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The Office Episode: "The Banker"

Season 6, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: When a potential buyer arrives at Dunder Mifflin, Michael, Dwight, Andy and Pam team up to win his favor by highlighting their top-drawer contacts. Meanwhile, Michael reflects on memorable moments at the office.
Original Air Date: Jan 21, 2010

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The Office Episode Recap: "Sabre" Season 6, Episode 14

In this episode of The Office, a mysterious company named Sabre — headed by a magnetic, unorthodox CEO (Kathy Bates), swoops in and buys out Dunder Mifflin. As Michael balks at Sabre's new policies, Andy and Erin write a welcome song to greet the company. Meanwhile, Pam and Jim hope to get accepted into a desired local day-care center.

Hello, Natalie Abrams here, taking over The Office recap and calling Dunder Mifflin my home for the next few weeks, at least until baby Jam shows up. So we'll look at this as the gestation period. I'll recap The Office, and you sit back, relax and enjoy.

Where the heck was the "that's what she said" when Erin was chanting "I've got a big box, yes I do!"? At least Oscar replied, "I think you don't know what you're saying." Sabre, an electronics company and the new owner of Dunder Mifflin, has sent over a couple new goodies for the office. It turns out Michael was supposed to set them aside for Gabe, someone swinging by the following day.

Pam suggests putting the box back together, even though Michael "opened it like an ape," says Dwight. Oscar and Pam successfully play Tetris and fit everything back in the box, but just as they celebrate, Michael's cell phone rings...inside the box.

The following day Gabe enters to applause, led by Michael, who recalls times working with David Wallace. Sniff. Gabe Lewis, the coordinating director for emerging regions, conveys that Sabre is very impressed with Dunder Mifflin. Sometimes I wonder if any one has any idea what really goes on in that office. If Dunder Mifflin was the best office, it's no wonder the company went bankrupt. I'm just saying! 

And with that segue, cue the song prepared for Gabe's arrival (see what I'm saying here?). And what worries me more is that Gabe wants to put it on the Sabre website. Erin and Andy make sweet music, but unfortunately still pronounce it Sabre (think Saw-bray). Ouch.

Gabe proceeds to show them a welcome video from Sabre, led by Christian Slater. "Have you ever tasted a rainbow? At Sabre, you will," he says. Um, awkward. Hey there's Kathy Bates as Jo Bennett, the CEO of Sabre! I think I like this company already. Or maybe I agree with Jim: "So you've been shown the nonsensical video. You're probably wondering what's going on. Well, you're not alone."

To make matters more interesting, Dunder Mifflin isn't really selling paper now. "Don't think of yourselves as paper salesmen anymore, but as printer salesmen who also sell paper," says Gabe. "No, don't like that," Michael says from the comfort of his office. Another thing Michael doesn't like is the site blocker being set up by the new IT guy, Nick. Twitter and YouTube are the first to go. (I'd quit) It also seems that Sabre likes the Earth and gives everyone a handy-dandy new water bottle to reduce their carbon footprint. (OK, that part I like.)

"There is a small part of me that is actually excited about this new company," says Michael. "But 70 percent of me is water and the other part, the real part, the part that feels and has emotions and thoughts and makes decisions...that part thinks that all of these changes suck balls." Now I'm pretty sure NBC cut off the balls part (ha), but maybe my TV just cut to commercials a little too soon. Readers?

All this change isn't sitting well with Michael, so he approaches Gabe and asks him to take it to the top. Gabe video chats with CEO Jo Bennett, but she senses Michael in the room. He conveys his concern with all the changes, but she strong arms him back, saying they need to adjust to the new era. After Jo says he has until the end of the day to decide if Dunder Mifflin can get used to things, Michael takes off, denting a windshield with his new Sabre water bottle on his way out.

Michael heads to David Wallace's house for advice. Poor guy doesn't seem to be adjusting well, scruffy beard and all. David, drinking beer in a hot tub in the middle of the afternoon, tries to pitch Michael a business idea. Oh, it's hard to watch, especially because it's called "Suck it." Wait for it...that's what she said. (Did you catch the "Suck it" song while the credits rolled? An instant classic.)

Elsewhere, Jim and Pam head to a local daycare for an interview. While looking around, Jim accidentally walks in on Jerry, the man who will be interviewing them, in the bathroom. Great foot forward Jim! Things seem to be going downhill, so Pam calls him out for using the bathroom situation against them. And Pam joins him on the wrong-move train.

Meanwhile, Pam and Jim 2.0 (aka Andy and Erin) have separate confessional discussions. While Erin thinks Andy will top his Christmas gifts to her, Andy thinks the ball is in Erin's court. Even that is cute! Andy tries to hint hard about a date, but they're not even on the same playing field. 

Michael returns to the office, orange juice in tow, announcing that he thinks everything will work out with Sabre. We're hoping it does too, because we don't want to see Michael Scott go the way of David Wallace. "Raise your container to us and to Sabre," toasts Michael.

Anyone taking bets on how long it takes for Andy and Erin to get together? Share your thoughts on the episode below.

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In this episode of The Office, a mysterious company named Sabre — headed by a magnetic, unorthodox CEO (Kathy Bates), swoops in and buys out Dunder Mifflin. As Michael balks at Sabre's new policies, Andy and Erin write a welcome song to greet the company. Meanwhile, Pam and Jim hope to get accepted into a desired local day-care center.

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