDecember 11, 2008 (2008-12-11)50108.79[33]
Phyllis's Moroccan-themed holiday party is interrupted when Meredith's hair catches on fire during a drunken bellydance; Michael stages an intervention and attempts to force Meredith into rehab. Dwight makes a killing selling a popular Christmas toy—"Princess Unicorn". Phyllis continues to torment Angela on the Party Planning Committee. When she revolts, Phyllis shocks everyone by revealing Angela and Dwight's affair to everyone (except Andy).
8412"The Duel"Dean HollandJennifer CelottaJanuary 15, 2009 (2009-01-15)50118.50[34]
The office is tense because Andy still has not found out about Angela's affair with Dwight. After Michael tells him, Dwight and Andy plan a duel. When they realize Angela has been sleeping with them both, each dumps her. In New York, Michael travels to corporate to meet with David Wallace, who wants to know Michael's methods as the Scranton branch is actually doing well. Not surprisingly, Michael has no insight.
8513"Prince Family Paper"Asaad KeladaB. J. NovakJanuary 22, 2009 (2009-01-22)50128.74[35]
By request of David Wallace, Michael and Dwight go undercover to investigate rival paper company Prince Paper. As they are a small, family-owned operation made of an extremely nice family, Michael has a difficult time handing over their findings to Wallace. Meanwhile, the rest of the office holds a debate to settle a question: is Hilary Swank hot? The office is tied six to six when Michael off-handedly casts the winning vote for "yes".
"Stress Relief"Jeffrey BlitzPaul LiebersteinFebruary 1, 2009 (2009-02-01)5016
Dwight stages a fire drill which causes a panic and Stanley has a heart attack. With stress levels high, Michael tries a number of ways to get his employees to relax before discovering that he is the number one cause of stress at work. He stages on a no-holds-barred roast of himself, but feels hurt at the jokes. Andy, Pam and Jim watch an unlicensed movie with special guest stars Jack Black, Jessica Alba, and Cloris Leachman. Pam's parents are going through marital troubles and separate after her dad hears how much Jim loves Pam.
8816"Lecture Circuit: Part 1"Ken KwapisMindy KalingFebruary 5, 2009 (2009-02-05)50148.39[36]
Michael goes on a speaking tour of the other branches to explain Scranton's relative success, accompanied by his driver, Pam. At the Utica branch, the speech goes poorly, but Pam and a married, pregnant Karen reach closure, inspiring Michael to travel to the Nashua branch for closure with Holly. Back at the office, Dwight and Jim — now the heads of the party planning committee — forget Kelly's birthday, and attempt to make amends. Andy develops a crush on Stanley's client.
8917"Lecture Circuit: Part 2"Ken KwapisMindy KalingFebruary 12, 2009 (2009-02-12)50158.89[37]
In part two, Michael and Pam arrive in Nashua, where Holly is off a few days. Michael feels devastated when he learns she has a new boyfriend and Pam is forced to finish the lecture. Michael finds a computer file addressed to him on Holly’s computer; Pam reads it and tells him that Holly still cares for him. Dwight and Jim continue to struggle to throw Kelly a party, but ultimately make her happy by introducing a new theme of either getting to watch TV or take a nap for one hour. Angela's new nanny cam causes a stir when the staff see her bizarre interaction with her pets.
9018"Blood Drive"Randall EinhornBrent ForresterMarch 5, 2009 (2009-03-05)50188.63[38]
It's Valentine's Day at the office. Michael is attracted to a woman who loses a glove at a Valentine's blood drive; Cinderella-like, he tries to track her down. The staff share their worst break-up stories and band together to host a "Lonely Hearts Party" where they root for Michael's would-be romance. Jim and Pam have lunch with Phyllis and Bob Vance, which turns awkward when they hear the Vances having sex in the bathroom.
9119"Golden Ticket"Randall EinhornMindy KalingMarch 12, 2009 (2009-03-12)50197.51[39]
Without asking corporate marketing, Michael goes forth with an idea to put "golden tickets" into boxes of paper for clients to redeem for a 10% discount, inspired by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Instead, it causes trouble for Dunder Mifflin when all the five tickets end up with the same client. David is angered, so Michael tries to pin the blame on Dwight. Andy, Jim, and Pam give Kevin differing advice on wooing Lynn, the woman he met at the Valentine's mixer.
9220"New Boss"Paul FeigLee Eisenberg & Gene StupnitskyMarch 19, 2009 (2009-03-19)50207.95[40]
Michael clashes with the new, no-nonsense Regional Vice President Charles Miner (guest star Idris Elba), who goes so far as to dissolve the party planning committee and cancel Michael's 15th anniversary party. Jim gets off on the wrong foot with Charles as well when caught in a prank. Meanwhile, both Kelly and Angela develop crushes on Charles. After confronting David Wallace about his party, Michael quits Dunder Mifflin.
9321"Two Weeks"Paul LiebersteinAaron ShureMarch 26, 2009 (2009-03-26)50218.45[41]
As Michael wraps up his two final weeks, he goofs off even more than usual. Pam feels unfullfilled despite success at programming the new photocopier. When Michael decides to open his own paper company (with none of the staff joining him despite his pleas), an angry Charles has him escorted off the premises—only to have Pam join in his new venture in sales.
9422"Dream Team"Paul FeigB. J. NovakApril 9, 2009 (2009-04-09)50227.20[42]
Michael and Pam use a list-based agenda to struggle through establishing their new company, including establishing an office in the Dunder Mifflin building and hiring a bleach blond Ryan and briefly, Vikram from Michael's telemarketing job. Dwight goads Jim into facing off with Charles in a soccer match when he joins in his officemates' brownnosing over Charles' sports passion. Michael is soon able to convert a large closet in the Business Park building into his office headquarters.
9523"Michael Scott Paper Company"Gene StupnitskyJustin SpitzerApril 9, 2009 (2009-04-09)50237.94[42]
Michael, Pam, and Ryan chafe working in such close quarters. After hosting a Paper & Pancakes luncheon, they are about to call it quits when Pam makes her first sale for the company. Dwight and Andy's unlikely friendship is tested when they are both attracted to the new receptionist Erin. Jim spends his day trying to figure out what Charles means by his requested "run down". Includes an alternate title sequence featuring The Michael Scott Paper Company.
9624"Heavy Competition"Ken WhittinghamRyan KohApril 16, 2009 (2009-04-16)50248.24[43]
Dwight, finding a new hero in Charles, clashes with Michael as each tries to steal the other's clients. After trying to sell Jim and Pam on his failed wedding plans, Andy tries to provide for all of Jim's emotional needs. Jim takes the opportunity to prank Andy, but also reassures him he will find love again.
9725"Broke"Steve CarellCharlie GrandyApril 23, 2009 (2009-04-23)50257.21[44]
Jim learns Charles is a suckup while Charles finally recognizes Dwight's bizarre personality. Although Michael, Pam, and Ryan have landed a number of clients, they learn their company's business model will not sustain beyond a month and they will fail. David Wallace investigates the seeming success of Michael's company, and Michael, Pam, and Ryan hide their failure long enough to engineer a buyout. Michael is given his old job back, and Pam and Ryan are given jobs in sales.
9826"Casual Friday"Brent ForresterAnthony Q. FarrellApril 30, 2009 (2009-04-30)50267.31[45]
Michael mediates a dispute over customers between "new employees" Pam and Ryan and the others on the sales team. Pam and Ryan are forced to return the customers and with fewer customers, Michael is forced to fire one of them. Pam is kept on as Ryan is once again a temp. Meanwhile, Toby confronts several employees who take the term casual Fridays too loosely.
9927"Cafe Disco"Randall EinhornWarren Lieberstein & Halsted SullivanMay 7, 2009 (2009-05-07)50277.71[46]
To break the staff of the focus Charles instilled in them, Michael opens a cafe-disco in the downstairs office to release stress. While initially resistant, all the staff (even Angela) join as Kelly and Andy bond in a dance-off. Pam and Jim plan to elope but later reconsider. Phyllis suspects Bob will have an affair, but drops her suspicions as they sound absurd saying them aloud.
10028"Company Picnic"Ken KwapisJennifer Celotta & Paul LiebersteinMay 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)50286.72[13]
At the annual Dunder Mifflin company picnic, Michael and Holly are reunited. They perform a skit where they inappropriately announce the closing of the Buffalo branch, but Michael decides not to tell her that he loves her. The Scranton branch plays well in the volleyball tournament. While getting an x-ray for a sprained ankle, Pam (with Jim) learns that she is pregnant.

^‡ denotes an hour-long episode (with advertisements; actual runtime around 42 minutes).

Media releaseEdit

The fifth season was released as boxsets on DVD and on Blu-ray on September 9, 2009.[47] The 5 DVD box set includes, aside from the episodes, multiple deleted scenes, episode commentaries by various members of the production team, a "Gag Reel", a presentation of the show made by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, show ads that ran during the Super Bowl and during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as several webisodes.[47] The Blu-ray version has 4 discs and includes, in addition to the DVD content, BD-LIVE, a program which allows access to BD-Live Center for accessing online content such as trailers and downloading exclusive content. Another software included is "One-Liner Soundboard" which allows users to create audio mixes from stringing one-liners and quotes from the show, and to share these online via BD-LIVE.[47] On the same date, The Office: Seasons 1–5 Collection was also made available.[47]

The Office: Season 5 — DVD[47] The Office: Season 5 — Blu-ray[47]
Set details Set details
  • 28 episodes
  • 5-disc set
  • Video: anamorphic widescreen
  • Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Total running time: 10 hours and 4 minutes
  • Release date: Region 1 - September 8, 2009
  • 26 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • Video: widescreen
  • Audio: English (DTH-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Total running time: 10 hours and 4 minutes
  • Release date: Region A – September 8, 2009
Special features Special features
  • Audio commentary on select episodes
  • Commercials aired during the Super Bowl and during the 2008 Olympics
  • Deleted scenes
  • "Gag Reel"
  • Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Presents The Office
  • Webisodes.
  • all the DVD bonus contents
  • BD-Live
  • One-Liner Soundboard


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