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The Office: Season 5 [2008] (5 discs)
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Composer:Jay Ferguson
Length:608 minutes
(10 hours 8 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-PG
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IMDB Rating:8.6/10
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Synopsis: Toby's off to Costa Rica, which pleases Michael. Pam's off to New York, which doesn't exactly thrill Jim. But they both find a way to put things back to normal.


Reaction: A solid though shortened season, with some great episodes.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Guest Cast
Adam Jamal Craig => Rolando (Lecture Circuit: Part 1)
Rashida Jones => Karen Filippelli (Lecture Circuit: Part 1)
Blake Robbins => Tom Halpert (Employee Transfer)
Tug Coker => Pete Halpert (Employee Transfer)
Bob Gebert => Mr. Schofield (Heavy Competition)
Karly Rothenberg => Madge (Heavy Competition)
Calvin Tenner => Calvin (Baby Shower)
Cloris Leachman => Lily Hanaday (Stress Relief)
Jack Black => Sam  (Stress Relief)
Jessica Alba => Sophie (Stress Relief)
Lamont Ferrell => Michael (Stress Relief)
Rick Overton => Mr. Beesly (Stress Relief)
Connie Sawyer => Nana (Dream Team)
Marcus A. York => Billy Merchant (as Marcus York) (Dream Team)
Ranjit Chowdhry => Vikram (Dream Team)
Dale Raoul => Ronni (Weight Loss)
Dan Bakkedahl => Roger Prince, Jr. (Prince Family Paper)
Dan Desmond => Roger Prince, Sr. (Prince Family Paper)
Emily Evan Rae => Rebecca Prince (as Emily Rae Argenti) (Prince Family Paper)
Sharon Blackwood => Linda Prince (Prince Family Paper)
David Denman => Roy Anderson (Crime Aid)
Hugh Dane => Hank (Crime Aid)
Jennifer Ann Burton => NY Corporate Employee (Crime Aid)
Gene Stupnitsky => Leo (Frame Toby)
Lee Eisenberg => Gino (Frame Toby)
Idris Elba => Charles Miner (New Boss)
James Urbaniak => Rolf (Company Picnic)
Joanne Carlsen => Teri Hudson (Company Picnic)
Jobeth Wagner => Pratt Art Student (Business Trip)
Wendi McLendon-Covey => Concierge Marie (Business Trip)
June Squibb => Michael's Mom (voice) (Customer Survey)
Katie Aselton => Glove Girl (as Kathryn Aselton) (Blood Drive)
Lisa K. Wyatt => Lynn (Blood Drive)
Tate Hanyok => Rhee (Blood Drive)
Kurt Scholler => Ty Platt (Broke)
Michael Schur => Mose (The Surplus)
Potsch Boyd => Mennonite Priest (The Surplus)
Rob Huebel => A. J. (Lecture Circuit: Part 2)
Select Cast and Crew
Asaad Kelada => Director
Brent Forrester => Director / Writer
David Rogers => Director
Dean Holland => Director
Gene Stupnitsky => Director / Writer
Greg Daniels => Director
Jason Reitman => Director
Jeffrey Blitz => Director
Jennifer Celotta => Director / Writer
Ken Kwapis => Director
Ken Whittingham => Director
Lee Eisenberg => Director / Writer
Paul Feig => Director
Paul Lieberstein => Director / Writer / Toby Flenderson
Randall Einhorn => Director
Stephen Merchant => Director
Steve Carell => Director / Michael Scott
Aaron Shure => Writer
Anthony Q. Farrell => Writer
B.J. Novak => Writer / Ryan Howard
Charlie Grandy => Writer
Halsted Sullivan => Writer
Justin Spitzer => Writer
Lester Lewis => Writer
Mindy Kaling => Writer / Kelly Kapoor
Ryan Koh => Writer
Warren Lieberstein => Writer
Jay Ferguson => Composer
Amy Ryan => Holly Flax
Andy Buckley => David Wallace
Angela Kinsey => Angela Martin
Brian Baumgartner => Kevin Malone
Craig Robinson => Darryl Philbin
Creed Bratton => Creed Bratton
Ed Helms => Andy Bernard
Ellie Kemper => Erin Hannon
Jenna Fischer => Pam Beesly
John Krasinski => Jim Halpert
Kate Flannery => Meredith Palmer
Leslie David Baker => Stanley Hudson
Melora Hardin => Jan Levinson
Oscar Nuñez => Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith => Phyllis Lapin Vance
Rainn Wilson => Dwight Schrute
Robert R. Shafer => Bob Vance

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Phyllis Smith was a casting associate for the show when Ken Kwapis, the director of the pilot, had her read scripts with the actors. Kwapis liked her reading so much, that he had her join the cast.
  • John Krasinski and B.J. Novak went to high school together. They went to Newton South High School in Newton, MA and they both graduated in 1997. They were even on the same little league baseball team.
  • While working as a writer on the show, Mindy Kaling was vehemently opposed to the premise for the cold open of {Casual Friday} in which Kevin drops his chili. She became so upset that she stormed out of the writer's room, taking a case of water bottles with her, as she was sure that her actions would warrant her dismissal. They didn't, of course, and she returned to work.
  • Although the "SlumDunder Mifflinaire" skit in {Company Picnic} and the scenes in which it was prepared were all scripted, Steve Carell and Amy Ryan improvised several of the moments including Michael's "Yay!" cheer upon getting an answer right, the bow Carell and Ryan take at the end while the Buffalo branch employees are angry, and Michael's Indian accent. Carell improvised with several different accents on the set, with the producers settling on the one that sounded most like the character from the film, although he used his regular accent when answering the final question in the skit.
  • The extras were told not to laugh or react at all to the "SlumDunder Mifflinaire" sketch in {Company Picnic}, but Steve Carell and Amy Ryan were not told of those instructions in order to create a genuine stage fright awkwardness among the two actors; Ryan in particular was thrown off guard by their lack of response.
  • Ed Helms said he was happy to have the opportunity to play banjo on screen for {Michael Scott Paper Company}, but did not feel the instrument made much sense for his character. Helms said, "It's so fun and weird, but he's a Connecticut preppy guy. How did he pick up a banjo? It's one of Andy's many mysteries, not all of which I even understand."
  • On {Crime Aid}, Michael says that there is no Wikipedia entry for "office robbery statistics." Now, when you look up "office robbery statistics" on Wikipedia, it brings up the Crime Aid episode of the office.
  • In {Weight Loss}, when Jim visits Pam at her Residential Advisor room, Jim misdirects the cameraman away and closes the door. This is the first time where you hear the "documentary" camera crew, namely a sigh.
  • The downloaded movie named "Mrs. Albert Hannaday" Pam, Jim, and Andy were watching together in {Stress Relief}, featuring Jack Black, Jessica Alba, and Cloris Leachman, is not a real movie. It was made specifically for this episode.
  • Bandit, the cat thrown into the ceiling by Angela in the opening of {Stress Relief}, was in fact a real cat and not CGI. The man in the ceiling who was supposed to catch the cat missed. Thankfully Bandit was not harmed in the filming of his episode.
  • The Vance Refrigeration employees who sell Michael the 'drugs' in {Frame Toby} are actually writers and producers for [The Office].
  • {Stress Relief} brought in over 20 million views, making it the most-watched episode of the entire series.
  • Mindy Kaling thought of the idea of Ryan dying his hair blond for {Dream Team}. B.J. Novak wore a baseball cap in public between the times his hair was dyed and when the episode aired, in order to make the reveal a surprise, and even kept the cap on when he and the rest of the cast and crew did a public forum and Q&A session.
  • {Customer Survey} is the only episode in the series to be directed by Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the original [The Office].
  • Four of The Office cast members were interns on Conan O'Brien's show, [Late Night with Conan O'Brien]: Angela Kinsey in 1993, Mindy Kaling in the winter of 1999, John Krasinski in summer of 2000, and Ellie Kemper in spring of 2005.