Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Families' Thoughts - Weight Loss

In Season 4's episode entitled "Chair Model" we were introduced to the "Five Families" of the Scranton Business Park. Michael Scott is the representative from Dunder Mifflin and he is joined by Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration, Paul "Cool Guy" Faust of Disaster Kits Limited, W.B. Jones of W.B. Jones Heating and Cooling and Bill Cress of Cress Tool and Dye.

As the new season is upon us, we are always looking for people to share their Two Cents about episodes of The Office, and who better to give an insight about the workers at Dunder Mifflin than the other heads of the Five Families?

So, without further ado, we present the thoughts of the men who run the Scranton Business Park.

Vance's View: The Dunder-Mifflin "team" is to be commended for their dietary efforts in 'WEIGHT LOSS'. However, Mr. Schrute's tactics with Mrs. Phyllis Vance are UNACCEPTABLE and have been duly-noted by BOB VANCE, VANCE REFRIGERATION, who has a very long memory and a low tolerance. Congratulations to Mr. Halpert and Ms. Beesley. Finally... and beautifully done.

Cool Guy Paul's Cool Thoughts: I'll give you my comments only because you were smart enough to ask for it over oppossed to scheduling a waste of time meeting.
At Disaster Kits Limited we specialize in helping people be more prepared for the unexpected. Let's look quickly at where the employees of Dunder Mifflin succeeded and failed at this.
Dwight - had spray to ruin the food so the others couldn't eat - PREPARED
Jim - could have asked me to send one of the "business associates" from my past line of work to keep on eye of Pam in N.Y. - NOT PREPARED
Andy - put down 4 non-refundable deposits for differnt wedding locations. Great back-up planning. - PREPARED
Phyllis - had to walk 5 miles because she didn't have purse or phone. No back up plan - NOT PREPARED
Michael - had condoms in wallet - PREPARED
Utica Branch - had me alter the scale in the Dunder Mifflin warehouse so they wouldn't lose as much weight - PREPARED
I will leave you with one final thought. Michael incorrectly identified the #1 cause of death in this country. It is not obesity. It is emergencies and disasters.

Be Safe, Be Ready, Be Prepared

W.B. Jones' Grade A Badass Review: I can't see how Dunder Mifflin stays in business. Obviously their paper products sell themselves because the caffones they have working there can't sell anything! Dwight's the only guy worth his salt, he wants to win at any cost..... even forcing Phyllis to hike five miles.... my kinda guy!

Cress' Convo: The size of Holly's butt is not a proper subject for discussion. What size is it anyway?

We have to thank the men BEHIND the men behind Scranton - Bobby Ray Shafer (Bob Vance), Paul Faust (Cool Guy Paul), Barry Sigismondi (W.B. Jones) and Terrence Beasor (Bill Cress) for their amazing willingness to share with us and all the Dunderheads out there!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Season 5 - Episode 1 - "Weight Loss"

The Season 5 Premiere!
Thursday, Sept 25, 2008

Writer: Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupinsky
Director: Paul Feig

For the first time, we see what happens over eight weeks of the summer, as a Dunder Mifflin weight loss initiative causes the branch to diet and become obsessed with their weight. Michael (Steve Carell) pursues a friendship with his new HR rep, Holly (Oscar nominee, Amy Ryan). Jim (John Krasinski) misses Pam (Jenna Fischer) who attends art school in New York. Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Andy (Ed Helms) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) attend to unfinished business.

NBC Premiere Parties, Chili's Premiere Parties, TwoCents Review, Andy & Angela's Wedding Webpage, Download Pam's "Summer Project" Dwight photo, NBC's Weight Loss Photo Album, NBC's Episode Recap, Watch Online, SBO Conference Room, Full Episode Transcript


CAST MYSPACE BLOGS: Brian, Jenna, BJ, Angela

What did YOU Think of "Weight Loss"? Join the discussion HERE.

NBC Photo: Chris Haston

Weight Loss - Deleted Scene #2

Angela's New Blog

Angela Kinsey has posted a new blog to her MySpace page that updates us on all her current activities, includes info on her Emmy dress, Meridith's face, letting babies watch The Office, and how it is working with Amy Ryan. Check it out here...

The Office Conference Room - "Weight Loss"

Welcome back to The Office Conference Room! For those newbies among us, The Office Conference Room is a forum for some of your favorite "Office" Fan Sites to submit their TwoCents in the days immediately following a new Office episode.

Plus, YOU, the fans, can join in on the fun, too! Right now, here on ScrantonBranchOffice, we have a post started for "Weight Loss" where you can give your very own TwoCents about the episode! This will also be a weekly thing!

[Updated: 9/27/08 at 3:08PM]

We start off Season 5 with a little "Weight Loss" Rachel
Favorite Moment: The proposal... I'm a sucker. And I loved Pam's talking head via computer. Oh, and Holly sticking up for Kevin: Priceless.
Favorite Quote: "Math is hard." -Holly to Kevin
Overall Episode Grade: A

Fancy New Beesly: Laura Ann
Favorite Moment: Jim's proposal to Pam. :)
Favorite Quote: "I will be a little fish in the Big apple. Whattup 2-1-2?" -Pam
Overall Episode Grade: C (see comments section)

Flonkerton: Lauren
Favorite Moment: Oh, I don't know, nothing really stood out for me . . . . except maybe The Proposal! I'll admit the pouring rain was a bit cliched, and I know saying it was bit cliched is a bit cliched, but I don't care! It was great television. Favorite moment that's wasn't determined by my fangirliness is Holly telling Angela that Kevin is not an idiot, he's mentally challenged!
Favorite Quote: Jim: But what have you learned about [Holly]?
Michael: I learned that she broke her left leg twice in one year. I learned that she's allergic to sesame seeds. I learned that she has read "Lonesome Dove" three times.
Jim: Nice.
Michael: And that her butt refuses to quit!
Jim: Well, I tried.
Overall Episode Grade: A+

NettesLayouts: Nette
Favorite Moment: There were so many but I have to go with Jim proposing to Pam.
Favorite Quote: Kelly: "I'm on the third day of my cleanse diet. All I have to do is drink maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and water for all three meals. Um, I just bought some bikinis online too so... I'm gonna look amazing."

Overall Episode Grade: A+

MTT: Jenny
Favorite Moment: The proposal! I mean, is there any other choice? John and Jenna just rocked that scene, the writers were awesome for creating that scene, and it was shot so well by the crew!
Favorite Quote: Ryan to Kelly: "I was in my mid-20s. I think I still wasn't over 9/11."

Overall Episode Grade: A+

Life in the Office: Donna

Favorite Moment: Kelly's talking-head where she said, "I'm gonna look amazing!" and of course, the JAM engagement
Favorite Quote: "If you can't swallow it, just hold it in your mouth" & "I think I never really processed 9/11"
Overall Episode Grade: A


Pam's Latest Project On A Shirt!

If you loved Pam's latest project then you have to get this shirt!

It's the ASCII of Dwight!

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Weight Loss Deleted Scene #1

Watch "Weight Loss"

"Business Ethics" Sneak Peek Video

Warning - I'm guessing a sneak peak video would be packed full of spoilers.

Weight Loss Review

Who: The Office
What: “Weight Loss”
When: September 25, 2008

From: PG Ignacio, Sr. Staff Writer
To: Dunderheads

The Office opened Season 5 with an hour long episode. It was a great set-up re-addressing events from the last season's finale and preparing us for what may come this season. There were some surprises that I didn't expect to happen in the first episode, but I'm glad they did.

The return of Ryan Howard and taking Pam's old job (ironically working directly under Michael) will make for great humor - but does corporate know Michael hired him back?

Click to read the rest of the Memo, Meeting Notes, and Things To Do


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Interview with Toby and Holly

...Amy Ryan and Paul Lieberstein.

Paul and Amy took a moment of their busy schedule to talk about the upcoming season and provide a little glimpse in to what might be in store for their characters, Toby and Holly. Be sure to watch the one hour season premiere titled, "Weight Loss," tonight at 9:00 PM EST on NBC!

Click here to read the interview

Any guesses on what will happen this first episode? Please share your TwoCents with us!

Hogwarts: Scranton Campus

A note from out friend Kate over at

"I wanted to let you know about a fabulous tw0-episode series we have up on called JK's The Office and the Salesmen Stoned -- it's Harry Potter meets The Ofiice and it's hilarious. I think it could be a fun treat for Office fans, especially with the new season starting Thursday."

Intrigued? Me, too!

Episode 1
Episode 2

Pressman Toys & Chili's Premiere Parties in CA, FL and TX

Fans can enjoy the Season Five premiere of The Office at the characters’ favorite restaurant – Chili’s!

Come dressed as your favorite character from the show and join other local fans for a Look-a-like Contest and Trivia Challenge for a chance to in copies of The Office Trivia Game and The Office DVD Board Game from NBC and Pressman Toy. Afterward, stay to watch the Season Five premiere and enjoy your favorite Chili’s appetizers and drinks.

For Florida and LA locations:
When/Where: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
8 – 9 p.m.: The Office Trivia Challenge and Look-a-like Contest
9 – 10 p.m.: Stay for the Season Five premiere of The Office

Continue Reading for More Info...

Office Season 5 Premiere Parties! today announced that fans of "The Office" will be hosting premiere parties in 26 cities across the nation. The parties originated and were organized through Dunder Mifflin Infinity (, the social network site for "The Office" fans on The announcement was made by Vivi Zigler, President, NBC Universal Digital Entertainment.

"It's wonderful to see the fans of 'The Office' use's social networking capabilities in fun and unique ways," said Zigler. "This is really just the beginning of what can happen when fans, technology and creativity come together like they have with 'The Office' and Dunder Mifflin Infinity."

The idea of hosting premiere viewing parties came from a Dunder Mifflin Infinity fan in Philadelphia, PA who wanted to organize a local party in conjunction with the local NBC affiliate. The idea quickly grew into events nation-wide when informed other Dunder Mifflin Infinity fans about the party and encouraged others to host parties in their own cities as well. To help the organizers, is supplying party packs to the first 50 established parties. Once all of the participating "branches" have been identified, will work with the local affiliates in those areas. Party participants can post pictures and video from their parties on

Continue Reading for list of Party Cities...

Jenna's New Boyfriend

Jenna's got a new boyfriend! His name is Lee Kirk and Jenna says they've known each other for years but reconnected through mutual friends. He's a writer from Dallas, so Angela approves of a fellow Texan.

More about Jenna's new guy is HERE.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Chat with Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration!

A note from our friend Nette at Nette's Layouts:

Hey Office fans,

Please join us for a special moderated Q & A chat with Bobby Ray Shafer/Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration!

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask Bobby about season 5, Bobby's movie projects or showbiz, then please email me at He's graciously agreed to chat with us!

The first half hour will be a moderated Q & A from the questions that we receive in email, then the chat will open so that everyone can talk to Scranton's favorite refrigeration guy!

When: Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Where: Office Chat Box... click here.

Time: 7pm pacific time (10pm eastern time)

Please help spread the word!

Thank you!

~Nette (