The Office (UK)/Downsize

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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate July 9, 2001
Writer(s) Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Director(s) Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant

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Work Experience
The Office (UK)Season One
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Downsize is the first episode of the first season of The Office.

Starring: Ricky Gervais (David Brent), Martin Freeman (Tim), Mackenzie Crook (Gareth), Lucy Davis (Dawn), Oliver Chris (Ricky), Stirling Gallacher (Jennifer)

With: Joel Beckett (Lee), Robin Hooper (Malcolm), Paul Sharma (Sanj), Yvonne D'Alpra (Joan)

And: Ben Bradshaw, Angela Clerkin, Jamie Deeks, Neil Fitzmaurice, Jane Lucas, Ewan Macintosh, Emma Manton, Alexander Perkins, Phillip Packard


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • David Brent: I don't give shitty jobs. If a good man comes to me and says, "thank you, David, for the opportunity and continued support in the work-related arena, but I've done that, I want to better meself, I want to move on," then I can make that dream come true, too, a.k.a. for you. The point is: you talk the talk, you do not walk the walk -- vis-a-vis, you have not yet passed your forklift driver's test.
  • David Brent: Sammy, you old slag. It's the Brentmeister general. Have you advertised for the forklift driver's job? No? Good, don't bother. I've got the man here. He's perfec'. Has he passed his forklift driver's test? He gives the tests. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he's first aid trained, yeah. We'll get a C.V. over to you this afternoon. I'm seeing you Sunday, aren't I? For my sins? How is Elaine? She left you yet? ... Yep, alright, see you then. (Hangs up the phone) She has left him. I forgot about that.