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[S4E6] Branch Wars _BEST_

Karen tries to "poach" Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker) from Dunder Mifflin Scranton, and Stanley informs the branch that he is leaving. In revenge, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) trick Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) into traveling to the company's Utica branch, where the group attempts to play a prank on Karen. Back at the office, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), Oscar Martinez (Oscar Nunez), and Toby Flenderson (Paul Lieberstein) try to hold their club meeting, with disastrous results.

[S4E6] Branch Wars

Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones), after being "dumped" by Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), has become the Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin's Utica, New York branch. Karen attempts to lure Stanley Hudson (Leslie David Baker) away from Scranton by offering him a pay raise. Regional Manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), believing that Karen is doing this to get back at Jim for dumping her, decides to retaliate. Michael and salesman Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) trick Jim into joining them on a trip to Utica to prank Karen's branch. After a failed attempt to steal the branch's industrial copier, the group is discovered by Karen, who chastises them in her office. Privately, she mocks Jim for devising such an elaborate ruse to see her. Jim's attempts to deflect the issue are unsuccessful, having mentioning that he and Pam are happily dating, which only further angers her. The group returns to Scranton, where Michael bids Stanley farewell. Stanley decides to stay in Scranton, revealing that his threat was a bluff to get a raise. Stanley exclaims that he does not know how Michael managed to call his bluff, even though Michael's hesitation and eventual acceptance over Stanley's departure was genuine.

"Branch Wars" was the second Office episode directed by Joss Whedon, the creator of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.[1] Whedon had previously directed the third season episode "Business School".[1] The episode was the seventh Office episode written by Mindy Kaling, who also acts for the show as customer service representative Kelly Kapoor.[2] "Branch Wars" marked the return of Karen Filippelli, who was a regular as a member of the Dunder Mifflin Stamford branch, and later Dunder Mifflin Scranton in the third season. Her last previous appearance was the fourth season premiere "Fun Run", although she only appeared in one scene. Utica salesman Ben Nugent, although not appearing on screen, is heard via a telephone conference and shares the same name as Kaling's former real-life boyfriend, Benjamin Nugent.[3]

I recently found myself on the defensive end of a 3v1 battle defending Michael and his Scranton branch of characters. I discovered that some of my colleagues don't simply lack my level of enthusiasm for the show, they actively despise it. Now, these are smart people. I'm arguing against professionals with strong opinions who consume so much content that it would hurt our parents' feelings (and believe me, it does). I needed to pull out all the stops, to find the best of the best episodes and help them see the light.

Written by Mindy Kaling and directed by Joss Whedon, "Branch Wars" shows us just how far Michael will go for his employees. After learning that one of his salesmen, Stanley Hudson, has a better job offer from another branch of the company, Michael, Dwight, and an unwitting Jim hatch a plan to take revenge on their rival branch, which does not end well. This episode also marks the return of Karen Filippelli, played by Rashida Jones who's mother Peggy Lipton passed away this May.

One of the most popular episodes of The Office, "The Convict" is the only episode of the U.S. series with an original script written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who created the original concept of the show in the U.K., which ran for 14 episodes. After absorbing another Dunder Mifflin branch in the previous episode, Michael Scott learns that one of his new employees is a convicted felon, which does not sit well with some of other office workers. When some employees start to compare their workplace to an actual prison, Michael decides to show them what prison is "really like" by introducing them to one of his many characters, "Prison Mike." 041b061a72


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