The Office (USA)/Basketball

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Season 1, Episode 5
Airdate April 19, 2005
Production Number R1104
Writer(s) Greg Daniels
Director(s) Greg Daniels
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The Office (USA)Season One

Basketball is the fifth episode of the first season of The Office, and the fifth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Craig Robinson (Darryl), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), Patrice O'Neal (Lonny), Karly Rothenberg (Madge)


Plot Overview

Michael and select members of the staff train for a basketball game against the warehouse workers. Confident that his team will be victorious, Michael bets that the losing side be required to work on a Saturday.


Arc Advancement


Tensions run high during the basketball game, with Jim and Roy trading shots on the court in front of Pam.




The Show

Of apparently the entire sales staff, the worst player is apparently Stanley. Kevin, Phyllis, and Jim are likely the best of the sales staff.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Michael: This is the foreman, Mi'ter Rogers.
    Darryl: That's not my real name.
    Michael: No. No, it's Daryl. Darryl is Mi'ter Rogers.
    Ryan: Darryl Rogers?
    Darryl: Darryl Philbin. Then Regis, then Rege, then Roger, then Mi'ter Rogers.
  • Michael: But you would follow me to the ends of the earth, grumbling all the way. Like that dwarf...from Lord of the Rings.
    Dwight: Gimli.
    Michael: Nerd. That is why you're not on the team.
    Dwight: Just trying to be helpful.
    Michael: 'I'll help. Elwyn Dragonslayer. Ten points, power sword.'
  • Jim: (in reference to needing a team cheerleader) I'll do it. Wear a little flouncey skirt if you want, and...
    Michael: Yeah, I bet you would. Just try not to be too gay on the court. ... And by gay I know, not in a homosexual way at all. I mean the, uh, you know, like the bad-at-sports way. I think that goes without saying.
  • Pam: Maybe Angela would cheerlead.
    Michael: Yeah right.
    Phyllis: I'll do it.
    Michael: Yuch. That's worse than you playing.
  • Michael: When I am playing hoops, all of the stress and responsibility of my job here just melts away. It's gone. I'm in the zone. Who am I? Am I Michael Scott? I don't know. I might just be a basketball machine.


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