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The Office Episode: "Business Trip"

Season 5, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Dunder-Mifflin bigwig David Wallace (Andy Buckley) sends Michael on a business excursion to Canada with Andy and Oscar, who form an unlikely bond. Meanwhile, Jim eagerly anticipates Pam's return from art school.
Original Air Date: Nov 13, 2008
Guest Cast Andy Buckley: David Wallace
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Aired: 11/13/2008
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The Office Episode Recap: "Frame Toby" Season 5, Episode 8

Toby returns to Dundler Mifflin in "Frame Toby," so Michael and Dwight, channeling their inner Pinky and the Brain, hatch various nefarious and inept schemes to sack the sad-sack HR rep. Meanwhile, the Dundler Mifflin staff are forced to deal with hygiene issues, and Jim buys his parent's house for Pam without her knowledge. "Frame Toby" had a little bit of everything: drug busts, shag carpeting, dirty microwaves and a creepy clown picture whose creep factor may rank higher than Creed's.

This episode felt old school to me, in the sense that Dwight was all-in in his support of Michael's efforts to oust Toby and the episode was largely confined to one day in the workplace environment. Although it was new, it almost felt nostalgic, and I suppose that was fitting since the episode centered on the return of an old friend.

"No! God! No God! Please No! No! No! No!"
This was like Michael's slasher film moment: Just when he thought he was rid of Toby forever, his sworn enemy rises up from the grave to torment him anew. I've always loved the juxtaposition of Michael's extreme revulsion to Toby with the fact that everybody else (well, with the exception of Dwight) recognizes Toby for what he really is: a sweet, harmless, slightly pathetic and totally passive pushover. The "Frame Toby" plot point was fantastic in my view — a very fitting way to welcome Toby back. Here are some of my favorite moments:

"The Drug Dealer Is on the Premises"
This was the highlight of the episode for me. From Michael getting the "weed" from the Vance Refrigeration workers to Dwight's furtive call to the police as "Andy Bernard ... my name is Andy Bernard" to the police busting in and finding the "weed" in Toby's office which they very accurately identify as a "Caprese Salad" — this was an Office tour de force. But of course my favorite moment involved my hero, Creed — I loved the way he stood up when the cops busted in and kind of instinctively put his hands behind his head as they loudly announced a narcotics bust.

"Kurt Russell"
Michael's aborted attempt at reconciliation with Toby was terrific — I loved how Michael broke down as the conversation progressed — "Why didn't you get an air condish ... You should've gotten an air conditioner for yourself" because he couldn't keep his frustration at Toby's reappearance in his life in check. I also loved that in the beginning of the scene Michael framed the quality of his acting as against the work of the "great Kurt Russell."  

"I Can't Do This"
Oh no. One friend comes back, and another one goes? It looks like this is a clear setup for BJ Novak to leave the show: Ryan is leaving for a trip to Thailand with friends from high school ... er, a high school. With a request for goodbye sex and goodbye cash, Ryan tells Kelly their relationship is over. Will Darryl fall back into Kelly's clutches? If that means more Craig Robinson on the show, then I hope so.

"The House"
Jim takes a risk by buying his parent's house as a surprise for Pam. I again didn't think the Jim and Pam plot was any great shakes. It may have been the motivation: I don't understand why Jim would go ahead and make an investment in a house without consulting his fiancée — so from that perspective it makes it difficult for me to buy into this subplot if I don't feel the premise is valid.  However, my wife did "awww" when Jim opened up the garage and showed Pam the art studio, and I thought that was a nice moment as well.

And finally: Best. Closing. Ever.I couldn't interpret it or summarize it or analyze it. So I just transcribed this vintage Dwight soliloquy:

"What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No. I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night.

"In the morning, the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico, but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold.

"Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son, and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting. I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years, she's never taken another lover. I don't care, I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier."

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Toby returns to Dundler Mifflin in "Frame Toby," so Michael and Dwight, channeling their inner Pinky and the Brain, hatch various nefarious and inept schemes to sack the sad-sack HR rep. Meanwhile, the Dundler Mifflin staff are forced to deal with hygiene issues, and Jim buys his parent's house for Pam without her knowledge. "Frame Toby" had a little bit of everything: drug busts, shag carpeting, dirty microwaves and a creepy clown picture whose creep factor may rank higher than Creed's. read more

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