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"Koi Pond"
The Office episode
Office koi pond.jpg
Jim lets Michael fall into the koi pond.
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 8
Written by Warren Lieberstein &
Halsted Sullivan
Directed by Reggie Hudlin
Production no. 608
Original airdate October 29, 2009
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"Koi Pond" is the 8th episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office and the show's 108th episode overall.[1] It was written by Warren Lieberstein and Halsted Sullivan and directed by Reggie Hudlin. It originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) on October 29, 2009.

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Synopsis

It's Halloween and the office plans a "Haunted House" for the children in the community. Michael (Steve Carell) dresses as "Dick in a Box", Dwight (Rainn Wilson) as Billy the Puppet from Saw, Jim (John Krasinski) as Facebook (simply with the word "book" written on his face), Pam (Jenna Fischer) as Rosemary Woodhouse from Rosemary's Baby, Ryan (B.J. Novak) as Edward Cullen, Andy (Ed Helms) as Michael Jackson, Creed (Creed Bratton) as a blood-selling Count Dracula, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) as Paul Blart, Angela (Angela Kinsey) as a black widow, Oscar (Oscar Nuñez) as Sarah Palin, Kelly (Mindy Kaling) as Leeloo from The Fifth Element, Erin (Ellie Kemper) as Princess Fiona from Shrek, Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) as a sorceress/mad scientist, Stanley (Leslie David Baker) as a the victim of a science experiment (he is shown with a metal machine attached to his head), and Meredith (Kate Flannery) as a hobo. Darryl (Craig Robinson), dressed in a pumpkin shirt (which Michael interprets as a Gangster Pumpkin), gets almost everyone's costume wrong and Michael scares the children by pretending hang himself and giving them a lecture about suicide. Dwight's cousin Mose is also seen in the background, who dressed as he normally does but standing still is apparently unnoticed by Darryl.

Jim sets up a meeting with a client, who requests that Michael come with him. Jim is upset since he wants to be able to do meetings by himself. When they come back from the meeting, Michael is soaked because he fell into a koi pond. The rest of the office makes fun of him. Michael responds by holding a sensitivity meeting where he asks everyone to say things they wish were not said about them. When the meeting doesn't seem to be going anywhere, Jim ends it and tells Michael to let the office see that he has a sense of humor about what happened. Michael does this in front of the office staff, but he gets carried away and admits many other embarrassing stories from his life before realizing he's said too much. Meredith receives a copy of the security tape showcasing Michael's fall, and it is revealed that Jim could have stopped Michael from falling into the koi pond, but deliberately stepped out of the way. Jim admits to Michael that he wished he had gone by himself because he wants to be able to do things by himself as a co-manager; Michael's mood is lifted when he realizes that Jim is jealous of his sales skills. Jim then becomes the victim of office mocking, but he and Michael laugh it off later.

Meanwhile, Pam and Andy go cold calling to drum up more sales as they have the lowest quarterly sales numbers in the branch. At the first place they go to, the receptionist notices Pam's pregnancy and believes Andy is the father. Pam laughs it off, offending Andy. During the meeting, the client also assumes that Andy is the father, to which Andy laughs it off and insults Pam, losing the sale. At the next place they go to, that client also assumes Andy is the father, and this time they play along with it. However, Andy takes it too far by touching her belly too much, even kissing it, but the client says "maybe" to signing with them. In the car back to the office, Andy admits that he enjoyed pretending to be the father because he doesn't like being single. He then admits his attraction to Erin. At the end of the episode, Pam asks Erin her opinion of Andy, and she responds by saying that he is the coolest person she ever met.

Reception

This episode was watched by 8.2 million viewers, with a 4.2 rating and a 10 share in the 18-49 demographic.[2]

Trivia

Creed offering to sell blood to the children is a callback to him stealing blood bags from the episode Blood Drive.

Cultural references

  • Michael dresses as one of the guys from the Dick in a Box SNL digital short.
  • Darryl refers to Jim's "costume" as "Bookface", to which Jim sarcastically responds that he is the popular social networking site known as "Bookface", actually Facebook.
  • When Darryl introduces Dwight's costume as a clown, Dwight angrily responds by saying that he is the Jigsaw Killer. However, he is actually Billy the puppet. Because of its close association with Jigsaw, this is a common cultural mis-reference.
  • Creed asks Michael if he "found Nemo," referring to Finding Nemo when everyone was mocking him for falling into the koi pond, to which Michael goes on to list other Pixar films, such as Toy Story. Oscar asks if he means "Koi Story" (this is the show's second Pixar reference to date).
  • There is a remark about the Twilight series; Creed (dressed as a more "classic" vampire) says "I vant to sell your blood", and Ryan, who is dressed up as Edward Cullen, responds, "That's really not the trend in vampires right now." Daryl describes the pair as an old guy and a goth kid.

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