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Episode: 2 – Diversity Day
Release Date: 29 March 2005
Run Time: 23 Min
Episode Description: Michael's off-color remark puts a sensitivity trainer in the office for a presentation, which prompts Michael to create his own. Trivia:
NBC webcasted this episode on March 16, 2005 on MySpace to promote the show's then-upcoming premiere. This was NBC's first-ever online debut of a complete episode of a network series, and also included a trimmed-down webisode version of the episode for on-demand viewing on MySpace the following day.
First episode to feature Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor), Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson) and Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer).
Steve Carrell and Larry Wilmore both served as correspondents for The Daily Show. ***Spoilers**\
* When Ryan (B.J. Novak) is downloading and watching episodes of Chappelle's show on Pam's (Jenna Fischer) computer, he says to Jim (John Krasinski) "She's kinda cute don't you think?", referring to a girl in one of the videos (Jim actually thinks Ryan is referring to Pam). Jim's girlfriend in Season 3, Karen (Rashida Jones), played characters in two episodes of Chappelle's show, before appearing on The Office. ***Spoilers**\
* As part of "Diversity Day"'s B story involving Jim's failed attempt to secure a major sale, show creator Greg Daniels suggested as a broad general idea that Jim should have a nice quiet moment with Pam (his future great love and wife) and listed some ways to achieve this. One idea Daniels put down was for Jim and Pam to both be in the conference room during Michael Scott's presentation and for a tired Pam to rest her head on Jim's shoulder, making him visibly happy. To Daniels' amusement, episode writer BJ Novak immediately took this specific example and wrote it into the final shooting script. Goofs:
When Michael rips up his signed pledge, Jim is chewing on a pencil. When the camera shows Jim again, he is chewing on a pen.
When Dwight hangs up Jim's sales call, you can hear the dial tone. Since Dwight's finger is holding down the switch hook, there would be no dial tone. Quotes:
[during a "Diversity Day" exercise]
Dwight Schrute: Shalom, I'd like to apply for a loan.
Pam Beesley: That's nice, Dwight.
Dwight Schrute: OK, do me. Something stereotypical so I can get it really quick.
Pam Beesley: OK, I like your food.
Dwight Schrute: Uh, Outback Steakhouse, I'm Australian, mate!
Michael Scott: Pam, come on, "I like your food," no, come on, stir the pot. Stir the melting pot, Pam! Let's do it, let's get ugly, let's get real.
Pam Beesley: OK, if I have to do this, based on stereotypes that are totally untrue, that I do not agree with, you would maybe not be a very good driver.
Dwight Schrute: [shocked] Aw man, am I a woman?
[during a "Diversity Day" exercise; Angela is wearing a sign on her forehead that says "Jamaican."]
Kevin: You wanna go to the beach?
Kevin: You wanna get high?
Kevin: I think you do, mon.
Michael Scott: [on videotape] Hi, I'm Michael Scott. I'm in charge of Dunder Mifflin Paper Products here in Scranton, Pennsylvania. But I'm also the founder of Diversity Tomorrow, because today is almost over. Abraham Lincoln once said that if you're a racist, I will attack you with the North, and those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace.
Michael Scott: You'll notice I didn't have anybody being Arab. I thought that would be too explosive. No pun intended. But I just thought, "Too soon for Arabs." Maybe next year. Um... You know, the ball's in their court.
Oscar: Both my parents were born in Mexico. And they moved to the United States a year before I was born. So I grew up in the United States. My parents were Mexican.
Michael Scott: Wow. Wow. That is... That is a great story. That's the American dream right there, right? Um, let me ask you, is there a term besides "Mexican" that you prefer? Something less offensive?
Michael Scott: I am Michael, and I am part English, Irish, German, and Scottish. Sort of a virtual United Nations.
Mr. Brown: Now this is a simple acronym: H.E.R.O. At Diversity, we believe it's very easy to be a hero. All you need are: Honesty, Empathy, Respect, and Open-mindedness.
Dwight Schrute: Excuse me, I'm sorry, but that's not all it takes to be a hero.
Mr. Brown: Okay well, what is a hero to you?
Dwight Schrute: A hero kills people, people that wish him harm. A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma, or out of a disaster, and must be avenged.
Mr. Brown: Uh, okay, you're thinking of a superhero.
Toby Flenderson: [joking] Hey, we're not all going to sit in a circle Indian style, are we?
Michael Scott: [serious] Get out.
Toby Flenderson: Oh. Sorry.
Michael Scott: No. This is not a joke. What you said was offensive... and lame, so double offense. This is a place of welcoming, and... you should just get the hell out of here.
Stanley Hudson: It's collard greens.
Michael Scott: What?
Stanley Hudson: It's collard greens.
Michael Scott: That doesn't really make any sense. 'Cause you don't call them collard people. That's offensive.
Dwight Schrute: [Diversity Day exercise; Dwight has a card on his head that says "Asian"] "Lots of cultures eat rice" doesn't help me.
In "Genesis" we learn that Dean was in a relationship with a character (forgot her name) played by Jenna Fischer. Rob Lowe, who plays Dean, also played a character in Parks and Recreation (Chris) who was in a relationship with Ann, played by Rashida Jones.
There's a character from a different show that dates those same women (same actresses, obviously not same characters). Jim Halpert from The Office, played by John Krasinski, has relationships with Karen (Jones) and Pam (Fischer).
Another angle you can take on this leaves out the whole Parks and Rec connection and compares Karen (Rashida Jones in The Office) to Claire (Natalie Morales) in The Grinder, who Dean is obviously interested in. Both are beautiful, intelligent women stuck in an office full of mostly bizarre people they'd probably rather not work with. Obviously Jenna Fisher's characters in the two shows are almost polar opposites, but it's still fun to think about.
In one of the very early episodes (can't remember exactly what the episode name is) but Ryan is at Pam's computer at the receptionist's desk watching a Chappelle Show sketch. Jim walks over and Ryan says "she's cute, right?" and Jim thought Ryan was talking about Pam, but was actually talking about an actress in the Chappelle skit. I was just thinking about it and was wondering if the writers had Ryan say that as an inside joke to reference Rashida Jones because she was in multiple Chappelle Show skits. The subtle joke/reference being that John Krasinski was possibly dating Rashida Jones (unsure of timeframe) at the time that episode came out.
What do you guys think?
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